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CONCLUDING REMARKS Francis Noblesse David Taylor Research Center As chairman of the last session, I have the task of official ly closing the Fifth International Conference on Numerical Ship Hydrodynamics, although Professor Mori asked me to urge you to participate in the Group Discussions fol lowing the Conference. I also have the privi lege of briefly reflecting upon the Conference. On behalf of al l the participants, I wish first and foremost to thank the organizers for an absolutely flawless and superb organization. We are well aware that the organization of the Conference has required an enormous amount of work by Professor Mori and many other persons around hi m. We do want hi m and everyone el se who helped in the organization of the Conference to know that we deeply appreciate thei r efforts on our behal f. I feel confident i n express) ng that there exi sts a cl ear consensus among the participants that the Conference was highly successful. I bel ieve that at least three reasons for the success of the Conference can be cited. A first reason resides in the well-chosen, highly informative four keynote lectures. Another reason is the large number of excellent papers presented at the Conference. A third reason is that the importance of validating numerical methods was emphasized at this Conference to much greater extent than previously. I believe we all leave this Conference with an increased awareness of the need for establishing the robustness and the reliability of the numerical methods which we develop or apply. This greater awareness represents a healthy and important development, and attests to the progress that has been made in the field of numerical ship hydrodynamics. In this respect, I think the Conference may come to be remembered as somethi ng of a turni ng poi nt i n the hi story of the development of numerical methods in ship hydrodynamics, and the organizers have done a great service to our community by employing the need for validation. There also exists a clear consensus among the participants that the Conference was not only successful from a technical point of view but also highly pleasant and enjoyable. Several factors have contributed to making the Conference a particularly en joyabl e expert ence. A f i rst factor i s that Hi roshi ma, surrounded by a beauti fu l skyline of mountains and divided by several graceful rivers, is a lovely city, especial ly under the splendid weather we en joyed. The charm and kindness of the people of Hiroshima also contributed to creating an enjoyable experience. The kindness and hospitality of the people of Hiroshima is quite well demonstrated by the following personal story which I would like to tell. I happened to get lost while wal king through the city yesterday afternoon. So I asked a middle-aged Japanese man for directions. He not only pointed me in the right direction but insisted that I follow him to a nearby parking lot so that he could take his car and drive me to my hotel! The reception Sunday evening, the buffet party Tuesday evening, and the boat cruise to MiyaJima yesterday evening were also very en joyable. I bel ieve the evening cruise to MiyaJima provided a special ly pleasant setting for enjoying the company of old friends as wel l as making new ones, and will be remembered. The Conference was a particularly enjoyable experience not only because of several events arranged by the organizers but also because of the warmth and kindness of the Japanese participants, who invited many of us who traveled from outside Japan in the evening and made us feel at home. On behalf of al l the participants from outside Japan, I simply wish to say "domo arrigato go say mashita". May I final ly invite the participants from outside Japan to joi n me i n express) ng our deep appreci ati on to our Japanese hosts by appl audi ng them. 715