The following is a selection of conferences and workshops, at Vanderbilt and elsewhere, focusing on Approximation Theory and related areas in Analysis, Spline and Wavelet Theory, and Numerical Analysis. To have a conference considered for inclusion, mail cca@vanderbilt.edu.

Approximation Theory and Beyond
in conjunction with the 35th Shanks Lecture
Celebrating Larry Schumaker’s 80th Birthday
May 11-14, 2020
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
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Approximation Theory 16
May 19-22, 2019
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
This meeting will be the sixteenth in a series of international conferences on Approximation Theory held every three years at various locations in the U.S. These meetings have traditionally been the main general international conferences on this topic for over 45 years, and have been well attended by mathematicians from academia, industry, and government. As with the previous meetings, the objective of this conference is to provide a forum for workers in the field to meet and discuss current research.

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Approximation, Sampling, and Compression in High Dimensional Problems
June 17-21, 2019
The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK
In a number of problems, both in theory and applications, one faces a situation when the ambient dimension is extremely high. Such problems often include approximating, sampling, or compressing functions on high-dimensional domains. Classical methods fail to be effective in this case due to the effect known as `curse of dimensionality'; hence new tools and algorithms need to be devised. Compressed sensing, which has gained great popularity in this century, is one example of a circle of ideas which make high-dimensional problems feasible. Methods which allow one to overcome the curse of dimensionality come from a mixture of mathematical fields: approximation, probability, functional and harmonic analysis, linear algebra, combinatorics, geometry, etc. In addition to pure mathematical interest, this field has great importance in numerous applications, in particular in data science and signal processing. Despite decades of research, many important questions in this area are still open. This workshop will bring together researchers in pure and applied mathematics, who attack high-dimensional problems.

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SampTA 2019: 13th International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications
July 8-12, 2019
Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
SampTA (Sampling Theory and Applications) is a biennial interdisciplinary conference for mathematicians, engineers, and applied scientists. The main purpose of SampTA is to exchange recent advances in sampling theory and to explore new trends and directions in the related areas of application. The conference focuses on such fields as signal processing and image processing, coding theory, control theory, real analysis and complex analysis, harmonic analysis, and the theory of differential equations. SampTA features plenary talks by prominent speakers, special sessions on selected topics reflecting the current trends in sampling theory and its applications to the engineering sciences, as well as regular sessions about traditional topics in sampling theory.

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CMFT-2017
July 10-15, 2017
Lublin, Poland
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University will host the International Conference on Computational Methods and Function Theory 2017. The general theme of the meeting concerns the various aspects of interaction of complex variables and scientific computation, but other areas from function theory, approximation theory and numerical analysis are also covered. The meeting will be the eighth of a series of conferences devoted to the scope of the CMFT Journal

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15th International Conference on Approximation Theory
May 22-25, 2016
San Antonio, Texas
This conference is a continuation of the earlier conferences on approximation theory held in Austin (1973, 1976, 1980, 1992), College Station (1983, 1986, 1989, 1995), Nashville (1998), St. Louis (2001), Gatlinburg (2004), and San Antonio (2007, 2010, 2013). These meetings have traditionally been the main general international conferences on this topic for over 40 years, and have been well attended by mathematicians from academia, industry, and government. As with the previous meetings, the objective of this conference is to provide a forum for workers in the field to meet and discuss current research.

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Constructive Functions 2014
May 26-30, 2014
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
The focus of this conference is on all aspects of constructive function theory, from asymptotics to zero distribution, and on minimum energy problems on manifolds. The conference will honor the 70th birthday of Ed Saff. The topics and broad international involvement in this conference reflect Ed's seminal contributions to these areas of research as well as his career long efforts to build connections between mathematical communities around the world.

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5th International Conference on Computational Harmonic Analysis
in conjunction with the 29th annual Shanks Lecture
May 19-23, 2014
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Computational Harmonic Analysis is an area of mathematical analysis that has had a strong impact on many areas of science and engineering as well as in pure mathematics. New developments with a very broad spectrum of applications, such as wavelets, frames, sampling, learning theory, and compressed sensing have found their mathematical home in Computational Harmonic Analysis. This forum for interdisciplinary research is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

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Computational Methods and Function Theory (CMFT 2013)
June 10-14, 2013
Shantou University, Shantou, China
The general theme of the meeting concerns various aspects of interaction of complex variables and scientific computation, including related topics from function theory, approximation theory and numerical analysis. Another important aspect of the CMFT meetings, previously held in Valparaiso 1989, Penang 1994, Nicosia 1997, Aveiro 2001, Joensuu 2005 and Ankara 2009 is to promote the creation and maintenance of contacts with scientists from diverse cultures.

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Fourteenth International Conference in Approximation Theory
April 7-10, 2013
San Antonio, Texas
This conference is a continuation of the earlier conferences on approximation theory held in Austin (1973, 1976, 1980, 1992), College Station (1983, 1986, 1989, 1995), Nashville (1998), St. Louis (2001), Gatlinburg (2004), San Antonio (2007), and (2010). These meetings have traditionally been the main general international conferences on this topic for the past 40 years, and have been well attended by mathematicians from academia, industry, and government. As with the previous meetings, the objective of this conference is to provide a forum for workers in the field to meet and discuss current research. The meeting will feature seven plenary speakers who will give one-hour survey lectures on topics of special current interest. The conference will also provide a forum for the awarding of the Seventh Vasil A. Popov Prize in Approximation Theory, with the winner also presenting a lecture.

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11th International Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials, Special Functions and Applications
August 29-September 2, 2011
Madrid, Spain
This is one of a series of conferences in which orthogonal polynomials, special functions and their applications have been the main subject. The first conference was held in 1984. The 11th will be dedicated to celebrate Francisco (Paco) Marcellán's 60th birthday.

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International Symposium in Approximation Theory
in conjunction with the 26th Annual Shanks Lecture
May 17-21, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee
The aim of the symposium is to bring together researchers from diverse areas of approximation theory, to stimulate international collaboration, and to promote interaction and the exchange of ideas. We welcome the participation of both pure and applied mathematicians working in approximation theory from all around the world. The symposium will be held in conjuction with the 26th Annual Shanks Lecture, to be given by Professor Charles K. Chui (University of Missouri at St. Louis and Stanford University).

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Optimal Configurations on the Sphere and Other Manifolds
in conjunction with the 25h annual Shanks Lecture
May 17-20, 2010
Nashville, Tennessee
The aim of this conference is to bring together mathematicians and scientists for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the structure of particle systems under a variety of physical constraints. These include, for example, classical ground states for interacting particle systems, best-packing, random packings, jammed states, granular and colloidal systems, as well as minimal discrete and continuous energy problems for general kernels.

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Thirteenth International Conference in Approximation Theory
March 7-10, 2010
San Antonio, Texas
This conference is a continuation of the earlier conferences on approximation theory held in Austin (1973, 1976, 1980, 1992), College Station (1983, 1986, 1989, 1995), Nashville (1998), St. Louis (2001), Gatlinburg (2004), and San Antonio (2007). These meetings have traditionally been the main general international conferences on this topic for the past 35 years, and have been well attended by mathematicians from academia, industry, and government. The meeting will feature seven plenary speakers who will give one-hour survey lectures on topics of special current interest. In addition, the conference will provide a forum for the awarding of the Sixth Vasil A. Popov Prize in Approximation Theory, with the winner also presenting a lecture.

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Computational Methods and Function Theory 2009
June 8-12, 2009
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
The general theme of the meeting concerns various aspects of interaction of complex variables and scientific computation, including related topics from function theory, approximation theory and numerical analysis. Another important aspect of the CMFT meetings, previously held in Valparaiso 1989, Penang 1994, Nicosia 1997, Aveiro 2001, and Joensuu 2005, is to promote the creation and maintenance of contacts with scientists from diverse cultures. For further information email: cmft@bilkent.edu.tr

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Shanks Workshop on Constructive Approximation
Vanderbilt University and City University of Hong Kong
April 27 - May 1, 2009
Nashville, Tennessee


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The Center for Constructive Approximation will host visitors from the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong for a five-day workshop. Part of an ongoing cooperation between the two centers, the workshop is intended to foster the exchange of the latest research developments and to initiate collaborative research efforts.
International Workshop on Orthogonal Polynomials and Approximation Theory 2008
September 8-12, 2008
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Every two years, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid organizes every two years an international workshop devoted to Orthogonal Polynomials and their applications. The main aim of the 2008 Workshop is to bring together scientists and mathematicians to discuss and review recent progress in the Theory of Orthogonal Polynomials and Approximation Theory. This conference is in honor of Guillermo López Lagomasino on his 60th birthday.

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Foundations of Computational Mathematics 2008
June 16-26, 2008
City University of Hong Kong, China
The conference, organized by the Society for Foundations of Computational Mathematics, is sixth in a sequence that commenced with the Park City, Rio de Janeiro, Oxford, Minneapolis and Santander FoCM meetings. The conference will follow a format tried and tested to a great effect in former FoCM conferences: plenary invited lectures in the mornings, theme-centred parallel workshops in the afternoons. Each workshop extends over three days and the conference will consist of three periods, comprising different themes. Although some participants choose to attend just one or two periods, on past experience the greatest benefit follows from attending the conference for its full eleven days: the entire idea of FoCM is that we strive to break out of narrow boundaries of our specific research areas and open our minds to the broad range of exciting developments in computational mathematics.

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CMFT Workshop 2008
January 3-10, 2008
Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli, Assam, India
Complex Analysis is one of the central mathematical disciplines, with very important ramifications into many branches of pure and applied sciences. The CMFT (Computational Methods and Function Theory) conferences and workshops are aimed at fostering closer cooperation between pure and applied complex analysis. They are held in various places around the world thereby giving scientists with limited international contacts a chance to link themselves to the international community of mathematicians in the field. The Guwahati CMFT-Workshop is the first in the series to be held in India.

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Tenth SIAM Conference on Geometric Design & Computing
November 4-8, 2007
San Antonio, Texas
This conference is the 10th in the biennial SIAM conference series on Geometric Design and Computing. The previous conferences in this series were held in Tempe, AZ (1989, 1991, 1993), Nashville, TN (1995, 1997), Albuquerque, NM (1999), Sacramento, CA (2001), Seattle, WA (2003), and Phoenix, AZ (2005). Precursors to these meetings were two conferences in Albany, NY (1985, 1987). Conferences in this series are the flagship events organized by the SIAM Special Interest Activity Group on Geometric Design (SIAM SIAG-GD). For the past 20 years, these meetings have been one of the main general international conferences on Geometric Modeling and related areas, and have been well attended by mathematicians and engineers from academia, industry, and government.

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SIAM Conference on Mathematics for Industry: Challenges and Frontiers (MI07)
October 9-11, 2007
Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SIAM's conference on Mathematics for Industry focuses attention on the many and varied opportunities to promote applications of mathematics to industrial problems. From the start of planning for this conference, the major objective has been the development and encouragement of industrial, government and academic collaboration. The format of this conference provides a forum for industrial and government engineers and scientists to communicate their needs, objectives and visions, to the broad mathematical community. The major themes fit the broad categories of Challenges, Frontiers, and Industrial Academic Collaborations.

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Twelfth International Conference on Approximation Theory
March 4-8, 2007
San Antonio, Texas
This conference is a continuation of the earlier conferences on approximation theory held in Austin (1973, 1976, 1980, 1992), College Station (1983, 1986, 1989, 1995), Nashville (1998), St. Louis (2001), and Gatlinburg (2004). These meetings have traditionally been the main general international conferences on this topic for the past 30 years, and have been well attended by mathematicians from academia, industry, and government. As with the previous meetings, the objective of this conference is to provide a forum for workers in the field to meet and discuss current research. The meeting will feature seven one-hour survey lectures on topics of special current interest (including wavelets and frames, abstract approximation, nonlinear approximation, multivariate splines, subdivision methods, mathematical signal processing, and radial basis functions).

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SIAM Conference on Mathematics for Industry: Challenges and Frontiers
October 24-26, 2005
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan
SIAM's conference on Mathematics for Industry focuses attention on the many and varied opportunities to promote applications of mathematics to industrial problems. From the start of planning for this conference, the major objective has been the development and encouragement of industrial, government and academic collaboration. The format of this conference provides a forum for industrial and government engineers and scientists to communicate their needs, objectives and visions, to the broad mathematical community. The major themes fit the broad categories of Challenges, Frontiers, and Industrial Academic Collaborations.

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SIAM Conference on Geometric Design and Computing
October 30-November 3, 2005.
Hilton Pheonix East
Phoenix, Arizona
The SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design is concerned with the mathematical and computational issues that arise in generating and processing geometric information for various engineering applications, such as mechanical design, process planning, and manufacturing. The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from academia, industry, and government to discuss the mathematical and computational problems associated with the application of geometry to current problems of design, manufacturing, and the representation and analysis of physical phenomena.

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Foundations of Computational Mathematics 2005
June 30-July 9, 2005
Universidad de Cantabria
Santander, Spain
The conference, organised by the Society for Foundations of Computational Mathematics, is fifth in a sequence that commenced with the Park City, Rio de Janeiro, Oxford and Minneapolis FoCM meetings. The format of the conference will be similar: plenary invited lectures in the mornings, theme-centred parallel workshops in the afternoons. Each workshop extends over three days and the conference will consist of three `periods', comprising of different themes. Some participants chose to attend just one or two `periods' but, on past experience, the greatest benefit followed from attending the conference for its entire ten days.

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Computational Methods and Function Theory 2005
June 13-17, 2005
University of Joensuu
Joensuu, Finland
The general theme of this international meeting concerns various aspects of interaction of complex variables and scientific computation, including related topics from function theory, approximation theory and numerical analysis. Another important aspect of the CMFT meetings, previously held in Valparaiso 1989, Penang 1994, Nicosia 1997 and Aveiro 2001, is to promote the creation and maintenance of contacts with scientists from diverse cultures.

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Constructive Functions Tech-04
November 7-9, 2004
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA
This international conference, in honor of Ed Saff, Professor of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University, covered all aspects of constructive function theory, potential theory and approximation theory. The conference attracted mathematicians from all around the world, including many young graduate mathematicians and graduate students.

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Computational Harmonic Analysis
May 24-28, 2004
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
The conference featured several tutorial lectures about established and growing links between Analysis in general, and Harmonic Analysis in particular, to Applied Mathematics, Natural and Life Sciences, and Industrial Mathematics.
Organizing committee: Akram Aldroubi, Charles Chui, Doug Hardin, Edward Saff.

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Eleventh International Conference in Approximation Theory
May 18-22, 2004
Gatlinburg, TN
This conference was a continuation of the earlier conferences on approximation theory held in Austin (1973, 1976, 1980, 1992), College Station (1983, 1986, 1989, 1995), Nashville (1998), and St. Louis (2001). These meetings have been well attended by mathematicians from academia, industry, and government. As with the previous meetings, the objective of this conference was to provide a forum for workers in the field to meet and discuss current research.
Organizing committee: Charles Chui, Mike Neamtu, Larry Schumaker

Computational Analysis on the Sphere Workshop
December 5-7, 2003
Nashville, TN
The Center for Constructive Approximation at Vanderbilt University and the Australian Center of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems conducted this workshop held on December 5, 6, 7, (Fri, Sat, Sun), 2003. The workshop topics will included approximation and interpolation on the sphere, minimum energy and related points, and spherical designs.
Organizing committee: Edward Saff, Ian Sloan

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Advances in Constructive Approximation
May 14-17, 2003
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
The Center for Constructive Approximation officially opened the Special Year in Approximation Theory (May 2003 - May 2004) at Vanderbilt University with the International Conference "Advances in Constructive Approximation." This conference hoped to bring together researchers from diverse areas of approximation theory, to stimulate international collaboration, and to promote interaction and the exchange of ideas.
Organizing committee: Akram Aldroubi, Doug Hardin, Mike Neamtu, and Edward Saff

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