NA Digest Sunday, October 21, 2007 Volume 07 : Issue 43

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From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 18:59:12 -0400
Subject: Call for Nominations - 2008 SIAM Prizes

Call for Nominations - 2008 SIAM Prizes

SIAM welcomes nominations for the following prizes, which will be
awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting, to be held July 7-11, 2008, in San

Richard C. DiPrima Prize
George Polya Prize
W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
SIAM Student Paper Prize

Please address inquiries to J. M. Littleton at The
call for nominations for each prize is posted at


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 18:47:39 -0400
Subject: Call for Nominations - SIAG/Discrete Mathematics Denes Konig Prize


The SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics Denes Konig Prize will
be awarded to a junior researcher or junior researchers for outstanding
research in an area of discrete mathematics, based on a publication by
the candidate(s) in a peer-reviewed journal published in the three
calendar years prior to the year of the award.

The prize was established in 2007. The first award will be presented at
the SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics (DM08), to be held June
16-19, 2008, at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.

Nominations should be addressed to Professor Lenore Cowen, Chair, Denes
Konig Prize Committee and sent by November 30, 2007, to J. M. Littleton
at Inquiries should be addressed to The complete call for nominations can be found at


From: Tim Davis <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:08:14 -0400
Subject: A poetic apology in pathetic apogee

I tried to come up with a mathematical poem to liven up this
week's NA Digest, but sadly was unable to do so. The math
just didn't work out. Please accept my humble apology:

I'm not a poet laureate,
just a poet overrate.
True poets speak in words that flow ;
all I get is underflow.
True poets write with elegance,
my poetic math gives Inf's.
True literature inspires Man,
my poem over zero's NaN.
This poem's float' IEEE,
critics all cry out "Ai-Eee!"


From: (Gil Strang)
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 11:49:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New Book: Computational Science and Engineering by Gilbert Strang

A new text and reference book by Gilbert Strang,
Published by Wellesley-Cambridge Press and also available from SIAM

ISBN 0961408812 (700 pages) October 2007
Detailed contents on Two sections in full:
1.1 Four Special Matrices and 4.1 Fourier Series are on those sites

This is the new textbook for MIT's courses 18.085-6 on Computational
Science and Engineering. The book integrates analysis and algorithms
and codes, to explain each topic as effectively as possible -- it is
"solution-based" instead of "formula-based". This is how we learn.

CSE is a big subject and this book offers more than a single course.
The book is also a reference for the whole community of computational
scientists and engineers. Please look at the contents, and the book.


From: Andrei Constantinescu <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 02:34:28 -0400
Subject: New Book: Elasticity & Mathematica Textbook

Elasticity with Mathematica

Andrei Constantinescu
CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau

Alexander Korsunsky
University of Oxford

This book introduces to the key ideas and principles in the theory of
elasticity with the help of symbolic computation. Differential and
integral operators on vector and tensor fields of displacements, strains
and stresses are considered on a consistent and rigorous basis with
respect to curvilinear orthogonal coordinate systems. As a consequence,
vector and tensor objects can be manipulated readily, and fundamental
concepts can be illustrated and problems solved with ease. The method is
illustrated using a variety of plane and three-dimensional elastic
problems. General theorems, fundamental solutions, displacements and
stress potentials are presented and discussed. The Rayleigh-Ritz method
for obtaining approximate solutions is introduced for elastostatic and
spectral analysis problems. The book contains more than 60 exercises and
solutions in the form of Mathematica notebooks that accompany every
chapter. Once the reader learns and masters the techniques, they can be
applied to a large range of practical and fundamental problems.


Date: 15 Oct 2007 14:27:15 +0100
Subject: "UNEASY RELATIONS" - the poetry of computational mathematics

"UNEASY RELATIONS" - the poetry of computational mathematics

Uneasy Relations is a short collection of poems by Mike Bartholomew-Biggs
of the University of Hertfordshire. The poems play with ideas from
numerical analysis - but non-specialists may choose to murmur them as
zen-like meditations. The poems do not confine themselves narrowly to
mathematical themes, however, but touch upon myth and fable, astronomy, the
arts of prediction and preventive maintenance, entomology, hill-walking,
financial portfolio theory and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. There is also
a hint of sexual politics.

To walk a tightrope
is hard. So how much harder
to walk several?

Spiders manage it
spinning sticky contour plots
which aren’t safety nets.

Uneasy Relations can be ordered at £3 (plus 50p p&p) from: Hearing Eye, Box
1, 99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX, UK (Sadly, this offer will only work
for readers in the UK ...)


From: "John E. Edward" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 20:23:14 -0400
Subject: Intl Conf on Automation, Robotics and Control System ARCS-08, Jul 2008

The 2008 International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Control
Systems (ARCS-08) (website: will be held
during July 7-10 2008 in Orlando, FL, USA. We invite draft
paper submissions and session proposals. The conference will be held at the
same time and place where several other major events are taking place. The
website contains more details.

John Edward
Organizing Committee Member


From: "Dr. Ruppa Thulasiram" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 08:59:40 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Parallel and Distributed Computing in Finance, Apr 2008


The First Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing in Finance
(PDCoF08-Computational Finance - Friday, April 18, 2008)
to be held in conjunction with the
International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium
(IPDPS08) April 14-18, 2008, Miami, FL, USA

Please visit the conference website for scope, interests and other details:

Important Dates:
Paper submission due: November 7, 2007
Notification of acceptance: December 11, 2007
Camera-ready paper due: January 28, 2008


From: Ronald Cools <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 17:24:44 +0200
Subject: Symposium: The birth of numerical analysis, Oct 2007

Symposium on "The birth of numerical analysis"
Leuven (Belgium), October 29-30, 2007

Numerical analysis has known an enormous evolution since the introduction
of digital computers in the years 1950-1960. This symposium wants to
bring together lecturers who were at the origin of this evolution to
testify about their experiences, and attendants who are the current
users of numerical analysis or who are just interested in the roots of
this discipline.

The following lecturers accepted our invitation:
Gerard Alberts, Kendall Atkinson, Claude Brezinski, Jack Dongarra,
Brian Ford, Rolf Jeltsch, Herbert Keller, James Lyness, Robert J. Plemmons,
Mike Powell, Gerhard Wanner, Alistair Watson.

For more information, abstracts and registration, see

This symposium is an activity of the Scientific Research Network
"Advanced Numerical Methods for Mathematical Modelling". It receives
additional funding from "Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Vlaanderen FWO" and "Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique FNRS".


From: "ljubisa kocic" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 13:31:44 +0200
Subject: International Conference Approximation & Computation, Aug 2008

International Conference Approximation & Computation

Dedicated to 60-th anniversary of professor Gradimir V. Milovanovic
Location: Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Nis, R. of Serbia
Dates: Mon, Aug 25 - Fri, Aug 29, 2008

Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Nis, Nis;
Mathematical Institute of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade;
Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Nis, Nis;
Faculty of Science, Kragujevac, University of Kragujevac, Kragujevac

Scientific Committee: R. P. Agarwal (USA), B. Bojanov (Bulgaria),
A. Ivic (Serbia), G. Mastroianni (Italy), Th. M. Rassias (Greece)

Organizing Committee: N. Cakic (Belgrade), A. Cvetkovic (Nis),
D. Dordevic (Nis), D. Dordevic (Nis), Lj. M. Kocic (Nis), Chair,
M. Kovacevic (Nis), Z. Markovic (Belgrade), R. Rajkovic (Nis),
M. Spalevic (Kragujevac)

Plenary Lecturers (who accepted invitation of the Org. Committee):
A. Aptekarev (Moscow), W. Gander (Zürich), W. Gautschi (USA),
F. Marcellan (Madrid), A. Nersessian (Yerevan), G. Monegato (Torino),
S. Pilipovic (Novi Sad), E. Sülli (Oxford), J. Szabados (Budapest),
P. Vertesi (Budapest).

Potential participants may contact us on e-mail:

Conference Secretariat
M. Matejic (Nis) e-mail:
M. Stanic (Kragujevac) ) e-mail:

Conference site:


From: Raimondas Ciegis <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 18:59:52 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: International conference on modelling in Tartu, Estonia, Jun 2008

13th International Conference
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis (MMA2008)
Third International Conference
Approximation Methods and Orthogonal Expansions (AMOE2008)
June 4 - 7, 2008, Tartu (Kääriku), Estonia

The conference is dedicated to the 70th birthday of professor Gennadi Vainikko

Main topics
* Modelling and Analysis of Problems of Mathematical Physics and Engineering
* Approximation Methods for Differential, Integral and Operator Equations
* Orthogonal Expansions, Wavelets and Splines
* Inverse and Ill-Posed Problems

The scientific program includes invited plenary talks (40 min) and
contributed talks (20 min).

Abstracts and Proceedings Authors should submit abstracts before March
1, 2008 by e-mail to Instructions and a
style file for the preparation of the abstracts are available at Selected papers of the conference
will be published in the Vol.14 of "Mathematical Modelling and
Analysis" (The Baltic Journal on Mathematical Applications, Numerical
Analysis and Differential Equations) All
papers will be peer-reviewed according standard rules of the journal.

Full registration and payment information will be given in the second
announcement and on our web-site.

Registration and abstract submission: March 1, 2008.
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2008.

Questions regarding MMA2008&AMOE2008 should be addressed to


From: Muhammed Syam <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 02:56:39 +0400
Subject: Conference on Mathematical Sciences in UAE University, Mar 2008

This academic year we organize the third international conference on
Mathematical Sciences ICM-2008, March 3-6, 2008, UAEU - Al-Ain, United
Arab Emirates. For more details, please see the site of the conference

Sincerely yours
Muhammed Syam
Chair of the Organizing Committee


From: Biswa Datta <>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 17:29:50 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Special Issue: Inverse Problems in Mech. Systems and Signal Processing

The Journal "Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing" will publish a
special issue on the subject of

"Inverse Problems in Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing".

The topics include
Active Vibration Control
Finite Element Model Updating
Damage Detection and Health Monitoring in Structures
Mechanical Signal Processing

The papers can be sent to either of the two editors :
Biswa Nath Datta
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Northern Illinois University
De Kalb, Illinois 60115 USA
E-mail :

John E. Mottershead
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, L69 3GH, UK.
E-mail :

According to the journal regulations, all papers will be peer reviewed.

he deadline for paper submission is : February 29, 2008

The authors wishing to contribute to this special issue are encouraged to
contact the editors about the details.


From: "C. T. Kelley" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 08:47:03 -0400
Subject: Tenure track position at NC State University

Department of Mathematics

Applications are invited for a tenure track assistant professorship in
the area of partial differential equations beginning Fall
2008. Candidates must have a PhD in the mathematical sciences, an
outstanding research program, a commitment to effective teaching at
the undergraduate and graduate levels and demonstrated potential for
excellence in both research and teaching. The Department of
Mathematics has strong research programs in both pure and applied
mathematics. Many members of the department participate in
interdisciplinary programs and research groups on campus and in the
broader Research Triangle community. More information about the
department can be found at

To submit your application materials, go to Include a vita, at least three letters of
recommendation, and a description of current and planned research.
You will then be given instructions to go to and complete a
Faculty Profile for the position.

Write to for questions concerning this

NC State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Employer. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to
sexual orientation. The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable
employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Applications
received by December 15th, 2007 will be given priority.


From: Qing Nie <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 09:18:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Postdoc in Quantitative Systems Biology at University of California, Irvine

Postdoctoral Scholar in Quantitative Systems Biology
at University of California, Irvine

The Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB) at
University of California, Irvine, is looking for two to four
postdoctoral fellows. Recently, UCI was awarded a National Center of
Excellence in Systems Biology by NIH. The successful candidates will
join a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, research community to
work on projects in systems biology.

Appointments will be effective on July 1, 2008. Early starting date is
possible. Instructions on the electronic application process can be
found at: . Under "Position Applying For",
select "Math/QSB". For further inquiry on the positions, please
contact Qing Nie (


From: "Robert D. Skeel" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 17:58:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Post-doc position at Purdue in computational molecular biophysics

A post-doctoral associate position in computational molecular
biophysics is available at Purdue University starting January
1st, 2008, though a later start date is possible. The position
requires a PhD degree in science or engineering and experience
and skills in computational science (preferably with some exposure
to molecular simulation).

The candidate is expected to contribute to a project on finding
transition paths of conformational change and binding and
calculating free energies of binding. They will work with Robert
Skeel, Computer Science (and Mathematics), in collaboration with
Carol Post, Medicinal Chemistry (and Biology).

More specifically, the work will involve one or two of the following
problems: devise a robust and efficient method for converging to a
generalized minimum free energy path, investigate automated selection
of collective variables, and develop practical methods for
calculating binding free energies. Emphasis is on techniques that
are practical for larger molecules (and are easy to parallelize).

Please send CV and names of 3 references to R. Skeel


From: George Biros <>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:34:35 -0400
Subject: Postoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania

Postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania.

A postdoctoral position is available on parallel algorithms for fast
summation methods and integral equation solvers. The goal of the
project is the integration of an existing fast-multipole code with
novel, octree-based, data structures and research and development for
algorithms for particulate flows. Such flows find applications in
microfluidics, biological flows, and industrial flows. The
postdoctoral researcher will have excellent collaborative
opportunities with a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary group
of researchers from applied mathematics, biochemistry, computer
science, and mechanics. The position is open for an initial duration
of 12 months, starting immediately, and will be renewable.

Applicants should have a strong background in computational and
applied mathematics. Experience in parallel computing is necessary.
If you're interested, please send a curriculum vitae and the names of
two referees to


From: evelyn rath <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 08:17:22 -0400
Subject: Position for University Assistent at Graz University

a "UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT" in applied mathematics (wissenschaftlicher
Mitarbeiter/Mitarbeiterin) is available, initially for a two year period. The
successful candidate should have a degree in mathematical sciences and a
strong background in applied mathematics, specifically continuous
optimization, numerical analysis and partial differential equations.
Interested candidates should visit the official job announcement
(page 39) and may contact Prof. Karl Kunisch ( for
further information.


From: Thomas Slawig <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 14:19:02 +0200
Subject: PostDoc Algorithmic Optimal Control/Data Assimilation Univ Kiel Germany

The Institute for Computer Science at the
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel invites applications for the
position of a Researcher (PostDoc) in the project CO2 uptake of the
ocean of the Excellence Cluster The Future Ocean (

The position is for two years, beginning January 2008, with the
opportunity for extension up to the end of 2011. The salary is
according to German TV-L group 13.

The main task is data assimilation/parameter optimization in nonlinear
geobiochemichal models for the ocean. Aim is to study the C02 uptake
of the ocean. These models are nonlinear transport equations that are
coupled to global ocean circulation models (Navier-Stokes equations).
For this purpose, either mathematical techniques of optimal control of
PDEs or more algorithmic-oriented approaches as Automatic
Differentiation of computer programs shall be applied. The successful
candidate owns a PhD in a discipline relevant to the project and has
experience in at least one of the following areas:

- Optimal control of PDEs
- Nonlinear optimization
- Data assimilation/Parameter optimization
- Algorithmic/Automatic Differentiation
- Simulation of geobiochemical processes or ocean circulation

Programming skills in Fortran or another comparable language are required.

Please send your application until Nov, 7th, 2007 to:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Slawig
Institut für Informatik
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
24098 Kiel
(email applications are welcome)


From: George Biros <>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 09:04:54 -0400
Subject: Postoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania

A postdoctoral position is available on inverse problems related to
brain-tumor growth and soft-tissue mechanics. The research focus will
be on the development and implementation of novel algorithmic
approaches that enable image-driven tumor evolution and its
interaction with surrounding tissue. The solvers will be integrated
with existing simulation systems that combine biophysical models with
multimodality image analysis tools and will be validated using
clinical images from animal and human studies.

The postdoctoral researcher will have excellent collaborative
opportunities with a diverse group of researchers in computational
science and engineering, applied mathematics, image analysis, and
neurosurgery. The position is open for an initial duration of 12
months, starting January 2008, and it will be renewable. The ideal
candidate should have a strong background in partial differential
equations and scientific computing.

If you're interested, please send a curriculum vitae and the names of
two referees to

George Biros
Christos Davatzikos


From: Joab Winkler <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 11:01:08 -0400
Subject: PhD studentship, polynomial equations, Sheffield University, England

PhD Studentship, multivariate polynomial equations, Department of Computer
Science, Sheffield University, Sheffield, England

A PhD studentship is available, starting before 31 July 2008, at The
Department of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield, England. The
studentship covers all the academic fees for UK and EU students, and 50% of
the academic fees for all other students. Living costs are not included in the

Candidates must have a good first degree in mathematics or a related subject
that has a substantial mathematical and computational component. The subject
area of the research is the solution of multivariate polynomial equations, and
the project involves theoretical analysis and computational implementation.

Please contact Dr Joab Winkler for more information.

Joab Winkler
Department of Computer Science
The University of Sheffield
Tel: +44 114 222 1834


From: Liz Martin <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 12:34:43 +0100
Subject: Contents, Nonlinearity, volume 20, issue 11, November 2007


Volume 20, Issue 11, November 2007

Individual articles are free for 30 days following their publication on
the web. This issue is available at: URL:



Slow observables of singularly perturbed differential equations
Zvi Artstein, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Marshall Slemrod and Edriss S Titi

Bifurcation analysis in a scalar delay differential equation
Junjie Wei

Almost periodic solutions for a class of higher-dimensional beam
Huawei Niu and Jiansheng Geng

Wave-type dynamics in ferromagnetic thin films and the motion of N\'eel
Antonio Capella, Christof Melcher and Felix Otto

Log-periodic drift oscillations in self-similar billiards
Felipe Barra, Nikolai Chernov and Thomas Gilbert

Metastability in interacting nonlinear stochastic differential equations:
I. From weak coupling to synchronization
Nils Berglund, Bastien Fernandez and Barbara Gentz

Metastability in interacting nonlinear stochastic differential equations:
II. Large-$N$ behaviour
Nils Berglund, Bastien Fernandez and Barbara Gentz

Approximation and asymptotics of dimension for some non-uniformly
hyperbolic interval maps with holes
Tomas Persson

Optimal bounds and blow-up criteria for a semi-linear accretive wave
M Jazar and Ch Messikh

Distributional chaos via semiconjugacy
Piotr Oprocha and Pawe\l Wilczy\'nski

Remarks on the magnetic helicity and energy conservation for ideal
Ensil Kang and Jihoon Lee

One-dimensional solitary waves in singular deformations of $SO(2)$
invariant two-component scalar field theory models
A Alonso Izquierdo and J Mateos Guilarte

Wavefunctions, Green functions and expectation values in terms of
spectral determinants
Martin Sieber


From: Oleg Burdakov <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 10:20:47 -0400
Subject: Contents, Optimization Methods and Software

Table of Contents
Optimization Methods and Software (OMS), Volume 22, Number 6 (December, 2007)

C. Meyer, U. Pruefert and F. Troeltzsch
On two numerical methods for state-constrained elliptic control problems

Gleb Beliakov
Smoothing Lipschitz functions

Michael Herty, Rene Pinnau, Mohammed Seaid
Optimal control in radiative transfer

Maria D. Gonzalez-Lima
Enhancing the behavior of interior-point methods via
identification of variables

Boban Marinkovic
Optimality conditions for a discrete optimal control problems

Gianpaolo Ghiani, Antonella Quaranta and Chefi Triki
New policies for the dynamic traveling salesman problem

Forthcoming papers and complete table of contents for the journal OMS:

Instructions for Authors and Online sample copy:

Discounted individual subscription:


Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 12:03:29 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Contents, Computational Methods and Function Theory


(Abstracts online available at

Computations in Moduli Spaces, Pages 309-324
A. B. Bogatyrev

Compact Differences of Composition Operators on Bloch and Lipschitz
Spaces, Pages 325-344
P. J. Nieminen

The Moduli Space of Rational Maps and Surjectivity of Multiplier
Representation, Pages 345-360
M. Fujimura

Boundary Behaviour of Functions in Weighted Dirichlet Spaces, Pages 361-370
F. Holland, B. Twomey

An Extension of Jack's Lemma to Polynomials of Fixed Degree, Pages 371-378
R. Fournier, M. Serban

Koebe Invariant Functions and Extremal Problems for Holomorphic
Mappings in the Unit Ball of C^n, Pages 379-399
J. A. Pfaltzgraff, T. J. Suffridge

On Normal Families of Quasiregular Mappings, Pages 401-413
S. Makhmutov, M. Vuorinen

Rational Maps with Fatou Components of Arbitrary Connectivity Number,
Pages 415-427
M. Stiemer

Strongly Annular Functions in Bergman Space, Pages 429-432
D. A. Redett

Integer-Valued Analytic Functions in a Half-Plane, Pages 433-442
J. K. Langley

Quaternions, Evaluation of Integrals and Boundary Value Problems,
Pages 443-476
A. Fokas, D. A. Pinotsis

On Shared-Value Properties of Painleve Transcendents, Pages 477-499
W. Lin, K. Tohge

Superposition Operators on Bloch-Type Spaces, Pages 501-507
W. Xu

Application of Functional Calculus to Complex Cauchy Problems, Pages 509-526
S. Rigat

Flatness Properies of Quasispheres, Pages 527-541
I. Prause

Universality Limits Involving Orthogonal Polynomials on the Unit
Circle, Pages 543-561
E. Levin, D. Lubinsky

The Distribution of Zeros of Finite Order Bank-Laine Functions, Pages
J. Meyer

Starlike Functions in the Hornich Space, Pages 573-582
M. Lamprecht

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