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Maplesoft Gears Up For 2005 User Conference
Announces Three Keynote Speakers; Call for Papers Still Open

WATERLOO, CANADA, January 24, 2005 – Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announced today three keynote speakers for the Maple Conference 2005: Dr. Brian Ford, former director of the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG); Dr. Richard Gran, CEO of the Mathematical Analysis Company; and Dr. Andre Heck, author and researcher at the AMSTEL Institute. Maplesoft also announced that its Call for Papers remains open.

The Maple Conference is an annual meeting of Maple enthusiasts and experts from around the globe and a wide range of disciplines. This year’s conference will be held July 17-21 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. For more information about the conference, please visit

"This year’s Maple conference promises to be a high-impact program that will enable users to benefit from the experience and insights of peers and leading figures in mathematics and computing," said Tom Lee, Vice President of Market Development. "The conference will feature keynote presentations from leading authorities in industry, research, and academia; application and research presentations from Maple users around the world; insights into the latest news and technology from Maplesoft; and hands-on tutorials of all Maplesoft products."

Dr. Ford is a pioneer and legend in mathematical computation. His vision and innovation founded and drove the evolution of the most trusted and comprehensive suite of numerical routines: the renowned NAG libraries. NAG develops and provides world-leading software to solve complex mathematical problems.

Dr. Gran is a senior consultant to the US space and air defense community in the areas of system simulation and control design. His extensive experience includes the position of senior engineer for the Grumman Aircraft during the Apollo era. Dr. Gran’s expertise on Apollo 13’s Grumman-built lunar module made him a crucial part of the team that rescued the marooned astronauts of that mission and brought them safely home. Dr. Gran’s later works have included magnetically levitated trains and flight controls for the X-29 aircraft.

Dr. Heck is a senior member of the Amsterdam Mathematics Science & Technology Education Laboratory (AMSTEL) of the University of Amsterdam, where he has led research and development of new tools and techniques for innovative mathematics education. Recently, Dr. Heck has been active in automated assessment strategies for mathematics education using Maple T.A. Dr. Heck also authored Introduction to Maple, the most successful book on using Maple ever published. The book is now in its third edition.

The contributed session will feature peer reviewed papers from users on a variety of topics. Abstracts will continue to be accepted until February 18. Proposals should focus on applications in physical sciences, engineering and industry; Maple, MapleNet, and Maple T.A. in education and e-learning; and mathematical research and advanced applications. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Ilias Kotsireas, Contributed Program Chair. He may be reached via phone at 519-884-0710 ext. 2218, fax at 519-746-0677 and e-mail at

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft is a world leader in mathematical and analytical software. Its suite of products include Maple 9.5, the standard among interactive mathematical software; MapleNet, a comprehensive mathematical infrastructure for the Web; and Maple T.A., a system for automated grading of mathematics tests. Maplesoft products embody the most advanced and integrated technology for both numeric and symbolic solution of complex problems. Its standards-compliant algorithms are renowned for their speed, accuracy and reliability. In addition, Maplesoft leads the market with innovations that make the management of technical knowledge – whether in industry, or in a classroom – more effective and efficient. Over two million users at thousands of organizations benefit from advanced Maple technology. Maplesoft’s commercial customer base includes Boeing, Bosch, Canon and NASA. Additionally, virtually every major university and research institute in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Waterloo, has adopted Maple products to enhance their education and research activities. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Maria Bo
519.747.2373 ext.289

David Resnic or Jason Magner
Schwartz Communications