This conference will be the 4th of a series devoted to different fields of inverse problems. The first conference on Inverse Problems in Diffusion Processes was organized in 1994 in St Wolfgang, Austria. It focussed on inverse problems which appear in the mathematical formulation of diffusion processes, either transient (parabolic partial differential equations) or steady-state (elliptic pde's). All questions related to the ill-posed nature of these problems, to their numerical analysis or to their applications were on the agenda. The success of this conference which brought together a comparable number of Americans, Europeans and some representatives from East-European countries was particularly remarkable. The second and third conferences, planned for 1995, respectively in the US and in Germany will deal with inverse problems in the fields of geophysics and medical imaging. A fourth conference will be organized in 1996 in France on the general theme "Inverse Problems of Wave Propagation and Diffraction" (especially acoustic and elastic waves, electromagnetic waves, quantum waves). The well known annual meeting of Montpellier, called RCP264, will not take place in 1996, in order to enable its usual attendants interested by the above mentioned topics to attend the present conference.
The suggested theme "Modeling, Mathematical Analysis, and Numerical Solution of Inverse Problems of Wave Propagation and Diffraction" follows the overall theme of the series, focussed on validating inverse problems. Thus, the conference, partly issued from applied mathematics and partly from mathematical physics, has a large variety of fields of application, giving it a strong multidisciplinary character. Furthermore, taking into account the mathematical aspects of the overall theme, this conference has quite a small intersection with the sessions devoted to inverse problems in conferences on acoustics, electromagnetism, or external geophysics.
The conference will put the same emphasis on the three fundamental steps of inverse modeling : modeling of inverse problems of a certain field, mathematical analysis of these problems, numerical solving. The organizers hope, thanks to the multidisciplinary character of the targeted audience, to incite successful exchanges between the specialists in applied fields, and those whose academic background and interest are more centered on mathematics: the first bringing problems and original models, the second solid mathematical tools.
The conference will host the workshop "Optimization of SER" organized by the GDR "Conception de Formes et de Calcul Scientifique", which will present the numerical results obtained by the participants on test problems already given out (end of 1994).
Authors should send an abstract and a full paper, or, as a minimum, a one page abstract, in 3 copies, before March 1st, 1996. The accepted papers will be distributed to the participants.
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September 23-27, 1996
Aix les Bains (France)From
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