NA Digest, V. 17, # 34

NA Digest Sunday, December 24, 2017 Volume 17 : Issue 34

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From: Sigal Gottlieb
Date: December 22, 2017
Subject: Saul Abarbanel, 1931-2017

It fills me with sadness to have to inform you of the death of
Professor Saul Abarbanel.

Saul Abarbanel was born 1 June 1931 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. He
grew up in Tel-Aviv, and then went to the United and attended MIT,
where he received a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics and his
PhD Theoretical Aerodynamics. He did his post-doctoral work at the
department of Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of
Science, and then returned to MIT where he was appointed Assistant
Professor in 1961and promoted to Associate Professor in 1964. He
returned to Israel and was department head of Applied Mathematics at
Tel-Aviv University where in 1970 he was promoted to Professor. He
also served as the Dean of Science, Vice Rector and Rector of Tel-Aviv
University. He was consultant to NASA and was Visiting Professor at
various times at MIT, Brown and University of California, Berkeley. In
1992 he was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award by NASA.

Above all, he was a friend and mentor to many and will be greatly

From: Jane Walker
Date: December 20, 2017
Subject: Board members sought, International Centre for Mathematical Sciences

International Centre for the Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)

The ICMS runs a programme of international research workshops and
related research activity. In April 2018 the ICMS begins a new
EPSRC grant with funding for six years and in the summer of 2018
the ICMS moves into a new building in the heart of Edinburgh, so
this is an exciting time for change and development. The ICMS is
seeking to appoint new members to the Board. The deadline for
applications is 19 January. For further information see or
contact the ICMS Centre Manager, Jane Walker
(, tel: 0131 651 4394).

From: James B. Rawlings
Date: December 18, 2017
Subject: New Book, Model Predictive Control: Theory, Computation, and Design, 2nd Edition

New topics in the second edition: Stochastic MPC, discrete actuators,
economic MPC, distributed MPC of nonlinear systems, software for
computing explicit MPC, new state estimation results for bounded
disturbances. A new chapter on Numerical Optimal Control by
Prof. Moritz M. Diehl, provides a comprehensive treatment of methods
for the numerical solution of the MPC optimization problem. All
numerical examples and exercises in the new edition of the book are
based on the freely available CasADi optimization framework. More
information and software downloads:

From: Tyrone Rees
Date: December 20, 2017
Subject: Bath/RAL Numerical Analysis Day, UK, Jan 2018

The 16th annual Bath-RAL NA Day will be held on Monday 22nd January at
the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The speakers are:

Nick Gould (RAL)
Euan Spence (Bath)
Tim Davis (Texas A&M)
Sheean Olver (Imperial College)
Daniil Kazantsev (Univ. of Manchester/RAL)
Sergey Dolgov (Bath)

Coffee will be available from 10.15am and the talks start at 10.50am;
the full programme is available at

All are welcome, and there is no registration fee for
attendance. Please register with Tyrone Rees (
so that security passes can be arranged to allow you onto the RAL

We will go out in Didcot for dinner in the evening. Please indicate
whether or not you'd like to join us when registering so we have a
rough idea of numbers.

From: Langemann, Dirk
Date: December 22, 2017
Subject: Modeling, analysis, and approximation theory, Germany, Feb 2018

We are pleased to announce a conference on "Modeling, analysis, and
approximation theory toward applications in tomography and inverse
problems" in Braunschweig, Germany, from February, 3rd, 2018, til
February, 7th, 2018. The conference is part of a
Russian-Ukrainian-German trilateral partnership project, but it is
open for all interested scientists.

Further information are found on

From: Michele Benzi
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: Copper Mountain Iterative Methods, USA, Mar 2018

The Fifteenth Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods
March 25th - March 30, 2018
Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA

The Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, held every other
year, is the premiere conference on all aspects of iterative solution
methods and their applications. The meeting is organized in
cooperation with SIAM.

Important Deadlines:
Student competition papers: January 10, 2018
[reserved to students who submitted an abstract by December 13, 2017]
Author abstracts: January 15, 2018
Early registration: January 19, 2018

Lodging: Please reserve early as rooms are limited (we recommend
booking no later than February 21 as any unclaimed rooms will be
released after that date)

Tutorial: on Sunday, March 25, starting at 1PM there will be a 3-4
hours tutorial led by Van Henson on Iterative Methods for Data
Analysis, aimed at graduate-level reasearch assistants in numerical
analysis. Topics include: solvers and preconditioning for graph
problems, matrix functions for graph analysis, spectral partitioning,
eigenvector properties, impact of skewed degree distributions, ranking
algorithms, Markov chains, etc.

For additional information, see

From: Carlo de Falco
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: OctConf 2018, Switzerland, Mar 2018

The Octave conference for 2018 [1] will once again be held at CERN
[2], near Geneva, Switzerland, from March 12 until March 15.

This four day event brings together many of Octave and Octave Forge
developers, as well as members from the community. It is the ideal
place to meet other Octave developers and users, to get help, and show
Octave projects.

We are still working out the details of the program but there will be
one day dedicated to workshops and coding projects, and another for an
unconference. If there is a topic you would like to have discussed,
or a workshop on a specific topic, please contact us.

While registration is free, there is a limited number of spaces.
Please register at the CERN's OctConf page [3]


From: Sonia Cafieri
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: Mathematical Programming, France, Jul 2018

23rd International Symposium on Mathematical Programming 2018 (ISMP
2018) in Bordeaux, France, 1-6 July 2018

Call for presentations: Optimization in sciences, societal issues,

We are collecting presentations (in the form of a title and short
abstract, to be submitted as a text file containing also the authors'
details and contacts) to be inserted into sessions in Track 4.f
(Sciences: Optimization in Sciences, Computational Biology, Societal
Issues, Finance, and Economics), itself a part of Cluster 4 (Problem
specific models, Algorithm implementations, and Software).

We are planning sessions in:
- Theory and applications of Distance Geometry (Liberti)
- Optimization methods in Computational Biology (Liberti)
- Optimization in Natural Language Processing (Liberti)
- Mathematical Programming in Economics (Peis)
- Mathematical Programming for Dynamic Traffic Assignment (Peis)
- Mathematical Programming in Air Transportation and Traffic
Management (Cafieri)

Please send your contributions to:
Leo Liberti
Sonia Cafieri
Britta Peis

From: Guannan Zhang
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: Sparse Grids and Applications, Germany, Jul 2018

Call for submission: The 5th Workshop on Sparse Grids and Applications
Munich, Germany, July 23-27, 2018.

Sparse grids have gained increasing interest in recent years for the
numerical treatment of high-dimensional problems. Where classical
numerical discretization schemes fail in more than three or four
dimensions, sparse grids allow to overcome the curse of dimensionality
to some extent - increasing the number of dimensions that can be dealt
with. The aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners
using sparse grids and their variants, and both theoretical and
practical talks are highly welcome. Possible topics related to sparse
grids and their applications include but are not limited to:
spatially/dimensionally adaptive refinement; complexities and error
bounds; wavelets; high-order methods; data mining (classification,
regression, clustering, etc.); (stochastic) partial differential
equations; interpolation and quadrature; parameter identification;
integral equations; dimensionality reduction; efficient/parallel data
structures; sparse grid software; applications using sparse grids;
uncertainty quantification.

More information about the workshop can be found at:

Important dates:
- Abstract submission: Feb. 1, 2018
- Acceptance notification: Mar. 1, 2018
- Registration (speakers and participants): Apr. 1, 2018

From: Volker Schulz
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: Computational Optimization (EUCCO), Germany, Sep 2018

EUCCO 2018 - first call for papers - save the date!

We would like to draw your attention to the 5th European Conference on
Computational Optimization - EUCCO 2018, taking place in Trier in from
September 10 - 12, 2018. Please save the date!

The scope of this conference series is quite broad as it aims to bring
together scientists from a diversity of subdisciplines, such as
computational optimization, algorithms and applications. The upcoming
conference will place special emphasis on certain aspects of
optimization, found in the focus sessions, while still keeping its
more traditional focus on large scale optimization, optimization with
partial differential equations, and numerical optimization algorithms
and software. More information can be found at

Registration is now open!

From: Dirk Roose
Date: December 22, 2017
Subject: Valorisation Manager Position, KU Leuven

The NUMA (Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics) section of the
Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven develops numerical
methods, algorithms and software for simulation and data analysis,
with applications in many fields in science and engineering. Research
topics include numerical linear algebra, numerical methods for data
analytics, model order reduction, control and optimization methods,
multi-scale modelling and simulation, high performance computing, and
uncertainty propagation. For the valorisation of the research output
and the exploration of opportunities for projects, in particular with
industry, we have a vacancy for a full-time, permanent position as a
valorisation manager.

The candidate must hold a PhD degree, and have at least 3 years of
research experience after the PhD, including tech transfer and/or
collaborations with companies. Experience in project proposal writing
and knowledge of intellectual property rights are desirable.

More information and application instructions can be found at .

The review of the applications will start on January 15, 2018, and
continue until the position is filled.

From: Dugald Duncan
Date: December 22, 2017
Subject: Faculty Position, Heriot-Watt Univ, Edinburgh, UK

The Department of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh
would like to grow its research and teaching capacity in applied
mathematics. We are seeking to make one or more academic
appointment(s) to strengthen our research in the areas of applied
mathematics, industrial mathematics, computational mathematics,
mathematical data science, stochastic modelling or uncertainty
quantification. The role will also have a teaching responsibility.

We are particularly interested in applicants whose research has
industrial or interdisciplinary connections.

Candidates should have a PhD and a strong research track record, at a
high international level and demonstrated through publications. They
must also have the relevant experience to be able to engage in the
standard Heriot-Watt undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics
teaching programmes, including the supervision of PhD students.

Closing date: 14 January 2018
Details at:

From: Ren-Cang Li
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: Tenure-Track Position, Data Science

The University of Texas Arlington, College of Science
Posting Number: F00071P

The College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington
( invites applications for a tenure-track
faculty position in Data Science (broadly defined). Candidates may be
considered for appointment at the level of Assistant Professor, or at
higher rank depending on qualifications. This position is a step
towards establishing a new interdisciplinary Data Science degree
program that will involve faculty from multiple science
departments. Candidates could: (1) have a Ph.D. in statistics,
mathematics or computer science and work within a scientific domain on
data-intensive problems; (2) have a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline
and engage in data-driven research; or (3) have a Ph.D. in a relevant
field and experience in applying data-intensive analysis in industrial
or other non-academic settings. The ideal candidate will have the
capability to formulate research in area(s) of natural or behavioral
science, and an interest in collaborating with disciplinary scientists
in areas of research where the College is strong, such as comparative
genomics and proteomics, neuroscience, medical imaging, geospatial
modeling, mathematical statistics, and machine learning in
computational physics. Successful candidates will have a doctoral
degree in a relevant field and will be expected to develop a
nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, as well
as teach data science courses at the undergraduate and graduate
(Master's and Ph.D.) levels. We are deeply committed to increasing
diversity and especially encourage applications from women and
minority scholars.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be
submitted by January 1st, 2018. Applicants must apply online at A complete application
includes: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) summary of current and proposed
research (max. three pages), 3) statement of teaching interests, and
4) names and email addresses of four references.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it
is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to promote and
ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual
orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. A
criminal background check on finalists is required.

From: Martin Stoll
Date: December 20, 2017
Subject: Postdoc Position, TU Chemnitz

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to design and develop
numerical methods for large-scale PDE-constrained optimization and
mixed-integer optimization for renewable energies. The position is
part of a larger project and offers the possibility to work on
exciting mathematical problems with a fantastic chemical engineering

We advertise a full position for three years and the work will be
conducted as part of the group on Scientific Computing and comes with
generous travel support.

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in the field of mathematics or
scientific computing. They should also enjoy implementing numerical
methods for large-scale problems.

A more detailed German description is found under

For further information please contact Martin Stoll

Please send your application including a cover letter, CV and the
names of two potential referees to by the 21st of
January 2018.

From: Carsten Carstensen
Date: December 23, 2017
Subject: PhD/Postdoc Positions, Numerical Analysis, Berlin, Germany

There is a 2/3 teaching position announced with deadline 11.01.2018
for up to 6 years with reference AN/237/17 and there are shorter
full-time research positions for generalised mixed FEM in the DFG SPP
1748 in the Numerical Analysis at the Department of Mathematics at
Humboldt U in Berlin, Germany. We seek an outstanding candidate in
the computational PDEs with a persepctive of an international career
in the mathematics of adaptive and nonstandard FEMs. The teaching
position may require teaching in German in the long run, while
specialized courses, the everyday business, and life in Berlin can be
in English. The positions are designed for PhD students and could be
combined for Postdocs. Please contact Prof Carstensen with a CV for
further information and the application.

From: Martin Schmidt
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: PhD Position, Continuous Optimization

The Chair of Economics, Discrete Optimization and Mathematics invites
applications for a PhD position in continuous optimization at the
Department of Mathematics to be filled for a period of three years.
The successful applicant will work in the project "Energy efficiency
via intelligent district heating networks" in cooperation with the
academic partners University Trier, TU Berlin, and Fraunhofer
Institute for Industrial Mathematics as well as the industrial partner
Technische Werke Ludwigshafen am Rhein AG. The project is funded by
the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The focus of the
project will be the development of model hierarchies and solution
techniques for coupled district heating networks. The main idea is to
develop optimization algorithms based on continuous (and, maybe, later
on mixed-integer) optimization that control the overall model accuracy
by exploiting error estimates defined on the modeling hierarchy. The
developed algorithms will be analyzed theoretically and need to be
implemented in a programming language like C++ or Python.

We seek excellent open-minded and team-spirited PhD candidates that
should have completed their studies at master level in a program with
strong mathematical background in optimization.

The chair EDOM - Economics, Discrete Optimization, Mathematics (Chair
Wirtschaftsmathematik) consists of 20+ PhD students and Postdocs and
has more than fifteen years of experience in modeling and solving
complex and very large-scale planning and decision problems from
logistics, energy, production, engineering, and the natural sciences,
see Their key expertise is in
developing and applying models and algorithms, which yield proven
optimal solutions to optimization problems. This involves techniques
like linear, nonlinear, and integer programming, robust optimization,
graph algorithms, polyhedral combinatorics, and the like.

Please send your complete application documents (motivation letter,
detailed CV, certificates, list of MSc courses and grades, copy of the
master thesis, reference letter, etc.) as one PDF to

From: Harald Garcke
Date: December 22, 2017
Subject: PhD Positions, Graduate School IntComSin, Regensburg-Erlangen

The Research Training Group "Interfaces, Complex Structures, and
Singular Limits in Continuum Mechanics" (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2339)
announces the opening of 11 Doctorate positions (75 %, TV-L 13, for 3
years) at the Departments of Mathematics of Universitat Regensburg and
of Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg. Seven positions
are starting on April 1, 2018, four positions are starting on
September 1, 2018. The research at the Graduiertenkolleg focuses on
many aspects of advanced mathematical modeling, analysis, and numerics
with the perspective to understand complex phenomena observed in fluid
mechanics, material engineering, biological systems, and other applied
sciences. Typically, interfaces, multiple scales/fields, and small
parameters (singular limits) are core features of the problems to be

The doctoral programme offers a structured course programme in partial
differential equations, calculus of variations, numerical analysis,
scientific computing, mathematical modeling, and professional skills.

The prospective applicant for a doctorate position should hold a
Diploma or Master degree in mathematics or in a related field.

Applicants are asked to submit a CV, copies of certificates of
academic qualifications held, a study track record, a copy of a degree
thesis, and a statement of the scientific interests. Applications
should be sent electronically to or

For further information see:
Application deadlines: February 15, 2018 and July 1, 2018.

From: Tanja Hagedorn
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: PhD Positions, Mathematics of Wave Phenomena

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1173 "Wave phenomena -
analysis and numerics" and the Institute for Applied and Numerical
Mathematics offer PhD positions (75%-100%) under the supervision of
Prof. Marlis Hochbruck, Prof. Christian Wieners, Dr Birgit Schorkhuber
(Junior Research Group Leader) and Dr Michael Feischl (Junior Research
Group Leader). The full description can be found under the following

From: Lina von Sydow
Date: December 18, 2017
Subject: PhD Positions, Uppsala Univ

Applications are invited for 3 PhD student positions at the Division
of Scientific Computing, Department of Information Technology at
Uppsala University.

A PhD student position requires a Master of Science or an equivalent
exam in a field which is relevant for the topic of the PhD
thesis. However, candidates which are expected to be awarded a Master
degree soon (e.g. currently working on their Masters thesis) are also
eligible to apply. Candidates should mention the earliest feasible
starting date for the employment.

The PhD student position is for a maximum of five years of study and
includes departmental duties at a level of at most 20% (typically

The deadline for applications (written in Swedish or English) is
January 22, 2018.

For more information, see .

From: Badih Ghusayni
Date: December 22, 2017
Subject: Contents, Intl J of Mathematics and Computer Science, 3 (1)

Contents, International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science,
Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018:

1) Huseyin Bor, On certain new applications of quasi-power increasing

2) John N. Haddad , Ziad S. Rached, Amer F. Jajou, The Full Likelihood
Function of a Linear Stationary Gaussian Process.

3) Sudaporn Suebsung, Ronnason Chinram, Interval Valued Fuzzy Ideal
Extensions of Ternary Semigroups.

4) Bahattin Gunes, The imaginary parts of the zeros of the Riemann
zeta function.

5) M. H. Hooshmand, H. Kamarulhaili, A recurrence equation for
b-digital sequences and its solutions.

6) H. N. OZGEN, On Two Integrability Methods of Improper Integrals.

7) Khwancheewa Wattanatripop, Ronnason Chinram, Thawhat Changphas,
Fuzzy almost bi-ideals in semigroups.

8) Emil Asmaryan, On the Generation of Pythagorean Triples and
Representation of Integers as a Difference of Two Squares.

9) Ahmet Karakas, A note on absolute summability method involving
almost increasing and \delta-quasi-monotone sequences.

From: ZHEN
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: Contents, Journal of the Operations Research Society of China, 5 (4)

Journal of the Operations Research Society of China
Volume 5, Issue4, 2017

1.Gradient and Hessian of Joint Probability Function with Applications
on Chance-Constrained Programs, L. Jeff Hong, Guang-Xin Jiang

2.On the Convergence Rate of an Inexact Proximal Point Algorithm for
Quasiconvex Minimization on Hadamard Manifolds, Nancy Baygorrea, Erik
Alex Papa Quiroz, Nelson Maculan

3.Approximate Optimality Conditions for Composite Convex Optimization
Problems, Xian-Jun Long, Xiang-Kai Sun, Zai-Yun Peng

4,A New Restarting Adaptive Trust-Region Method for Unconstrained
Optimization, Morteza Kimiaei, Susan Ghaderi

5.The Study of Group Scheduling Problems with General Dual-
Position-Based Job Processing Times, Xian-Yu Yu, De-Qun Zhou, Yu-Lin

6.A Partially Parallel Prediction-Correction Splitting Method for
Convex Optimization Problems with Separable Structure, Fu-Sheng Bai,
Ling Xu

7.An Inexact Proximal Method with Proximal Distances for Quasimonotone
Equilibrium Problems, Lennin Mallma Ramirez, Erik Alex Papa Quiroz,
P. R. Oliveira

From: Miguel Anjos
Date: December 21, 2017
Subject: Contents, Optimization and Engineering, 18 (4)

Optimization and Engineering, Volume 18, Issue 4, December 2017


Best practices for comparing optimization algorithms, Vahid
Beiranvand, Warren Hare & Yves Lucet

Convex optimization of measurement allocation for magnetic tracking
systems, Oskar Talcoth, Gustav Risting & Thomas Rylander

Difference of convex functions algorithms (DCA) for image restoration
via a Markov random field model, Hoai An Le Thi & Tao Pham Dinh

Optimization methods for petroleum fields development and production
systems: a review, Cheng Seong Khor, Ali Elkamel & Nilay Shah

Petroleum refinery optimization, Cheng Seong Khor & Dimitrios

Cargo scheduling decision support for offshore oil and gas production:
a case study, Elham Mardaneh, Qun Lin, Ryan Loxton & Nicola Wilson

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