NA Digest Sunday, May 6, 2007 Volume 07 : Issue 19

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From: Gene H Golub <>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 07:28:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: David Gottlieb elected to NAS


I am pleased to write that David Gottlieb was elected to the National
Academy of Sciences. Congratulations, David. Not only is he a top-notch
scientist but he is also a very nice and decent person.

Here is the citation.

David Gottlieb has pioneered and brought to fruition high-order methods
for complex scientific computations. He is widely regarded as the world's
leading expert on spectral methods, which have become the method of choice
in computations requiring high resolution, such as the simulation of
turbulent flow.

Gene H Golub, Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University


From: Omar Ghattas <>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 05:34:41 -0400
Subject: Webcast:: ICES/TACC Distinguished Lecture on Petascale Simulation

The following webcast should be of interest to many NA Digest readers:

Distinguished Lecture Series on Petascale Simulation
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES)
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
The University of Texas at Austin

Title: "Petascale Computing in the Biosciences--Simulating Entire Life Forms"
Speaker: Dr. Klaus Schulten, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2007
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (UTC -5 hours)
Live Webcast:

Note: viewing the webcast requires installing a browser plug-in, which
shouldn't take more than a minute to do. Please see the website above
for instructions, as well as an abstract of the lecture. Webcasts of
previous lectures in this series are archived on the website.


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 12:06:56 -0400
Subject: SIAG/APDE Prize - Call for Nominations - Deadline May 15, 2007

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - Deadline Approaching - May 15


The SIAM Activity Group on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
(SIAG/APDE) will present the SIAG/APDE Prize at the SIAM Conference on
Analysis of PDE (PD07) to be held December 10-12, 2007, in Mesa,

The SIAG/APDE Prize, established in 2005, is awarded to the author(s) of
the most outstanding paper on a topic in PDE published in English in a
peer-reviewed journal within the four calendar years preceding the year
of the award. A candidate paper must bear a publication date between
January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2006. It must contain significant
research contributions to the field of analysis of PDE, as commonly
defined in the mathematical literature, with direct or potential

The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the
award citation. At least one of the awardees is expected to attend the
award ceremony and to present the paper as a plenary lecture at the
meeting. Travel expenses will be available to reimburse one speaker.

Nominations should include a full bibliographic citation for the paper
and a brief statement outlining the justification for the nomination in
terms of its importance and impact. Nominations should be addressed to
Professor Mary Pugh, Chair, SIAG/APDE Prize Committee and sent by MAY
15, 2007, to J. M. Littleton at Inquiries should be
addressed to Complete calls for nominations for
SIAM prizes can be found at


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 17:44:12 -0400
Subject: New Book: Continuum Modeling in the Physical Sciences

Continuum Modeling in the Physical Sciences
E. van Groesen and Jaap Molenaar
ISBN: 978-0-898716-25-2
List Price: $65.00; SIAM Member Price $45.50
Order Code: MM13

Mathematical modeling—the ability to apply mathematical concepts and
techniques to real-life systems—has expanded considerably over the last
decades, making it impossible to cover all of its aspects in one course or
textbook. Continuum Modeling in the Physical Sciences provides an extensive
exposition of the general principles and methods of this growing field with
a focus on applications in the natural sciences. The authors present a
thorough treatment of mathematical modeling from the elementary level to
more advanced concepts.

Most of the chapters are devoted to a discussion of central issues such as
dimensional analysis, conservation principles, balance laws, constitutive
relations, stability, robustness, and variational methods, and are
accompanied by numerous real-life examples. Readers will benefit from the
exercises placed throughout the text and the Challenging Problems sections
found at the ends of several chapters. The last chapter is devoted to
elaborated case studies in polymer dynamics, fiber spinning, water waves,
and waveguide optics.


From: Tugrul Dayar <>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 14:42:12 +0300
Subject: Call for papers, SMCtools, Oct 2007

Call for papers, SMCtools 2007

International Workshop on Tools for Solving Structured Markov Chains
(Nantes, France / October 26, 2007)

Submission Deadline 10 May 2007
Notification of Acceptance 20 June 2007
Final Version 20 July 2007

Performance evaluation methodologies based on structured Markov chains
have taken a more prominent role over the last two decades. During this
time, due to the strong exploitation of the involved structures, the
techniques used to assess the performance measures of interest have
advanced significantly in terms of their efficiency, while becoming more
complex at the same time. This increased complexity often acts as an
opposing force to a more widespread use of these advanced methodologies.
Making these novel techniques more accessible via a set of software tools
is therefore essential to further promote their integration in the system

This workshop solicits papers on software tools for solving structured
Markov chains (MCs).
Please see for detailed information.


From: Marco Picasso <>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 15:50:11 +0200
Subject: Conference - 60th birthday of Jacques Rappaz, September 2007


Conference on Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
to celebrate the 60-th birthday of Professor Jacques Rappaz.

The conference will be held on September 6-7, 2007 at
the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

The conference is sponsored by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de
Lausanne and the Alcan company

Invited presentations will be given by :
Christine Bernardi, Paris, France
Franco Brezzi, Pavia, Italy
Gabriel Caloz, Rennes, France
Philippe Clement, Leiden, The Netherlands
Michel Crouzeix, Rennes, France
Michel Flueck, Lausanne, Switzerland
Roland Glowinski, Houston (TX), USA
Pierre-Alain Gremaud, Raleigh (NC), USA
Ralph Gruber, Lausanne, Switzerland
Takashi Kako, Tokyo, Japan
Jean-Claude Nedelec, Paris, France
John Osborn, College Park (MD), USA
Olivier Pironneau, Paris, France
Alfio Quarteroni, Lausanne, Switzerland
Pierre-Arnaud Raviart, Paris, France
Vidar Thomee, Goteborg, Sweden
Rachid Touzani, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Organizers of the event are :
G. Caloz, M. Flueck, M. Picasso, R. Touzani

There are no conference fees but registration is required.

See for details

We look forward to seeing you in Lausanne


From: Forwards <>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 12:31:31 -0400
Subject: 2nd Intl Summer School on Numerical Linear Algebra, China, Jul/Aug 2007

Second International Summer School on Numerical Linear Algebra
July 25 - August 6, 2007, Lanzhou, China.

NUMERICAL LINEAR ALGEBRA arises in many areas of scientific computing and
engineering applications and it forms the basis and the core of modern
numerical analysis. To attract attention and cultivate interest of young
scientists, the ¡°Second International Summer School on Numerical Linear
Algebra¡± will be organized between July 25¨C August 6, 2007 at Lanzhou
University. The main topics of this summer school include the classical
subjects of numerical linear algebra and its modern applications in science
and technology.
Graduate students as well as young scientists of ages less than 35 (born
after January 1st, 1972), graduated within the last five years (received a
Master or Ph.D. degree after January 1st, 2002) and working on numerical
linear algebra, can apply for the summer school. Forty participants will be
selected and approved by the Selection Committee in April of 2007.

There will be three courses and ten general lectures given by the following
speakers,some of them are,

Prof.Dr.Zhao Jun Bai
University of California at Davis, USA

Prof.Dr.Ken Hayami
National Institute of Informatics, JAPAN

Prof.Dr.Xue-Jun Xu
Chinese Academy of Sciences, BEIJING

Prof.Dr.Raymond H.F. Chan
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG

Further information and online registration is
available on the website:


From: Marc Bonnet <>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 09:48:25 -0400
Subject: 6th Int. Conf. on Inverse Problems in Engineering, Jun 2008

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming 6th International Conference on
Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice (ICIPE 2008), to be held
in Dourdan (Paris), France on June 15-19, 2008.

This Symposium is the sixth of the International Conference on Inverse
Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice (ICIPE) series, initiated in Palm
Coast (USA) in 1993. Noteworthy features of all ICIPE meetings are their
balanced focus on theory and applications (and, better yet, the combination of
both) and a residential setting in an informal atmosphere aimed at maximizing
opportunities for interactions between participants. The previous ICIPE was
held in Cambridge (UK) in July 2005.

Please visit the Conference website for details.
The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2007.

We look forward to welcoming you in Dourdan next year.

With our best wishes,

The ICIPE 2008 organizing committee:
Denis Maillet (chairman),
Stéphane Andre, Marc Bonnet, Andrei Constantinescu, Abdellatif El Badia, Yvon


From: Oleg Burdakov <>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 15:35:30 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: EUROPT-OMS Conf. on Optimization in Prague, EXTENDED DEADLINES


EUROPT-OMS Conference on Optimization, July 4-7, 2007, Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract submissions: May 15, 2007
Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2007
Early registration: May 31, 2007
Early payment on or before May 31, 2007: EUR 200 (EUR 100 for students)
Late payment on or after June 1, 2007: EUR 250 (EUR 125 for students)
The registration fee includes reception, working lunches, refreshments
and conference materials.

This international conference is organized by the Working Group of EURO
on Continuous Optimization (EUROPT) and the journal OMS in cooperation
with EURO, SIAM, SIAG/OPT and INFORMS Optimization Society.

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for peer-reviewed
publication in a special issue of the journal Optimization Methods and
Software (OMS).

Frederic Bonnans (France)
Yury Evtushenko (Russia)
Komei Fukuda (Switzerland)
Dorit Hochbaum (USA)
Tibor Illes (Hungary)
Michal Kocvara (GB)
Adrian Lewis (USA)
Carlo Mannino (Italy)
Alexander Martin (Germany)
Florian Potra (USA)
Liqun Qi (China)
Philippe Toint (Belgium)
Stefan Ulbrich (Germany)
Stephen Wright (USA)
Yinyu Ye (USA)
Ya-xiang Yuan (China)

EURO, Taylor & Francis, Pascal, SIAM, SIAG/OPT, INFORMS Optimization Society,
University of Economics (Czech Republic), University of Hradec Kralove
(Czech Republic), Alicante University (Spain), Middle East Technical
University (Turkey), Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche (Spain),
TOBB University of Economics and Technology (Turkey), Institute of Applied
Mathematics of Middle East Technical University (Turkey).


From: Joab Winkler <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 08:24:06 -0400
Subject: Summer School, UK. Polynomials and approximate GCDs. Sept. 2007

Summer School on: Approximate GCD Computations and New Methods for Solving
Polynomial Equations of High Degree with Multiple Roots

Venue: Oxford University Computer Laboratory, Oxford University, England

Dates: 17-21 September 2007


The Summer School will consist of lectures and laboratory classes on new
methods for solving polynomial equations of high degree with multiple roots.
These methods involve approximate greatest common divisor computations,
resultant and subresultant matrices, structured matrix methods and non-linear
least squares.

The invited speakers are:

Professor Rob Corless (University of Western Ontario, Canada) Professor
Gershon Elber (The Technion, Haifa, Israel) Professor Gene Golub (Stanford
University, USA) Professor Zhonggang Zeng (Northeastern Illinois University,

More details are at

Dr Joab Winkler
The University of Sheffield
Department of Computer Science
211 Portobello Street
Sheffield S1 4DP



From: remi abgrall <>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:14:15 +0200
Subject: Postdoc position at INRIA Bordeaux

The ScAlApplix team is offering the following 12 months post doctoral position:

English version:

on mesh adaptation for CFD application.

For administrative reasons,
1) candidates must have defended their PhD between may 1st 2006 and
september 30, 2007
2) they must apply before may 31 2007

The ScAlApplix team gathers applied mathematicians and computer
scientists in order to develop very efficient large scale computation on
highly parallel machines with applications in CFD and other branches of
physics. It is located in Bordeaux.

For information about the ScAlApplix team :

latest activity report :

Applications should be sent before may 31st to Remi Abgrall


From: Ljiljana Cvetkovic <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 09:36:36 -0400
Subject: LAA special issue in honor of Richard Varga - deadline extension

On October 9, 2008, Richard S. Varga one of the leading figures in numerical
analysis, approximation theory and linear algebra over the last 50 years
will celebrate his 80th birthday. He has been an editor of Linear Algebra
and its Applications for almost 40 years and he is currently one of its
distinguished editors. We are pleased to announce a special issue of Linear
Algebra and its Applications in honor of Richard S. Varga.

Important notice: The deadline has been extended until June 30, 2007.


From: Holger Wendland <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 08:55:53 -0400
Subject: Chair in Applied Mathematics

Chair in Applied Mathematics
University of Sussex, Department of Mathematics

The University of Sussex is seeking applications for a Chair in Applied
Mathematics. The Department achieved grade 5 in Applied Mathematics in
the 2001 RAE and is committed to excellence in research. Current
research is concentrated in the following areas:

- numerical analysis and scientific computation
- mathematics applied to biology or medicine
- partial differential equations and applied analysis

Candidates for this Chair position should have outstanding academic
credentials and a world-leading research reputation in an area of
applied mathematics related to one or more of the current research
activities of the Department. The successful candidate will be expected
to make a major contribution to the Department's research outputs, to
show leadership in the generation of research funding and in the support
of junior staff, researchers and postgraduate students, and to undertake
an appropriate teaching and administrative load.

Closing Date: 25 May 2007
Interviews are expected to be held the week commencing 11 June 2007

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Holger Wendland (e-mail Tel 01273 877759) or Dr Mark Broom (e-mail Tel 01273 877243).

For full details and how to apply see


From: "Dr. M.S. Campobasso" <>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 09:53:26 +0100
Subject: PhD studentship in Wind Turbine Aeroelasticity

University of Glasgow, Department of Aerospace Engineering, UK
PhD Scholarship in Aeroelasticity of Wind Turbine Rotors

Applications are invited for a PhD Scholarship on Aeroelasticity of
Wind Turbine Rotors. The post is within the CFD group of the
Department of Aerospace Engineering. The project requires knowledge,
expertise and skills in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical
Modelling and Computer Programming.

The Scholarship offers a stipend at EPSRC rates. It only covers
EU-level University fees, but applications are open to International
students too.

Closing date: 31st May 2007
Starting date: October 2007

Further details can be found at:

Informal enquiries can be addressed to
Dr. M. Sergio Campobasso
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Glasgow University, Glasgow, UK


Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 23:42:31 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: PhD position in mathematical imaging at RICAM, Linz (AUSTRIA)

Doctoral position at RICAM in numerical harmonic analysis and PDE for
image processing

RICAM, the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied
Mathematics (Austrian Academy of Sciences), is looking for 1 doctoral
student in applied and computational mathematics interested in pursuing
research in computational harmonic analysis and partial dif-ferential
equations for advanced image processing. We emphasize the
interdisciplinary approach which will involve both a variety of
mathematical tools and applications in art restoration. The student will
be a member of the WWTF project "Five Senses - Call 2006", Mathematical
Methods for Image Analysis and Processing in Visual Arts at RICAM, Linz,

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2007

Starting date of the PhD: November 1

The salary is determined according to the rules of the Austrian Research
Fund FWF (,
i.e., 30.860,00 Euro/year before tax.

Work location: RICAM, Linz, Austria.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Massimo Fornasier
( by an email with title "Ph.D. position" and
they should consist of:

1. a presentation letter
2. curriculum vitae et studiorum (including grades for each exam)
3. diploma thesis, if already finished, title and abstract otherwise
4. up to two letters of recommendation (to be scanned and included in
the email)

The ideal candidate has a good background in functional and numerical

We attach further information about the project and the institute.

About the project (

The time requirements for a PhD thesis is typically in the range of 3
years. The doctoral studies will be focussed (although not limited) on
variational calculus and inverse problems for image reconstruction and
applications in art restoration.
In particular, we are interested in investigating the relations between
generalizations of the Mumford-Shah functional on vector valued functions
and discrete functionals promoting sparsity in sequence spaces of
wavelet/curvelet coefficients. Minimizers of such functionals model the
restoration of corrupted images. Efficient and stable algorithms will be
studied for the numerical approximation of the minimizers.
Depending on the particular interests of the doctoral student, related
investigations in compressed sensing and learning theory can also be
pursued, and medical applications in brain imaging can be also addressed.

Information on the institute can be found at


From: "Professor Dr. T.E. Simos" <>
Date: Sun, 06 May 2007 18:38:43 +0300
Subject: Contents, J. Numerical Analysis, Industrial and Applied Math (JNAIAM)

Journal of Numerical Analysis, Industrial and Applied Mathematics,
ISSN 1790-8140, ISSN Electronic 1790-8159

A free on-line edition is available at:

Volume 2, Number 1-2, 2007

L. Aceto, R. Pandolfi and D. Trigiante
Stability Analysis of Linear Multistep Methods via Polynomial Type Variation
JNAIAM, 2(1-2)(2007), pp. 1-9

Peter Benner, Vasile Sima and Martin Slowik
Evaluation of the Linear Matrix Equation Solvers in SLICOT
JNAIAM, 2(1-2)(2007), pp. 11-34

Susanne C. Brenner and Luke Owens
A Weakly Over-Penalized Non-Symmetric Interior Penalty Method
JNAIAM, 2(1-2)(2007), pp. 35-48

Vjeran Hari and Vida Zadelj-Martić
Parallelizing the Kogbetliantz Method: A First Attempt
JNAIAM, 2(1-2)(2007), pp. 49-66

I. Hoteita, G. Triantafyllou and G. Korres
Using Low-Rank Ensemble Kalman Filters for Data Assimilation with High
Dimensional Imperfect Models
JNAIAM, 2(1-2)(2007), pp. 67-78

J. Mateu
Computing Limiting Stochastic Processes for Spatial Structure Detection
JNAIAM, 2(1-2)(2007), pp. 79-102

Saša Singer
Determination of the Heat Transfer Coefficient in the Law of Cooling for
Gas-Quenching Systems
JNAIAM, 2(1-2)(2007), pp. 103-114

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