• Data Analysis
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Classification
  • Data Mining
  • Statistical Computing
  • Optimization
  • Operations Research
  • Probability
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Approximation
  • Modeling
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Biomathematics
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Optimal Control
  • Differential Equations
  • Applications
  • Big Data
  • Optimization Heuristics
  • Geometry and Topology

Call for Abstracts

Participants interested in giving a presentation or a short course (3 hours) are invited to submit a one-page abstract to: Registration Form 




  Scientific Committee

  • Adilson Xavier (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Alex Murillo (CIMPA, UCR)
  • Alexey L Sadovski (Texas A&M, U.S.A.)
  • Álvaro Guevara (CIMPA, UCR)
  • Andreas Griewank (Berlin, Germany)
  • Álvaro Corvalan (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Eduardo Piza (CIMPA, UCR)
  • Edwin Diday (Paris IX, France)
  • Ellina Grigorieva (Texas WU, U.S.A.)
  • Graciela González (CIMAT, Mexico)
  • José A. Ramírez (UCR)
  • Juan Manuel Otero (Havana, Cuba)
  • José Hernández (Caracas, Venezuela)
  • Luis Barboza (CIMPA, UCR)
  • Luka Neralic (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Manuel Núñez (Connecticut, U.S.A.)
  • Mario Villalobos (CIMPA, UCR)
  • Marlos Viana (Illinois, U.S.A.)
  • Michel Théra (Limoges, France)
  • Oldemar Rodríguez (CIMPA, UCR)
  • Onésimo Hernández (CINVESTAV, Mexico)
  • Patrick Groenen (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Pedro Méndez (UCR)
  • Romina Cardo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Rosanna Verde (Napoli, Italy)
  • Santiago Cambronero (UCR)
  • Sergio de los Cobos (UAM, Mexico)
  • Theodore Hill (Georgia Tech, U.S.A.)

This list is preliminary, there are other

names pending confirmation.

 Organizing Committee

  • Javier Trejos (Chairman),
  • Mario Villalobos,
  • Alex Murillo
  • Oldemar Rodríguez
  • Eduardo Piza
  • Luis Barboza
  • Alvaro Guevara
  • Esteban Segura
  • Fabio Sánchez Peña
  • Juan Gabriel Calvo Alpízar
  • Maikol Solís Chacón
 Support Team
  • María Luisa González
  • Jessica Pérez
  • Laura Soto
  • Gabriela Herrera
  • Keilor Soto
  • Moisés Méndez


Registration Fee: 




Payment Day

 After 19/01/2018-in situ


Central american 





 IASC/SOLCAD  members



 Other Countries



  IASC/SOLCAD  members





To become member of IASC (International Association for Statistical Computing) please visit this: link


  • Prices in US dollars.

  • Students must provide current proof of student status. 

  • A limited number of scholarships will be offered. These fellowships will cover partially the registration fees. To apply, please send an application letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The tour or dinner will have an additional cost, will be announced later.

  • Registration cover: participation in XXI SIMMAC and III LACSC, documation, summaries book, refreshment and proof of participation. 

  • The conference lunches are not included in the registration fees.

  • Dinner: $60.

  • 25 students of the Universidad de Costa Rica will not have to pay the inscription. Please consult the process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



You will find enclosed a list of suggested hotels. You can contact them directly in order to make your reservation for your stay in Costa Rica. You can find more hotels at www.costaricantrails.com  or in the SIMMAC Map


Some Hotels in San José
Hotels Website

Distance to UCR

Hotel Presidente *** www.hotel-presidente.com 3.7 Kms
Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn http://www.aurolahotels.com 4.7 Kms
Hotel Ave del Paraíso** www.hotelavedelparaiso.com 800 m
Hotel Vesuvio** www.hotelvesuvio.com 3.9 Kms
Hotel Cariari Double Tree by Hilton**** doubletree1.hilton.com 22.4 Kms
Hotel Barcelo Palacio**** www.barcelo.com 7.9 Kms
Hotel Jade*** www.hotelboutiquejade.com 2.4 kms
Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici*** www.crowneplaza.com 10.5 Kms
Hotel Balmoral*** www.balmoral.co.cr 3.6 Kms
Hotel Fleur de Lys*** www.hotelfleurdelys.com 3.5 Kms
Hotel Best Western Irazu*** www.bestwesterncostarica.com 13.6 Kms
Gran Hotel Costa Rica*** www.grandhotelcostarica.com 4.0 Kms
Gran Casa Universitaria** GrancasaUniversitaria 1 km
Hotel D´Galah Dgalah 1 km
Hotel Europa** www.hoteleuropacr.com 1.1 Kms
Hotel Tairona** www.taironainn.com 2.2 kms
Hotel Aranjuez www.hotelaranjuez.com/ 3.7 Kms  
Hotel 1492  www.hotel1492.com/   3.7 Kms  
Casa Areka www.casaarekacostarica.com/   2.4 Kms   
Hotel Casa Cambranes  www.casa-cambranes-san-jose.san-jose-hotels-cr.com/  3.0 Kms  
Hotel Mundo en un Castillo www.hostel-elmundoenuncastillo.com/es/  2.0 Kms 
Hotel Best Western Plus San José http://bestwestern.nezko.com/best-western-plus-san-jose/59dfb6df83cb4 10 Kms
Hotel Parque del Lago


6 Kms



Some Hostels in San José
Hostels Website Distance to UCR
Casa Ridgway
http://www.casaridgwayhostel.com 3.4 Kms

 Cheap lodging: Hostels



 Call for Papers

The 3rd Latin American Conference on Statistical Computing (LACSC 2018) will be held in San José, Costa Rica, from February 27 to March 2, 2018. This international conference, will be held together with the XXI International Symposium on Mathematical Methods Applied to the Sciences (XXI SIMMAC), which is the most important event in applied mathematics in Central America. Its aim is to gather researchers interested in statistical computing in Latin America and from other parts of the world, and is the official conference of the recently stablished Latin American Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing (LARS-IASC). More details about the 3rd LACSC can be found in our website. 

The Scientific Program Committee of the 3rd LACSC is now soliciting suggestions for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS, 90 minutes with three speakers) to be considered as part of the scientific program of the conference. Please submit formal proposals before December 07th, 2017, to Paulo Canas Rodrigues ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), include title, brief description of the topic, and a list of speakers and discussant who have agreed to be part of the session.

Young researchers (up to 5 years after their last academic degree) attending the 3rd LACSC will have the possibility to compete for the “Best LACSC 2018 Paper Award”.

Abstracts for contributed talks and contributed posters can be submitted online until December 07th, 2017


 LACSC Activity Summary press here: LACSC



  • Invited Session

  • Short courses: (3 hours)

  • Short Communications (20 minutes)

  • Posters

  • Only participation 


  • The Rector's Office of the UCR declares SIMMAC to be of institutional interest according to R-196-2015 (see attached document)

  • The Ministry of Public Education (MEP) declares SIMMAC an activity of educational interest according to DVM-AC-0985-08-2015 (see attached document)


Costa Rica is one of the most stable democracies in Latin America. It's a peaceful country that abolished the army in the year 1949. It has a universal educational system that encompasses the grades from preschool to university. Its living standards are relatively high.

The Costa Rican economy has strong tourism, technology and services sectors but still relies largely on agriculture.

The country is renowned for its natural beauty. There are beaches, volcanos, mountains, waterfalls and many other natural wonders. In these you will be able to find a great variety of plants and animals.

Spanish is the official language, but it's often possible to communicate in english.

Care should be taken when traveling around the country especially if you are carrying valuables or entering risky areas.

Here are some links with more information about the country:


San José is the capital of Costa Rica. A city of 288.054 in a metropolitan area of more than two million, it sits surrounded by mountains on a valley at 1300 msnm. Due to its height it has a temperate climate for the whole year. The rainy season in San José starts in May and runs through November. Occasional showers happen during the other months but they are usually dry.

The city is a bit chaotic, but also has its charms. In the landmarks section there are parks (La Sabana, Parque de la Paz), plazas (Plaza de la cultura, Plaza de la democracia), museums (Museo Nacional, Museo de Arte Costarricense, Museo de Oro, Museo de Jade), a new soccer stadium and a very beautiful National Theater. There are numerous theaters downtown that regularly show plays (in spanish). Movie theaters are mostly in the shopping malls in the suburbs, but there are a couple of them downtown that cater to a more eclectic audience (Sala Garbo and, closer to the venue, Cine Magaly).

Shopping is usually done downtown or in the malls that surround the city (Mall San Pedro is the closest to the venue but also the smallest, Multiplaza del Este, Lincoln Plaza, Multiplaza Escazú, Terramall, Metrocentro).

There are many options for dining, the San Pedro/Curridabat/Barrio Escalante area close to the UCR holds many offerings that range from traditional Costa Rican to a mix of foreign countries and includes a wide price range. The areas of Rohrmoser and Escazú/Santa Ana also offer great variety and quality. Also, a few very good restaurants call the downtown area their home.

The area around UCR is generally safe. The same goes for the tourist areas of downtown (around museums, the central boulevard, etc.). But there you will find more risky areas that are only a few blocks away. Please ask before wandering around.

You should be careful and aware of your surroundings even in areas considered to be safe.


¿Getting to San José?

Costa Rica is usually accessed to by air, but land travel could be an option for some countries.

  • Air: Most people travel to Costa Rica by air to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela. There a a few international flights to the Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia, but this second option is not recommended since it is more than five hours away by road to the venue of the conference (it's closer to some beaches, though). Several airlines serve SJO. There are direct flights to North, Central and South America and also to select destinations in Europe. The airline directory for the airport can be found here.

Once at the airport there are taxicabs that can take you directly to your hotel (orange cabs are the official airport taxis, red cabs are a cheaper option but they are not supposed to pick up at the terminal). There are also buses that will take you from the airport to downtown San José. Vans can be hired inside the terminal. You can also find car rental companies there.

Uber is widely used in Costa Rica, however it's not regulated and its legality has been challenged by the government. In view of this we do not recommend its use. We recommend that you DO NOT take any form of transportation that does not involved legally marked vehicles (you might receive offers from illegal cabs or vans after exiting the terminal).

  • Bus: There are also bus connections to the neighboring Central American countries.There are many companies that travel to other Central American countries, especially Nicaragua. Among the most traditional bus services is Tica Bus. These bus services have terminals in the downtown area.

¿Getting to San Pedro?

The venue is in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, which is a separate city to the east of San José, even though they are very close and there is no clear indication of where the limit between the two is. To get back and forth between the two you can use taxicabs (use the red official ones and make sure the driver turns on the meter) or buses. It's even possible to walk (a half hour walk).


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