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From: Janos Pinter <>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:40:31 +0000
Subject: Global Optimization, Selected Case Studies

Dear Colleagues,

I have been in contact with Kluwer Academic Publishers regarding an
edited volume of case studies in global (nonconvex) optimization (GO).
The primary emphasis is on real-world applications - possibly including
also open problems - that apparently need genuine GO methodology.

It is planned that this volume will appear in the NOIA series. For currently
available books in the series, please see

Potential contributors are asked to submit manuscripts based upon original
research. Manuscripts should be of 15-25 pages in length, following one of
the standard Kluwer AP styles. Kluwer stylefiles are available at
There are four platforms to choose from: LaTeX, MS Word, WordPerfect, and
Scientific Workplace. Under each platform is a self-extracting (.exe) archive.

All contributions will be refereed. Upon acceptance, these will become
stand-alone chapters of the edited volume. I certainly plan to review all
contributions myself, but additional reviewer volunteers will be very much
appreciated. (They do not have to be - but can be - contributing authors,
of course.)

It would be good to complete work on this timely volume as soon as possible,
including the review process. Therefore I would like to ask contributors to
submit their work by May 31, 2000.

Potential contributors, please send a note that includes a tentative title
for your contribution. Reviewers, please send a note regarding areas within
GO you are willing to review.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of contributing to this volume.

Best regards,
Janos Pinter


From: C. A. Floudas <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 18:11:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: New Book, Deterministic Global Optimization

Deterministic Global Optimization:
Theory, Algorithms and Applications

Christodoulos A. Floudas
Department of Chemical Engineering
Princeton University

Kluwer Academic Publishers
Nonconvex Optimization and Its Applications
Volume 37, 760 pp.
ISBN 0-7923-6014-1 (Hardbound)

This book provides a unified and insightful treatment of deterministic
global optimization. It introduces theoretical and algorithmic advances that
address the computation and characterization of global optima,
determine valid lower and upper bounds on the global minima and maxima,
and enclose all solutions of nonlinear constrained systems of equations.

Among its special features, the book :

- Introduces the fundamentals of deterministic global optimization

- Provides a thorough treatment of decomposition based
global optimization approaches for biconvex and bilinear problems

- Covers global optimization methods for generalized geometric
programming problems

- Presents in depth global optimization algorithms for general
twice continuously differentiable nonlinear problems

- Provides a detailed treatment of global optimization methods
for mixed-integer nonlinear problems

- Develops global optimization approaches for the
enclosure of all solutions of nonlinear constrained systems of equations

- Includes many important applications from process design, synthesis,
control, and operations, phase equilibrium, design under uncertainty,
parameter estimation, azeotrope prediction, structure prediction in
clusters and molecules, protein folding, and peptide docking .

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 : Introduction
Chapter 2 : Basic Concepts of Global Optimization
Part I - Biconvex and Bilinear Problems
Chapter 3 : The GOP Primal Relaxed Dual Decomposition Approach: Theory
Chapter 4 : The GOP Approach : Implementation and Computational Studies
Chapter 5 : The GOP Approach in Bilevel Linear and Quadratic problems
Chapter 6 : The GOP Approach in Phase and Chemical Equilibrium
Chapter 7 : The GOP Approach - Distributed Implementation
Part II - Signomial Problems
Chapter 8 : Generalized Geometric Programming : Theory
Chapter 9 : Generalized Geometric Programming : Computational Studies
Part III - Towards Twice Differentiable NLPs
Chapter 10 : Biconvex to General Twice Differentiable NLPs
Chapter 11 : The aBB for Box-Constrained NLPs
Chapter 12 : The aBB for General Constrained NLPs : Theory
Chapter 13 : Computational Studies of the aBB Approach
Chapter 14 : Global Optimization in Microclusters
Chapter 15 : The aBB Approach in Molecular Structure Prediction
Chapter 16 : The aBB Approach in Protein Folding
Chapter 17 : The aBB Approach in Peptide Docking
Chapter 18 : The aBB Approach in Batch Design under Uncertainty
Chapter 19 : The aBB Approach in Parameter Estimation
Part IV - Nonlinear and Mixed Integer Optimization
Chapter 20 : Introduction
Chapter 21 : The SMIN-aBB Approach : Theory and Computations
Chapter 22 : The GMIN-aBB Approach : Theory and Computations
Part V - Nonlinear Constrained Systems of Equations
Chapter 23 : All Solutions of Nonlinear Constrained Systems of Equations
Chapter 24 : Locating All Homogeneous Azeotropes


From: Jerzy Wasniewski <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 21:22:37 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Workshop on Linear Algebra with Recursive Algorithms

A One Day Workshop on Linear Algebra with Recursive Algorithms
(LAWRA) will be held at Lyngby, Denmark on 3rd December 1999.
The workshop poster (postscript file) is available from:
Further information from: and


From: Graham de Vahl Davis <>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 14:49:55 +1100 (EST)
Subject: Symposium on Computational Heat Transfer International


The International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer will hold its 2nd
International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer in
Palm Cove, North Queensland, Australia (by the Great Barrier Reef) on
May 20-25, 2001. Papers on all aspects of CFD/HT will be welcome, and
should be submitted for review by August 2000.

The program will include invited keynote lectures, contributed lectures
and poster presentations, and discussion panels on specialized topics.
The Proceedings will be published as a book and on CD-ROM.

Full information:

Proceedings of CHT'97 (in hard copy or on CD-ROM) are available from
Professor Faruk Arinc, Secretary-General, ICHMT:

Co-Chairs: Professors Graham de Vahl Davis and Eddie Leonardi, CFD
Research Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of NSW, Sydney, NSW,
Australia 2052.
Fax: (+61 2) 9663 1222 Email:


From: Trini Flores <>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 10:57:58 -0500
Subject: SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science

Third SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science
May 21-24, 2000
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A friendly reminder ...

DECEMBER 15, 1999 -- Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts for
a lecture or poster presentations.

For more information about the conference and to obtain the guidelines on
how to submit abstracts, please visit


From: Wilhelm Erben <>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 15:19:53 +0100
Subject: Conference on Automated Timetabling

PATAT 2000
The 3rd international conference
on the Practice And Theory of Automated Timetabling
Wednesday, 16th August - Friday, 18th August 2000
Fachhochschule Konstanz
University of Applied Sciences
Constance, Germany

This conference is the third in a series of conferences that serve as
a forum for an international community of researchers, practitioners and
vendors on all aspects of computer-aided timetable generation. For more
information about the series of conferences see

The themes of the conference include (but are not limited to):

o Sports Timetabling
o Educational Timetabling
o Transport Timetabling
o Employee Timetabling
o Complexity Issues
o Distributed Timetabling Systems
o Experiences
o Implementations
o Commercial Packages
o Interactive vs Batch Timetabling
o Timetable Updating
o Relationship with Other Scheduling Problems
o Timetabling Research Areas

Full updated information is always available from

For more information, contact:

Dr E.K.Burke
Automated Scheduling and Planning Research Group.
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom


Dr W.Erben
Department of Computer Science
FH Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences


From: Scott Baden <>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 12:27:11 -0800
Subject: European Conference on Parallel Computing

Call for papers
Euro-Par 2000
Munich, Germany
August 29 - September 1, 2000

Euro-Par is the annual European conference on parallel computing. It is
dedicated to the promotion and advancement of all aspects of parallel
computing. Euro-Par 2000 is organized as a day of tutorials, two half-day
plenary sessions, and a number of parallel sessions.

Topic 10: "Parallel Programming: Models, Methods and Languages" provides a
forum for the presentation of the latest research results and practical
experience in parallel programming. Advances in algorithmic and programming
models, design methods, languages, and interfaces are needed for construction
of correct, portable parallel software with predictable performance on
different parallel and distributed architectures.

The topic emphasises results which improve the process of developing
high-performance programs. Of particular interest are novel techniques by
which parallel software can be assembled from reusable parallel components
without compromising efficiency. Related to this is the need for parallel
software to adapt, both to available resources and to the problem being solved.
Where appropriate, contributions should demonstrate quantitative performance
results in support of their claims, and address applications not adequately
handled by well-established approaches.

Topic Committee :

Global chair : Paul H J Kelly (Imperial College, UK)
Vice-chair : Scott Baden (Univ of California, San Diego, USA)
Vice-chair : Vladimir Getov (Univ of Westminster, UK)
Local chair : Sergei Gorlatch (Univ of Passau, Germany)

For a full list of topics of interest, including instructions for submission,
please see the URL:

For any questions related to Euro-Par 2000 please refer to our web site:
or e-mail to:

The key dates are:

- January 31st 2000 : Final Date for Submissions
- May 1st 2000 : Acceptances Notified
- June 1st 2000 : Final Copy and Author Registration due
- June 30th 2000 : Early Registration Deadline
- August 1st 2000 : Late Registration Deadline


From: Ilse Ipsen <>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 15:50:06 -0500
Subject: SIAM/ILAS Conference on Applied Linear Algebra

In cooperation with the International Linear Algebra Society

October 23-26, 2000
McKimmon Conference Center
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Plenary Speakers:

Gene Golub, Tom Kailath, Eduardo Marques de Sa (ILAS), Gil Strang,
Charlie Van Loan, Richard Varga, Hugo Woerdeman (ILAS), Margaret Wright

Invited Concurrent Speakers:

Tony Chan, Jack Dongarra, Roger Horn, John Lewis, Volker Mehrmann,
Dianne O'Leary, Lothar Reichel, Siegfried Rump, Paul Van Dooren

Minisymposium Organizers:

Michele Benzi, Mike Berry, Jim Demmel, Charlie Johnson, Jim Nagy,
Dan'l Pierce, Henk Van der Vorst

Contributed Paper Deadline: 3 April 2000

Further information will be available at:


From: Maurice Cox <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 14:52:19 -0000
Subject: Mathematical and Computational Tools in Metrology

10-13 May, 2000, Portuguese Institute for Quality (IPQ), Caparica, near

To present and promote reliable and effective mathematical and
computational tools in metrology.
To understand better the modelling, statistical and computational
requirements in metrology.
To provide a forum for metrologists, mathematicians and software
engineers that will encourage a more effective synthesis of skills,
capabilities and resources.
To promote collaboration in the context of EU Programmes, EUROMET
and EA Projects.
To support young researchers in metrology and related fields.
To address industrial requirements.

Advanced statistical modelling, including uncertainty evaluation,
experimental design, optimisation, data analysis, applications.
Metrology software, including engineering aspects, requirements
specification, risk assessment; software development, software examination,
software tools (such as wavelets, neural networks or web based) for data
analysis, for visualisation, for experiment control; best practice; standards.
Numerical methods, including numerical data analysis, numerical
simulations, inverse problems, uncertainty evaluation of numerical
algorithms, applications.
Data fusion and the definition of scales, including temperature,
pressure, data fusion techniques. The design and analysis of interlaboratory


8 December 1999



From: Ian Proudler <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 1999 09:42:58 +0000
Subject: Conference on Mathematics in Signal Processing

University of Warwick, 18th - 20th December 2000

Co-sponsored by the Institution of Electrical Engineers

Signal processing constitutes an important area for the application of
mathematical concepts and techniques fuelled, for example, by recent
developments in mobile communications, multimedia systems and digital
TV. The last IMA conference on this subject was held in Dec. 1996 and
the intervening years have witnessed significant developments in many
topics such as nonlinear/non-Gaussian signal processing, multirate
signal processing, blind deconvolution/signal separation and broadband
systems. The aim of this conference is to bring together mathematicians
and engineers with a view to exploring recent developments and
identifying fruitful avenues for further research. It is hoped that
the meeting will also help to attract more mathematicians into this
important and challenging field.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pierre Comon, Eurecom, France.
"Tensor Decompositions: State of the Art and Applications"

Contributed papers are invited on all aspects of mathematics
in signal processing. The majority of contributed papers will be
presented in the poster sessions.

WWW Site:

Members of the organising committee

Prof. J G McWhirter (Chairman) (DERA, Malvern)
Prof. O R Hinton (University of Newcastle)
Dr. M D MacLeod (University of Cambridge)
Prof. M Sandler (Kings College, London)
Dr. S McLaughlin (University of Edinburgh)
Dr. I K Proudler (DERA, Malvern)

Conference Officer: Mrs. Pamela Bye
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Catherine Richards House,
16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea
Essex SS1 1EF, England.
Fax: +44 (0)1702 354111


From: Svetozar Margenov <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 15:26:18 +0200 (EET)
Subject: Seminar in Bulgaria on Scientific Computations


Organizer: The meeting is organized by the Central Laboratory for Parallel
Processing (CLPP) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS).

Time: The seminar is scheduled for December 16-17, with first lecture
starting at 9:00.

Place: The seminar will held at CLPP-BAS, Sofia.

The event is free of registration fee, and is opened for all interested
scientists/students working in the announced area.

Please contact the Seminar Secretary, Mrs. Silvia Dimitrova, to indicate your
intention to be included in the scientific program or just to attend the


December 16, Thursday

Ivan Dimov
Resolvent Monte Carlo Algorithms: Performance Analysis.
Emanouil I. Atanassov, Todor V. Gurov
Monte Carlo Method for Estimating the Efficiency of Internet Broadcasting
Tsvetan Ostromski
Estimating the Agricultural Losses Due to Ozone Pollution
Lyudmil Aleksndrov
Approximation Algorithms for Geometric Shortest Path Problems
Blagovest Sendov
Adaptive Orthogonal Systems
Svetoslav Markov
On the Solution of Tight Interval Linear Systems
Neli Dimitrova
Numerical Solution of Linear Systems with Error Control
Michail Krastanov
Approximation of the Reachable Set of Linear Differential Inclusions
Andrey B. Andreev, Todor Todorov
Isoparametric Finite Elements for Steclov Problem
M. Racheva
Uniform Convergence Estimates for Biharmonic Finite Element Problem

December 17, Friday

Aleksander C. Abrashkevich, Michail S. Kaschiev, Sergey I. Vinitsky
A New Method for Solving an Eigenvalue Problem for a System of the Three
Coulomb Particles Within the Hiperspherical Adiabatic Representation
Krassimir Georgiev
On the Performance and Efficiency of the Parallel Version of an Air
Pollution Model
Svetozar Margenov
On the Construction of Two-Level Preconditioning Algorithms
Ivan Lirkov
Two-Level Preconditioning of 3D Non-Conforming FEM Problems
Gergana Bencheva
Comparative Performance Analysis of 2D Separable Elliptic Solvers
Peter Popov
IDE for 2D Elasticity FEM Problems with Local Mesh Refinement

Seminar Secretary: Mrs. Silvia Dimitrova
Acad. G. Bontchev str., Bl.25A
BG-1113 Sofia, Bulgaria


From: V. Vetrivel <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 09:53:05 +0530
Subject: Faculty Positions at Indian Institute of Technology


invites applications for the following faculty positions:


in the Department of MATHEMATICS.

The application form may be obtained by addressing
the Registrar, IIT-Madras, Chennai - 600 036 with a self-
addressed stamped (Rs. 9/-) envelope (26cm x 11cm). The
cover must be superscribed "Requisition for Application
form for the post of ................".

Last date for issue of applications by post : 06-12-1999

Last date for receipt of completed applications :
Candidates within India : 20-12-1999
Indian nationals abroad : 03-01-2000



Algebra; Applied Probability; Complex Analysis; Fluid Dynamics;
Functional Analysis; Graph Theory; Mathematical Logic;
Mathematical Physics; Statistics; Numerical Analysis;
Theoretical Computer Science.


Mathematical Programming; Statistics; Computational Fluid
Dynamics; Theoretical Computer Science; Applied Probability;
Non-linear Analysis; Numerical Analysis; Differential Equations;
Dynamical Systems; Mathematical Modelling.

Note : Candidates should have a basic degree in
Mathematics/Statistics. However, for
specialization in Mathematical Physics,
candidates with basic degree in Physics also
may apply.

For further information see "THE HINDU" newspaper dated
03-11-1999. Advt. No. IITM/R/5/99.


From: Bob Ward <ward@CS.UTK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 12:19:03 -0500
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Tennessee

Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty
position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2000.
Applicants should have a strong interest in research, preferably in the
area of distributed databases or software engineering, but all major
fields in computer science may be considered. Applicants must have a
doctoral degree in computer science or a related area.

The Department has numerous, fully networked workstations (SUN, IBM,
SGI, DEC) for students and faculty. In addition, the department has
parallel computers of various architectures available in-house, as well
as an ATM-connected cluster of high-performance workstations and two
Myrinet-connected clusters of Pentium processors. NSF has just awarded
the department a $2 million grant to establish a campus-wide
computational grid for research on middleware and applications. The
department is or has been a member of several national consortia
including the NSF Science and Technology Center for Research in
Parallel Computing, the DOE Partnership in Computational Science, and
NSFs National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure.
Faculty members collaborate with scientists at the Oak Ridge National
Laboratory and have access to their facilities.

Please respond to The mailing address is Search
Coordinator, Department of Computer Science, 107 Ayres Hall, The
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1301. Additional
information about the department is available from URL

UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in
the provision of its education and employment programs and services.


From: Houyuan Jiang <>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 14:00:43 +1030
Subject: Research Position at CSIRO, Melbourne

Research Scientist - Operations Research
CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences.
Location: Melbourne

$52K-$56K plus Superannuation
(Exceptional candidates may be appointed at a higher level)

You will be a member of a highly successful team of nine
operations research professionals working on challenging
industrial applications of optimisation and simulation
technology. The objective of the group is to improve the
effective use of resources in Australian industry. This
is achieved by developing models, algorithms and prototype
software for decision support.

Your responsibilities will involve undertaking strategic
research into generic models and methods. You will also
undertake research-backed consulting exercises, which
will involve the development of optimisation models,
algorithms and prototype software in areas such as
supply chain optimisation, scheduling, logistics,
rostering and yield management.

You will have a PhD in operations research or applied
mathematics, or equivalent research experience. You will
have a strong background in optimisation, demonstrated
problem-solving skills and experience in implementing
algorithms in C/C++. Sound oral and written communication
skills are essential.

Further information about the position is available from
Dr Graham Mills
(08) 8303 8784
Copies of the job description and selection criteria are
available from
Yvonne Craig
(03) 9545 8009

Applications should quote reference number 99M50 and
should include details of your skills, qualifications,
work achievements and the names of two professional
referees. Applications should also include your response
to the selection criteria and should be sent to:
The Personnel Manager,
CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences,
Private Bag No. 10,
South Clayton MDC 3169

by 12 January 2000.


From: Jane Cullum <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 17:53:43 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Positions in Parallel Multilevel Algorithms and Iterative
Methods - PD005453

The Solvers Team in the Computer Research and Applications (CIC-3) Group of
the Computing, Information, and Communications Division at Los Alamos
National Laboratory is seeking highly motivated Ph.D. candidates with
experience in any or all of the following categories:

* Iterative Linear and Nonlinear Equation Solvers
* Multi-Level Methods
* Partitioning and Graph Theory Algorithms
* Parallel Algorithms
* Parallel Software Engineering and Library Development

In addition, experience with Fortran 90, C++, and MPI on parallel machines
such as the Cray T3E, IBM SP-2+, SGI/Cray Origin 2000 or workstation
clusters, and experience with preconditioners and iterative solver methods
such as preconditioned QMR, GMRES, CG, and multi-level methods are
desirable. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as
possible! For further technical information, contact Jane Cullum at

Los Alamos National Laboratory, located in the beautiful mountains of
northern New Mexico, is a multi-disciplinary, multi-program laboratory
employing over 6,000 technical professionals conducting basic and applied
research with the overall mission to reduce global nuclear danger.

A Ph.D. completed within the last three years or soon to be completed is
required. Candidates may compete for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding
candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer,
Richard P. Feynman or Frederick Reines Fellowships. Further details about
the Postdoctoral Program may be found at:
For consideration, submit a resume (with names of references) and publications
list along with a cover letter outlining current research interests to (no attachments, please!)


Postdoc Program Office, PD005453
MS P290
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545

NOTE: Advertisement #PD005453 must be referenced in the e-mail Subject line
(or the address) and cover letter.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with disabilities
needing reasonable accommodation should call (505) 667-8622. A Teletype
Device for the Deaf (TDD) is available by calling (505) 665-5357. Los Alamos
National Laboratory is operated by the University of California for the US
Department of Energy.


From: M. Ganesh <ganesh@maths.unsw.EDU.AU>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 08:34:58 +1100 (EST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at University of New South Wales

Research Associate (RA) Position
School of Mathematics
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

REF. 535

The postdoctoral(RA) position is available for a
fixed term of up to 3 years (commencing in April 2000)
as part of the project "Numerical Analysis of
Evolution Problems in Several Variables",
funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Large Grant.

The chief investigators of the grant are
Prof. I. H. Sloan, Dr. W. McLean and Dr. M. Ganesh.
The aim of the project is to develop and analyse novel
numerical schemes for time-dependent problems in
2 and 3 space dimensions.

Further information about the project is available at,
where applicants can also find information about
the chief investigators and further useful links.

Essential Requirements :

A PhD or equivalent in a relevant area of numerical analysis
and partial differential equations; demonstrated ability to
produce publishable mathematical research; good communcation skills;
demonstrated ability to carry out directed research in the area
of the grant; good knowledge and understanding of EEO/AA principles.

Desirable Criteria :

Experience with the use and development of scientific software.

Salary Details :

Salary range is A$43,941 - A$47,148. Level of appointment and
salary are dependent on qualifications
and experience. Some funds for relocation expenses may be
available should the successful applicant be from interstate
or overseas.Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme
is a condition of employment.

Contact details :

Prof. I.H. Sloan (
Dr. W. McLean (
Dr. M. Ganesh (

School of Mathematics,
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052,
Fax : +61 2 9385 7123
Phone : +61 2 9385 7037 (Secretary)

(Prof. Sloan and Dr. Mclean will not read
e-mail/fax for three weeks from Dec. 24th.)

Application Procedure :

Applicants should submit a written application QUOTING
REFERENCE NUMBER (REF. 535). Include business and private
telephone numbers; a complete resume,
(copies of academic transcript and qualifications where appropriate);
statement of research interests and the names, addresses
(and preferably facsimile numbers) of at least two referees to:

The Recruitment Officer,
Human Resources Department,
The University of New South Wales,
Sydney, N.S.W. 2052

Applications closing date : 25 January, 2000.


From: Rob Owens <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 14:22:59 +0100
Subject: Student Position at E.P.F.L., Switzerland

Swiss NSF funded Ph.D Studentship

Bubble Stabilised Spectral Element Methods
for Viscoelastic Flow Problems.

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering


Department of Mathematics

E.P.F.L., Switzerland.

Applications are invited for the above studentship, available immediately,
to a suitably qualified mathematician or engineer. The ideal student will
have a first class degree or diploma and a Master's degree (or equivalent)
and will have a demonstrably strong background in numerical analysis and programming. The aim of the proposed programme of research is the development of stabilised spectral element methods for viscoelastic flow calculations. Success in achieving the aim of the project will result in a highly accurate, stable method suitable for use in the simulation of real-life rheological problems.

The E.P.F. Lausanne is a science and engineering school enjoying an
excellent international reputation and located in the heart of French-
speaking Switzerland. Founded 145 years ago it now has approximately 4700 students, including more than 600 doctoral candidates. Further information about the institution may be found on its web page The successful candidate will join a thriving research-oriented Department and
have access to a wide variety of computing platforms for the duration of
the project (at least three years.)

Applications in the form of a covering letter, a full C.V. and the contact details of three referees may be posted, faxed or emailed to

Prof. Robert G. Owens, DGM-IMHEF-LMF, EPFL, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland;
Tel: ++41 21 693 3589; Fax: ++41 21 693 36 46; Email:

or to

Prof. Alfio Quarteroni, DMA, EPFL, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland;
Tel: ++41 21 693 5546; Fax: ++41 21 693 4303; Email:

Deadline for receipt of applications: 20 December 1999.

Informal enquiries are welcome.


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