NA Digest Sunday, May 4, 2003 Volume 03 : Issue 18

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From: Andre Tits <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 08:31:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New Releases of SLICOT Control Software

New releases of Munorm and Robpole M-Files, with major enhancements

We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.2 of Munorm and
version 1.4 of Robpole. Both packages can now be obtained freely, for
noncommercial use, from the SLICOT site at
using the link "Additional software."

The new versions are more robust (especially Munorm) and faster (especially
Robpole) than the previous versions, and Munorm also includes a few minor
enhancements. In addition, a number of bugs have been fixed. The new
versions are authored by Y. Yang, A.L. Tits and V. Sima (Robpole) and
by C.T. Lawrence, A.L. Tits and V. Sima (Munorm).

As with the previous versions, Munorm 1.2 computes the maximum over
frequency (continuous-time or discrete-time) of the standard
"convex" upper bound to the structured singular value of a finite
dimensional transfer function. It handles both dynamic and parametric
uncertainty. The algorithm builds on a well-known algorithm for
computing the H-infinity norm and is described in

C.T. Lawrence, A.L. Tits and P. Van Dooren, Automatica, 36:3, 2000, 449-456.

The algorithm appears to be significantly faster than competing
approaches, often by more than an order of magnitude.

Robpole 1.4 still tackles the problem of multivariable robust pole
placement by linear static state feedback. The algorithm builds on
an earlier one due to Kautsy, Nichols and Van Dooren (KNV), implemented
in the Matlab Robust Control Toolbox as "place". It is described in

A.L. Tits and Y. Yang, IEEE TAC, 41:10, 1996, 1432--1452.

Systematic numerical tests carried out in that paper suggest that this
algorithm typically produces a more robust design than that constructed by
"place" especially when some of the prescribed eigenvalue are complex.
(The algorithm as originally proposed by KNV does not handle
complex eigenvalue assignment, but its implementation as "place"
does, in an ad hoc fashion.)


From: Lester Ingber <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 16:40:17 -0400
Subject: Change of Address for Lester Ingber

I will be leaving my position as Director R&D at DUNN Capital Management
in Stuart FL early this coming June. Any correspondence should be sent




From: Julie Haenisch <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 08:12:52 -0400
Subject: New Book, Complex Analysis

New from Princeton University Press
Complex Analysis

Elias M. Stein and Rami Shakarchi

With this second volume, we enter the intriguing world of complex analysis.
From the first theorems on, the elegance and sweep of the results is
evident. The starting point is the simple idea of extending a function
initially given for real values of the argument to one that is defined when
the argument is complex. From there, one proceeds to the main properties of
holomorphic functions, whose proofs are generally short and quite
illuminating: the Cauchy theorems, residues, analytic continuation, the
argument principle.

Read more online:

Cloth | 2003 | $49.95 / =A335.00 | ISBN: 0-691-11385-8
392 pp. | 6 x 9 | 64 line illus.


From: Francisco Facchinei <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 18:50:55 +0200
Subject: New Book, Finite-dimensional Variational Inequalities

Title: Finite-Dimensional Variational Inequalities and
Complementarity Problems, Volumes I and II

Authors: Francisco Facchinei and Jong-Shi Pang

Series: Springer Series in Operations Research.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag, New York, 2003 (
ISBN: 0-387-95580-1 and 0-387-95581-X

This book presents a rigorous and state-of-the art treatment of
variational inequalities and complementarity problems in finite dimensions.
This class of mathematical programming problems provides a powerful
framework for the unified analysis and development of efficient solution
algorithms for a wide range of equilibrium problems in economics,
engineering, finance, and applied sciences. New research material and
recent results, not otherwise easily accessible, are presented in a
self-contained and consistent matter. The book is published in two volumes,
with the first volume concentrating on the basic theory and the second on
iterative algorithms. Both volumes contain abundant exercises and
feature extensive bibliographies. Written with a wide range of readers
in mind, including graduate students and researchers in applied mathematics,
numerical analysis, optimization, and operations research as well as
computational economists and engineers, the book aims at being an enduring
reference on the subject and at providing the foundation for its continued

Those who are interested in getting more information on the book
can consult the web page

They will find there, among other things, the table of contents of the
book along with its preface and the complete bibliography.


From: Sara Ackerman <>
Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 15:15:09 -0400
Subject: New Book, Generalized Reimann Problems in CFD

Released in April 2003, a new book by Matania Ben-Artzi and Joseph Falcovitz
Generalized Riemann Problems in Computational Fluid Dynamics

2003, 366 pp. Hardback
Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0-521-77296-6
Price in US Dollars: $75.00
Price in Pounds: $55.00

The primary goal of numerical simulation of compressible, in viscid
time-dependent flow is to represent the time evolution of complex flow
patterns. Developed by Matania Ben-Artzi and Joseph Falcovitz, the
Generalized Riemann Problem (GRP) algorithm comprises some of the most
commonly used numerical schemes of this process. This monograph presents the
GRP methodology ranging from underlying mathematical principles through
basic scheme analysis and scheme extensions. The book is intended for
researchers and graduate students of applied mathematics, science and

Table of Contents: Preface; Contents; List of Figures; 1. Introduction Part
I. Basic Theory 2. Scalar Conservation Laws; Appendix A--Entropy Conditions
for Scalar Conservation Laws 3. The
GRP Method for Scalar Conservation Laws; Appendix B - Convergence of the
Godunov Scheme 4. Systems of Conservation Laws Appendix C--Riemann Solver
for a Y-Law Gas 5. The Generalized Riemann Problem (GRP) for Compressible
Fluid Dynamics Appendix D--the MUSCL Scheme
6. Analytical and Numerical Treatment of Fluid Dynamical Problems Part II.
Numerical Implementation: 7. From the GRP Algorithm to Scientific Computing
8. Geometric Extensions
9. A Physical Extension: Reacting Flow 10. Wave Interaction in a Duct--a
Comparative Study; Bibliography; Glossary; Index

For more information, including how to order this text, please visit
Or in Europe visit:


From: Stephen Davis <>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 13:14:03 -0400
Subject: Research Position at Army Research Office

For details go to the web site:

and type in announcement number ACU301012

Unfortunately, time is short.


From: George Anastassiou <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 14:24:06 -0500
Subject: Contents, Journal of Computational Analysis and Applications

Journal of Computational Analysis and
Applications:Vol.5,No.1,January 2003
Table of Contents


GUEST EDITORS:Don Hong and Michael Prophet

1)"An n-dimensional Hahn-Banach extension theorem and minimal

2)"Hahn-Banach operators:a

3)"Algorithm for optimal triangulations in scattered data representation and
implementation",B.W.Dyer,Don Hong,............................,25

4)"Wavelet image compressor-minimage",Hao Gu,Don Hong,M.Barrett,..45

5)"Bivariate polynomial natural spline interpolation algorithms with local
basis for scattered data",Lutai Guan,............................,77

6)"Construction of multivariate interpolation by using Carlitz's inversion
formulas",Tian Xiao He,..........................................,103

7)"On a constrained optimal location algorithm",R.Huotari and

8)"Rational Approximation of analytic functions having generalised
orders of rate of growth",V.A.Prokhorov,.........................,129

9)"A note on Wavelets and Diffusions",J.J.Shen,..................,147

10)"Multiwavelets and Integer transforms",Patrick J.Van Fleet,....,161

11)"Interpolating Cubic Spline Wavelet packet on arbitrary partitions",
Jianzhong Wang,...................................................,179.


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