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From: Renato Monteiro <>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 16:28:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Optimization Prize for Young Researchers

Optimization Prize for Young Researchers

PRINCIPAL GUIDELINE. The Optimization Prize for Young Researchers,
established in 1998 and administered by the Optimization Section (OS)
within the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science
(INFORMS), is awarded annually at the INFORMS Fall National Meeting to one
(or more) young researchers for the most outstanding paper in optimization
that is submitted to or published in a refereed professional journal. The
prize serves as an esteemed recognition of promising colleagues who are at
the beginning of their academic or industrial career.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AWARD. The optimization award includes a cash amount of
US$1,000 and a citation certificate. The award winners will be invited to
give a fifteen minute presentation of the winning paper at the Optimization
Section Business Meeting held during the INFORMS Fall National Meeting in
the year the award is made. It is expected that the winners will be responsible
for the travel expenses to present the paper at the INFORMS meeting.

ELIGIBILITY. The authors and paper must satisfy the following three
conditions to be eligible for the prize:

(a) the paper must either be published in a refereed professional journal
no more than three years before the closing date of nomination, or be
submitted to and received by a refereed professional journal no more than
three years before the closing date of nomination;

(b) all authors must have been awarded their terminal degree within five
years of the closing date of nomination;

(c) the topic of the paper must belong to the field of optimization in its
broadest sense.

NOMINATION. A letter of nomination should be sent (preferably by email) on
or before this year's closing date of July 1, 2002, to:

Renato D.C. Monteiro
Georgia Tech
School of ISyE
Atlanta GA 30332-0205

PAST AWARDEES. The past winners of the Optimization Prize for Young
Researchers are:

Year Prize Winner
1999 Francois Oustry
2000 Kevin Wayne
2001 Kamal Jain


From: Orban Dominique <>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 10:39:33 -0600
Subject: Release of CUTEr and SifDec

We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.0 of CUTEr and SifDec, a
Constrained and Unconstrained Testing Environment, revisited, a set of tools and
test problems for testing optimization software. This supersedes CUTE, which was
released in 1993. New features include reorganisation of the environment to
allow simultaneous multi-platform installation, new tools for, and interfaces
to, optimization packages, Fortran 90/95 support and a considerably simplified
and entirely automated installation procedure for Unix systems. The SIF
decoder, which used to be a part of CUTE, has become a separate tool, easily
callable by various packages. It features simple extensions to the SIF test
problem format for quadratic terms in the objective function, allows users to
cast a problem against parameter selections, and the generation of files suited
to automatic differentiation packages.

More information on CUTEr and SifDec, including documentation and directions as
to how to download the packages may be found at
and respectively.

We welcome any feedback (positive or negative!) on CUTEr.

Nick Gould,
Dominique Orban,
Philippe Toint.


From: J-D. Benamou <>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 18:29:35 +0100
Subject: Software for Geometric Optics

Dear Colleagues,

The first version of the GO++ software is available at

The GO++ program (financially supported by the French ministry of research)
aims at stimulating interactions between researchers interested in numerical
methods in geometric optics and related problems (Hamilton-Jacobi equations)
and their applications (wave propagation, combustion, image processing,
finance, ...). We want to provide the academic community with a modular
library of C++ classes containing both "classical" and recently developped
numerical methods in this field. The GO++ team based at INRIA develops the
core of the library and is dedicated to support researchers who would like to
contribute to or use the library. We also organize an annual interdisciplinary
workshop. The last of this series of conferences will take place at INRIA
(2-6 December 2002). I will soon come back to you for the first official

Best Regards
Jean-David Benamou


From: Chaoqun Liu <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 16:56:18 -0600 (CST)
Subject: New Book, DNS/LES, Progress and Challenges

New Book

DNS/LES Progress and Challenges

Proceedings of the Third AFOSR International Conference on DNS/LES
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA
August 5-9, 2001

Chaoqun Liu, Leonidas Sakell, Thomas Beutner (Eds.)

This book is a collection of papers presented in the Third AFOSR
International conference on Direct Numerical Simulation and Large Eddy
Simulation (TAICDL), University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas,
USA, August 5-9, 2001. The conference attracted 104 participants from 15
countries and regions. The book includes 18 invited papers and 71
contributed papers which cover a broad range of topics related to DNS
and LES including the LES methodology and mathematical foundation,
advanced numerical methods, high-order schemes for shock capturing in
particular, DNS and LES applications toward understanding fundamental
flow physics, flow instability and transition, aeroacoustics, flow
control, combustion, complex flow and some real engineering
applications, etc. A panel discussion on the DNS/LES demands,
capability, critical problems validation, and future development is also
documented. This book is published by Greyden Press in December 2001.

For more information, please check the web page at


From: Jennifer Jing Zhao <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 12:09:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: SIAM Great Lakes Section Spring Meeting

SIAM Great Lakes Section Spring Meeting
Applied and Computational Mathematics
University of Michigan- Dearborn, Dearborn, MI
1:00 - 5:00 PM, Saturday, April 13
Meeting website:

Invited speakers include:
Robert Kransny, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Meir Shillor, Oakland University
Joe Smoller, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Jianping Zhu, University of Akron


From: Ken Jackson <>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 08:52:39 -0500
Subject: Southern Ontario Numerical Analysis Day

The 20th Southern Ontario Numerical Analysis Day (SONAD) will be held
on Friday, 19 April 2002, in Toronto. It will be hosted by the Fields
Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences as part of the Thematic
Year on Numerical and Computational Challenges in Science and Engineering.

We will have an invited talk by Hermann Brunner, Mathematics
Department, Memorial University and possibly one other. All other
talks will be contributed talks, likely 30 or 40 minutes long. If we
receive too many talks to schedule in one day, then we will likely ask
a few authors to give a poster session during the reception at the end
of the day. We will inform speakers about this by April 12.

Although there is no registration fee for this event, it would help us
if you registered in advance. For more information about the meeting
and to register, please see our webpage


From: Ke Chen <>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 16:59:48 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Liverpool Numerical Analysis Day

Numerical Analysis Day -- 11th April 2002 (Thursday)
Room 211, Mathematics & Oceanography Building
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Liverpool, UK

Iain S Duff (CERFACS, France and RAL, England)
joint work with Bruno Carpentieri and Luc Giraud of CERFACS
"Preconditioning for numerical solution of BE
problems in electromagnetics"
David Sloan (Department of Mathematics, Strathclyde)
"A review of moving mesh methods for the numerical solution of PDEs"

Refreshments will be provided but no registrations needed. Anyone who
also wants to join the informal discussion in the morning should contact
us first.
Ke Chen. Email contact:


From: ISSAC <>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 18:44:32 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Workshop on Internet Accessible Mathematical Computation

Internet Accessible Mathematical Computation
a Workshop at ISSAC 2002
7 July 2002
Lille, France

The Internet Accessible Mathematical Computation 2002 workshop
(IAMC 2002) is being co-organized by Norbert Kajler of Ecole des
Mines de Paris (France), Erica Melis of DFKI Saarbr\"ucken (Germany),
and Paul Wang of Kent State Univ. (USA).

The workshop is part of ISSAC'02 (see
and will involve invited talks, contributed papers, and software

The workshop has received Medicis (France) and NSF (USA) support and
is free for all ISSAC'02 participants. Everyone with an interest in
the many aspects of making mathematical computation or information
accessible on the Web/Internet is welcome to attend.
Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:
- Remote access to mathematical software over the Internet.
- Encoding of mathematical expressions (including text-based encodings,
for E-mail and HTML embedding, and binary-based encodings for efficient
communication between scientific applications).
- Interoperability between software that create/transform/display
mathematical expressions (e.g. symbolic, numeric, graphics,
text-processing packages) via ad hoc communication protocols
and software architectures.
- Web-based mathematics education.
- Access and interoperability to mathematical knowledge bases.
- Protocols, APIs, URL schemes, metadata, and other mechanisms for system
interoperability and standardization.
- Application of IAMC for practical purposes such as scientific
publishing and archiving, distributed problem solving, ...

Authors are invited to send at least a one-page abstract in Postscript
or PDF to the organizers by May 12, 2002.

The Workshop proceedings will be published on the Web and maintained
by the Institute for Computational Mathematics (ICM), Kent State Univ.

If you have an IAMC related system to demonstrate, please let us know
as early as possible (by June 10, 2002), your name and affiliation,
the name of the system(s) to demo, and your equipment requirement.

May 12, 2002 --- Deadline for submitting papers/abstracts
May 27, 2002 --- Notification of acceptance and Call for Participation
June 10, 2002 --- Deadline for submitting software demos
June 27, 2002 --- Full-length paper due
July 7, 2002 --- IAMC workshop

Norbert Kajler (Ecole des Mines de Paris, France) --
Erica Melis (DFKI Saarbr\"ucken, Germany) --
Paul S. Wang (ICM/Kent Univ., USA) --




From: Weiwei Sun <>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 12:13:30 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Workshop in Hong Kong on Scientific Computing



City University of Hong Kong
January 6 - 9, 2003


The aims of the workshop are to bring together mathematicians,
scientists and engineers working in the fields of scientific
computing with the emphasis on solving real-world problems
and to provide a forum for the participants to meet and exchange
ideas of common interests in an informal atmosphere.


Y. Y. Lu (CityU, Hong Kong,
Weiwei Sun (CityU, Hong Kong,
Tao Tang (Baptist University of Hong Kong,

Plenary speakers include:

M. Baines (Reading, England)
K. Burrage (Queensland, Australia)
S.-Y. Chen (John Hopkins, USA)
E. Doedel (Concordia, Canada)
G. R. Hadley (Sandia National Labs, USA)
T. Kako (Electro-Communications, Japan)
F. Natterer (Munster, Germany)
R. D. Russell (Simon Fraser, Canada)
E. Tadmor (UCLA, USA)
X.-P. Wang (HKUST, Hong Kong)
P.-W. Zhang (Peking, China)

Scientific Committee:

Weinan E (Princeton, USA)
G. Fairweather (Colorado, USA)
Ping Lin (National University, Singapore)
Yanping Lin (University of Alberta, Canada)
Zhong-Ci Shi (Academia Sinica, China, Chair)
Dongwoo Sheen (Seoul National University, Korea)
Jie Shen (Purdue & Central Florida, USA)
Ian Sloan (UNSW, Australia)
M. Tabata (Kyushu, Japan)
Yaushu Wong (University of Alberta, Canada)
Jason Zhang (CityU of HK, China)

For accommodation and other further information, please visit the homepages:


From: Wasin So <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 16:55:52 -0800
Subject: Workshop at Auburn on Numerical Ranges and Numerical Radii

Reminder of

The Sixth Workshop on Numerical Ranges and Numerical Radii
Auburn University, June 7-8, 2002.

Please be reminded about the following deadlines:

April 1, 2002. Reserving accommodation: April 1, 2002
April 15, 2002. Confirming participation, submitting of

In connection to the workshop, we invite you to help us to
update the webpage:

on ``Current research on numerical ranges and numerical radii''.

Please send up a short write up (preferably in LaTex) on your
research related to numerical ranges and numerical radii.
A typical write up should contain

(a) A description of the problem.
(b) What are the most important/immediate open problems?
(c) References.

One can also write a survey paper on the topic, and we can
put a link or the reference on the webpage.

Eventually, we may include these write ups in a report of the
workshop as well as other research and survey papers in the
proceedings of the workshop (to be published in Linear and
Multilinear Algebra).

We will keep updating the page

about the progress of the problems, and try to make the page
accessible from other websites such as ILAS ICC.

Hope to see you in Auburn.

Chi-Kwong Li and Tin-Yau Tam

(Organizer of WONRA 2002)


From: P. K. Jimack <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 15:29:35 GMT
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Leeds

A Professor of Computing is sought in any relevant areas of computing
but preference may be given to those who can strengthen or complement
existing research groups within the School of Computing at Leeds:
Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Multi-disciplinary Informatics
and Theoretical Computer Science.

Please see for further details of the
School and the position.

Peter Jimack.


From: Yann-Herve De Roeck <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 23:59:34 +0100
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at IFREMER, Brest, France.

Parallelisation of a coastal hydrodynamic code.

IFREMER develops a coastal hydrodynamic model, within its Environment
and Coastal Planning Division.

The MARS-3D code simulates the oceanic circulation from shoreline to few
hundreds of kilometres offshore. The primitive Navier-Stokes equations
are solved under both hydrostatic and Boussinesq asumptions.
Based on finite difference discretisation, this code is written in
Fortran (norm 77). It presently runs on several platforms (SUN, Linux
PC, Compaq cluster, NEC SX5), with shared memory parallelisation using
OpenMP library.

This post-doctoral position will focus on enhancing the performance of
the MARS-3D code on shared and/or distributed memory computers. The work
will be divided into two tasks.
Task 1 consists in analysing the behaviour of the OpenMP parallel
version on a Compaq cluster (a local facility) and on an IBM cluster
(Power 4 large nodes, at the remote IDRIS computing center). Enhancement
of the performance is expected. This task should make familiar with
algorithmic details in computational intensive parts of the code.
Task 2 designs and implements a parallel version for distributed and
mixed memory architectures, based on the MPI communication library.

The high potential of this study for an original scientific achievement
lies in the algorithmic processing of the specific physical, hence
computational, constraints imposed by coastal hydrodynamics.

This position is offered at IFREMER premises in Brest, for a one year
duration with a possible 6 month extension.

Skills in scientific computing are expected: both a basic knowledge in
numerical analysis and an experience of parallel computing with the use
of communication libraries MPI and/or OpenMP and the comprehensive
knowledge of today's computer architectures. Obviously, notions of
oceanography are a bonus.

Franck Dumas or Yann-Herve De Roeck, Ifremer, DEL/AO, BP 70 F-29280


From: Berend Daniel <>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 11:50:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Ben-Gurion University

Department of Mathematics
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The Department of Mathematics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in
Israel is inviting applications for several postdoctoral fellowships within
the department. Candidates should have completed, or are about to complete,
a Ph.D. in mathematics.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to cooperate with members of the
department or with the research groups within the department.

All candidates may apply for several research fellowships:

* Fellowships given by the Kreitman Foundation. These are very
prestigious fellowships. You may apply directly to the Kreitman
foundation. Their deadline is February 1. However, since a member of
the department must sign the application form, it is important that you
let at least one such member know of your application. We recommend
that you contact the department first and that you do this by November 1.
* 2-3 fellowships within the Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics,
supported by the Skirball foundation. These fellowships can be applied
to and begun at any time.
* Several fellowships supported by TMR networks of the European
Community. Currently such networks are affiliated with members of the
research groups in number theory and algebraic geometry. These can also
be applied to and begun at any time. Only citizens of European
community or affiliated states (but not citizens of Israel) can apply.
* Fellowships partially supported by grants from VATAT (the Israeli
agency budgeting the universities). The deadline for applications is
January 31 for fellowships starting October 1. Candidates must contact
individual researchers in the department because the department must
provide matching funds.

Candidates capable of teaching in Hebrew can apply for one or more teaching
postdoctoral fellowships. The starting date for these positions is usually
October 1 of each year.

To apply to any of these fellowships please send a formal application letter
together with a resume and the names and addresses of at least three
references (please indicate E-mail addresses). Applications should be sent to

Prof. Daniel Alpay, Chairman
Dept. of Mathematics
Ben-Gurion University
P. O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva, 84105


Applicants are encouraged to specify the researchers or research groups they
think are closest to their research area and are strongly encouraged to
contact these researchers directly.

For additional information.
The department's home page:
This ad:
About the University:


From: Gary Couples <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 15:05:40 -0000
Subject: Postdoctoral Positions at Heriot-Watt University

Post-Doctoral Research Positions in Geomechanics

The Department of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University has
obtained industrial funding to support two research positions in the
area of geomechanics. The projects are directed by Dr Gary D. Couples.
One post (Ref. 63/02/) is focused on the application of simulation tools to
address the processes of fault-rock formation, and the evolution of these
materials as faulting continues. We will use both continuum and
dis-continuum methods, and the goal is to predict the associated changes of
porosity, permeability, and capillary entry pressures so as to enable
fluid-flow simulations to be performed. Programming skills and topic-related
experience are highly desirable. The appointee will interact with other
researchers working on this project, including staff at other universities.

The second post (Ref. 64/02/) is focused on the deformation of mudrocks, and
especially how deformation impacts the capacity of mudrocks to act as
hydrocarbon seals. The work will entail both laboratory deformation of
mudrocks and analysis of the resulting damage, and may be extended to
include geomechanical simulations. The research will interface with (or
could be extended to include) flow-simulation tasks at Heriot-Watt, and the
appointee will interact with associated research staff at other universities.

Further particulars concerning these posts can be obtained at the URL:
Overviews of the projects that these posts are related to can be found at

To apply, please request an application form at the address below. In
addition to returning the application form, and the related information that
it requests, you will need to supply a covering letter that explains why you
think that you qualify for one of the posts, and a statement of your
research interests. If you wish to apply for both posts, it is not necessary
to fill out two copies of the application form - but please indicate both
reference numbers on the form.

For application details, please contact: Personnel Office, Heriot-Watt
University Edinburgh EH14 4AS Scotland. Tel: +44 (0)131 451 3475 (24 hours)
Minicom: +44 (0)131 451 8212 Email: quoting Ref 63/02/
or Ref 64/02/. Closing date: 19 April 2002.


From: Claire Green <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 09:47:56 -0000
Subject: Research Positions at the University of Manchester

Appointments in High Performance Computing at the University of Manchester, UK

The Manchester Research Centre in Computational Science (MRCCS) is a focus
for high performance computing activities in the University of Manchester,
bringing together research groups of international standing in Chemistry,
Engineering, Mathematics, the Centre for Novel Computing (Computer Science),
Earth Sciences, Medical School, and Manchester Visualization Centre. The
core staff of MRCCS are based in Manchester Computing, Europe's premier
university computing facility supporting world class research and teaching
in all disciplines. In conjunction with SGI and CSC we provide support to
CSAR (Computer Services for Academic Research) the flagship high performance
computing service to UK academia and commerce, based around a 512 processor
SGI Origin 3800 and a 816 processor Cray T3E-1200E system, both numbered
amongst the most powerful computers for academia in the world. In addition,
support is provided for high performance computing and visualization to the
University of Manchester, which runs a large number of other parallel
systems, including an IBM SP, numerous SGI Origin systems and a Sun E6500
and also houses a High Performance Visualization and Virtual Reality Centre.

We are now recruiting to fill the following positions:

HPC Front Line Support Officer
Research Associate: Grid Interoperability Protocols
Research Associate: Visualization of Large and Complex Datasets
Research Associate: Performance Analysis of Grid Applications

For further information regarding these positions and details of how to
apply, please see:

or contact the Office of the Director of Personnel, University of
Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (Tel +44 161 275 2028)

The closing date for applications is 5th April 2002.


From: Roderick Melnik <>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 14:46:56 +0100
Subject: PhD Position at University of Southern Denmark

Within the mathematical modelling group at the MCI, University of
Southern Denmark there is an open position for a PhD student (3 year
support). Please see further details at or contact Prof.
Roderick Melnik at


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