January 02, 2006

Dear members of EUROPT,

a Happy New Year! Hopefully, you had a pleasant change from
2005 to 2006 and may, in this new year, you at your place, in
professional and personal life, and we all have a good health,
many good experiences, joy and the best we could ever
imagine come true.

A special welcome to all the friends who joined us as new
members recently! Your being with us is a great honour and
precious for our whole group EUROPT.

Each of you - we all - are cordially welcome to our EUROPT
activities, not as a participant only, but with your vision and
energy, the taking over of responsibilies included!

Please do not at all hesitate to contact our group for this!

Thank you very much for being at our side, for the great
present of your membership, of our friendship, for what
you mean for us with your personality and any of your  
contribution.  

On the last sunday in 2005, one of our friends and members
married: MSc. Mesut Tastan (IAM, METU). To you, dear Mesut
and your wife Ömür we wish all the very best on your way together
and, if you allow, with us wherever you will be in your future.

Our friend and member Prof. Dr. Bülent Karasözen (METU,
Ankara) draws our attention to

The Third International Conference
"Inverse Problems: Modeling and Simulation",
May 29 - June 02, 2006, Ölüdeniz-Fethiye, Turkey
(
http://umm.kou.edu.tr/kongre/).

Inverse problems mean an important modern application class
for continuous optimization, and hospitable Turkey waits
for you.

Below please find two CfPs on forthcoming workshops in 2000,
mentioned recently already and going to take place in Israel
and Turkey, respectively. They are coorganized by members and
friends of EUROPT. Thanks to them for their efforts, and a
good success and valuable time with all the participants
cordially welcome!  

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                 Call for Papers
The Second Workshop on ALGORITHMIC TECHNIQUES FOR DATA MINING 2006 (ATDM 2006)

           Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
           Beer-Sheva, Israel, June 5-7, 2006

             WWW:
http://www.ise.bgu.ac.il/atdm2006/

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This international workshop follows the previous workshop
ALGORITHMIC TECHNIQUES FOR DATA MINING held at
the Ort Braude Academic College, Karmiel, Israel in May 2005.
Original, high quality research contributions pertinent to any
aspects of data mining techniques are called for, ranging from
new algorithms to innovative applications. All papers will be
reviewed by the Program Committee. The workshop proceedings
will be published by Springer as an edited volume in Studies in
Computational Intelligence series.

Simultaneous submissions to other conferences are allowed,
provided this fact is clearly indicated on the submission form.
Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings only if
they are withdrawn from proceedings of other conferences. One
full registration is required for each paper.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

•  Foundations of Data Mining,
•  Probabilistic Models in Data Mining,
•  Information-Theoretic Formulations,
•  Innovative Applications,
•  Mining Non-Structured and Semi-Structured Data,
•  Data Pre-Processing,
•  Post-Processing of Data Mining Models,
•  Mining Data Streams,
•  Interactive Data Mining.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION                            
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Authors should submit their original contributions of up to 10
pages Springer format
(
http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-0-69-49211831-0,0
0.html?referer=www.springer.com%2Fseries%
2F7092) as PDF files electronically to Mark Last
(
mlast@bgu.ac.il). Please include your postal address, email,
phone and fax numbers. An early email with your intention to
submit a paper will be greatly appreciated.

IMPORTANT DATES
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•  Submission deadline: January 27, 2006,
•  Notification of acceptance: February 12, 2006,
•  Camera-ready copies due: February 28, 2006,
•  Workshop: June 5 to June 7, 2006.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE                            
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Mark Last,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Zeev Volkovich,  ORT Braude Academic College, Israel
Zeev Barzily,  ORT Braude Academic College, Israel
Leonid Morozensky,  ORT Braude Academic College, Israel.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE                            
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Zeev Barzily,  ORT Braude Academic College, Israel
Efstratios Gallopoulos,  University of Patras,  Greece
Ehud Gudes,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Abraham Kandel,  University of South Florida, USA
Jacob Kogan,  Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore Country, USA
Mark Last,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Oded Maimon,  Tel Aviv University, Israel
Leonid Morozensky,  ORT Braude Academic College, Israel
Charles Nicholas,  Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore Country, USA
Lior Rokach,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Volker Roth,  ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Assaf Schuster,  TECHNION - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Eyal Shimony,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Armin Shmilovich,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Marc Teboulle,  Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Zeev Volkovich,  ORT Braude Academic College, Israel
Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber,  Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

For additional information please contact:
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Mark Last at
mlast@bgu.ac.il, phone: (972) - 8-646-1397,  or
Zeev Volkovich at
vlvolkov@ort.org.il, phone: (972)-547-227931.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Beer-Sheva, Israel!

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                    Call for Papers

First Conference of Advanced Mathematical Methods for Finance
                       (AMaMeF)

                  Side, Antalya, Turkey
                   April 26-29, 2006

            WWW:
http://sc.iam.metu.edu.tr/amamef/

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This conference is the first conference of the ESF Project entitled
Advanced Mathematical Methods for Finance (AMaMeF).

Its program aims to cover many subjects constituting the contents
of the project. Talks will focus on the progress made in Financial
Mathematics for modelling financial phenomena and developping
numerical techniques for applications. The main subjects of
Financial Mathematics such as pricing, hedging of claims,
interest rate models, market risk, credit risk, credit rating will be
treated and the necessary mathematical tools will be exposed in
their newest forms. Among these tools one could mention large
scale optimization techniques, numerical methods and statistical
methods for model identification. The last ten years have
witnessed the use of Lévy processes in modelling financial
instruments. Although many problems concerning classical
models based on the description of random phenomena by
means of the Brownian motion remain to be solved, their
description by Lévy processes have brought new mathematical
challenges and new possibilities of applications. Pricing and
hedging problems and interest rate models are being
reconsidered when the models are expressed in terms of Lévy
processes.

As concerns applications, a major problem is model
identification based on observations. In many countries,
particularly in developping economies, statistical data are
insufficient. This creates decision making problems under
uncertainty and also creates model risks. These problems will be
debated during the Conference.

On the other side of the spectrum are practitioners who need to
be initiated to risk evaluation management methods in order to
protect their institutions from deficiency. Preliminary sessions
will be organized for practitioners to initiate them to risk
evaluation methods.

IMPORTANT DATES
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•  February 15, 2006:   Contribution of Papers/Presentations
•  Preliminary Sessions:   April 23-25, 2006
•  Workshop:  April 26-29, 2006.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
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•  Jean Jacod  (University Paris VI, France)
•   Ioannis Karatzas  (Columbia University, New York, USA)
•   Yacine Ait-Sahalia  (University of Chicago, USA)
•  Albert Shiryayev  (Steklow Mathematical Institute,
    Moscow, Russia).

PRELIMINARY SESSIONS                                                  
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Preliminary sessions will be held on  April 23-25, 2006.
Lectures devoted to credit risks and credit rating will be given by

•  Uwe Schmock  (Vienna University of Technology,
   Austria) on CreditRisk+ and Extensions
•  Ralf Korn (Chair of Financial Mathematics, Kaiserslautern
   University, Germany) on Credit Rating
•  Monique Jeanblanc (Evry University, France) on Default Risk.

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE                            
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• Hayri Körezlioglu  (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)
• Gerhard W. Weber   (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)
• Mustafa Pinar   (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey)
• Azize Hayfavi  (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)
• Kasirga Yildýrak   (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)
• Aslihan Salih   (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey)
• Ömür Ugur  (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey) .

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE                            
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•  Ole Barndorf-Nielsen  (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
•  Mark Davis   (Imperial College London, GB)
•  Claudia Klüppelberg   (Technische Universität München, Germany)
•  Damien Lamberton  (Universite de Marne-la-Vallee, France)
•  Bernt Oksendal   (University of Oslo, Norway)
•  Roberto Natalini  (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome, Italy; COORDINATOR).

For additional information please contact:
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Hayri Körezlioglu
Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University
06531 Ankara, Turkey
E-mail: hayri@metu.edu.tr
Phone: (+90-312) 210 5606
Fax: (+90-312) 210 2985

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Side, Antalya, Turkey!

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Please let us keep in mind our two precious events on Iceland in
2006: http://wwwhome.math.utwente.nl/~stillgj/COPT06/ and
http://www.euro2006.org/ . During this year, our attention
will also go towards EURO XXII in 2007 in Prague, Czech
Republic (http://euro2007.vse.cz/).

With best wishes,
a Happy and Blessed Year 2006,
yours sincerely,
Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber
vice-coordinator