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ANNOUNCEMENT:
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          Working Group: Algorithms for Multidimensional Scaling II

Immediately preceding the CSNA-2003 meeting being hosted by Mike
Brusco at the Doubletree Hotel in Tallahassee, Florida (June 12-15,
2003) there will be a followup meeting of a previous Workshop on MDS
Algorithms held in August, 2001, at Rutgers University in New
Brunswick, NJ.  This meeting will be held at the same site as the CSNA
meeting, and is sponsored by DIMACS (the Center for Discrete
Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) at Rutgers.  The DIMACS
meeting will begin at 1PM on Wednesday, June 11, just before the CSNA
meeting begins, and continue during the day on Thursday, June 12,
independent of the Thursday workshops associated with CSNA, but prior
to the opening reception for CSNA on Thursday evening.

All participants should directly contact the Doubletree Hotel to make
suitable reservations. The nightly rate is $85, excluding tax and
fees, and is guaranteed through May 20, 2003. Please indicate that you
are with the CSNA group when you make reservations. The telephone is
(850)-224-5000, and their fax number is (850)-513-9516. Further
information about the CSNA meeting may be obtained from the CSNA
website http://www.pitt.edu/~csna. The DIMACS website for this event
is http//dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/Scaling2/

The organizing committee for this MDS event will consist of
     J Douglas Carroll (chairman) ([log in to unmask])
      Phipps Arabie ([log in to unmask])
      Larry Hubert ([log in to unmask])
      Michael Trosset ([log in to unmask])
      Mike Brusco ([log in to unmask],edu)
      with Mel Janowitz ([log in to unmask]) acting as the DIMACS
liaison.

On Friday morning, Larry Hubert will give an invited talk on MDS.
This talk is jointly sponsored by DIMACS and CSNA, and all CSNA
attendees are welcome to attend.  CSNA attendees who would also like
to attend and/or participate in the DIMACS Workshop on MDS Algorithms
must notify the workshop organizers in advance and pay a workshop
registration fee of $75. This fee will cover participation in the
workshop, coffee breaks and meals.

Anyone wishing to attend the DIMACS meeting should either register by
  means of the DIMACS web site

       http://dimacs.rutgers.edu (I need to add to this),

or contact the DIMACS workshop coordinator

          Maria Mercado
          Phone 732-445-5928
          [log in to unmask]

The deadline for registration is May 20, 2003.

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