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From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 14:25:35 -0400
Subject: New Book, Learning MATLAB

Announcing the July 2, 2009, publication by SIAM of:

Learning MATLAB, by Tobin A. Driscoll

2009 / xiv + 97 pages / Softcover / ISBN 978-0-898716-83-2 /
List Price $28.00 / SIAM Member Price $19.60 / Order Code OT115

This engaging book is a very compact introduction to the essentials of the
MATLAB programming language and is ideal for readers seeking a focused and
brief approach to the software. It contains numerous examples and exercises
involving the software’s most useful and sophisticated features along with an
overview of the most common scientific computing tasks for which it can be used.

The presentation is designed to guide new users through the basics of
interacting with and programming in the MATLAB software, while also presenting
some of its more important and advanced techniques. It is suitable for
graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and professional
researchers in mathematics, scientific computing, and application areas in
science and engineering.

Tobin A. Driscoll is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical
Sciences at the University of Delaware whose research focuses on the numerical
analysis of differential equations. He is coauthor with L. N.Trefethen of
Schwarz–Christoffel Mapping (Cambridge University Press, 2002).


From: Linda Lorusso <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:42:19 -0400
Subject: New Book, Least-Squares Finite Element Methods

The book examines theoretical and computational aspects of least-squares
finite element methods(LSFEMs) for partial differential equations (PDEs)
arising in key science and engineering applications. It is intended for
mathematicians, scientists, and engineers interested in either or both the
theory and practice associated with the numerical solution of PDEs.

The first part looks at strengths and weaknesses of classical variational
principles, reviews alternative variational formulations, and offers a
glimpse at the main concepts that enter into the formulation of LSFEMs.
Subsequent parts introduce mathematical frameworks for LSFEMs and their
analysis, apply the frameworks to concrete PDEs, and discuss computational
properties of resulting LSFEMs. Also included are recent advances such as
compatible LSFEMs, negative-norm LSFEMs, and LSFEMs for optimal control and
design problems. Numerical examples illustrate key aspects of the theory
ranging from the importance of norm-equivalence to connections between
compatible LSFEMs and classical-Galerkin and mixed-Galerkin methods.

Least-Squares Finite Element Methods
Series: Applied Mathematical Sciences , Vol. 166
Bochev, Pavel B., Gunzburger, Max D.
2009, XXII, 660 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-387-30888-3


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 14:17:36 -0400
Subject: New Book, Numerical Matrix Analysis: Linear Systems and Least Squares

Announcing the July 2, 2009, publication by SIAM of:

Numerical Matrix Analysis: Linear Systems and Least Squares, by Ilse C. F. Ipsen

2009 / xiv + 128 pages / ISBN 978-0-898716-76-4 / List Price $59.00 / SIAM
Member Price $41.30 / Order Code OT113

This self-contained textbook presents matrix analysis in the context of
numerical computation with numerical conditioning of problems and numerical
stability of algorithms at the forefront. Using a unique combination of
numerical insight and mathematical rigor, it advances readers’ understanding
of two phenomena: sensitivity of linear systems and least squares problems,
and numerical stability of algorithms.

It differs in several ways from other numerical linear algebra texts. It
offers a systematic development of numerical conditioning; a simplified
concept of numerical stability in exact arithmetic; simple derivations; a
high-level view of algorithms; and results for complex matrices. The material
is presented at a basic level, emphasizing ideas and intuition, and each
chapter offers simple exercises for use in the classroom and more challenging
exercises for student practice.

Ilse C. F. Ipsen is Professor of Mathematics at North Carolina State
University. She is the SIAM Vice President for Programs and section editor of
the Problems and Techniques section of SIAM Review. She is also a member of
the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications,
Numerische Mathematik, and Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications.


From: Yair Shapira <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:03:41 -0400
Subject: New Book, Mathematical Objects in C++

Mathematical Objects in C++:
Computational Tools in a Unified
Object-Oriented Approach

by Yair Shapira

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to both the theory
behind the mathematical objects and their C and C++ implementation.
Object-oriented programming of three-dimensional meshes facilitates
understanding of their mathematical nature. Requiring no
prerequisites, the text covers discrete mathematics, data structures,
and computational physics, including high-order discretization of
nonlinear equations. Well debugged and fully explained code segments
are available, and exercises and solutions make the book suitable for
classroom use.

CRC press, Boca Raton, FL, 2009


From: Linda Lorusso <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:06:00 -0400
Subject: New Book, Multiscale Finite Element Methods

This expository book surveys the main concepts and recent advances in
multiscale finite element methods. This monograph is intended for the
broader audiences including engineers, applied scientists and those who are
interested in multiscale simulations. The book is self-contained, starts
from the basic concepts and proceeds to the latest developments in the field.

Each chapter of the book starts with a simple introduction and the
description of the proposed methods as well as with motivating examples.
Numerical examples demonstrating the significance of the proposed methods
are presented in each chapter. The book addresses mathematical and numerical
issues in multiscale finite element methods and connects them to real-world
applications. Narrative introduction provides a key to the book's
organization and its scope. To make the presentation accessible to a broader
audience, the analyses of the methods are given in the last chapter.

Multiscale Finite Element Methods
Theory and Applications
Series: Surveys and Tutorials in the Applied Mathematical Sciences , Vol. 4
Efendiev, Yalchin, Hou, Thomas Y.
2009, XII, 234 p., Softcover
ISBN: 978-0-387-09495-3


From: Erik Kropat <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 05:39:37 -0400
Subject: Power Control and Optimization (PCO 2010), Australia, Feb 2010


3rd Global Conference on
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, February 2-4, 2010

Objective of the PCO'2010 conference is contemporary and original research and
educational development in the area of electrical power engineering, control
systems and methods of optimization. Presentations of interest may include,
but are not limited to:

- Hybrid renewable energy and energy saving
- Power systems, protection and reliability
- Controllers, drives and machine design
- Smart systems and dynamic robust systems
- Mechatronics and nanophysics
- Simulators and software engineering
- Soft computing and computational intelligence
- Fuzzy and hybrid optimization
- Bioinformatics and body sensors
- Inventory, queuing and game theory
- Artificial immune systems & neural networks
- Evolutionary algorithms
- Ant colony, genetic and swarm optimization
- Probabilistic and possibilistic optimization
- Production design and rough sets
- Line, pattern searches and decision making
- Micro transportation and civil structure
- Cams & gear design and optimum valves
- Network communication and wireless sensors
- Scheduling and assignment problems
- Graph theory and supply chain management

Invited Speakers:
- Milorad Bojic, Serbia
- Esko Turunen, Finland
- Okyay Kaynak, Turkey
- Alfredo Weitzenfeld, Mexico
- Shuzhi Sam Ge, China
- Rainer E. Burkard, Austria
- Dobrica Milovanovic, Serbia
- Davor Škrlec, Croatia
- Dan Geiger, Israel
- Paulo M. Pimenta, Brazil

Important Dates:
- Submission of full papers 01/10/09
- Notification for peer review 01/11/09
- Camera ready paper 15/12/09
- Registration with full payment 15/12/09.


From: Kirsten Wilden <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:39:07 -0400
Subject: SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS10), Chicago, Apr 2010

SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS10)
April 12-14, 2010
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois

Current developments in the technology of imaging have led to an explosive
growth in the interdisciplinary field of imaging science. With the advent of
new devices capable of seeing objects and structures not previously
imagined, the reach of science and medicine has been extended in a multitude
of different ways. The impact of this technology has been to generate new
challenges associated with the problems of formation, acquisition,
compression, transmission, and analysis of images. By their very nature,
these challenges cut across the disciplines of physics, engineering,
mathematics, biology, medicine, and statistics. While the primary purpose of
this conference is to focus on mathematical issues, the biomedical aspects
of imaging will also play an important role.


From: Michael Overton <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 05:15:02 -0400
Subject: Householder Symposium XVIII, Tahoe City, CA, Jun 2011

The next Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra will be held June
12-17, 2011, at the Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge in Tahoe City,
California. Tahoe City is located on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe. This
meeting is the eighteenth in a series, previously called the Gatlinburg

For more information, please see

Further details will be announced in 2010.


From: "Augusto Micheletti" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:37:52 +0200
Subject: PostDocs, Visiting Positions, & Research in Pairs at CIRM


The full announcement was too long to post in the digest. Please see the
following web page for details:


From: "Fran Moshiri" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:16:54 -0500
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Rice University

Department of Computational & Applied Mathematics (CAAM)
Rice University

The Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University
invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. The
initial term of appointment is one year with a possible second year
contingent upon availability of funding. The term of appointment will begin
on or after August 1, 2009.

The focus of the research is on compressed sensing, machine learning,
optimization, as well as their applications. Candidates should have finished
a PhD in applied/computational mathematics, electrical engineering,
statistics, operations research, or a related field by August 2009 or the
time of appointment and no earlier than December 2006. The salary will be

For more information on related research at Rice, see:

Rice University is a private research university with a long tradition of
excellence in undergraduate and graduate science and engineering education.
The Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics hosts research
programs in optimization, numerical linear algebra, control and inverse
problems, mathematical biology, and partial differential equations.
Interdisciplinary work is a fundamental aspect of the Department's program.

Applicants should send a letter of application, current vita, and
descriptions of research plans to

Search Committee: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
MS 134
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston Texas 77005-1892

At least three letters of reference are required; the candidate should have
these sent directly to the above address. To contact us via email, please

Rice University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution.


From: Martin Grepl <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 06:03:24 -0400
Subject: PhD position in applied math/CES, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

We are inviting applications for a PhD position in Applied
Mathematics/Computational Engineering Science at the Chair for Numerical
Mathematics, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. The Research Group is fully
funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.

Your research will involve the development of reduced-basis methods and
associated error estimation procedures for time-dependent partial
differential equations. You will be applying these methods to
optimization and/or optimal control problems in engineering and the
natural sciences.

You should have an excellent background in applied mathematics,
computational engineering, or a related field, and a strong interest in
applying modern numerical methods to problems in engineering and
science. Experience in the finite element method, model order reduction
techniques, optimization methods, and/or optimal control is considered a
plus. Good programming skills in Matlab and/or C/C++ are desired. Good
English communication skills are expected; German language skills are
not required.

For more information, please visit

Please send your application materials (including CV, cover letter
describing your qualifications/experience and motivation, degree
certificates, names and emails of one or two scientists willing to
provide a reference) to Prof. Martin Grepl (,
Lehrstuhl fuer Numerische Mathematik, Templergraben 55, 52072 Aachen,


From: Matthew Hubbard <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:18:58 -0400
Subject: PhD in Scientific Computation, University of Leeds, UK

An EPSRC-funded PhD studentship is available, starting on 1st October 2009 or
soon afterwards, to develop new computational algorithms for the simulation of
fluid flow. The research will be undertaken within the Scientific Computation
group in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds. Please see for details of the group's research.

The student will be part of a project which aims to develop and implement new
computational algorithms which are specifically designed to reproduce the most
important underlying features of the mathematical model of the fluid flow
physics, leading to far more accurate approximations than are currently
possible. The project will place the student at the forefront of research in
to computational algorithms for partial differential equations, and provide an
opportunity to develop skills working at the interface between applied
mathematics, computer science and engineering.

Applicants should have, or be expecting to obtain in the near future, a first
class or good 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, engineering
or a mathematical science. The studentship is available for UK/EU candidates
registering for PhD study on a full-time basis, for a period of 3.5 years. The
award will cover academic fees at the UK/EU rate together with a maintenance
allowance at the standard EPSRC rate, £13,290 for the first year of study (the
level will be reviewed annually). The full maintenance allowance is available
to both UK and EU candidates. Full details on studying for a research degree
at the University of Leeds can be found at and
details of how to apply can be found at

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Matthew Hubbard [+44 (0)113
3435459, e-mail:]. The deadline for applications is
Friday 7th August 2009.


From: "A.E.P. Veldman" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 06:36:09 -0400
Subject: PhD positions in CFD at University of Groningen, Netherlands

The Dutch Technology Foundation STW has recently awarded the ComFLOW-3 project
on ``Extreme wave impact on offshore platforms and coastal structures.'' In
this research project, numerical simulation methods will be developed that can
predict the hydrodynamic forces of extreme waves on fixed and floating
constructions (dykes, offshore platforms, etc.). It continues a long-year line
of development of the ComFLOW code.

Three PhD positions are available within the project. Keywords are turbulence
modelling, wave propagation, absorbing boundary conditions and local grid
refinement. The research is carried out by the University of Groningen
(Mathematics) and the University of Delft (Maritime Engineering), in
cooperation with MARIN, Deltares and many offshore companies worldwide.

The candidates should have experience in developing numerical flow models
(CFD). Their background should be in applied mathematics, maritime engineering,
civil engineering, or comparable. More information can be obtained from
prof.dr. A.E.P. Veldman, Computational Mechanics and Numerical Mathematics,
University of Groningen, +0503633988, See also the
ComFLOW website


From: Lothar Reichel <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:25:12 -0400
Subject: Contents, ETNA, vol. 32

Table of Contents, Electronic Transactions on Numerical Analysis (ETNA),
vol. 32, 2008. This is a special volume with selected papers from the
20th Chemnitz Finite Element Symposium. Special volume editors: T. Apel,
A. Bottcher, G. Haase, B. Heinrich, M. Jung, U. Langer, A. Meyer, A. Rosch,
and O. Steinbach.

ETNA is available at and at several mirror
sites. ETNA is in the extended Science Citation Index and the CompuMath
Citation Index.

1-16 F. Schieweck
On the role of boundary conditions for CIP stabilization of higher
order finite elements

17-32 M. Juntunen and R. Stenberg
On a mixed discontinuous Galerkin method

33-48 M. Feistauer and V. Kucera
Analysis of the DGFEM for nonlinear convection-diffusion problems

49-62 A. Sokolov, S. Turek, and M. A. Olshanskii
Numerical study of a discrete projection method for rotating
incompressible flows

63-75 H.-G. Roos and R. Vanselow
A comparison of four- and five-point difference approximations for
stabilizing the one-dimensional stationary convection-diffusion

76-89 P. Knobloch
On the definition of the SUPG parameter

90-105 G. Matthies, P. Skrzypacz, and L. Tobiska
Stabilization of local projection type applied to
convection-diffusion problems with mixed boundary conditions

106-122 G. Lube, G. Rapin, and J. Lowe
Local projection stabilization for incompressible flows:
Equal-order vs. inf-sup stable interpolation

123-133 M. Ruzicka, M. Feistauer, J. Horacek, and P. Svacek
Interaction of incompressible flow and a moving airfoil

134-144 R. Schneider and P. K. Jimack
On the evaluation of finite element sensitivities to nodal coordinates

145-161 B. Haasdonk, M. Ohlberger, and G. Rozza
A reduced basis method for evolution schemes with parameter-dependent
explicit operators

162-172 H. Blum, A. Rademacher, and A. Schroder
Space adaptive finite element methods for dynamic obstacle problems

173-189 M. Wohlmuth and M. Dobrowolski
Numerical analysis of Stokes equations with improved LBB dependency

190-209 B. Heinrich and B. Jung
Nitsche mortaring for parabolic initial-boundary value problems


From: Ed Saff <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 13:34:05 +1000
Subject: Contents, Constructive Approximation 30(2), 2009

Constructive Approximation

Vol. 30 No. 2 2009
Table of Contents

Volume 30 Number 2 of Constructive Approximation is now available on
the SpringerLink web site at

"The Inverse Resonance Problem for Hermite Operators"
by B. Malcolm Brown, Serguei Naboko, and Rudi Weikard
Pages 155 - 174

"Higher-Order Three-Term Recurrences and Asymptotics of Multiple
Orthogonal Polynomials"
by A. I. Aptekarev, V. A. Kalyagin, and E. B. Saff
Pages175 - 223

"First Colonization of a Spectral Outpost in Random Matrix Theory"
by M. Bertola and S. Y. Lee
Pages 225 - 263

"Hyperbolic Distortion of Conformal Maps at Corners"
by María J. Martín
Pages 265 - 275

"Wall Rational Functions and Khrushchev’s Formula for Orthogonal
Rational Functions"
by O. Njåstad and L. Velázquez
Pages 277 - 297

"The Multivariate Integer Chebyshev Problem"
by P. B. Borwein, I. E. Pritsker
Pages 299 - 310

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