NA Digest Saturday, November 16, 2002 Volume 02 : Issue 46

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From: Michelle Montgomery <>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 12:07:01 -0500
Subject: Free SIAM Student Memberships

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From: Charles R Hagwood <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 07:46:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Nonlinear Elliptic PDE

I am trying to find code for solving an elliptic partial equation? I am trying
to solve for u(t,p), where D is a constant and

D*utt(t,p)+D*upp(t,p)+ct(t,p)*ut(t,p)+cp(t,p)*up(t,p) = 0,

0<t<44.40, .937<p<1.9858

with boundary conditions: t=0 u(t,p) =0
t=44.40 u(t,p) =1
p= .937 u(t,p) =0
p=1.9858 u(t,p) =0.

utt, upp, ut, up are partial derivatives, ct(t,p) and cp(t,p) are continuous
and differentiable over the defining domain.

Using the software package Mudpack (UCAR), I am able to solve this pde for
D > 1/1000, but Mudpack does not work for D < 1/1000. I need a solution
for D = 1/100000. Does anyone have/know of code for solving this elliptic
differential equation for small D?


Charles Hagwood


From: Pavel Babikov <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 16:15:59 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Error-free, Extended-precision Calculations with ExLAF77

New software for error-free / extended-precision calculations is released.

ExLAF77 library by <a href="">QuasiNewtonian

- multi- and variable precision/range up to approx. 500,000,000 decimal
digits (for both significand and exponent of floating-point numbers, or
numerator and denominator of rational numbers)
- algebraic operations with real and complex numbers, vectors and matrices,
including evaluation of transcendental functions, solution of linear
systems of equations and linear eigenvalue problems
- yes, F77 stands for Fortran-77 interface (also callable from C)
- yet object-oriented with mathematically rigorous classification of
numerical objects;
- you can work with generic (abstract) types of objects without explicitly
specifying their concrete types
- automatic control of computational anomalies with adjustment of result
type to retain its validity. In particular, division by zero results in
Infinity rather than in program abort
- unformatted i/o with any user-specified binary files
- throughly and rigorously tested
- free fully functional trial version

See more at

Pavel Babikov
QuasiNewtonian Technologies


From: Arnold Neumaier <>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 21:20:03 +0100
Subject: Notes on Mathematical Modeling

I wrote short notes on mathematical modeling,
which can be downloaded from

A. Neumaier, Mathematical Modeling, Manuscript (2002).

Abstract: Some notes on mathematical modeling, listing motivations,
applications, a numerical toolkit, general modeling rules, modeling
conflicts, useful attitudes, and structuring the modeling work
into 16 related activities by means of a novel modeling diagram.

I'd appreciate comments and useful references.

Arnold Neumaier


From: Donald Estep <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 10:33:54 -0700
Subject: New Book, Practical Analysis in One Variable

Dear Colleagues;

I am happy (relieved?) to announce finally the publication of
my new book. The details are

Practical Analysis in One Variable
Donald Estep
Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics
2002, Springer, ISBN 0-387-95484-8

This book attempts to place the basic ideas of real analysis and numerical
analysis together in an applied setting that is both accessible and
motivational to young students. The essentials of real analysis are
presented in the context of a fundamental problem of applied mathematics,
which is to approximate the solution of a physical model. The framework
of existence, uniqueness, and methods to approximate solutions of model
equations is sufficiently broad to introduce and motivate all the basic
ideas of real analysis. The book includes background and review material,
numerous examples, visualizations and alternate explanations of some key
ideas, and a variety of exercises ranging from simple computations to
analysis and estimates to computations on a computer. The book can be
used in an honor calculus sequence typically taken by freshmen planning
to major in engineering, mathematics, and science, or in an introductory
course in rigorous real analysis offered to mathematics majors.

The table of contents, preface, introduction, and index can be viewed at


Donald Estep
Department of Mathematics
Colorado State University


From: David Grubbs <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 11:21:21 -0500
Subject: New Book on Level Set Methods

Springer-Verlag is pleased to announce the publication of "Level Set
Methods and Dynamic Implicit Surfaces" by Stanley J. Osher and Ronald
Fedkiw in our Applied Mathematical Sciences series. This book is an
introduction to level set methods and dynamic implicit surfaces. These
are powerful techniques for analyzing and computing moving fronts in a
variety of different settings. While it gives many examples of the
utility of the methods to a diverse set of applications, it also gives
complete numerical analysis and recipes, which will enable users to
quickly apply the techniques to real problems. The book begins with a
description of implicit surfaces and their basic properties, then
devises the level set geometry and calculus toolbox, including the
construction of signed distance functions. Part II adds dynamics to this
static calculus. Topics include the level set equation itself,
Hamilton-Jacobi equations, motion of a surface normal to itself,
re-initialization to a signed distance function, extrapolation in the
normal direction, the particle level set method and the motion of
co-dimension two (and higher) objects. Part III is concerned with topics
taken from the fields of Image Processing and Computer Vision. These
include the restoration of images degraded by noise and blur, image
segmentation with active contours (snakes), and reconstruction of
surfaces from unorganized data points. Part IV is dedicated to
Computational Physics. It begins with one phase compressible fluid
dynamics, then two-phase compressible flow involving possibly different
equations of state, detonation and deflagration waves, and solid/fluid
structure interaction. Next it discusses incompressible fluid dynamics,
including a computer graphics simulation of smoke, free surface flows,
including a computer graphics simulation of water, and fully two-phase
incompressible flow. Additional related topics include incompressible
flames with applications to computer graphics and coupling a
compressible and incompressible fluid. Finally, heat flow and Stefan
problems are discussed. A student or researcher working in mathematics,
computer graphics, science, or engineering interested in any dynamic
moving front, which might change its topology or develop singularities,
will find this book interesting and useful.

For more information, please see


From: David Grubbs <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 11:27:41 -0500
Subject: New Book, Computing with Ordinary Differential Equations

Springer-Verlag is pleased to announce the publication of Scientific
Computing with Ordinary Differential Equations by Peter Deuflhard and
Folkmar Bornemann in our Applied Mathematical Sciences series. This
text provides an introduction to the numerical solution of initial and
boundary value problems in ordinary differential equations on a firm
theoretical basis. The book strictly presents numerical analysis as part
of the more general field of scientific computing. Important algorithmic
concepts are explained down to questions of software implementation. For
initial value problems a dynamical systems approach is used to develop
Runge-Kutta, extrapolation, and multistep methods. For boundary value
problems including optimal control problems both multiple shooting and
collocation methods are worked out in detail. Graduate students and
researchers in mathematics, computer science, and engineering will find
this book useful. Chapter summaries, detailed illustrations, and
exercises are contained throughout the book with many interesting
applications taken from a rich variety of areas. Peter Deuflhard is
founder and president of the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) and full
professor of scientific computing at the Free University of Berlin,
department of mathematics and computer science. Folkmar Bornemann is
full professor of scientific computing at the Center of Mathematical
Sciences, Technical University of Munich.

For more information, please see


From: Richard Brualdi <>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 14:45:37 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Special Issue of LAA Honoring Thomas Muir

Special issue on
Determinants and the Legacy of Sir Thomas Muir

Thomas Muir was born in 1844 in Scotland, was educated at the University
of Glasgow, and died in 1934 in South Africa. His monumental work "The
Theory of Determinants in the Historical Order of Development" in 5
volumes was published from 1890 (volume 1) to 1930 (volume 5). It covers
the history of determinants from its foundation by Leibniz (1693) and
Cayley (1841) to 1920. A sixth volume was being prepared when Muir died
in 1934.

Determinants arise not only in linear algebra but in many other parts of
mathematics and science, such as combinatorial enumeration, graph theory,
representation theory, symmetric functions, statistics, number theory,
interpolation and approximation, tilings, special function theory,
statistical mechanics, and theoretical computer science. Entries of the
associated matrices can vary from just 0's and 1's (or 0's, 1's and -1's)
to multivariable polynomials to special functions to general functions.
Matrices whose determinants are to be evaluated can be unstructured or
highly structured (e.g. Laplace, Vandermonde, Hankel, Fredholm, Toeplitz).

For this special issue, we seek papers that, to name a few possibilities,
advance the theory of determinants, provide special formulas for
determinants, use determinants crucially in the context of solving a problem
in another field, and give new application of determinants.

In editing this special issue we seek to honor the legacy of Muir as well
as to showcase the central role of determinants in mathematics.

All papers submitted must meet the publication standards of Linear
Algebra and its Applications and will be refereed in the usual way. They
should be submitted to one of the special editors of this issue listed
below by November 30, 2003.

Wayne Barrett Samad Hedayat
Department of Mathematics Department of Mathematics,
Brigham Young University Statistics & Computer Science
Provo, UT 84602, USA 322 SEO, 851 S. Morgan St. University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-7045, USA

Christian Krattenthaler Raphael Loewy
Institut Girard Desargues Department of Mathematics
Universite Claude Bernard Lyon-I Technion - I.I.T.
Batiment Braconnier Haifa 32000, ISRAEL
21 Avenue Claude Bernard
F-69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, FRANCE


From: Joanna Littleton <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 16:23:36 -0500
Subject: Nominations for SIAM Ralph E. Kleinman Prize

Ralph E. Kleinman Prize

SIAM will present the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize at the First Joint Meeting of
CAIMS and SIAM, 24th Annual Meeting of CAIMS/SCMAI, 2003 SIAM Annual
Meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada, June 16-20, 2003. The prize is
awarded to an individual for outstanding research or other contributions
that bridge the gap between mathematics and applications. Work that uses
high-level mathematics and/or invents new mathematical tools to solve
applied problems from engineering, science, and technology is particularly
appropriate. The prize may be awarded for a single notable achievement or
for a collection of such achievements.


Any member of the scientific community who meets the general criteria for
the prize is eligible to receive the award.

Description of the Award

The award will consist of a hand-calligraphed, framed certificate and a
cash award of $5,000 plus travel expenses to the meeting.


A letter of nomination, including a curriculum vitae and description of the
achievement(s), should be sent to the following address. You are
encouraged to send electronic files via e-mail. Supporting letters are
welcome. Nominations must be received in the SIAM office by February 14, 2003.

Ralph E. Kleinman Prize Selection Committee
Professor Robert V. Kohn, Chair
c/o Joanna Littleton
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
Telephone: 215-382-9800 ext. 303
Fax: 215-386-7999

Selection Committee

The members of the selection committee for the award are Robert V. Kohn
(Courant Institute, New York University), Chair; Douglas N. Arnold (IMA,
University of Minnesota); Ingrid Daubechies (Princeton University);
Jean-Claude Nedelec (Ecole Polytechnique, France); William W. Symes (Rice


From: Joanna Littleton <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 18:07:44 -0500
Subject: Nominations for SIAM W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

SIAM will present the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize at the First Joint
Meeting of CAIMS and SIAM, 24th Annual Meeting of CAIMS/SCMAI, 2003 SIAM
Annual Meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada, June 16-20, 2003. The award
will be given for research in, or other contributions to, the broadly
defined areas of differential equations and control theory. The prize may
be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of
such achievements.


The prize is awarded to any member of the scientific community who meets
the general guidelines of the prize description above.

Description of Award

The award consists of an engraved medal and a $10,000 cash prize.


A letter of nomination, including a description of achievement(s), should
be sent to the address below. Nominations must be received in the SIAM
office by January 31, 2003.

Professor John A. Burns
Chair, Reid Prize Selection Committee
c/o Joanna Littleton
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
Telephone: 215-382-9800 ext. 303
Fax: 215-386-7999

Selection Committee

Members of the selection committee are John A. Burns (Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University), Chair; H. Thomas Banks (North Carolina
State University); Max D. Gunzburger (Florida State University); James P.
Keener (University of Utah); Alan J. Laub (Department of Energy, Office of


From: Joanna Littleton <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 16:03:23 -0500
Subject: Nominations for SIAM/ACM Prize in CS&E

The SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science & Engineering

The joint SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science & Engineering will be
presented at the First Joint Meeting of CAIMS and SIAM, 24th Annual Meeting
of CAIMS/SCMAI, 2003 SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada,
June 16-20, 2003.

The prize, established in 2002, is awarded in the area of computational
science in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development and
use of mathematical and computational tools and methods for the solution of
science and engineering problems. The prize is intended to recognize one
individual for outstanding research contributions to the field of
computational science and engineering. The contribution(s) for which the
award is made must be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of
computational science in its broadest sense.


There are no restrictions on eligibility beyond those specified above.

Description of Award

The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize.


Nominations may be made by anyone, including members of the selection
committee. It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide all
relevant information to the selection committee, including a resume and any
letter(s) of support. In case his or her nominee will be chosen, the
nominator will also be asked to provide the draft of a citation of about
100 words that can be read at the award ceremony.

Nominations should be sent to the SIAM office at the address
below. Nominations must be received by March 14, 2003.

Professor Linda Petzold
Chair, CS&E Prize
c/o Joanna Littleton
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
Telephone: 215-382-9800 ext. 303
Fax: 215-386-7999

Selection Committee

The members of the selection committee for the award are Linda Petzold
(UC-Santa Barbara), Chair; Wayne Enwright (University of Toronto); and
David Wehrly (Forefronts Foundation for Large Scale Computation).


From: Joanna Littleton <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 17:26:57 -0500
Subject: SIAM Student Paper Prizes


The 2003 SIAM Student Paper Prizes will be presented at the First Joint
Meeting of CAIMS and SIAM, 24th Annual Meeting of CAIMS/SCMAI, 2003 SIAM
Annual Meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada, June 16 - 20, 2003.

-Principal Guidelines-

The SIAM Student Paper Prizes are awarded every year to the student
author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the SIAM Student
Paper Competition. This award is based solely on the merit and content of
the student's contribution to the submitted paper. Up to three papers will
be selected for the prizes.

The purpose of the Student Paper Prizes is to recognize outstanding
scholarship by students in applied mathematics and scientific computing.

-Selection Procedures-


Eligibility is restricted to students in good standing who have not
received their Ph.D. at the time of submitting their entry or who have
completed their degree within one year of submission of their entry.

Submissions may be based on co-authored papers, provided that the student's
advisor will attest that the student's work played a pivotal role in the
results. A letter from the student's advisor or department chair must
accompany each entry to verify these conditions.

To enter the competition, a student must submit: (1) an extended abstract,
in English, of a paper, and (2) a short biography. The total length of the
submitted abstract (including bibliography) may not exceed five pages. The
student also must submit (3) the complete paper, which will be used for
clarification of any questions the committee may have about the extended
abstract. In addition, the student's advisor or an interested faculty
member must submit (4) a letter describing and evaluating the paper's
contribution to the literature and the student's role in the scholarship.

For the 2003 award, all papers and accompanying documentation must be
received at the SIAM office by FEBRUARY 14, 2003.

Notification of Prize Winners

The SIAM President will notify the recipient(s) at least six weeks before
the award date.

Each recipient is required to present his or her paper at the meeting where
the prizes are awarded; if attending the meeting poses a serious hardship,
an exception may be granted by the SIAM President.

Description of the Award

Each recipient of the SIAM Student Paper Prize shall receive a framed
certificate and a cash award of $1,000. Winners also receive $500 toward
travel expenses and gratis registration for the meeting.

Please direct your submission and any questions you may have to Joanna
Littleton at SIAM, 3600 University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA
19104-2688; telephone (215) 382-9800; e-mail to


From: Elsevier <>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 11:11:45 -0600
Subject: Condensed Matter in Physics Connect

We are proud to inform you that Condensed Matter Web is now part of
Physics Connect, the new Physics and Astronomy Portal with a subject
page dedicated to Condensed Matter.

On this subject page you will find the following set of new services:

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We trust you will find PhysicsConnect a useful service. Please visit
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Yours sincerely,
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Publishing team Condensed Matter


From: Daniel Tartakovsky <>
Date: 12 Nov 2002 14:44:47 -0700
Subject: Workshop in Santa Fe on Predictability of Complex Phenomena

Joint DOE/NSF Workshop on Predictability of Complex Phenomena

The deadline for submitting an abstract for the

Workshop on Predictability of Complex Phenomena
Santa Fe, New Mexico December 16 - 18, 2002

has been extended to November 24,

The URL for the workshoip is:

Investigations in areas ranging from scientific discovery to government policy
increasingly rely on large-scale simulations for scientific input to support
high-impact decisions. Global climate change, manufacturing, stockpile
stewardship, and environmental remediation are examples in which sufficient
information about integrated system behavior will not be available from
full-system tests. For predictive science, utilizing large-scale simulations,
to be a credible strategy to support decisions when the cost of making a
mistake is high, it is essential to have rigorous methods for assigning levels
of accuracy, limits of applicability, and degrees of confidence to the
simulation results. Achieving these goals requires a probabilistic methodology
to identify and characterize the modeling uncertainties.

The goal of the workshop will be to seek better approaches to quantify the
limitations and uncertainty in mathematical predictions given known
limitations on the physical fidelity of the model. The forum of the workshop
was chosen to promote collaborations among scientists from academia, industry,
and government with diverse viewpoints on mathematical and statistical
modeling complex phenomena in

Sensitivity Analysis for Quantifying Uncertainty
* Forward/Backward(Adjoint) Methods
* Automatic Differentiation
Uncertainty Analysis
* Computer Model Evaluation
* Quantification and Treatment of Experimental and Observational Errors
Stochastic Systems and Analytical Methods (including moment/closure methods)
* Numerical Algorithms (continuous and MCMC)
* Variance Reduction Techniques
* Climate, weather, and other environmental systems
* Biological systems
* Networks and Critical infrastructure models
* Robust control and optimization

Speakers Include: Mark Berliner (Ohio State University), Leonid Berlyand
(Pennsylvania State), Alexandre Chorin (UC Berkeley), Greg Eyink (Johns
Hopkins), James Glimm (SUNY Stony Brook), Hans Kaper (NSF), Max Morris (Iowa
State), Charles Newman, (Courant Institute), George Papanicolaou (Stanford
University), Mary Wheeler (U. Texas), and others .

Call for Speakers: Researchers working in the area of mathematical and/or
statistical modeling of complex phenomena are invited to submit titles and
abstracts by November 24, 2002 to Larry Winter ( Travel
expenses (up to $1000 subject to US Government travel regulations) will be
covered for speakers whose abstracts are selected for oral presentation and
who are not supported by the Department of Energy; travel expenses (up to $500
subject to US Government travel regulations) will also be provided for those
selected for poster presentations.

The workshop will be held at the Hotel Santa Fe, which is convenient to the
historic plaza of Santa Fe and three premier skiing areas. Room rates are
$85/night for singles and $95/night for doubles. Travel and lodging inquiries
should be directed to Rod Garcia (, Center for Non-Linear
Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1-505-667-1444 (

This workshop is supported by the DOE/ASCR/MICS program in applied
Mathematical Sciences, the NSF/DMS program, and the Los Alamos National

Mac Hyman
Larry Winter
Daniel Tartakovsky


From: Peter Matus <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 17:19:57 +0200
Subject: Conference in Belarus on Computational Methods in Applied Math

International Conference
Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics:
July 20-24, 2003, Minsk, BELARUS
(November, 2003)

Conference organizers

- Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk
- Dalhea Trading Co., Ltd., Cyprus


The Conference will be held under the aegis of the journal Computational
Methods in Applied Mathematics (CMAM). It focuses on various aspects of
numerical methods in applied mathematics and its scope coincides with the
scope of the journal: subject areas include initial and boundary value
problems for ordinary and partial differential equations and integral
equations, appearing in applied mathematics and mathematical physics.

Working language of the conference is English.

International Program Committee

P. Matus (Belarus - the chairman), P. Hemker (The Netherlands - the vice
chairman), R. Lazarov (USA - the vice chairman), P. Vabishchevich
(Russia - the vice chairman),
V. Agoshkov (Russia), G. Akrivis (Greece), G. Alefeld (Germany),
A. Buikis (Latvia), R. Ciegis (Lithuania), M. Crouzeix (France),
M. Dryja (Poland), I. Gaishun (Belarus), I. Gavrilyuk (Germany),
M. Griebel (Germany), B. Gustafsson (Sweden), A. Hasanoglu (Turkey),
A. Iakoubenia (Belarus), B. Jovanovich (Yugoslavia), A. Knyazev (USA),
V. Korneev (Russia), L. Krukier (Russia), A. Lapin (Russia),
V. Makarov (Ukraine), G. Meladze (Georgia), J. Miller (Ireland),
R. Nochetto (USA), P. Oswald (USA), C. Palencia (Spain),
J. Pasciak (USA), V. Shaidurov (Russia), Zh.-C. Shi (China),
G. Shishkin (Russia), I. Sloan (Australia), G. Vainikko (Finland),
O. Widlund (USA), R. Winther (Norway), A. Zlotnik (Russia).


Registration until April 30, 2003
Abstracts should be sent before April 30, 2003
Notification of acceptance May 15, 2003
Papers should be submitted before August 1, 2003

Contact Information

The Chairman of the Conference
Prof. Peter Matus

Conference Secretary
Mr. Ivan Gavrilchik

Institute of Mathematics NASB
11 Surganov Str.
220072 Minsk, BELARUS
Phone: +375 17 2841958 Fax: +375 17 2840915
E-mail: Website:


From: Roy Mathias <mathias@MATH.WM.EDU>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 11:30:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Conference in Williamsburg on Applied Linear Algebra

SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra
The College of William and Mary,
Williamsburg, VA, (USA)
July 15-19, 2003

The deadlines for this conference are rapidly approaching:

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: 12/16/02
Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts
for lecture or poster presentations: 1/13/03

We will be publishing proceedings.
Deadline for proceedings submissions: 3/14/03

For more information on the conference, and on how to submit
minisymposium proposals, contributed talks and proceedings papers see

Invited Plenary Speakers

George Cybenko -- Linear Algebra in Quantum Computation
Heike Fassbender -- Structured Linear Algebra Problems in Control
Andreas Frommer -- Lattice QCD Calculations
Rich Lehoucq -- Large-scale Eigenvalue Problems
Judith McDonald (ILAS speaker) -- Title forthcoming
James G. Nagy -- Kronecker Products in Image Restoration
Michael Overton -- Optimizing Matrix Stability
Bryan Shader (ILAS speaker) -- Nonnegative matrix pairs, 2-D
dynamical systems, and road-colorings
G. W. (Pete) Stewart -- Open Problems and Future Directions in
Numerical Linear Algebra
Gilles Villard -- Symbolic Computations

Invited Minisymposia

Rajendra Bhatia & Qiang Ye-- Matrix Inequalities and Applications
Inderjit Dhillon -- Linear Algebra in Data Mining and Information Retrevial
Sabine Van Huffel & Nicola Mastronardi -- Linear Algebra in
Computational Bio-medicine
Chi-Kwong Li & Leiba Rodman -- Indefinite Inner Products & Applications
Volker Mehrmann & Francoise Tisseur -- Numerical Solutions of
Polynomial Eigenvalue Problems
Esmond G. Ng -- Linear Algebra Algorithms in Science Applications
Stephen Vavasis -- Foundations of Computational Mathematics in
Numerical Linear Algebra

Invited Business Meeting Speaker

Michael Steuerwalt -- The NSF and Applied Linear Algebra

Invited Banquet Speaker

Roger Horn -- Five Fundamental Facts in Matrix Analysis

Program Committee

Roy Mathias (co-chair), The College of William and Mary
Hugo Woerdeman (co-chair), The College of William and Mary
Raymond Chan, Chinese University of Hong Kong
John Gilbert, University of California, Santa Barbara
Per Christian Hansen, Technical University of Denmark
Nicholas Higham, University of Manchester
Ilse Ipsen, North Carolina State University
Horst Simon, NERSC, Berkeley
Paul Van Dooren, Universit'e Catholique de Louvain

Questions? Contact


From: Russell Standish <>
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 14:55:05 +1100
Subject: Conference in Sydney on Artificial Life

Final Announcement
The 8th International Conference on the
Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems

9th-13th December, 2002
UNSW, Sydney Australia

Artificial life is an interdisciplinary scientific and engineering
enterprise investigating the fundamental properties of living systems
through the simulation and synthesis of life-like processes in
artificial media. The Artificial Life VIII conference will showcase
the best current work in this area of research and highlight promising
new avenues of investigation.


From: Mark Christon <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 13:46:28 -0700
Subject: Fellowships for the National Congress on Computational Mechanics

Student/Young Investigator Fellowships
for the
Seventh U. S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics
Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 27 - 31, 200

We are pleased to announce that the Congress Fellowship program is being
offered again at the 7th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics

The Fellowships are open to students and young investigators to support
participation in the USNCCM7 to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico
(USA) in 2003.

Details on applying for the fellowship may be found on the
US Congress web site at:


From: Anshul Gupta <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 10:20:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: IBM Research Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship

IBM Research Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences

The Mathematical Sciences Department of the IBM T. J. Watson Research
Center invites applications for its 2003-2004 Herman Goldstine
Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in mathematical and computer
sciences. The fellowship provides scientists of outstanding ability
an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident department
members at the Research Center. The department provides an atmosphere
in which basic research is combined with work on technical problems
arising in industry. The Research Center is located in Westchester
County, less than an hour north of New York City.

The Mathematical Sciences Department does research in pure and applied
mathematics and in theoretical and exploratory computer science. Areas
of current research include: Optimization (discrete, continuous, and
stochastic); Algorithms (approximation, randomized, and on-line);
Probability Theory (including applications in finance, queueing,
stochastic models, and risk management); Statistics; Supply-Chain
Management (optimization and performance modelling); Dynamical Systems
and Differential Equations; Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining, and
Machine Learning; Scientific Computation (including numerical analysis,
linear algebra, and parallel and high-performance computing);
Cryptography; Coding Theory; and Economics (including auctions, decision
theory, game theory, and experimental economics). Please visit for additional information about
the department.

Close interaction with permanent department members is expected,
but fellows are free to pursue their own research interests.

One fellowship will be awarded. Candidates must have a doctorate and
no more than five years of postdoctoral professional experience (with
a preference for less) when the fellowship commences. The fellowship
has a period of one year, and may be extended another year by mutual
agreement. The stipend is from $85,000 to $95,000, depending on
experience, plus an allowance for moving expenses.

The deadline for applications is December 12, 2002.

For more details, and any updates, please visit

Please address questions and submit
applications to:

Herman Goldstine Fellowship Committee
Department of Mathematical Sciences, 32-248
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
P.O. Box 218
Yorktown Heights NY 10598


From: Gene Golub <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 11:50:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at Stanford University

Positions are available in the Computer Science Dept at Stanford
University in Scientific Computing. You can see the advertisement at

Although Scientific Computing is not specifically listed, the Chair
assures me that all applications will be considered seriously.


Gene Golub


From: Chen Greif <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 13:18:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at the University of British Columbia

The Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia
is recruiting for several tenure-track or tenured positions at the rank of
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor.

One of the University's academic priorities is to continue to grow as a
leading centre in Computer Science, and outstanding candidates are sought
to participate in this effort. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional
research potential and teaching ability. Successful candidates are
expected to pursue an active research program, perform both graduate and
undergraduate teaching, and supervise graduate students. The Department
will consider outstanding applicants over all areas of Computer Science
research. The ability of an applicant's research program to complement and
extend the existing research strengths of the department will be an
important factor in selection. A Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science
or a related area is required. The positions are available as of 1 July
2003, and salary will be commensurate with experience.

The University of British Columbia is situated on the tip of a peninsula,
and is surrounded by beaches, lush green forests, and spectacular views of
ocean, mountains and downtown Vancouver. Just 20 minutes away from both
downtown and airport, this location enjoys a unique combination of
unsurpassed opportunities for outdoor recreation and easy access to an
exciting cosmopolitan city.

Applicants should submit their resume and the names of at least three
references to The Chair, Recruiting Committee, Department of Computer
Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4.
Applications will be accepted until 31 January 2003. UBC hires on the
basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all
qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of
Canada will be given priority. The positions are subject to availability
of funding.


From: Ming-Chih Lai <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 09:36:21 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at NCTU in Taiwan

Applications are invited for the assistant, associate or full professor
positions beginning in fall 2003. All areas of pure and applied
mathematics will be welcome. The successful applicant should hold the
Ph.D. degree in mathematics or a related field (earned by August 2003),
and should be able to demonstrate strong research potential.
Applicants must send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae,
a copy of transcript, a summary of research plans, and three letters of
recommendation to:
Hiring Committee
Department of Applied Mathematics
National Chiao Tung University
Hsinchu 300, Taiwan.

For full consideration of the application, the complete document should be
received by February 15, 2003. For further information, please visit
the department's home page at


From: Hristo Kojouharov <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 10:26:35 -0600
Subject: Faculty Position at the University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington
Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington
invites applications for a tenure-track or tenure position at the level
of Assistant/Associate/or Full Professor beginning Fall 2003. The
position is open to all fields of mathematics. Candidates in numerical
analysis, particularly finite elements, preferred. Applicants should
have a Ph.D. in mathematics, a strong commitment to teaching at all
levels, and an internationally recognized record of research with a
strong history of external funding and/or strong potential for future
external funding.

Applications should include a resume detailing research interests and
funding record, and three recommendation letters. Use of the standard
AMS application cover sheet is recommended. Screening of applicants will
begin January 15, 2003. Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled.

Applications should be sent to:
G. Liao, Chair
Faculty Search Committee
Department of Mathematics
The University of Texas at Arlington
P.O. Box 19408
Arlington, TX 76019-0408

For more information about the department, see

The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action Employer.


From: Aaron Fogelson <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 11:35:17 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Positions at the University of Utah

Postdoctoral positions at the University of Utah:

The Focussed Research Group (FRG) for the study of 'The Dynamics of
Growing Biogels' seeks individuals to work with the Principal
Investigators, Aaron Fogelson and James Keener. Problems of
particular interest include the formation of fibrin polymer gels
during blood clotting, biofilm formation, and the role of mucin gels
in human physiology. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in
mathematics or a closely related field and will have expertise in
several of the following: computational solution of PDEs, mathematical
fluid dynamics, modeling of complex physical or biological systems,
and methods of nonlinear analysis. The initial appointment is for one
year and may be renewed for up to two additional years. Salary is
$40,000/year. Please use the on-line form at to
apply for these positions. Other application materials, including a
CV and a statement of research interests and accomplishments, and
three letters of recommendations should be sent to Eleen Collins,
Department of Mathematics, 155 South 1400 East, 233 JWB, University of
Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112. The positions are open until

The University of Utah is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
employer that encourages applications from women and minorities and
provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of
applicants and employees.


From: Kevin McGrattan <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 16:19:32 -0500
Subject: Postdoctoral Positions at National Institute of Standards and Tech

For US citizens with recent PhD in numerical heat transfer, combustion or fire,
there are potential post-doc positions at NIST (National Institute of Standards
and Technology) through the NRC Post-Doctoral Research Program. Information is
available at


From: Bart De Schutter <b.deschutter@ITS.TUDelft.NL>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 08:57:00 +0100
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Delft University

The Control Systems Engineering group of Delft University of Technology
in the Netherlands has a vacancy for a PhD or postdoc position on

Model Predictive Control for Hybrid Systems

This project focuses on structured control design methods for
specific, industrially relevant classes of hybrid systems. These
methods will be extensions of the model predictive control (MPC)
framework for continuous systems. Industrial partners are Shell,
Heineken, IPCOS Technology, and Siemens.

We are looking for either a PhD candidate having an MSc degree and a
strong background in mathematics (optimization) and/or systems and
control theory, or a postdoc with a solid background in model
predictive control and/or hybrid systems. Candidates are expected to
be interested in fundamental research and in working on the boundary
of several research domains. A good command of the English language
is required.

For more information on this position and how to apply, see or contact Bart De Schutter (


From: Peter Matus <>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 16:18:07 +0200
Subject: Contents, Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics

CMAM, Vol. 2 (2002), No. 3

Solution of the Stokes problem as an inverse problem
V. Agoshkov, C. Bardos, and S. Buleev 213

Difference methods for fuzzy partial differential equations
T. Allahviranloo 233

Numerical modelling of heat and magnetohydrodynamic flows in a finite cylinder
A. Buikis and H. Kalis 243

The two-sided FD-method of solving
the first boundary problem for singular ode of the second order
in the half-axis
V.L. Makarov and I.I. Lazurchak 260

Solution of multi-interface Stefan problem by the method of dynamic adaptation
V. Mazhukin and M. Chuiko 283

On superconvergence of a gradient for finite element methods for an elliptic
equation with the nonsmooth right--hand side
A. Zlotnik 295


From: Peter Olver <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 15:27:12 -0600
Subject: Contents: Foundations of Computational Mathematics

Foundations of Computational Mathematics
Volume 2 - Number 4, 2002

Yu. E. Nesterov, M. J. Todd
On the Riemannian Geometry Defined by Self-Concordant Barriers and
Interior-Point Methods
pp. 333-361

Debra Lewis, Peter J. Olver
Geometric Integration Algorithms on Homogeneous Manifolds
pp. 363-392

Alexander Barvinok
Estimating L Norms by L2k Norms for Functions on Orbits
pp. 393-412

Felipe Cucker, Steve Smale
Best Choices for Regularization Parameters in Learning Theory: On the
Bias - Variance Problem
pp. 413-428

Piotr Zgliczynski
C1 Lohner Algorithm
pp. 429-465


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