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From: Ake Bjorck <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 1999 16:06:15 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Conference for the 40th Anniversary of BIT

International Conference on NUMERICAL MATHEMATICS
on the 40th Anniversary of the journal BIT
August 9--12, 2000
Lund, Sweden
First Announcement and Call for Papers

Topics central to BIT will be emphasized. Several invited talks will survey
important recent developments in areas including numerical solution
of odes, numerical linear algebra

The conference is hosted by the Department of Mathematics of the University
of Lund located in southern Sweden.

{\AA}ke Bj{\"o}rck (Link{\"o}ping University)
Gustaf S{\"o}derlind (Lund University)
Kaj Madsen (Technical University of Denmark)

Per Christian Hansen, Lyngby
Olavi Nevanlinna, Helsinki
Syvert N{\o}rsett, Trondheim
Axel Ruhe, Gothenburg

Schedule and themes:

The following speakers have been invited:
G. H. Golub (Stanford University)
G. W. Stewart (University of Maryland)
E. Hairer (Universit\'e de Gen\`eve)
H. Van der Vorst (Utrecht University )

MINISYMPOSIA over the following topics central to BIT will be organized:
Geometric integration (Syvert N\o rsett)
Generalized eigenproblems (Axel Ruhe)
Inverse and illposed problems (Per Christian Hansen)
Iterative methods (Olavi Nevanlinna)
Ordinary differential equations (Gustaf S\"oderlind)

A meeting with the editorial board of BIT is scheduled.

Participants wishing to present a contributed talk should submit by e-mail
an extended abstract (1-2 pages) written in LaTeX to Prof. Gustaf S{\"o}derlind,
Deadline for submission is March 1, 2000. Notification of acceptance will
be given by April 15, 1999. Participants should register by June 15, 2000
for their talk to be included in the Conference program.

Papers from the conference will be published in BIT Numerical Mathematics,
Issue 41:1. Deadline for paper submission is September 15, 2000.

The Conference fee is 175$ US for early registration until May 31, 2000
and 200$ US after this date or on site registration. The fee includes:
a welcoming reception, coffee breaks, an afternoon excursion over the new
bridge from Malm{\"o} to Copenhagen, where the conference dinner will take

Early registration: June 15, 2000
Abstract submission: March 1, 2000
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2000

Additional information about the Conference may be obtained by writing to
BIT Conference 2000, Center for Mathematical Sciences, Lund University,
Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden or by visiting the web site of the Conference
at the address:


From: David Belsley <>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 13:34:17 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Society for Computational Economics

Call for Papers
a special interest group of
Computing in Economics and Finance
6th International Conference
of the
Society for Computational Economics

The 6th international conference of the Society for Computational
Economics, "Computing in Economics and Finance," will be held July 6-8,
2000 on the campus of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Catalonia,
Spain. As director of the Special Interest Group in Computing in
Econometrics and Statistics, I am organizing sessions dealing with
econometric and statistical computation for these meetings, and I wish to
invite you to submit an abstract to me for conideration for inclusion.

These sessions will entertain papers falling into any of the following
three categories: 1) computational procedures for doing econometrics or
statistics, 2) econometric or statistical studies using substantive
computational elements, or 3) computational environments useful for
conducting econometric or statistical studies.

Please submit an abstract to me by January 15, 2000. The abstracts should
be in plain text and submitted preferably by e-mail. Fax and regular mail
may also be used if necessary.

e-mail: (preferable)
fax: 617-552-2308
mail: David A. Belsley
Department of Economics
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


From: Angela Kunoth <>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 14:25:25 +0000
Subject: Workshop on Adaptive Methods and Error Estimators

Second Announcement
GAMM Workshop Kiel on
Adaptive Methods - Error Estimators
January 21-23, 2000

Carsten Carstensen (Kiel)
Wolfgang Hackbusch (Kiel & Leipzig)
Angela Kunoth (Bonn)

The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss the state
of the art of error estimators for partial differential
and integral operators to be used within adaptive strategies
and related topics.
While error estimators for finite element methods are established
in the literature, adaptively generated wavelet spaces have been
introduced very recently.
Possible topics of the workshop include reliability, efficiency,
(Besov) regularity, saturation assumptions, and approximation
properties of exact and discrete solutions to elliptic partial
differential equations.
We particulary intend to discuss parallel developments in both
the finite element and the wavelet areas.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

o A-posteriori error estimators for partial differential
operators based on
o finite elements
o wavelets

o A-posteriori error estimators for integral operators based on
o finite elements
o wavelets

o Adaptive boundary element methods
o Adaptive multigrid methods

Invited Speakers (Confirmed):
Ronald A. DeVore (South Carolina)
Willy Doerfler (Freiburg)
Rolf Rannacher (Heidelberg)

Everybody interested is warmly invited to attend.
Location: Mathematisches Seminar und Institut fuer Informatik und
Praktische Mathematik, Universitaet Kiel, Germany

Conference fee: DM 70.- (to be paid after arrival)

Call for papers: Participants wanting to give a talk (30 min)
should submit an abstract (10-20 lines) before November 30, 1999.
Notification of acceptance will be given by December 15, 1999.

Please note that the following coordinates have changed !

Local organization: Angela Kunoth, Tel.: ++49-228-73-3144,
Fax : ++49-228-73-7527,

All correspondence in connection with the workshop, including
registration and submission of abstracts, is to be made via
e-mail on address:

Visit the homepage on
for registration and further information.


From: Krishnakumar Garikipati <krishna@gloworm.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 09:49:28 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Symposium on Computational Methods in Semiconductor Technology

Computational Methods for MEMS at ICES'2K, to be held in Los Angeles,
August 21-25 2000.

organized by: Narayan Aluru, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana
and by: Krishna Garikipati, Stanford University (U. Michigan
1/2000 onward)
Computational MEMS/Electronics: Organizers:N.Aluru and K. Garikipati

The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers from computational
mechanics, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering on a
common platform to exchange ideas and to foster innovation in CAD
tools for simulation-based design methodologies for MEMS and
Semiconductor technology. Topics of include
o Modeling and simulation of Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS)
o Modeling and simulation of Microfluidics
o Modeling and simulation of optical MEMS
o Modeling and simulation of Bio-MEMS
o Process modeling of MEMS and IC devices
o Semiconductor device modeling

The deadline for one-page abstracts is Jan 10, 2000. Abstracts should
be sent to either of the organizers, whose contacts are listed below.

Authors whose abstracts are selected for the symposium will be
notified by Feb. 1, 2000. Thereafter, extended abstracts of upto 6
pages should be submitted following the instructions provided on the
conference website
These extended absrtacts will be due on April 1, 2000.

Prof. Narayan Aluru; Computational Electronics/MEMS, MC-251;
e-mail: 3217 Beckman Institute; Phone : (217)
333-1180 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Fax :
(217) 244-4333 405 N. Mathews Avenue; Urbana, IL 61801;


From: Alan Craig <>
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 11:21:07 +0000
Subject: Numerical Analysis Summer School at University of Durham

The 9th EPSRC Summer School in Numerical Analysis will
take place in the University of Durham, United Kingdom
on the 9th-21st July, 2000.

The speakers and topics will be

Sunday 9th July - Friday 14th July 2000

C. Bernardi (Paris): Spectral and High order methods.

P. Kloeden (Frankfurt): Stochastic Differential Equations
and their Numerical Solution.

A. Szepessy (Stockholm): Hyperbolic Differential Equations.

Sunday 16th July - Friday 21st July 2000

P. Bjorstad (Bergen): Domain Decomposition Techniques.

C. Carstensen (Keil): Microstructure.

R. Kornhuber (Berlin): Nonlinear Multigrid Techniques.

The purpose of the Summer Schools has always been the
delivery of high quality instructional courses at postgraduate
level. The intended audience is a wide one, and will include
research students, academics and people from industry. The
lecturers will be encouraged to enable a person with an
elementary knowledge of a subject to attain reasonable competence
in it, or with a good initial knowledge to identify and begin
work on unsolved problems.

Each week, thirty five funded places are available for
participants eligible for EPSRC funding. These include EPSRC
sponsored post-graduate students and UK academics. Priority
is given to post-graduate students. The funding covers the cost
of accommodation, but does not include travel expenses. A nominal
registration fee is charged for EPSRC supported participants.
Details of the fees are included on the web page linked below.

Others, including those from industry and overseas, not eligible
for EPSRC support are liable for the cost of registration,
accommodation and meals.

For further details (including online registration) see the web

or contact

Alan Craig
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Durham
South Road
Durham DH1 3LE

+44 (0) 191 374 2381


From: Yuan Ya-xiang <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 1999 15:52:07 +0000
Subject: Conference in Beijing on Scientific Computing

First Announcement and Call for Papers
International Conference on Scientific Computing
(Beijing, Aug 29-31, 2000)

An International Conference on Scientific Computing will be held at the
Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific Computing, Chinese
Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, from August 29-31, 2000.

This conference is to celebrate the 80's birthday of late Professor Feng Kang,
who was a pioneer of scientific computing in China. Invited lectures on
scientific computing and applied mathematics will be given at the conference.
Contributed papers on all aspects of scientific computing are welcome. Those
who wish to attend the conference please send an e-mail to Professor Ya-xiang
Yuan ( The web site for the conference is


Prof H. Brunner (Memorial Univ of Newfoundland, CANADA)
Prof. B. Engquist (UCLA, USA)
Prof. H. Fujita (Meiji Univ., JAPAN)
Prof. H.B. Kelly (CalTech, USA)
Prof. M. Krizek (Czech Academy of Sciences, CZECH)
Prof. P. Lax (New York Univ, USA) -- unconfirmed.
Prof. J. M. Sanz-Serna (Univ of Valladolid, SPAIN).
Prof. W. Wendland (Univ of Stuttgart, GERMANY) -- unconfirmed.
Prof. O.C. Zienkjewicz (Univ. of Wales, UK) -- Unconfirmed.


Second Announcement: March 1st 2000.
Deadlines for submission of papers: May 1st, 2000.
Early registration: June 1, 2000.
Conference dates: August 29-31, 2000.

Scientific Committee members include
Zhong-ci Shi (Chair),
Yu-lin Zhou, Qun Lin, Jun-zi Cui, Hong-ci Huang, Chi-wang Shu, Jinchao Xu,
Thomas Yizhao Hou, Raymond Chan, Weinan E, Ping-wen Zhang, Shi Jin, Tao Tang,
Wen-bin Liu, Shao-liang Zhang.

Organizing Committee members include
Ya-xiang Yuan (Chair),
De-hao Yu, Dao-liu Wang, Lie-heng Wang, Lin-bo Zhang, Zhong-zhi Bai, Da-yong
Cai, Shu-fang Xu, Rong-Jin Shen, Tian-xiao Zhou, Ben-yu Guo, Ren-hong Wang,
Xin-hua Wang, Zhi-ming Chen, Shang-you Zhang, Qiang Du, Mo Mu, Jun Zou, Ming Gu.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Ya-xiang Yuan
Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific Computing
Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2719, Beijing 100080, China
Tel: +86-10-255-9001, +86-10-6254-5820 FAX: +86-10-254-2485


From: Wei Guowei <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 10:16:40 +0800 (SST)
Subject: Faculty Position at National University of Singapore

Faculty positions in the Department of Computational Science

The National University of Singapore solicits applications for
full-time tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of
Computational Science.

The National University of Singapore is a leading Asian university
and is in the same league as the top 88 Research Universities 1 in
USA (Carnegie Classification). The Department of Computational
Science is one of the few in the world that offers interdisciplinary
undergraduate major programmes in computational chemistry,
computational mathematics, and computational physics. There are
currently a small core of faculty members and several postdoctoral
research fellows. The Department currently has over 200
undergraduate students and 30 postgraduate students.

Major research areas in the Department include nonlinear dynamics
and complex systems, computational statistical and condensed matter
physics, computational quantum chemistry and molecular modelling,
computational biology and computer aided drug design, computational
fluid dynamics, wavelet analysis and applications, neural computing
and optimization.

Applications are invited for faculty appointments at all
levels in any of the following areas:

Numerical Analysis/Scientific Computing
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Electrodynamics
Computational Structural Mechanics
Computational Biology/Bioinformatics
Computational Chemistry
Computational Material Physics
Geometric Modelling and Scientific Visualization
Complex Systems

Application form, together with a resume, research plan and three
letters of recommendation, should be sent to :

Assoc/Prof Wang Jian-Sheng
Department of Computational Science
National University of Singapore
3 Science Drive 3
Singapore 117543

Facsimile: (+65) 774 6756

Positions will remain open until they are filled. Only shortlisted
candidates will be notified.

Application form and further information can be obtained from


From: Naren Ramakrishnan <>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 15:54:43 -0500
Subject: Faculty Positions at Virginia Tech

Department of Computer Science
Virginia Tech, VA 24061

The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech seeks candidates to
fill four tenure-track, full-time, academic year (9 month) appointments
for teaching and research faculty members. Appointments will begin in August
2000 or as appropriate. New faculty members are sought at the Assistant
Professor rank, although exceptional individuals at senior ranks will be
considered. Successful candidates will complement departmental research
strengths, participate in innovative teaching practices, and improve faculty

We are particularly interested in candidates with research and teaching
interests in one or more of the following areas. Active work in the department
is located in parentheses.

- digital libraries, information storage & retrieval, databases
(world leader in electronic theses and dissertations, digital
library laboratory)

- user interface software and tools (world leader in
human-computer interaction, Center for HCI, advanced
usability labs)

- software engineering (planned specialized MS program)

- high performance computing (Paragon, SP/2, Origin;
affiliations with ICASE, NASA Langley, NCSA)

- networking (Blacksburg Electronic Village, Internet
Technology Innovation Center, world center for wireless

- artificial intelligence (active research in data mining)

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of
professional plans and goals, and have at least three letters of
reference sent to:

Faculty Search
Department of Computer Science (0106)
660 McBryde Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

The College of Arts and Sciences is deeply committed to recruiting, selecting,
promoting, and retaining women, persons of color, and persons with
disabilities. We strongly value diversity in the college community and seek to
assure equalityin education and employment. Individuals with disabilities
desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Dr. Dennis
Kafura, Department of Computer Science,, (540) 231-6931,
TTY: (800) 828-1120.


From: Rolf Jeltsch <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 14:34:12 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Faculty Position at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich)
invites applications for a

Professor of Computational Science
Director of the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing CSCS

in Manno TI. The Director's duties will include managing CSCS and projects
of the Swiss universities requiring high performance computing resources and
expertise as well as research, teaching and services in collaboration with
universities and industry in Switzerland and abroad.

CSCS is the national center for scientific computing, serving all
universities in Switzerland. As a result of the present reorientation the
center will increase its activities in the areas of research and teaching.
CSCS is part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich,
Switzerland, and is situated close to Lugano in the Italian speaking part
of Switzerland.

Applications are solicited from candidates with excellent scientific records
as well as internationally recognised research and teaching activities in
one of the central fields of application of supercomputing such as
computational chemistry, biology, physics, fluid dynamics or climate
modelling. The successful candidate will have exceptional management skills
and experience with high performance computing systems. An excellent command
of the English language is essential, Italian and German would be an asset.

Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, list of publications and
a table of completed projects to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. O.
Kbler, ETH Zentrum, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland, no later than December 31,


From: Yuan Xu <>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 10:56:55 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at University of Oregon

Positions in University of Oregon:

Applications are invited for tenure-track positions at all levels in
mathematics or mathematical statistics beginning in September 2000.
Qualifications are a Ph.D. in mathematics or statistics, an excellent
record of research accomplishment, and evidence of teaching ability.
Preference will be given to candidates with research interests that
complement those currently represented. Competitive salary with good
fringe benefits. Send complete resume and at least three letters of
recommendation to: Hiring committee, Department of Mathematics,
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1222. Closing data is January
6, 2000. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Univ. of
Oregon is an EO/AA/ADA Institution committed to cultural diversity.

In addition, there will be several positions for sabbatical visitors
(for part or all of the academic year beginning in September 2000).


From: Erricos John Kontoghiorghes <>
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 1999 14:31:21 +0100
Subject: Research Positions at Universities of Neuchatel and Geneva

Ph.D. Research Opportunities in

Applications are invited for two Ph.D. studentships (research
assistantships) in the Department of Computer Science, University of
Neuchatel and Department of Econometrics, University of Geneva,

The project aims to extend recent research in the development of
parallel algorithms and efficient numerical tools for computing
solutions of large-scale statistical model selection problems. The
various aspects of the research include:

o Development of numerically efficient methods for solving
statistical model selection problems.

o The computational efficient solution of the various matrix
problems arising in the estimation methods.

o Parallelization of the algorithms.

Research is expected to be pursued in the three areas listed above.
The weight of research carried out into each topic will depend on the
skills of the researcher(s).

Applicants should be able to demonstrate good knowledge in two of the
following: Parallel Computing, Numerical Linear Algebra, and
Econometrics & Statistics (Linear Models). The working language will
be English or French. However, French speaking candidates can apply
for a 50% teaching assistantship. Successful applicants will have the
chance to work in the research interface of Parallel Computing,
Statistics and Numerical Algorithms. The salary of 1/2 TA post and
Ph.D. studentship is approximately 27500 Swiss Francs (18300$) for
each post, increasing to 30500 SFR the second year.

The DEADLINE for applications for the PhD positions is 15 March
2000 or until the positions are filled. The successful applicants are
expected to start April 2000 or near this date.

Requests for further details and application in the form of CV (plain
text or LaTeX only if sent by e-mail - no postscript or word docs)
should be directed to:

Manfred Gilli, Erricos J. Kontoghiorghes,
Department of Econometrics, Institut d'informatique,
University of Geneva Universite de Neuchatel,
Bd Carl-Vogt 102, Emile-Argand 11,
1211 Geneve 4, Switzerland. CH-2007 Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Email: Email:
Tel: +41 (0) 22 705 8229 Tel: +41 (0) 32 718 27 38
Fax: +41 (0) 22 705 8299 Fax: +41 (0) 32 718 27 01


From: Iain Duff <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 10:17:23 GMT
Subject: Contents, IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis


Osborne, M.R. and Sun, L.
A new approach to symmetric rank-one updating.
pp 497-508

Calvo, M.P., Iserles, A. and Zanna, A.
Conservative methods for the Toda lattice equations.
pp 509-523

K. Engelborghs, K. Lust, and D. Roose
Direct computation of period doubling bifurcation points of large-scale
systems of ODEs using a Newton-Picard method.
pp 525-547

Jbilou, K. and Sadok, H.
LU implementation of the modified minimal polynomial extrapolation method for
solving linear and nonlinear systems.
pp 549-561

Dong Liang and Bo Zhang
A finite element method for a unidimensional single-phase nonlinear free
boundary problem in groundwater flow.
pp 563-581

Huaxiong Huang and Zhilin Li
Convergence analysis of the immersed interface method.
pp 583-608

Karlsen, K.H. and Lie K.-A.
An unconditionally stable splitting scheme for a class of nonlinear parabolic
pp 609-636

Baker, M.D., S\"uli, E. and Ware, A.F.
Stability and convergence of the spectral Lagrange-Galerkin method
for mixed periodic/non-periodic convection-dominated diffusion problems.
pp 637-663

pp 665-667

Index to Volume 19
pp 669-670


From: Hans Schneider <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 17:39:45 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Contents, Linear Algebra and Its Applications


Journal: Linear Algebra and Its Applications
ISSN : 0024-3795
Volume : 299
Issue : 1-3
Date : 29-Nov-1999

pp 1-20
A block en algorithm for nonsymmetric linear systems with multiple right-hand sides

pp 21-80
Computing the singular value decomposition with high relative accuracy
J Demmel

pp 81-99
Potentially nilpotent sign pattern matrices
CA Eschenbach

pp 101-117
Self-adjoint operators and pairs of Hermitian forms over the quaternions
M Karow

pp 119-151
Feedback design for regularizing descriptor systems
A Bunse-Gerstner, V Mehrmann

pp 153-163
The moment and gram matrices, distinct eigenvalues and zeroes, and
rational criteria for diagonalizability
RA Horn

pp 165-169
A characterization of triangularizability of a linear associative algebra

pp 171-173
Convergent multiples of convergent operators
B Cain

pp 175-190
Hook immanantgal inequalities for Hadamard's function
ONN Chan

pp 191-194
An algebraic proof opf a result by Gonzaga and Lara
KD Ikramov

pp 195-200
A note on *orthant-monotonic norms
B Lavric

pp 201-201
Author index


From: Marcin Paprzycki <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 01:55:46 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Contents, Parallel and Distributed Computing Practices

This message contains the TABLE OF CONTENTS of:

volume 1 number 3

Abstracts of the papers, editorials, introductions to special issues, book
reviews, as well as information about the journal (including information
for the authors), can be found at:

Table of Contents Volume 1, No. 3, June 1998

Special Issue:
Virtual Shared Memory on Distributed Architectures
edited by eva Kuehn



eva Kuehn

A Case for Virtual Distributed Objects
Randall L Hyde and Brett D. Fleish

A Virtual Shared Tuplespace Resource Manager
Patty Kostkova and Tim Wilkinson

Performance Visualization for Distributed Shared Memory Systems
James E. Lumpp Jr.,, Kuppuswamy Sivakumar, Christopher Diaz and
James N. Griffioen


The CARPET Programming Environment for Solving Scientific Problems on
Parallel Computers
Giandomenico Spezzano and Domenico Talia

Delayed Frame Transmission Schemes for MPEG Videos in a Real-Time
Joseph Kee-Yin Ng and Victor Chung-sing Lee

Parallel simulation of traffic in Geneva using cellular automata
Alexandre Dupuis and Bastien Chopard

Book Reviews


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