NA Digest Thursday, December 19, 2013 Volume 13 : Issue 43

Today's Editor:
Daniel M. Dunlavy
Sandia National Labs

Submissions for NA Digest:


From: Karel Segeth
Date: December 19, 2013
Subject: 2013 Babuska Prize Awarded

In December 2013, the Czech Association for Mechanics and the Union of
Czech Mathematicians and Physicists again awarded the I. Babuska
Prize for the best work in scientific computing submitted by students
and young scientists. It was the 20th year of the competition. The
Prize winner for 2013 is Dr Ivana Sebestova from the Faculty of
Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague. The work
honored is her PhD thesis A posteriori error estimates for numerical
solution of convection-diffusion problems.

Further winners were delivered diplomas of honor. The second position
was awarded to Dr Jaroslav Vondrejc from the Faculty of Civil
Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague for his PhD
thesis FFT-based method for homogenization of periodic media. Theory
and Application. The third position belongs to Dr Pavel Strachota from
the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech
Technical University in Prague who presented his PhD thesis Analysis
and application of numerical methods for solving nonlinear
reaction-diffusion equations.

Further diplomas of honor were delivered to MS theses. The first
position in this category was taken by Martin Isoz from the Faculty of
Chemical Technology of the Institute of Chemical Technology in
Prague. The second position was awarded to Monika Balazsova from the
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague for
her MS thesis and the third was Karel Mikes from the Faculty of Civil
Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague for his BS

The Prize was established in 1994 by an outstanding Czech
mathematician Ivo Babuska, now Institute for Computational Engineering
and Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX. He is well-known for
his fundamental results in the finite element method.


From: Edwin Vollebregt
Date: December 16, 2013
Subject: Prize Competition, Bound-constrained Optimization

In [1] we present a method for quadratic programs with bound
constraints, and conjecture that it will always work if the Hessian
matrix is non-negative.

We would like to encourage researchers to try out the algorithm on
their application and report the results. In order to stimulate this
we set up a prize competition and publish our matlab code as well.

Please see: , and
forward this to your students and colleagues who might be interested.

[1] E.A.H. Vollebregt, "The Bound-Constrained Conjugate Gradient
method for non-negative matrices", J Optim Theory Appl, 2014, DOI


From: Fred J. Hickernell
Date: December 10, 2013
Subject: GAIL: Guaranteed Automatic Integration Library

We are pleased to announce the Guaranteed Automatic Integration
Library (GAIL) version 1.0, which is available at GAIL is a collection of MATLAB
functions that perform

- univariate integration,
- univariate function approximation, and
- Monte Carlo estimation of the mean of a random variable, which can
be used for multivariate integration.

These algorithms are automatic in the sense that they provide the
answer to within the user-specified error tolerance. They are
adaptive. Unlike competitors, the GAIL algorithms have theoretical
guarantees of success, which are provided in our recent publications:

F. J. Hickernell, L. Jiang, Y. Liu, and A. B. Owen, Guaranteed
conservative fixed width confidence intervals via Monte Carlo
sampling, Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods 2012 (J. Dick,
F. Y. Kuo, G. W. Peters, and I. H. Sloan, eds.), Springer-Verlag,
Berlin, 2014.

N. Clancy, Y. Ding, C. Hamilton, F. J. Hickernell, and Y. Zhang, The
complexity of guaranteed automatic algorithms: Cones, not balls,
Journal of Complexity, 30, pp. 21-45, 2014, DOI:

GAIL is under ongoing development with the next release scheduled for
Spring 2014. We welcome feedback.


From: Dimitar Lukarski
Date: December 13, 2013
Subject: PARALUTION: A Library for Sparse Iterative Methods on CPU and GPU

PARALUTION is a library for sparse iterative methods with special
focus on multi-core and accelerator technology such as GPUs and Xeon
Phi. The software provides fine-grained parallel preconditioners
which can utilize the modern multi-/many-core devices. Based on C++,
it provides a generic and flexible design which allows seamless
integration with other scientific software packages.

Key Features:
- OpenMP(Host/Xeon Phi), CUDA, OpenCL support
- No special hardware/library requirement
- Portable code and results across all hardware
- Various iterative solvers/preconditioners
- Many sparse matrix formats
- Generic and robust design
- Plug-in for FORTRAN, OpenFOAM, Deal.II, Elmer, Hermes
- Documentations: user manual (pdf), reports, doxygen

The library contains Krylov subspace solvers (CR, CG, BiCGStab,
GMRES, IDR), Multigrid (GMG, AMG), Deflated PCG, Fixed-point
iteration schemes, Mixed-precision schemes and fine-grained parallel
preconditioners based on splitting, ILU factorization with levels,
multi-elimination ILU factorization and approximate inverse
(Chebyshev, FSAI, SPAI). All solvers can be used as preconditioners
in a nested manner.

For details, visit


From: Julien Bect
Date: December 11, 2013
Subject: STK 2.1.0 released

STK 2.1.0 has been released, please check it out !

STK is a "Small Toolbox for Kriging" that is fully compatible with
both GNU Octave (from release 3.2.4 onwards) and Matlab (from
release R2007a onwards). It is meant to be a convenient and
efficient research tool for working with kriging-based methods
(Gaussian process-based interpolation and regression), with a focus
towards applications in the design and analysis of computer

STK is brought to you under the GNU Public Licence v3 (GPLv3).

Julien Bect & Emmanuel Vazquez (Supelec, France)


From: Stephen Boyd
Date: December 17, 2013
Subject: New MOOC, Convex Optimization, Jan 2014

CVX 101, a new MOOC (massive open on-line course) will run from
January 21 to March 14, 2014. You can register (and find out a little
bit about the class) at

The MOOC will be based on the Stanford course EE364A, which can be
browsed at

Feel free to forward this announcement to students, colleagues, or
anyone else who might be interested.


From: Bruce Bailey
Date: December 12, 2013
Subject: New Book, Analytic Perturbation Theory and Its Applications

Announcing the December 6, 2013, publication by SIAM of:
Analytic Perturbation Theory and Its Applications, by Konstantin E.
Avrachenkov, Jerzy A. Filar, and Phil G. Howlett

2013 / xii + 372 pages / Hardcover / 978-1-611973-13-6 / List Price
$89.00 / SIAM Member Price $62.30 / Order Code OT135

Mathematical models are often used to describe complex phenomena.
These models typically depend on estimated values of key parameters
that determine system behavior. Hence it is important to know what
happens when these values are changed. The study of single-parameter
deviations provides a natural starting point for this analysis in many
special settings in the sciences, engineering, and economics. The
difference between the actual and nominal values of the perturbation
parameter is small but unknown, and it is important to understand the
asymptotic behavior of the system as the perturbation tends to zero.

This book includes a comprehensive treatment of analytic perturbations
of matrices, linear operators, and polynomial systems, particularly
the singular perturbation of inverses and generalized inverses. It
also offers original applications in Markov chains, Markov decision
processes, optimization, and applications to Google PageRank™ and a
problem section in every chapter to aid in course preparation.

To order or for more about this book, including links to its table of
contents, preface, and index, please visit


From: Christina Mata
Date: December 12, 2013
Subject: ICERM Programs and Workshops, USA, 2014

ICERM Semester Program on "Phase Transitions and Emergent Properties"
February 2 - May 8, 2015

ICERM Workshop: Crystals, Quasicrystals and Random Networks
Feb 9-13, 2015

ICERM Workshop: Small Clusters, Polymer Vesicles and Unusual Minima
March 16-20, 2015

ICERM Workshop: Limit Shapes
April 13-17, 2015

ICERM Semester Program Workshop: Eigenvectors in Graph Theory and
Related Problems in Numerical Linear Algebra
May 5-9, 2014

ICERM Workshop: Integrability and Cluster Algebras: Geometry and
August 25-29, 2014


From: Steven Kleinstein
Date: December 16, 2013
Subject: Systems Approaches in Immunology, USA, Jan 2014

Systems Approaches in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

We are happy to announce the third biennial conference on “Systems
Approaches in Immunology and Infectious Diseases,” to be held in Santa
Fe, NM on January 10-11, 2014. As with the first two international
workshops, this meeting will provide a multi- disciplinary forum to
discuss the latest developments at the boundary of experimental and
computational immunology. It is organized under the premise that
understanding of immunology will be advanced by the development of
theoretical and experimental techniques and models that bring together
phenomena at different levels of complexity. Please visit the website
at for more information. The website is open
for registration and abstract submission. We hope you will consider
registering early.

Please spread the word about this meeting – it is always a pleasure to
meet new people working in multi-disciplinary and systems approaches
to problems at the boundary of experimental and computational
immunology and infectious diseases.

We have assembled a distinguished set of speakers for this 3rd
“Systems Approaches in Immunology and Infectious Diseases” and we are
looking forward to a great meeting. Confirmed speakers include: Rob
de Boer, Utrecht University; Arup Chakraborty, MIT; Garnett Kelsoe,
Duke University; Denise Kirschner, University of Michigan; Matthew
Krummel, UC San Francisco; Joshua Schiffer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center; Mark Shlomchik, University of Pittsburgh; and John
Tsang, NIH


From: Annette Anthony
Date: December 13, 2013
Subject: Copper Mountain Conference, USA, Apr 2014

The Thirteenth Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods
April 6 – April 11, 2014
Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA

Student Competition Papers January 10, 2014
Author Abstracts January 17, 2014
Early Registration March 6, 2014
Guaranteed Lodging March 4, 2014

HIGHLIGHTED TOPICS: Stochastic PDEs and Uncertainty Quantification;
Scale-free/Small World Graphs, Page Rank and Markov Chains; Multigrid
and Other Iterative Schemes on GPU & Multicore Architectures; Inverse
Problems and Regularization; Optimization of Complex Systems;
Nonlinear Solution Methods, Nonlinear Least-Squares; Multigrid
All-At-Once and Block Approaches to PDE Systems; Coupled Multi-Physics
Problems; Time-Parallel Algorithms; Krylov Accelerators; Hybrid
Direct-Iterative Linear Solvers; Iterative Methods in Challenging
Applications (e.g., Electromagnetics, Energy, Environmental, Data
Assimilation, MHD, Neutronics, Transport/Reaction, Chemical

- Student Paper Competition. Travel and lodging assistance will be
awarded to students and new PhDs judged to have submitted the best
research papers.
- Workshops – Informal Topical Discussions


From: Doron Levy
Date: December 18, 2013
Subject: Honoring E. Tadmor's 60th Birthday, USA, Apr 2014

Modern Perspectives in Applied Mathematics: Theory and Numerics of
PDEs, A Conference in Honor of Eitan Tadmor’s 60th Birthday
April 28 – May 2, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD

Invited Speakers: Saul Abarbanel (Tel-Aviv), Claude Bardos (Ecole
Normale Superieure de Cachan), Jose Carrillo (Imperial College), Tony
Chan (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Gui-Qiang
Chen (Oxford), Alexandre Chorin (Berkeley), Albert Cohen (University
Pierre et Marie Curie), Peter Constantin (Princeton), Pierre Degond
(Imperial College), Bjorn Engquist (Austin), Irene Gamba (Austin),
Fancois Golse (Ecole Polytechnique Paris), Thomas Hou (California
Institute of Technology), Pierre-Emmanuel Jabin (Maryland), Shi Jin
(Madison Wisconsin), Heinz-Otto Kreiss (Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm), Peter Lax (New York University), C. Dave Levermore
(Maryland), Pierre-Louis Lions (College de France), Jian-Guo Liu
(Duke), Helena Lopes (Rio de Janeiro), Andrew Majda (New York
University), Siddhartha Mishra (ETH Zurich), Stanley Osher (UCLA),
Benoit Perthame (University Pierre et Marie Curie), Chi-Wang Shu
(Brown), Joel Smoller (Michigan), Endre Suli (Oxford), Tao Tang (Hong
Kong Baptist University), Blake Temple (Davis), Edriss Titi (Weizmann
Institute and UC Irvine), Athanasios Tzavaras (Crete)

Limited support for researchers in the early stages of their career is
available. Applications for support must be submitted in the
registration by February 14, 2014.


From: Bernd Simeon
Date: December 10, 2013
Subject: IGAA Workshop, Germany, Apr 2014

Workshop Announcement
IGAA 2014 - Isogeometric Analysis and Applications
April 7 to 10, 2014, Annweiler am Trifels, Germany

IGAA 2015 solicits contributions presenting original results in all
areas of Isogeometric Analysis. We aim at providing a forum for
communication among the applied mathematics, computer science, and
computational science and engineering communities in this rapidly
growing field.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to Numerical
simulation using Isogeometric Analysis; Spline spaces providing local
adaptivity; Fast solvers for IGA schemes; Convergence analysis and
error estimation; Design optimization; Applications such as
fluid-structure interaction; Geometric modeling for Isogeometric

INVITED SPEAKERS: Fehmi Cirak, Tom Hughes, Angela Kunoth, Ulrich
Langer, Alessandro Reali, Jessica Zhang

January 31, 2014: abstract submission
February 7, 2014: author notification
February 28,2014: registration (latest)
April 7-10, 2014: conference


From: Martina Bukac
Date: December 17, 2013
Subject: Computational Geomechanics, USA, May 2014

Workshop on Computational Geomechanics
May 22-23, 2014,
Pittsburgh PA, USA.

The workshop will focus on recent advances in modeling, design,
analysis, and implementation of numerical methods for problems in
geomechanics. Relevant applications include, but are not limited to,
hydraulic fracturing, groundwater flow, reservoir engineering, and
poroelastic filters. There will be a poster session for
graduate students and recent PhDs.

Currently Confirmed Speakers: Andrew Bunger, Armando Duarte,
Marcio Murad, Guglielmo Scovazzi, Mary Wheeler, Paolo Zunino.

For further information about the conference please visit

The registration for the workshop via the webpage is already open.


From: Nicoletta Del Buono
Date: December 10, 2013
Subject: 8th Workshop SDS2014, Italy, Jun 2014

8th Workshop SDS2014 - STRUCTURAL DYNAMICAL SYSTEM: Computational
Hotel-Villaggio Porto Giardino, Capitolo, Monopoli, Italy
June 10-13, 2014

The main aim of this workshop is to put together researchers of
different areas, in particular Mathematics and Engineering, to give
them the opportunity of discussing, in a friendly atmosphere, recent
developments in computational and theoretical methods for Dynamical
Systems and their applications. This meeting will be focused on
Numerical methods for ODEs and Piecewice Smooth Dynamical Systems.

The main topics are: Numerical methods for ODEs; Discontinuous ODEs;
Piecewise-smooth dynamical systems; Dynamical systems with variable
structure; Sliding motion and Control; Ensemble Control of Linear
Dynamical systems; Genetic and Medical Applications.

Both numerical and theoretical aspects of the previous topics will be
welcome. Invited speakers are: Alessandro Colombo (Politecnico Milan,
Italy); Luca Dieci(Georgia Institute of Technology, USA); Mario Di
Bernardo (University of Naple Federico II, Italy); Nicola Guglielmi
(University of L'Aquila, Italy); Ernst Hairer (University of Geneve,
Svizzera); Uwe Helmke (University of Wuerzeburg); Liliana Ironi
(IMATI, CNR, Pavia, Italy); Christian Lubich(University of Tubingen,
Germania); Petri Piiroinen (National University of Ireland, Ireland);
Mike Jeffrey (University of Bristol, England); Erik Van
Vleck(University of Kansas, USA)


From: Lyudmila Vshivkova, Marina Boronina
Date: December 17, 2013
Subject: AMCA'14, Russia, Jun 2014

The International Conference on Advanced Mathematics, Computations and
Applications 2014 (AMCA’14) is devoted to the 50th anniversary of the
Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics
(the former Computing Center), Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy
of Sciences (ICM&MG SB RAS), which was founded by academician
G.I. Marchuk. The goal of this conference is to bring together
well-known experts involved in numerical analysis, applied
mathematics, computational technologies, challenging applications and
to discuss the topical issues facing the mathematical community.

The topics of AMCA’14 are the four major areas covered by the ICM&MG
SB RAS: Numerical analysis; Methods of applied mathematics and
mathematical modeling; Parallel and distributed computations;
Information systems.

They include, but are not limited to: computational algebra, numerical
solution of differential and/or integral equations, computational
geophysics, inverse problems, statistical modeling and Monte-Carlo
methods, high performance computing, advanced problems in scientific
programming, data-intensive processing and communications.

The conference AMCA'14 will be held on June 8-11, 2014, in
Novosibbirsk, Russia.

The web-site of the conference:
Contact information, e-mail:


From: Jack Dongarra
Date: December 09, 2013
Subject: ICCS 2014, Australia, Jun 2014

The International Conference on Computational Science is an annual
conference that brings together researchers and scientists from
mathematics and computer science as basic computing disciplines,
researchers from various application areas who are pioneering
computational methods in sciences such as physics, chemistry, life
sciences, and engineering, as well as in arts and humanitarian fields,
to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues,
and to shape future directions for research.

ICCS 2014 in Cairns, Queensland, will be the fourteenth in this series
of highly successful conferences. Cairns is on the doorstep of
Australian jewels including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree

The theme in 2014 will be: Big Data meets Computational Science. The
conference will be held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia from 10 – 12
June, 2014. See &

ICCS 2014 submission deadline extended to January 15. There are three
options: full paper, poster presentation with a short paper & oral
presentation without a paper (abstract only).

Papers will be published in Elsevier open-access Procedia Computer
Science and indexed by Scopus, ScienceDirect, Thomson Reuters
Conference Proceedings Citation in Web of Science.


From: April J. Shelton
Date: December 17, 2013
Subject: MBI Undergrad Summer Research, USA, Jun-Aug 2014

2014 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program, June 2-August 15, 2014

This program introduces students to exciting new areas of mathematical
biology and involves them in collaborative research with their peers
and faculty mentors. Deadline to apply is Monday, January 27,
2014. The program consists of three parts - each with a mix of
educational and social experiences:
- Two-week Introduction (June 2-13, 2014): Tutorials, computer labs,
and team efforts designed to introduce students to a variety of
topics in mathematical biology.
- Eight-week REU Program (June 16-August 8, 2014): An individualized
research experience as part of a research team at a participating
- Capstone Conference (August 11-15, 2014): A student centered
conference featuring talks and posters by student researchers in
math biology, keynotes by prominent math biologists, and a graduate
studies recruitment fair. Applications for CAPSTONE CONFERENCE ONLY
will be due in June.

To apply visit:

Mathematical Biosciences Institute
The Ohio State University
Jennings Hall 3rd Floor
1735 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210 • 614-292-3648

MBI receives major funding from the National Science Foundation
Division of Mathematical Sciences and is supported by The Ohio State
University. MBI adheres to the AA/EOE guidelines.


From: Olaf Schenk
Date: December 17, 2013
Subject: PASC14, Switzerland, Jun 2014

PASC14 - Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing Conference
June 2-3, 2014
ETH Zurich

The conference brings together computational scientists and research
groups from diverse scientific domains, including Climate and
Atmospheric Modelling, Solid Earth Dynamics, the Life Sciences,
Material Science, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, and Computer
Science/Mathematics. It aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration
and to strengthen HPC knowledge exchange.

Particular attention will be given to poster presentations. We hope
that this eases interesting informal discussion and helps to initiate
new collaborations. Posters may be presented during the entire
conference (morning of June 2 to evening of June 3), but a dedicated
poster session with buffet-style dinner and drinks will be held on the
evening of June 2.

Abstracts are required for both contributed talks and posters. Each
contributor, either for a contributed talk or a poster must submit a
title and an abstract up to 600 words before March 31, 2014

Submission is open already and will close on March 31, 2014 :

Early registration is also open and will close on April 30, 2014:


From: Luciano Lopez
Date: December 09, 2013
Subject: SDS 2014, Italy, Jun 2014

Hotel Porto, Giardino, Capitolo, Monopoli, Italy June 10-13, 2014

The workshop will take place at the Hotel Villaggio Porto Giardino
Capitolo-Monopoli, Bari, Italy. The main aim of this workshop is to
put together researchers of different areas, in particular Mathematics
and Engineering, to give the opportunity to discuss recent
developments in the computational aspects of: Numerical methods for
ODEs; Discontinuous ODEs; Piecewise-smooth dynamical systems;
Dynamical systems with variable structure; Ensemble Control of Linear
Dynamical Systems; Genetic and Medical Applications.

Both numerical and theoretical aspects on the previous topics will be
welcome. The invited speakers are: Alessandro Colombo; Luca Dieci;
Mario Di Bernardo; Nicola Guglielmi; Ernst Hairer; Uwe Helmke; Liliana
Ironi; Christian Lubich; Mike Jeffrey; Petri Piiroinen; Erik Van Vleck

Plenary talks will be arranged in order to provide lectures on each
workshop topic. Contributed talks will be accepted.

Poster session: To stimulate the participation of PhD students, there
will be also a poster session.


From: April J. Shelton
Date: December 17, 2013
Subject: MBI-CAMBAM-NIMBioS Summer Grad Program, USA, Jul 2014

Joint 2014 MBI-CAMBAM-NIMBioS Summer Graduate Program
July 7-18, 2014
Rhythms & Oscillations

This summer school will focus on the theory, mathematical modeling and
experimental study of biological rhythms. The workshop will begin with
a boot-camp introducing the basic mathematical tools and techniques
used in studying biological rhythms. In depth explorations of specific
problems will then be presented. Students will also work in small
groups on projects, which will be presented at the end of the two week
summer school.

Graduate students from the mathematical, physical and life sciences
are encouraged to apply. To apply visit

The graduate program will be held at MBI. Applications received by
February 15, 2014 will receive full consideration.

Victoria Booth, University of Michigan Daniel Forger, University of
Michigan; Paul Francois, McGill University; Marty Golubitsky,
Mathematical Biosciences Institute; Fred Guichard, McGill University;
Nancy Kopell, Boston University; David Paydarfar, Wyss Institute;
William Schwartz, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Arthur
Sherman, National Institutes of Health ; John Tyson, Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University; Xiaopeng Zhao, University
of Tennessee


From: Pam Bye
Date: December 16, 2013
Subject: IMA Numerical Linear Algebra, UK, Sep 2014

University of Birmingham, UK
3 – 5 September 2014

The IMA and the University of Birmingham are pleased to announce the
Fourth Biennial IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and
Optimisation. The meeting is co-sponsored by SIAM, whose members will
receive the IMA members’ registration rate.

The success of modern methods for large-scale optimisation is heavily
dependent on the use of effective tools of numerical linear
algebra. On the other hand, many problems in numerical linear algebra
lead to linear, nonlinear or semidefinite optimisation problems. The
purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers from both
communities and to find and communicate points and topics of common

Conference topics include any subject that could be of interest to
both communities, such as: Direct and iterative methods for large
sparse linear systems; Eigenvalue computation and optimisation;
Large-scale nonlinear and semidefinite programming; Effect of
round-off errors, stopping criteria, embedded iterative procedures;
Optimisation issues for matrix polynomials; Fast matrix computations;
Compressed/sparse sensing; PDE-constrained optimisation; Applications
and real time optimisation

Mini-symposia proposals: 31 March 2014
Abstract submission: 30 April 2014

Contributed talks and mini-symposia talks will be accepted on the
basis of a one page extended abstract which should be submitted by 30
April 2014 by e-mail to


From: Howard Elman
Date: December 10, 2013
Subject: Faculty Positions, Computer Science, Univ of Maryland

Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland,
College Park, MD, USA has several openings at all ranks for
tenure-track faculty positions effective July 1, 2014 or earlier.
Outstanding candidates in all areas of computer science, especially
Cybersecurity, Quantum Computing and Natural Language Processing,
are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered for joint
appointments between the Department and the Institute for Advanced
Computer Studies (UMIACS), and its affiliated centers such as the
Maryland Cybersecurity Center ( and the Center for
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (

Please apply online at and
Candidates must apply to both websites to receive consideration.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by
January 8th, 2014 for full consideration. Questions may be directed to
the faculty recruitment committee at:

Additional information about the Department of Computer Science and
the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies is available at and at

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a
policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate
against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color,
sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry
or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political
affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


From: Jinchao Xu
Date: December 12, 2013
Subject: Postdoc Position, CCMA, Penn State Univ

The Center for Computational Mathematics and Applications (CCMA) in
the Department of Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, is seeking one or two scholars for postdoctoral
appointments. Successful candidates will hold a PhD in mathematics or
a related field (such as physics, engineering, computer science). The
position requires expertise in numerical methods for partial
differential. Fortran, C, or C++ programing is required. Experience in
heterogeneous parallel computing is desirable but not
required. Appointed candidates will work closely with the faculty at
the CCMA on research related to numerical methods for large-scale
practical applications. The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to a
number of research projects including the CCMA’s projects supported by
the NSF, the DOE and industries. The number of candidates appointed
will depend on the availability of funding. The appointments will be
effective on August 15, 2014, or later. Applications will be reviewed
until the positions are filled. More information on Penn State
University and the Department of Mathematics can be found at Applicants should submit the following application
material online at i) Cover letter addressed to
Professor Xu ii) Current vitae including a list of publications iii)
Current research statement iv) Three letters of recommendation
addressed to Professor Xu (Please ensure that one of the letters
addresses your teaching background and ability.) Please submit the
application online at Mathjobs

We encourage applications from individuals of diverse
backgrounds. Employment will require successful completion of
background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State
is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the
diversity of its workforce.


From: Isabel Figueiredo
Date: December 11, 2013
Subject: Postdoc Position, Computational Mathematics, Coimbra Univ

The CMUC|Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Sciences and
Technology of the University of Coimbra (under the project below)
invite applications for an one-year Postdoctoral Position in
Computational Mathematics, beginning February - April 2014.

The focus of the research is on imaging sciences and scientific
computing. It involves variational image processing, image analysis,
partial differential equations, numerical analysis, optimization,
visualization, and inverse problems in imaging, with applications in
medicine and earth observation imagery.

Applicants should have a PhD in Mathematics or Computational Sciences
and Engineering (preferably obtained after December 31, 2011). The
position obeys to the Portuguese scholarship system and the
corresponding salary is €1495 per month (tax free). No teaching duties
are associated with the position.

Applicants should send to the following information:
- Curriculum vitae (publication list included).
- Statement of research interests (one page maximum, describing
concisely scientific interests and the relation with the proposed
post doctoral position).
- Names and email-addresses of at least two scientists willing to
provide references.

Period for applications : from 06th to 24th January 2014.


From: Jared Tanner
Date: December 10, 2013
Subject: Doctoral Positions, Oxford

The University of Oxford Mathematical Institute is launching a new
EPSRC-supported doctoral training programme, InFoMM, linking numerical
analysis, mathematical modelling, and their application to industry.
We invite applications to the doctoral programme, currently being
accepted for the 2014 academic year. Full funding is available for
over ten studentships per year. The four year programme of study
includes a first year of coursework, projects, and interactions with
industrial partners such as: Amazon, BP, Dupont, IBM, NAG,
Schlumberger, Siemens, and Thales. Research projects are available
in: numerical approximation theory, optimisation, numerical
differential equations, high performance computing, numerical linear
algebra, signal / image processing, and a variety of modelling
specialisations. Further information is available at:

where a list of the application deadlines can also be found. Overseas
applicants are advised to apply for the 2 January or 24 January
deadlines to have the maximum chance of receiving
funding. Scholarships cover full fees and provide a grant for living

Applications may be submitted via:

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Jared Tanner,


From: Ahmed H Elsheikh
Date: December 11, 2013
Subject: PhD Position, Bayesian calibration of subsurface flow models

The Uncertainty Quantification Group at the Institute of Petroleum
Engineering at Heriot- Watt University (Scotland, UK) is looking for a
PhD candidate to work in the area of Bayesian calibration of
subsurface flow models under the supervision of Dr Ahmed H. Elsheikh
( The
successful candidate will be integrated in the Uncertainty
Quantification Group lead by Professor Mike Christie and will enjoy
interactions with a global network of research collaborators.

PhD studentship role: The goal of the position is to carry out
methodological developments in applied Bayesian parameter estimation
techniques targeting large-scale subsurface flow models. Particular
attention will be given to techniques combining Bayesian sampling,
response surfaces, novel parameterisation techniques and reduced order

Essential skills: Masters degree in computational mathematics, physics
or in a relevant engineering discipline with strong computational
skills; Ability to write reports, collate information and present it
in a clear and engaging manner; Excellent communication skills.

Desirable skills: Bayesian statistics; Numerical optimisation
techniques; Computational methods for PDEs; Mathematical programming;
Experience with open source modelling packages (DuMux, deal.II, MRST,
FEniCS or similar projects) is highly desired.

Fees and funding: The studentship is available to UK/EU/Overseas
candidates. It includes tuition fees and an appropriate stipend for
three years at the EPSRC recommended levels.

Application process: Interested individuals are invited to email the
documents and information listed below to Dr. Ahmed H. Elsheikh
- Cover letter including areas of expertise and research interests.
- Current curriculum vitae.
- Degree certificates and transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).
- Evidence of excellence and verifiable list of programming skills.
- Contact information of at least three (3) referees.

Closing date: 10th of January 2014


From: Peter Richtarik
Date: December 18, 2013
Subject: PhD Positions, Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science

10 PhD places in new Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science
Web site:
Application deadline: 27 January 2014 (first round)

The Edinburgh Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Science is
now inviting applications for 10 fully-funded PhD studentships, to
start in September 2014. Students with a strong background in computer
science, mathematics, physics, or engineering are particularly
encouraged to apply.

The CDT focuses on the computational principles, methods, and systems
for extracting knowledge from data. Large data sets are now generated
by almost every activity in science, society, and commerce - ranging
from molecular biology to social media, from sustainable energy to
health care. Data science asks: How can we efficiently find patterns
in these vast streams of data? Many research areas have tackled parts
of this problem: machine learning focuses on finding patterns and
making predictions from data; databases are needed for efficiently
accessing data and ensuring its quality; ideas from algorithms are
required to build systems that scale to big data streams; and separate
research areas have grown around different types of unstructured data
such as text, images, sensor data, video, and speech. Recently, these
distinct disciplines have begun to converge into a single field called
data science.

See for further information
and application forms. Enquiries via .
There are two deadlines for applications:
- First round deadline for full consideration. Apply by 27 January
2014. (Any non-EU candidates must apply by this date, as well as
following the specific instructions for non-EU residents.)
- Second round: Any remaining scholarships will be awarded in a second
round of applications. The deadline for the second round is 31 March


From: Colin Cotter
Date: December 17, 2013
Subject: PhD Positions, Mathematics of Planet Earth, Imperial/Reading

We are seeking excellent candidates for 12 fully funded PhD positions,
as part of the first cohort of the newly established EPSRC Centre for
Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE),
jointly run by Imperial College London and the University of Reading.

The centre offers an innovative four year PhD in programme in
Mathematics and its applications to weather, oceans and climate
science. The first year takes the form of an MRes (Masters by
Research) course, leading to a jointly awarded degree from Imperial
College London and the University of Reading. The following 3 years
focus on the PhD project, and lead to the award of a PhD from either
Imperial or Reading.

UK and EU students with a background in the mathematical and physical
sciences are eligible for full funding (fees plus tax-free stipend of
£15,726 a year), and exceptional international students are also
encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will choose, by the end of
the first year, the particular area of research that suits their
individual taste and talents from the broad areas of Analysis,
Statistics, Probability, Fluid Mechanics, Dynamical Systems, Numerical
Analysis, Scientific Computing, and will work on PhD projects that
have in common relevance and applicability to research in weather,
oceans and climate. Prior knowledge of environmental science is not a

Successful applicants will have (or expect to receive) a first class
honours degree (or non-UK equivalent) in Mathematics, Statistics,
Physics or closely related subject. Applications will be considered
jointly by the partner universities. The deadline for submitting the
complete applications is 31 January 2014. Further details regarding
the programme and the application procedure can be obtained at


From: Bertram Düring
Date: December 14, 2013
Subject: PhD Positions, Mathematics, Univ of Sussex, UK

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Sussex is currently
offering 9 fully-funded PhD studentships. These studentships pay a
tax-free bursary of £13726 per year, with fees waived, for 3.5 years
and are available for UK and EU students.

The department also hopes to offer one additional studentship for an
Overseas student ('Chancellor's International Research Scholarship').

The increased investment and growth in scholarships reflects the
department's recent growth in faculty and its continuing success in
attracting funding from research councils, including the award of an
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant.

For more information, visit



From: R. Ciegis
Date: December 11, 2013
Subject: Contents, Mathematical Modelling and Analysis, 18 (5)


The Baltic Journal on Mathematical Applications, Numerical Analysis
and Differential Equations
ISSN 1392-6292, ISSN 1648-3510 online, Electronical edition:
Volume 18, Number 5, December 2013


Rajarammohanroy Mythili Priyadharshini and Narashimhan Ramanujam,
Uniformly-Convergent Numerical Methods for a System of Coupled
Singularly Perturbed Convection--Diffusion Equations with Mixed Type
Boundary Conditions, 577-598

Octavia Bolojan-Nica, Gennaro Infante and Paolamaria Pietramala,
Existence Results for Impulsive Systems with Initial Nonlocal
Conditions, 599-611

Ze-Jun Hu, Ting-Zhu Huang and Ning-Bo Tan, A Splitting Preconditioner
for the Incompressible Navier--Stokes Equations, 612-630

Yuelong Tang, An Improved Finite Element Approximation and
Superconvergence for Temperature Control Problems, 631-640

J\'anos Kar\'atson and Tam\'as Kurics, A Preconditioned Iterative
Solution Scheme for Nonlinear Parabolic Systems Arising in Air
Pollution Modeling, 641-653

Yuhu Wu and Xiaoping Xue, Asymptotics for a Dissipative Dynamical
System with Linear and Gradient-Driven Damping, 654-674

Alina Chertock, Alexander Kurganov, Zhuolin Qu and Tong Wu,
Three-Layer Approximation of Two-Layer Shallow Water Equations,

Gerda Jankevi\v{c}i\={u}t\.{e}, Teres\.{e} Leonavi\v{c}ien\.{e},
Raimondas \v{C}iegis and Andrej Bugajev, Reduced Order Models Based on
Pod Method for Schr\"{o}dinger Equations, 694-707

Svetlana Atslega and Felix Sadyrbaev, On Periodic Solutions of
Li\'{e}nard Type Equations, 708-716

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