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"Excursions in Algorithmics: A Late Festschrift for Franco P. Preparata" aka FrancoFest, is a two-day workshop to honor and celebrate the career of Franco P. Preparata on the occasion of his 70th birthday (which was in December 2005). The event will be held October 27-28, 2006 on the Brown campus. Please visit FrancoFest for details.

All the members of the Brown computer science community are invited to attend the technical presentations (CIT 368) on each of the two days and the reception at 5:30pm on October 27 (CIT, third-floor atrium). An open-door policy will be in effect for the talks. However, priority seating will be given to registered attendees. Full attendance to the entire event requires registration. A registration fee covers lunch and coffee breaks on each of the two days, a banquet on the evening of the first day, and a booklet of abstracts (see the event website).

Franco P. Preparata has been the An Wang Professor of Computer Science at Brown University since January 1991. Formerly, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Dr. Ing. degree from the University of Rome, Italy, in 1959; in 1969 he was awarded the Libera Docenza by the Italian University System. He has published over 200 papers and is the author of three textbooks. A Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM, he received the Darlington Prize of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 1993.