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From: Petr Prikryl <prikryl@MATH.CAS.CZ>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 14:28:37 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Babuska Prize


In December 2000, the Czech Association for Mechanics and the Union
of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists again awarded the I. Babuska
Prize for the best work in scientific computing submitted by students and
young scientists.

The Prize winner for 2000 is Dr Gabriela Holubova from the Faculty of
Applied Sciences of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. The
work honored was her PhD thesis Systems of evolution partial
differential equations: the existence and qualitative properties of
solutions. Let us mention that she got a diploma of honor in the
category of MS theses already in 1997.

Further winners were delivered diplomas of honor. The second was Dr
Marek Brandner from the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University
of West Bohemia in Pilsen with his PhD thesis Numerical modeling of
dynamics of nonmiscible viscous incompressible fluids.

The third position was taken by Dr Tatiana V. Guy from the Faculty of
Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague
who presented her PhD thesis Hybrid adaptive controller.

Further diplomas of honor were delivered to MS theses. The first in
this category, Tomas Vejchodsky from the Faculty of Mathematics and
Physics of the Charles University in Prague, was honored for his
diploma work A posteriori error estimates with the method of lines
for parabolic equations.

The second and third positions were awarded together to Jaroslav Hron
(Texas A&M University at College Station, TX, U.S.A.) for his thesis
Characterization of solid-fluid mixtures and Martin Kukacka (Faculty
of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague) for
his thesis Stokes problem for nonlinear rheologies.

Further positions were occupied as follows. 4th: Petr Necesal, 5th:
Ales Matas, both from the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, 6th: David Horak from the
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the
VSB-Technical University in Ostrava.

The prize as well as the diplomas are awarded every year and they are
connected with a financial support.

The prize was established in 1994 by an outstanding Czech
mathematician Ivo Babuska. He was born in Prague and after graduating from the
Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague he
started his work in the Mathematical Institute of the Academy of
Sciences. He was appointed professor in Prague in 1968 and since fall
1968 he has been working in the United States. Since 1995 he works at
the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics,
University of Texas, Austin, TX.

His scientific work is focused on numerical and applied mathematics
and computational mechanics, and their use in practice. His results in
the finite element method belong to the fundamentals of the method. He is
the author of several monographs and has initiated several famous
scientific meetings both in Europe and the United States. He
established the journal Applications of Mathematics (formerly Aplikace
matematiky) in 1956.

Karel Segeth


From: Shi Zhong-ci <>
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 14:25:38 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Feng Kang Prize

Feng Kang Prize

The Committee of Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing is seeking
applications and nominations for 2001 year. The prize is awarded every
other year to young Chinese Scientists in China and abroad for their
outstanding researches in numerical analysis and scientific computing. The
prize winners will be announced in August 2001. Application forms can be
got by anonymous ftp from

Deadline for applications and nominations is MARCH 15, 2001.
Please send all materials to:

Dr. Zhong-zhi Bai
The Committee of Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing
Institute of Computational Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
PO Box 2719, Beijing 10008, China

Prof. Zhong-Ci Shi
Chairman of the Committee

The Regulation of The Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing

Item 1. The Foundation of Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing is founded
in order to memory the contribution of late Professor Feng Kang to China's
Computational Mathematics.
Item 2. The Prize is honored to young Chinese Scientists in China or abroad,
working in the fields of Scientific and Engineering Computing whose age
should not be exceeded 45.
Item 3. The Prize is granted every other year to at most two winners with the
certificate and a premium of 15,000 yuan RMB for time being.
Item 4. Chinese universities or research institutes can nominate the
candidates. The application materials should be approved by the scientific
Committee of the relevant universities or institutes.
Item 5. Young scientists satisfying Item 2 can apply the Prize getting
supports of three members of the Committee or five full professors. The
recommendation letters must be directly sent to the Committee.
Item 6. The deadline of application is the 15th March in the selection year
and the Prize will be announced in August.
Item 7. The winners will be voted by the Committee of Feng Kang Prize of
Scientific Computing.
Item 8. The Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific/Engineering
Computing is in charge of the fund raising and organization of selecting the
Item 9. The Committee of Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing is consists
of nine famous Chinese mathematicians in the fields of Scientific and
Engineering Computing. One term serves four years. The current committee is
in charge to select the committee of next term. Each term at least one third
members must be chosen new ones and each member of the Committee can be
reelected for at most three terms.
Item 10. The Committee should report the usage of the founds every other year.
Contributors to the founds have the rights to know the services of the
Item 11. This regulation is valid from the 9th September, 1994. The right of
explanation of the regulation belongs to the Committee of the Feng Kang Prize
of Scientific Computing.

Committee of the Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing
Chairman: Zhong-ci SHI
Members: Da-yong CAI, Qun LIN, Hong-yuan FU, Hong-ci HUANG,
Ren-hong WANG, Rong-an YING, Ya-xiang YUAN, Tian-xiao ZHOU
Secretary: Zhong-zhi BAI


From: Elias Lipitakis <>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 14:22:52 +0200 (EET)
Subject: Hellenic Conference on Computer Mathematics


20-22 September 2001, ATHENS-GREECE

Framework-Objectives: The 5th Hellenic European Research on Computer
Mathematics & its Applications (HERCMA) Conference will be held in the
Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB) on September 20-22, 2001,
in Athens, Greece. This biennial Conference is following the success of the
HERMIS and HERCMA Conference series, which has been held respectively in
1992-94-96-98 in Athens. The HERCMA 2001 Conference is jointly organized by
the Department of Informatics of AUEB and the Research Group for Advanced
Computational Mathematics & Parallel Processing. The main theme within the
Conference will be Computer Mathematics and its Applications and special
emphasis will be given to Computational Mathematics, High Performance
Computing, Operational Research and Statistics, Mathematics in Economics and
Call for Papers: Papers on all aspects of Computer Mathematics and
Scientific Computing are solicited. Plenary lectures by distinguished
Scientists, who have played a significant role in the advancement of
Computer Mathematics and its Applications will be scheduled in the
scientific program of HERCMA 2001. Non plenary lectures will be held in
several parallel sessions, spanning a broad range of Computer Mathematics
topics. The Authors should list areas to which their papers belong.
Mini-Symposia (Session) Organizers: Persons interested in organizing a
mini-symposium (technical session) in the framework of the HERCMA 2001
should submit a proposal using the suitable form (which can be found in the
HERCMA web pages). If the proposed session is accepted for presentation at
the conference, the Session Organizer will become member of the Organizing
Committee, and he will be authorized to make the final selection of papers
for his session.
Conference Chairman: Professor Elias A. Lipitakis, Department of
Informatics, AUEB. Director of the Research Group for Advanced Computational
Mathematics and Parallel Processing (RG-ACMPP).

Scientific Programme Committee:
G. AKRIVIS (Ioannina, GR), O. AXELSSON (Nijmegen, Holland),
C. BAKER (Manchester, UK), A. BACOPOULOS (NTUA, GR),
N. BAKHVALOV (Moscow, Russia), R. BEAUWENS (Brussels, Belgium),
J. BUTCHER (Aucland, New Zealand), V.CAPASSO (Milano, Italy),
P. DEUFLHARD (Berlin, Germany), D. DOBKIN (Princeton, USA),
J.DONGARRA (Tennessee, USA), V. DOUGALIS (Athens, GR),
I. DUFF (RAL-Didcot, England), H. ENGL (Linz, Austria),
W. ENRIGHT (Toronto, Canada), D. EVANS (Nottingham, UK),
C. FLOUDAS (Princeton, USA), E. GALLOPOULOS (Patras, GR),
W. GANDER (ETH-Zurich, SW), R. GLOWINSKI (Houston, USA),
G. GOLUB (Stanford, USA), B. GUO (Shanghai, China),
A. HADJIDIMOS (Crete, GR), E. HOUSTIS (Purdue, USA),
A. INSELBERG (Tel Aviv, Israel), A. ISERLES (Cambridge, UK),
Y. KEVREKIDIS (Princeton, USA), V. KONSTANTINOU (Westminster, UK),
J-L. LIONS (Paris, France), E.A. LIPITAKIS (AUEB, GR),
B. MOURRAIN (INRIA-Sophia Antipolis, France), J. PANARETOS (AUEB, GR),
J. PAPADAKIS (Crete, GR), R. PAPADEMETRIOU (Portsmouth, UK),
N. PAPAMICHAEL (Nicosia, Cyprus), T. PAPATHEODOROU (Patras, GR),
R. PIESSENS (Leuven, Belgium), O. PIRONNEAU (Paris -INRIA, France),
I. PITAS (Thessaloniki, GR), R. PLEMMONS (Wake-Forest, USA),
A. SAMEH (Purdue, USA), Y. SARIDAKIS (Chania-Crete, GR)
M. SEPPALA (Helsinki, Finland), A.SIDERIDIS (AU-Athens, GR),
P. SPIRAKIS (Patras, GR), H. STETTER (Wien, Austria),
V. THOMEE (Chalmers, Sweden), J. TSITSIKLIS (MIT-Cambridge, USA),
C. TSOUROS (Thessaloniki, GR), S. TZAFESTAS (NTU-Athens, GR),
H. VAN DER VORST (Utrecht, Holland), R. VARGA (Kent State University,USA)
B. WEGNER (T.U. Berlin, Germany), E. WELZL (ETH-Zurich, Switzerland),
L. XANTHIS (Westminster, UK), E. XEKALAKI (AUEB, GR),

Submission of Papers
Extended (two pages) abstracts on topics to the themes of the Conference are
invited by 20th February, 2001. The Authors can submit their abstracts via
the Conference E-mail and Web Site addresses. Notification of acceptance
will be given by 10th April, 2001 and recommendations concerning the format
of the accepted papers to be published in the Conference Proceedings will be
sent to the Authors. The completed (camera-ready) paper will be required by
30th May, 2001.

Invited Speakers
International authorities, eminent Academicians, Professors and Researchers
from all over the world have been invited to talk on the most recent
advances on several subjects of the HERCMA 2001 Conference. Among these the
following distinguished scientists have been invited to talk on related
subjects of their speciality:
Prof. N. BAKHVALOV, Academy of Sciences, Russia
Prof. C. BENHAM, MSSM-Biomaths Sciences, New York, USA
Prof. V. CAPASSO, University of Milano, Italy
Prof. J. DEMMEL, University of California-Berkeley, USA
Prof. D. KNUTH, Stanford University, USA
Prof. K. MEHLHORN, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Prof. R. MERTON*, HBS-University of Harvard, USA
Prof. O. PIRONNEAU, University of Paris-6, France
Prof. M. POWELL, University of Cambridge, England
Prof. G. STRANG, M.I.T., USA
Prof. H. VAN DER VORST, University of Utrecht, Holland

(*) Nobel Price 1997 in Economics

Important Dates:
Deadline for the submission of the extended abstract 20 February, 2001
Deadline for mini-symposia proposals 20 February, 2001
Notification of acceptance 10 April, 2001
Deadline for the submission of the complete paper 30 May, 2001
Deadline for the early payment 30 May, 2001

Papers submitted after these dates, if they will be accepted, may be
presented in the Conference, but they will not be published in the
Conference Proceedings. The submitted extended abstracts (not over 3-typed
A4-pages with 1.5 spacing, including figures and diagrams) may include the
general significance of the original research work as well as the detailed
aspects of the study that is going to be presented, and should be sent to
the HERCMA 2001 scientific committee in the following HERCMA Secretariat

Schedule: Updated information about HERCMA 2001 may be retrieved from our
web site at

Conference Secretariat
For further information please write to:
HERCMA Secretariat
Department of Informatics
Athens University of Economics and Business
76 Patission Street, Athens 10434, Greece
Phone: +(3 01)- 8203 187
Fax: +(3 01)-8203 187 / 8226 204 / 8676 265

E-mail us to:,,,,
or look at the HERCMA home page at Web:


From: Mario Graca <>
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 22:01:35 +0000
Subject: Meeting in Lisbon on Iterative Methods and Symbolic Computation

Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST)
Lisbon, Portugal
Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January, 2001

The meeting will be held at the Mechanics Engineering Department of IST.
This is a multidisciplinary event organized by Instituto de Mecanica (IDMEC,
IST), Lisbon, aiming a long term collaboration with French researchers at
EMALOCAL (Universite de Lille I, France). Researchers from any other
contries are welcome.

For registration (deadline: 2001/01/20) and further information please see
the URL .

Address for correspondence:
Dr. Mario M. Graca
Department of Mathematics
Instituto Superior Tecnico
Av. Rovisco Pais,
1049-001 Lisbon
fax: +(351) 21 8417048


From: Alexis Fotis <>
Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 19:27:36 -0000
Subject: Conferences in Crete on Circuits, Systems, Communications & Computers

Circuits, Systems, Communications & Computers (CSCC 2001)
* 5th WSES/IEEE Conference on Circuits,
* 5th WSES/IEEE Conference on Systems,
* 5th WSES/IEEE Conference on Communications,
* 5th WSES/IEEE Conference on Computers,

jointly with the WSES/IEEE CONFERENCE ON
Signal Processing, Multidimensional Systems, Computational Geometry and
Artificial Vision (organized by Prof. G.Antoniou), jointly with the
WSES/IEEE CONFERENCE ON Neural, Fuzzy and Evolutionary Computation
(organized by Prof. V.Mladenov), jointly with the WSES/IEEE CONFERENCE ON
Multirate Systems and Wavelets Analysis (organized by Prof. B.Suter)
jointly with theWSES/IEEE CONFERENCE ON Software and Hardware Engineering
(organized by Prof. O.Panfilov), jointly with the
WSES/IEEE CONFERENCE ON Power Engineering(organized by Prof. L.A.Pecorelli),
jointly with the WSES CONFERENCE ON
Mathematics and Computers in Physics (organized by Prof. L.J.Wang)
jointly with the WSES CONFERENCE ON
Mathematics and Computers in Mechanical Engineerig
(organized by Prof. F.Koumboulis and G.Stavroulakis)

Location: Rethymnon, CRETE (GREECE).
JULY 8-15, 2001


From: Carol Weintraub <>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 14:26:29 +0200 (IST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at the Weizmann Institute

Postdoctoral position at the Weizmann Institute

The Gauss Center for Scientific Computation at the Weizmann Institute
of Science, Rehovot, Israel, is seeking a qualified candidate for a
Post-Doctoral position, to participate in the Center's development of
advanced multiscale computational methods. Possible directions include:

1. Multigrid methods, especially in fluid dynamics
2. Data assimilation in atmospheric simulations
3. Wave phenomena
4. Ab-initio quantum chemistry, density functional theory
5. Molecular dynamics
6. Optimal feedback control
7. Computational physics: multiscale Monte-Carlo, Dirac solvers, path integrals
8. Fast medical-imaging and radar reconstruction
9. Multiscale image processing
10. Clustering and multilevel graph algorithms

Applicants should have completed their Ph.d. studies between
June 1999 and the appointment start date. They should have a
strong background and programming experience in scientific computing,
preferably in one of the above areas and/or in multiscale computational

The post-doc appointment is for a period of one year and may be renewed
for a second year.

Applications and request for further information should be sent to
the Gauss Center Secretary:

Mrs. Carol Weintraub
Dept. of Computer Science & Applied Mathematics
The Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot 76100, Israel
Fax: +972-8-9342945
Phone: +972-8-9343545

The application should include a CV, a description of previous
experience in scientific computing and the particular areas of
interest, and names of two referees, who should separately send
their letters of recommendation to the above address.

More information on the research at the Gauss Center can be found
at our web site:


From: Vladik Kreinovich <>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 12:32:36 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Contents, Reliable Computing

Reliable Computing
Volume 7, issue 2, 2001

Special Issue
Modal Intervals and Its Applications
Selected Papers from the First Workshop on Interval Applications
to Systems and Control
February 24-26, 1999, Girona, Spain

Guest Editors: Josep Vehi and Miguel A. Sainz


Modal Intervals
Ernest Gardenes, Miguel A. Sainz, Lambert Jorba,
Remei Calm, Rosa Estela, Honorino Mielgo, Albert Trepat

On the Algebraic Properties of Intervals and Some Applications
Svetoslav Markov

Multiplication Distributivity of Proper and Improper Intervals
Evgenija D. Popova

Interval Gauss-Seidel Method for Generalized
Solution Sets to Interval Linear Systems
Sergey P. Shary

A Limitation for Underestimation via Twin Arithmetic
Peter Hertling

Application of Modal Intervals to the Generation of Error-Bounded Envelopes
Joaquim Armengol, Josep Vehi, Louise Trave-Massuyes, Miguel Angel Sainz


SCAN 2000: GAMM-IMACS International Symposium on Scientific Computing,
Computer Arithmetic, and Validated Numerics
Interval 2000: International Conference on Interval Methods in Science
and Engineering

The contents of all the issues can be found on the interval computations


From: Daniel Hershkowitz <>
Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 09:12:54 +0200 (IST)
Subject: Contents, Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra

Volume 6 (1999/2000) (Proceedings of the Eleventh Haifa Matrix Theory
Conference) and Volume 7(2000) of ELA - The ELECTRONIC Journal of LINEAR
ALGEBRA are now complete.

Table of contents of Volume 6:

1.Daniel Hershkowitz, Preface, p. 1.

2.Shmuel Friedland and Hans Schneider, Spectra of expansion graphs, pp.

3.Ilan Bar-On, Checking nonsingularity of tridiagonal matrices, pp. 11-19.

4.Panos J. Psarrakos and Michael J. Tsatsomeros, On the relation between
the numerical rank and the joint numerical range of matrix polynomials,
pp. 20-30.

5.Daniel Alpay and Vladimir Bolotnikov, On two-sided interpolation for
upper triangular matrices, pp. 31-55.

6.Bertram Mond and Josip E. Pecaric, On inequalities involving the
Hadamard product of matrices, pp. 56-61.

7.Jason J. Molitierno, Michael Neumann and Bryan L. Shader, Tight bounds
on the algebraic connectivity of a balanced binary tree, pp. 62-71.

8.Avram Sidi and Vladimir Kluzner, A Bi-CG type iterative method for
Drazin-inverse solution of singular inconsistent nonsymmetric linear
systems of arbitrary index, pp. 72-94.

Table of contents of Volume 7:

1.Shaun M. Fallat, Charles R. Johnson and Ronald L. Smith, The general
totally positive matrix completion problem with few unspecified entries,
pp. 1-20.

2.Gustavo Corach, Alejandra Maestripieri and Demetrio Stojanoff, Polar
decomposition under perturbations of the scalar product, pp. 21-29.

3.Stephen J. Kirkland, Dale D. Olesky and Pauline van den Driessche,
Digraphs with large exponent, pp. 30-40.

4.Oren Kolman, Almost disjoint families: an application to linear algebra,
pp. 41-52.

5.Reinhard Nabben, A class of inverse M-matrices, pp. 53-58.

6.Valeriy Fayziev, On the group GL(2,R[x]), pp. 59-72.

7.Natalia Bebiano, Chi-Kwong Li and Joao da Providencia, Generalized
numerical ranges of permanental compounds arising from quantum systems of
bosons, pp. 73-91.

8.Shaun M. Fallat and Pauline van den Driessche, On matrices with all
minors negative, pp. 92-99.

9.Nir Cohen and Stefano De Leo, The quaternionic determinant, pp. 100-111.

10.Christian Mehl, Volker Mehrmann and Hongguo Xu, Canonical forms for
doubly structured matrices and pencils, pp. 112-151.

11.Delin Chu and Volker Mehrmann, Disturbance decoupling for descriptor
systems by measurement feedback, pp. 152-173.

12.B. Sury, An elementary proof of the Hilbert-Mumford criterion, pp.

13.Olga Holtz, On convergence of infinite matrix products, pp. 178-181.

14.John Maroulas, Panayiotis J. Psarrakos and Michael J. Tsatsomeros,
Separable characteristic polynomials of pencils and property L, pp.

ELA's primary homepage:

ELA's mirror sites are: (Temple University) Lisbon) Chemnitz)

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