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From: Pavel Bondarev <>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 18:57:41 +0300
Subject: A Problem of Sparse Matrix Numbering

Dear Colleagues,

My research deals with finite element modeling of porous composites. To
mesh a specimen I need to divide it into large number of elements. As a
result the stiffness matrix is a very large and sparse. Unfortunately, the
computer do not solve such matrix right. I have an idea to numbering the
nodes so as the matrix has band type. Could you please inform me about any
program or algorithm which has a possibility to renumber it in such way. I
would like to receive any help from you.
With best regards.

Pavel Bondarev
Mathematical Modeling Department
Rostov State University


From: Willy Govaerts <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 09:54:24 +0100 (MET)
Subject: New Book and Workshop on Numerical Methods for Bifurcations

1. New book:

Author : W. Govaerts (University of Gent, Belgium)
Title : Numerical methods for bifurcations of dynamical equilibria.
Publisher : SIAM,
Appeared in : January 2000
362 pages, ISBN 0 - 89871 - 442 - 7

Special features : bordered matrices, bialternate matrix products,
singularities, symmetry - breaking bifurcations.

2. Workshop in Gent (Belgium)

Title : Bifurcations : Numerical methods, software, applications.
Organizers : W. Govaerts (Gent, B)
Yuri A. Kuznetsov (Utrecht, NL)
D. Roose (Leuven, B)
Location : Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Gent
Krijgslaan 281 - S9
B - 9000 Gent
Date : June 29 - 30, 2000.
More detailed information :

or send an e-mail to


From: Henry Wolkowicz <>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 23:25:24 -0500 (EST)
Subject: New Book, Handbook on Semidefinite Programming

Henry Wolkowicz, Romesh Saigal, Lieven Vandenberghe (editors)
Kluwer Series:
Frederick S. Hillier
Volume: 27
ISBN: 07923-7771-0

Publication date: Feb. 25, 2000, xxvi+654 pages, hardcover Price: $185
Special pre-publication price: $100 US.
(orders must be received by Friday, March 31, 2000)
Order form, table of contents, and preface, are available at:

Semidefinite programming (SDP) has been one of the most exciting and
active research areas in optimization during the 1990's. It has
attracted researchers with very diverse backgrounds, including experts
in convex programming, linear algebra, numerical optimization,
combinatorial optimization, control theory, and statistics.
This tremendous research activity was spurred by the discovery of
important applications in combinatorial optimization and control theory,
the development of efficient interior-point algorithms for solving
SDP problems, and the depth and elegance of the underlying
optimization theory.

broad overview of the current state of the field, It contains
nineteen chapters written by the leading experts on the subject.
The chapters are organized in three parts: Theory, Algorithms, and
Applications and Extensions.

Abdo Alfakih, Farid Alizadeh, Venkataramanan Balakrishnan, Dimitris Bertsimas,
Aharon Ben-Tal, Etienne de Klerk, Laurent El Ghaoui, Valerii Fedorov,
Michel Goemans, Christoph Helmberg, Florian Jarre, Serge Kruk,
Jon Lee, Zhiquan Luo, Renato Monteiro, Yurii Nesterov, Arkadi Nemirovski,
Francois Oustry, Gabor Pataki, Franz Rendl, Kees Roos, Romesh Saigal,
Katya Scheinberg, Stefan Schmieta, Jay Sethuraman, Alexander Shapiro,
Jos Sturm, Tam\'as Terlaky, Michael J. Todd, Levent Tuncel, Lieven Vandenberghe,
Fan Wang, Henry Wolkowicz, Yinyu Ye


From: Endre Suli <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 22:21:35 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Search of Venue for the FoCM 2002 Conference

Search of venue for the FoCM 2002 Conference

Following the very successful second international conference on the
Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) at Oxford University
in July 1999 which attracted 320 participants and a high-powered cast
of foremost world authorities from all branches of mathematics, the
Executive Committee of FoCM is now investigating possible venues and
calling for proposals for the next FoCM conference in Summer 2002.
Although the Committee is open-minded as to the geographic location,
there is a definite body of opinion to the effect that this is North
America's turn (after Brazil and the UK).

If you contemplate the idea of organising the next FoCM conference,
please drop an e-mail to as soon as possible
to explore this further. Formal applications (up to 2 pages long) should
be sent to him by 31 March, 2000, including details about lecture room
facilities, quality and cost of local accommodation and subsistence,
convenience of travel to the region, and potential sources of funding.

The FoCM Executive Committee expects to announce the venue and the
likely time of the next FoCM conference in April 2000.

The aim of FoCM as an organisation is to explore and foster the interactions
and establish a common agenda between computational mathematics, pure
mathematics and computer science through conferences, workshops and series
of publications which include the new Springer-Verlag journal
``Foundations of Computational Mathematics'', edited by Mike Shub, and the
new Cambridge University Press monograph series ``Library of Computational
Mathematics'' published under the FoCM imprint.

Further details are available from the official FoCM website:


From: Allison Bogardo <>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 10:31:58 -0500
Subject: Call for Nominations, SIAM Linear Algebra Prize

Deadline Approaching


The SIAG/LA Prize

The SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra will present the award at its
Seventh SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra at North Carolina State
University in October 2000. The prize, the fifth to be given, is awarded
to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper on a topic in applicable
linear algebra published in a peer-reviewed journal.


Candidate papers must be published in English in a peer-reviewed journal
bearing a publication date between January 1, 1997 through December 31,
1999. The papers must contain significant research contributions to the
field of linear algebra, as commonly defined in the mathematical
literature, with direct or potential applications. Nominations should
include a full bibliographic citation for the paper and a brief statement
outlining the justification for the nomination in terms of its importance
and impact. Authors are discouraged from nominating their own papers.

Description of Award

The award consists of a plaque and a certificate containing the citation.


Nominations including a copy of the nominated paper should be sent by
March 15, 2000 to:

Professor Volker Mehrmann
Chair, SIAG/LA Prize Selection Committee
c/o A. G. Bogardo
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-382-9800
Fax: 215-386-7999

Selection Committee

The members of the selection committee for the award are Volker
Mehrmann (TU Chemnitz), chair; Uwe Helmke (University of Wuerzburg);
Daniel Hershkowitz (Technion Haifa); Nicholas Higham (University of
Manchester); and Zdenek Strakos (Emory University).


From: Trini Flores <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 10:46:20 -0500
Subject: Extension of SIAM Annual Meeting Deadline

2000 SIAM Annual Meeting
JULY 10-14, 2000
Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort and Country Club
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico


Due to several requests that we have received, the deadline for
submission of minisymposium proposals and contributed abstracts has
been extended to FEBRUARY 22, 2000.

Thank you.
SIAM Conference Department
phone: 215-382-9800


From: S. Gao<>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 01:50:49 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Asian Symposium on Computer Mathematics

The 4th Asian Symposium on Computer Mathematics
Chiang Mai, Thailand, December 17-21, 2000
Web site at


The 4th Asian Symposium on Computer Mathematics (ASCM'2000) will be
held jointly with the 5th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics
(ATCM'2000) in Chiang Mai, Thailand from December 17-21, 2000. The
previous symposia ASCM'95, 96, 98 in the series were held in Beijing
(China), Kobe (Japan), and Lanzhou (China), respectively.

ASCM'2000 will offer an opportunity for participants to present
original research, to learn of research progress and new developments,
and to exchange ideas and views on doing mathematics using computers.
Original research papers on all aspects of computer mathematics are
solicited for ASCM'2000.

Specific topics for the symposium include but are not limited to:

* Symbolic, algebraic, and geometric computation
* Automated mathematical reasoning
* Computer-aided problem solving and instruction
* Computational algebra and geometry
* Symbolic/numeric hybrid methods
* Parallel/distributed/network computing
* Mathematical software design and implementation
* Applications in CAGD/CAD, robotics and computer vision

The scientific program of ASCM'2000 will contain invited talks
and presentations of contributed papers, together with software



Xiao-Shan Gao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Dongming Wang (CNRS, France)


* Shang-Ching Chou (Wichita State University, USA)
* Mark J. Encarnacion (University of the Philippines, Philippines)
* Jieh Hsiang (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
* Hoon Hong (North Carolina State University, USA)
* Hidetsune Kobayashi (Nihon University, Japan)
* Hongbo Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
* Tien-Yien Li (Michigan State University, USA)
* Zhibin Li (Lanzhou University, China)
* Zhuojun Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
* Matu-Tarow Noda (Ehime University, Japan)
* Deepak Kapur (University of New Mexico, USA)
* Tadashi Takahashi (Kobe University, Japan)
* Paul S. Wang (Kent State University, USA)
* Lu Yang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
* Kazuhiro Yokoyama (Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, Japan)
* Hangtao Zhang (University of Iowa, USA)
* Zhiming Zheng (Beijing University, China)


Authors are invited to submit papers by E-mail (or snail mail)
to both of the PC co-chairs:

Prof. Xiao-Shan Gao
Institute of Systems Science
Academia Sinica
Beijing 100080
P. R. China
Fax: (86) 10 6263 0706

Dr. Dongming Wang
Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - CNRS
4, place Jussieu
F-75252 Paris Cedex 05
Fax: (33) 1 44 27 40 42

Further information will appear in the second announcement and
on the web page of ASCM'2000. Inquiries should be addressed to


From: Michail Todorov <>
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2000 08:27:10 +0200
Subject: Summer School in Bulgaria on Applications of Mathematics

June 11-17, 2000

Organized by the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Informatics,
Technical University of Sofia.


Prof.B.I.Cheshankov, Bulgaria
Prof.J.M.Balthazar, Brazil
Prof.F.L.Chernousko, Russia
Prof.M.K.Grammatikopoulos, Greece
Prof.D.J.G.James, UK
Prof.V.A.Kondratiev, Russia
Prof.B.Miara, France
Prof.I.V.Puzynin, Russia
Prof.M.Schneider, Germany
Prof.N.Yoshida, Japan


The 26th Summer School 'Applications of Mathematics in Engineering and
Economics' enhances the tradition of the scientific meetings that take place
annually at Sozopol. It provides interchange of information on application of
mathematics in different fields of engineering and mathematics education.
The School will cover wide aspects of applied mathematics concerning the
following topics:

Discrete Algebraic Structures;
Mathematical Analysis and Applications;
Differential Equations and Applications;
Operations Research;
Probability and Statistics;
Mathematical Modelling and Simulation;;
Numerical Methods;
Computer Aided Learning;
Applied Mathematics Education;
Artificial Intelegence and Expert Systems;
Data Base Management Systems;
Computer Graphics;
Applied Packages and CAD-CAM Systems.

Invited experts will give lectures on mathematics application in engineering
and economics. There will be also contributed talks presented in separate
sessions. The round-table discussion on the problems and innovations in the
university education in Bulgaria will be organised.


The School will be held from 11th to 17h of June 2000 at the Sofia Technical
University Leisure House in Sozopol.

For more detailed information please contact on the address of Organiser:

Technical University of Sofia
26th Summer School
'Applications of Mathematics in Engineering and Economics'
1000 Sofia, P.O.Box 384, Bulgaria
tel. (+3592) 965 3353, 965 3242
fax (+3592) 987 7870


From: Jose Castillo <>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 12:36:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: PanAmerican Workshop on Applied and Computational Mathematics


The Third PanAmerican Workshop on Applied and Computational Mathematics
(PWACM III) will be held in Trujillo, Peru, April 24-28, 2000. The Workshop
will emphasize applications of mathematics to industry, technology, science
and society. Proposals for mini-workshops, short talks, posters, and short
courses are solicited. See


From: Christopher Freitas <>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 14:45:28 CST
Subject: ASME Forum on Parallel Computing Methods

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS - Forum on Parallel Computing Methods V

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is holding its 2000
International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE) on
November 5-10, 2000 at Disney World, Orlando, Florida. As part of this
Congress, the Fluids Engineering Division is organizing the Forum on
Parallel Computing Methods V. This is the fifth annual forum on Parallel
Computing held at IMECE and has been a very successful series of paper
sessions. Again, papers are solicited on all aspects of parallel computing
methodology, including new and innovative methods. Papers on parallel
strategies for shared and distributed memory architectures, heterogeneous
clusters of workstations (NOW), and Pile-of-PCs are sought. Of particular
interest are papers discussing applications of parallel algorithms and the
effective use of parallel computing methods in industrial applications.

Information on this Forum and the IMECE may be found at

Paper abstracts are due to the organizers by March 3, 2000 and may be
submitted digitally or by hardcopy format. Notification of abstract
acceptance is by March 31, 2000, and the final paper is due to the
organizers by June 16, 2000. Please submit your abstract to or for
further information contact:

Dr. Christopher J. Freitas
Principal Engineer - Computational Mechanics
Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, Tx 78238-5166
Voice: 210-522-2137, Fax: 210-522-6290


From: Andreas Stathopoulos <andreas@CS.WM.EDU>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 19:30:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Faculty Position at College of William & Mary

College of William & Mary
Department of Computer Science
Faculty Position

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position in Computer
Science to begin either Fall 2000, Spring 2001 or Fall 2001 at either the
assistant or associate level. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in computer
science or computational science. Appointment at the assistant level
requires that the applicant must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment
and demonstrate strong interests in both research and teaching.
Appointment at the associate level requires a documented record of
sustained excellence in both research and teaching. We are primarily
interested in individuals with research expertise in one of the following
areas: high performance systems, parallel computing, parallel and
distributed numerical algorithms, networks, visualization, and scientific
databases. However, applicants from all areas of computer science or
computational science will be considered. A demonstrated interest in
multi-disciplinary applied research is highly desirable.

The department currently consists of fifteen faculty members who support
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. programs graduating approximately 40 B.S. students
annually and enrolling approximately 40 M.S. and 35 Ph.D. students.
Teaching loads and salary are consistent with those in other Ph.D.
granting departments. More information about the department and the
College can be obtained by connecting to the Web server

The department maintains a contemporary computing environment for both
teaching and research and is currently supported by a competitive NSF
Major Research Instrumentation grant for several high performance
computing research projects. Opportunities exist for joint research
activity within the department, with members of the Computational Science
Cluster, and with scientists and engineers at the nearby NASA Langley
Research Center, ICASE, and the DOE's Thomas Jefferson National
Accelerator Facility.

A resume, the names and addresses of three references, and any supporting
documents should be sent to:

Faculty Search Committee
Department of Computer Science
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187--8795

Questions can be e-mailed to Review of candidates
will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The
College is an EEO/AA employer.


From: Omar Ghattas <>
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2000 20:09:41 -0500
Subject: Faculty Position at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering is reopening the search for a tenure-track faculty
position in the area of computational mechanics. We invite
applications at the assistant professor level. Exceptionally
well-qualified applicants may also be considered at the associate or
full professor level.

The successful candidate must have the ability to teach effectively at
both the undergraduate and graduate levels and develop an active and
significant research program. The Department is particularly
interested in applicants with a demonstrated interest in either
biomechanics, multiscale mechanics and micromechanics, or
probabilistic methods with applications to problems in mechanics. The
University has a long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary
research, and, thus, offers faculty an unusual opportunity to interact
with colleagues from other departments. Applicants are required to
have a doctorate in engineering.

Carnegie Mellon has existing graduate programs in civil infrastructure
systems, computer-aided engineering, environmental engineering, and
computational mechanics, and maintains strong interdisciplinary ties
with other programs (

The appointment will start in Fall 2000. Review of applications will
begin on 15 February 2000, and will continue until the position is
filled. E-mail inquiries concerning this position may be sent to the
chair of the search committee.

All interested candidates should send a resume, transcripts or a list
of graduate courses taken, statement of research and teaching
interests, one publication or manuscript, and a list of references to:

Professor Jacobo Bielak.
Chair, Computational Mechanics Faculty Search Committee
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


From: Paul Houston
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 13:50:22 +0000
Subject: Lectureship Positions at Leicester University


2 Lectureships (Grade A) in Applied Mathematics (Ref. A5340/A5341)

Particulars of Appointment

Applications are invited for a pair of Lectureships in Applied Mathematics.
Applicants should have a strong research record in any branch of Applied
Mathematics. The posts are tenable from October 1, 2000, or as soon as
possible thereafter. For one of the two posts (Ref. A5340), experience
in the area of non-linear dynamics and/or statistical mechanics is
desirable. The other position (Ref. A5341) is essentially open as to area,
but some research interest in computational mathematics is anticipated.
The appointees will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists
and engineers through the interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical Modelling,
which will soon house a new parallel computing facility.

Informal Enquiries

Candidates are invited, if they so wish, to contact
Professor Ben Leimkuhler (e-mail, phone +44 (0) 116 252 5106),
Professor Will Light (, +44 (0) 116 252 3917),
Dr J. Levesley (, +44 (0) 116 252 3897),
Dr M. Marletta (, +44 (0) 116 252 3899)
or Dr P. Houston (, +44 (0) 116 252 3916)
who will be pleased to discuss the Lectureships further.


Further particulars and application forms are available from the URL:

Alternatively, contact the Personnel Office, University of Leicester,
University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK, email, telephone
+44 (0) 116 252 2439, or via

Closing date: 1 March 2000.


From: Heinz W. Engl <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 09:53:24 +0100
Subject: Research Position at Joannes Kepler Universitaet

The ``Spezialforschungsbereich'' SFB F013 ''Numerical and Symbolic
Scientific Computing'' offers a Ph.D. student and/or post doc position for
research in the field of ` `Large Scale Inverse Problems'' within the
SFB project 1308 of the same name, for one year (possibly extendable).
The objective of this research project is to apply and develop solution
methods for inverse problems in PDEs, where the numerical solution of
the corresponding direct problems leads to large scale equations and
therefore requires efficient solvers such as multigrid methods. The
candidate is therefore expected to provide both sound knowledge in
numerical mathematics and acquaintance with regularization methods for
ill-posed problems, as well as the ability to cooperate with other
research groups within the SFB.

Interested candidates are invited to send a CV together with a list of
publications as soon as possible to

Prof. Dr. H.W.Engl
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Institute for Industrial Mathematics
Altenbergerstr. 69
A-4040 Linz
Tel. ++43-732-2468-9168
Fax ++43-732-2468-855

For further information, see also
For questions, please contact:
Dr.B. Kaltenbacher,


From: Ridgway Scott <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 11:44:09 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at University of Chicago


We are seeking a colleague to help us develop innovative mathematical
and computational techniques for Adaptive Optics (AO) at the University
of Chicago. Adaptive optics achieves real-time, diffraction-limited
imaging by measuring a distorted wavefront from a "guide" source (e.g.,
a laser) and applying control signals to a deformable mirror which
corrects the wavefront. This technique is revolutionizing astronomy,
allowing an order of magnitude increase in the resolution of ground
based astronomical telescopes, and it has important applications in
vision, as well as other medical and industrial applications.

The University of Chicago is developing a laser-beacon AO facility at
Apache Point, New Mexico, under major NSF support, and it is part of
the new NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Adaptive Optics
based at Santa Cruz, California ( The
successful applicant will be a member of the Computation Institute
( which is planning the construction of
a highly parallel low cost processing system, scalable to Teraflop
speeds, for adaptive optics and related applications.

Candidates should have a recent doctoral degree in mathematics,
computer science, engineering or applied science. They should have
detailed experience with basic numerical analysis (numerical linear
algebra and methods for discretizing partial differential equations)
and mathematical modeling. Support personell will be available to
implement both hardware and software systems, but the ideal candidate
will be able to interact closely with all aspects of the systems being
created, from concept through implementation.

The appointment will be for three years in the first instance with the
possibility of extension of a further two more years. More details of
the work being carried out in this field at Chicago can be found at
or from Professor Edward Kibblewhite at
and Professor Ridgway Scott at


From: Alan Williams <>
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2000 15:05:38 -0700
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Sandia National Laboratories

Postdoctoral position at Sandia National Laboratories

The Distributed Systems Research Department at Sandia National
Laboratories (Albuquerque/NM and Livermore/CA) is seeking qualified
candidates for a post-doctoral position. This position offers an
exceptional opportunity for innovative research in scientific computing.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. in a scientific computing
related discipline and have a background in a subset of the following:
object-oriented programming, high performance computing, finite-element
analysis, solution of systems of linear equations, parallel
programming (preferably with MPI), programming in C/C++ and/or Java.

The successful candidate will have access to a number of
high-performance computing systems, including the 9000+ processor Intel
Tflop computer, large Linux clusters, IBM SP's, SGI Origins, etc.

The position includes a competitive salary and benefits, moving
expenses, and a professional travel allowance.

Interested persons should submit a complete resume with names and
addresses of three references to:

Alan Williams
Sandia National Laboratories
Department 8920 / MS 0826
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185-5800
(505) 844-6047

Applications will be accepted until the position is awarded.

The position could be located in either Livermore, California or
Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sandia National Laboratories is a U.S. Department of Energy multiprogram
laboratory, operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Lockheed Martin Corporation, with locations in Albuquerque, NM and
Livermore, CA.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Drug-free workplace. U.S. Citizenship is


From: Tor Arne Johansen <>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 08:15:47 +0100
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Norwegian U. of Science and Technology

A postdoctoral position in "Optimal hybrid control of dynamic systems
with constraints" is available at

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Department of Engineering Cybernetics
Trondheim, Norway

for a period of 2.5 years with starting point around summer/fall 2000.

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) degree at the time of
appointment. Candidates with background in applied mathematics or control
engineering with strong interest and previous experience in one or more of
the following areas are encouraged to apply for the position:

* Numerical mathematics
* Optimization methods
* Hybrid and switching control
* Optimal control and dynamic programming
* Model predictive control

Software development skills and practical experience is desirable. The
research will include theoretical studies, software development and
application studies within a group of PhD students, postdocs, Master degree
students and industrial collaborators. The project is funded by the
European Commission under a Research Training Network. The European
Commission requires that the candidate is aged 35 years or less at the time
of his appointment and must be a national of a Member State of the
Community or of an Associated State (excuding Norway) or have resided in
the Community for at least five year prior to the appointment.

If you have further questions, please contact Associate Professor Tor Arne
Johansen at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, tel. +47 73 59 0395,
E-mail: See also

The application deadline is 1st March 2000.

NTNU would like to increase the percentage of females in academic positions
and women are especially invited to apply.

The position post doctorate code 1352: is remunerated according to wage
levels 45-59 on the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary from
NOK 298.131 to NOK 383.831,- a year, according to qualifications. The
position is normally remunerated at wage level 49 (NOK 320.131,- a year).
A deduction of 2% from the amount is to be paid to the public pension fund.

Applications, marked with ET-444/99, should include a CV with a
publication list as well as copies of relevant certificates and

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Electrical
Engineering and Telecommunications, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway.


From: Christoph Ueberhuber <>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 15:27:50 +0100
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Technical University of Vienna

The Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics of the
Technical University of Vienna (Austria) has a post-doctoral
research fellowship available starting on or around April 9, 2000.

The institute has ongoing research activities in a number of areas
of computational mathematics. Our interests range from applied analysis
to the development of numerical algorithms and software for a variety
of advanced computer architectures (details can be found on our web site )

DUTIES: The appointee will participate in a research effort implementing
large scale matrix problems on single-processor and multi-processor com-
puter systems. The position requires significant programming and technical
interaction with other members of the research team and the scientific
computing community in Vienna.
The successful applicant must be able to work with and extend existing
numerical software and develop reliable and readable code. Throughout
the project, the appointee should be able to investigate issues of
algorithmic design. She or he will also be expected to prepare results for
publication in scientific journals and for presentations at scientific

QUALIFICATIONS: Essential --Ph.D. in applied mathematics or computer
science. Experience with the development of linear algebra library
software on parallel architectures is highly desirable. Experience
with Fortran, BLAS, LAPACK, ScaLAPACK would be very helpful.
Ability to summarize research results for publication and presentations.
Ability to interact and collaborate with other members of the research
team and other research groups.

It is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.
Salary is on University's Research Associate level.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit application materials
(c.v., publication list, and names of three references) by e-mail
or Fax to:

Christoph W. Ueberhuber

Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics
Technical University, Vienna

Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10 / 115-2
A-1040 Vienna

Tel.: +43/1/ 588 01 11512
Fax: +43/1/ 588 01 11599

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be
accepted until the position is filled.


From: Hans Schneider <>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2000 10:34:06 -0600 (CST)
Subject: LAA announcement

Linear Algebra and its Applications

Special Issue on


Second Announcement

One of the traditional hunting grounds of linear algebra is
the area of finite systems of linear equations, as described by a
matrix equation $Ax = b$. Here $A$ is a known matrix,
$b$ a known vector of finite dimensions, and $x$ is an unknown
vector of finite dimensions, which is to be determined such
that the equation is either satisfied, or, if that is not possible,
approximately satisfied. Many techniques are known for finding solutions
or approximate solutions, depending on the properties of the
given data and the approximation technique choosen.

If the system of equations is not finite, i.e. $A$ is not a matrix
but an operator, and $b$ and $x$ are of infinite dimension, then
algebraic and numerical techniques can still be used provided the
given data are finitely specified. Operators with such a property
are often called 'structured operators', and it turns out that
one can solve such infinite equations in an exact or approximate sense using
finite methods and algorithms.

The conjunction of linear algebra and inversion theory for finitely
specified infinite operators brings interesting connections to the
forefront: algebraic equivalents of inner-outer factorizations e.g.,
or the algebraic significance of Kalman filtering. Structured matrices
can be of many types, e.g. systems with finite displacement ranks or
time-varying systems with state spaces of finite dimensions and whose
limiting behaviour is known, e.g. as a time invariant system.

A non-limiting list of topics of interest in this area is (assuming
$A$ is an infinite but finitely described operator of some kind):
- inversion methods
- decomposition methods for the operator A
- quadratic approximation methods
- complexity reduction
- equivalencies
- canonical forms
- transform techniques.

Examples of operator structure:
- systems with low displacement rank
- finitely described time-varying systems
- finitely described almost-periodic systems
- differentials of non-linear systems.

Interested authors are kindly invited to submit full papers with
significant contributions to this area to any of the three
guest editors listed below before June 1st, 2000.

Patrick Dewilde
DIMES, Delft University of Technology
POB 5031,
2600GA Delft, the Netherlands.
Fax: +31 15 262 3271

Vadim Olshevsky
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Georgia State University
University Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
Fax: +1 404 651 2246

Ali Sayed
Rm 44-123A Engr. IV Bldg
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594, USA
Fax: +1 310 206 8495


From: Georgios Stavroulakis <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 20:51:05 +0100
Subject: Student Position at the Technical University of Braunschweig

Institute of Applied Mechanics, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Scientific Assistant - PhD Candidate position

We are looking for a Civil or Mechanical Engineer with knowledge of
Mechanics, Mathematics and Physics, to work with us for a research project
supported by the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
as Scientific Assistant.

The project deals with the study of inverse problems in engineering
mechanics and application on crack identification using modern techniques
of computational mechanics and soft computing (neural networks, filters,

The financial support for the first two years is provided (salary
according to BATIIa). Extension to one more year is possible. The completion of
a PhD in this scientific area will be supported.

More details can be found in the official Stellenausschreibung
in a page written in English
and in the WWW-page of the Institute of Applied Mechanics

If you are interested or if you need more information please contact
Dr.-Ing. Georgios E.Stavroulakis at: or
Prof.Dr.rer.nat. Heinz Antes at:
Institute of Applied Mechanics
Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

Deadline of applications is 29.02.2000


From: Ron Boisvert <>
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2000 18:05:48 -0500
Subject: Contents, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software

Table of Contents
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software
September 1999 * Volume 25 * Number 3

... For more information, including abstracts and access
... to full text, see

Luisa D'Amore, Guiliano Laccetti, and Almerico Murli
An Implementation of a Fourier Series Method for the Numerical Inversion
of the Laplace Transform

Luisa D'Amore, Guiliano Laccetti, and Almerico Murli
Algorithm 796: A Fortran Software Package for the Numerical Inversion of
the Laplace Transform Based on a Fourier Series Method

Michel J. Dayd=E9, Iain S. Duff
The RISC BLAS: A Blocked Implementation of Level 3 BLAS for RISC Processors

Celso C. Ribeiro, Mauricio G. C. Resende
Algorithm 797: Fortran Subroutines for Approximate Solution of Graph
Planarization Problems using GRASP

Michael W. Berry, Karen S. Minser
Algorithm 798: High-Dimensional Interpolation Using the Modified Shepard

Pierre L'Ecuyer, Richard Simard
Beware of Linear Congruential Generators with Multipliers of the Form
a = +/- 2^q +/- 2^r


From: Thomas Hogan <>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 11:51:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Contents, Journal of Approximation Theory

Table of Contents: J. Approx. Theory, Volume 102, Number 1, January 2000

Xiao-Ming Zeng and Wenzhong Chen
On the rate of convergence of the generalized Durrmeyer type operators
for functions of bounded variation

Peter Renaud
A Korovkin theorem for abstract Lebesgue spaces

Ferenc Weisz
The maximal Riesz operator of two-dimensional Fourier transforms and
Fourier series on $H_p({\bf R}\times{\bf R})$ and
$H_p({\bf T}\times{\bf T})$

Ding-Xuan Zhou
Multiple refinable Hermite interpolants

A. Kro\'o and J. Szabados
Markov-Bernstein type inequalities for multivariate polynomials on
sets with cusps

Franz Peherstorfer and Robert Steinbauer
Orthogonal polynomials on the circumference and arcs of the

P. D. Dragnev and E. B. Saff
A problem in potential theory and zero asymptotics of Krawtchouk

A. K. Kushpel and J. Levesley
Quasi-interpolation on the 2-sphere using radial polynomials

Jiang Yanjie and Liu Yongping
Average widths and optimal recovery of multivariate Besov classes in


Zhongkai Li
Bernstein polynomials and modulus of continuity


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