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From: Peter Zitnan <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 10:00:51 +0200 (MET DST)
Subject: Seeking Article, What is Numerical Analysis

Hello colleagues,
A few years ago I saw somewhere on the Internet an essay on
the theme - WHAT IS NUMERICAL ANALYSIS. Unfortunately,
I cannot find its copy in my library. I would greatly appreciate
any information (www address, PostScript file) concerning an article
on this theme.
Many thanks in advance
Peter Zitnan
Computing Centre
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Bratislava, SLOVAKIA


From: Vivek Rao <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 07:43:46 -0400
Subject: Fortran Library

The Fortran Library,, is a comprehensive directory of
information about Fortran, with information about compilers, programming
tools, free and commercial software, and books. Much numerical software
is listed in the "free software" section.

Vivek Rao


From: William Symes <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2000 18:19:02 -0500
Subject: Hilbert Class Library, version 1.0

The Hilbert Class Library (HCL) is a collection of C++ classes
representing basic mathematical objects such as vectors, linear and
nonlinear operators, and functions. HCL also provides algorithms for
optimization and linear algebra implemented in terms of these basic
classes. The object oriented design of HCL permits algorithms to be
coded at a natural level of abstraction, without reference to internal
details of data structures and simulators. Because coordinate
representations, data storage formats, and other domain-specific
idiosyncrasies are not entangled in these implementations, the
resulting code is reusable across applications of widely varying size
and structure. The design of HCL also results in several very
important capabilities, such as the ability to treat very large
out-of-core data sets as vector objects, and to manipulate linear
operators not defined explicitly by matrices, which distinguish HCL
from other object oriented numerics libraries.

Version 1.0 is available for download from the HCL home page, This release
includes an online reference manual and tutorial manuals describing
{\em via} detailed examples the use of the principal HCL classes in
application programs.

An extended discussion of the design and use of HCL appeared in {\em
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software}, {\bf 25} pp. 191-212
(1999). An updated version of this paper is available for download
from the HCL home page.

We welcome bug reports, comments, and suggestions. Please contact
us at


From: George Anastassiou <>
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 17:05:35 -0500
Subject: Handbook of Analytic-Computational Methods

Just published by CHAPMAN & HALL/CRC-June 2000
Edited by GEORGE A ANASTASSIOU,University of Memphis,USA

This Handbook contains 22 long chapters, that is long survey articles
including also original results, written by top world's experts in the
following areas:Approximation theory, Approximations in
Statistics, Inverse problems, Numerical analysis, Numerical Functional
Analysis, Classical inequalities, Computational Harmonic analysis, Wavelet,
Optimization, Randomness, Fuzzyness, Global smoothness, Orthogonal
polynomials, Digitized PDE Methods, Quadratures, Math.Finance methods,
Bernstein polynomials applications to real life sciences, and Splines.

Handbook is suitable for quick start in various areas of contemporary
research in Applied Mathematics and its related Fields.

Also suitable for libraries, researchers, and very appropriate for seminars.

AUTHORS: G.A.Anastassiou, I.K.Argyros, J.Marshall Ash, K.Bittner, Jesus de la
Cal, M.Campiti, P.Cerone, Marco Dall'Aglio, S.Dragomir, F.Filbir, S.Gal,
M.Ganzburg, C.W.Groetsch, Tian-Xiao He, Don Hong, I.Khindanova, R.Lasser,
J.Obermaier, S.Osher, C.E.M.Pearce, J.Pecaric, S.T.Rachev, J.Shen, M.Tasche,
Y.Tokat, A.M.Valle, S.Varosanec, and H.Zeuner.


From: Stephan Halloy <>
Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2000 14:42:47 +1200
Subject: Complex Systems 2000 Conference

The deadline for paper submission to Complex Systems 2000 has been
extended to 15 July 2000. Please note that paper submission is required to
be eligible for financial support (see webpage for other criteria).

The Fifth International Conference on Complex Systems will be held on
19-22 November 2000 at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand. Theme:
Applied Complexity - From Neural Nets to Agricultural Soils, and all that
lies in between. We are expecting a range of speakers from around the
world. See invited speakers below.

For registration, paper submission and detailed information, please visit:

"Applied Complexity" is the fifth of a series of conferences on Complex
Systems in Australasia and the first in New Zealand expanding the
international tradition of these conferences.

This conference will bring together the abstract with the realistic and
show advances in complex system theory and modeling which have been
applied to real world situations. It is an ideal forum to establish, and
strengthen communications between fields which share the common challenge
of complexity.

Areas of interest: mathematics, computing, modelling, physics, chemistry,
chaos, information theory, artificial intelligence, self-organizing
systems, climatology, agriculture, biology, psychology, neural sciences,
information sciences, social sciences, anthropology, ethnobiology,
economics, modeling, conservation, and management to cite only a few at a
broad level. Papers presented must deal explicitly with issues that
suggest the extraction of broad rules of behaviour applicable across a
variety of complex systems.

Invited speakers
John Casti,
Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA
"The Science and Surprise of Artificial Worlds"

David Green,
School of Environmental & Information Sciences, Charles Sturt University,
NSW, Australia
"Towards a theory of everything? Grand challenges in complexity and

Chris Lucas,
CALResCo Group, Complexity & Artificial Life Research Concept for
Self-Organizing Systems, Manchester, UK
"Value Metascience and Synergistic Choice"

Rene Lefever,
Centre for Non-Linear Phenomena and Complex Systems,
Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
"A Mean Field Theory of the Spatio-Temporal Organization of
Plant Communities"

Angelo Mingarelli,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
"Theory, Dynamics, and Applications of Fuzzy Cellular Automata"

Peter Wills,
Department of Physics, University of Auckland, New Zealand
"Symbolic Interpreters and Biological Evolution: Generalizing the
Coding Problem".


From: Beux Francois <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 18:24:09 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Workshop on Non-Newtonian and Viscoelastic Fluid Flows

Workshop on
"Non-Newtonian and viscoelastic fluid flows:
Mathematical theory, modelling and Applications"

Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
October 16-17, 2000

Scientific direction:
A. Quarteroni (EPFL Switzerland/Univ. Milano, Italy),
A. Fasano (Univ. Firenze, Italy),
G. Da Prato (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy).

Invited lecturers:

M. Deville (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland), R. Glowinski (Univ. Houston, USA),
J.M. Marchal (Polyflow S.A., Belgique), M. Picasso (EPFL Lausanne,
Switzerland), A. Sequeira (IST Lisboa, Portugal), A. Fasano (Univ. Firenze,
Italy), K.R. Rajagopal (Texas A&M Univ., USA).

Worshop is also sponsored by ESF through the program AMIF.
Support: AMIF grants for support to european young researchers
Deadlines: September, 30 (September, 16 for AMIF grants)

For further information, please contact:

Associazione Amici della Scuola Normale
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7 - 56126 Pisa, Italy
Tel: (+39) 050 509 858 Fax: (+39) 050 563 513

or consult the web page of the workshop:


From: Stefan Funken <>
Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2000 11:05:34 +0200
Subject: GAMM Workshop on Computational Electromagnetics

Mathematisches Seminar,
Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany,
January 26th to 28th, 2001

C. Carstensen (Kiel)
S.A. Funken (Kiel)
W. Hackbusch (Kiel/Leipzig)
R.H.W. Hoppe (Augsburg)
P. Monk (Newark, Delaware, U.S.A.)

This workshop is intended to reflect the state-of-the-art of the foundations,
methods, and algorithmic tools of computational electromagnetics. The spectrum
of the topics to be presented and discussed ranges from the mathematical
analysis of Maxwell's equations, different discretization schemes and their
efficient numerical realizations to the application of optimization and optimal
control methods as well as the appropriate treatment of inverse problems.

Topics of interest include the following:

o Mathematical analysis of Maxwell's equations
in the low- and high-frequency range,
o Numerical analysis of discretization methods,
o Applications of multigrid/multilevel
and domain decomposition techniques,
o Multipole methods,
o A posteriori error analysis,
o Adaptivity in space-time discretizations,
o Optimal control, structural optimization,
o Inverse modeling/parameter identification.

Call for papers: Participants wanting to give a talk (20 min)
should submit an abstract before September 30, 2000.
Notification of acceptance will be given in October, 2000.

All correspondence in connection with the workshop, including
registration and submission of abstracts, is to be made via
e-mail on address:

Visit the homepage on
where more information on hotel reservation and a registration
form is available.


From: Michaela Schulze <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 13:08:25 -0400
Subject: IFIP Conference on System Modelling and Optimization

This is a first announcement of the

20th IFIP TC 7 Conference on
System Modelling and Optimization
Trier, Germany
July 23-27, 2001.

For more information see the web-page

or contact the organizers via e-mail

On behalf of the program committee and the local organizing committee
we invite you to participate in this conference.

E. Sachs (Chair of the local org. comm.)
Universitaet Trier
FB IV - Mathematik


From: Bruce Kellogg <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 14:43:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Conference Honoring John Osborn

There will be a conference on

Finite Element Analysis and Eigenvalue Problems

commenorating the 1000000_2-th birthday of John Osborn. It will be at the
University of Maryland, College Park, on Sept. 15-16. For further information,

Bruce Kellogg


From: Michael Berry <>
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 21:09:22 -0400
Subject: Computational Information Retrieval Workshop

Computational Information Retrieval Workshop
Sunday, October 22, 2000
Jane S. McKimmon Center, NC State University
Raleigh, NC
Organizer: Michael W. Berry, Tennessee

This is the fourth announcement of the first "Computational Information
Retrieval Workshop" (CIR00) to be held on Sunday, October 22,
2000 in Raleigh, NC. This workshop, which precedes the Seventh
SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (LA00), features talks
from applied mathematicians and computer scientists on the development
of algorithms, models, and software for information retrieval
and management. This workshop is co-sponsored by SIAM, National
Science Foundation, Boeing, and Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

One particular goal of this workshop is to present a taxonomy of current
algorithms used in IR systems and WWW-based search engines. In
addition to the distinguished invited speakers listed below, we encourage
all LA00 attendees to register for this important workshop which can
facilitate an open discussion on the future development of automated

Invited speakers for CIR00 include:

I. Dhillon, "Concept Decompositions for Large-Scale Information Retrieval"
C. Ding, "A Probabilistic Model for LSI/SVD in Information Retrieval"
K. Gallivan, "Applications of Incremental Dominant Singular Subspaces"
L. Jessup and "Applications of Orthogonal Decomposition in Information
J. Martin, Retrieval"
H. Park, "Dimension Reduction in Vector Space Based Information Retrieval
Using Least Norm"
B. Pottenger, "Detecting Emerging Conceptual Contexts in Data Mining"
P. Raghavan, "Symbolic Preprocessing Techniques for Information Retrieval
Using Vector Space Models"
J. Wu, "Text Mining at Boeing"

There will also be a special luncheon talk by Baruch Rumshisky, Northern Light.

The workshop will be held at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the
campus of North Carolina State University (also the site of LA00)
on Sunday, October 22, 2000 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. In addition
to the invited talks there will be a "Contributed Talks" session
and a "Panel Discussion" in the afternoon. You may register
for the workshop at the CIR00 website

and provide a title/abstract of any contributed talk. Selected
contributed talks for CIR00 will be posted on the website and
the authors will be notified by email no later than August 1.
All submissions for contributed talks must be received by July
15 for full consideration. An edited volume of survey-based papers
based on the talks presented in this workshop is anticipated. SIAM
will most likely be the publisher of this special volume. Final
papers will probably be due by the end of November 2000.


From: Chris Fuller <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 09:59:50 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Subject: Director Position at University of Maryland

The Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling
(CSCAMM), University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications
for the position of Director. The CSCAMM is a newly formed
interdisciplinary center which brings together scientists and
engineers doing cutting edge science with mathematicians and
computer scientists to promote the use of advanced computation
to address real world problems. The Director will have responsibility
for the selection of the scientific foci of the Center, the hiring
of faculty and the administration of a graduate program in Scientific
Computation and Applied Mathematics. Candidates for this position
must have an established international reputation in applying
computation to one of the scientific disciplines or in the development
of algorithms which facilitate such computation. The campus is
already pre-eminent in computation in selected scientific disciplines.
Candidates are expected to build on this expertise through new
faculty appointments and innovative leadership to establish the
campus as a nationally recognized leader in scientific computation.
The appointment will be made at the Full Professor level. To apply,
send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and a list of
suggested names and addresses for letters of recommendation to:

Director, Center for Scientific Computation Search Committee
c/o Chris Fuller
3400 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

For more information, please contact Dr. James F. Drake,
Professor and Interim Director of the CSCAMM at (301) 405-1471

The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal
opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged
to apply. Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled.


From: Wei Cai <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 22:06:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Visiting Faculty Position at UNC Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department of Mathematics

Application is sought for a visiting assistant professor
position. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in numerical
analysis and extensive experience in scientific computations.
Please e-mail application to


From: Manuel D. Salas <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 07:36:04 -0400
Subject: Research Position at ICASE

Position Available in:
Design and Optimization under Uncertainty--Robust Design Methods
ICASE, Hampton, VA

The Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering
(ICASE) is seeking a staff scientist to conduct research in the
area of design and optimization of engineering systems in the
presence of uncertain design parameters.

The appointee will participate in the development and application
of robust design techniques and reliability-based optimization to
aerospace systems. The appointee will work in close cooperation
with NASA Langley's Multidisciplinary Optimization Branch.

The successful candidate should have:
* Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, or
Engineering (with a strong background in Applied Mathematics)
* Minimum three years experience relating to optimization under
uncertainty (doctoral experience may be included)
* Expertise in at least one of the following fields:
-reliability-based design
-probabilistic or stochastic methods
-multidisciplinary design optimization
-numerical solution of PDE
* Knowledge of one of the following application areas is useful:
-structural analysis and optimization
-cost or reliability assessment
-systems analysis
* Solid understanding of computational methods
* Strong communication and teamwork skills

Staff scientist appointments are usually made for two years, with
the possibility of a third-year extension. ICASE is a non-profit
research organization located at the NASA Langley Research Center
in Hampton, Virginia, USA. The Institute offers excellent
opportunities to researchers for collaboration with other scientists
and engineers on problems of interest to NASA. ICASE is a non-profit,
equal opportunity employer.

General information about ICASE and its research programs is available
via the World Wide Web at More information
on NASA Langley's Multidisciplinary Optimization (MDO) research program
can be found at

Please send resume, contact information for three professional references,
and a brief letter proposal (three pages maximum) that contains a statement
of research interests, expected contributions to NASA's efforts, and

Director, ICASE
Mail Stop 132C
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia USA 23681-2199

or e-mail to:


From: H. G. ter Morsche <>
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 10:18:55 +0200
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Eindhoven University of Technology

The Department of Mathematics and Computing Science,
Eindhoven University of Technology, has a vacancy for

POST-DOC position
Wavelet methods for Numerical Analysis

Project description:
Eindhoven University of Technology, situated in the south of The Netherlands,
participates in the national project on "Wavelets and their Applications",
which is a common enterprise of 3 universities and the dutch Center of
Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI). The project is partly funded by the
dutch organisation of scienctific research (NWO).

Although the ideas behind wavelets were unitiated in the field of signal
processing and data analysis a few decades ago, wavelet and multiscale type
methods are becoming increasingly important in numerical analysis nowadays.
In particular with respect to numerical simulation and scientific computing,
where large and complex problems have to be solved with high accuracy
and within a short computational time. The goal of the project is to
investigate wavelet type methods with respect to the numerical solution of
integral and partial differential equations with special emphasis
on theBoundadary Element Method (BEM) .

The candidate:
The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in mathematics or physics or have
a similar level. It is recommended to have research experiences in the field
of wavelets and Boundary element methods.

The candidate gets a temporary position as a staff member for at most 2 years.
The salary is according to the 'collective employment agreement dutch
universities'. Depending upon education and experience the salary will be up
to a maximum of Dfl. 7694,00 gross a month.

The present project requires regular contacts with the other partners.
Funding for traveling and visiting conferences is available.

Information about the project:
Dr. H.G. ter Morsche
Tel. :00-31-40-2474241

How to apply
You can send a written application, together with your
CV and a list of publications before August 21, 2000 to

Dr. H. G. ter Morsche
Department of Mathematics and Computing Science,
Eindhoven University of Technology,
HG 6.22,
PO Box 513,
5600 MB Eindhoven,
The Netherlands.


From: E. F. Toro <>
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 17:09:40 +0100
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at the Manchester Metropolitan University

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION at the Manchester Metropolitan
University, UK

Topic of Research:
"Advanced numerical methods for multiphase flows"

A post-doctoral position is available to work on the development of
modern shock-capturing methods of the Godunov type for application
to three dimensional multiphase flows in the context of nuclear reactor
safety modelling.

The position is supported by a European Frame 5 Research Programme
involving nine European collaborating institutions and is available
for a fixed period of 1 1/2 years starting in October 2000 or soon

The position is suitable for a scientist who has completed a PhD in
Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Numerical Analysis,
Computational Fluid Dynamics or an engineering/science subject with
a subtantial mathematics and numerical component. Highly desirable
is experience with Godunov type methods and the physics of compressible
fluids. Experience with multiphase flows would be an advantage.

Potential candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of application
containing the names and addresses of two academic referees and a
personal CV to Professor E F Toro, Department of Computing and
Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street,
Manchester M1 5GD, UK. Informal inquiries may be directed by
email: or telephone: (+44) (0) 161 247 3593.


From: E. F. Toro <>
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 17:07:43 +0100
Subject: Studentship at the Manchester Metropolitan University

RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP at the Manchester Metropolitan
University, UK

Topic of Research:

High-Order Nonoscillatory Avection Schemes via the ADER Approach

A PhD studentship for 3 years and funded by the National Environment
Research Council (NERC) is available in the Computational and Applied
Mathematics Group, at the Manchester Metropolitan University,
England. The project is to be supervised by Professor E. F. Toro and
involve collaboration with the Department of Meteorology, University of
Reading UK and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical
Physics, University of Cambridge UK.

The programme of research concerns the design, analysis and implementation
of very high order non-oscillatory advection schemes for hyperbolic
conservation laws, following the ADER approach. Application of the most
successful schemes to test problems that are representative of atmospheric
flow modelling is also envisaged.

The ideal candidate will have a good first degree in Applied Mathematics,
Theoretical Physics or a Science/Engineering subject with substantial
mathematical and computing content. Highly desirable would be a Masters
degree in Numerical Analysis or Computational Fluid Dynamics.

The grant is for a fixed period of 3 years and consists of (i) University
fees at UK home student rate and (ii) 6,500 pounds per year towards
living expenses. Eligible candidates are UK residents.

Potential candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of application
containing the names and addresses of two academic referees and a
personal CV to Professor E F Toro, Department of Computing and
Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street,
Manchester M1 5GD, UK. Informal inquiries may be directed by
email: or telephone: (0)161 247 3593.


From: Corry Magrijn <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 13:33:49 +0200
Subject: Contents, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems

Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS)

Volume 13 (2000), Number 2

A.R. Teel and L. Praly,
On assigning the derivative of a disturbance
attenuation control Lyapunov function.<BR>
MCSS 13 (2000), 95-124.

E. Zerz, <BR
Coprime factorizations of multivariate rational matrices.
MCSS 13 (2000), 125-139.

F. Silva Leite, M. Camarinha and P. Crouch,
Elastic curves as solutions of Riemannian
and sub-Riemannian control problems. <BR>
MCSS 13 (2000), 140-155.

A. Gombani and M. Olivi,
A new parametrization of rational inner functions
of fixed degree: Schur parameters and realizations.<BR>
MCSS 13 (2000), 156-177.


From: Arieh Iserles <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 09:41:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Contents, Acta Numerica 2000

The 9th volume of Acta Numerica, just published, comprises the
following survey papers:

M.D. Buhmann: "Radial basis functions"........................1--38

K.A. Cliffe, A. Spence and S.J. Tavener: "The numerical analysis
of bifurcation problems with applications to fluid

Herbert Edelsbrunner: "Triangulations and meshes in computational

Arieh Iserles, Hans Z. Munthe-Kaas, Syvert P. N{\o}rsett and
Antonella Zanna: "Lie-group methods"................215--365


From: Vladik <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 12:15:21 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Contents, Reliable Computing

Reliable Computing
Volume 6, Issue 4, 2000

Special Issue
Proceedings of the International Conference on Rational Approximation
June 6-11, 1999, Antwerp, Belgium
Guest Editors: Annie Cuyt and Brigitte Verdonk


Effective Computation of Rational Approximants and Interpolants
Bernhard Beckermann, George Labahn

Rational Interpolation from Stochastic Data: A New Froissart's
Jean-Daniel Fournier, Maciej Pindor

Reliability of Lanczos-Type Product Methods from Perturbation Theory
Peter R. Graves-Morris

Hybrid Rational Function Approximation and Its Accuracy Analysis
Hiroshi Kai, Matu-Tarow Noda

Numerical Computation of the Least Common Multiple of a Set of
Nicos Karcanias, Marilena Mitrouli

On Factorization of Analytic Functions and Its Verification
Tetsuya Sakurai, Hiroshi Sugiura


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