Proceeding of the 1984 MACSYMA Users Conference

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The purpose of this Third MACSYMA Users' Conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of all areas related to the development and application of MACSYMA and of similar systems. Five years have passed since the last MACSYMA Users' Conference. A much larger and more dispersed community is now using computers for performing symbolic, as well as numeric, mathematical computations. A meeting for the purpose of exchanging information between individuals applying such systems to the solutions of scientific and engineering problems is especially timely. At the time of the previous MACSYMA Users' Conferences, MACSYMA was on the MACSYMA Consortium Computer at MIT under the direction of Professor Joel Moses. The ARPANET made access to MACSYMA convenient for a user community geographically distributed from Hawaii to England. The MACSYMA Consortium no longer exists. Most users have their own copies of MACSYMA on VAX's (VAXIMA) or on the Symbolics 3600 (LISP) machine. A few are still using MACSYMA via ARPANET on the MIT-MULTICS. The First MACSYMA Users' Conference was held at the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and the Second in Washington, DC in 1979. The Proceedings of these conferences were published by NASA (as NASA Report No. CP-2012) and by MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, respectively. The early development of MACSYMA at MIT was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Later sponsors included the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. The Third MACSYMA Users' Conference sponsors include the General Electric Corporation Research and Development Center; Symbolics, Inc.; the U.S. Army Research Office; the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. We are grateful to all of those who have made this Conference and the publication of these proceeding possible including our sponsors, the Organizing Committee, the invited speakers, those who contributed papers and the conferences attendees. Very special thanks are due to Dr. Hussain of GE who initiated the conference and contributed in so many ways to its success, to Ellen Golden of Symbolics whose efforts have made the publication of these proceedings possible and to Mickey McGinn and others at GE who attended to the many conference details.
MACSYMA, computer, mathematics, symbolic-manipulation, computer algebra, automatic-code-generation