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From: Paul Saylor <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 10:24:26 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Predictions inspired by Stanford 50

The Stanford 50 meeting was held March 29-31, 2007, a period on the
calendar close to either one of the two days, February 28 or March 1, that
Gene Golub, born on February 29, could claim as a birthday.

Numeral 50 refers to the appointment fifty years ago of George Forsythe as
Professor of Mathematics at Stanford, an auspicious step and a part of
bringing the Bold Rush to Stanford and Silicon Valley similar to the Gold
Rush of 1849 and its influence on the future of San Francisco. The look
backward at historic figures and institutions is in one direction, with the
future deserving attention also.

Gene, a well known ambassador of matrix computations who will be on
sabbatical over the next six months, figures, so to speak, in certain of
the following top five predictions in numerical analysis for the year

5 Continuing agitation on the part of Droid construction workers further
delays the move of the Stanford physical plant from the swamp lands of
Silicon Valley, half to Central China and half to Northern India.

4 The development of nano-windmills, tiny windmill operated electric
generation devices, has brought embedded power generation and cooling to
the computer chip and done away with the familiar skein of electric high
voltage lines across the landscape.

3 All three major political parties adopted a platform plank on the
simmering issue known widely as: ``Annual 29,'' the goal of which is to
make Feb 29 a part of every year. (The ``Annual 29'' movement is
celebrating victory. The opposing March Firsters vow to take the fight to
the streets and the polling page.)

2 Gene Golub returned to his summer home in Tahoe from The Heinlein Octant
on Mars, Alpha Sector where he gave an invited talk on Computing
Eigenvalues in a Low Oxygen, Low Gravity Environment in a low oxygen, low
gravity environment.

1 Gene plans his sabbatical at the new Lowell Technical Institute in
distant Mars. The fact that the Martian calendar has room for Feb. 29 may
be a factor in the decision. Still under negotiation is whether the
duration is one Martian year or one Earth year.

Paul Saylor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Urbana, Illinois


From: "Thomas Schmelzer" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 15:20:17 +0100
Subject: Report from the 31st SANUM conference at Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch University hosted the 31st SANUM (South African Society
for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) conference. The beautiful and
old town of Stellenbosch is located only a few miles northeast of Cape
Town. It is world-famous for its wines.

Excellent wines have been served at a reception in the picturesque
Botanical Garden and at the conference dinner celebrating the 60th
birthdays of Johan de Villiers and Carl Rohwer.

The conference has been organised by Karin Hunter, Ben Herbst and
J. A. C. Weideman. They have done an excellent job and managed to
attract a variety of international and national speakers. The audience
was composed of people coming from at least 20 nations and by a large
number of students studying at the nearby African Institute of
Mathematics (AIMS).

Richard J. Brown opened the conference with a talk describing the
challenges of modelling blink cycles of the human tear film. Daya
Reddy and Ruediger Weiner discussed numerical aspects of variational
inequalities and ordinary differential equations.

The second day was dedicated to two rather distinct areas. Topics in
approximation theory were covered by Armin Iske and Carl
Rohwer. Pierre Adler and Beric Skews addressed mathematical problems
associated with porous media.

On the last day Paul Milewski spoke about solitary waves in free
surface flows and linked surprisingly tsunamis and insect wakes. Kevin
Burrage addressed the modelling of biochemical systems by stochastic
simulations and spoke about the numerical challenges we face
there. Two graduate students spoke about high order finite element
methods and the fast summation of slow convergent series.

Nicolas Jeannequin and Thomas Schmelzer


From: Angela Kunoth <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 10:59:24 +0200
Subject: HIM Junior Hausdorff Semester Program

HIM Junior Hausdorff Semester Program
Computational Mathematics
February - April 2008

A Junior Hausdorff Semester Program (Junior HSP) gives young scientists
(PostDocs, Junior Faculty) the chance to spend a period of 3 months at
HIM in Bonn to carry out collaborative research in small groups of at
least 4 researchers. The organization of up to two workshops during this
period is encouraged. There will be the possibility to invite further
participants from outside and senior scientists for talks or a mini course.

We look for applications from groups of scientists who intend to collaborate
on a project within the area of Computational Mathematics. The Program has
a capacity of about 20 positions, so that we can have several smaller groups
within Computational Mathematics at the same time. Interaction between these
groups is expected to be very fruitful. The stay in Bonn is fully financed
by HIM so that the participants can apply for leave from their home institution.

Groups of junior scientists interested in participating in this Junior HSP
should send their application together with the CV and the list of publications
of all participants to the address below. The decision will be made by an
external scientific advisory board.

Applications may be sent up until April 30th 2007 to (preferably by e-mail):
Professor Matthias Kreck
Director of HIM
Poppelsdorfer Allee 82
53115 Bonn, Germany


From: "Professor Dr. T.E. Simos" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 21:36:35 -0400
Subject: 1st announcement and call for papers - ICNAAM 2007, Sep 2007


2007. URL address:

The aim of ICNAAM 2007 is to bring together leading scientists of the
international Numerical & Applied Mathematics community and to attract
original research papers of very high quality. The topics to be covered
include (but are not limited to): All the research areas of Numerical
Analysis and Computational Mathematics and all the research areas of Applied
Mathematics: (see

Invited Speakers:
* Professor Dr. C. W. de Boor (Carl), University of Wisconsin -
Madison, USA
* Professor Dr. C. W. Gear (Bill), Princeton University, NEC Research
Institute, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
* Professor Dr. Mariano Gasca, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
* Professor Dr. G Alistair Watson, University of Dundee, Scotland
* Professor Dr. Eugene Tyrtyshnikov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
* Professor Dr. Karel in 't Hout, University of Antwerp, Belgium
* Professor Dr. Jaime Keller, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
* Professor Ezio Venturino, Universita' di Torino, Italy

Call for papers and Symposiums
You are invited to submit a paper and/or a proposal to organize a symposium.
See for details.

Contact information:
Secretary ICNAAM, E-mail: and a carbon copy to the
e-mail address:, Postal Address: 10 Konitsis
Street, Amfithea-Paleon Faliron, GR-175 64, Athens, Greece, Fax: +30210 94
20 091 or + 302710 237 397


From: "T.Terlaky" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 00:25:27 -0400
Subject: Final call: ICCOPT07 - MOPTA07 - deadline extended, Aug 2007

Abstract Submission deadline: Monday, 14 May, midnight SET
Summer School Application deadline: Monday, 28 May, midnight SET

The Second International Conference on Continuous Optimization
of the Mathematical Programming Society
August 12-16, 2007, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

We are looking forward to welcoming you at
ICCOPT-II / MOPTA-07, August 2007 in Hamilton at McMaster University.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee
Tamás Terlaky, (Chair, McMaster University)
Henry Wolkowicz,, (Chair program committee, U. Waterloo)
Please send enquiries to: Janet Delsey <>


From: Nikos Nikiforakis <>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 11:32:35 -0400
Subject: Climate Modelling Summer School: grants available

Full grants are available (see below for eligibility criteria) for a
two-week summer school at the University of Cambridge on the development
and use of climate models.

The school will provide a solid foundation on the algorithms, numerical
methods and techniques suitable for the design and operation of modern
climate models and the analysis of their results. Elements of the dynamics
and physics of the climate system are an integral part of the school.
The schedule includes lectures, daily hands-on computing practical
sessions and seminars from practitioners.

It is highly recommended for early-career scientists (advanced Ph.D. and/or
post-docs) who are interested to pursue research in climate modelling.
Registration deadline: May 31, 2007

The school operates under the auspices of the of the UK-Japan Climate
Collaboration and is supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (UK-HiGEM programme).

Dates: September 10, 2007 - September 21, 2007

Location: Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Accommodation: Selwyn College.

Web Page: (follow the link for Summer

Eligibility: The school will consider applications from PDRAs and PhD
students who are either funded by the UK Research Councils or are
Japanese Nationals. However, participants from other countries are
also welcome, subject to independent funding and availability of places.


From: "Nezam Mahdavi Amiri" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 17:57:59 +0430
Subject: Announcement for an Operations Research Cnnference, Sep 2007

It is a great pleasure to announce that the first International
Conference of Iranian Operations Research Society will be held during
September 10-12, 2007 in Kish Island, Kish University, IRAN.

The First International Conference of Iranian Operations Research
Society is an annual event organized by Iranian Operations Research
Society, Sharif University of Technology and Kish University. The
conference aims to review and discuss recent advances and promising
research trends in operations research, continuous and discrete
optimization theory, methods and applications.

We invite all researchers, academicians, practitioners, as well as
graduate students interested in all branches of theoretical and
practical operations research to participate at the conference and
contribute their papers. The conference website is:

I look forward to meeting you in Kish.

Best regards,
-Nezam Mahdavi-Amiri


From: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 15:26:56 +0400
Subject: ICTT-20: registration deadline

Dear colleagues!
The Organizing Committee reminds you that the deadline for sending
ICTT-20 registration forms and abstracts is coming (the 1st of May, 2007).
We kindly ask you to
send the form (and abstract, if you are the author) at your earliest convenience
if you have decided to participate in ICTT-20. If you have already
sent all the necessary material then you may ignore this message.

Looking forward to seeing you at our conference,
the Organizing Committee


From: Chartier <>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 08:53:26 -0400

We would like to draw your attention on the following points (please refer to
the conference web-site for further details):


The New Deadline for EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is May 6th, 2007. You
can either use: The web-based registration system with the online
payment on a secure site (recommended) or The registration form, PDF
format. An updated list of officially registered participants is
available at

Contributed Papers

Contributed talks around the aims and scope of the SciCADE'07
conference are welcome. One contributed talk will be allotted with 30
minutes (including 5 minutes reserved for questions). The local
organisation committee will screen the submission and notify its
result to the author. To submit a paper to the SciCADE'07 conference,
follow the procedure indicated on the web-site. Deadline for
submissions is June 1st, 2007.


Saint-Malo and the surroundings offer a large range of hotels (more
than 100) in terms of comfort and prices, from basic hotels to 4-star
hotels. However, please note that July is the high season, please
book your hotel as soon as possible !! The "Palais du Grand Large"
conference center has already booked hotel rooms with negotiated
prices. See our online accommodation booking form. ( please send it
before Thu., May 8th, 2007).

We very much hope to welcome you at SciCADE'07
Philippe Chartier.


From: "Zhu, Jianping" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 16:45:25 -0500
Subject: Seventh Mississippi State - UAB Conference, Nov 2007

Seventh Mississippi State - UAB Conference on DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS &
November 1-3, 2007
Doubletree Hotel, Birmingham, AL

Principal Speakers:
OSCAR BRUNO, California Institute of Technology
CHRIS COSNER, University of Miami
JEFF CRANDALL, University of Virginia
NORMAN DANCER, University of Sydney, Australia
JOSHUA EPSTEIN, The Brookings Institution
LISA FAUCI, Tulane University
YANYAN LI, Rutgers University
JEAN MAWHIN, University of Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
CHARLES NIETUBICZ, Army research Laboratory
STANLEY OSHER, University of California, Los Angeles
JAIME PERAIRE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
JOHN RICE, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
PETER TAKAC, University of Rostock, Germany

This Interdisciplinary Conference will provide a joint forum where
mathematicians, scientists, and engineers from academia and industry can
exchange research ideas involving theoretical and applied developments
in differential equations and computational simulations. In addition to
the thirteen principal lectures, there will be sessions of contributed
talks. Reviewed manuscripts will be published as a special issue of the
Electronic Journal of Differential Equations.

Pre-registration deadline is October 1, 2007. Abstracts for contributed
papers should be submitted electronically no later than September 1,

For further information, kindly visit:

Organizers: Ratnasingham Shivaji & Bharat Soni


From: "Mitch Chernoff" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:52:06 -0400
Subject: SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences launches

The SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences is now accepting submissions. SIIMS
covers all areas of imaging sciences, broadly interpreted, and provides
a broad authoritative source for fundamental results in imaging
sciences, with a unique combination of mathematics and applications.
SIIMS is mathematically and computationally based, and offers a forum to
highlight the commonality of methodology, models, and algorithms among
diverse application areas of imaging sciences.

Along with the manuscript itself, the journal welcomes supplementary
materials to exploit the possibilities of an all-electronic publication.
The use of color, animations, video, presentations, and other
supplementary material is encouraged.

See for further information on
Editorial Policy, Review Procedures, and the Editorial Board (headed by
Editor-in-Chief Guillermo Sapiro). To submit articles to be considered
for publication, go to Questions regarding
manuscript submission and peer review can be directed to Mitch Chernoff,
SIAM Publications Manager, at


From: Iain Duff <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 09:03:34 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Senior position at CERFACS


A senior researcher position will be available at CERFACS to work in the
Parallel Algorithms Team led by Iain Duff. This post is available from
July 1st, 2007 but a later start date would be possible for an
exceptional candidate.

The Parallel Algorithms Team is looking for a bright, motivated person
with a good research record and the ability to supervise research
projects and students. The applicant would be expected to join existing
projects in numerical linear algebra and optimization as well as showing
initiative in pursuing new research directions.

Additional benefits of the position include a competitive salary, travel
opportunities, access to state-of-the-art computational facilities (including
both SMP/MPP parallel architectures and high-performance workstations).
A particular strength of CERFACS is its access to real-life applications
through strong and well developed academic/industrial collaborations within a
very active research program in advanced scientific computing.

For detailed information about the Parallel Algorithms Project at CERFACS:

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

For information on the application procedure:

Applications should be sent before May 31st, 2007 to Serge Gratton


From: Dugald Duncan <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 16:27:33 +0100
Subject: Lectureship/Readership in Mathematics at Heriot-Watt Univ, Edinburgh

Lectureship or Readership in Mathematics
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Salary (GBP): Lecturer 25,889-39,160 / Reader 40,335-46,758

We seek outstanding applicants who could contribute to the dynamic
mathematics research environment within the Maxwell Institute at
Heriot-Watt University and to our undergraduate and postgraduate
teaching. The Department achieved a 5 in Applied Mathematics in the 1996
and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises and is committed to enhancing its
research within the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences
partnership with Edinburgh University.

Candidates should have a strong track record of research in an area of
either pure or applied mathematics in or close to that of our new Centre
for Analysis and Nonlinear PDEs. This covers the broad areas of analysis
and applied analysis of differential equations, modelling and
applications, numerical and computational analysis.

Closing date: 17th May, 2007

More details at

Informal enquiries may made to the Head of Department, Professor Dugald
Duncan by email ( or telephone (+44 131 451 3244).


From: "W. Doerfler" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 12:54:42 +0200
Subject: Junior-Professorship in Numerical Mathematics in Karlsruhe

Junior-Professorship in Numerical Mathematics in Karlsruhe

The Department of Mathematics at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) is
inviting applications for a position of

Junior-Professorship (W1)
Numerical Methods for high-dimensional Systems

with applications to research areas in molecular physics or chemistry.

This position leads a young researchers group, which includes 2 additional
positions for reasearch assistants. In case of a positive evaluation a tenure
option is available.

For more information see:

Please send your application with the standard documents along with a
summary of past and future research activities to the Dekan der
Fakultät für Mathematik, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Kaiserstr. 12,
76128 Karlsruhe. The deadline for applications is May 27, 2007.

For further information please contact
Prof. Dr. W. Dörfler (


From: GAGLIARDINI Olivier <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 12:14:03 +0200
Subject: Post-doctoral position in Glaciology at University Joseph Fourier, France

Isochrone geometry inversion in polar ice sheets

Post-doctoral position at Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position on
inversion of isochrone geometry in polar ice sheets. The successful
candidate will work in the framework of the MIDIGA project (coordinated
by Dr. F. Parrenin and funded by the french Agence Nationale de la
Recherche). The post-doc position is a shared project between the
Laboratory of Glaciology and the Jean Kuntzmann Laboratory, at Joseph
Fourier University (Grenoble, France).
The position is available for 18 months and can start immediately.

Creative and innovative, the candidate will have a PhD in geophysics,
glaciology, mechanics or mathematics. An experience in forward modeling
or in inverse problems is essential. Good interpersonal communication
skills, enthusiasm and commitment will be appreciated.

Duration: 18 months.
Position available immediately.
Salary: around 30,000€/yr, depending on experience.

The deadline for applying is Mai 25, 2007.
Applications should include a cover letter including a statement of
current and prospective research
interests, an extended Curriculum Vitae and the names and addresses of
at least two references.

Contact: Olivier Gagliardini

MIDIGA project (site under construction, will be updated in a few days):


From: Michal Kocvara <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 14:10:56 +0200
Subject: Research Fellow in Mathematical Optimisation in Birmingham, UK

University of Birmingham, School of Mathematics

Research Fellow in Mathematical Optimisation (x2)

Applications are requested for two Researchers to join the Management
Mathematics Group on a EU-FP6 project to undertake research on novel
mathematical programming methods in structural optimisation.

The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree and have or
be working towards the achievement of a PhD in a numerate discipline
(Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or related). Applications from
individuals whose research interests can be integrated within a running
EU-FP6 project are particularly welcome. This includes large-scale
non-linear optimisation, semidefinite programming or structural
optimisation, but successful applicants may work in any area of
Mathematical Optimisation. It is essential to have a strong commitment
to research.

Starting salary £24,402 to £31,840 a year, (potential progression on
performance once in post to £33,799). This post is available from 1
September 2007 for a period of 2 years.

Informal enquiries in strict confidence to Professor Michal Kocvara,
tel. 0121 414 6598, or e-mail: Further
information about the School or Management Mathematics Group is
available on

Closing date: 14 May 2007 Reference: S43145

Details from tel. 0121 415 9000 or

HR, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT


From: "Solin, Pavel" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 20:33:44 -0600
Subject: Ph.D. position at UTEP

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University
of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) opens a new Ph.D. position in
the field of adaptive higher-order finite element methods
starting with September 2007. The position comes with
a competitive stipend. Summer internships at Sandia National
Labs, Albuquerque, NM are expected. Students finishing their
M.S. degree in Spring 2007, preferably (but not limited to)
Computational Mathematics or Computer Science are welcome.
TOEFL exam is required for non-U.S. students. For more
information, please contact Dr. Pavel Solin, e-mail Some material related to the proposed
research is presented on the web pages of the FEM group


Pavel Solin
Associate professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Texas at El Paso


From: Iain Duff <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 09:04:13 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Postdoc position at CERFACS


A postdoc position will be available at CERFACS to work in the Parallel
Algorithms Team led by Iain Duff. This post is available from July 1st, 2007
but a later start date would be possible for an exceptional candidate.

The Parallel Algorithms Team is looking for a bright, motivated person
with a good reserach background. The applicant would be expected to join
existing projects in numerical linear algebra and optimization but should
be able to also work independently.

Additional benefits of the position include a competitive salary, travel
opportunities, access to state-of-the-art computational facilities (including
both SMP/MPP parallel architectures and high-performance workstations),
and access to real-life applications through fruitful academic/industrial
collaborations in a very active research program in advanced scientific

For detailed information about the Parallel Algorithms Project at CERFACS:

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

For information on the application procedure:

Applications should be sent before May 31st, 2007 to Serge Gratton


From: Chi-Wang Shu <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 18:49:07 -0400
Subject: Contents, Journal of Scientific Computing

Journal of Scientific Computing

Volume 31, Numbers 1-2, April-May 2007

Special issue in memory of Professor Xu-Dong Liu

Stanley Osher, pp. 1-3.

An Optimal Partition Problem for Eigenvalues
L. A. Cafferelli and Fang Hua Lin, pp.5-18.

A Supra-Convergent Finite Difference Scheme for the
Poisson and Heat Equations on Irregular Domains and
Non-Graded Adaptive Cartesian Grids
Han Chen, Chohong Min and Frederic Gibou, pp.19-60.

A Note on Discontinuous Galerkin Divergence-free
Solutions of the Navier–Stokes Equations
Bernardo Cockburn, Guido Kanschat and Dominik Schotzau,

Level Set Calculations for Incompressible Two-Phase
Flows on a Dynamically Adaptive Grid
Yana Di, Ruo Li, Tao Tang and Pingwen Zhang, pp.75-98.

On Boundary Condition Capturing for Multiphase Interfaces
Jeong-Mo Hong, Tamar Shinar, Myungjoo Kang and Ronald
Fedkiw, pp.99-125.

Solutions of Multi-dimensional Hyperbolic Systems of
Conservation Laws by Square Entropy Condition Satisfying
Discontinuous Galerkin Method
Songming Hou and Xu-Dong Liu, pp.127-151.

Level Set Based Simulations of Two-Phase Oil–Water Flows
in Pipes,
Myungjoo Kang, Hyeseon Shim and Stanley Osher, pp.153-184.

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Peter D. Lax, pp.185-193.

Convex ENO Schemes for Hamilton–Jacobi Equations
Chi-Tien Lin and Xu-Dong Liu, pp.195-211.

A Conservative Front Tracking Method in N -Dimensions
Jinjie Liu, Hyun-Kyung Lim, James Glimm and Xiaolin Li,

A Fast Sweeping Method for Static Convex Hamilton–Jacobi
Jianliang Qian, Yong-Tao Zhang and Hong-Kai Zhao, pp.237-271.

A New Smoothness Indicator for the WENO Schemes and Its Effect
on the Convergence to Steady State Solutions
Shuhai Zhang and Chi-Wang Shu, pp.273-305.

End of NA Digest