NA Digest Sunday, December 10, 2006 Volume 06 : Issue 50

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From: Tim Davis <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 21:13:15 -0500
Subject: UF Sparse Matrix Collection - 100's of new matrices, plus software

I've recently added almost 500 new sparse matrices from real applications to
the UF Sparse Matrix Collection. Each matrix appears in three formats:
MATLAB, Matrix Market, and Rutherford/Boeing. Along with the new matrices, I
just posted easy-to-use MATLAB software for reading/writing matrices in each
of these 3 formats. See for


From: Alan Hindmarsh <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 18:20:32 -0500
Subject: ZVODE, a Double Precision Complex ODE Solver

Of the many solvers freely available for ODE initial value problems,
there seem to be very few, if any, for the case of double precision
complex dependent variables, even though there have been occasional
user calls for this functionality. (Of course a complex system can be
treated as a real system of twice the size, but direct treatment as a
complex system is preferable.) I have provided such a solver: ZVODE.

ZVODE is a straightforward modification of the Fortran ODE solver DVODE, for
double precision real systems, making it part of a trio, SVODE/DVODE/ZVODE.
ZVODE is available in two locations:
(1) Netlib, in /ode (see file zvode.f), and
(2) the LLNL CASC software site, (see VODE).
The latter site also includes a demonstration program, zvdemo.

Alan Hindmarsh
Center for Applied Scientific Computing
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


From: "Martin J. Gander" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 12:08:36 -0500
Subject: Matlab versus Fortran in Teaching Numerical Analysis

Following Gene Golub's suggestion for discussions on the NA-Digest, I
would like to ask how people feel about programming languages to
teach numerical analysis.
Should one use Fortran, one of the top 10 algorithms of the 20th
century, a language in which most large scale existing codes are
written ? Or should one use Matlab, or even C++ or Java ?


Martin J. Gander
Professor of Mathematics
Geneva University


From: cmam <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 18:28:18 +0200
Subject: Computational methods in applied mathematics (CMAM), Jun 2007

3rd International Conference
Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics: CMAM-3
June 25 - 30, 2007, Minsk, BELARUS

Basic topics
Analysis of numerical methods for solving problems of mathematical physics;
Application of numerical methods to engineering problems;
Analysis of ODE and PDE problems and applications;
Adaptive finite element methods and applications

Working language of the Conference is English.

The scientific program includes invited and contributed talks. We also
invite participants to organize mini-symposiums. The mini-symposia
will be scheduled in parallel sessions.

Invited speakers
V. Agoshkov (Russia), G. Akrivis (Greece), A. Buikis (Latvia), C.
Carstensen (Germany), R. Ciegis (Lithuania), B. Chetverushkin
(Russia), M. Drya (Poland), O. Iliev (Germany), M. Galanin (Russia),
I. Gavriljuk (Germany), A. Gulin (Russia), P. Hemker (Netherlands), B.
Jovanovich (Serbia), A. Knyazev (USA), A. Lapin (Russia), R. Lazarov
(USA), V. Makarov (Ukraine), C. Palencia (Spain), S. Pereverzev
(Austria), H-J. Reinhardt (Germany), Shi Zh-C. (China), I. Sloan
(Australia), S. Steinberg (USA), M. Stynes (Ireland), E. Suli (UK),
P. Vabishchevich (Russia), E. Tadmor (USA), V. Thomee (Sweden),
L. Tobiska (Germany), G. Vainikko (Estonia), A. Zlotnik (Russia)

Authors are requested to send an abstract (1 page) before April 30,
2007. Instructions and style file for the preparation of the
abstracts are available at

Registration until March 31, 2007
Abstracts should be sent before April 30, 2007
Notification of acceptance will be sent around May 1, 2007

For registration please fill in the registration form at .
The registration fee is 250 Euros for regular participants, 200 Euros
for authors, reviewers of the journal CMAM, and accompanying persons.
The fee can be paid directly at the registration desk. It includes
lodging and boarding, abstract volume, coffee breaks and conference
dinner. The capacity of the center is limited to 100 persons.


From: "Jared W. Tanner" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 21:23:40 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Short Course: Sparse Rep. & High Dim. Geom., May 30 - June 1, 2007

Second announcement for the short course on Sparse Representations
and High Dimensional Geometry - associated with the AMS 2007 Von
Neumann Symposium of the same name - which will be held over the
three days May 30 - June 1, 2007, at the Institute for Pure and
Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA. Online registration forms
are now available at the conference website,

Funding is available to support the attendance of recent PhD's,
graduate students, and researchers in the early stages of their
career. Mathematicians and scientists at all levels who would
like to learn more about this area are encouraged to apply for
funding. Encouraging the careers of women and minority mathematicians
and scientists is an important component of IPAM's mission and
we welcome their applications.

Three hour tutorials will be given by:
A. Gilbert (Univ. of Michigan)
J. Romberg (Georgia Tech)
J. Tanner (U. of Utah)
J. Tropp (Univ. of Michigan)
R. Vershynin (U. of California Davis)
J. Zou (U. of Maryland, College Park).

The 2007 edition of the AMS Von Neumann Symposium concerns Sparse
Representation and High-Dimensional Geometry, which is currently
undergoing rapid advances in both theory and application. The Von Neumann
Symposium will bring together an exceptional assembly of researchers
investigating this topic from different perspectives. Invited speakers are
leading experts in algorithm design and analysis, information and coding
theory, and geometric and functional analysis. To breakdown barriers
between these often distinct groups, the invited speakers will give talks
accessible to the broad audience.

This associated short course will be held five weeks prior to the 2007 Von
Neumann Symposium. The principle aim is to provide a firm foundation in
sparse approximation to members of the scientific community new to the
topic - before the Von Neumann Symposium. Each speaker will give three
informal 50 minute tutorials on his or her area of expertise, conveying
his or her unique perspective. Speakers will be in residence for the
entire three day meeting and will be available to participants for in
depth discussions.

Organizing committee:
Anna Gilbert (University of Michigan, Mathematics)
Jared Tanner (University of Utah, Mathematics)


From: Michael Overton <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 14:05:35 -0500
Subject: Stanford 50 Conference: second announcement, Mar 2007

Second Announcement of
STANFORD 50: State of the Art and Future Directions
of Computational Mathematics and Numerical Computing

A conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of
George Forsythe's arrival at Stanford and the
75th birthday of Professor Gene Golub.

Stanford University, California
March 29-31, 2007 (Thurs-Sat)

Mark your calendar! Everyone is invited to attend.
Talks are by invitation, with no parallel sessions.

Posters are invited in two categories:
--- graduate students
--- junior scientists (PhD completed in 1997 or later)
Judges and attendees will select 4 winning posters in each
category, and the authors will be invited to talk on the final day.

Acceptance notification: About Feb 15.

A third announcement will be made when the
website is ready to accept conference registration.

Organizers: Ding-Zhu Du, Charbel Farhat, Walter Murray,
Michael Overton, Haesun Park, Michael Saunders, James Varah


From: "Joppich, Wolfgang" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 12:39:35 +0100
Subject: Multigrid Course in Germany, Mar 2007

MG-Course at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
-- Introduction to Standard Methods

The multigrid course which has been given previously at GMD-SCAI and
FhG-SCAI, respectively, will take place at new location from

Monday, 12.03.2007 - Wednesday, 14.03.2007.

For more information contact or
look at


From: David Griffiths <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 10:38:32 -0500
Subject: Dundee Biennial NA Conference, June 2007

22nd Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis
University of Dundee
26 June - 29 June, 2007

The special invited lecture in honour of A. R. Mitchell will be
presented by
Professor Roger Fletcher FRS, University of Dundee

The other Principal Speakers will include

Douglas Arnold, University of Minnesota
Dugald Duncan, Heriot-Watt University
Bengt Fornberg, University of Colorado
Gene Golub, Stanford University
Paul Houston, University of Nottingham
Angela Kunoth, Universitat Bonn
Jeremy Levesley, University of Leicester
Sven Leyffer, Argonne National Laboratory
Volker Mehrmann, Technische Universitat Berlin
David Silvester, University of Manchester
Zdenek Strakos, Axademy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Denis Talay, INRIA

Further information will be available at the conference web site:

with online registration early in the new year.

David Griffiths / Alistair Watson


Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 13:07:33 +0200
Subject: 2nd CFP: Athens - Hermca 2007 Conference, Sep 2007

20-22 September 2007, Athens, Greece

Framework-Objectives: The HERCMA 2007 Conference is jointly organised 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.

Mini-Symposia (Session) Organisers: Persons interested in organising a
mini-symposium (technical session) in the framework of the HERCMA 2007
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 Organiser will become member of the Organising
Committee, and he will be authorised 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).

Submission of Papers
Full papers and extended (up to two pages) abstracts on topics to the
themes of the Conference are invited by 20th February, 2007. The Authors
can submit their papers/abstracts via the Conference E-mail (and Web Site)
addresses. Notification of acceptance will be given by 10th April, 2007 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 and its electronic version will be required
by 30th May, 2007.


Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 09:10:49 GMT
Subject: SIAM UK/IE meeting - Oxford - Jan. 5, 2007

Friday, January 5 2007
Oxford University Computing Laboratory

This is a reminder that the annual one-day meeting of the
UK & Ireland branch of SIAM will take place at Oxford on
Friday, January 5, starting at 10:00 am and with a banquet
at Balliol College in the evening. All are welcome, but
please contact Shirley Day promptly at
to register for the meeting and/or the banquet. Details at


Jon Chapman, University of Oxford
Linda Cummings, University of Nottingham
Cleve Moler, The MathWorks (President of SIAM as of Jan. 1)
Alison Ramage, University of Strathclyde
Andrew Stuart, University of Warwick
Andy Woods, University of Cambridge

After-dinner speaker: Alistair Fitt (University of Southampton)

- Nick Trefethen (President) and Steve Langdon (Secy/Treasurer)


From: "Matthias Maischak" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 18:52:26 -0000
Subject: Conference on Boundary Elements - BETA 2007, Hannover, Germany

Announcement and Call for Papers

Conference on Boundary Elements - Theory and Applications - BETA 2007
Hannover University, Germany, May 22 - 24, 2007

In honour of Professor Ernst P. Stephan on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Topics on boundary elements include adaptivity, error analysis, FEM-BEM
coupling, hp-versions, fast algorithms, engineering applications
(electro-magnetism, contact, crack etc.).

All talks are 30 minutes each. There will be no parallel sessions.
Please send your abstract until March 15, 2007. Indications how to proceed,
and more informations, will be available on the website

There is a small conference fee of 50,- EUR which covers the book of abstracts,
attendance at all scientific sessions, coffee breaks, and banquet.

The conference is sponsored by the International Association for Mathematics
and Computers in Simulation (IMACS) and there will be a special issue in the
journal Applied Numerical Mathematics.

Conference office:

Mrs. Carmen Gatzen, Institute for Applied Mathematics
Hannover University, Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany
Tel: +49-(0)-511-762-2230
Fax: +49-(0)-511-762-4475


From: "Jared W. Tanner" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 21:16:22 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Sparse Representations and High Dimensional Geometry, July 8-12, 2007

Second announcement for the 2007 von Neumann Symposium
on Sparse Representation and High-Dimensional Geometry
which will take place July 8 - 12, 2007, at Snowbird
Utah. Online registration and contributed talk submission
forms are now available at the conference website,

Plenary Speakers -- Confirmed:
R. Baraniuk (Rice)
E. Candes (CalTech)
I. Daubechies (Princeton)
R. DeVore (U. of South Carolina)
D. L. Donoho (Stanford)
A. Gilbert (Univ. of Michigan)
W. Johnson (Texas A&M)
B. Kashin (Steklov Math. Inst.)
M. Muthukrisnan (Rutgers)
V. Temlyakov (U. of South Carolina).

Invited Speakers -- Confirmed:
R. Calderbank (Princeton)
V. Goyal (MIT)
K. Grochenig (U. of Vienna)
D. Healy (DARPA, U. of Maryland)
F. Herrmann (U. of British Columbia)
J.-L. Starck (Commissariat l'Energie Atomique)
M. Strauss (Univ. of Michigan)
J. A. Tropp (Univ. of Michigan)
R. Vershynin (U. of California Davis).

Advances over the past two years connecting sparse representations and
high-dimensional geometry suggest a new paradigm in information
acquisition and processing. This interdisciplinary conference will bring
together leading figures from all fields involved, and also from some
nearby fields where hints of similar connections have been detected.
Confirmed participants include experts in (1) applied harmonic analysis,
(2) geometric functional analysis, (3) optimization, (4) signal and image
processing, and (5) applications.
The conference will accommodate both the latest technical breakthroughs
and general survey/framework type presentations.

Organizing committee:
Ron DeVore (University of South Carolina)
David L. Donoho (Stanford University)
Anna Gilbert (University of Michigan)
Jared Tanner (University of Utah)


From: George Miel <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 18:40:34 -0500
Subject: Conf. on Optimization and Decision Making, Apr 2007 (erratum)

The correct URL for the conference to be held at the
Institut Henri Poincare and announced in the previous
NA_Digest (V.06 #49) is

(The tilde in the original listing was misplaced.)


From: "Bronis R. de Supinski" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 15:16:46 -0500
Subject: Announcing IWOMP 2007 in Beijing, China, Jun 2007

Call For Participation
International Workshop on OpenMP (2007)
A Practical Programming Model for the Multi-Core Era

June 3rd - June 7th, 2007
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

IWOMP 2007 will take place in Beijing, China. The workshop is the premier
opportunity to learn more about OpenMP, to obtain practical experience and
to interact with OpenMP users and developers. The workshop will also serve
as a forum to present research ideas and results related to OpenMP. In
keeping with the objectives and format of the previous workshops, IWOMP
2007 will feature three distinct parts. The first part will provide
attendees the opportunity to learn OpenMP through a tutorial that is
particularly suitable for those with limited experience in OpenMP. The
second part will consist of presentations of technical papers and panels
in which research ideas and results will be presented and discussed. The
third part, the OpenMP Laboratory, will provide attendees with the
opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with OpenMP on either their own
code or on prepared exercises using a variety of systems, compilers and
tools, with assistance from experts from several different computer
vendors and from the OpenMP community.

Technical Paper Submission and Publication

We solicit submissions of unpublished technical papers detailing innovative,
original research and development related to OpenMP. All topics related to
OpenMP are of interest, including OpenMP applications in any domain, OpenMP
performance analysis and modeling, OpenMP performance and correctness tools
and proposed OpenMP extensions. Due to the progress in multi-core chip
technology new opportunities and challenges have emerged and IWOMP2007
solicits submissions that highlight OpenMP work on this front.

IWOMP 2007 will publish formal proceedings of the accepted papers in LNCS.
Submitted papers for review should be limited to 10 pages. Authors of
accepted papers will be asked to (1) prepare a distributable version that
will be made available at the workshop for attendee references; (2)
prepare a final paper of up to 12 pages. Deadlines for both are announced
in this CFP.

Authors of a subset of accepted papers will be contacted to consider a
submission of an extended paper to a special issue of International
Journal of Parallel Programming after the workshop.

Short Paper and Posters

This year, we will hold a short paper session where each speaker can have
a 5 minute summary of their work. A poster session will be arranged so
these authors can display their work and engage interesting audience for
longer discussions. An abstract of the short paper will be included in the

Call for OpenMP Laboratory Proposals

Application programmers are encouraged to provide a short description of
the program, especially the type of problem it solves, the method(s) used,
its development status, external software requirements (e.g. libraries),
programming language, and current platform(s), as well as an indication of
what OpenMP aspects should be addressed in the laboratory (e.g.
performance, functionality, or porting). These application descriptions
will be distributed to tool presenters prior to the laboratory in order to
help them address these specific concerns.

OpenMP compiler and tool implementers are invited to submit a two-page
proposal giving a brief summary of the key functionalities of their
tool(s) and describing how they can assist in the development, porting,
and/or tuning process. In addition, these proposals should discuss
expected hardware/software support and any additional requirements. For
the OMP Laboratory, instructions in the use of their tools (e.g. quick
reference guide, user manual) are required in order to ensure a
high-quality hands-on experience. To guide application participants'
expectations, two-page proposals for tools accepted for presentation will
be posted on the IWOMP web site.

Important Dates

December 3rd, 2006, CFP out
February 1st, paper submission due
April 1st, Notification of IWOMP paper acceptance
May 13th, OpenMP Laboratory proposals due
May 16th, Notification of OpenMP Laboratory proposal acceptance
May 7th , Early registration deadline
May 27th, Workshop distribution version due
June 3rd, Tutorial
June 4th - June 5th, Technical paper sessions
June 6th - June 7th, OpenMP Laboratory
June 15th, Camera-ready version due


From: David Griffiths <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 09:52:17 -0500
Subject: Chair in Numerical Analysis or Computational Mathematics


Chair in Numerical Analysis or Computational Mathematics

The University seeks to appoint a suitably qualified outstanding
candidate to a Chair in Numerical Analysis or Computational
Mathematics. The Division has a long-standing history of research
excellence in Numerical Analysis (particularly in the area of
differential equations) which it seeks to maintain and develop through
this appointment. There is also a commitment to complement and
interact with the other existing research areas within the Division
which are Mathematical Biology, Magnetohydrodynamics and Applied
Analysis. The successful candidate should therefore have an
international research reputation in Numerical Analysis or
Computational Mathematics and show an enthusiasm for
inter-disciplinary research. The Division was rated 5 at the last RAE.

Informal approaches concerning this appointment may be made to:

Professor MAJ Chaplain, FRSE,
Division of Mathematics,
University of Dundee,
Dundee DD1 4HN
Tel: +44 (0)1382 385369 Fax: +44 (0)1382 385516


From: Margery Ishmael <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 11:26:25 -0500
Subject: Faculty Positions in Computer Science, Univ. Chicago

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago is interested
in exceptionally qualified candidates in all areas of Computer Science, at the
ranks of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor.
The University of Chicago has the highest standards for scholarship and
faculty quality, and encourages collaboration across disciplines.

The Chicago metropolitan area provides a diverse and exciting environment.
The local economy is vigorous, with international stature in banking, trade,
commerce, manufacturing, and transportation, while the cultural scene includes
diverse cultures, vibrant theater, world-renowned symphony, opera, jazz, and
blues. The University is located in Hyde Park, a pleasant Chicago
neighborhood on the Lake Michigan shore.

Please send nominations or applications to:
Professor Stuart A. Kurtz, Chairman
Department of Computer Science
The University of Chicago
1100 E. 58th Street, Ryerson Hall
Chicago, IL. 60637-1581

or to: (attachments can be in pdf,
postscript, or Word).

Complete applications consist of (a) a curriculum vitae, including a list of
publications, (b) three letters of reference sent to or to the above postal address,
including one which addresses teaching ability, (c) a research and teaching
statement which discusses both past research and future plans. Applicants must
have completed, or will soon complete, a doctorate degree. Applications must
arrive by 01/31/07. The University of Chicago is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer.


From: James Nagy <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 10:36:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Faculty position at Emory University

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University,
invites applications for an anticipated (subject to final funding
approval) tenure track Assistant Professorship or a tenured appointment at
the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, effective 2007--2008.
Applicants must have a research program in computational mathematics and
hold a PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a closely related field.
The department offers several undergraduate and graduate (PhD) programs.
Applicants should have strong records, or promise, as undergraduate and
graduate teachers.

Emory University has embarked on an ambitious building program in the area
of computational and life sciences, and we expect substantial growth in
departmental and interdepartmental education and research programs. Key
to our development is expansion of our computational mathematics and
science research group. Primary research interests must be in scientific
computing/numerical analysis, with a preference for individuals whose
application areas enhance Emory's strengths in life and physical sciences.

A letter of application accompanied by a CV, research and teaching
statements, and three letters of recommendation (directly from
recommenders) must be sent to:
or to
Hiring Committee
Math & CS Department
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

More details may be found at
Screening of applications will begin January 1, 2007.
Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


From: Julian Hall <>
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 11:48:11 +0000
Subject: Lectureship/Readership in OR or Statistics at the University of Edinburgh

The School of Mathematics invites applications from highly qualified
candidates for a lectureship in operational research or statistics. The
School will also consider candidates with outstanding records for
appointment to a readership.

Salary scale £32,471 - £38,772 (Lecturer, Grade 8) or exceptionally
£41,133 - £46,295 (Reader, Grade 9).

The position is available from 1 August 2007 or at another date by
mutual agreement.

You will hold a Ph.D. in mathematics, operational research, statistics,
or a related discipline, and have an excellent research record. You will
have well formulated research plans enabling you to contribute strongly
to a highly-rated research-led School. You will also be committeed to
excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The School of Mathematics has an outstanding Computational Optimization
group led by Professor Jacek Gondzio. It runs a very successful MSc in
Operational Research, including themed degrees in OR with Risk, OR with
Finance and OR with Computational Optimization.

For further information, see, entering the
vacancy reference 3006756.

The closing date is 2 February 2007


From: "Zhu, Jianping" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 16:25:25 -0600
Subject: Faculty position at University of Texas at Arlington

The Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Arlington
invites applications for one tenure-track assistant professor position
beginning September 1, 2007 subject to available funding. Tenured
appointments at the rank of Associate or Full Professor may be
considered for exceptional candidates. The salary will be competitive
and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The minimum
qualifications are an earned Ph.D. in mathematics, statistics, or
mathematics education. At least two years of experience beyond the Ph.D.
is preferable.

Demonstrated excellence in research, external funding, and teaching is
essential. While outstanding applicants from all mathematical research
areas will be considered, preference will be given to those with
significant research and scholarly accomplishments in mathematical
statistics or game theory. For more details, visit the Department's web
page at <> .

Applicants should send a letter of application plus a complete
curriculum vitae, statement on research interests, statement of teaching
philosophy, one or two representative publications, and an AMS cover
sheet to:

Dr. Christopher M. Kribs Zaleta
Chair, Faculty Recruiting Committee
Department of Mathematics
The University of Texas at Arlington
P.O. Box 19408
Arlington, TX 76019-0408.

Applicants should arrange to have at least three letters of
recommendation sent to the above address. Inquiries about the position
may be directed to <> .
Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2007, and will continue
until the positions are filled.

The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action Employer.


From: Sarah Lee <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 16:05:48 -0500
Subject: ICES Postdoc Fellowship at UT Austin - Deadline Jan 2, 07

ICES Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of
Texas at Austin is now accepting applications for Postdoctoral Fellow
positions for the academic year beginning in the fall of 2007. The ICES
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers one-year fellowship awards for
exceptional computational scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who have
recently completed doctoral studies in areas relevant to research conducted at
the Institute. Fellowship stipends are $60,000 per year. In addition, fellows
receive UT employee benefits and relocation expenses. U.S. citizens are
especially sought, but foreign scholars may also be considered.

Applications must be received by January 2, 2007.

For further details, please refer to:


From: Trond Steihaug <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 14:24:38 -0500
Subject: Postdoc in Optimization, University of Bergen, Norway

Postdoc in Optimization at the University of Bergen

The position is available at the Department of Informatics at the University
of Bergen and is financed by the Research Council of Norway (NFR) through the
project "Regularity and uncertainty Analysis and Management for the Norwegian
gas processing and transportation system" (RAMONA). The successful candidate
will develop algorithms for optimal transport of gas in a network.

The position is for 2 years.

Applicants must have achieved a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education
abroad, or have presented the dissertation for assessment by the closing date
for applications. It is a prerequisite that the dissertation has been
approved before appointment is granted. Candidates with an education in
mathematical programming relevant for the project are encouraged to apply for
the position. The candidate must have good communication skills and should be
expected to work closely with the petroleum industry.

Starting salaries at level 54 (code 1352) on the government salary scale
(currently USD 60.000 per year).

For further information about the position please contact Professor Trond
Steihaug, Department of Informatics, Tel +47 55 58 41 69 or by e-mail to or Associate professor Dag Haugland,

For more information see

Closing date for applications: 21st December 2006. The application should
be marked: 06/4801.


From: Ron Boisvert <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 16:01:45 -0500
Subject: Postdoctoral Research Opportunities at NIST

The US National Research Council Associateship Programs are accepting
applications for two-year appointments for postdoctoral research at
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg,
Maryland and Boulder, Colorado. Among the topic areas of interest are
applied mechanics, computational biology, materials science, computational
electromagnetics, image analysis, applied optimization, combinatorial and
discrete algorithms, uncertainty in virtual measurements, mathematical
software, scientific data mining, parallel and distributed computing,
and quantum information. For details see

The deadline for applications is February 1. The NRC program at NIST
is restricted to US citizens.


From: Jan Korvink <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 16:37:18 -0500
Subject: Research positions in Computational Electromagnetics for MRI

Two funded research positions are available in the framework of the BMBF project
"Imaging of Neuro Disease Using High Field MR and Contrastophores"

MRI is a non-invasive technique to image the inside of the human body. We are
working on new systems that will enhance MRI in its applicability (e.g., the
brain, or the skin), in its spatial and temporal resolution (e.g., 1
micrometer resolution, movie frame-rates) and in comfort to the patient. In
this interdisciplinary project, two positions are open for electromagnetic
field simulation and structural optimization of microsensors to be used in MRI
technology. The work will take place within a team that will manufacture and
test the sensors. Opportunity exists for the completion of a PhD degree,
should this be desired.

Applicants should have a solid background in the field of:
- computational electromagnetics
- numerical methods for PDE.

Experience in some of the following areas is desirable:
- numerical optimization
- programming in c/c++
- basic knowledge of MRI
- basic knowledge of microsystem technology

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. A letter of
application including a CV should be addressed to Prof. Jan Korvink


From: Erricos John Kontoghiorghes <>
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 15:28:29 +0200
Subject: Marie Curie fellowship

MARIE CURIE Research Training Network (RTN)
Computational Optimization Methods in
Statistics, Econometrics and Finance (COMISEF)

Appointment for a Marie Curie early stage researcher (3 years) at the
University of Cyprus.

Salary: Approximately 3.500 Euros gross per month

Applications are invited for a Marie Curie early stage fellowship (3
years) at the University of Cyprus. The candidate should have a
Masters or equivalent in an area related to optimization, numerical
methods, computing or statistics. Applicants should be able to
demonstrate good knowledge in two of the following: Numerical Methods,
Optimization, Computational Statistics, Econometrics and Parallel
Algorithms. The candidate will be enrolled for a Ph.D. in one of the
partners' institutions.

The project aims to extend recent research in the development of
computational strategies for tackling large-scale statistical model
selection and estimation problems. The various aspects of the
research include:

o Development of numerically efficient methods for estimating
econometric models.
o Development of computationally efficient strategies for solving
statistical model selection and other combinatorial problems.
o The computational efficient solution of the various matrix
problems arising in the estimation problems.
o Parallelization of the algorithms.

Research is expected to be pursued in some of the four areas listed
above. The depth and breadth of research carried out will depend on
the skills of the researcher.

The DEADLINE for applications for this PhD position is 28th of
February 2007, or until the position is filled. The successful
applicant is expected to start as near to June, 2007 as possible.

Requests for further details and application in the form of CV (plain
text or PDF only if sent by e-mail - NO word docs) should be directed
to: Erricos J. Kontoghiorghes <>


From: MartinKser <>
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2006 09:20:26 +0100
Subject: Two PhD positions, numerical seismology, Ludwig-Maximilians, Munich


In the last two years a new and very powerful numerical method based on a
Discontinuous Galerkin approach has been introduced for the simulation of the
propagation of seismic waves for geometrically and rheologically complex
domains. For the first time a numerical scheme has been developed, that
achieves arbitrary high approximation order in time and space on unstructured
tetrahedral meshes. The further development of the numerical scheme and the
large-scale application to realistic earthquake scenarios or reservoir
monitoring in the exploration industry are the main goals of future
research. Therefore, a new research group is funded through the Emmy
Noether-Programme "High Resolution Simulation of Seismic Wave Propagation in
Realistic Media with Complex Geometry" of the German Research Foundation

To enforce our team, we are offering a PhD position for 3 years (BAT IIa/2)
with a special focus on:

Unstructured Meshing and Numerical Modelling of Wave Propagation Phenomena
for Geometrically Complex Domains

The work will concern the creation of numerical discretizations of
geometrically and rheologically difficult geological structures. The
automation of the model building process, i.e. getting from the physical model
parameters to a numerical representation based on high-quality tetrahedral and
hexahedral meshes, is a key issue and will require the use of Geological
Objects Computer Aided Design (GOCAD). Different mesh generation tools in
combination with mesh smoothing algorithms to avoid degenerate elements might
be used to improve mesh quality. Furthermore, model parameterization of
material properties like density, elastic parameters, coefficients of
anisotropy, viscoelastic and poroelastic parameters in highly heterogeneous
media plays an important role and is strongly connected to the mesh
generation. As researchers at the Department of Earth and Environmental
Sciences in Munich are currently converting results from mantle convection
simulations, e.g. temperature and density distributions, into 3D seismic
velocity maps using rock and mineral physics, we offer a strong
interdisciplinary connection between the different research groups. The
publication of results in respected journals and their presentations on
international conferences is strongly supported through individual travel

Preferred Requirements:
- graduated in geophysics, physics or engineering with focus on modelling
- basic knowledge of CAD systems and strong interest in computational geometry
- experience with mesh generation software
- background in numerical methods for PDEs preferably on unstructured meshes
- profound programming skills (FORTRAN, MATLAB or C)
- very good written and spoken English
- motivation to work in an international and interdisciplinary team


In the last two years a new and very powerful numerical method based on a
Discontinuous Galerkin approach has been introduced for the simulation of the
propagation of seismic waves for geometrically and rheologically complex
domains. For the first time a numerical scheme has been developed, that
achieves arbitrary high approximation order in time and space on unstructured
tetrahedral meshes. The further development of the numerical scheme and the
large-scale application to realistic earthquake scenarios or reservoir
monitoring in the exploration industry are the main goals of future
research. Therefore, a new research group is funded through the Emmy
Noether-Programme "High Resolution Simulation of Seismic Wave Propagation in
Realistic Media with Complex Geometry" of the German Research Foundation

To enforce our team, we are offering a PhD position for 3 years (BAT IIa/2)
with a special focus on:

Large-Scale Simulation of Seismic Wave Propagation
and Strong-Motion Modelling in Realistic Media

The first part of the work will involve the application of the simulation
software SEISSOL to investigate it's functionality for large-scale modelling
of realistic earthquake scenarios and relevant applications in exploration
seismology. The validation of the numerical results through reference
solutions is a key issue. Based on this analysis and in close collaboration
with the other team members the development of SEISSOL will be guided by the
occurring specific needs. Strong-motion modelling will require a intensive
study of the effects of the rupture process described by different seismic
source representations (kinematic, pseudo-dynamic, dynamic). The creation of
high-resolution synthetic data set for real earthquakes involves the permanent
collaboration with other group members as well as with staff from the
Supercomputing-Center in Munich, which will also support the task of
visualizing such large data sets. The publication of results in respected
journals and their presentations on international conferences is strongly
supported through individual travel funds.

Preferred Requirements:
- graduated in geophysics or physics with focus on wave propagation problems
- good knowledge of seismology (theoretical and observational)
- knowledge of the seismic source representation (kinematic source models)
- basic experience with seismological data bases (IRIS, ORFEUS)
- very good written and spoken English
- motivation to work in an international and interdisciplinary team
- first experience in presenting research results (publications/conferences)

Please sent your complete application (cover letter, CV, summary of thesis, 2
references) preferably in PDF format to:

Dr. Martin Käser
Department für Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften
Sektion Geophysik
Theresienstraße 41
80333 München
Phone: +49 89 2180 4138


From: Jan Korvink <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 16:40:43 -0500
Subject: Research position in Structural Layout Optimization via Coupled PDEs

A funded research position is available in the framework of the DFG project

"Structural Layout Optimization for MEMS Sensor and Actuator via Coupled PDEs"

The present project focuses on the structural layout optimization which
includes parameter, shape and topology optimization of microsystem
components. The aim of this project is to develop integrated optimization
procedures for multiple coupled physical phenomena in MEMS. Key questions to
address are the flexible and general handling of constraints, expressing the
sensitivity analysis correctly, maintaining accuracy with mesh adaptivity, and
finally testing the predictions of the algorithms and procedures on
manufactured devices. Opportunity exists for the completion of a PhD degree,
should this be desired.

Applicants should have a solid background in the field of:
- numerical methods for PDEs.
- numerical optimization

Experience in some of the following areas is desirable:
- finite element method, adaptive mesh refinement technique
- programming in c/c++, matlab
- basic knowledge of microsystem technology

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. A letter of
application including a CV should be addressed to Prof. Jan Korvink


From: "Stacey Beggs" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 12:50:28 -0800
Subject: UG Summer Research in Applied Math in Los Angeles and Beijing, China

Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS)
Dates: June 25 - August 25, 2007
Sponsor: Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA
Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2007


The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), a national research
institute supported by The National Science Foundation, is now accepting
applications for its 2007 Summer Program, Research in Industrial Projects
for Students (RIPS). RIPS is a nine-week, intensive residential research
experience for math, engineering, computer science and physical/life science
undergraduate students that assigns teams of four students to a project
designed by an industrial sponsor. Last year's project sponsors were Arete
Associates, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos
National Laboratories, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Hewlett Packard
Labs, Symantec Corporation, TimeLogic, and Pixar Animation Studios.
International students are eligible to apply for RIPS-LA.

The new RIPS-Beijing program features five projects sponsored by Microsoft
Research Asia and conducted at the MSRA facility in Beijing; each team will
include both U.S. and Chinese students. English is the only language
required for participation. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens
and permanent residents may apply for RIPS-Beijing.

The RIPS web site at gives the
full details of both programs, including an online application.

Students who have a sufficient background for the program are usually rising
juniors, seniors or are about to graduate. Further information about the
program, financial support, and application procedures is available online
(see URL above). Please refer appropriate students to the site and encourage
them to apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2007. For more
information on RIPS, please email or call

Your help with promoting these opportunities to math majors is greatly


Mark Green


From: Oleg Burdakov <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 15:22:17 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Contents, Optimization Methods and Software

Table of Contents
Optimization Methods and Software (OMS), Volume 22, Number 1 (February, 2007)
Special Issue on Systems Analysis, Optimization and Data Mining in Biomedicine
Guest Editors: Christodoulos A. Floudas and Oleg A. Prokopyev

Stanislav Busygin, Oleg A. Prokopyev and Panos M. Pardalos
An optimization based approach for data classification

W.A. Chaovalitwongse, T.Y. Berger-Wolf, B. Dasgupta and M.V. Ashley
Set covering approach for reconstruction of sibling relationships

Claudio Cifarelli and Giacomo Patrizi
Solving large protein secondary structure classification problems
by a nonlinear complementarity algorithm with {0,1} variables

H.K. Fung, M.S. Taylor and C.A. Floudas
Novel formulations for the sequence selection problem
in de novo protein design with flexible templates

M.R. Guarracino, C. Cifarelli, O. Seref, P.M. Pardalos
A classification method based on generalized
eigenvalue problems

S.-P. Kim, J.C. Sanchez and J.C. Principe
Real time input subset selection for linear
time-variant MIMO systems

M.A. Mammadov, A.M. Rubinov and J. Yearwood
The study of drug-reaction relationships using global optimization

S.R. McAllister, R. Rajgaria, and C.A. Floudas
Global pairwise sequence alignment through mixed-integer linear
programming: A template-free approach

Cheong Hee Park, Moongu Jeon, Panos Pardalos and Haesun Park
Quality assessment of gene selection in microarray data

Florian A. Potra and Xing Liu
Protein image alignment via tensor product cubic splines

My T. Thai, Zhipeng Cai and Ding-Zhu Du
Genetic networks: Processing data, regulatory
network modeling, and their analysis

Theodore B. Trafalis and Robin C. Gilbert
Robust support vector machines for classification and
computational issues

Athina Salappa, Michael Doumpos and Constantin Zopounidis
Feature selection algorithms in classification
problems: An experimental evaluation

Z.Q. Zhang, A.R. Kammerdiner, S. Busygin, A.K.Ottens, S.F. Larner,
F.H. Kobeissy, P.M. Pardalos, R.L. Hayes and K.K. Wang
Application of the data mining techniques to the systems
biology of neuritogenesis

Ping Zhong and Masao Fukushima
A regularized nonsmooth Newton method for multi-class
support vector machines

Forthcoming papers and complete table of contents for the journal OMS:

Instructions for Authors and Online sample copy:

Discounted individual subscription:

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