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Conference on Hyperbolic Conservation Laws and Continuum Mechanics

May 12-14, 2011


In Honor of Constantine Dafermos’ 70th Birthday



Continuum mechanics is a scientific area with well developed mathematical theory, and important applications to engineering. The theory of hyperbolic conservation laws has been developed in conjunction with applications to gas dynamics, magneto-hydrodynamics, nonlinear elasticity and traffic theory. In recent years we have witnessed the exploration of new connections with subjects such as the kinetic theory of gases, plasma physics, the mathematical theory of semiconductors and general relativity.



The conference duration is three days and is scheduled for May 12-14, 2011. It will be held in the School of Engineering, Barus & Holley, Room 190 on the Brown campus.

The Organizing Committee consists of Y. Guo (Brown), G. Menon (Brown),  W. A. Strauss (Brown), A.E. Tzavaras (Maryland and U. of Crete).

For more information and possible financial support for young researchers please include a letter of recommendation and contact Madeline Brewster,







Stuart Antman, University of Maryland

Claude Bardos, University of Paris Diderot

Stefano Bianchini, International School for Advanced Studies

Alberto Bressan, Pennsylvania State University

Gui-Qiang Chen, University of Oxford

Rustum Choksi, McGill University

Camillo De Lellis, University of Zurich

Hermano Frid, IMPA

Barbara Keyfitz, The Ohio State University

Tai-Ping Liu, Academia Sinica

Andrew Majda, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Benoit Perthame, University of Paris VI

Tommaso Ruggeri, University of Bologna

Denis Serre, UMPA, ENS-Lyon

Marshall Slemrod, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panagiotis Souganidis, University of Texas at Austin

Konstantina Trivisa, University of Maryland

Athanasios Tzavaras, University of Crete

Shih-Hsien Yu, National University of Singapore



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Providence Marriott for $109 per night.  In order to secure this rate, reservations must be made by April 25, 2011.  When placing your reservation, please specify that you are reserving accommodations for the "Dafermos Conference." 

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A banquet will be held at the Brown Faculty Club on Friday,

May 13, 2011 from 6 - 9 pm.  The fee for the banquet is $55.00.


REGISTRATION FORM (Please complete and e-mail)

Although there is no registration fee for this Conference, it is encouraged that those who plan to attend submit a registration form, to assist the planning efforts of the organizing committee.   Please fill in the necessary information and attach the form to an e-mail to be sent to