The ClocktowerThe 6th Conference on Clifford Algebras and their
Applications in Mathematical Physics,
Tennessee Technological University,
Cookeville, Tennessee, May 20-25, 2002
Lecture Series on Clifford Algebras and Applications, May 18-19, 2002

May 19-29, 2005

Conference Proceedings
Lectures on Clifford (Geometric) Algebras and Applications, Rafal Ablamowicz and Garret Sobczyk, eds., Birkhäuser Boston ©2004 / xxii, 221 pp. / Softcover ISBN 0-8176-3257-3 / List Price US$29.95 (Released: November 2003)
Clifford Algebras - Applications to Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering, Rafal Ablamowicz, ed., Progress in Mathematical Physics, Volume 34, Birkhäuser Boston ©2004 / xxiv, 626 pp. /Hardbound ISBN 0-8176-3525-4 / List Price US $89.95 (Released: December 2003)

Abstracts of Main and Plenary Talks, Accomodations, Additional Information, Advisory Board, Book Exhibits, Call for Papers, Campus Dormitories, Conference Office, Conference Poster, Financial Support, General Information, Hotels, Instructions for Authors, Lecture Series on Clifford Algebras, Local Committee, Local Information, Main Speakers, Organizers, Plenary Speakers, Program, Registration, Round Table Discussion, Scientific Committee, TTU Shuttle Bus Schedule,Sightseeing, Sponsorship, Topics and Sessions, Travel and Transportation, Weather in Cookeville
Registration and abstract submission are now available at either one of the following two mirror pages:

Registration page in Konstanz, GERMANY   and   Registration page in Cookeville, U.S.A.
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All Registered Participants To-Date and their Abstracts

Instructions for Authors (Deadline for invited contributions: August 30, 2002)


Conference Participants and More Pictures

Related Links:
ACA'2002, June 25-28, 2002, Volos, Greece, 8th International Conference on Applications of Computer Algebra
Fifth Workshop, Bled, Slovenia, July 14--23, 2002, 'What Comes Beyond the Standard Model?'
IMA Conference on Applications of Geometric Algebra, 5 6 September 2002, Trinity College, Cambridge
ISAAC Conference, on Complex Analysis, Differential Equations and Related Topics, Yerevan, Armenia, September 17 21, 2002
Clifford puzzles for kids at

William Kingdon Clifford (1845-1879)

Books by or about W. K. Clifford on
``Mathematical Works of W.K. Clifford" ed. R. Tucker``Ethics of Belief", ``Common Sense of Exact Sciences...",
``Geometry and Nature: In Memory of W.K. Clifford" ed. H. Nencka



This conference is co-sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and by the International Society for Analysis, its Applications and Computation (ISAAC). Professor Steven Krantz,, from Washington University represents AMS on the Scientific Committee.

Financial assistance is provided by the National Science Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Provost Office at Tennessee Technological University; the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and the College of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University.

Local Information:

Tennessee Technological University is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing board for this system which is comprised of six universities, fourteen two-year colleges, and twenty-six Tennessee Technology centers. The TBR system enrolls more than 80 percent of all Tennessee students attending public institutions of higher education.

The campus is located in Cookeville, a city of 28,000 located on the eastern Highland Rim of Tennessee. In addition to the main campus of 235 acres, the University owns and operates two farms for instruction and research purposes and operates the Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for Crafts located on Center Hill Lake near Smithville. The surrounding area, enhanced by three major lakes, abounds in natural beauty and is served by several state parks.

To find map of Cookeville, go to Enter "Cookeville" and "TN" under city and state. Then, by selecting option Gov/School and then Colleges, you will be able to find the TTU campus near the Quadrangle between Willow Avenue, 12th Street and Jefferson Avenue in the northern part of the city. To find out current weather conditions in or around Cookeville, go to

General Information:

The 6th Conference on Clifford Algebras will be a continuation of a 16 year old sequence of international conferences devoted to the mathematical aspects of Clifford algebras and their varied applications in mathematical physics, cybernetics, robotics, image processing and engineering. Previous meetings took place at: University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., 1985; University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France, 1989; University of Gent, Gent, Belgium, 1993 and University of Aachen, Germany, 1996. The most recent meeting took place in Ixtapa, Mexico, 1999. Among mathematical structures considered are: Grassmann algebras and supersymmetry, quaternions, octonions, division and Clifford algebras over arbitrary fields, other algebraic structures including quantum groups and multivector algebras, spin structures and Clifford bundles, local and global problems for Dirac operator, Connes spectral triples and noncommutative geometry, Clifford analysis and quantum logic. Applications in physics cover a wide range of topics from classical mechanics to general relativity, twistor methods, electromagnetism, elementary particle physics, quantum mechanics, perturbative renormalization, spin foam models and quantum gravity. Applications in robotics include double quaternions, rigid motions, constraint manifolds, inverse kinematics, robot arm geometry. It is expected that somewhere between 100 and 150 participants, including graduate students, will attend this conference.

Conference Office:

Conference Office is located in the Mathematics Department Office in Bruner Hall 235. It is staffed by two Conference Secretaries: Mrs. Patsy Peavyhouse, E-mail:, tel. (931) 372-3441, and  Mrs. Vickie Mayberry, E-mail:, tel. (931) 372-3442. The office fax number is (931) 372-6353. Any questions, requests for local arrangements, payment of the Conference Fees, etc., or, in general, any communication regarding the Conference should be directed to Patsy, Vickie, or to Dr. Rafal Ablamowicz, E-mail:, tel. (931) 372-3569.

Registration and Conference Fees:

The registration and fees payment is a two step process:

Registration deadline is March 15, 2002 (both registration form and fees) although on-site registration will also be possible at a higher cost. The Regular Registration Fee is $180 (when paid before March 15, 2002) while the reduced Student/Unemployed Participant/Post-doc/Developing Country Registration Fee is expected not to exceed $80 (when paid before March 15, 2002). There will be an additional Late Registration Fee of  $30 for any registration after March 15, 2002. Please note that there is a separate registration fee of $25 for the Lecture Series on Clifford Algebras and Applications, May 18--19, 2002. The registration deadline for the lecture Series is also March 15, 2002, although later registration will also be accepted.

The Organizers of the Conference request that anyone planning to register for this lecture series does so before the deadline of March 15 so that enough copies of the lecture notes with the six lectures can be prepared. The registration fee will cover the cost of the lecture notes that will be distributed to the registered participants on Saturday, May 18, 2002.

For a complete list of all Conference Fees and instructions how to pay them, please go to CONFERENCE FEES AND PAYMENT INFORMATION.

On-site Late Registration will be available on Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; on Sunday, May 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and on Monday, May 20, from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m..

Financial Support:

Financial support for all plenary speakers, lecturers, session organizers, graduate students, women, minorities, unemployed participants, and persons applying from developing countries is provided through the National Science Foundation grant,  the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Provost Office at Tennessee Technological University; the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and the College of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University. Some support has been already committed by our sponsors. If you are in need of such support, please indicate so in the comments section on the conference registration page. Preference in determining support will be given to those presenting a paper in one of the thematic areas covered by the Conference.

Some support is already provided by means of the reduced registration fees for certain categories of participants. Further reduction in the registration fee is still available for anyone staying in on-campus student dormitory. Finally, the cost of campus dormitory is already very low while prices at selected local hotels have been negotiated down for all conference participants. Go to Accommodations section below.

Organizers request that you help them correctly estimate need for support by registering early. All persons who plan to take part in the conference (including the plenary speakers), and who plan to apply for financial support from the Organizers are asked to use, to the highest extent possible, their own funds from any grants, e.g., NSF grants, that they may have or that they may apply for in their home countries, or through their institutions. This will enable the Organizers to support those who do not hold such grants, or who do not have possibilities to obtain such funds.

Here are additional sources of support that may be available:

Call for Papers:

Contributed 30-minute papers are invited. Abstracts must be submitted by MARCH 15 via the registration page.

Instructions for Authors:

Papers selected by the session organizers will appear in an invited volume that will be published by Birkhauser. Contributors have already been invited by session organizers to submit their papers to them by August 30, 2002. All papers will be refereed. If you have any questions regarding your paper that you would like to have considerd for a possible inclusion in the invited volume, please contact the session organizers who organized the session in which you presented your paper.

When submitting a complete paper, Editors request that all Authors follow "Instructions for Contributing Authors" that are available as a .dvi file Authors.dvi (23K) and a Postscript file (265K). All necessary macros and style files, including "Instructions for Contributing Authors" file, can be downloaded as a .zip file (238K) or as a self-extracting file Authors.exe (268K) (for Windows systems). It is also available as a .pdf file Authors.pdf (107KB).

Call for Posters:

If you intend to present a poster, please submit a title and a brief abstract by MARCH 15 via the registration page. Then, send a complete printable file in one of the following formats: .ps. .dvi, or .pdf to Dr. Rafal Ablamowicz, The length of the poster papers is generally limited to eight pages. Longer posters may be accepted per agreement with Dr. Rafal Ablamowicz. When preparing a poster, lease follow "Instructions for Authors" posted above. For more information go to posters.


Local Organizing Committee: Advisory Board: Scientific Committee: Confirmed Main Speaker and Preliminary Title of Lecture(s):
  • Joseph C. Varilly, Universidad de Costa Rica, "The Interface of Noncommutative Geometry and Physics"
  • Confirmed Plenary Speakers, Titles and Abstracts (via the links) of their Lectures: Topics and Sessions: Additional Events:

    In the spirit of past conferences, organizers of the 6th Conference propose to organize Round Table discussions on subjects of interest to the participants, poster sessions, and a series of lectures on Clifford algebras and their applications.

    Additional Information: Accommodations are available in hotels and in on-campus student dormitories:


    Hotel Information and Prices (from Saturday, May 18, 2002, until Sunday, May 26, 2002)
    Hotel name, how to find it, and its web page Contact person and the best way to contact her/him in order to make a reservation Confirmation number or name of the group reservation Rooms, prices, and facilities Room prices are guaranteed until this release date:
    Holiday Inn, 970 S. Jefferson Avenue, take exit 287 off I-40, go north on Jefferson Avenue about 200 m, pass Interstate Drive, hotel will be on your right,
    Bill Cherry, Director of Sales,
    tel. (931) 526-7125,
    fax. (931) 372-8508, 
    "The 6th Conference on Clifford Algebras" Flat charge of $50 per room per night plus 13.75% tax; rooms can hold up to 5 people, restaurant, lounge, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, pets welcome, all rooms equipped with coffee maker, iron and ironing board, voice mail, and high speed internet access, etc. May 4, 2002
    Hampton Inn, 1025 Interstate Drive, take exit 287 off I-40, go north on Jefferson Avenue about 200 m to Interstate Drive, turn left into Interstate Drive, hotel will be on your right, go to, then select Find A Hotel
    Eugene Goodman, General Manager, tel. (931) 520-1117, 
    fax: (931) 520-8412,
    Confirmation number: 83125188, 
    "The 6th Conference on Clifford Algebras"
    Flat charge of $60 per room per night plus 13.75% tax; rooms can hold up to 4 persons, data ports, refrigerators upon request, laundry services, fax and copy services, outdoor heated pool, Whirpool spa, workout room, etc. May 11, 2002
    Comfort Suites, 1035 Interstate Drive, and Ramada Suites, 1045 Intertstate Drive, take exit 287 off I-40, go north on Jefferson Avenue about 200 m to Interstate Drive, turn left into Interstate Drive, suites will be on your right,
    Pamela Farley, Director of Sales and Marketing, 
    Comfort Suites:
    tel. (931) 372-1881, 
    fax: (931) 372-9188, 
    Ramada Suites:
    tel. (931) 372-0086, 
    fax: (931) 372-0030
    "The 6th Conference on Clifford Algebras" Flat charge of $57 per night for a King Suite (with 1 king size bed) or for a Double Queens Suite (with 2 queen size beds) plus 13.75% tax. No charge for additional beds for children.  Jacuzzi, wet-bar, kitchenette, refrigerator, coffe pot, iron and ironing board, data port telephones, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, spa, fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning, etc. May 4, 2002

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