NA Digest Saturday, June 7, 2003 Volume 03 : Issue 23

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Cleve Moler
The MathWorks, Inc.

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From: Gustaf Sonderlind <>
Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2003 22:44:05 +0200
Subject: Ernst Hairer Receives Honorary Doctorate from Lund University

Lund University awards Ernst Hairer honorary doctorate.

On May 28, Professor Ernst Hairer of the Universite
de Geneve was awarded an honorary doctorate at Lund
University, Sweden, for his outstanding contributions
to the numerical analysis of differential equations.

The Faculty of Science also awarded honorary degrees
to neurobiologist Prof. Rudiger Wehner of the University
of Zurich, and to 1999 Nobel Laureate (chemistry), Prof.
Ahmed H. Zewail of California Institute of Technology.

The degrees were presented at the university's traditional
ceremony, held in Lund's 900-year old cathedral.

Gustaf Soderlind Claus Fuhrer


From: Oren Livne <>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 23:44:03 -0700
Subject: Query on Subset Selection

I am looking for a MATLAB code that implements subset selection in
regression (i.e. least squares + QR with column pivoting, or other
methods). Can you help me send this query?

At the same token, can someone direct me to a survey of numerical algorithms
for the subset selection problem? My data are somewhat specific and do not
fall into the category of the "classical" forward/backward stepwise regression,
as well as the recent LASSO/LARS methods.



From: Ali Fadili <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 16:24:58 +0100
Subject: Lognormal-Gaussian Spectral Density Relationship

I'm looking for the exact analytical relationship, if any, between the
spectral density of a Gaussian and log-normal stationary random process. If
V(x) is gaussian I let U(x) = ln(V(x)). I know the relationship between the
correlation functions, but when I come to take the Fourier transform of
those correlation functions the integrals are tricky to evaluate
analytically (I tried the case of an exponential correlation function).

So my question is the following: Is there any general relationship between
the spectral densities of a Gaussian and its lognormal transform? And more
specifically is there at least some example of correlation functions for
which an analytical relationship between the spectral densities has been

Many thanks for any help or suggestion.

Best regards,

Ali Fadili:


From: Robert A. van de Geijn <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 14:33:38 -0500
Subject: Fast BLAS for Intel Itanium 2 and AMD Opteron

Fast BLAS for Intel Itanium 2 and sgemm/dgemm/cgemm/zgemm for AMD Opteron

We would like to make the NA Digest community aware of the following
recent development regarding the "GOTO BLAS":

- A full BLAS library for the Intel Itanium2 is now available.
- sgemm/dgemm/cgemm/zgemm are now available for the AMD Opteron (both
single threaded and multi threaded).

Performance of the Linpack benchmark on the Opteron:
(1.8GHz 4GB memory, using SSE2, threoretical peak is 3.6GFlops).

1 CPU : 3,187MFlops (N = 20000, NB = 128) ... 88.5% of peak
2 CPU : 6,272MFlops (N = 30000, NB = 128) ... 87.1% of peak
4 CPU : 12,130MFlops (N = 30000, NB = 112) ... 84.2% of peak

For further details, please visit

Best Regards,
Robert van de Geijn
Professor of Computer Sciences

Kazushige Goto
Visiting Scientist


From: Michelle Montgomery <>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 10:48:06 -0400
Subject: New SIAM Series, Fundamentals of Algorithms

Call For Manuscripts

SIAM Series on Fundamentals of Algorithms

SIAM is pleased to announce a new series, Fundamentals of Algorithms,
and the first book in the series, _Solving Nonlinear Equations with
Newton's Method_, by C. T. Kelley.

The goal of the Fundamental of Algorithms series is to provide a
collection of short user-oriented books on state-of-the-art numerical
methods. Written by experts, the books will provide readers with
sufficient knowledge to choose an appropriate method for an
application and understand the method's strengths and limitations. The
books will cover a range of topics drawn from numerical analysis and
scientific computing. The intended audience is researchers and
practitioners using the methods, and upper level undergraduates
in mathematics, engineering, and computational science.

What will distinguish a book in this series is the emphasis on
explaining how to best choose a method, algorithm or software to solve
a specific type of problem, and describing when a given method works
or fails. The theory behind a numerical method will be presented at a
level accessible to the practitioner. The books will contain guidance
to help the reader troubleshoot solvers and interpret results. MATLAB
is the preferred language for codes presented since it can be used
across a wide variety of platforms and is an excellent environment for
prototyping, testing, and problem solving.

The first book in the series, _Solving Nonlinear Equations with
Newton's Method_ by C. T. Kelley, is an 104-page user-oriented guide to
using Newton's method to solve nonlinear equations. Through
algorithms in pseudo-code, practical examples, and MATLAB codes, the
author shows how the user can choose an appropriate Newton-type method
to solve a nonlinear system. Treated are Newton, Newton-Krylov, and
Broyden methods, their weaknesses and strengths, and their
implementation. MATLAB codes for the solvers are listed in the book
and available over the Web.

In launching this series SIAM hopes to publish guides to numerical
algorithms that are readily accessible to practitioners, contain
practical advice not readily found elsewhere, and are accompanied by
understandable codes implementing the algorithms.

Possible topics for the series include, but are not limited to:

quadrature/numerical integration
random number generation
structured linear systems (Toeplitz, Hankel, Vandermonde,...)
Monte-Carlo algorithms for simulation
linear least squares problems
algebraic Riccati equations
stochastic differential equations
large, sparse eigenvalue problems
semidefinite optimization
the fast Fourier transform
discrete ill-posed problems
multigrid methods

Proposals appropriate for the Fundamentals of Algorithms Series should
be sent to:

Linda Thiel (Acquisitions Editor)
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
telephone: 215-382-9800 x369
fax: 215-386-7999


Nicholas J. Higham (Editor-in-Chief)
Department of Mathematics
University of Manchester
Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
telephone: 0161 275-5822
fax: 0161 275-5819


From: Julie Haenisch <>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 08:11:02 -0400
Subject: New Book on Markov Processes

New from Princeton University Press

Markov Processes from K. Ito's Perspective (AM-155)
Daniel W. Stroock

Kiyosi Ito's greatest contribution to probability theory may be his
introduction of stochastic differential equations to explain the
Kolmogorov-Feller theory of Markov processes. Starting with the geometric
ideas that guided him, this book gives an account of Ito's program.

The book should be accessible to readers who have mastered the essentials of
modern probability theory and should provide such readers with a reasonably
thorough introduction to continuous-time, stochastic processes.

Paper | 2003 | $24.95 / =A317.95 | ISBN: 0-691-11543-5
280 pp. | 6 x 9=20


From: Tsorng-Whay Pan <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 12:36:46 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: New Book on Finite Element Methods for Incompressible Viscous Flow

New Book Announcement

Handbook of Numerical Analysis
Volume IX: Numerical Methods for Fluids (Part 3)
ISBN: 0-444-51224-1
Publisher: North-Holland, Amsterdam,

Volume Author:
Roland Glowinski, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Article Title: Finite Element Methods for Incompressible
Viscous Flow

Series edited by
P.G. Ciarlet, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
J.L. Lions (deceased), College de France, Paris, France


This book size article is dedicated to the numerical simulation
of unsteady incompressible viscous flow modeled by the
Navier-Stokes equations, or by non-Newtonian variants of them.
In order to achieve this goal the author has developed a
methodology based on the following tools:

(i) Time discretization by operator splitting schemes such as
Peaceman-Rachford's, Doug las-Rachford's, Marchuk-Yanenko's,
Strang's symmetrized, and the so-called theta-scheme.

(ii) Projection methods (in L2 or H1) for the treatment of the
incompressibility condition div u = 0.

(iii) Treatment of the advection by: either a centered scheme
leading to linear or nonlinear advection-diffusion problems
solved by least squares/conjugate gradient algorithms, or to
a linear wave-like equation well suited to finite element
based solution methods.

(iv) Space approximation by finite element methods such as
Hood-Taylor and Bercovier-Pironneau, which are relatively
easy to implement.

In addition to the above topics the article contains detailed
discussions of conjugate gradient algorithms, least-squares
methods for boundary value problems which are not equivalent
to problems of the Calculus of Variations, Uzawa-type algorithms
for the solution of saddle-point problems, embedding/fictitious
domain methods for the solution of elliptic and parabolic problems.

Many computational methods discussed in this article apply also
to non-CFD problems although they were mostly designed for the
solution of flow problems. Included among the topics rarely seen,
so far, in book form are: the direct numerical simulation of
particulate flow, computational methods for flow control and
splitting methods for visco-plastic flow. Most methods discussed
in this article are illustrated by the results of numerical
experiments, including the simulation of three-dimensional flow.
Due to their modularity the methods described in this article are
relatively easy to implement, proven by the fact that several
practitioners in various institutions have been able to use them ab
initio for the solution of complicated flow, and other, problems.


From: Johan Suykens <>
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 13:55:17 +0200
Subject: New Book on Learning Theory

New Book on Learning Theory

J.A.K. Suykens, G. Horvath, S. Basu, C. Micchelli, J. Vandewalle (Eds.)
Advances in Learning Theory: Methods, Models and Applications,
NATO Science Series III: Computer & Systems Sciences, Volume 190,
IOS Press Amsterdam, 2003, 436pp. (ISBN: 1 58603 341 7)

Book edited at the occasion of the NATO-ASI (Advanced Study Institute)
on Learning Theory and Practice (Leuven July 2002)


* Preface
* Organizing committee
* List of chapter contributors
* Table of contents

* An Overview of Statistical Learning Theory
V. Vapnik

* Best Choices for Regularization Parameters in Learning Theory: on the
Bias-Variance Problem
F. Cucker, S. Smale

* Cucker Smale Learning Theory in Besov Spaces
C.A. Micchelli, Y. Xu, P. Ye

* High-dimensional Approximation by Neural Networks
V. Kurkova

* Functional Learning through Kernels
S. Canu, X. Mary, A. Rakotomamonjy

* Leave-one-out Error and Stability of Learning Algorithms with Applications
A. Elisseeff, M. Pontil

* Regularized Least-Squares Classification
R. Rifkin, G. Yeo, T. Poggio

* Support Vector Machines: Least Squares Approaches and Extensions
J.A.K. Suykens, T. Van Gestel, J. De Brabanter, B. De Moor, J. Vandewalle

* Extension of the nu-SVM Range for Classification
F. Perez-Cruz, J. Weston, D.J.L. Herrmann, B. Schoelkopf

* Kernels Methods for Text Processing
N. Cristianini, J. Kandola, A. Vinokourov, J. Shawe-Taylor

* An Optimization Perspective on Kernel Partial Least Squares Regression
K.P. Bennett, M.J. Embrechts

* Multiclass Learning with Output Codes
Y. Singer

* Bayesian Regression and Classification
C.M. Bishop, M.E. Tipping

* Bayesian Field Theory: from Likelihood Fields to Hyperfields
J. Lemm

* Bayesian Smoothing and Information Geometry
R. Kulhavy

* Nonparametric Prediction
L. Gyorfi, D. Schafer

* Recent Advances in Statistical Learning Theory
M. Vidyasagar

* Neural Networks in Measurement Systems (an engineering view)
G. Horvath

IOS Press via website


From: Andy Deelen <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2003 20:52:17 +0100
Subject: Three New Books from Elsevier

Just published:
Handbook of Numerical Analysis (Editor P.G. Ciarlet), Volume X, Special
Volume: Computational Chemistry, Guest Edited by Claude Le Bris, ISBN:
0-444-51248-9, Hardbound, 1032 pages, (c) 2003, US$ 170 / EUR 170

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: US$ 119 / EUR 119 (please contact Andy Deelen at
Elsevier ( for a special order form) Offer valid until
31 August 2003

For furher information regarding this title, please see:

Handbook of Numerical Analysis (Editor P.G. Ciarlet), Volume XI, Special
Volume: Foundations of Computational Mathematics, Guest Edited by F. Cucker,
ISBN: 0-444-51247-0, Hardbound, 536 pages, (c) 2003, EUR 140 / US$ 140

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: US$ 98 / EUR 98 (please contact Andy Deelen at Elsevier
( for a special order form) Offer valid until 31
August 2003

For further information regarding this title, please see:

Perturbation Theory for Matrix Equations
By M. Konstantinov,Da-Wei Gu, V. Mehrmann and P. Petkov (Studies in
Computational Mathematics, Volume 9), ISBN: 0-444-51315-9, hardbound 429
pages, (c) 2003, US$ 125 / EUR 125

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: US$ 87.50/ EUR 87.50 (please contact Andy Deelen at
Elsevier ( for a special order form) Offer valid until
31 August 2003

For more information, please see:


From: Shi Zhong-ci <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 10:44:12 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Conference in Hangzhou Postponed

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the present SARS situation in China, after
consulting with related associations, the organizing committee has
decided to postpone the proposed International Workshop
on "Recent Advances in Adaptive Computation", Hangzhou, October 13-16,
2003 (NA-Digest, V.02, #49, 2002) to May 24-28, 2004.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to all participants.
We are expecting that you may accept this considerable change and
will still be able to attend the conference in the later date.
Updated information of the conference can be found in

Thank you and best regards,

Zhong-ci Shi
Chairman of the
organizing committee


From: Jan S. Hesthaven <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 13:14:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Workshop on Brown on PDE's

2003 AFOSR Workshop
2nd Announcement and Update
Advances and Challenges in Time-Integration of PDE's

August 18-20, 2003
Brown University, RI, USA

As methods for spatially representing solutions to partial
differential equations mature, the current methods for temporal
integration emerge as a bottleneck in many areas of large scale
computational science. This is of particular concern as the
emphasis in many applications and recent technologies requring
fully dynamic modeling over extended time periods.

It is the purpose of the workshop to focus on the above mentioned
issues in more detail and, by bringing together experts in various
fields, initiate a discussion on how to effectively address these
significant challengdes.

The format of the workshop will be as a number of invited lectures.
These lecture are intended to delineate the problems encountered
as well as presenting a variety of existing and emerging time-
integration techniques. It will be a priority to attempt to
understand the advantages and limitation of the different
techniques to suggest directions in which research should be


U. Ascher (UBC, Canada) J. Bell (LBL)
J. Butcher (Auckland, New Zealand) M. Carpenter (NASA Langley)
H. Elman (UMCP) S. Gottlieb (UMass Dartmouth)
B. Gustafsson (Uppsala, Sweden) E. Hairer (U. Geneve, CH)
A. Jameson (Stanford) Z. Jackiewicz (ASU)
G. Karniadakis (Brown) C. Kennedy (Sandia Nat. Lab)
Y. Kevrekidis (Princeton) D. Knoll (Los Alamos Nat. Lab)
H. Najm (Sandia Nat. Lab) G. Russo (Rome, Italy)
L. Shampine (SMU) J. Shang (Wright State/WPAFB)
R. Teman (U. Indiana; Paris, France) S. Thomas (NCAR)
J. Verwer (CWI, The Netherlands) C. Woodward (LLNL)


Further information and prelimenary registration by
contacting the workshop secretary

Ms. Janice D'Amico
2003 AFOSR Workshop Secretary

Best regards

The organizing committee

M. Carpenter (NASA Langley), David Gottlieb (Brown),
Jan S. Hesthaven (Brown), Chi-Wang Shu (Brown)


From: Hans Joachim Werner <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 16:49:31 +0200
Subject: Workshop in Dortmund on Matrices and Statistics

12th International Workshop on Matrices and Statistitics
Dortmund, Germany: 5-8 August 2003


The 12th International Workshop on Matrices and Statistics
(IWMS-200) will be held at the University of Dortmund
(Dortmund, Germany) on August 5-8, 2003, during the week
immediately before the 54th Biennial Session of the International
Statistical Institute (ISI) in Berlin. This Workshop, which will
be an ISI satellite meeting, will be hosted by the Department of
Statistics at the University of Dortmund and will be cosponsored
by the Bernoulli Society. It has also been endorsed by the
International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS). Jerzy K. Baksalary
(University of Zielona Gora, Zielona Gora, Poland) will be the
ILAS Lecturer at IWMS-2003.

The purpose of this Workshop is to stimulate research and, in an
informal setting, to foster the interaction of researchers in the
interface between matrix theory and statistics. The Workshop will
provide a forum through which statisticians working in the field
of linear algebra and matrix theory may be better informed of the
latest developments and newest techniques and may exchange ideas
with researchers from a wide variety of countries.

The International Organizing Committee (IOC) for this Workshop
comprises R. William Farebrother (Victoria University of
Manchester, Manchester, England), Simo Puntanen (University of
Tampere, Tampere, Finland), George P.H. Styan (McGill University
Montreal, Canada; vice-chair IOC), and Hans Joachim Werner
(University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany; chair IOC). The Local
Organizing (LOC) Committee at the University of Dortmund consists
of Juergen Gross, Goetz Trenkler (chair: LOC), and Claus
Weihs. The Workshop Secretary is Ms. Eva Brune: (Department of Statistics,
IWMS-2003, Univ. of Dortmund, Vogelpothsweg 87,
D-44221 Dortmund, Germany). For up-to-date information on
this Workshop please visit

Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim WERNER
Department of Statistics
Faculty of Economics
University of Bonn
Adenauerallee 24-42
D-53113 Bonn, Germany


From: S. A. Vetha Manickam <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2003 11:31:21 +0530
Subject: Faculty Positions at University of Pune, India


Applications are invited for faculty posts in the center for Information
and Network Security, University of Pune which is a grant-in-aid project
undertaken by the university under the aegis of Ministry of
Communication and Information Technology and Computer Science
Department, University of Pune with its knowledge partner 'Network
Security Solutions (India) ltd.' which is a leading company in the field
of information and network security

Ph.D. in Computer Science or Mathematics with Computer Science and
having strong interest and experience in Information & Network Security
related fields for at least 10 years of teaching/development/research
experience. An eminent scholar with published work of high quality
actively engaged in research, with experience in postgraduate teaching,
and/or experience in research at the University/National Level
Institutions, including experience of guiding research at doctoral

Ph.D. in Computer Science or Mathematics with Computer Science and
having strong interest and experience in Information & Network Security
related fields for at least 5 years of teaching/development/research
experience. Good academic record with a doctoral degree in Software
Engineering or Information & Network Security or equivalent published
work. It is also desirable that he/she should possess experience in the
field of information & Network Security. In addition to these,
candidates shall also possess at least 55% of the marks or an equivalent
grade of B in the 7 point scale with latter grades O, A, B, C, D, E & F
at Master's degree level.

Ph.D/ M.E/ M.Tech in Computer Science and having strong interest
and experience in Information & Network Security related fields for at
least 1 year of teaching/development/research experience. Good academic
record with a doctoral degree in Software Engineering or Information &
Network Security or equivalent published work. It is also desirable
that he/she should possess experience in the field of information &
Network Security. In addition to these, candidates shall also possess at
least 55% of the marks or an equivalent grade of B in the 7 point scale
with latter grades O, A, B, C, D, E & F at Master's degree level.

Those who are interested in relocating to Pune, India are most welcome.

Dr. S. A. Vetha Manickam, Ph.D.
Center for Information and Network Security and CS Department,
Pune University, Pune, India.


From: Ron Thatcher <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 13:05:15 +0100
Subject: Lecturer Position at UMIST, Manchester

Temporary Lecturer in Applied Mathematic
Department of Mathematics
(3 year appointment)

The Department is seeking to make a three-year appointment in
Applied Mathematics. Applicants should possess a proven
ability to carry out independent research. The applicant's interest
may be in any area of Applied Mathematics but preference will
be given to a person whose research interest overlaps with the
main research areas in the Department. The successful applicant
will also be an enthusiastic and effective teacher.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr R W Thatcher, Head of Department,
( or Professor J W Dold, Head of Applied
Mathematics Group, (

The salary offered will be =A322,191 or =A323,296 per annum on
the Lecturer scale. The appointment will be offered on a fixed
term basis for 3 years and will be available from 1 September 2003.

For an application form and further details please write to:

The Personnel Office
PO Box 88
Manchester M60 1QD

enclosing a self-addressed envelope


The closing date is 16 June 2003.
Please quote reference: MAT/A/120.
An equal opportunity employer.


From: Alison Ramage <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 16:28:49 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Durham and Strathclyde



Applications are invited for a two-year EPSRC funded post to work on
geotechnical engineering studies of multiple tunneling problems. The post
is available from November 1st 2003 for a fixed two-year term. The
successful candidate will be based at the School of Engineering of the
University of Durham, and will be collaborating closely with co-workers in
the Department of Mathematics of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
The person appointed will also receive training in the use of the National
High Performance Computing (HPC) resources housed at the University of

Following an EPSRC call for proposals to introduce new users to high-end
computing, funds have been awarded to carry out a number of 3D parametric
studies of an important set of problems in geotechnics that are
under-researched because of the difficulties of running 3D FE analyses in
geotechnics. We will be studying the effects of the construction and
stability of multiple tunnels in soft ground. These are difficult problems
to solve except for in a few situations that can be modelled in
two-dimensions. We will be using the HPC resources to carry out detailed
parametric studies that could not be completed on serial machines.

The objectives of the project are:
1. to develop an existing F90 finite element code for use on the parallel
hardware available within national HPC resources;
2. to incorporate new solution techniques from an existing EPSRC CEM
project into the parallel environment
3. to use the parallel code to investigate the surface deformations
arising from multiple tunnelling schemes, and to investigate their
stability during construction.

Applicants should have a Doctorate in Civil or Mechanical Engineering,
Applied Mathematics or Applied Computer Science (or equivalent research
experience) and possess expertise in one or more of the following areas:
the development and use of finite element methods for the solution of
PDEs; structural mechanics; numerical linear algebra; numerical methods
in geotechnical engineering. Applicants must have experience of
programming using Fortran 90 or later.

Applications, quoting reference A2239, with a full CV giving the names and
addresses of two academic referees (and copies of any relevant
publications), should be sent to

Dr Charles Augarde
School of Engineering
University of Durham
South Road
Durham DH1 3LE

Informal enquiries can be made to Charles Augarde
( at Durham or Alison Ramage
( at Strathclyde. Further particulars of the post
are available at

The closing date for applications is 18 July 2003.


From: John W. Barrett <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 12:27:02 +0100
Subject: Postdoctoral Positions at Imperial College London

There are two 3 year EPSRC postdoctoral positions available
in the Mathematics Department at Imperial College, London, UK.

(1) Finite Element Approximation of Thin Film Flows
John W. Barrett (Maths) and Omar K. Matar (Chem. Eng.).
Closing date 30th June 2003.

(2) Differential Algebraic Equations
Robert E. Beardmore {Maths).
Closing date 31st July 2003.

For further details and application forms, see


From: Helge Galdal <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 12:53:18 +0200
Subject: Postdoctoral and Ph. D. Positions at University of Oslo

"Centre of Mathematics for applications (CMA)" - a newly established Centre
of Excellence at the University of Oslo, Norway, hereby invites applications
for 1-2 post-doc. positions and 1-2 PhD scholarships:
All 2-4 positions are available from 1 August 2003, but the start date may
be delayed if necessary.
Applications with all necessary enclosures must be received by 1 July.
For details, please check the full announcement at our web-site:

Helge Galdal
Senior Adviser, CMA


From: Sheryl Conner <>
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 12:04:22 -0700
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at University of California, Berkeley

The Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research at the University of
California, Berkeley is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with a strong
background in computer graphics, visualization, and scientific
computing. The position will be a one-year term.

The successful candidate will be part of a team that includes
researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of
California at Davis. The team's mission is to develop new
methods for protein structure prediction. The methods
include a combination of purely computational, based upon optimization
techniques, along with user-guided methods. The user-guided approach
relies upon a software tool, developed by the team, that allows a
researcher to interactively manipulate protein molecules.

The role of the postdoctoral fellow will be to enhance and expand the
interactive manipulation and visualization tool as part of the broader
team effort of improving protein structure prediction in computational
biology. The interactive manipulation and visualization tool is written
in C++, and uses OpenGL as the underlying graphics API, and FLTK as the

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or related field. Some
background in Biology is highly desirable. The candidate should
demonstrate the ability to conduct original and independent research
in a highly collaborative environment. The candidate must have
demonstrable skills, through work history or graduate school projects,
in the following areas: software implementation in C++; use of the
OpenGL graphics API; use of GUI APIs such as FLTK or GTK; design and
development of interactive graphics or visualization software; design
and implementation of shared- or distributed-memory parallel software;
and excellent written communication skills, particularly technical
writing. The candidate must have a highly professional team-oriented
disposition, and is expected to observe project deadlines.

Applicants should submit:
* a curriculum vitae with list of publications (with some reprints or
PhD thesis included), including a summary of recent technical work
experience that meets the above qualifications and which demonstrates a
high degree of technical innovativeness;
* a letter in support to justify the application;
* names and addresses of three references.

Silvia Crivelli
1 Cyclotron Rd., Mailstop 50D
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA 94720

phone: +1-510-486-5061
fax : +1-510-486-5812


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