NA Digest Sunday, December 3, 2000 Volume 00 : Issue 49

Today's Editor:
Cleve Moler
The MathWorks, Inc.

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From: Stephen Vavasis <vavasis@CS.Cornell.EDU>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 15:13:46 -0500
Subject: Flop Count Missing in Matlab R12

I installed Matlab 6.0 (R12) last week and was dismayed to find that the
'flops' function is gone. I have used this function many times in my
published papers to compare two algorithms in computational tests.
Probably many of you also have used 'flops' in your own research. I'm
an editor of several NA journals and have seen 'flops' used by papers I
have handled.

I propose that numerical analysts should lobby Mathworks to reinstate
the 'flops' function in a future version of Matlab. Do you agree? I'm
not sure how to proceed. Perhaps you can send me email if you agree or
disagree. Or maybe you can make a followup posting to NA Digest if you
have some thoughts about 'flops'.

Clearly there is a connection between our community and Mathworks,
considering that Cleve Moler is the editor of this newsletter! Maybe we
can use that connection to our advantage!

Steve Vavasis (

[Cleve's response:] You don't need to lobby us, Steve. You've already
got our vote for resurrecting FLOPS as soon as we can.

The trouble is, LAPACK and, especially, optimized BLAS have no provision for
keeping track of counts of floating point operations. Unfortunately, it
would require more extensive software modifications than we are able to make.
There might also be some degratation of performance.

Jack Dongarra and his colleagues at the University of Tennessee ATLAS project
tell us that they can get flop counts through access to privileged hardware
instructions available on some modern chips, but I'm sure yet how that works.

It would also be feasible to provide rough flop estimates that would have
approximately the right coefficient of n^3 for matrix operations, but we
don't think that's good enough. A number of people were concerned that
the traditional FLOP function didn't count every single operation, including
those in system level libraries outside of our control.

By the way, I mentioned the FLOP difficulties briefly in my MATLAB News
and Notes column about LAPACK. (



From: Lina <>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 21:47:38 -0500
Subject: Help with Strassen and Winograd Methods

Jakarta, Des 3rd 2000

My name is Lina and I'm an Indonesian student (Computer Science Dept)
at Tarumanagara University, Jakarta. I'm looking for a topic
for my final examination and I'm very interested in Strassen and
Winograd method in how to make matrix multiplication faster.
So far, I've looked everywhere for books and journal that contains
the explanation of your method. But I can't find the complete one.
I can't buy a SIAM journal because it's too expensive and it will
take a long time to received it (3 months). Meanwhile I have to
finished the abstract and half of the contents in my final paper
in the first week on January 2001.

So, I will be very greatfull if you could send me your notes (lecturer
notes or some journal) about the method. I really really need it.
And I hope you could help me, please.
Thank you and I'm looking forward for your reply as soon as possible.

Best regards,


From: Flores Tlacuahuac Antonio <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 14:38:58 -0600
Subject: Help with Optimal Control

I am involved in research on the optimal control of chemical reactors, and
I would like to ask for help about the following problem.

We would like to compute open-loop dynamic transition trajectories between
two fixed points. The initial point is stable but the final one
is unstable. We would like to know if theoretically the computation is
possible. I know that such computation is hard. Could you please mention
some references where the computation of such optimal profiles is addressed?
Which software is available for performing the computations?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Antonio Flores T.


From: Jean Maeght <>
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 15:22:03 +0100
Subject: Change of Address for Jean Maeght

I recently began working at Artelys SA. My new
contact information is:

Jean Maeght
Artelys, Research Department
215 rue JJ Rousseau
F92136 Issy-les-Moulineaux Cedex, France

Phone: (33) 141 461 908
FAX: (33) 146 384 230
Web: http;//


From: Heinz W. Engl <>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 11:28:56 +0100
Subject: Temporary Change of Address for Heinz Engl

Dear Colleagues,
from January 5 to July 15, 2001, I will be on sabbatical. My address
during that time will be:

Prof.Heinz W. Engl
University of Oxford
Mathematical Instutute
24-29 St Giles
Oxford OX1 3LB

Phone: +44-1865-270507
Fax: +44-1865-270515

Mail sent to Linz will be forwarded, but will therefore be delayed.
Papers submitted to "Surveys on Mathematics for Industry" should be
sent to Linz.

Also, I will continue to read my regular Austrian Email, but maybe not
on a daily basis.
I can also be reached via mobile phone at +43-664-5209029

Best regards
Heinz Engl


From: Nick Trefethen <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 22:02:49 GMT
Subject: Funded MSc Courses at Oxford

I am pleased to announce that substantial EPSRC funding has been
obtained to support Oxford University's two 1-year MSc courses in
applied and numerical mathematics:

MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing
(2/3 course work, 1/3 thesis)

MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics
(1/3 course work, 2/3 thesis)

These courses are run jointly by Oxford's very well-known research
groups in numerical analysis (the "NA Group" in the Computing
Laboratory) and applied mathematics (the "OCIAM" institute in the
Mathematics department). About 25 students will take these courses
during 2000-2001. Many UK citizens will receive full funding from the
EPSRC, many EU citizens will get partial funding from the EPSRC, and
some EU or non-EU citizens will get partial support from industrial
sources. These opportunities represent a successful tradition going
back decades of MSc-level education at Oxford in applied, industrial,
and numerical mathematics. For further information see the Web sites
or contact me: Nick Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analaysis,


From: Kees Oosterlee <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 09:28:20 +0100
Subject: New Book on Multigrid


by: U. Trottenberg, C.W. Oosterlee and A. Sch"uller
GMD Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI)
Sankt Augustin, Germany

Academic Press, London, 2000, 640 p. ISBN 0-12-701070-X
Hardcover $ 69.95 (46.95 British Pounds), (recommended retail price)

Multigrid methods are the most efficient solvers for elliptic partial
differential equations (PDEs) and belong to the fastest methods in scientific
computing. They are invaluable to engineers and scientists in a wide range of
disciplines from computational physics up to financial engineering.

``Multigrid'' is a complete overview of practical multigrid
development over the last 20 years. The first part (Chapters 1 - 5) is an
introduction to the field of multigrid methods for elliptic PDEs.
It includes highly efficient multigrid components for the 2D/3D Poisson
equation, theory based on Fourier analysis, the treatment of anisotropic
equations in 2D and 3D, the Full Approximation Scheme (FAS) for nonlinear
problems, Full Multigrid (FMG), higher order discretizations,
the multigrid treatment of boundary conditions.

The second part (Chapters 6 - 10) and the three appendices cover advanced
multigrid techniques, including parallel aspects, multigrid for problems of
convection-diffusion type, ILU smoothers, problems with jumping coefficients,
the use of multigrid as a preconditioner, treatment of systems of PDEs,
multigrid solution of problems from fluid dynamics, adaptive grid techniques,
a systematic introduction to algebraic multigrid (AMG) with applications on
unstructured grids and an outline of modern multigrid theory.

Key features:

- Covers the whole field of multigrid methods from the basics up to advanced

- Style is elementary and at the same time mathematically sound.

- With guest contributions by Achi Brandt (top multigrid efficiency in CFD),
Peter Oswald (modern multigrid theory) and Klaus St"uben (AMG).

- This comprehesive book is targeted to both students and professionals.
It provides the insight and the tools needed to apply multigrid to
general PDE problems.


From: Willi Schoenauer <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 12:40:02 +0100
Subject: Short Course on Supercomputing

Block Lecture Supercomputing in February 2001

Scientific Supercomputing: Architecture an Use of Shared and Distributed
Memory Parallel Computers (in English)
(01112 + 01113, 2 + 2 SWS)

Block lecture in the week 19.2. - 24.2.2001

Location: Seminarraum 217 in the Computer Center of the Universitaet
Karlsruhe, building 20.21, second floor
Time: Mo - Fr 8.30 - 10.00, 10.30 - 12.00 h
Mo - Tu 14.30 - 16.00 h

Schoenauer/Haefner: Exercises in Seminarraum 217 and terminal room, Mo
16.30 - 19.00 h and further terms

Background: Supercomputers are built by connecting vector pipelines or
microprocessors by a communication network. The theoretical peak
performance now is more than 1 TFLOPS (teraflops, 1E12 floating-point
operations per second). These parallel computers are used for the
numerical simulation in all technical and scientific areas: crash tests
for automobiles, weather forecast, elementary particle physics, drug
design etc. The progress in science and technology is essentially
determined by this new "Computational Science". At the Universitaet
Karlsruhe and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe are installed an IBM
RS/6000 SP and a Siemens/Fujitsu VPP300 + 5000 with totally 400 Gflops.
At LRZ Munich a Hitachi SR8000 with more than 1 TFLOPS is available for
German scientists. You should terefore get acquainted with the usage of
such supercomputers.

Contents: The contents of the lecture and how to obtain the manuscript
can be seen via the URL

It should be mentioned that there is an open-ended (hand-written)
ADDENDUM to this basic lecture where new architectures and algorithms
are published. It is also accessible via the above URL.

Prerequisite for the exercises is the basic knowledge of UNIX and

There is no necessity of registration for students of Karlsruhe.
External participants should send an e-mail. Information about the
Computer Center is under the URL

The next term will probably be 18. - 22.2.2002

Willi Schoenauer
Rechenzentrum der Universitaet Karlsruhe
D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
Tel: +49/721/608-6350
Fax: +49/721/32550


From: Margaret Wright <>
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 21:31:09 -0500
Subject: Conference at MSRI in Memory of Fred Howes

As manager of the Applied Mathematics Research Program at the
U.S. Department of Energy, Fred Howes nurtured a broad spectrum
of research at universities and DOE laboratories. To honor Fred's
memory, a workshop on "Models, analysis, and methods" will be held
March 1-3, 2001, at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute,
Berkeley, California.
The workshop includes talks by Marsha Berger (Courant Institute),
David Brown (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Angela Cheer
(UC Davis), Alexandre Chorin (UC Berkeley), Phillip Colella (Lawrence
Berkeley Laboratory), Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee),
James Glimm (SUNY Stony Brook), John Guckenheimer (Cornell),
Bruce Hendrickson (Sandia National Laboratory), Darryl Holm (Los
Alamos National Laboratory), Peter Lax (Courant Institute),
Jorge More' (Argonne National Laboratory), Robert O'Malley
(University of Washington), Isadore Singer (MIT), and Barry Smith
(Argonne National Laboratory). In addition to the talks, there
will be a banquet on Friday, March 2, at the Claremont Hotel.
To help with planning, all attendees are requested to register.
Thanks to generous support from the Department of Energy, there is
no registration fee; there will be a charge for the banquet. To
register and obtain information about accommodation and other
details, see,
or go to the main MSRI site,, click on "workshops",
then on "Analysis, models, and methods".


From: Steve McCormick <>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 08:21:20 -0700
Subject: Deadlines for the Copper Mountain Multigrid Conference

April 1-6, 2001, Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA


January 12, 2001: Student papers.
February 1, 2001: Author abstracts and early registration.



From: Jerzy Wasniewski <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 17:08:04 +0100 (MET)
Subject: PARA'02 Workshop Moved Ahead One Day

PARA'02 Workshop had to be moved ahead one day because of the
Householder Meeting. The correct data are:

PARA'02, Workshop on Applied Parallel Computing
Espoo, Finland, June 15-18, 2002

CSC - Scientific Computing Ltd. will host this meeting. The general theme
for the workshop will be Advanced Scientific Computing focusing on:

New HPC architectures: From PC clusters to supercomputers
Development of parallel computing software
Parallel computing and multidisciplinary applications
Grid computing and metacomputing
Parallel data mining
Parallel computing and visualization

The workshop will demonstrate the ability of advanced scientific computing
to solve "real-world" problems and will highlight new trends in parallel
computing and technologies.

The PARA'02 meeting will create an international forum for information
transfer between specialists in academia and industry. It will consist of
invited lectures and contributed talks. The workshop will start with a
tutorial (subject will be announced later).

Contact person: Jari Jarvinen, CSC
Phone: +358-9-457 2002


From: Mischja van Bossum <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 15:39:10 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Conference in the Netherlands on High Performance Optimization

HPOPT 2001
June 6-8, 2001
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Aim of the Conference

HPOPT 2001 will take place in the context of the Dutch research
project 'High Performance Models for Mathematical Optimization'.
In this project, funded by the Dutch Organization for Scientific
Research (NWO), research teams cooperate from four universities
in the Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Erasmus
University, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Utrecht
University. We focus on duality, algorithms, complexity,
sensitivity, and numerical aspects and we strive to touch each
of these aspects in the conference.

The meeting will consist of a one day tutorial and a two-day
conference. The theme for this meeting is 'Computational
Techniques for Optimization'.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together some of the most
active researchers working on the design and implementation of
optimization algorithms.
We aim to cover the latest algorithmic developments, complexity
results and implementation aspects, including the required tools
from numerical algebra.
Much attention will be given to recent developments in
semidefinite optimization.

Conference Organizers

Henk van der Vorst (University of Utrecht)
Gerard Sleijpen (University of Utrecht)
Mischja van Bossum (University of Utrecht)

Program Committee

Jan Brinkhuis (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Jan Karel Lenstra (Eindhoven University of Technology / CWI)
Kees Roos (Delft University of Technology)
Gerard Sleijpen (University of Utrecht)
Leen Stougie (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Mischja van Bossum (University of Utrecht)
Henk van der Vorst (University of Utrecht)

Important Dates

March 1, 2001: Deadline for abstracts
May 1, 2001: Acceptance or rejection notification
June 6-8, 2001: HPOPT 2001


The conference will take place in the Gertrudis Chapel In de
Driehoek, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Conference Website


From: Chaoqun Liu <>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 15:20:34 -0600 (CST)
Subject: AFOSR Conference on Eddy Simulation

Third AFOSR International Conference on
Direct Numerical Simulation and Large Eddy Simulation (TAICDL)
August 5-9, 2001
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA

TAICDL is a major international conference focused solely on the development
and application of direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large eddy
simulation (LES) for real-world flows, and sponsored by the US Air Force
Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Papers are solicited in all areas of
DNS and LES related to engineering applications and fundamental fluid dynamics.

There will be a video session during the conference and participants are
encouraged to submit their DNS/LES movies for the session.

The conference proceedings will be published by a scientific publisher.

Important Dates:

1 January, 2001 Deadline for postmark of submission of abstract
1 March, 2001 Notification of acceptance
5 August, 2001 Deadline for final paper

The conference information is posted on the web at

For more information, please check the web page or contact

Dr. Chaoqun Liu, Professor
Department of Mathematics
456 PKH, Box 19408
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019-0408, USA
Phone: (817) 272-5151
Fax: (817) 272-5802 I


From: T. Terlaky <>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 23:21:12 -0500
Subject: McMaster Optimization Conference

1st Annual McMaster Optimization Conference:
Theory and Applications
(MOPTA 01)
August 2-4, 2001, McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The 1st annual McMaster Optimization Conference, (MOPTA 01)
will be held at the campus of McMaster University. It will
be hosted by the Advanced Optimization Lab at the
Department of Computing and Software.

The conference is planned as an annual event aiming to
bring together a diverse group of people from both discrete
and continuous optimization, working on both theoretical
and applied aspects. The format will consist of a small
number of invited talks from distinguished speakers and a
set of selected contributed talks, spread over three days
with no parallel sessions. Our target is to present a
diverse set of exciting new developments from different
optimization areas while at the same time providing a
setting which will allow increased interaction among the
participants. We aim to bring together researchers from
both the theoretical and applied communities who do not
usually get the chance to interact in the framework of a
medium-scale event.

Distinguished guests will give one-hour long invited talks.
Confirmed invited speakers include:
John Dennis (Rice University)
Michael Todd (Cornell University)
Lieven Vandenberghe (UCLA)
David Williamson (IBM Almaden)

Contributions are solicited for presentation at the conference.
Each accepted paper will be alloted a 25 minute talk.
Presentation of recent results is encouraged. Authors wishing
to speak at the conference should submit the abstract on which
the talk will be based, in ASCII or LaTex source, to
by April 30, 2001.
Please use "MOPTA" in the email subject line.
All decisions on acceptance will be made after the closing day of April 30,
2001. A preliminary program will be available before the end of May.

The Organizing Committee
Tam=E1s Terlaky, (Chair)
Stavros Kolliopoulos (CAS, McMaster University)
Tom Luo (ECE, McMaster University)
Henry Wolkowicz (Comb. Opt. University of Waterloo)


From: Paolo Nesi <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 23:53:55 +0100 (MET)
Subject: IEEE Conference in Italy on Software Maintenance

IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 2001
FLORENCE, ITALY, 6-10 November 2001
Theme: Systems and Software Evolution in the era of the Internet

Sponsored by IEEE
Supported by the: EC-IST, University of Florence, O-Group

ICSM is the major international conference in the field of software and
systems maintenance, evolution, and management.

The Conference will be held in conjunction with:
WESS -- the seventh Workshop on Empirical Studies of Software Maintenance.
SCAM -- Source Code Analysis and Manipulation
WSE -- Workshop on WEBsite Evolution
Other workshops are welcome according to the limited available slots.

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to the following
aspects of maintenance and evolution:
- Methods and theories -Processes and strategies
- Organizational frameworks -Life cycle and process control
- Design for maintenance -Tools and environments
- Internet and distributed systems -Multimedia systems
- User interface evolution -Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
- Third party maintenance -Freeware and open source applications
- Program comprehension -Software and system visualization
- Knowledge based systems -Formal methods
- Impact of new software practices -Empirical studies
- Software reusability -Programming languages
- Source code analysis and manipulation -Testing and regression testing
- Models and methods for error prediction -Measurement of software
- Maintenance and/or productivity metrics -Preventive maintenance
- Personnel aspects of maintenance -Reengineering and reverse engineering
- Version and configuration management -Legal aspects and standards
- Management and organization -Remote, tele-work, and co-operative

General chair:
Paolo Nesi, University of Florence, Italy,

Financial chair:
Vaclav Rajlich, Wayne State University, USA,

Program co-chairs:
Gerardo Canfora, University of Sannio, Italy,
Anneliese von Mayrhauser, Colorado State University, USA, avm@CS.ColoState.EDU

Tutorials co-chairs:
Lionel C. Briand, Carleton University,
Alessandro Fantechi, University of Florence, Italy,

Industrial Applications co-chairs:
Panagiotis K. Linos, Butler University, Indianapolis USA,
Harry Sneed, Independent Consultant, Germany,
Chris Verhoef, Free University Amsterdam, NL,

Publicity co-chairs:
Nicholas Zvegintzov (General Co-chair), Software Management Network, USA,
Malcolm Munro (Co-chair for Europe), University of Durham, UK,
William Cheng-Chung Chu (Co-chair for East), TungHai University, Taiwan,

Local Arrangements co-chairs:
Fabrizio Fioravanti, University of Florence, Italy,
Pierfrancesco Bellini (Industrial Applications, and Demos),
University of Florence, Italy,
Marius Bogdan Spinu, University of Florence, Italy,


From: Osni Marques <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 17:23:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Workshop in Brazil on Numerical Methods

International Workshop on
Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods for PDES
and Optimization
Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil
August 20-23, 2001

The Department of Mathematics of the Federal University of Parana,
Curitiba, Brazil, will host an international workshop on recent advances
in numerical linear algebra, numerical methods for PDEs and optimization
on August 20-23, 2001. The four-day workshop will consist of invited
talks and contributed papers as well. Selected papers (normal refereeing
process) will be published in a special issue of Numerical Algorithms.

Participants wishing to give a presentation should send a one-page
(maximum) abstract (TeX or LaTeX file) to before
April 27, 2001. Up-to-date information about the workshop can be found

Organizing committee: Celso Carnieri (UFPR, Brazil), Elizabeth Karas
(UFPR, Brazil), Osni Marques (LBNL, USA), Adriana Luiza do Prado (UFPR,
Brazil) and Yuan Jin Yun (UFPR, Brazil).

Scientific committee: Jose Alberto Cuminato (USP-SC, Brazil), Jack
Dongarra (UTK, USA), Clovis Gonzaga (UFSC, Brazil), Jose Mario Martinez
(UNICAMP, Brazil), Bob Plemmons (WFU, USA), Bob Russell (SFU, USA),
Horst Simon (LBNL, USA) and Yuan Jin Yuan (UFPR, Brazil).

Speakers (partial and tentative list): Owe Axelsson (Nijmegen, The
Netherlands), Claude Brezinski (Lille, France), Clovis Gonzaga (UFSC,
Brazil), Apostolos Hadjidimos (University of Crete, Greece), Alfredo
Iusem (IMPA, Brazil), Nelson Maculan (UFRJ, Brazil), Jose Mario Martinez
(UNICAMP, Brazil), Bob Plemmons (WFU, USA), Lothar Reichel (Kent, USA),
Bob Russell (SFU, USA), Paul Tseng (University of Washington, USA),
Tao Tang (Hong Kong Baptist University), Xiaonan Wu (Hong Kong Baptist
University) and Jun Zhang (UKY, USA).

Important Dates:

* Abstract submission deadline: April 27, 2001
* Acceptance notice: May 26, 2001.
* Advanced registration: June 30, 2001.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Yuan Jin Yuan


From: Chandrika Kamath <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 17:52:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Workshop in Chicago on Mining Scientific Datasets

Third Workshop on Mining Scientific Datasets
April 7, 2001
Midland Hotel, Chicago

Held in Conjunction with
First SIAM International Conference on Data Mining

Co-sponsored by AHPCRC and CASC/LLNL

This is the third in a series of workshops on the use of data mining for
scientific and engineering problems. For information on the first two
workshops, see Details on the third
workshop are available at the SIAM conference web page:

Full paper submission: January 25, 2001
Author notification: February 28, 2001
Final version of papers due: March 16, 2001

Michael Burl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Chandrika Kamath, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota
Raju Namburu, Army Research Laboratory

Sundar A. Christopher, Univ of Alabama in Huntsville
Ananth Grama, Purdue University
Vasant Honavar, Iowa State University
Roberta Humpreys, University of Minnesota
Menas Kafatos, George Mason University
Jacqueline Le Moigne, NASA Goddard
Chung-Sheng Li, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
B.S. Manjunath, University of California at Santa-Barbara


From: Michail Todorov <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 10:11:46 +0200
Subject: Conference in Bulgaria on Mathematics in Engineering and Economics

First Announcement
June 10-17, 2001

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


V.Dimitrov (Secretary of the Technical University of Sofia),
Assoc.Prof. D.Ivanchev (Chairman), Assoc.Prof. L.Karandjulov
Assoc.Prof. K.Peeva, Assoc.Prof.I.Petrov,
Assoc.Prof.M.Slavkova, Dr M.D.Todorov (Scientific Secretary),


The 27th 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:

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

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 organized.


The School will be held from 10th to 17h of June 2001 at the Sofia
Technical University Leisure House in Sozopol.

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

Technical University of Sofia
27th Summer School 'Applications of Mathematics in Engineering and Economics
1000 Sofia, P.O.Box 384, Bulgaria

tel. (+3592) 965 3345, 965 3242
fax (+3592) 987 7870


From: NTHU <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 10:29:50 +0800
Subject: Faculty Position at National Tsing Hua University


The Department of Computer Science, National Tsing Hua University,
Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, R.O.C., invites applications for 3-6 faculty positions
to begin in August 2001 at all ranks in the following fields:
Information Applications and Technologies (such as Graphics, E-Commerce
Technologies), Information Security (such as Internet Security
Technologies), Software Technologies (such as Software Engineering),
Hardware Design (such as Chip Design), Wireless Network Systems/Mobile
Computing. Applications from outstanding candidates in all areas of
computer science will be considered.

NTHU-CS has 27 faculty members and an enrollment of 260 graduate and 400
undergraduate students.

The research fields of the department include networks, design and
analysis of algorithms, artificial intelligence, database, computer
graphics, parallel and distributed computing, image processing,
VLSI/CAD, compiler, and computer architecture.

The computer science department is recently funded by NSC (National
Science Counsel) and MOE of Taiwan for 4-year research excellence
project to promote advanced research in areas related to internet
computing, wireless communications, effortless networking, agent
technologies, content-based retrievals, etc. In addition, the department
is also closely affiliated with universities IC design center and
computer/communication center for industrial joint activities. The
university is also located in Hsin-Chu, where the science park of Taiwan
is located. Traditionally, there are tied contacts and interactions
between research group in our department and research groups of
high-tech companies in the science park.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering
or a related field. Please send applications including
1. Curriculum vita including publication list
2. Graduate transcripts(for fresh Ph.D. only)
3. Copies of 3 most representative publications
4. At least 3 letters of recommendation
(sent directly by the evaluators)
to Chairman
Department of Computer Science
National Tsing Hua University
Hsin-Chu, Taiwan 300
Republic of China
Fax: +886-3-572-3694
no later than March 1 , 2001.
NTHU-CS Home Page:


From: Homer Walker <walker@WPI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 19:07:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Faculty Position at Worcester Polytechnic Institute


The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Department of Mathematical
Sciences invites applications and nominations for the Harold J. Gay
endowed professorship. Candidates are sought in areas of applied and
computational mathematics supportive of the strategic development of
the department and the university. It is expected that the holder
of the professorship will have a distinguished research record, a
firm commitment to education, and the ability to exercise strong
leadership in advancing the academic programs of the department
and the university.

WPI is a private and highly selective technological university
with an enrollment of 2700 undergraduates and about 1100 full-
and part-time graduate students. Worcester, New England's second
largest city, offers ready access to the diverse economic, cultural
and recreational resources of the region.

The Mathematical Sciences Department has 24 tenured/tenure-track
faculty and supports BS, MS, and PhD programs in applied and
computational mathematics and applied statistics. For additional
information, see

Nominations and applications should be sent to Search Committee,
Mathematical Sciences Department, WPI, 100 Institute Road,
Worcester, MA 01609-2280, USA. To be complete, applications must
include a detailed curriculum vitae, a brief statement of specific
teaching and research objectives, and the names of four references
with mail/email addresses and telephone/fax numbers.

Applications will be considered on a continuing basis beginning
December 1, 2000 until the position is filled.

To enrich education through diversity, WPI is an affirmative action,
equal opportunity employer.


From: Nikolay Mirenkov <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 09:49:12 +0900
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Aizu

Distributed Parallel Processing Laboratory

A position of Associate Professor (Ref. CS00010)

Requirements: an excellent research record in Distributed Processing Systems
and Parallel Processing Systems; and commitment to good teaching.

Responsibilities include: conducting research; advising undergraduate,
M.S. and Ph.D. students; teaching undergraduate and graduate classes.
Classes may be conducted either in English or in Japanese.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, or closely related area.

Term of employment: a 3-year contract followed by evaluation and tenure until
mandatory retirement age if qualified.

Earliest possible date of employment: April 1, 2001

Please send the following:
1. a cover letter with the job reference number, CS00010;
2. a complete resume;
3. the names, positions, affiliations of 3 references and their addresses
where they can be reached;
4. copies of three journal or major conference papers, published during
last 5 years or currently in press. (Note: Journal papers are preferred.)

Applications should be addressed to:
Personnel Affairs Section
The University of Aizu
Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima 965-8580
Alternatively, you may submit your application electronically to:
Application deadline: January 31, 2001
All communications should be directed to the same address as above.


From: Yair Censor <>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 15:21:50 +0200 (IST)
Subject: Faculty Position at the University of Haifa, Israel.

The Department of Mathematics of the University of Haifa, Israel, announces
an opening for a tenure-track position beginning in October 2001. Candidates
must hold a Ph.D. in either mathematics or computer science, and, also,
a master degree, preferably in the other field among the two mentioned above.
Candidates are expected to have an excellent record in research and teaching.

The position will require the continuation of a high level research work,
and teaching of computer science courses and/or courses on applications of
mathematics to high-tech industries in our bachelor programs:
"Mathematics with Computer Studies" and "Mathematics and its
Applications to High Technologies",
and in a master program of "Mathematics with Computer Sciences". Thus, the
candidates must have a proven record of teaching such courses,
and a reasonable command of the Hebrew language.

Remark: the University of Haifa has an independent Department of
Computer Science which is not part of the above mentioned
bachelor programs and has no connection to this announcement.

Please send a letter of application, which addresses your
suitability for the position described above, a complete CV
and a list of publications. In addition, please have three
letters of recommendation sent directly to us. All
should be sent by air mail to

Professor Izu Vaisman, Chairman
Department of Mathematics
University of Haifa
Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, ISRAEL.


From: Gabriel Robins <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 19:17:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at University of Virginia


Department of Computer Science

The University of Virginia's Department of Computer Science invites
applications for tenure track and tenured faculty positions.
Outstanding candidates in all areas of Computer Science will be
considered. Research faculty (non tenure-track) openings of all ranks
are also available. The Department has a first rate experimental
computer science research program and has in place an innovative
undergraduate CS curriculum. We are looking for candidates who are or
have the potential to become outstanding in both research and teaching.
A Ph.D. is required. Positions will be open until filled, and salary is
commensurate with experience.

Our Department is a vibrant, exciting research environment!
To review our Department's recent accomplishments, please see:

Please send a resume and the names of three references to:

Professor Jack Stankovic, Chair
Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering & Applied Science
University of Virginia
151 Engineer's Way, P. O. Box 400740
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4740

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


From: Marian Neamtu <neamtu@math.Vanderbilt.Edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 16:13:54 -0600
Subject: Faculty Position at Vanderbilt University

We invite applications for a position in approximation theory or related areas,
either at the tenure-track (assistant professor) or tenured (associate or full
professor) level. Candidates for a tenure-track appointment should have held
the PhD for at least two years, and show evidence of outstanding research
ability. Candidates for a senior appointment should have a record of
exceptional scientific achievement. Evidence of effective teaching is
essential. To apply, send the following materials in a single mailing
to the attention of Ms. Geneva Shilliday at the address below:
letter of application (including e-mail address and fax number),
the AMS standard cover sheet fully completed,
curriculum vitae, and research summary.
Do not send additional information (including letters of recommendation)
unless requested to do so after our initial screening. Evaluation of the
applications will commence immediately, and will continue until the position
is filled.

Vanderbilt University
Department of Mathematics
1326 Stevenson Center
Nashville, TN 37240


From: Carol Hazlewood <>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 17:37:38 -0600
Subject: Faculty Positions at Southwest Texas State University

Southwest Texas State University
Department of Computer Science

Applications are invited for two assistant and one associate professor
level tenure-track positions to begin Fall 2001. Applicants must have an
earned doctorate in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or an
equivalent degree. A commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and
service is essential.

The Department of Computer Science has 19 faculty, 650 undergraduate
majors and 150 masters students in Computer Science and Software
Engineering. The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Science is
accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. We have a
thriving master's program and currently are preparing a Ph.D. proposal.

SWT, a comprehensive university with about 22,000 students, is located
in San Marcos, Texas, a scenic college town close to both Austin and San
Antonio. With proximity to many major high tech companies, the department
and the university have enjoyed significant growth in the past decade.
For more information see

Review of applications will begin on receipt and continue until the
positions are filled. To apply, send a resume, including a list of
publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and a list
of at least three references with telephone e-mail, and postal addresses.
Applications will be accepted in postscript, pdf or printed format.
Applications in postscript or pdf format should be sent to: Printed applications should be sent to: Chair,
Recruitment Committee, Department of Computer Science, Southwest Texas
State University, San Marcos, TX 78666-4616

SWT is an AA/EEO employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply


From: Jaam Jihad Mohamed <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 21:16:07 +0300
Subject: Faculty Positions at University of Qatar


The Computer Science Department of the University of QATAR in the Gulf area
is offering computer science positions at all ranks. We seek outstanding
candidates from all areas of Computer Science, but we are especially interested
in applicants working in areas related to networks and operating systems.

All our faculty members are expected to teach undergraduate and service courses
as well as supervise senior projects. They must have a strong and demonstrated
commitment to research in a university environment and will have normal faculty
administrative and committee responsibilities.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of QATAR encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

Interested applicants should send an application with curriculum vitae, list of
publications, teaching interest, contact details of three referees to the
following address:

Dr. J. Mohamed AL-JAAM
University of Qatar
College of Science
Dept. of Computer Science
P.O. Box 2713
Doha - Qatar


From: George Miel <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 14:02:35 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Professor and Founding Chair - Applied Mathematics and Statistics

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications
for the position of Professor and Founding Chair of a new
academic department in applied mathematics and statistics.
The faculty is seeking a dynamic leader, scholar, teacher and
administrator to direct and facilitate further development
and growth of this newly formed department. The new
department now consists of thirteen faculty with research
interests in applied/computational mathematics and
statistics. A Ph.D. in mathematics, statistics, or a related
field in which the methods of applied mathematics and/or
statistics are integral to the discipline is required. The
successful candidate will have an established record of
scholarly productivity, demonstrated excellence in teaching,
and proven administrative skills. Experience in directing
doctoral dissertations is desirable. Salary is commensurate
with qualifications and experience. Position is contingent
upon funding and pending institutional and system approval
of the new department. The University has an excellent
fringe benefits package. For more information see: Applicants should submit a detailed
curriculum vita and a statement addressing administrative
philosophy, research and teaching interests. Also, names,
addresses and e-mails of five references should be sent to
Dr. George Miel, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of
Mathematical Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505
Maryland Parkway, Box 454020, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4020.
Phone: (702)895-0360 or e-mail: Review of
completed applications will begin January 20, 2001 and will
continue until the position is filled.


From: Ralf Hiptmair <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 19:07:59 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Stuttgart, Germany

PhD/Postdoctoral Position available

INSTITUTION: Sonderforschungsgereich 382 "Computational Physics"
UNIVERSITY : Universities of Stuttgart and Tuebingen, Germany

A PhD/postdoctoral position will become available in the Sonderforschungsbereich
382 "Computational Physics" for the period January 1st, 2001 through
December 31st, 2003. The position is part of the interdisciplinary project
"Direct simulation of optical properties of liquid crystals", which is jointly
conducted by physicists and numerical analysts. The goal of the project is to
determine how liquid crystals in different configurations affect the
polarization of light. This should be investigated in a fully three-dimensional

Applicants should have a degree in either physics, mathematics or electrical
engineering. Experience with numerical methods and their implementation is
desirable. So are programming skills in C or C++. Fluency in either English
or German is required and the candidate should be able to work and communicate
within a team.

Applications for this position should be filed as soon as possible (missing
documents can be submitted later, e-mail applications are encouraged). They
should include graduation reports, a curriculum vita, a brief outline of recent
scientific activities, and an account of experience in software development.
Deadline for applications is December 15th, 2000.

Contact persons:

Dr. Ralf Hiptmair Prof. Dr. Hans-Rainer Trebin
Sonderforschungsbereich 382 ITAP
Universitaet Tuebingen Universitaet Stuttgart
Auf der Morgenstelle 10 Pfaffenwaldring 57
D--72076 Tuebingen D-70550 Stuttgart

Tel.: 49+7071/29-78595 Tel. (0711) 685-5255
Fax.: 49+7071/29-4322 Fax: (0711) 685-5271
e-mail: email:
URL: URL http:


From: Nick Higham <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 16:15:17 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Manchester

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are funding a
Research Assistantship for a project titled
``Numerical Analysis of Matrix Functions''.
This is a three-year post, starting February 1st, 2001,
or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful applicant will join the Numerical Analysis group at the
University of Manchester. The aim of the project is to develop theory,
algorithms and software for matrix functions.

Applicants should hold, or expect to complete before the start date,
a Ph.D., and should have a strong background in numerical analysis,
linear algebra, and software development.
The appointment will be made at the RA 1A level, with a current
starting salary in the range \pounds 16,775 - \pounds 18,731 per annum.

Informal enquiries may be made to
Professor N. J. Higham
Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester
Manchester, M13 9PL, England
Phone: (+44) 0161 275 5822
Fax: (+44) 0161 275 5819

For further particulars and an application form please see or contact the
Office of the Director of Personnel, University of Manchester, Oxford
Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK (tel: (+44) 0161 275 2028, fax: (+44) 0161
275 5306, email: Closing date for applications is
December 18, 2000. Please quote reference number 1003/00.


From: R. Kaasschieter <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 11:35:54 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Research Position at Eindhoven University of Technology

Department of Mathematics and Computing Science,
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.
Vacancy number: V32855.

PhD "Mathematical models for improved wet pressing technology"

- Project description:
The aim of the project is to reduce energy costs in paper production by
optimizing the process in the press section of a paper machine. In this press
section water is squeezed out of the paper web into a felt by applying a
pressure pulse to the paper-felt sandwich. The excess water is to be removed
afterwards in the dryer section of the paper machine by very energy consuming
vaporization. Even small improvements in the press performance will
considerably reduce the costs of the paper production.
The possibilities of experimental studies under industrial conditions are
limited. Therefore there is a great need for mathematical and computational
models that describe heat transfer and mechanical processes during and
immediately after contact of the paper web with the press nip.
Initially, the research will concentrate on models for hot pressing. At a later
stage of the project the attention will be shifted towards impulse pressing. The
research aims at improving the modelling of these processes, the development of
fast numerical techniques and validation of models by comparison with
experimental data.
The project will be carried out in close co-operation with the Process Physics
Department of the TNO Institute of Applied Physics (TNO-TPD).

- Profile of the candidate:
The qualified candidate should have completed an academic education (i.e. have a
degree on MSc-level or equivalent) in the areas of applied and computational
mathematics, or physics or engineering with a thorough knowledge of mathematical
modelling and scientific computing.

- Position:
The position is a research position for four years (after one year an evaluation
of the progress is made, leading to a continuation, if positive).
There is ample possibility to follow courses. Special PhD-courses are provided
within graduate schools.

- Information:
For further information about the position, please contact: C.J. van Duijn, E-mail:, or
Dr. E.F. Kaasschieter, E-mail:
This vacancy can be found on


From: Paul Sermer <>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 20:46:11 -0500
Subject: Position at Ontario Power Generation

Job title: Engineer/Scientist

Company: Ontario Power Generation Inc., Nuclear Division
Station Engineering Support/Nuclear Analysis Department

Location: 700 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G1X6

General Accountabilities:

Apply existing statistical and computational methodologies, or develop
new ones, for the modeling and analysis of key parameters related to
nuclear reactor operations and performance.

Specific Accountabilities:

Perform uncertainty analyses in support of safe reactor operations and
compliance with licence requirements. Recommend or develop improved
analytical tools and methods for reactor core performance monitoring.
Individually, or as part of a team: carry out studies in response to
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) actions/questions; prepare
formal written submissions to the CNSC; meet with and make
presentations to the CNSC as required.

Selection Criteria/Skills and Knowledge:

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in statistics or applied mathematics.
Background in the following areas will be considered an asset: data
analysis; multivariate analysis, uncertainty analysis, computational
methods. An interest in applying statistical, mathematical, and
computational tools for solving practical problems is essential. Must
have the ability to work independently or within a team setting, and
must possess excellent written and verbal communications skills. Must
be willing to undergo specific training, as required by the position.

Candidate must be employable in Canada.

Starting Date:

ASAP, no later than 2nd quarter 2001.


From: Ronald F Boisvert <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 09:56:21 -0500
Subject: Contents, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software

Table of Contents
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software
June 2000, Volume 26, Number 2
Special Issue in Honor of John Rice's 65th Birthday

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

Editorial: Special Issue in Honor of John Rice's 65th Birthday.

Elias N. Houstis, Ann C. Catlin, John R. Rice, Vassilios S. Verykios,
Naren Ramakrishnan, and Catherine E. Houstis
PYTHIA-II: A Knowledge/Database System for Managing Performance Data
and Recommending Scientific Software.

Naren Ramakrishnan and Calvin J. Ribbens
Mining and Visualizing Recommendation Spaces for Elliptic PDEs with
Continuous Attributes.

W. H. Enright
Accurate Approximate Solution of Partial Differential Equations at
Off-mesh Points.

Lutz Grosz
How to Vectorize the Algebraic Multi-level Iteration.

W. A. Ward
Algorithm 803: A Simpler Macro Processor.


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