The East Coast Computer Algebra Day (ECCAD) is an annual one-day meeting for those interested in computer algebra and symbolic mathematical computations. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first ECCAD, which was held at Drexel University. These annual meetings provide a venue for dissemination and advancement of fundamental theory of computer algebra, as well as the design and development of modern computer algebra systems and algorithms. The 20th ECCAD will be held at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the French Family Science Center building.

Despite a relatively small computer algebra community lying at the intersection of Mathematics and Computer Science, there are a few dozen general-purpose computer algebra systems in existence today, with broad circulation in academia and industry, used for education, research, and production. Computer algebra systems have evolved considerably in terms of their functionality, supporting a multitude of scientific and engineering applications (notably via numerical, geometric, and statistical computations), as well as in the interface and format for rendering analytical queries and solutions.

The ECCAD conference has a proud tradition of being conducive to interaction and influence among the computer algebra community. Its theme this year is Advances in Symbolic Computation: Emerging Methodologies and Applications of Computer Algebra. New analysis methodologies are emerging for solving both classical computer algebra problems and problems that arise in various research areas. Applications of computer algebra and computer algebra systems are increasing in multiple, diverse disciplines, materializing in both conventional and unconventional formats. The meeting theme is highlighted by four invited talks, given by an established, leading figure in the field, two rising junior faculty, and a young Ph.D. candidate. The rest of the presentations take place through posters. Individual interaction is strongly encouraged through multiple coffee breaks and a meal while posters are on display. At the same time, collective interaction is organized through a panel discussion.

This yearâ€™s program adds two feature components: (i) Each poster presenter is given 4 minutes to orally introduce her or his poster; a best poster award will also be given at the end of the conference. (ii) The panel discussion is partitioned into two parts, one for general discussion on emerging and promising research and application trends, the other on interesting and important new topics for potential thesis work.

### Steering committee

Erich L. Kaltofen (Chair) |
North Carolina State University |

Jeremy Johnson |
Drexel University |

Daniel S. Roche |
United States Naval Academy |

David Saunders |
University of Delaware |

Xiaobai Sun |
Duke University |

### Organizing committee

Xiaobai Sun (Chair) |
Duke University |

Jonathan Hauenstein |
North Carolina State University |

Alexandros-Stavros Iliopoulos |
Duke University |

Nikos P. Pitsianis |
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki |