Computational and Mathematical Modelling: Symposium

In Honour of Tony Starfield on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday 
Saturday 21 April 2012

A one-day Symposium will be held in the School of Computational and Applied Mathematics to commemorate the Seventieth anniversary of Tony Starfield. Tony was Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1969 to 1979. The uniting theme of the Symposium will be Computational and Mathematical Modelling. Tony spent his career in teaching and doing research in Computational and Mathematical Modelling.

The Symposium will look to the future and how Computational and Mathematical Modelling will develop in the twenty-first century. Younger researchers who are doing interesting modelling are encouraged to participate.

Presenters at the Symposium will be encouraged to concentrate on the modelling process. The presentation should state the problem, the objectives of the model, considerations in the design of the model, highlights of the model and discussion of the results. Modelling projects that are not yet ready for publication but raise interesting questions about the modelling process will also be considered for presentation.

The Symposium will be wide ranging and include spatial models, simulation models, agent-based models as well as mathematical models.

Tony is the sponsor of the Starfield Modelling Prizes in Computational and Applied Mathematics III and Computational and Applied Mathematics Honours at the University of the Witwatersrand. Former prize-winners are encouraged to attend the Symposium and present a talk.

Participants at the Symposium do not need to have a direct connection with Tony because Computational and Mathematical Modelling will be the connection.

Participants will be encouraged to submit their presentations, with a dedication to Tony, to an international journal. The papers published from the Symposium will later be bound into a commemorative volume and presented to Tony. A review paper of the Symposuim will be submitted to a South African journal for publication.

Registration fee

In order to encourage young participants there will be no registration fee but it is necessary to register to participate in the Symposium.


All catering will be provided free of charge to registered participants. There will be morning and afternoon tea, a finger lunch and a Symposium dinner in the evening at Hofmeyr House


Senate House 1126
School of Computational and Applied Mathematics
First Floor, Senate House
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Participants not living in the Johannesburg area will require accommodation on Friday night 20 April and Saturday night 21 April 2012. Accommodation and transfer to and from Wits University and the Airport is the responsibility of the delegates. A list of hotels and guest houses in the vicinity of the University is provided. Click here for list.


Each presentation will last 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions. A projector and laptop will be available in the conference venue. The Symposium will be informal. The work presented need not be complete. A short talk may be a good way for a young researcher to receive some helpful feedback. 

If you feel that you are not able to give a useful talk on modelling then you can still participate provided you register. 

Important dates

1 September 2011       Registration and submission of titles abstracts opens
31 March 2012            Registration and submission of titles abstracts closes
21 April 2012              Symposium

Organising Committee and contact details 

David Mason: School of Computational and Applied Mathematics;

Michael Sears: School of Computer Science;