The Foundations of Computational Mathematics Conference of 1997 was held in the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), an outstanding research centre, spectacularly located on the edge of a tropical forest in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the week of January 5-12. There were more than 140 participants, distributed into nine different workshops and twelve plenary talks.

The ambiance of the conference was very friendly, with lots of discussion between the participants. The organisers took great care of the participants from the moment of their arrival until the very departure, and there were no problems of security at all, despite the reputation of the city. Special thanks for this are due to two of the local organizers, Gregorio Malajovich and Jorge Zubelli, and to the staff of the IMPA, who worked particularly hard for the success of the conference in all its aspects.

During the meeting, the Best Paper Award of the Journal of Complexity was awarded to Pascal Koiran, from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, for his paper entitled "Hilbert Nullstellensatz is in the polynomial hierarchy"

The Rio de Janeiro Foundations of Computational Mathematics Conference was sponsored by IMPA and it was held in cooperation with SIAM.

The FoCM'97 International Organising Committee
The FoCM'97 Local Organising Committee
The nine workshops
A list of the talks
A list of the participants
A photograph (272k)
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