NA Digest Saturday, April 10, 1999 Volume 99 : Issue 15

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From: Jose Castillo <>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 12:08:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Computational Science and Engineering PhD

I would like to get some help with the following.

1. What is computational science and engineering?

2. Why do we need a PhD program in this new discipline?

We established a MS program (a BS also) here at SDSU in Computational Science
and now we are exploring to creation of a PhD program.

I appreciate you input in this mattter. Best Regards, Jose

P.S. please check our web site

Professor Jose E. Castillo
Interdisciplinary Research Center
San Diego State University
San Diego California 92182-7720
Phone (619)-594-7205 Fax (619)594-6746


From: Laurent El Ghaoui <>
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 12:01:32 +0200
Subject: Change of Address for Laurent El Ghaoui

On April 20, 1999, I will move to the following address.

Laurent El Ghaoui
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, 94720
267M Cory Hall
Phone: (510) 643-8351
Fax: (510) 642-1341

Best regards,

Laurent El Ghaoui


From: Vladimir Kamyshnikov <>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 09:15:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Universal Method for Solution of Nonlinear Systems of Equation


There exists an opinion among specialists that one cannot create a
method of solving any non-linear query. I hope now I can prove this
information false. Title my algorithm and software: "Global Method of
Solving Non-Linear Systems Equations and Non-Linear Programming
Problems with Multiple-Optima Functions on Non-Convex and Non-Linked

I solutions almost free any hard nonlinear Systems Equations and
Problems Non-linear Programming.

Wait yours suggestions.


Dr. Kamyshnikov A. Vladimir
Department of Economy
Tomsk State Architectural University

address: 634003, RussiaTomsk-3, POB 3046
tel: +7 (3822) 723633


From: Julien Dompierre <julien@CERCA.UMontreal.CA>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 15:44:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Meshing Day in Montreal

Meshing Day
Friday, April 23, 1999
Centre for Research on Computation and its Applications (CERCA)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CERCA is organizing a one-day meeting on the generation, adaptation and
optimization of three-dimensional meshes, and on error estimation. This day
will be a forum where participants from universities and industry will share
what is being done in this domain and will discuss state-of-the-art methods,
industrial needs and future developments. The goal of these discussions is
to increase the regional synergy in this domain. Presentations will be
given either in French or in English.

For more information, refer to:


From: Basem Attili <>
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 20:49:10 +0300
Subject: Conference in Turkey on Biomathematics

Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey,
July 14 - 19, 1999

The scientific program will include one-hour plenary lectures, half-hour
lectures and poster contributions. There is a plan to publish the Conference

Prepossessed Parallel Sessions:

1. Theory of Differential Difference Equations
2. Discrete and Dynamical Modeling
3. Cell and Molecular Biology
4. Ecology and Evolutionary Dynamics
5. Neural Networks and Applications
6. Epidemiology and Theory of Epidemics
In addition, special sessions will be organized around focused topics that
are particularly new or rapidly gaining importance.

Haydar Akca, Ovide Arino, Basem Attili, Ludwik Byszewski, Battal Ciplak,
Kayahan Fiskin, Efim Galperin, Michael C. Mackey, Hanna Parnas, Ziad Taib

For further information contact:

Prof. Haydar Akca
KFUPM-Mathematical Sciences Department - P.O.Box 1071 Dhahran 31261 -
Saudi Arabia Telephone: 966 3 860 2279 (Office) 966 3 860 6377 (Home)
Fax : 966 3 860 2340


From: Carlos A. de Moura <>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 11:01:55 -0300
Subject: School in Brazil on Advanced Parallel Techniques

The CIMPA (Centre International de Mathematiques Pures et Apliquees)
School on Advanced Parallel Techniques and Applications
will be held at

Hotel Piramides, Natal(RN), Brazil,
on Sep 25th - Oct 2nd 1999,

in conjunction with the

XI Brazilian Symposium on Parallel Architecture and High Performance
and the

XII Brazilian Symposium on Integrated Circuits and System Design
For some additional information about Natal, please refer to

The list of invited lecturers follows:

- Introductory lectures (4 1/2 hour long):

. BL1:
Dining and drinking philosophers as abstractions for resource sharing,
Valmir C. Barbosa, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
. BL2:
Parallel algorithms,
Michel Cosnard, LIP - ENS Lyon, France
. BL3:
Algorithm derandomization,
Jose Rolim, Universit\'e de Gen\`eve, Switzerland
. BL4:
Task scheduling for Parallel and Distributed processing,
Denis Trystram, LMC - IMAG, France

- Applications lectures (3 hour long):

. AL1:
Parallel direct methods for solving systems of equations,
Iain Duff, RAL/CERFACS, France
. AL2:
Parallel algorithms for solving differential equations,
Carlos A. de Moura, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
. AL3:
Parallel discrete-event simulation,
Philippe Mussi, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
. AL4:
Parallel symbolic computing,
Thierry Gautier, INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France
. AL5:
Discrete computing with PC clusters,
Afonso Ferreira, CNRS - I3S - INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
. AL6:
Parallel algorithms for discrete ordered structures,
Michel Morvan, Universit\'e Paris VII, France
. AL7:
Parallel graph algorithms,
Siang Song, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
. AL8:
Metaheuristics for combinatorial optimization,
Mauricio Resende, AT&T, USA

The collection of lecture texts will be available to the participants
ellectronically or printed. In order to reduce costs, the School
will strongly encourage the participants to get them electronically.
We will keep you informed by means of the homepage
which will be opening soon.

Email questions about the organization of the School should
be addressed to:

Manoel Orley
CIMPA School secretary


Ricardo Correa (
Mario Fiallos (


From: Marcin Paprzycki <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 00:15:12 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Special Issue on Advanced Parallel and Distributed Simulation

Call for Papers


Parallel and Distributed Computing Practices (PDCP)
(journal published by Nova Science Books)

Over the last decade, the techniques developed in parallel and distributed
simulation have allowed us to simulate systems of an unprecedented scale.
The ability to simulate computer networks with in excess of 100,000
switches on a detailed level and to simulate chips with 200,000 gates is
now within our reach. Distributed interactive simulation with
geographically dispersed simulation nodes is another important beneficiary
of this research.

The availability of low cost parallel platforms such as clusters of
workstations and the development of object oriented languages for parallel
simulation are now making it possible to use these techniques in real
application environments.

Consequently, we are soliciting papers on the simulation of large systems.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Computer network simulation, including the simulation of mobile systems
and PCS networks

- VLSI systems. Simulation at any level of the VLSI hierarchy (eg. gate,
behavioral, etc.)

- Computer architecture simulation, including the simulation of parallel
machine architectures

- Distributed interactive simulation, including real-time applications and
interactive simulation in entertainment

- Manufacturing applications

- Important algorithmic developments which have a direct bearing on the
parallel/distributed simulation of large systems.

Please submit full papers, not previously published or submitted for
publication elsewhere by e-mail to the guest editor (address below).
Include a cover page with the title, abstract, names as well as e-mail and
physical addresses of the authors as well. Please submit postscript files,
preferably viewable by ghostview.


Paper due December 15th, 1999

Notification of acceptance May 15, 1999

Final version for the paper due September 1st, 2000
(formatted according to the
journal specification --> see the journal WWW site)


Carl Tropper
School of Computer Science
McGill University
McConnell Engineering Building
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2A7
telephone: (514) 398 3743
fax: (514) 398 3883

Relevant URL's

PDCP Journal:

Instructions for Contributors: for Contributors

Nova Science Publishers:


From: Heinz W. Engl <>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 18:57:59 +0200
Subject: Faculty Position at Johannes Kepler University


The Faculty for Science and Engineering of the Johannes Kepler University
in Linz, Austria invites applications for a newly created position at the
level of Full Professor in Mathematical Finance, to commence as soon after
the first of March, 2000, as possible. We are looking for a mathematician
with a Ph.D., scientific qualifications equivalent to a European habilitation
and a distinguished research reputation in the field of mathematical finance.
The appointee should be willing to establish collaboration with the financial
industry in joint research projects (for example in the fields of derivative
products or risk management).

The Johannes Kepler University specifically encourages female candidates to
apply, with a view to increasing the proportion of female professors. Women
candidates will be given preference over equally qualified male applicants.

Applications should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, list of publications,
teaching record, a brief research prospectus and copies of three of the
candidate's most important and relevant publications and should be submitted
to Dean Prof. Dr. Heinz W. ENGL, Dekanat der TNF, Johannes Kepler Universitat
Linz, Altenbergerstrasze 69, A- 4040 Linz, Austria, no later than Sept.30, 1999.


From: Iain Duff <>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 19:13:49 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Research Positions in Parallel Algorithms Team at CERFACS

PhD and Post-doc positions available at CERFACS

Research positions are open in the Parallel Algorithm Project led
by Iain Duff at CERFACS, where the main research activities are :
- Large sparse matrix calculations:
- direct linear solvers
- iterative linear solvers, preconditioning, domain decomposition
- eigensolvers
- Large scale nonlinear systems and optimization
- Reliability of numerical software

We are looking for candidates both at PhD and post-doc level with interest,
motivation and background in both numerical analysis and numerical
computing. For post-doc applicants experience in high performance computing
and mathematics (with publications) is required. The post could also be
suitable for a senior visitor on sabbatical. We would prefer a visit of two
years but a shorter visit would be possible.

For detailed information about the Parallel Algorithms Project at CERFACS
URL address :

For more information about Toulouse, the city where CERFACS is located
URL address :

For information on the application procedure
URL address :

Please send email to


From: George Labahn <>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 08:16:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at University of Waterloo

Research Positions in Symbolic or Numeric Computation

We have postdoctoral and research associate positions opening as of
Sept 1, 1999 (or the following January) for research in a number of
areas of both numeric and symbolic computation in computer algebra
systems. Applications should be received by May 15, 1999.

Please forward this information to potential interested parties.
Thank you in advance.

The official announcement follows.

Postdoctoral and Research Associate positions

Symbolic Computation Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Canada N2L 3G1

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow or
Research Associate with the Symbolic Computation Group, Department of
Computer Science, University of Waterloo. Since 1980 the Symbolic
Computation Group has been a centre of research on algorithms and
systems for computer algebra. The commercially distributed Maple
computer algebra system evolved from this group.

Candidates should have a Ph.D degree in some branch of mathematics or
computer science, with research interests in either symbolic or numeric
computation in computer algebra systems. Applicants should have
experience in programming mathematical algorithms in the context of
symbolic computation or numerical computation.

Current research interests of the group include:

Hybrid symbolic-numeric computation
Symbolic integration
Symbolic differential equations (ODEs,PDEs,DAEs)
Simplification of mathematical expressions
Symbolic linear algebra
Symbolic-numeric algorithms for polynomials
Extended precision numerical computation

Additional information about the group and its activities can be obtained
from the web site

Applicants should send (by May 15) a CV, a letter describing their research
interests, and arrange to have at least two letters of reference sent, to

Prof. George Labahn Prof. Keith Geddes
Symbolic Computation Group Symbolic Computation Group
Department of Computer Science Department of Computer Science
University of Waterloo University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON Waterloo, ON
Canada N2L 3G1 Canada N2L 3G1

Directors, Symbolic Computation Group


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