Proceedings of the August 1996 conference. Contains 18 papers focusing on atomic processes, step structure and dynamics, and their effect on surface and interface structures and on the relaxation kinetics of larger length-scale nonequilibrium morphologies. A second theme is nucleation and growth in the presence of strain. Although the main application of these ideas has so far been to surface processes, some of the work presented in these proceedings discusses their natural and likely future extension to grain boundaries, dislocations, and other bulk defects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.