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From: Nick Trefethen <>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 16:46:44 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Fox Prize


The Tenth Leslie Fox Prize meeting will take place on 22 June 2001 at
the Oxford University Computing Laboratory, on the Friday before the
19th Dundee Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis

Entries for the Tenth Leslie Fox Prize competition are now requested.
Any person who is less than 31 years old on January 1 2001 and has not
already won a first prize in a previous Fox Prize competition is
eligible. Each entry should consist of three copies of a paper,
describing some of the candidate's research, that is suitable for a
40-minute lecture at a numerical analysis symposium. Whether or not the
work has been published or accepted for publication is irrelevant, but
no person may submit more than one paper. Candidates from previous
competitions are encouraged to enter.

The entries will be considered by an Adjudicating Committee consisting of
Prof. L.N. Trefethen (Oxford), Prof. A. Iserles (Cambridge), and Prof.
A. Spence (Bath). Particular attention will be given to the originality
and quality of each paper and to the suitability of the material for a
40-minute talk to a general audience of numerical analysts. About six papers
will be selected by the Committee by the end of March for presentation
at the Leslie Fox Prize meeting. Only papers presented at the
symposium will be eligible for awards but, subject to this restriction,
the Adjudicating Committee may award any number of first and second

Entries should be received by 19 February 2001. Each candidate should
include a statement of his or her year of birth and should indicate
that he or she would be available to present a paper at the symposium.
Single-authored papers are preferred. Although a joint paper may be
submitted by an individual candidate, the entry must primarily be the
original work of the candidate, and must be accompanied by a statement
from the co-authors agreeing to the submission and detailing the
contribution of the candidate to the paper. Travel funds are not
generally available to assist candidates who attend the symposium. The
receipt of all entries will be acknowledged. Any question on this
notice should be addressed to a member of the Adjudicating Committee.

One printed copy of each entry should be sent by mail to the Chairman:

Prof. L. N. Trefethen
Chairman, Fox Prize Adjudicating Committee
Oxford University Computing Laboratory
Wolfson Bldg., Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QD

as well as EITHER a PostScript file of the entry (to be sent by email)
to all three adjudicators:,,

OR two additional printed copies (sent with the first printed copy),
mailed to Prof. Trefethen as above. PostScript files should be
included in the body of the email message rather than appended as email


From: Allison Bogardo <>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 11:35:56 -0400
Subject: SIAM Student Travel Awards

SIAM Student Travel Awards: 2001 Conferences

SIAM will make several $300 awards to support student travel to its
upcoming 2001 conferences:

Twelfth ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms,
Washington, DC, January 7-9

Tenth SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific
Computing, Portsmouth, Virginia, March 12-14

First International SIAM Conference on Data Mining,
Chicago, Illinois, April 5-7

Sixth SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems,
Snowbird, Utah, May 20-24

Sixth SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational
Issues in the Geosciences, Boulder, Colorado, June 11-14

2001 SIAM Annual Meeting,
San Diego, California, July 9-13

Fifth SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications,
San Diego, California, July 12-14

Fourth SIAM Conference on Linear Algebra in Signals,
Systems, and Control, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 13-16

First SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences,
Boston, Massachusetts, September 24-26

First SIAM Conference on the Imaging Science,
Boston, Massachusetts, September 26-28

Seventh SIAM Conference on Geometric Design,
Sacramento, California, November 5-8

The awards will be made from the SIAM Student Travel Fund, created in
1991 and maintained through book royalties donated by some SIAM
authors. At the beginning of each year, a committee determines the
number of travel awards to be given to support student travel to each
SIAM meeting or conference.

Any full-time student in good standing who must travel more than 100
miles to the meeting is eligible to receive an award plus gratis
meeting registration. Top consideration is given to students
presenting papers at the meeting, with second priority to students who
are co-authors of papers to be presented.

An application for a travel award must include:

1) A letter from the student describing his/her academic standing
and interests, his/her expected graduation date and degree,
advisor's name, and, if available, a URL for a working web page.

2) A one-page vita that includes the student's research interests,
projects, and published papers.

3) A detailed letter from the student's faculty advisor indicating
why the student deserves to receive a travel award and any
special circumstances.

4) If applicable, the title(s) of the paper(s) to be presented
(co-authored) by the student at the meeting.


Applications should be sent to SIAM, Attention: SIAM Student Travel
Awards, 3600 University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA
19104-2588. Students may also apply by e-mail to or
by fax to 215-386-7999.

A selection committee will review all complete applications, and
winners will be notified FIVE WEEKS before the first day of the
meeting. Checks for the awards will be given to the awardees when
they pick up their registration packets at the meeting.


From: Jorge Zazamonico <>
Date: 20 Sep 2000 16:07:27 -0000
Subject: New Book, A Posterior Error Estimation in Finite Element Analysis

Mark Ainsworth, J. Tinsley Oden
ISBN: 0-471-29411-X (Cloth)
264 pp August 2000 $84.95 GBP 70.00

A Posterior Error Estimation in Finite Element Analysis offers an applied
treatment of a posteriori error estimation for finite element approximation
of problems in general engineering and mechanics. While the emphasis is on
current methods for linear elliptic boundary value problems found in
differential equations, this new work explores the many issues surrounding
the performance of error estimates as an independent measure of the quality
of performance of algorithms.

Numerous numerical experiments expand the hands-on nature of computational

For more information
1-800-225-5945 E-mail:
Outside of N. America: +44 (0) 1243 779777
Fax: +44 (0) 1243 843296


From: Anne Greenbaum <>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 16:25:33 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: SIAM Northwest Regional Math in Industry Workshop

The SIAM Northwest Regional Workshop on Mathematics in Industry
will take place Oct. 12--14, 2000, at the University of Washington.
This is the fifth Workshop in a series of regional meetings focused
on mathematics in industry. These Workshops (funded by an NSF grant
to SIAM) are intended to provide a forum for discussion on
Applied/Industrial Mathematics Programs.

The goal of the Northwest Workshop is to facilitate discussion between
faculty, students, and mathematicians working in industry and national
laboratories. The program will feature talks by representatives from
local industry and national laboratories describing both their technical
work and the opportunities for collaboration with academia and for
summer internships. Additionally a number of university programs designed
to enhance university/industry interactions or to prepare students for
careers in industry will be described and there will be discussions of
related undergraduate and graduate curriculum issues. Current and former
students will describe their experiences working in industry and national
laboratories, while parallel sessions will focus on more specific problem

A tentative schedule for the meeting and registration information
can be found at
The organizing committee consists of: Loyce Adams, Ken Bube, Anne Greenbaum,
Jack Lee, and Randy LeVeque. For further information about the program,
consult the web page or send e-mail to


From: Hershkowitz Daniel <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 12:26:40 +0300 (IDT)
Subject: International Linear Algebra Society Conference

25-29 June, 2001
Haifa, Israel


The conference will be held under the auspices of the Institute of
Advanced Studies in Mathematics at the Technion and the International
Linear Algebra Society. This is the 9th conference organized by ILAS since
1989. It is also the 12th conference in a sequence of matrix theory
meetings organized by the Technion since 1984.

Provisional list of speakers: D. Alpay, R. Bapat, A. Bruckstein, J.
Bunch, A. Bunse-Gerstner, N. Cohen, H. Dym, K.-H. Foerster, P. Fuhrmann,
I. Gohberg, C.R. Johnson, G. Kalai, S. Kirkland (OT/JT Speaker), W.
Luxemburg, R. Merris, R. Meshulam, R. Nabben, I. Olkin, V. Olshevsky, S.
Pierce, F. Puerta, J. Queiro, A. Ran, L. Rodman, P. Semrl, B. Shader, J.
Shao, Tin-Yau Tam, N. Trefethen (ILAS-LAA Speaker), F. Uhlig, W. Watkins,
H.J. Werner.

Organizing committee: Moshe Goldberg (co-chair), Daniel Hershkowitz
(co-chair), Raphael Loewy (co-chair), Abraham Berman, Richard A. Brualdi,
David London, Ludwig Elsner, Leonid Lerer, Uriel G. Rothblum and Abraham

For further information :
Sylvia Schur (Secretary)
Department of Mathematics
Technion-Israel Insitutute of Technology
32000 Haifa, Israel
Phone: 972 4 829 4278
Fax: 972 4 832 4654



From: Jianping Zhu <jzhu@ERC.MsState.Edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 16:29:01 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Conference on Differential Equations & Computational Simulations

Fifth Mississippi State Conference on
Differential Equations & Computational Simulations
May 18-19, 2001
Mississippi State University

Organized by:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Engineering
Research Center, Mississippi State University

Electronic Journal of Differential Equations
Institute for Mathematics and its Applications

Principal Speakers:
PETER BATES, Brigham Young University
JEROME GOLDSTEIN, University of Memphis
ANTHONY INGRAFFEA, Cornell University
JAMES KEENER, University of Utah
DAVID KEYES, Old Dominion University
HIROSHI MATANO, University of Tokyo
SURESH MENON, Georgia Institute of Technology
WEI-MING NI, University of Minnesota
GEORGE PAPANICOLAOU, Stanford University
RICHARD VARGA, Kent State University

Conference Banquet Speaker:
GARY M. LYLES, Advanced Space Transportation Program Manager,
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Topic: "Highway to Space"

This interdisciplinary conference, held bi-annually, provides 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 eleven 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.

Abstracts for contributed papers should be submitted no later than March
31, 2001, through the conference website. Pre-registration deadline is May
1, 2001. For further information on the conference organization, program,
and submission of abstracts, visit the conference webpage at or contact the program
chair, Dr.Jianping Zhu, at or the organizers:

Ratnasingham Shivaji Bharat Soni
Dept of Mathematics & Statistics Engineering Research Center
Mississippi State University Mississippi State University
Phone:662-325-3414/7142 Phone:662-325-8278
Fax:662-325-0005 Fax:662-325-7692


From: Weimin Han <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 16:30:19 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Workshop on Meshfree Methods

Workshop on Meshfree Methods
at the University of Iowa
November 4, 2000

Recently, a next generation of numerical methods, collectively
called meshfree methods or meshless methods, have attracted more
and more researchers in computational sciences and engineering.
Meshfree methods have been successfully applied in several areas
where the application of the traditional finite element method
is limited.

A workshop on meshfree methods will be held at the University of
Iowa on Saturday, November 4, 2000. The aim of this workshop is
to bring together mathematicians, computer scientists and
engineering researchers to exchange ideas, results and applications
of the meshfree methods. The workshop will provide a good
opportunity especially for numerical analysts as many fundamental
issues related to the meshfree methods still need to be investigated.

The workshop is sponsored by IMA and NSF/DARPA. There is no
registration fee for attending the workshop. Mathematicians
from IMA Participating Institutions are eligible to receive
IMA/PI funds for the workshop expenses, where available and if
approved by the mathematician's own department chair. A limited
amount of fund is available to partially support some other
participants of the workshop.

If you are interested in attending the workshop with or without a talk,
or if you need some support for your expense, please contact Weimin Han

Information on the workshop can be found at


From: Lothar Reichel <>
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 04:38:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Conference on Applied Inverse Problems

International Conference on
Applied Inverse Problems: Theoretical and Computational Aspects

to be held in Montecatini, Italy, June 18-22, 2001. The purpose of the
meeting is to bring together scientists and engineers who work on
theoretical and computational aspects of inverse problems. The meeting
will consist of invited talks, contributed talks and minisymposia. The
following speakers have tentatively agreed to present invited lectures:

S. Arridge
M. Bertero
A. Bjorck
T. F. Chan
D. Colton
D. Donoho
L. Elden
H. W. Engl
I. Galligani
G. H. Golub
A. Grunbaum
M. Hanke
P. C. Hansen
J. McLaughlin
J. Nagy
Z. Nashed
F. Natterer
R. Pike
R. J. Plemmons
W. Rundell
P. C. Sabatier
F. Santosa
E. Somersalo
C. Vogel
J.-P. Zolesio

Details about the conference, such as invited speakers, information on
submission of contributed presentations and minisymposia, registration and
accommodation, as well as travel information, a map and a Tuscany picture
show can be found at the conference web site

Montecatini is a popular spa located in Tuscany close to Florence. For
inquiries about the conference, please send e-mail to

Organizing and Scientific Committee:

M. Bertero, D. Calvetti, T. F. Chan, G. H. Golub, G. Inglese, A. Murli,
R. J. Plemmons, L. Reichel, S. Seatzu, F. Sgallari and G. Talenti


From: Richard Braun <>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 11:59:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Chair Position at University of Delaware

University of Delaware
Department of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Delaware seeks applications for the position of
Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The
Department currently has approximately 40 faculty and professional
staff, and offers programs for the B.A., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
mathematics and applied mathematics. Salary is competitive and an
attractive fringe benefits package is included.
The focus of the Department has been in applied mathematics/applied
analysis and, more recently, has involved increased involvement in
industrial applied mathematics. The Department also has a very active
discrete mathematics group, small groups in several other areas, and an
ongoing commitment to secondary math education.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in some area of mathematical sciences
commensurate with the research strengths of the department, a
distinguished record of scholarship and a proven record of obtaining
outside funding, a commitment to excellence in instruction at all
levels, and sufficient experience to indicate the ability to work
cooperatively and effectively with faculty, professional staff and the
administration. The department expects to fill a number of new
positions within the next few years, and the chair should be a dynamic
individual with a vision for the future to help the department advance
its reputation and visibility as well as furthering ties with the
College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.
Applications received by January 31, 2001 are guaranteed full
consideration, and we anticipate making an appointment effective on or
about September 1, 2001. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of
academic leadership philosophy, and the names and addresses of four
references to Chair Search Committee, Department of Mathematical
Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716. The University of
Delaware is an AA/EOE employer. More information is available on the
department web page at


From: Roland Potthast <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 15:24:51 +0100
Subject: Research Positions at University of Gottingen

Young researchers group in inverse problems

The Institut for Numerical and Applied Mathematics of
the University of G=F6ttingen in Germany is currently
establishing a young researchers group with the title
"New Numerical Methods for the Solution of Inverse
Problems". This group will be created through a recent
initiative of the state of Lower Saxony. Within a five
year period the objective of the group will be to develop
new numerical methods for the solution of inverse
problems for partial differential equations, in particular
for three-dimensional inverse scattering problems and
related problems. This research will include both the
theoretical foundations and the numerical implementation
of the methods including tests with real data arising in
applications. Fur further details see also

The group will be lead by Privatdozent Dr. Roland Potthast
(age 33). Currently, a postdoc position and two PhD positions
are available. The salary will be according to BAT IIa
(Postdoc) and BAT IIa/2 (PhD) with additional finances
arising from industry projects. Application from both
EU and international countries are strongly encouraged.

The University of G=F6ttingen aims at increasing the
proportion of women within its scientific personnel and
therefore explicitly encourages qualified women to apply.
In case of equivalent qualifications, women will be given
special consideration. In case of equivalent qualifications,
handicapped applicants will be given priority. Applications
should be directed to the Director of the Institut.

Institut f. Numerische und Angewandte Mathematik
Lotzestr. 16-18,
D 37083 G=F6ttingen,


From: A. R. Champneys <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 17:06:55 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Lectureship at University of Bristol

Lectureship University of Bristol (UK)
JOB TITLE: Lecturer
DEPARTMENT: Engineering Mathematics


Applications are invited to support teaching and research in the
Department of Engineering Mathematics. All the research in the
Department was grade 5 in the last RAE and in the recent Subject
Review we obtained 23 points (together with the School of
Mathematics). In the latest JIF round, the Department was part of the
successful Faculty team awarded #15M to build the Bristol Laboratory
for Advanced Dynamics Engineering (BLADE). You will therefore have a
world-class facility available for interdisciplinary work. The
starting salary will be in the range of #19,482 to #25,213 per annum
according to experience. This position is available
immediately. Further information can be found at

Informal enquiries are most welcome and may be made to Professor John
Hogan, telephone 0117 928 7754 (+44 from outside the UK) or e-mail

The closing date for applications is 9.00am, 10th October 2000.


From: S. I. Hariharan <>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 15:15:28 -0400
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Akron

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

An Assistant or Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics (tenure-track)
position is available starting August 27, 2001. Applicants should possess
a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics or a closely related area with research
strength in materials science. Salary is commensurate with background and
experience. Startup funds are available.

At the assistant professor level, preference will be given to candidates
with postdoctoral experience or other research experience beyond the
doctorate. Candidates are expected to provide evidence of an ongoing
research program including potential for receiving external funding.
Candidates should also provide evidence of experience and interest in

Applicants at the associate professor level must submit evidence of a
strong publication and funding record as well as effective undergraduate
and graduate teaching.

The Department offers Bachelor and Master degrees in Applied Mathematics,
Mathematics, and Computer Science. An Engineering Applied Mathematics
doctoral program, emphasizing interdisciplinary applied mathematics, is
offered cooperatively with the College of Engineering. See for more information about the Department and
its programs.

The University of Akron is a state-assisted metropolitan university in
northeast Ohio with approximately 23,500 students. The University is
well-known for its interdisciplinary programs and has a world-class polymer
science program and widely recognized departments in engineering, science,
business, and education.

All materials (application letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial copy of
graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation) should be sent

Chair, Applied Mathematics Search Committee
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4002

Inquiries may be sent to Review of completed
applications will begin December 11, 2000, and will continue until the
position is filled.


From: Jose Castillo <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 14:19:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Faculty Positions at San Diego State


The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at San Diego State
University invites applications for six tenure-track Assistant Professor
positions in the areas of Financial Mathematics, Mathematics of Communications,
Computational Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science and one position in
Computer Science at the associate professor level, beginning in the Fall of

See department web page for details

Applications should include: a letter of interest, a curriculum
vitae, a description of the proposed research program, a statement of
teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation sent directly by
the referees to the search committee.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Title IX Employer and does not discriminate
against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender, marital status, age or disability.

NOTE: We do not take electronic applications.

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


From: Ben Leimkuhler <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 22:54:14 +0100
Subject: Student and Postdoctoral Positions at University of Leicester

Announcing an EPSRC postgraduate studentship and a postdoctoral
fellowship in the area of

Geometric Integrators/Scientific Computing

in the Centre for Mathematical Modelling, University of Leicester.

Funding has been provided by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council for a 3-year graduate studentship and a 2-year postdoc
on a project led by Professor Ben Leimkuhler. The goal of the project
is to develop new advanced timestepping algorithms for applications such
as molecular dynamics simulation and smoothed particle hydrodynamics.
The successful applicants will have been pursuing studies in
mathematics, physics, or engineering, and have an interest in scientific
computation and a desire to work with a wide ranging group of scientists
and engineers as part of the newly-formed interdisciplinary Centre for
Mathematical Modelling.

For the studentship, applicants should be nationals of an EU country.
For the postdoctoral position, nationals of any country are eligible.

For More Information

Prof. B. Leimkuhler
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom


From: Daoqi Yang <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 10:10:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fellowship at Wayne State

IGERT: Interdisciplinary Traineeship in High Performance
Computing Applications at Wayne State University

Graduate fellowships supported by the NSF-IGERT program--with a
total yearly stipend of $23,266--are available for qualified U.S.
citizens and permanent residents in a high-performance computing
applications program in science, engineering or medicine.
This IGERT project integrates ongoing interdisciplinary research
efforts in WSU's new Institute for Scientific Computing into a
cooperative traineeship program.

Wayne State University has also initiated a new interdisciplinary
Masters/Ph. D. curriculum which includes a Certificate in Scientific

For information on these exciting new programs please visit our website at


From: T. Terlaky <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 00:27:32 -0400
Subject: Special Issue of European Journal of Operations Research

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of
European Journal of Operations Research

Guest editors: T. Illes, T. Rapcsak, T. Terlaky

At Interior Point Methods (IPM-2000) workshop, which was a
pre-conference meeting of the EURO-2000, Continuous Optimization
Working Group (EUROPT) of EURO has been established.
At EURO-2000 a Linear and Nonlinear Programming sub-stream is
organized. To celebrate the establishment of EUROOPT
a special issue of EJOR will be published.

PAPER SUBMISSION: Send three copies of your paper(s) to
T. Illes:
T. Rapcsak:
T. Terlaky:

Deadline: End of September, 2000.


From: T. Terlaky <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 00:01:06 -0400
Subject: Contents, Optimization and Engineering

Optimization and Engineering

International Multidisciplinary Journal
to Promote Optimizational Theory & Applications
in Engineering Science
Table of Contents
Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2000

The Direct Solution of Nonconvex Nonlinear FIR Filter Design Problems by a
SIP Method
S. G=F6rner, A. Potchinkov, R. Reemtsen
pp. 123-154

Low Cost Optimization Techniques for Solving the Nonlinear Seismic
Reflection Tomography Problem
Z. Castillo, D. Cores, M. Raydan
pp. 155-169

Aggregate Objective Functions and Pareto Frontiers: Required Relationships
and Practical Implications
Achille Messac, Emanuel Melachrinoudis, C. P. Sukam
pp. 171-188

Optimal Design of Trusses Under a Nonconvex Global Buckling Constraint
Aharon Ben-Tal, Florian Jarre, Michal Kocvara, Arkadi Nemirovski, Jochem Zowe
pp. 189-213

A Disjunctive Model for Scheduling in a Manufacturing and Packing Facility
with Intermediate Storage
Vipul Jain, Ignacio E. Grossmann
pp. 215-231

The first issue of the new journal
is available electronically too
at the address:


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