A Very Short History of the Engineering Mathematics Group (EMG)

Bill Blyth and Mark Nelson

  • The executive committee of the EMG.
  • The Engineering Mathematics and Applications (EMAC) Conference Series: conference tables.
  • Obituary Notices
  • Abbreviations.
  • Acknowledgements.
  • Footnotes.
  • Missing Paper-Work.
  • Bibliography.
  • The 5th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2002)

    The 5th Engineering and Mathematics Applications Conference (EMAC2005, 29th September – 2nd October) was ran at the Queensland University of Technology. The conference was directed by Dr Mike Pemberton (UQ). There were six plenary talks and 38 non-plenary talks, 10 of which were given by students. There were twenty sessions across the three days of the conference, including a CEANET seminar session for the conference silver sponsor. Papers were thirty minutes in length; twenty for the presentation, five for questions and five for changeover.

    This was the first EMAC to be run by professional conference organisers, namely ICMS Pty Ltd. Due to unusually low attendance by participants (only about 65) and contracts based on higher numbers of attendees, the conference suffered a large loss. This led to the strict advice for future EMAC directors that they must not enter into contracts with costs (such as conference management costs, conference dinners etc) based on estimated numbers: costs must be based on actual numbers of participants.

    The welcome reception was one of the most fancy I (MIN) can remember at any conference, though at this late date (January 2013) I am not so sure what made it so fancy...

    The conference had technical tours to both QUT (Aerospace Avionics, Infomechatronics Facilities, Medical Engineering Biomechanics Robot Testing Equipment and Visualisation Laboratory) and UQ (Microgravity, Scramjet and UQ Racing). An unusual feature of the conference was a dress code (`smart casual') for both the conference and the conference dinner. It is not clear who had the task of enforcing this!

    The (refereed) conference proceedings was published in a book with distribution at the conference.

    Conference accommodation was organised at the Hotel George Williams, Brisbane, at a rate of $83 per night.

    The 6th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2003)

    The 6th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC2003, 9–11 July 2003) was ran as an embedded meeting of the 5th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (7–11 July 2003, Sydney). The embedded meeting ran for two hours on the Wednesday and then two full days (Thursday and Friday). The EMAC director had no influence over the ICIAM registration fees nor any direct access to ICIAM funds. However, the ICIAM conference funded an EMAC welcome function. The ICIAM conference sessions were split between the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the nearby Haymarket Campus of UTS. The EMAC (and CTAC) sessions were held at UTS.

    EMAC 2003 had no invited speakers. It attracted 100 registered delegates with 63 presentations, from 60 speakers, spread over 15 sessions in three parallel streams.

    The diverse program reflects the interests and applications of engineering. We start with the nano scale and expand to telecommunications at the astro scale. There is a strong modelling component and many applications in manufacturing, fluids and finite elements are represented. Engineering applications include solar cells, construction and bioreactors. On Friday there is an engineering education stream. (Wood, 2003b).

    Short reports on nine of the sessions (`CFD', `Data Mining', `Engineering applications - Fluids', `Engineering applications - Machines', `Engineering applications - Steel', `Engineering education', `FEM and Thin Flow', `From nano to macro', `Stability of fluids') appear in (Wood, 2003).

    The sessions `From nano to macro' covered an amazing range of length scales from nanotechnology through to wavelet analysis of galaxies! The two engineering education sessions (`curriculum' and `technology') contained ten talks. Several presentations were given by people working "on engineering mathematics curriculum and investigating the state of engineering mathematics at their universities" (Wood, 2003). As a result of these presentations "It was proposed that Australian mathematicians and engineers form a working group to develop a core curriculum in mathematics for engineering, in consultation with Engineers Australia" (Wood, 2003). It was also noted that "There was also lively debate about the use of technology in engineering mathematics" (Wood, 2003)).

    Finally, it was noted that "The standard of the presentations and papers was high - several of the `old hands' could do well to emulate the new researchers." (Wood, 2003) A comment that is as true today (2011) as it was then!

    This was the final EMAC where the (refereed) conference proceedings were published in a book with distribution at the conference. As the editors had pdf files of all the papers for the print version they also produced a CD version of the proceedings (Bill Blyth, email 3rd April 2012).

    The 7th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2005)

    EMAC 2005 followed the successful practice of EMAC 2000 by inviting an engineer to be co-chair of the EMAC committee. It was decided that the conference proceedings should follow the same format as that of CTAC 2005, namely a book of abstracts followed by publication in a special issue of a refereed journal, after the conference. Brief discussions with the editor of the ANZIAM J K (E) led to the choice of this journal. (Blyth, 2005)

    Three students were awarded `best paper' and given $300 each and three students were highly commended and given $100 each.

    The conference accommodation was at Janet Clarke Hall, The University of Melbourne, at $74 per single room per night and at the Ibis Hotel, Melbourne, at $104 per single room per night.

    As the 2005 conference made a substantial profit, the EMG returned to a healthy financial position. Operating surplus was in the region of $15,000, reduced by the costs of converting papers in Word to LaTeX. "This is necessary since Word is the standard format for most engineers and yet we need the final form of papers to be in LaTeX for publishing in the ANZIAM J (E)". Delegates were charged $20 per paper for Word to LaTeX conversion.

    The finances were handled via RMIT accounts. This had some advantages - for example: the payment of registration fees was strongly pursued! There were also some difficulties in getting the surplus released from RMIT: after urgent requests for help, an ABN and appropriate invoice from the Aust Math Soc, we were able to get approval for the transfer of the money to the Aust Math Soc. It would seem to be better for t he EMAC comm. to run their own conference accounts.

    Also we recommend that the EMG have a separate a/c (and ABN) into which the EMAC 2005 monies can be transferred from the Aust Math Soc.

    (Blyth, 2005)

    The 8th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2007)

    The data in 2007 was discussed. The difficulty with the September AVCC "common week" is that it is not common and it's expected that it will not be observed by UTAS. If the university' facilities are not available, then organizational difficulties (associated with venue, rooms and computing) increase as does the cost. However some of the EMG Exec had some concerns that July in Hobart might deter some potential participants. (Blyth, 2005)

    At the AGM There was considerable discussion over the best way to ensure that the process of publishing the proceedings does not drag on too long. It was decided that 1. Best to stay similar to CTAC for consistency, and 2. Make the submission deadline (31 July) a firm deadline and advertise the fact. The goal is to have the vast majority of the papers processed by the end of 2007. (Mercer, 2007)

    EMG needs a permanent website with historical information (conferences etc), links to related conferences, previous proceedings and a link to the current conference. AustMS are in the process of totally revamping their website and it should be easier in the future to have a dedicated website. (Mercer, 2007)

    A checklist for future conference organisers should be developed. The conference booklet should include: previous conferences and locations, previous student prize winners etc. (Mercer, 2007)

    Look into feasibility of presenting the student prize at next ANZIAM conference. part of the prize may be payment of (some of) ANZIAM costs (eg registration). Cost could perhaps be shared with ANZIAM.

    At the EMG ARM, it was decided to award the student prize winners at ANZIAM 2008. This followed from a long discussion about the logistic difficulties of determining the awardees (from about 30 student talks) in time for presentation at the conference dinner, as well as the particular difficulty of the conf dinner being a revolving restaurant.

    It was resolved to fully fund (at economy rates) the awardees to attend ANZIAM 08. The travel, meals and accommodation expenses are being funded by the EMG.

    FUNDING REQUEST. We ask that the registration fees for the awardees be funded by ANZIAM. The costs would be two (or possible 3) student registration fees (of $300 each).

    (EMG 2007 report in Jan 2008 to ANZIAM).

    Bill's comment. This was a good idea that didn't really work very well in the event. The ANZIAM Exec discussed the funding requested in detail. There was support in principle. However since the ANZIAM student support scheme for ANZIAM conf participation was not yet implemented and given that EMG could afford to pay it's prize winners, there was some concern about this request. I therefore withdrew the motion asking for ANZIAM support.

    Another problem was finding a natural way to include the EMAC prize awarding. The ANZIAM conf Director was very cooperative and we did find an opportunity to award our winners before one of the keynotes.

    Yet another problem was that only 2 of the 3 winners was able to attend (and the 1 Highly Commended awardee could not attend).

    So, I recommend that we focus on being able to present out Student Prizes at the conference D.

    Jan 2013. Bill. "We agreed to support students to attend the ANZIAM 2008 con to be presented there, but this did not work as well as we had hoped. I suspect that one Highly Commended Student Prize of $100 from EMAC 2007 remains un-presented".

    We traditionally pub a conf book, distributed at the cond. We changed, from EMAC 2005, to be consistent with CTAC and pub proc post conf and in a journal. CTAC traditionally required a draft paper, with copies provided for the conf participants, although this has not been the case recently. I strongly recommend that we enforce availability of a pre-conf abs or, better, a dragy paper. As an editor of EMAC 2003 and EMAC 2005 proc, I think this would help to ensure that most of the author's work has been done before the conf rather than after! (Bill, email to EMG committee)

    Should be noted that Geoff Mercer was the only editor of the conference proceedings. Heroic!

    The 9th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2009)

    Before the conference

    In 2007 Andrew Metcalfe agreed to look into the feasibility of hosting EMAC 2009 in Adelaide. The initial suggestion was that the conference would be run in July 2009 as the "September `common week' is less common than it should be and appears not to be a good time" (Mercer, 2007). Following discussions between Bill Blyth (Chair of EMG) and Roger Hadgraft (President of the Australian Association for Engineering Education, A2E2) it was discovered that there was "renewed interest from [A2E2] to link the annual A2E2 annual conference, held in December, with EMAC (EMG 2007)". The A2E2 conference was scheduled for 2010. However as Andrew Metcalfe was "enthusiastic about linking the two conferences" (EMG 2007) A2E2 agreed to bring forward their conference to December 2009 whilst EMG agreed to delay the EMAC conference so that the two conferences could overlap (Bill Blyth email). Consequently, EMAC 2009 was the first EMAC to be run at the beginning of December.

    Despite some good will on both sides, the experiment of running the Australian Association of Engineering Education Conference alongside EMAC was unsuccessful and the idea of repeating it was not suggested for the 2011 conference. (Blyth 2011).

    Following agreeing to look into the feasibility of running EMAC in Adelaide Andrew asked both Charles Pierce and Phil Howlett to act as joint conference chairs. This was agreed upon, and then forgotten as when this was announced at the ANZIAM 2008 executive meeting they both "expressed some surprised to be announced EMAC conf chairs" (Geoff Mercer). In the event, Charles was the conference chair whilst Andrew Metcalfe was the conference convenor. The job of the latter was to organise the conference, the former was a well known and respected professor whose main job was to increase the conference's academic credibility. (Charles was editor of the ANZIAM Journal and didn't have the time to deal with the day-to-day issues of organising and running a conference).

    Registrations for EMAC 2007 were "alarmingly slow" (Andrew Metcalfe, 16.01.17) and at one stage there was concern about attracting sufficient numbers. However, it worked out OK in the end; with a considerable international delegation helping to boost the numbers.

    During the conference

    The 9th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC2009, 6th-9th December), directed by Professor Charles Pearce, was held at the University of Adelaide. The conference opened on Sunday 6th December with a joint welcome reception on campus for delegates attending either EMAC or the Australian Association of Engineering Education Conference. The formal conference program began on Monday morning.

    There were 86 registered delegates (21 students): 72 from Australia, 6 from Indonesia, 2 each from New Zealand and South Africa, 1 each from Hungary, Malaysia, the UK and the USA. Of the 72 Australia delegates, 14 were from the University of Adelaide, 12 from the University of South Australia, 11 from RMIT and 10 from DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Group).

    There were seven plenary speakers. There were 96 contributed presentations including an unknown number of student presents, the conference book does not distinguish between student and non-student talks. However, there were 21 registered students attending the meting. There were 30 sessions during the two and half days of the conference. The topics with the most sessions were: Environment (5), Biomedical (4.5), Operations Research (4.0) Theory (4), Education (3.5), Fluids (3.5). The next largest sessions was Signals, perhaps indicating a local DSTO interest, with two sessions.

    There probably was a student prize committee, since records indicate that John Shepherd was the chair of such a committee; but no other names are known. Thiansiri Luangwilai (ADFA) was the prize winner of the best student talk, though it is unknown if he was the only winner or if there were any honourable mentions.

    In 2012 Thiansiri approached the EMG chair (MIN) to report that ``they had not been sent a prize certificate nor had they been sent their prize''.

    Trying to reconstruct matters at a latter date it seems that the conference director (Andrew Metcalfe) wanted to award books provided by Springer, a conference sponsor, to the student winners. Unfortunately the books provided did not necessarily have any connection to the work presented by the prize winners - a strange prize to win. The chair of the student prize committee (John Shepherd) was asked to carry the books back to RMIT and post them. John (quite reasonably) pointed out that he could not deal with the weight of the books in his airflight luggage and that Andrew could equal well post them from Adelaide.

    Evidently, in the event the prizes and certificates were not posted.

    The conference dinner was held in one of Adelaide's most iconic attractions: the South Australia Museum and was organised by Balaena cafe.

    Avocado & Roma tomato salad w/- balsamic dressing
    Atlantic salmon w/- leek & mushroom braiseor Grilled sirloin w/- herb mash & shallot glaze
    Sticky date pudding w/- butterscotch sauceor Crème brulee w/- orange compote & ice-cream
    Menu for the conference dinner. (Main course was a lenient alternate drop).

    The EMG AGM was scheduled late on the final day of EMAC 2009. Attendance was very poor, with several apologies received. It was decided that the AGM should return to its traditional time slot at the conclusion of the technical program on the first day.

    After the conference

    The conference proceedings were published as a special issue (scroll down a little) within the electronic supplement of the ANZIAM journal (ANZIAM-E).

    Although the EMG offered to provide seed funding of $2k or $5k (Bill Blyth. Report. Email) the organisers of EMAC2009 were able to run the conference without financial support. When the EMAC 2009 financial report was finalised, early in January 2013, it transpired that the conference had been able to make a small profit ($260.59) which was transferred to the EMG.

    The 10th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2011)

    The 10th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC2011, 4–7 December) was ran at the University of Technology Sydney. The conference was directed by Dr Mary Coupland. There were six plenary talks and 83 non-plenary talks, 39 of which were given by students. The prize for the best student talk was shared between Darren Engwirda (USN) and Matthew Adams (QUT) with a highly commended awarded to Thiansiri Luangwilai (UNSW, Canberra). There were 28 sessions across the two and half days of the conference, including five on education. An innovation was to have the program as a separate document to the `abstracts book'. This allowed the published program to contain `last-minute' changes that occurred after the abstracts book had been sent for printing.

    There were 86 registered delegates (including invited speakers): 67 from Australia, 6 from Indonesia, 4 from Japan, 3 from New Zealand and 1 each from France, Germany, Hungary, Kenya, South Africa and the UK.

    Through the ANZIAM/CSIRO Student Support Scheme the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) contributed to the conference costs for eleven students.

    Over the years a number of methods have been used to determine the best student prize. At the 10th EMAC there was a dedicated committee judging the best student presentation. At least two members of the committee attended any given student presentation. This made it easier when discussing the relative merits of excellent presentations since oftentimes several committee members were able to comment on the relative merits. Another feature of interest is that the committee met at the end of the first day to establish `front-runners' for the prize. By clarifying what made these presentations `outstanding' the committee knew what they were looking for in the presentations on the second day.

    The conference dinner was a harbour cruise aboard the Captain Cook III. This will be a very difficult conference dinner experience for future conferences to top! Although delegates were arrived to arrive at King Street Wharf (Wharf Number nine) at 18:15 sharp for a 18:30 departure the last set of delegates only arrived just in time. Had they been one minute later they would have had to make a swim for it!

    Entree
    Crystal prawn, papaya mango salsa, petite salad, Aruga caviar, seaweed & preserved lemon
    or
    Fresh fig, Serrano ham, heirloom tomatoes, roast capsicum, black olive salsa, seasoned garlic sourdough.
    Main Course
    Grilled Atlantic salmon, lemon pepper crust, smash pea potatoes, wasabi hollandaise
    or
    Beef tenderloin fillet, Paris mash, caramelized red onion, bay seasonal greens, oxtail ragout sauce.
    Desserts
    Triple chocolate
    or
    Summer berry Pavlova, meringue, vanilla cream, pistachio dust, toffee
    Menu for the conference dinner.

    An innovation to the social program was to have an optional "restaurant evening" on the Monday. This provided an opportunity for delegates to sign-up to a `EMAC' group going to a local restaurant.

    At the time that EMAC was organised UTS had a policy that conferences should be run through professional conference organisers and that room hire charges apply (Blyth 2011). Conference Online was used as the professional conference organisers. In view of his strong support for the EMG it was decided that the EMG would provide funds to enable A/P Bill Blyth to attend the conference. The conference was available to return the seeding money of $5980 and a surplus of $1680.21 - an excellent result!

    The main outcome of the EMG AGM was a decision to rename the prize for the `Best Student Talk' to the `William Finlay Blyth Prize for best student presentation'. This was a highly appropriate way in which to recognise Bill's many contributions to the EMG over many years. There was also some discussion as to whether the EMG should setup a prize to recognise ``contributions to engineering mathematics''. After some discussion it was decided that there was no enthusiasm to setup a formal nomination process.

    The conference proceedings were published as a special issue (scroll down a little) within the electronic supplement of the ANZIAM journal (ANZIAM-E).

    The 11th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2013)

    The 11th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC2013, 1st--4th December), directed by A/P Dann Mallet, was ran in the Science and Engineering Centre at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Located next to the Brisbane River and the Botanic Gardens, the QUT Gardens Point proved a relaxing conference environment. Both the welcome reception and the conference dinner were held at Room360 on the QUT campus. The floor to ceiling glass in Room360 provided stunning views of the city skyline, the Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the City Botantical Gardens.

    Both the program and the book of abstracts was made available on the web page prior to the start of the conference.

    There were 113 registered delegates (including invited speakers): 78 from Australia, 8 from India, 6 from China, 5 from the United States, 3 each from Malaysia and New Zealand, 2 each from Indonesia and Taiwan, and 1 each from Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

    There were four plenary talks and two shorter, thirty minutes each, presentations sponsored by Australian Scientific & Engineering Solutions. There were an additional 81 presentations, 37 of which were given by students. There were 27 sessions across the two and half days of the conference. The more popular session themes were: Engineering Mathematics (9); Stochastic/Statistical Modelling (4.5); Computational Fluid Dynamics (4.5) and Biomedical/Mathematical Biology (3).

    Through the ANZIAM/CSIRO Student Support Scheme the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) contributed to the conference costs for two students (?) to attend the conference. As at EMAC 2011, the best student prize was determined by a dedicated committee. (See here for details on how the committee works). The William Finlay Blyth Prize for the best student talk was awarded to Josef Barnes (Griffith) with highly commended being awarded to Kristen Harley (QUT), Laith Hermez (UAL)), and Lisa Mayo (QUT).

    As EMAC runs every other year, rather than being annually such as ANZIAM, there is a greatly reduced `carry-over' in student speakers from conference-to-conference. (Only one student gave a talk at EMAC2013 who had given a talk at EMAC2011). A recommendation from the student prize committee for future EMACs was that members of the committee should identify in advance potential `front-runners'. This would allow more committee members to attend these talks, leading to a better discussion of their comparative strengths.

    EMAC 11 followed EMAC 10 by offering an optional `restaurant evening' on the Monday. This provided an opportunity for delegates to sign-up to a `EMAC' group going to a local restaurant. However, there was little take up for this from the delegates.

    Goodies in the conference bag included an EMAC 2013 fridge magnet, a RFID protector sleeve to prevent unauthorised scanning of your credit card and a key ring that doubled as a 1m tape measure. The conference bag itself was novel, being an envirosax.

    At the time that EMAC was organised QUT had a policy that conferences should be run through their own conference organisers. After some early problems, the EMAC organisers were able to circumvent this requirement.

    The only outcome of the EMG AGM was the election of the new committee.

    The conference proceedings were published as a special issue (scroll down a little) within the electronic supplement of the ANZIAM journal (ANZIAM-E).

    The 12th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2015)

    The 12th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC2015, 6th – 9th December), directed by Dr Bronwyn Hajek, was held at the City West Campus of the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. The conference location was in the centre of Adelaide's major arts, culture and entertainment precinct. The conference opened on Sunday 6th December with a welcome reception on campus. The formal conference program began on Monday morning, with a Welcome to Country and a welcome from UniSA's DVC: Research and Innovation, Professor Tanya Monro.

    There were 77 registered delegates (including invited speakers): 70 from Australia (including eight from Defence Science and Technology Group), two each from New Zealand, Japan, and Taiwan, one each from the Oman and Saudi Arabia. A presentation by Dr Andrew Metcalfe (Adelaide University) caught the attention of Adelaide's Advertiser and was mentioned in Scott Walsh's column on Saturday 12th December. The subject of the talk? A replacement for the Duckworth-Lewis method (used in rain interrupted one-day cricket games).

    There were five plenary speakers, and an additional one-hour presentation sponsored by Australian Scientific and Engineering Solutions. There were 65 contributed presentations, 29 of which were student talks. There were 22 sessions during the two and half days of the conference.

    Through the ANZIAM/CSIRO Student Support Scheme, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) contributed to the conference costs for 13 students to attend the conference. As at EMAC 2011 and EMAC 2013, the best student prize was determined by a dedicated committee. The committee was chaired by Dr Yvonne Stokes. The William Finlay Blyth Prize for the best student talk was awarded to Dilan Pathirana (Griffith University) with David Harman (Griffith University) and Muhammad Ilyas (University of Newcastle) being highly commended. The winner received $500 whilst the highly commended students received $100. All three students received a certificate.

    For the first time, Australian Scientific and Engineering Solutions offered a prize for the best use of maple by a student. This prize was for the use of maple in the student's research which had to be clearly indicated in the presentation. This prize was judged by Professor Bill Blyth (RMIT and ASES) and awarded to Bushra Hasan (Swinburne University). The Maple winner received the Maple Advanced Engineering Bundle - 2015, consisting of the Maple Student Edition and the Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple e-book with solutions, and a certificate.

    As is with the case for the student prize at ANZIAM, there is no requirement for the winning students to be a member of ANZIAM.

    Student prize winners, Adelaide 2015.
    Figure. Bill Blyth with the winner of the William Finlay Blyth Prize, Dilan Pathirana (Griffith University) and with David Harman (Griffith University) and Muhammad Ilyas (University of Newcastle) who both received honourable mentions.

    The conference program was made available on the web page prior to the start of the conference.

    EMAC's 10 & 11 offered an optional `restaurant evening' on the Monday. Due to low take-up of this event at EMAC 11, a similar evening was not organised at EMAC 12. However, a student pizza night was held on the Monday evening.

    The conference dinner was held in one of Adelaide's most iconic attractions: the Adelaide zoo. No zoo animals were harmed during the preparation or consumption of the conference dinner, however three animals did attend during the pre-dinner drinks — a corn snake, a barn owl and a quakka. This provided some great entertainment, especially for the international attendees.

    Mark Nelson with friend, Adelaide 2015.
    Figure. EMG Director Mark Nelson (University of Wollongong) with one of the dinner guests - a barn owl.

    Following the formal end to the conference Australian Scientific and Engineering Solutions sponsored a two-hour maple workshop.

    Finally, EMAC2015 was the first EMAC conference to have a twitter tag #emac2015 — though this tag has been shared with other conferences so named. The small letters are important #EMAC2015 is the European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics! The first person to use the #emac2015 tag was Amie Albrecht.

    A variety of issues were discussed at the EMG AGM. The first item discussed was the decreased attendance at EMAC 2015. The conference director noted that abstracts had been received from a number of delegates who subsequently were unable to receive travel approval from their institutions. In connection with this it was noted that the separate abstract submission and registration dates were a problem for planning -- many abstracts were submitted and accepted, but the corresponding registrations were not received. It was also noted that the KOZWaves conference was being held at the University of Adelaide over the same three days, possibly having a small effect on attendence. Given the problems with the withdrawal of delegates the final attendance, 78, compares favourably with that of the last EMAC to be in Adelaide, 86 (EMAC 2009).

    A key agenda item was the timing of future EMACs. It was noted that the AustMS meeting will be held in early December from 2016. This makes early December a busy time for conferences with MODSIM, EMAC (biennially) and AustMS running in this time. It was pointed out that ASOR currently embed their annual meeting into MODSIM every second year and there was some discussion as to whether the EMG could follow their lead. Alternatives were also suggested such as including an ASOR stream in EMAC and advertising EMAC directly to ASOR members. However attendance at EMAC for ASOR members may not be attractive if MODSIM and EMAC are timetabled in close proximity to each other. Another possibility is for EMAC to return to its September slot. It was noted that the close proximity of the AustMS annual meeting and EMAC might allow the organisers of EMAC to `piggy-back' an international speaker from AustMS whilst only covering `local' expenses. This could happen if there was a suitable speaker in applied mathematics and/or mathematics education at the AustMS meeting.

    The Chair also suggested that in future the EMAC invited speakers committee should include representative from the new AustMS Special Interest Group in Mathematics Education and from the Women In Mathematics SIG. This issued was discussed.

    It was the sad duty of the AGM to record the death of Professor Geoffrey Mercer on 12th April 2014, a long-standing supporter of the EMG.

    The conference proceedings were published as a special issue (scroll down a little) within the electronic supplement of the ANZIAM journal (ANZIAM-E).

    An article about EMAC2015 was published in the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society (Hajek et al 2016), the first such report to appear since EMAC2003 (Wood 2003)!

    When the dust had settled the organisers of EMAC 2015 were able to return the seeding money, including the student prize money, and a surplus of approximately $2,160.00 - an excellent result!

    The 13th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2017)

    Before the conference

    At the 2015 AGM, the EMG resolved to invite the Women in Mathematics SIG to nominate a representative as a member of the invited speakers committee for EMAC 2017. Unfortunately, this resolution was not passed on to the Chair of the 2017 Invited Speakers Committee and the WIMSIG nominated person (A/Prof Asha Rao, nominated in early 2016) was not invited to be on the invited speakers committee (formed in late 2016). The conference organisation notes have now been updated to suggest the inclusion of a WIMSIG representative on the EMAC invited speakers committee.

    The road to heaven is paved... We resolve to do a better job for EMAC2019!

    The special interest group in mathematics education were also contacted (22nd January 2016) with a request to nominate a member for the invited speakers committee. However, they showed no interest in being represented on the committee.

    As of December 2016 the dates of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society moved from September to December (the 60th meeting ran 5-8th December 2016). In an email discussion Bill Blyth wrote (11th July 2016) that

    I noticed previously that AustMS 2016 was proposed to be held in our usual EMAC date (of first week of December). I see that it is being advertised [...]

    Perhaps this is to be the new timeslot for AustMS meetings? If so, I would hope that some discussion (with a request for EMAC to shift to a new timeslot so AustMS may use the traditional EMAC dates!!!) has been had.

    The EMG is part of AustMS and we should be consulted if AustMS wish to use our Dec spot in future (in odd years - which have recently been used for EMAC). Indeed the EMG was consulted when the CMG wanted to swap CTAC conferences from the odd years to our previous even years. This was done by contacting the EMG and attending the AGM of the EMG at EMAC 2000 (with the swap to be in effect after EMAC 2002). EMG agreed.

    In fact, the EMG had not been consulted about this change. Furthermore, as EMG is part of AustMS we are expected not to organise EMAC to clash with the Australian Mathematical Society meeting. It was decided that in future the EMG would select the dates for EMAC as early as possible. The EMG was able to console itself with the fact that in the unfortunate event when the dates of the conference overlapped there would be very people faced with a choice of which conference to attend.

    The conference

    The 13th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC2017, 29th November to 1st December), was the first EMAC to be held in New Zealand. The venue was the Science Centre on the University of Auckland's city campus. The conference opened on Tuesday 28th November with a welcome reception on campus from conference co-chairs Dr Alys Clark (Auckland Bioengineering Institute) and and Dr Richard Clark (Department of Engineering Science).

    There were 55 registered delegates (including invited speakers): 33 from New Zealand, 15 from Australia, two from Taiwan, one each from Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Oman.

    There were 5 plenary speakers. There were 40 contributed presentations, 30 of which were student talks. There were 20 sessions during the two and half days of the conference. Although there are several ways to skin a cat... by my reckoning the most popular `areas' were: bio-engineering (14 talks), applied and engineering mathematics (13 talks), `numerical' (11 talks), mathematical biology (7 talks), and data analysis/statistics (4 talks).

    The ANZIAM Student Support Scheme contributed to the conference costs for five students (from Adelaide, Monash, Auckland, Griffith and Newcastle) to attend the conference. As at EMAC 2011, EMAC2013 and EMAC 2015, the best student prize was determined by a dedicated committee. The committee was chaired by Dr Bronwyn Hajek. The William Finley Blyth Prize for the best student talk was awarded to Michael Gravatt (University of Auckland) with James Cavallo (Monash), Alison Schroeder (University of Auckland), Win Min Tun (University of Auckland) and Faheem Zaidi (Massey University) being highly commended. The winner received $500 whilst the highly commended students received $100. All students received a certificate. As is with the case for the student prize at ANZIAM, there is no requirement for the winning students to be a member of ANZIAM.

    In a break with tradition the winners of the best student prize was announced at the end of the conference rather than at the conference dinner. It is highly recommended that future EMACs award the student prize at the end of the conference. This allows the student presentations to be more evenly spaced throughout the conference, minimising the number of clashes and maximising the number of student talks that the members of the panel can attend.

    The conference program was made available on the web page prior to the start of the conference.

    The conference dinner was held in the University of Auckland's Fale Pasifika. During his speach conference co-chair Dr Richard Clarke made the remark that "I have enjoyed all the talks so far", putting the fear of god onto those who had to speak the following day. Indeed, shortly following this remark one delegate was heard to forswear off the grog for the rest of the evening!

    Following the formal end to the conference there was a two-hour workshop ran by Bradley Horton and Jonathan Koay from Mathworks focusing on the new capabilities and resources of MATLAB and how they can be used to support the teaching of mathematics for science and engineering students.

    A very welcome innovation at EMAC 2017 was the availability of coffee prior to the first plenary presentation each morning!

    At the AGM

    After serving on the EMG executive for eight years (2009-2017) Mark Nelson stepped down to be an ordinary member of the committee. After serving on the EMG committee for at least twelve years (2005-2017, records do not exist for earlier years) John Shepherd stood down.

    Having read the constitution, it was discovered that the EMG committee had one too many members in the period 2015-2017. Other committees with too many members were: 2000-2000 (three extra members); 2005-2007, 2007-2009 (one extra member) and 2013-2015. Despite this being pointed out, the new committee has one too many members!

    The 14th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (2019)

    The 14th EMAC conference will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The provisional conference dates are Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th November. These dates have been chosen as MODSIM 2019 will be held at ADFA the following week.

    The Executive Committee of the EMG

    Officers of the EMG executive

    I have also provided this information in part I (1992-2001). But I think it's nice to see all the executive committees in one table.

    Year Chair Secretary Treasurer
    1992–AEMC94 Joseph Steiner (SUT) Lindsay Evans (MNU) Alan Easton (SUT)
    AEMC1994–AEMC96 Joseph Steiner (SUT) Nian Li (SUT) Gary Fitzgerald (RMIT)
    AEMC1996–EMAC1998
    EMAC1998–EMAC2000
    EMAC 2000–EMAC 2002Alan Easton Gary Fitz-Gerald Ian Grundy
    EMAC 2005–EMAC 2007Bill Blyth Geoff Mercer Ian Grundy
    EMAC 2007–EMAC 2009Bill Blyth Geoff Mercer Michael Kirkpatrick
    EMAC 2009–EMAC 2011Bill Blyth Mark Nelson John Shepherd
    EMAC 2011–EMAC 2013Mark Nelson Bronwyn Hajek Danny Norrison
    EMAC 2013–EMAC 2015Mark Nelson Bronwyn Hajek Danny Norrison
    EMAC 2015–EMAC 2017Bronwyn Hajek Mark Nelson Danny Norrison
    EMAC 2017–EMAC 2019Bronwyn Hajek Tara Hamilton Danny Norrison

    There are currently no details of the executive in the period 1996-2000.

    Ordinary members of the EMG executive

    I have also provided this information in part I (1992-2001). But I think it's nice to see all the ordinary members of the executive committee in one table.

    Year Committee Members
    1992–AEMC1994 Gary Fitz-Gerald
    (RMIT)
    Peter Kennedy
    (Moldflow Pty Ltd)
    Michael Landman
    (BHP)
    H. Mackenzie
    (Richard Oliver International Pty Ltd)
    A. Pettitt
    (QUT)
    AEMC1994–AEMC1996 Jagannath Mazumdar
    (UAD)
    Sean McElwain
    (QUT)
    Ken Stevenson
    (SIT)
    Daniel Yuen
    (BHP Steel, Port Kembla)
    EMAC 2000–EMAC 2002 Peter Austin Bill Blyth (RMIT, -) Jack Ding Neville Fowkes
    Larry Forbes Helen MacGillivray (QUT) Mike Pemberton (UQ, +)
    EMAC 2005–EMAC 2007 Damien Holloway (+) Andrew Metcalfe (UAD) Mike Pemberton (UQ) John Shepherd (RMIT)
    Leigh Wood (UTS)
    EMAC 2007–EMAC 2009 Steve Barry Damien Holloway (-) Andrew Metcalfe (UAD, +) Mark Nelson (UOW)
    John Shepherd (RMIT)
    EMAC 2009–EMAC 2011 Mary Coupland (UTS, +) Andrew Metcalfe (UAD, -)
    EMAC 2011–EMAC 2013 Bill Blyth (RMIT) Mary Coupland (UTS, -) John Shepherd (RMIT) Stephen Woodcock (UTS)
    EMAC 2013–EMAC 2015 Bill Blyth (RMIT) Mary Coupland (UTS, -) Tara Hamilton (UNSW) Dann Mallet (QUT) John Shepherd (RMIT)
    EMAC 2015–EMAC 2017 Bill Blyth (retired) Tara Hamilton (UWS) Dann Mallet (QUT) John Shepherd (RMIT) Andrew Stacey (RMIT)
    EMAC 2017–EMAC 2019 Bill Blyth (retired) Alys Clark (UAL,-) Mark Nelson (UOW) Andrew Stacey (RMIT) Stephen Woodcock (UTS)

    Mark and Bill intended to co-opt three further members onto the 2009–2011 executive including one from NZ with the intention of a NZ EMAC. The road to heaven...

    1. It is sometimes the tradition of EMAC that in year "x" the previous director of EMAC (that is the EMAC held in year "x") and the next director of EMAC (that is the EMAC held in year "x+2") are elected onto the committee. These are denoted `-' and `+' in the table.

    Ex-officio members of the EMG executive

    The ex-officio members of the EMG executive for the period 1992-2001 are listed in part I.

    Year ANZIAM Engineers CMG
    EMAC 2000–EMAC 2002 Jim Hill Peter May Mike Osborne
    EMAC 2005–EMAC 2007 -- -- Ian Turner
    EMAC 2007–EMAC 2009 -- -- --
    EMAC 2009–EMAC 2011 -- -- Ian Turner
    EMAC 2011–EMAC 2013 Tim Marchant/Phil Broadbridge -- REMOVED
    EMAC 2013–EMAC 2015 Phil Broadbridge/Larry Forbes --
    EMAC 2015–EMAC 2017 Larry Forbes/Mary Myerscough --

    1. According to the EMG constitution the Chair of the Division of Applied Mathematics, or their nominated representative, is an ex-officio member of the committee. This column is denoted (ANZIAM).
    2. According to the EMG constitution the Chair of the Institute of Engineers (Australia), or their nominated representative, is an ex-officio member of the committee. This column is denoted (Engineers).
    3. There was a long running belief that the chair of the CMG (computational mathematics group) was an ex-officio member of the executive. This was discovered not to be the case in December 2013!
    4. A -- denotes that the appropriate person was not asked to be on the committee!
    5. Tim Marchant and Phil Broadbridge were the ANZIAM chairs for the periods 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 respectively. Phil Broadbridge and Larry Forbes were the ANZIAM chairs for the periods 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 respectively.

    The Engineering Mathematics and Applications (EMAC) Conference Series

    I have also provided this information in part I (1992-2001). But I think it's nice to see all the conference series information in one table.

    According to the constitution the meeting should be held mid-year.

    In the presentations column the first numeral is the number of non-plenary presentations. The second numerical is the number of student presentations. The int column is the number of international delegates with the number of countries represented in parenthesis. The inst column is the number of institutions represented by the conference delegates.
    Year Location Date Delegates Int Inst Plenaries Presentations Director Web page
    1992 (Inaugural meeting) SUT 16 June 1992 160 ??? ??? 7 8 (?) Joseph Steiner
    1993 (EMG Symposium) RMIT 9 June 1993 "nearly 100" ??? ??? 9 0 (0) Gary Fitz-Gerald
    1994 (1st AEMC) Melbourne 11-13 July 1994 134 25 (17) 58 9 c. 80 (?) Joseph Steiner
    1996 (2nd AEMC) USN 15-17 July 1996 115 13 (10) 51 8 83 (?) Philip Broadbridge
    1998 (3rd EMAC) UAD 13-15 July 1998 144 23 (11) 53 11 111 (42) Jagannath Mazumdar
    2000 (4th EMAC) RMIT 10–13 September 2000 ?? ??? ??? 5 712000 (?) Bill Blyth
    2002 (5th EMAC) UQ 29th September–2nd October 2002 60 ??? ??? 6 38 (10) Mike Pemberton (UQ) http://www.icms.com.au/emac02
    2003 (6th EMAC) ICIAM 2003 9–11 July 2003 100 ??? ??? 0 63 (?) Leigh Wood
    2005 (7th EMAC) RMIT 25–28 September 2005 ?? ??? ??? 4 102 (32) Bill Blyth
    2007 (8th EMAC) UTAS 1st–4th July 2007 78 ??? ?? ??? ?? (?) Damien Holloway
    2009 (9th EMAC) UAD 6th–9th December 2009 86 ??? ??? 7 96 (212009) Andrew Metcalfe
    2011 (10th EMAC) UTS 4–7 December 2011 85 ??? ??? 6 83 (34) Mary Coupland http://www.emac2011.com.au
    2013 (11th EMAC) QUT 1–4 December 2013 113 ??? ??? 4 81 (37) Dann Mallet http://www.emac2013.com.au
    2015 (12th EMAC) USA 6–9 December 2015 77 ??? ??? 5 65 (29) Bronwyn Hajek https://emac2015.unisa.edu.au/
    2017 (13th EMAC) UAL 29 November–1st December 2017 55 ??? ??? 5 50 (30) Alys Clark and Richard Clarke http://emac2017.com/
    2019 (14th EMAC) ADFA 26 November–30 November 2019 ?? ??? ??? ?? ?? (??) Zlatko Jovanoski

    Delegates include the invited speakers.
    The web-pages may no longer be operational. (However, they can be found with the wayback machine - thanks to Bronwyn Hajek for pointing this out!)
    2000. Presentations based on the number of papers listed in the published proceedings (May et al, 2000).
    2003. The 2003 conference was embedded into the 5th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (7–11 July 2003, Sydney).
    2009. The conference book does not distinguish between student and non-student presentations. However, I know that there were 21 students registered. I also know their names. In theory I could very carefully check the program...

    Conference Committee

    The conference committees for the period 1992-2001 are provided in part I.

    YearChair Co-chair Secretary Treasurer Committee
    2002 Mike Pemberton -- -- -- Amanda Edwards (UQ) Peter Jacobs (UQ) Troy Farrell (QUT) Anthony Maeder (QUT)
    (UQ) Ross McAree (UQ) Adekunle Oloyede (QUT) Sergey Suslov (USQ) Ian Turner (QUT)
    2003Leigh Wood -- ---- Bill Blyth (RMIT) Lindsay Botten (UTS) Gary Fitz-Gerald (RMIT) Rob May (RMIT)
    (UTS) Geoff Smith (UTS)
    2005 Bill Blyth Liuping Wang John Shepherd Ian Grundy Robin Hill (RMIT) Andrew Stacey (RMIT) Leigh Wood (UTS)
    (RMIT) (RMIT) (RMIT) (RMIT)
    2009 Charles Pearce Fred Bowden -- -- Andrew Metcalfe (UAD) R. Brian Webby (USA) ?????? ???.
    (UAD)(DSTO) ???.
    2011 Mary Coupland Mark Nelson -- -- Bill Blyth (AMSI) Anne Gardner (UTS) Tim Langtry (UTS) Julia Memar (UTS).
    (UTS)(UOW) Beverley Moore (UTS).
    2013 Dann Mallet -- -- -- Charisse Farr (QUT) Kristen Harley (QUT) Michael Jennings (UQ) Scott McCue (QUT),
    (QUT) Tim Moroney (QUT).
    2017 --- Richard Clarke -- --- Haribalan Kumar
    --- (UAL) -- --- (UAL)
    --- Alys Clark -- ---
    --- (UAL) -- ---

    2009. Believed that conference chair was also treasurer.

    Biennial EMG awards

    The awards given out at AEMC94 are listed in part I.

    William Finlay Blyth Prize for best student presentation

    At the EMAC 2011 AGM it was decided to rename the "Best Student talk at EMAC" the William Finlay Blyth Prize.

    The winners of the best student presentation for the period 1992-2001 are listed in part I. (Or at least they would be if I had any details about them).

    Year Winner(s) Institution Highly Commended Institution
    2005 James Caunce ADFA Ryan Adams RMIT
    Frederic CortatLinkoping University, Sweden Maya MuthuswamyUniversity of Melbourne
    Rosmiwati Mohd-MokhtarRMIT Himanshu VermaTU Darmstadt, Germany
    2009 Thiansiri Luangwilai UNSW, Canberra
    2011 Darren Engwirda USN Thiansiri Luangwilai UNSW, Canberra
    Matthew Adams QUT
    2013 Josef Barnes GFU Kristen Harley QUT
    Laith Hermez UAL
    Lisa Mayo QUT
    2015 Dilan Pathirana GFU David Harman GFU
    Muhammad Ilyas UNC
    2017 Michael Gravatt UAL James Cavallo MNU
    Alison Schroeder UAL
    Win Min Tun UAL
    Faheem Zaidi MSU

    We don't have very good records of what the Winner(s)/ Highly Commended(s) have received.
    2009. It's believed that there were three winners and three highly commendeds.

    The following table indicates what the winner(s) and the highly commendeds received for their excellent presentations.

    YearWinner(s) Highly Commended
    2013 Certificate and $500 Certificate and $150 each
    2015 Certificate and $500 Certificate and $100 each
    2017 Certificate and $500 Certificate and $100 each

    In 2013 the certificates were signed by the chair of EMAC 2013, the chair of EMG and Bill Blyth.
    In 2015 the certificates were signed by the chair of EMAC 2015 and the Chair of the Student Prize Committee.
    In 2017 the certificates were signed by the two co-chairs of EMAC 2017 and the Chair of the Student Prize Committee.

    Best student presentation using Maple

    At EMAC 2015 an award was made for the best student presentation using Maple. In 2015 this prize was sponsored by Australian Scientific and Engineering Solutions (ASES).

    Year Winner(s) Institution
    2015 Bushra Hasan SUT

    The following table indicates what the winner(s) and the highly commendeds received for their excellent presentations.

    YearWinner(s)
    2015 Certificate and a copy of the Maple Advanced Engineering Bundle - 2015

    In 2015 the the Maple Advanced Engineering Bundle - 2015, consisted of the Maple Student Edition and the Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple e-book with solutions. The certificate was signed by Bill Blyth.

    Student Prize Committee

    The student prize committees for the period 1992-2001 are listed in part I. (Or at least they would be if I had any details about them).

    YearChairCommittee
    2005 John Shepherd (RMIT)
    2009 John Shepherd (RMIT)
    2011 Mark Nelson (UoW) Tara Hamilton (UNSW) Sean Hendy (VUW) Tim Langtry (UTS) Dann Mallet (QUT)
    John Shepherd (RMIT) Andrew Stacey (RMIT) Tanya Tarnopolskaya (CSIRO) Steve Woodwind (UTS)
    2013 Mark Nelson (UoW) Bill Blyth (RMIT) Pamela Burrage (QUT) Tara Hamilton (UNSW) Dann Mallet (QUT)
    Tim Moroney (QUT) John Shepherd (RMIT) Andrew Stacey (RMIT)
    2015 Yvonne Stokes (UAD) Amy Albrecht (USA) Elliot Carr (QUT) Christine Mangelsdorf (UMB) Andrew Metcalf (UAD)
    Martyn Nash (UAL) Darryn Reid (DSTO) Dimetre Triadis (LTU) Annette Worthy (UOW)
    2017 Bronwyn Hajek (USA) Alona Ben-Tal (MSU) Mark McGuinness (VUW) Mark Nelson (UOW)

    Student Maple Prize Committee

    YearChairCommittee
    2015 Bill Blyth (RMIT & ASES)

    In 2015 this prize was sponsored by Australian Scientific and Engineering Solutions (ASES).

    Editors of the EMAC proceedings (and links to proceedings)

    In the `old' days refereed papers were published in a printed (and refereed!) conference proceedings which was distributed at the conference. Starting in 2005, the conference proceedings have appeared in a special issue of the electronic supplement of the ANZIAM Journal. These proceedings, subject to the usual rigorous ANZIAM Journal refereeing process, appear after the conference.

    I have also provided this information in part I (1992-2001). But I think it's nice to see all the conference proceedings information in one table.

    Year Editors ISBN/Web page Papers
    1993 ????
    1994 ????
    1996D. Yuen P. Broadbridge J. Steiner ISBN 9780858256538 90
    ISBN (Book) 0 85825 653 3
    1998E.O. Tuck J.A.K. Stott ISBN (Book) 185825 686 X 119
    2000R.L. May G.F. Fitz-Gerald I.H. Grundy ISBN 085825 705X 76
    2002 Mike Pemberton Ian Turner Peter Jacobs ISSN 1447-378X
    2003 R.L. May W.F. Blyth ISBN 1 86365-533-6
    2005A. Stacey B. Blyth J. Shepherd A.J. Roberts ANZIAM J (E) 47(2005)
    2007G.N. Mercer ANZIAM J (E) 49(2007)
    2009A. Metcalfe P. Howlett M.I. Nelson A.J. Roberts ANZIAM J (E) 51(2009)
    2011M.I. Nelson A.J. Roberts M. Coupland T.J. Hamilton H.S. Sidhu ANZIAM J (E) 53(2011)
    2013M.I. Nelson J. Bunder T.J. Hamilton M. Jennings ANZIAM J (E) 55(2013)
    2015M.I. Nelson J. Bunder D. Mallet B. Pincombe ANZIAM J (E) 57(2015)

    Invited speakers committee

    The invited speakers committees for the period 1992-2001 are listed in part I. (Or at least they would be if I had any details about them).

    Year Chair Conference Chair (*) EMG Chair (*)
    2011 Mark Nelson Mary Coupland Bill Blyth Bob Anderssen Anne Gardner Bronwyn Hajek Tara Hamilton
    (UoW) (UTS) (RMIT) (CSIRO) (UTS) (Uni SA) (UNSW)
    2013 Dann Mallet --- Mark Nelson John Bell Gordon Wyeth Ian Turner
    (QUT) --- (UoW) (QUT) (QUT) (QUT)
    2015 Phil Broadbridge Bronwyn Hajek Mark Nelson Tracie Barber Robert Mahony Antoinette Tordesillas
    (La Trobe) (USA) (UoW) (UNSW) (ANU) (UMB)
    2017 Scott McCue Alys Clark Bronwyn Hajek Phil Broadbridge Pamela Burrage Roslyn Hickson Mike Plank
    (QUT) (UAL) (USA) (Latrobe) (QUT) (IBM) (Canterbury)
    --- Richard Clarke --- Antoinette Tordesillas
    --- (UAL) --- (UMB)

    (*) The Conference Chair and the EMG Chair should be ex-officio members of the invited speakers committee.

    Invited speakers

    The Invited speakers for the period 1992 to 2001 are provided in part I.

    In the following table I have tried to indicate the nominal `area' of a plenary speaker: EDU(education), ENG (engineering), MAT (mathematics), STA (statistics).

    Year Speaker Institution Area
    2002 (University of Queensland)
    Dr. Noel Barton CSIRO MAT
    Finite and Discrete Elements, Multi-Physics and Granular Flows
    Professor Ron Daniel Oxford University, UK ENG
    Teleoperation and Control Theory. Combining Physics and Mathematics to Improve the Science of Engineering Systems.
    Professor Larry ForbesUTAS MAT
    Applied Mathematics and MRI Coil Design
    Professor Sean McKee University of Strathclyde, UK MAT
    Marker and Cell - the State of the Art
    Dr. Allan Paull UQ ENG
    Hyshot Flight Program
    Mr. Terry Stevenson Technical Director of Boeing, Australia ENG
    Systems and Complexity.
    2009 (University of Adelaide)
    Paul Abbott UWA EDU
    Teaching engineering mathematics using computer algebra
    Bill Blyth AMSI & RMIT EDU
    Mathematical Tales of Technology and Collaboration
    Paul Cowpertwait MSU (NZ) STA
    Spatial-temporal Poisson cluster models of rainfall: Applications and further developments
    Tim Gourlay CUT MAT
    Hydrodynamic effects on fast monohulls or catamarans travelling through the critical speed in shallow water
    Charles Pearce UAD STA
    Changing History
    David Scullen UAD MAT
    Calculation of Linearised Ship Waves
    Yuri Sergeev Newcastle University (UK) MAT
    Solid particles, vortices, and their interactions in helium II: visualization of quantum turbulence
    2011 (University of Technology, Sydney)
    Professor Simon Beecham UniSA ENG
    Understanding trends, step changes and the influence of climate indices on rainfall in South Australia
    Professor Sean Hendy Victoria University of Wellington MAT
    Applications of mathematics to nanotechnology and materials
    Professor Peter Hunter FRS University of Auckland ENG
    The VPH/Physiome Project and the role of engineering mathematics in computational physiology
    Dr Birgit Loch Swinburne University of Technology EDU
    Teaching mathematics with technology
    Dr Tanya Tarnopolskaya CSIRO MAT
    Practical insight through asymptotic and perturbation analysis
    Dr Christopher Watson University of Tasmania STA
    Space Geodesy: Current techniques, challenges and some unsolved problems
    2013 (Queensland University of Technology)
    Lori Bassman and Darryl Yong Harvey Mudd College, United States EDU
    ``Studio'' Mathematics for Undergraduate Engineers
    David Lovell CSIROMAT
    Making a difference with engineering mathematics
    Robert Mahony ANUENG
    Observers for Symmetric Mechanical Systems
    Joe Monaghan MNUMAT
    Numerical methods applied to problems involving one or more fluids containing particulate matter
    2015 (University of South Australia)
    Kylie Catchpole Australian National University ENG
    The bright future of solar energy
    Christine Mangelsdorf University of Melbourne EDU
    Lessons learned in teaching engineering mathematics
    Martyn Nash University of Auckland (New Zealand) ENG/MAT
    Multi-scale modelling of cardiac electro-mechanics, arrhythmias and heart failure
    Darryn Reid Defence Science and Technology Group MAT
    The imperative of mathematical uncertainty
    Ben Rubinstein University of Melbourne STAT
    Data integration through the lens of statistical learning
    2017 (University of Auckland)
    Michael Forbes University of Queensland MAT
    Benders decomposition and lazy modelling for integer programming problems
    Philippa Martin University of Canterbury ENG
    Tiptoeing along the edge of stability
    Louise Olsen-Kettle Swinburne University of Technology MAT
    Bridging the macro to the mesoscale: modelling damage and fracture propogation in anisotropic materials
    Graham Weir Massey University MAT
    Conceptual models for porous media theory
    Caroline Yoon University of Auckland EDU
    Cutting through the fake `real world' of mathematics tasks

    Registration Fees

    I have also provided this information in part I (1992-2001). But I think it's nice to see all the registration fees information in one table.

    Membership 1996 2002 2005 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
    AMS $300 $500 $450 $540 (?) $600 $600 $600 NZD $560/650
    Non-AMS $300 $500 $450 ???? $650 $650 $650 NZD $600/700
    AMS student $250 $250 $250 $490 (?) $360 $360 $360 NZD $350/400
    Non-AMS student $250 $250 $250 ???? $390 $390 $390 NZD $380/430
    Accompanying personN/A $110 $110 ???? N/A N/A $115 NZD $115
    Retiree N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $360 $410 NZD $350

    All registration fees are `early bird'.

    Other Conference Committees

    The AEMC 96 conference had a technical organising committee and an international technical advisory committee. The details of these committees is listed in Part 1 (1992-2001) of the EMG history.

    The 2000 EMAC had a technical committee. The details of this committee is listed in Part 1 (1992-2001) of the EMG history.

    In 2002 and 2003 EMAC had a technical committee. In 2013 and 2015 EMAC had an abstract review committee.

    Technical Committee 2002

    The EMAC 2002 conference proceedings list a `technical committee' (Pemberton et al 2002). I have no idea what this committee did! The members were:

    Jim Hill University of Wollongong
    Bill Blyth RMIT
    Neville Fowkes University of Western Australia
    Jagannath Mazumdar University of Adelaide
    Alan East University of Papua New Guinea

    Technical Committee 2003

    The EMAC 2003 conference proceedings list a `technical committee' (May & Blyth, 2003). Other than having the primary responsibility for refereeing papers I do not know what this committee did. The members were:

    Bill Blyth (Co-Chair) RMIT University
    Rob May (Co-Chair) RMIT University
    Shaun Belward James Cook University
    Murray Cameron CSIRO
    Pat Cretchley University of Southern Queensland
    Frank de Hoog CSIRO
    Neville Fowkes University of Western Australia
    Milton Fuller Central Queensland University
    Jules Harnett University of Technology, Sydney
    David Jenkins CSIRO
    Grant Keady University of Western Australia
    Tim Keighley CISRO
    Kerry Landman University of Melbourne
    Helen MacGillivray Queensland University of Technology
    Tony Miller CSIRO
    Beverley Moore University of Technology, Sydney
    Mike Pemberton University of Queensland
    Peter Petocz University of Technology, Sydney
    Stephen Roberts Australian National University
    Geoff Smith University of Technology, Sydney
    Wee King Soh University of Wollongong
    Pavel Trivailo RMIT University
    Jiyuan Tu RMIT University
    Rod Weber University of New South Wales (ADFA)
    Leigh Wood University of Technology, Sydney
    Daniel Yuen BHP

    Abstract Review Committee (2013)

    The EMAC 2013 conference had an abstract review committee. The members were
    Dann Mallet QUT
    Mark Nelson UoW
    Scott McCue QUT
    Tim Moroney QUT
    Kai Helge Becker QUT
    Michael Jennings UQ

    Abstract Review Committee (2015)

    The EMAC 2015 conference had an abstract review committee. The members were
    Bronwyn Hajek USA
    Amie Albrecht USA
    Eric Charrault USA
    Brandon Pincombe DSTO
    Romeo Marian USA
    Sarthok Sircar UAD

    Analysis of delegates

    I do not have a list of delegates for either the Inaugural Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (1992) or the Engineering Mathematics Group Symposium (1993).

    There were 134, 115 and 144 delegates at AEMC 1994, AEMC 1996 and EMAC 1998 respectively.

    There were 78, 86, 85, 113, 77 and 60 delegates at EMAC's 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 respectively. How many delegates have attended how many of these conferences? Data below!

    Analysis of delegates at: AEMC 94, AEMC 96, EMAC 98, EMAC 2007, EMAC 2009, EMAC 2011, EMAC 2013, EMAC 2015, & EMAC 2017
    Number of EMACs attended Frequency
    1 638
    2 72
    3 20
    4 7
    6 1
    8 2

    The twenty people to attend three EMAC's are: Andrew Metcalfe, Brandon Pincombe, David Harman, Dominic Wu, Gunther Kurz, Howard Connell, Jagannath Mazumdar, John Gear, Joseph Steiner, Mike Pemberton, Milton Fuller, Nian Li, Peter B. Beda, Peter Johnston, Raymond Summit, Tara Hamilton, Yan Ding, Yvonne Stokes, and Zlatko Jovanoski.

    The seven people to attend four EMAC's are: Aaron Blicblau, Adrian Pincombe, Andrew Stacey, D'Arcy Mullamphy, Neil Kelson, Stephen Woodcock, and Stuart Hawkins.

    The one person to attend six EMAC's is: Mark Nelson.

    The two people to attend eight EMAC's are: Bill Blyth, and John Shepherd.

    This analysis is based upon softcopy delegate lists provided to me by Karen Bradford (EMAC 2007, 22nd January 2016), Andrew Metcalfe (EMAC 2009, 9th August 2014), Mary Coupland (EMAC 2011), Dann Mallet (EMAC 2013), Bronwyn Hajek (EMAC 2015) and Richard Clarke (EMAC 2017).

    John Shepherd provided me with the conference delegate lists for AEMC 1994 and AEMC 1996.

    Harvinder Sidhu provided me with the conference delegates list for EMAC 1998.

    I have provided ana analysis of conference delegates for the period 1992-2001 in part I.

    Obituary Notices

    Gary Fitzgerald, a stalwart member of the EMG during its first ten years, passed away on 29th August 2018. Amongst his many contributions Gary: assisted during the running of the Inaugural EMAC Symposium (1992), served as an ordinary member on the EMG executive (1992-AEMC 1994), was director and chair of the 1993 EMG Symposium, served on the AEMC 1994 conference committee, served as Treasurer on the EMG executive (AEMC 1994-AEMC 1996), served as Secretary on the EMG executive (EMAC 2000-EMAC 2002), served as Secretary for EMAC 2000, was co-editor of the EMAC 2000 conference proceedings, served on the EMAC 2003 conference committee

    Abbreviations

    ADFA Australian Defence Force Academy
    AMSI Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
    ANU Australian National University
    BOU Bond University
    CMG Computational Mathematics Group
    CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    CUT Curtin University of Technology
    DSTO Defence Science and Technology Organisation
    GFU Griffith University
    IEAust Institute of Engineers Australia
    LTU La Trobe University
    MNU Monash University
    MQU Macquarie University
    MSU Massey University (New Zealand)
    ICIAM International Congress in Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    QUT Queensland University of Technology
    RMIT Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
    SIT Sydney Institute of Technology
    SUT Swinburne University of Technology
    UAD University of Adelaide
    UAL University of Auckland (New Zealand)
    UMB University of Melbourne
    UNC University of Newcastle
    UNSW University of New South Wales
    UNSW at ADFA University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy
    UoW University of Wollongong
    UQ University of Queensland
    USA University of South Australia
    USN University of Sydney
    USQ University of Southern Queensland
    UTAS University of Tasmania
    UTS University of Technology, Sydney
    UWA University of Western Australia
    VUW Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

    Acknowledgements

    Bill Blyth provided many details of every EMAC, particularly over the 2000–2011 period. He's a walking history of EMG and EMAC!

    Martin Bunder let me borrow his collection of issues of the Australian Mathematical Society Gazette: Volume 1 (1974) to Volume 26 (1999).

    Zlatko Jovanoski gave me his copy of the EMAC 2000 and EMAC 2002 proceedings. (I was at EMAC 2002, I have no idea what happened to my copy!).

    Ross Moor told me how to replace `20-22' by the nicer looking `20–22'. (I have not always followed this advice).

    John Shepherd provided me a hardcopy delegates list for the AEMC 1994 conference

    Footnotes

    1. Email from Professor Joseph Steiner. 30th September, 2015.

    Missing Paper-Work

    By `paperwork' I mean such things as: list of delegates, conference program and conference proceedings (where these were published as a hardcopy).

    Paperwork that I am missing or the period 1992-2001 is listed in part I of the EMG history.

    Bibliography

    This shows the sources that I have used to write this document. The bibliography used to write Part 1 (1992-2001) of the EMG history is provided there.

    1. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette. 1 (1974), 2 (1975) Number 1 (May) to 3 (December), 3 (1976), 4 (1977) Number 1 (April) to 3 (December), 5 (1978) Number 1 (April) to 3 (December), 6 (1989) to 22 (1995), 23 (1996) Number 1 (April) to 2 (July), Number 4 (November) to 5 (December), 24 (1997) –44 (2017).
    2. A detailed reading of the Gazette might reveal a treasure trove of information about EMG. Due to lack of time I have just looked through the index of each issue.

    3. Blyth, B. (2005). Engineering Mathematics Group Report 2005 to ANZIAM (January 2006).
    4. Blyth, B. (2011). Engineering Mathematics Group (a SIG of ANZIAM). Report to ANZIAM, January 2011.
    5. Blyth, B. (2011). EMG History. Document prepared after EMAC 2011.
    6. Cohen, G. (2007). Counting Australia In. Halstead Press.
    7. The only mention of EMAC in this book is the fact that the 6th EMAC meeting was embedded into ICIAM. There is no mentioned of the EMG group.

    8. EMG Report. (2007). Tabled at the ANZIAM 2008 AGM.
    9. B. Hajek, A. Albrecht and M. Nelson. (2016). 12th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference 2015. Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, 43(1), 14-16.
    10. May, R.L., Fitz-Gerald, G.F,, and Grundy, I.H. (Editors). (2000). EMAC 2000 Proceedings. Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, 10–13 September 2000.
    11. May, R.L., and Blyth, B., (Editors). (2003). EMAC 2003 Proceedings. Proceedings of the Sixth Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, 10–13 September 2000.
    12. Mercer, G. (2007). Engineering Mathematics Group AGM Minutes 2007.
    13. Pemberton, M., Turner, I., and Jacobs, P. (Editors). (2002). EMAC 2002 Proceedings. The Fifth Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, 29 September–2 October 2002.
    14. Wood, L.. (2003). The Report on EMAC: 6th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference. The Australian Mathematical Society Gazette, 30(4), 226–227.
    15. Wood, L.. (2003b). 6th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference. In 5th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Final Proceedings, page 223. ICIAM 2003.


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