NA Digest Sunday, April 20, 2008 Volume 08 : Issue 16

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Tamara G. Kolda
Sandia National Labs

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From: Joseph Traub <>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:42:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 2008 Prize in Information-Based Complexity


The recipient of the 2008 IBC prize is Anargyros Papageorgiou, Department
of Computer Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. The prize consists
of $3000 and a plaque. The award will be presented at the Seminar on
Algorithms and Complexity for Continuous Problems,
Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, in September 2009.

This annual prize is given for outstanding contributions to
information-based complexity.


From: David Wu <>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 08:28:34 -0400
Subject: Terlaky Named Lehigh ISE Chair

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Tamás Terlaky will be appointed the
new chair of the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and
the George N. and Soterial Kledaras Chair Professor at Lehigh
University. His appointment takes effect on August 11, 2008.

Tamás Terlaky is a world renowned scholar who has made critical
contributions to key fields in operations research and systems
engineering, including computational optimization, interior point
methods of mathematical programming, continuous optimization, and high
performance computing. He has published more than 120 refereed journal
papers, four books, and eight edited volumes and special issues. He is
recognized as an academic leader not only in North America, but also in
Europe and Asia.

Tamás will join Lehigh from his current position as the Director of
School of Computational Engineering and Science at McMaster University
in Hamilton, Canada. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Optimization
and faculty appointments in the Department of Computing and Software,
the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before joining McMater, he was on
the Faculty of Technical Mathematics and Informatics at Delft University
of Technology, the Netherlands.

Tamás is recognized as the Doctor of Science by the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences in 2006, and he is a fellow of the Fields Institute. He
received his Doctor of Natural Sciences from Lor´and Eötvös University
in Budapest, Hungary in 1981.

I am confident that Tamás’s experience and talents will prove as
valuable to the ISE department and the Lehigh community as they have to
McMaster and Delft. Professor Terlaky will succeed Greg Tonkay, who has
served as interim ISE chair since fall 2007.


S. David Wu
Iacocca Professor and Dean
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Lehigh University


From: Simplexar Support <>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 12:06:28 -0400
Subject: Simplexar Statsar v1.0.1 Released

Simplexar Software, a leading provider of software technology and
consultancy, has made v1.0.1 of the Statsar Statistics library available for
download from the company's web site: The Statsar
statistics library allows you to add high-performance statistics
calculations to your .NET platform applications. The object-oriented library
was designed and implemented by numerical experts with proven expertise in
the financial industry.

Providing a simple and intuitive object model, the library allows you to
rapidly analyze your data by importing familiar data objects such as ADO.NET
data tables. A powerful and robust CSV reader is also included with the
component, allowing you to work with existing data files. Bind to virtually
any data source including standard data objects, arrays, lists or your own
object model.

Sort and reorder data according to complex criteria. Multiple data filters
are included, providing a powerful way to remove unwanted or missing values.
Descriptive statistics: count, sum, min, max, mean, mode, median, standard
deviation and variance. Ranks, percentiles and interquartile range. Central
moments: skew and kurtosis. Multiple probability distributions including:
binomial, negative binomial, Laplace, Poisson, chi-squared, beta, gamma, F,
normal, lognormal and student's T. Random number generators including
Mersenne twister pseudorandom numbers. Linear regression with least squares
minimization. T-test, Z-test, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test including one sample
and two sample testing. Anaylsis of variance (ANOVA) including RANOVA and
one way and two way testing. Calculating statistics with the Statsar library
is easy and you can get started in a few minutes. The download includes a
user guide, reference manual and over 25 examples in C# and VB.NET. An
evaluation download copy is available at:

For more information, please visit:


From: "Julie Haenisch" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 13:43:53 -0400
Subject: New Books from Princeton University Press

Algebraic Curves over a Finite Field
J.W.P. Hirschfeld, G. Korchmáros & F. Torres

This book provides an accessible and self-contained introduction to the
theory of algebraic curves over a finite field, a subject that has been of
fundamental importance to mathematics for many years and that has essential
applications in areas such as finite geometry, number theory,
error-correcting codes, and cryptology. Unlike other books, this one
emphasizes the algebraic geometry rather than the function field approach to
algebraic curves.

Read Chapter 1 online at:

Introduction to Differential Equations with Dynamical Systems
Stephen L. Campbell & Richard Haberman

Many textbooks on differential equations are written to be interesting to
the teacher rather than the student. Introduction to Differential Equations
with Dynamical Systems is directed toward students. This concise and
up-to-date textbook addresses the challenges that undergraduate mathematics,
engineering, and science students experience during a first course on
differential equations. And, while covering all the standard parts of the
subject, the book emphasizes linear constant coefficient equations and
applications, including the topics essential to engineering students.
Stephen Campbell and Richard Haberman--using carefully worded derivations,
elementary explanations, and examples, exercises, and figures rather than
theorems and proofs--have written a book that makes learning and teaching
differential equations easier and more relevant.

Impossible?: Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums
Julian Havil

"Julian Havil's Impossible? is a superb discussion of problems easily
understood by a high schooler, yet with solutions so counterintuitive as to
seem impossible. Topics include the notorious Monty Hall three-door problem,
the Gamow-Stern elevator paradoxes, the Kruskal count card trick, Cantor's
'paradise' of alephs, and the mind-blowing Banach-Tarski paradox, all
analyzed in depth by a master who does not hold back equations that provide
elegant proofs. There are surprises on almost every page."--Martin Gardner

Read a sample chapter online, click here:

Nonplussed!: Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas
Julian Havil

"In Nonplussed!, his new book of fascinating discussions of mathematical
questions, Julian Havil's literary signature is evident even without seeing
his name on the cover. The presentation always displays his strong ability
to weave together the historical with what is often a surprising
mathematical twist, even for those problems that have been around long
enough to be called classic. Nonplussed! will be a classic, too."--Paul J.
Nahin, author of Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula

Read a sample chapter online, click here:


From: Michael Gschwind <>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 10:19:20 -0400
Subject: 2008 ACM Computing Frontiers, Italy, May 2008

Call for Participation
2008 ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers
(Computing Frontiers 2008)
Ischia, Italy
May 5-7, 2008

The increasing needs of present and future computation-intensive
applications have stimulated research in new and innovative approaches
to the design and implementation of high-performance computing
systems. These boundaries between state of the art and innovation
constitute the computing frontiers that must be pushed forward to
provide the computational support required for the advancement of all
science domains and applications. This conference focuses on a wide
spectrum of advanced technologies and radically new solutions; it is
designed to foster communication among many scientific and
technological disciplines.

Keynote Talks: Keshav Pingali, UT Austin, Data-parallel Abstractions
for Irregular Programs; Valentina Salapura, IBM Watson, Scaling Up
Next Generation Supercomputers; Raffaele Tripiccione, U Ferrara,
JANUS: Reconfigurable High-Performance Computing for Physics

Workshops: "Memory Access on Future Processors: A Solved Problem?",
"Radiation Effects and Fault Tolerance in Nanometer"


From: Dominique Ballarin <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:06:22 -0400
Subject: Numerical Analysis of SPDEs, Zurich, May 2008

Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Stochastic PDEs (NASPDE) at ETH Zurich
Friday, 16 May 2008, 13.00 - 18.00 h
Saturday, 17 May 2008, 09.00 - 17.00 h

The purpose of the NASPDE workshop includes
- review of progress in mathematical (re)formulation of PDEs accomodating for
random inputs of white noise type as well as with correlations
- review of engineering applications of sPDEs
- investigation of the well-posedness and stochastic regularity of SPDEs
- numerical analysis and computer implementation of efficient numerical
solution methods for sPDEs

Invited speakers: A list of confirmed invited speakers, each
contributing a 45min presentation on their work related to NASPDE, is
published at

Organization: The NASPDE 2008 workshop is organized by the Seminar for
Applied Mathematics of ETH Zurich and will take place at ETH's main

Registration: Registration is OPEN - Registration deadline: 8 May 2008
To have an estimate of the expected attendance, you are required to
register for this workshop. A small registration fee to cover coffee
breaks and expenses is charged. More informations and the
registration form can be found on

Contact: If you need to contact the organizers of the workshop, please
send an email to


From: "Kirsten Wilden" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:26:46 -0400
Subject: SIAM Conf on Imaging Science (IS08), San Diego, Jul 2008

SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS08),
being held jointly with the 2008 SIAM Annual Meeting
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California
July 7-9, 2008

Invited Speakers:
Joint Plenary Speaker
Jean-Michel Morel, ENS Cachan, France

Invited Topical Speakers
John Etgen, BP America
Jeffrey Fessler, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mila Nikolova, Centre de Mathématiques et de Leurs Applications, France
Lenny Rudin, Cognitech Inc.
Lars Ulander, Swedish Defense Research Agency, Sweden
Andrew Zisserman, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Registration is Now Available!

Pre-Registration Deadline: June 9, 2008
Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 9, 2008

Registration and the preliminary program for this conference are
available at:

For additional information, contact the SIAM Conference Department at


From: "Alan.Hegarty" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:16:37 +0100
Subject: Boundary & Interior Layers: Comp. & Asymptotic Methods, Ireland, Jul 2008

BAIL 2008 - International Conference on Boundary and Interior Layers -
Computational & Asymptotic Methods
University of Limerick, Ireland
July 28th to August 1st, 2008

Deadline for early registration: May 19th

While the formal deadline for submission of abstracts has passed, the
organising committee will continue to consider for acceptance
abstracts which are submitted until further notice.

Confirmed main speakers:
Pierre Degond, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
Andrew Fowler, University of Limerick
Endre Süli, University of Oxford
Lutz Tobiska, Otto von Guericke Universität

All aspects of computational and analytical methods for boundary and
interior layers, and singular perturbation problems are welcome.
Special emphasis is laid on the mathematical foundation of such
methods. Topics in any scientific field (fluid mechanics,
semiconductor modelling, control theory, aero- and hydrodynamics,
chemical kinetics, etc) in which boundary and interior layers occur
are welcome.

This is the latest in a series of BAIL conferences that began in
1980. To get a sense of the spirit of BAIL 2008, see the details of
the BAIL 2006 Göttingen conference at

Further details on webpage


From: Tsorng-Whay Pan <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:07:20 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: International Conference on Modeling and Simulation, China, Jul 2008

International Conference on Modeling and Simulation
Xi'an, China, July 9-12, 2008

Call for Participation

We are pleased to invite you to participate the International Conference
on Modeling and Simulation, Xi'an, China, July 9 to 12, 2008 (ICMS2008).
The conference will be held at the Xi'an Jiaotong University.

The main goal of ICMS2008 is to enhance and facilitate contacts and
dialogs between specialists of different domains dealing with modeling and
simulation so that new concepts can be discovered and new methodologies
can express their power.

There are limited travel support for US-based junior researchers
available. The deadline for application is May 1, 2008. Please enter the
following conference web page to file application at the registration:


From: John R Whiteman <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 11:27:14 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Conf on The Legacy of John Crank, Brunel University, UK, Jul 2008

A Two Day Meeting on The Legacy of John Crank
Developments in Time Dependent PDE's, Diffusion and Free Boundary Problems
10 - 11 July 2008, Brunel University, UK

A two day meeting will be held at BICOM, Brunel University to consider the
influence that the work of John Crank has had on the numerical solution of
time dependent PDE's, on the modelling of diffusive processes and on free
boundary problems

The programme, consisting of invited talks and poster sessions, will
cover three themes: The numerics of time dependent PDE's, time
stepping methods, diffusive equations; diffusive models, reaction
diffusion equations,non-Fickian diffusion, industrial, biological and
social science applications; free boundary problems, Stefan problems,
industrial, biological and finance applications.

Students: Some funding is available to support research students studying
at universities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, who do not have
other means of support. Students receiving this support will be expected
to present poster papers.

Invited Speakers: John Barrett (Imperial College, UK), Henri
Berestycki (EHESS, France), Pierluigi Colli (University of Pavia,
Italy), Gerd Dziuk (University of Freiberg, Germany), David Edwards
(University of Delaware, USA), Karl-Heinz Hoffman (TU Munich,
Germany), John King (University of Nottingham, UK), Andrew Lacey
(Heriot Watt University, UK), Omar Lakkis (University of Sussex, UK),
Mario Primicerio (University of Florence, Italy), William Shaw (King's
College, UK), Jurgen Sprekels (Weierstrass Institute Berlin, Germany),
Mary Wheeler (University of Texas at Austin, USA)


From: Ana Luisa Custodio <>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 17:24:58 +0100
Subject: Calculus of Variations and its Applications, Lisbon, Sep 2008

September 8-10, 2008
Lisbon, Portugal
Departamento de Matematica, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Center for International Mathematics

The aim of this event is to promote the scientific exchange of ideas
and methods in such a broad and useful area as the Calculus of
Variations. With the goal of applications to different areas such as
Mathematics, Mechanics, Engineering, Economy, Finances, Chemistry,
Biology, just to name a few, models and methods have been developed,
with apparent different languages but that are susceptible of an
unified analytical and numerical treatment.

Taking into account the most recent developments in this area of
Mathematics, we wish to address problems associated with Partial
Differential Equations, Optimal Control, Finite or Infinite Dimension
Optimization, Shape Optimization in Structural Engineering, together
with the associated computational aspects.

Invited and contributed presentations (of 20 minutes) will be
scheduled during the three days. Participants who wish to present a
talk are invited to submit a title and an abstract to
<> by no later than June
30, 2008. Notification of acceptance will occur before July 15, 2008.

Additional information regarding registration, contributed talks,
deadlines, accommodation etc. is available from the conference web


From: Le Thi Hoai An <>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 13:13:17 +0200
Subject: Modelling, Computation and Optimization (MCO'08), France, Sep 2008

Modelling, Computation and Optimization in Information Systems and
Management Sciences (MCO'08)
September 8-10, 2008, Metz, France - Luxembourg

You are invited to deliver/organize a talk/special sessions on your
related research areas in one of the following topics :
Area 1 : Optimization and Decision Making
Area 2: Data Mining Theory, Systems and Applications
Area 3: Computer Vision and Image Processing
Area 4 : Computer Communications and Networks
Area 5 : Optimization and Search techniques for Security, Reliability,

The refereed Proceedings of MCO'08 will include all papers accepted
for the conference and will be published in a Book series of
Springer. Authors of accepted papers are invited to submit a longer
version of their work to be published in two Special Issues of
International Journals : Computational and Management Science and
Computational Optimization and Applications.

To submit the paper in PDF or PS format (limited to 10 pages), please
use the Latex style of Springer that can be downloaded from :

You may be advised of the important dates :
Special session submission May 1, 2008
Paper Submission : May 18, 2008
Author Notification : June 15, 2008
Early registration : July 5, 2008
Last version of accepted papers : July 10, 2008
Conference Dates : September 8 to 10, 2008
Paper submission to special issues : November 30, 2008

For further informations, you will find the first announcement and the
flyer of the conference at this address :


From: Daniel Potts <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 06:11:26 -0400
Subject: Summer School on Applied Analysis in Chemnitz (Germany),Sep 2008

Summer School on Applied Analysis
September 22-26, 2008, Chemnitz, Germany

The summer school is devoted to applied analysis. The courses, focusing on
different aspects of applied analysis, will take place Monday-Friday during
the entire week. It is meant for training of undergraduate students, Ph.D.
students and young post-doc researchers. The registration is free, but we may
limit the number of participants if necessary.

There will be five general lectures given by the following speakers.
The topics and speakers of the lectures will be

Prof. Dr. Hermann Brunner:
Theory and Numerical Analysis of Volterra Functional Equations
Dr. Karla Rost:
Structured matrices
Prof. Dr. Winfried Sickel:
The Smolyak Algorithm and Tensor Products of Function Spaces
Prof. Dr. Bernd Silbermann:
100 years Galerkin method: Historical Notes
Prof. Dr. Manfred Tasche:
Phase Retrieval Problems

Further information and online registration is
available on the website:


From: Michael Gschwind <>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 09:45:39 -0400
Subject: CFP: High Performance Computing on Cell B.E. Processors

Special Issue of Scientific Programming

High performance computing aims at maximizing the performance of grand
challenge problems such as protein folding and accurate real time
weather prediction. Where in the past, performance improvements were
obtained by aggressive frequency scaling using microarchitecture and
manufacturing techniques, technology limits require future performance
improvements be obtained from exploiting parallelism with a multi-core
design approach. The Cell Broadband Engine is an exciting new
execution platform answering this design challenge for
compute-intensive applications that reflects both the requirements of
future computational workloads and manufacturing constraints. The
Cell B.E. is a heterogeneous chip multiprocessor architecture with
compute accelerators achieving in excess of 200 GFlop per chip.

To exploit multicore systems, algorithms and compilers will have to
turn toward concurrency in their software. By doing so, it is possible
to reap its high-performance computing capabilities. To address this
challenge, algorithm designers must conceive of new ways and new
algorithms to replace software optimized for previous generations of
systems. In the broadest sense, the notion of algorithm designers
includes programmers, library generation systems, and compilers.

Accordingly, we issue a call for papers to address the issues that are
raised for multicore architectures with particular emphasis on the
Cell B.E. architecture, and including Cell BE-based heterogeneous
systems at extreme-scale.
Topics of particular interest are, but are not restricted to:
* Application studies
* New algorithms for use with parallel SIMD architectures
* Data organization and layout for memory, local stores and SIMD vector
register files
* New algorithms for exploitation of explicitly managed memory hierarchies
and high performance memory transfer and streaming engines
* Numeric libraries, autotuners and computation frameworks for the Cell
Broadband Engine
* Tools for performance analysis and visualization of processing intensive
* Linear algebra methods
* Studies of novel computationally intensive application areas, their
characteristics and mapping to computer accelerators
* Code optimization studies
* Cell BE-based heterogeneous systems at extreme-scale

May 15, 2008 Deadline for submission of papers
August 2008 Notification of acceptance/rejection
September 2008 Camera ready versions due
Late 2008 Publication of the special issue

Authors are encouraged to submit high quality, original work that has
neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by other journals. The
manuscript must follow the formatting instructions found at the
Scientific Programming site
The papers for this special issue must be submitted directly as a PDF file
via email to Submissions will preferably be
formatted using single column, double space format and not exceed 35 pages.

Michael Gschwind, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Fred Gustavson, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Jan Prins, U North Carolina

Paolo Bientinesi, Duke U
Daniel A. Brokenshire, IBM
Jack Dongarra, U. Tennessee
Adolfy Hoisie, LANL
Darren Kerbyson, LANL
Mike Kistler, IBM Research
Keshav Pingali, UT Austin
Boleslaw Szymanski, RPI
Mateo Valero, UPC and BSC
Jerzy Wasniewski, TU Denmark


From: Claude Brezinski <>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 09:38:07 +0200
Subject: Special volume of Numerical Algorithms dedicated to Gene H. Golub

Dear reader,

we remind you that the journal "Numerical Algorithms" will publish a
special volume dedicated to the memory of our friend and colleague
Prof. Gene H. Golub.

Only high quality papers not submitted or published elsewhere will be
considered. The subject of the paper has not necessarily to be
related to Gene's work.

Submissions have to be made through the electronic site of the journal

In the menu "Article Type", be sure to choose the option "Golub".

The deadline for submission is JUNE 30, 2008.


From: "Fidel E. Hernandez" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 18:53:49 -0400
Subject: 2nd CFP: Special Issue on "SSPMSD", Journal AAV (Hindawi Corp.)

"Statistical Signal Processing and Mechanical Systems Diagnosis", Special
Issue of Advances on Acoustics and Vibration Journal (Hindawi Corp.)

Call for Papers:
By monitoring the energy coming from mechanical systems (e.g., acoustics
and vibration emission) it is possible to estimate not only actual
condition but also future behavior of the machine. Problems involved on
diagnosis via acoustics and vibration monitoring reside in time-varying
nature of measured signals, complexity of the vibration pattern of
defective mechanical components, interference of random signals and
sources of acoustics and vibration emission, etc. Then, Statistical Signal
Processing Techniques (SSPT) are more and more applied and developed in
order to attain a more accurate machine condition monitoring.

SSPT applied on machine condition monitoring can be classified into:
- Preprocessing techniques (for signal conditioning, such as filtering
and deconvolution techniques, genetic algorithms applications, etc.)
- Feature extraction techniques (temporal and spectral analysis, envelope
detection, higher-order statistical and cyclostationary processing,
time-frequency analysis, etc.)
- Condition classification techniques (artificial neural network
applications, expert systems, fuzzy logic, etc.)
Spectral analysis emerges as the signal processing technique more used for
machine fault detection. However, nonlinearity and nonstationationarity
properties of acoustics and vibration signal emitted by certain mechanical
components, and the challenge of estimating low magnitude signal
properties at noise environments, have led to the application of advanced
signal processing techniques such as time-frequency analysis, higher-order
statistical processing, cyclostationary analysis, etc.

Recognizing the growing importance of and interest in effective
application of signal processing techniques on machine diagnosis,
Hindawi’s Journal on Advances on Acoustics and Vibration will devote a
special issue to innovative research papers in advanced statistical
acoustics and vibration analysis for machine condition monitoring.

Topics of interest involve not only those techniques included in the SSPT
classification, but also their practical implementation (algorithm
optimization, hardware implementation, embedded systems, etc.).

Submission of contributions:
Authors should follow the Advances in Acoustics and Vibration manuscript
format described at the journal's site Prospective authors should submit an
electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal's
Manuscript Tracking System at

Key dates:
Manuscript Due: 1 July 2008
First Round of Reviews: 1 October 2008
Publication Date: 1 January 2009

Advances in Acoustics and Vibration is an Open Access journal published by
Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Hindawi is a large worldwide publisher,
which publishes a number of books and 80 peer-reviewed open access
journals covering several areas in Engineering, Life Sciences,
Mathematics, and Physical Sciences.

Guest editors:
- Aitzol Iturrospe, Puntiaga Technologies, Spain;
- Juan R. Rodríguez, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of
Pinar del Rio, Cuba;
- Fidel E. Hernandez, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of
Pinar del Rio, Cuba;

Hindawi Publishing Corporation


From: "Michael Patriksson" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 13:11:04 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Associate Lecturer in Optimization with Application to Medicine and Simulation

University of Gothenburg hereby announces the availability of a position as
Associate Senior Lecturer in optimization, placed within the Department of
Mathematical Sciences.

The research group in optimization at the Department of Mathematical
Sciences at Gothenburg University and Chalmers University of
Technology and at the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for
Industrial Mathematics (FCC) performs research and application
projects in several areas, such as inverse optimization, nonlinear
optimization, multiobjective optimization, traffic optimization,
optimization under uncertainty, optimization together with simulation,
and combinatorial optimization especially in the fields of preventive
maintenance and in logistics.

We are now looking for an assistant professor of optimization with
emphasis on mathematical modeling, optimization, and simulation in
medicine. The main area of research lies in the project "Optimized
radiation treatment of cancer through the use of biological models of
cure and side effects and an improved planning of the dose
distributions in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)" which
is run closely together with the Departments of Oncology and Radio
Physics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg and with
associated researchers at medical centres at the Universities of
Linköping, Lund, and Umeĺ. Associated research problems within that
project include an improved calculation of the dose distributions and
the optimization of non-coplanar treatment angles in
intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Within the position also
lies research work within other current applications of optimization,
in particular together with simulation; the main focus however lies in
the application field of cancer treatment.

The project is performed within the framework of the research centre
Gothenburg Mathematical Modelling Centre (GMMC), with partial
sponsorship from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF),
Cancerfonden, Chalmers University of Technology, and from Gothenburg
University, together with other researchers at the Department of
Mathematical Sciences and FCC.

Apart from research work, the applicant is expected to take part in
the teaching activities at the Department of Mathematical
Sciences. This time can be allocated to teaching activities both in
the existing course curriculum at the department and in new, relevant
undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses of the applicant's choice.

The applicant should have a Ph.D. degree (earned at most four years
before the deadline of the application) preferably in mathematics or
applied mathematics, experience in optimization and preferably also in
simulation, as well as pedagogical skills.

Period of employment: The position is valid for four years; after this
period, an evaluation based on research and pedagogical merits may
make the position permanent.

For more information, see the link


From: Maelle Nodet <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 05:18:03 -0400
Subject: PhD Position in Numerical Analysis at INRIA Grenoble, France

An opening for a PhD position is anticipated at INRIA Grenoble (France) to
conduct research in geophysical fluids high performance modelling. The focus
will be on the study of model reduction methods for fluid equations, such as
Shallow Water equations.
A first class master degree in applied mathematics with emphasis on PDE and
Numerical methods is mandatory.

To apply, send two referees letters and a CV to and and apply online on the link provided here:

For more details:

* Deadline for applications: May 15th 2008 *


From: Onno Bokhove <>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 03:52:27 -0400
Subject: Ph.D.Position: Numerical WaveTank for Complex Wave & Current Interactions

Ph.D. Position “A Numerical Wave Tank for Complex Wave and Current
Interactions” (f/m)

Location: Numerical Analysis and Computational Mechanics group in the
Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Twente,
Enschede, The Netherlands.

Job description: The oceans, especially in coastal regions, are
important for their natural resources. Particular peril is caused by
the appearance of waves with a height so extreme that wave impact on
offshore and coastal defense structures endangers their safety and
environmentally sound operation. The prediction of these so-called
extreme waves is nearly impossible with analytical methods and
requires model experiments supported by numerical simulations. Our
project aims at supporting experimental modeling and consulting at the
Maritime Research Institute Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research by developing a numerical wave and current
tank using advanced numerical techniques, including discontinuous
Galerkin finite element modeling and its numerical analysis.

Qualification: You have recently graduated (M.Sc./M.Eng.) in
mathematics/ physics/ engineering sciences with interest in
(computational) fluid dynamics and numerical analysis. You have
experience in mathematical analysis and numerical modeling, fluid
dynamics, and are interested in civil engineering applications. You
work accurately and independently, are creative, a team player and
have excellent communication skills, particularly in written and
spoken English.

Please send in your tentative application including a full CV,
specifying relevant education and work experience, including a list of
courses completed and grades obtained, publications, references, and a
statement of your research interests, preferably by
e-mail. Applications should be received before June 15th, 2008. Please
contact us, Professor Jaap van der Vegt and Dr. Onno Bokhove, at
o.bokhove at and


From: Claude Brezinski <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:27:47 +0200
Subject: Contents, Numerical Algorithms. vol. 47, no. 4

Table of contents of Volume 47, Number 4 of Numerical Algorithms.

Rescale and modify implementation of IRKS methods
P. Mokhtary, S. M. Hosseini
Pages 315 - 325

Numerical analyses of the boundary effect of radial basis functions in
3D surface reconstruction
Xiangchao Zhang, Xiangqian Jiang
Pages 327 - 339

Block Krylov­Schur method for large symmetric eigenvalue problems
Yunkai Zhou, Yousef Saad
Pages 341 - 359

An investigation of some nonclassical methods for the numerical
approximation of Caputo-type fractional derivatives
Kai Diethelm
Pages 361 - 390

On the solution of the symmetric eigenvalue complementarity problem by
the spectral projected gradient algorithm
Joaquim J. Judice, Marcos Raydan, Silverio S. Rosa, Sandra A. Santos
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