NA Digest Monday, December 31, 2007 Volume 07 : Issue 52

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Sandia National Labs

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From: Volker Mehrmann <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 19:15:52 -0500
Subject: Ralph Byers 1955-2007

Ralph Byers 1955-2007

After a long and hard fight against cancer, Ralph Byers passed away on
Saturday December 15.

Ralph received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from McGill
University in 1977 and his doctorate in Applied Mathematics from
Cornell University in 1983. He had been a professor of Mathematics at
Kansas University since 1987. Ralph was very well known for his work
in Numerical Linear Algebra, in particular on numerical methods for
eigenvalue and control problems.

Ralph was a very close friend of mine and I have worked intensively
with him for almost 25 years. He and his family spent two sabbaticals
in Germany at Bielefeld and Berlin and so did I at KU. We had many
mathematical projects going and we still talked mathematics just three
weeks ago.

Our community has lost a great scientist and many of us a very good friend.

Good Bye Ralph.


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 19:09:05 -0500
Subject: George Polya Prize, Nomination Deadline: Dec 31

December 31

The George Polya Prize honors the memory of George Polya and is given in
even-numbered years for notable contributions in two alternating
categories. The 2008 award will be given for a notable application of
combinatorial theory. The prize is broadly intended to recognize
specific recent work.

The award will be presented at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July 7
- 11, 2008, in San Diego, California. The award will consist of an
engraved medal and a $20,000 cash prize. Travel expenses to the award
ceremony will be provided by the prize fund.

Nominations, including a description of achievement(s), should be
addressed to Dr. Rolf Moehring, Chair, George Polya Prize and sent by
DECEMBER 31, 2007, to J. M. Littleton at Complete
calls for nominations for SIAM prizes can be found at Inquiries should be
addressed to


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 19:25:50 -0500
Subject: SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize, Nomination Deadline: Jan 15

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize -
January 15

The SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize (SIAG/OPT Prize) will be
awarded at the SIAM Conference on Optimization (OP08) to be held May
10-13, 2008, in Boston, Massachusetts. The SIAG/OPT Prize is awarded to
the author(s) of the most outstanding paper on a topic in optimization
published in English in a peer-reviewed journal. The eligibility period
is the four calendar years preceding the year of the conference.

Candidate papers must bear a publication date in the 2004-2007 calendar
years and must contain significant research contributions to the field
of optimization, as commonly defined in the mathematical literature,
with direct or potential applications.

The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the
citation. At least one of the prize recipients is expected to attend
the award ceremony and present the paper at the conference.

Nominations, including a letter of nomination and a bibliographic
citation of the paper, should be addressed to Professor Robert
Vanderbei, Chair, SIAG/OPT Prize Committee and sent by JANUARY 15, 2008,
to J. M. Littleton at Inquiries should be addressed
to Complete calls for nominations for SIAM prizes
can be found at


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 19:18:52 -0500
Subject: Richard C. DiPrima Prize, Nomination Deadline: Jan 15

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - Richard C. DiPrima Prize - January 15

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded every two years to a junior
scientist, based on an outstanding doctoral dissertation in applied

The prize will be awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July
7-11, 2008, in San Diego, California. The award consists of a
hand-calligraphed certificate and a cash prize of $1,000. Travel
expenses to the award ceremony will be provided by SIAM.

Candidates for the prize must have completed their doctoral
dissertations and all other requirements for their doctorates during the
period running from three years prior to the award date to one year
prior to the award date (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2007). The doctorate
must have been awarded at least eight months prior to the award date.
The requirements for the doctorate must have been equivalent to those
for an American doctorate.

Nominations, along with a copy of the dissertation, should be addressed
to Professor Jaroslav Stark, Chair, DiPrima Prize Selection Committee
and sent by JANUARY 15, 2008, to J. M. Littleton at
Complete calls for nominations for SIAM prizes can be found at Inquiries should be
addressed to


From: Jan S Hesthaven <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 12:52:12 -0500
Subject: New book, Nodal DG-FEM: Algorithms, Analysis and Applications

Nodal Discontinuous Galerkin Methods: Algorithms, Analysis, and Applications
Jan S Hesthaven and Tim Warburton
Springer Texts in Applied Mathematics 54, Springer Verlag, New York.
ISBN: 978-0-387-72065-4

This book offers an introduction to the key ideas, basic analysis, and
efficient implementation of discontinuous Galerkin finite element
methods (DG-FEM) for the solution of partial differential
equations. It is the first text on DG-FEM that covers both theoretical
developments, practical implementation aspects, and general
applications, and it is suitable both as a textbook and for self study
with exercises included at the end of most chapters.

The text covers all main theoretical results, including an overview of
relevant results from approximation theory, stability and convergence
theory for numerical partial differential equations, and orthogonal
polynomials. The book describes in more detail DG-FEM discretizations
for a number of classic systems of time dependent partial differential
equations: Maxwell's equations, Euler's equations, the incompressible
Navier-Stokes equations as well as the static Poisson and Helmholtz
equations. The formulations and associated analysis are provided in
detail for one- and two- dimensions computations on general finite
element meshes with high-order elements, both in terms of analysis and
through complete algroithms in embedded Matlab software. The essential
details and Matlab functions for three-dimensional computations are
included and briefly discussed. The three appendices contain an
overview of orthogonal polynomials and associated library routines
used throughout the text, a brief introduction to grid generation, and
an overview of the included Matlab software.

The embedded software as well as many other related resources are all
freely available at the associated webpage:


From: "Peter K. Sweby" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 16:13:54 -0000
Subject: One Day Workshop on Symmetry Preserving methods in CFD, Jan 2008

Please could you bring the following to the attention of any of your
colleagues/students who may be interested:
Symmetry Preserving Methods in CFD and Beyond
Monday 14th January 2008
Black Horse House
University of Reading
Discretisations of partial differential equations (PDEs) in CFD
introduce numerical errors. It is important to preserve the geometric
symmetry of a flow field when non-aligned meshes are used, such as
planar wave symmetry on an irregular grid, or axial symmetry on a
Cartesian grid. In practice the degree of asymmetry is controlled by the
choice of numerical scheme and the stencil.

The governing PDEs also admit a wider class of symmetries that leave
them invariant, such as scale invariance or self-similarity, with
geometric symmetry a subset.

The ICFD workshop will provide an opportunity to review and discuss
symmetry preserving methods in CFD (based upon traditional schemes) as
well as newer research from the Geometric Integration community.
Invited speakers include

Mike Baines (University of Reading)
Chris Budd (University of Bath)
Alan Dawes (AWE Aldermaston)
Peter Hydon (University of Surrey)
Ben Leimkuhler (University of Edinburgh)
Elizabeth Mansfield (University of Kent)

The workshop will take place at the University of Reading on Monday 14th
January 2008, starting at 10.00 am with coffee. For details please see


From: Roger Van Keer <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 16:13:21 +0100
Subject: Intl. conf. Advanced Computational Methods in Engineering, May 2008

ACOMEN 2008--last announcement/extended deadlines.

Dear Colleagues,

ACOMEN is an international conference on Advanced Computional Methods in

The next edition takes place at the University of Liege (Belgium)in May,
26-28, 2008.

Up to now about 100 abstracts have been received by the Organizing Committee

I have the pleasure to let you know that, on frequent demand by several
colleagues, the deadline for submission of a 1-page abstract is extended
to January 30, 2008.

Pleased find attached the updated flyer, with the new deadlines, the
list of agreed invited lecturers, etc.

The conference website is:

It would be very kind of you if you could distribute this message among
your research group. Many thanks in advance.

Hoping to receiving an abstract of you or your co-workers and looking
forward to meeting you at ACOMEN 2008, I remain,

Sincerely Yours,
Roger Van Keer
0.b.o. the Organizing Committee


From: Stanly Steinberg <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 13:41:58 -0500
Subject: Algebraic Biology Meeting, Summer 2008

The RISC Summer 2008 is a sequence of international scienfic events
that will be organized by the Research Institute for Symbolic
Computation (RISC) in the summer of 2008.

SCIEnce Training Event (July 7-20, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria)
The Third RISC/SCIEnce Training School in Symbolic Computation.
SCSS 2008 (July 12-13, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria)
Austrian-Japan Workshop on Symbolic Computation in Software Science
RTA 2008 (July 14-18, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria)
Rewriting Techniques and Applications.
ISSAC 2008 (July 20-23, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria)
International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation.
SFB-SC 2008 (July 24-26, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria)
Final Conference of the Special Research Area "Scientific Computing".
Aldor & Axiom Workshop 2008 (July 24-26, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria).
ACA 2008 (July 27-30, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria)
14th International Conference on Applications of Computer Algebra.
AB 2008 (July 31-August 2, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria)
Algebraic Biology.


From: MTNS 2008 <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 15:17:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 18th Intl. Symp. on Mathematical Theory of Networks & Systems, July 2008

Dear Colleagues,

This is the third announcement of the 18th International Symposium
on the Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2008), Virginia
Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, Monday July 28 to Friday August 1, 2008
(arrival date Sunday July 27).

The web site

is now open for submission of extended abstracts and
Special Session/Minicourse proposals.

To submit a Special Session or Minicourse (Session for short) proposal:

1. Prepare a short abstract (100 words or less)
in plain text to be pasted in the Submission Text box on the VT abstract
submission site.

2. Prepare an extended abstract describing the
Session theme together with a short abstract from each
Session participant. Collate all these into one PDF file to be
uploaded at the VT abstract submission site. In particular,
Session participants are requested to send their abstracts directly
to the Session organizer.

To submit a contribution for a Regular Session:

1. Prepare a short abstract (of 100 words or less) in plain text to be
pasted in the Submission Text box on the VT abstract submission site.

2. Prepare an extended abstract (PDF file) to be uploaded on the VT
abstract submission site.

The deadline for submission of a Session proposal or Regular Session
contribution is February 15. Session proposals and extended abstracts
for regular sessions will then be sent out for review and notification of
review decision by March
31 (March 15 b special request). Authors of accepted papers will then
be invited to submit a Full Paper for inclusion on the CD-ROM to be
handed out at the meeting.

For more detailed instructions and updated information, visit the
MTNS web site listed above. In particular, the Submission Page there
gives a link to the VT abstract submission page.

We look forward to your contribution toward the success of the MTNS 2008.


From: Temur Kutsia <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 15:21:48 +0100
Subject: CFP: Symbolic Computation in Software Science (SCSS), July 2008

SCSS 2008
July 12-13, 2008
RISC (Research Institute for Symbolic Computation)
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Castle of Hagenberg, Austria
A Workshop in the Frame of RISC Summer 2008

Symbolic Computation is the science of computing with symbolic
objects (terms, formulae, programs, representations of
algebraic objects etc.). Powerful symbolic algorithms have been
developed during the past decades like resolution proving,
model checking, provers for various inductive domains,
rewriting techniques, cylindric algebraic decomposition,
Groebner bases, characteristic sets, telescoping for recurrence
relations, etc.

* April 21, 2008: Deadline for paper submission.
* May 26, 2008: Notification.
* June 20, 2008: Full papers.
* July 12-13, 2008: Workshop.

Submissions (papers or extended abstracts) should be prepared
in LaTeX, formatted according to the Springer llncs style, and
should not exceed 15 pages. Preliminary proceedings will be
available at the workshop. At the workshop, it will be decided
whether a proceedings volume or a journal special issue with
full versions of selected papers will be published after the

Submission page at EasyChair:


From: Marcin Paprzycki <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 10:11:10 +0100
Subject: Call for Event Proposals -- IMCSIT 2008, Oct 2008

Dear Colleagues,

The 2008 International Multiconference on Computer Science and
Information Technology (IMCSIT 2008) will be held in Wisla, Poland from
October 19-21, 2008. It will consist of a number of Workshops,
Symposiums and Conferences (Events). Most of Events organized within the
IMCSIT 2007 will continue in 2008 (except for WAPL, which is going to be
a bi-annual event and will be back in 2009).

For list of Events that took place within IMCSIT 2007 (as well as all
other information about the 2007 Conference -- including its complete
Proceedings -- as well as proceedings form the 2006 and 2005 events)
please see

(this is still the 2007 WWW site, the new one will be operational on
January 31st, 2008 and its content will depend also on your response to
this Call for Proposals).

We would like to invite proposals of Events to be organized within the
IMCSIT 2008 framework.

An Event proposal should include following information:

1. Proposed title of the Event
2. Chair(s): name(s), affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail.
3. Call for paper of the Event (draft version).
4. Tentative list of Program Committee members.

Each Event will start to distribute its Call for Paper after receiving
the notification of acceptance. Papers submitted to each Event will
have to be reviewed by at least two reviewers each.

Let us note, that as it was the case lat year, Conference Proceedings,
consisting of papers accepted into all Events will be published on the
CD (e-proceedings; ISSN 1896-7094). It is then expected that Event
Organizers will arrange a high quality Journal(s) for publishing a
Special Issue consisting of extended versions of best papers presented
within their Event.

The !tentative! schedule of IMCSIT activities is as follows:

Module proposal submission due: January 15th, 2008
Paper submission due: May 31st, 2008
Acceptance notification: July 31st, 2008
Camera-ready papers due: September 1st, 2008
Conference: October 19-21, 2008

Please send your proposals to, and contact us in case of questions:

Dr Maria Ganzha
System Research Institute Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland

Dr Marcin Paprzycki
System Research Institute Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland


From: David Voss <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 20:35:53 -0500
Subject: Call for papers, IJCM Special Issue on Financial Derivatives

The International Journal of Computer Mathematics (IJCM) will publish
a special issue on Financial Derivatives with guest editors Abdul
Q.M. Khaliq (Middle Tennessee State University), Qin Sheng (Baylor
University), and David A. Voss (Western Illinois University). The aim
of this special issue is to highlight recent advances in modeling and
computation of financial derivatives. Visit the following link for
further information:


From: David Griffiths <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 12:44:10 +0000
Subject: AR Mitchell: IMAJNA Special Issue

The editors of IMAJNA have decided to publish a memorial issue of the
journal as a tribute to Ron Mitchell, who died on 22 November. He
served on the editorial board of the IMAJNA from its inception in 1979
to the time of the special issue for his 70th birthday in 1992. Ron
made enormous contributions to the numerical analysis of pdes, not
only through his published works, but also through his wide
collaborations and particularly in his encouragement of budding
numerical analysts.

Those wishing to submit a paper for this issue should contact either
of the guest editors (see below). The deadline for submission is April
15 and papers will be refereed in the usual manner.

David Griffiths (
Chus Sanz-Serna (


From: Kate Watt <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 10:18:35 +0000
Subject: Nonlinearity's First Open Problem Article Now Online

We are pleased to announce the publication of Nonlinearity's very first
Open Problem article in the January issue.

The inaugural Open Problem is entitled ?Turbulence transition in pipe
flow: some open questions? and is authored by Professor Bruno Eckhardt.
Open Problems are personal selections of problems and challenges, large
and small, from leaders in the field. To learn more about the brand new
series of Open Problems celebrating Nonlinearity?s 20th year, please read
the editorial by Nonlinearity's Editors-in-Chief, freely available from
the link at the end of this message.

In addition, a new invited article and the 2008 cover illustration article
are also now online. The invited article, ?Wigner's dynamical transition
state theory in phase space: classical and quantum? by Holger Waalkens,
Roman Schubert and Stephen Wiggins and the cover illustration article,
"Complexities of splashing" by R D Deegan, P Brunet and J Eggers, are
currently free to read.

To read any of these articles for free please visit the link below:

Kind regards,

Kate Watt
Publisher, Nonlinearity
IOP Publishing


From: Bao Weizhu <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 20:07:17 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Positions in scientific computing at National University of Singapore

Tenured, Tenure Track & Visiting Positions in Scientific Computing at
National University of Singapore

The Department of Mathematics at the National University of Singapore
(NUS) invites applications for tenured, tenure-track and visiting
(including post-doctoral) positions at all levels in the area of
scientific computing, beginning in August 2008.

NUS is a research intensive university that provides quality undergraduate
and graduate education. ?The Department of Mathematics, which is one of
the largest in the university, has about 70 faculty members and teaching
staff whose expertise cover major areas of contemporary mathematical

We seek promising scholars and established mathematicians with outstanding
track records in the area of scientific computing. The Department offers
internationally competitive salaries with start-up grants for research.
The teaching load is particularly light for young scholars, in an
environment conducive to research with ample opportunities for career

The Department plans to expand the research area of scientific computing
in the near future.

Application materials should be sent to
Search Committee
Department of Mathematics
National University of Singapore?
2 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117543
Republic of Singapore

In addition, applicants should submit electronically a PDF-file to
Inquires may also be sent to this link.
Please include the following supporting documentation in the application:

1. An American Mathematical Society Standard Cover Sheet;
2. A detailed CV including publications list;
3. A statement of research accomplishments and plan;
4. A statement (max. of 2 pages) of teaching philosophy and methodology.
Please attach evaluation on teaching from faculty members or students of
your current institution, where applicable;
5. At least three letters of recommendation including one which indicates
the candidate effectiveness and commitment in teaching.

Review process will begin at the end of November and will continue until
positions are filled.


From: "Krenz, Gary" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 17:11:47 -0600
Subject: Position at Marquette University

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science invites
applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in
Mathematics, to begin Fall 2008. A doctorate in Mathematics, Applied
Mathematics, Computational Science or related area is required by the
time of appointment. We seek strong candidates in all active research
areas of mathematics, with preference shown to those whose research
complements current Departmental research directions, particularly in
numerical analysis, computational statistics, and scientific
computing. We seek candidates with a proven record and interest in
scientific collaboration. Additional information on this position may
be obtained at

All applications must be received through Marquette University’s
electronic recruiting system, which can be accessed at:

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) current curriculum
vitae, (3) statement of research interests and any relevant
collaborative experience and interests, and (4) statement of teaching
philosophy. Additionally, applicants should arrange for three letters
of reference to be sent to the Department, either by email to:, or by mail to: Mathematics Hiring Committee,
Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Marquette
University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee WI USA 53201-1881.

Formal review of applicants will begin on January 15, 2008 and will
continue until the position is filled with an outstanding
candidate. Applications from minorities and those with disabilities
are particularly welcomed.


From: "Xiaoye S. Li" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 13:30:17 -0800
Subject: Postdoc position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


The Scientific Computing Group in the High Performance Computing
Research Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
( has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow to work
on the development of parallel numerical linear algebra algorithms
and their application to a variety of scientific areas of interest to
the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Specific emphasis is on large, sparse linear/nonlinear eigenvalue problems,
also of interest in sparse linear systems. The complete job description
can be viewed on our jobs website:

The High Performance Computing Research Department at Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory conducts research and development in mathematical
modeling, algorithm design, software implementation, and system
architectures. We collaborate directly with scientists, in fields
ranging from materials sciences to climate modeling to astrophysics,
to solve computational and data management problems. We also create
visualizations to help scientists gain new physical insights and
make the data more comprehensible.


From: Ronald Stoever <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 14:28:49 +0100
Subject: Postdoc position in inverse problems / image processing

Since 2004 the post-graduate program on Scientific Computing in
Engineering exists at the University of Bremen. In the upcoming second
period of this program, the university is offering (under the
condition of job release) a

postdoc position

for three years. The position shall be filled as soon as possible. The
salary will be set in accordance with the German public salary sale
TV-L E13.

Focus of this post-graduate program is the development and
introduction of new innovative methods in scientific computing to the
fields of materials science, process technologies, micro electronics,
and optimal control of satellites. Utilizing mathematical modelling
and numerical simulation, problems will be tackled that cannot be
solved by classical engineering methods alone. This research program
is strongly coupled with a lecture program in engineering and applied
mathematics that aims at a profound education for a career in science
or industry.

The candidate for the postdoc position is expected to actively
participate in the research and the lecture program as well as in the
organization of the PhD program. The opportunity of independent
research, preferably in the field of inverse problems or image
processing, in an excellent and stimulating working environment is
additionally given.

Send your application before February 1st, 2008, to the director of
the program Prof. Dr. Peter Maass. For more information, especially on
the participating research groups, and for the details of the
application procedure (requested profile of the candidate, necessary
documents, and address), please visit


From: "Prof. Carsten Carstensen" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 09:38:53 -0500
Subject: Head of Junior Research Group for Numerical Analysis

The DFG Research Center MATHEON "Mathematics for key technologies: Modelling,
simulation and optimization of real-world processes", and the Department of
Mathematics of the Humboldt-University Berlin are inviting applications for
the position of the

Head of Junior Research Group for Numerical Analysis
(postdoctoral research fellow)
or guest professorship (in case of equivalent qualification)
Several fields of Numerical Analysis at the heart of many mathematical
simulations in current key technologies involve ordinary, partial stochastic
differential equations, or variational inequalities and their computation. The
head of the junior research group should be an expert in an area of Numerical
Analysis and Scientific Computing and should also have expertise in at least
one of the application areas of the DFG Research Center MATHEON. He/She should
be interested in cooperating with engineers and scientists as well as
industrial practitioners and be ready to engage in applied projects and to
collaborate within the research center.
For the position of the head of junior research group, the DFG Research Center
MATHEON is looking for junior scientists who have proven their scientific
independence and who are building up their own research program. The initial
contract duration will be until May 31, 2010. After a positive evaluation, an
extension of the contract for a total of 6 years is possible. The position
includes funds to hire a research assistant, plus money for travel and
visitors. Salary will be on the BAT Ib level and, assuming appropriate
qualification, the position can be upgraded to a guest professorship.
An intensive participation in the running of the Research Center and in the
scientific training of the younger researchers in the Center will be expected.
The University envisages to ensure equal opportunity for men and women,
applications from female candidates with the advertised qualifications are
explicitly solicited. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent
qualifications will be given preferential treatment.
For further information see
Please send your written application and the usual documents (reference number
FO- to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. C. Carstensen, Institut
für Mathematik, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin.
Closing date for applications: 3 weeks after publication


From: Ronald Stoever <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 14:35:39 +0100
Subject: 12 PhD scholarships in scientific computing in engineering

Since 2004 the post-graduate program on Scientific Computing in
Engineering exists at the University of Bremen. In the upcoming second
period of this program, the university is offering

12 scholarships for PhD students (1024,- Euros/month, tax free) for
three years.

Focus of this research program is the development and introduction of
new innovative methods in scientific computing to the fields of
materials science, process technologies, micro electronics, and
optimal control of satellites. Utilizing mathematical modelling and
numerical simulation, problems will be tackled that cannot be solved
by classical engineering methods alone.
This research program is strongly coupled with a lecture program in
engineering and applied mathematics that aims at a profound education
for a career in science as well as in industry.

The scholarships will remain open until filled. Send your application
as soon as possible to the director of the program Prof. Dr. Peter
Maass. For more information, especially on the participating research
groups, and for the details of the application procedure (requested
profile of the candidate, necessary documents, and address), please


From: Communications in Math Sciences <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 10:08:12 -0600
Subject: Contents, Comm Math Sci. Vol 5, No. 4, 2007

Communications in Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Vol 5, No. 4, December 2007
Table of Contents

Full articles are online at

* Stability of steady states in kinetic Fokker-Planck equations for Bosons
and Fermions
Lukas Neumann and Christof Sparber

* Finite difference solutions of the nonlinear Schrodinger equation and
their conservation of physical quantities
Clemens Heitzinger, Christian Ringhofer and Siegfried Selberherr

* Construction and validation of a rigorous surface hopping algorithm for
conical crossings
Caroline Lasser, Torben Swart and Stefan Teufel

* Weak shock waves for the general discrete velocity model of the Boltzmann
Niclas Bernhoff and Alexander Bobylev

* Instability of marginally stable streamwise varying shear flow to long
rossby waves
Daniel Hodyss and Terrence R. Nathan

* On the well-posedness of the linear peridynamic model and its convergence
towards the Navier equation of linear elasticity
Etienne Emmrich and Olaf Weckner

* The Riemann problem for the shallow water equations with discontinuous
Philippe G. LeFloch and Mai Duc Thanh

* On quantum hydrodynamic and quantum energy transport models
Pierre Degond, Samy Gallego and Florian Mehats

* New entropy estimates for the Oldroyd-B model, and related models
D. Hu and T. Lelievre

* Steady states and their stability of homogeneous, rigid, extended nematic
polymers under imposed magnetic fields
Guanghua Ji, Qi Wang, Pingwen Zhang, Hongyun Wang and Hong Zhou

* Analysis of optimal boundary control for radiative heat transfer modeled
by the SP1--system
Rene Pinnau

* Interpolation between logarithmic Sobolev and Poincarein equalities
Anton Arnold, Jean-Philippe Bartier and Jean Dolbeault

* Empirical evaluation of a sub-linear time sparse DFT algorithm
M.A. Iwen, A. Gilbert and M. Strauss

* A sub-linear scaling algorithm for computing the electronic structure
of materials
Carlos J Garcia-Cervera, Jianfeng Lu and Weinan E

* Seamless multiscale modeling of complex fluids using fiber bundle dynamics
Weiqing Ren


From: Claude Brezinski <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:22:38 +0100
Subject: Contents, Numerical Algorithms - Vol. 46, Issue 4

Numerical Algorithms
Contents of Volume 46, Issue 4

UPML formulation for truncating conductive media in curvilinear coordinates
R.M. S. Oliveira, Carlos Leonidas S. S. Sobrinho
Pages 295 - 319

On the cubic L1 spline interpolant to the heaviside function
P. Auquiert, O. Gibaru, E. Nyiri
Pages 321 - 332

P-stable exponentially-fitted Obrechkoff methods of arbitrary order for
second-order differential equations
M. Daele, G. Vanden Berghe
Pages 333 - 350

Efficient algorithms for generalized algebraic Bernoulli equations based
on the matrix sign function
Sergio Barrachina, Peter Benner, Enrique S. Quintana-Ortí
Pages 351 - 368

Periodization strategy may fail in high dimensions
Frances Y. Kuo, Ian H. Sloan, Henryk Wosniakowski
Pages 369 - 391


From: "Kreinovich, Vladik" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 10:55:33 -0700
Subject: Contents, Reliable Computing, Vol. 13, issue 6, 2007

Reliable Computing
Volume 13, issue 6, 2007

Mathematical Research

Determining the Positive Definiteness Margin of Interval Matrices
Lubomir V. Kolev

Computing Population Variance and Entropy under Interval Uncertainty:
Linear-Time Algorithms
Gang Xiang, Martine Ceberio, Vladik Kreinovich

Computing the Pessimism of Inclusion Functions
Gilles Chabert, Luc Jaulin


From: Claude Brezinski <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 07:53:06 +0100
Subject: Contents, Numerical Algorithms - Vol. 43, Issue 3

Numerical Algorithms - Vol. 43, Issue 3
Table of contents

Numerical solutions of integral and integro-differential equations
using Legendre polynomials
A. H. Khater, A. B. Shamardan, D. K. Callebaut, M. R. A. Sakran
Pages195 - 218

A method for indefinite integration of oscillatory and singular functions
P. Keller
Pages 219 - 251

A note on generalized averaged Gaussian formulas
M. Spalevic
Pages 253 - 264

Non-uniform exponential tension splines
T. Bosner, M. Rogina
Pages 265 - 294


From: Lothar Reichel <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 10:21:40 -0500
Subject: Contents, ETNA, vol. 26

Table of Contents, Electronic Transactions on Numerical Analysis (ETNA),
vol. 26, 2007. ETNA is available at and at several
mirror sites. ETNA is in the extended Science Citation Index and the
CompuMath Citation Index.

i-xi Table of contents and abstracts

1-33 Ralph Byers, Volker Mehrmann, and Hongguo Xu
A structured staircase algorithm for skew-symmetric/symmetric pencils

34-54 Leszek Marcinkowski
An additive Schwarz method for mortar Morley finite element
discretizations of 4th order elliptic problem in 2D

55-81 S. Asvadurov, V. Druskin, and S. Moskow
Optimal grids for anisotropic problems

82-102 Drahoslava Janovska and Gerhard Opfer
Computing quaternionic roots by Newton's method

103-120 Hyea Hyun Kim
A FETI-DP preconditioner for mortar methods in three dimensions

121-145 H. Fassbender
The parametrized SR algorithm for Hamiltonian matrices

146-160 Xuemin Tu
A BDDC algorithm for flow in porous media with a hybrid finite
element discretization

161-177 Peter Stange, Andreas Griewank, and Matthias Bollhoefer
On the efficient update of rectangular LU-factorizations subject to
low rank modifications

178-189 Albrecht Boettcher and Daniel Potts
Probability against condition number and sampling of multivariate
trigonometric random polynomials

190-208 Laurent O. Jay and Dan Negrut
Extensions of the HHT-α method to differential-algebraic equations
in mechanics

209-227 Michele Benzi and Bora Ucar
Block triangular preconditioners for M-matrices and Markov chains

228-242 Sang Dong Kim
Piecewise bilinear preconditioning of high-order finite element

243-269 Raf Vandebril, Nicola Mastronardi, and Marc Van Barel
Solving linear systems with a Levinson-like solver

270-284 Ramiro Acevedo and Rodolfo Rodríguez
Analysis of the A, V - A - \psi potential formulation for the eddy
current problem in a bounded domain

285-298 Sabine Le Borne and Suely Oliveira
Joint domain-decomposition H-LU preconditioners for saddle point

299-311 Tony F. Chan, Ke Chen, and Jamylle L. Carter
Iterative methods for solving the dual formulation arising from
image restoration

312-319 Germain E. Randriambelosoa
Polynomial best constrained degree reduction in strain energy

320-329 Natacha Fontes, Janice Kover, Laura Smithies, and Richard S. Varga
Singular value decomposition normally estimated Gersgorin sets

330-349 J. M. Tang and C. Vuik
Efficient deflation methods applied to 3-D bubbly flow problems

350-384 Juan Galvis and Marcus Sarkis
Non-matching mortar discretization analysis for the coupling
Stokes-Darcy equations

385-420 Peter Kunkel and Volker Mehrmann
Stability properties of differential-algebraic equations and
spin-stabilized discretizations

421-438 Gabriel N. Gatica
An augmented mixed finite element method for linear elasticity with
non-homogeneous Dirichlet conditions

439-452 Joris Van Deun
Electrostatics and ghost poles in near best fixed pole rational

453-473 Petr Tichy, Joerg Liesen, and Vance Faber
On worst-case GMRES, ideal GMRES, and the polynomial numerical hull
of a Jordan block

474-483 Neville J. Ford and Patricia M. Lumb
Theory and numerics for multi-term periodic delay differential
equations: small solutions and their detection

Volume 26 is ETNA's regular volume for 2007. ETNA volume 27 on "Difference
Equations and Special Functions" also has been published in 2007. Papers for
a special volume dedicated to Gene Golub and a special volume on Applied Linear
Algebra are presently being published.


From: Tim Davis <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 14:15:25 -0500
Subject: Ode to a Matrix

(The last posting of this was inadvertently
truncated and did not have the link).

Many NA Digest readers may be familiar with "Ode to a Haggis," by Robert
Burns, one of Iain Duff's favorite poets. I've translated the poem from
Scots into a more accessible dialect: Sparse-Matrese. Below is an
excerpt that might whet your appetite ... for both the poem, and a haggis
(oatmeal and entrails boiled in a sheep stomach, which tastes much better
than it sounds). For the complete poem, a glossary, and audio recordings
of both variants, see:

Ode to a Haggis, by Robert Burns (first 2 stanza only)

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin-race !
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang 's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o' need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

Ode to a Matrix, by Tim Davis (first 2 stanzas only)

Fair fa' your sparsest frontal mats,
Great chieftain o' the matrix-ranks !
Aboon them a' ye tak your fill,
Permute, factor, tril.
Weel are ye wordy of an ode
As lang 's Duff's code.

The groaning memory there ye fill,
Your cliques 's like a huge frontil,
Your pinv wad help find rank until
Iain's code ye need,
While thro' your cores diags distil
Like Iain's beard.

End of NA Digest