NA Digest Sunday, June 3, 2007 Volume 07 : Issue 23

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From: "Jose E. Roman" <>
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2007 19:53:11 +0200
Subject: New SVD module available in SLEPc

SLEPc: Scalable Library for Eigenvalue Problem Computations

We are pleased to announce the release of SLEPc 2.3.3. This release is a
major milestone in the development of SLEPc since it includes a new SVD
object, that allows the computation of singular values and vectors of a
large sparse rectangular matrix. Additional new features are listed in This version requires PETSc

About SLEPc: SLEPc is a parallel software library for the solution of
large sparse eigenvalue problems on parallel computers. It can be used
for the solution of problems formulated in either standard or
generalized form, both Hermitian and non-Hermitian, with either real or
complex arithmetic. SLEPc is built on top of PETSc, the Portable
Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation
( It can be considered an extension of
PETSc providing all the functionality necessary for the solution of
eigenvalue problems, including different eigensolvers as well as
built-in support for spectral transformations such as shift-and-invert.

Please send bug reports, questions, and requests for new features to

The SLEPc team
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain


From: PRIEUR <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 06:42:29 -0400
Subject: European PhD Award - Reminder - Deadline June 15 2007

Call for Nominations for 2007 European PhD Award on Embedded and
Networked Control

The EECI PhD Award is given annually in recognition of the best PhD
thesis in Europe in the field of Embedded and Networked Control. The aim
is to encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers in their
first research period. The prize consists of a certificate and a cash
award. The domain of research of candidates should be included in the
large multidisciplinary area of the control of hybrid nonlinear,
embedded or networked systems.

For more information consult the web-pages :

The deadline for nomination is June 15, 2007. To be eligible for the
award, the thesis must have been defended in Europe during the year
prior the above deadline. To apply, please consult the award web page:


From: "Susannah Sieper" <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 17:30:35 -0400
Subject: Two New Books of Interest

Numbers at Work: A Cultural Perspective
Rudolf Taschner
978-1-56881-290-8; $39.00

Drawing primarily from historical examples, this book explains the
tremendous role that numbers and, in particular, mathematics play in all
aspects of our civilization and culture. The lively style and
illustrative examples will engage the reader who wants to understand the
many ways in which mathematics enables science, technology, art, music,
politics, and rational foundations of human thought.

Experimental Mathematics in Action
Jonathan Borwein, David Bailey, Neil Calkin, Roland Girgensohn, D. Luke,
Victor Moll
978-1-56881-271-7; $49.00

With the continued advance of computing power and accessibility, the
view that "real mathematicians don't compute" no longer has any traction
for a newer generation of mathematicians. The goal in this book is to
present a coherent variety of accessible examples of modern mathematics
where intelligent computing plays a significant role and in so doing to
highlight some of the key algorithms and to teach some of the key
experimental approaches.


From: "Sumit Basu" <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 18:38:38 -0700
Subject: CFP NIPS*2007, Dec 2007 [Deadline: June 8, 2007 11:59PM UST]

(Full (HTML) version:
Conference Site:

Deadline for Paper Submissions: Friday, June 8, 2007, 23:59 Universal
Standard Time (4:59pm Pacific Daylight Time).

Submissions are solicited for the Twenty First Annual meeting of an
interdisciplinary Conference (December 3-6) which brings together
researchers interested in all aspects of neural and statistical
processing and computation. The Conference will include invited talks
as well as oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. It is
single track and highly selective. Preceding the main Conference will
be one day of Tutorials (December 3), and following it will be two
days of Workshops at Whistler/Blackcomb ski resort (December 7-8).
Submissions: Papers are solicited in all areas of neural information
processing and statistical learning,

Evaluation Criteria: Submissions will be refereed on the basis of
technical quality, novelty, potential impact on the field, and
clarity. A full discussion of the evaluation criteria can be found
here ( We
particularly encourage submissions by authors new to NIPS. This year,
we particularly encourage papers that balance new algorithmic
contributions with a more applied focus. These include: papers that
contain a substantial evaluation on real-world problems, or papers
that combine results on novel applications with analysis of their
relevance from a machine learning perspective.

Submission Instructions: NIPS accepts only electronic submissions at: As in the last year, NIPS submissions
will be reviewed double-blind: the reviewers will not know the
identities of the authors. Full instructions can be found in the
general information for authors
(, including a link to
the style files ( These
submissions must be in PDF format. The Conference web site will accept
electronic submissions until midnight June 8, 2007, Universal Standard
Time (5pm Pacific Daylight Time). There will be an opportunity after
the meeting to revise accepted manuscripts.

Demonstrations: There is a separate Demonstration track at
NIPS. Authors wishing to submit to the Demonstration track should
consult the Call for Demonstrations

Workshops: The workshops will be held at Whistler/Blackcomb ski resort
from December 7-8. Please read the call for workshop proposals in HTML
( or PDF
( format for details.

Deadline for Paper Submissions: June 8, 2007, 23:59 Universal Standard
Time (4:59pm Pacific Daylight Time).


From: Qin Sheng <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 21:19:17 -0400
Subject: Announcement of a Special Issue on Novel Difference & Hybrid Methods

Special Issue on Novel Difference and Hybrid Methods for Differential and
Integro-Differential Equations in Applications

The Neural, Parallel, and Scientific Computations (NPSC) will publish a
and Johnny Henderson.

Detailed information can be found at

It has been evident that many important mathematical modeling equations at
the quantum level are accomplished through combinations of physical models
from discrete-atomistic to continuum-macroscopic responses. The aim of this
special issue is to highlight the new developments in the area. It will
contain articles presenting the latest trends and research results in topics
including, but not limited to:

1. hybrid and dynamic mathematical modeling and approximations
2. hybrid and novel difference approaches for solving nonlinear differential
or integro-differential equations
3. stability and convergence analysis of the multi-level or hybrid schemes
4. iterative or adaptive methods in multi-scale engineering computations
5. numerical strategies in multi-level or parallel computations for
differential equations with applications

Research papers are solicited for this special issue. Each submitted paper
should be between 10 and 20 pages under the NPSC style, and will be refereed
according to NPSC policies; see the following URL for details:

Submit a PDF or PS version of the complete paper to either of the Guest

Professor Qin Sheng or Professor Johnny Henderson
Department of Mathematics
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798-7328, USA
Email: or
URL: or

Deadline for submission of full papers: January 31, 2008
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2008
Expected publication: Summer, 2008


From: Michal Kocvara <>
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2007 19:03:32 +0900
Subject: Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Mathematical Optimisation

University of Birmingham, School of Mathematics
Management Mathematics Group

Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in
Mathematical Optimisation

The University invites applications for a Lectureship/Senior Lectureship
in Mathematical Optimisation in the School of Mathematics with effect
from 1st October 2007 or by a date to be agreed.

The successful applicant will have mathematically based undergraduate
education and a PhD, a strong research track record, international
research profile in Mathematical Optimisation and ability to win
peer-reviewed funding from multiple sources. Applications from
individuals whose research interests can be integrated with existing
research at Birmingham are particularly welcome. This includes
non-linear and conic programming, discrete optimisation, multicriteria
or heuristic optimisation, but successful applicants may work in any
area of Mathematical Optimisation. Strong commitment to research and
enthusiasm for supervising undergraduate as well as postgraduate
students is required.

Starting salary in the range
£32,795 - £46,758
depending on experience and qualifications.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Michal Kocvara, tel.
+44-(0)121-41-46598, email: Further
information about the School or Management Mathematics Group is
available on

Closing date: 15 June 2007 Reference: S36722

Details from tel. 0121 415 9000 or

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


From: andrew stuart <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007 06:55:35 -0400
Subject: Temporary Positions at Warwick Mathematics Institute

Assistant Professor (2 one year positions)
Mathematics Institute, Warwick University

You should have a PhD, or equivalent, in Mathematics or a similar discipline.
You will be expected to carry the standard teaching load and to contribute
to the research life of the department.

Closing date: 15 June 2007


Fur further details contact

Andrew Stuart


From: Kathrin Baeumler <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 16:10:36 +0200
Subject: Phd or Postdoc position, Applied Mathematics, Univ Erlangen-Nuermberg

The Chair of Applied Mathematics III at the Friedrich--Alexander
University Erlangen--Nuremberg is looking for a PhD-Student or a
Postdoc to work for a research project funded by BMBF (German Federal
Ministry of Education and Research) with the subject
"Enabling Fluid Management Technologies"

Aim of the project is to investigate the dynamic behavior of cryogenic
liquid propellants in the tanks of space vehicles. Subject of the
work is the development of numerical methods for the simulation of two
phase flows with heat and mass exchange across the phase boundary.
The basis of the implementation will be our CFD solver NAVIER.

A degree (MSc-level or equivalent) in the areas of applied and
computational mathematics or a related field is required. Candidates
should have good knowledge in the numerical treatment of partial
differential equations as well as excellent programming skills or the
disposition to become acquainted with the subject quickly.

Salary is paid according to TV-L 13.
Women are especially encouragedto apply. Disabled persons with equal
qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Applications should be sent to:

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Baensch
Applied Mathematics III
Haberstr. 2
91058 Erlangen

For further information see also


From: Paul Van Dooren <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 03:46:38 -0400
Subject: Ten PhD positions in Applied Mathematics (Belgium)

The Department of Mathematical Engineering of the Université catholique de
Louvain (Belgium) announces vacancies for 10 doctoral PhD thesis positions.
The selected candidates will complete a doctoral thesis in applied
mathematics in one of the research areas of the department (identification,
control, dynamical systems, numerical analysis, scientific computing,
mathematical modeling, biomedical engineering, differential equations,
optimization, discrete mathematics, complexity of algorithms, graphs and

Required qualifications: A degree in Engineering, Computer Science or
Mathematics. Fluency in French is an advantage but is not required.

Additional Information: A general description of the department of
mathematical engineering can be found at The
vacant positions are funded by several sources, including an inter-
university network in Dynamical Systems, Control and Optimization (see, a research contract on the analysis of
eye movements (see and a concerted
research action on large graphs and networks (see Additional information concerning these
different positions can be obtained from Professor Vincent Blondel

Context: The Université catholique de Louvain is the oldest and largest
French-speaking university in Belgium. It has a long tradition of excellence
in applied mathematics. The department has about 15 faculty members and
maintains strong ties with the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science,
and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The campus of Louvain-la-Neuve is
a 30' drive from Brussels, from which Paris is at 1h30 and London at 2h00 by

Deadline and procedure for submitting an application: The candidates are
invited to submit via e-mail a letter of application, a curriculum
vitae and the names of two possible referees. Candidates should submit an
application before June 15th 2007. Applications submitted after this
date may be taken into consideration until all positions are filled.


From: "Gary Couples" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007 14:17:50 +0100
Subject: PhD Studentship at Heriot-Watt University - Geomechanics and Fluid Flow

EPSRC/DTA PhD Studentship (by Competition)
Numerical Simulation of Interplay Between Geomechanics and Fluid Flow

There is an opportunity to compete for funds to provide a PhD
Studentship (fees and living costs) at Heriot-Watt Institute of
Petroleum Engineering. The quality of the applicant will be an important
factor in winning this competition. The decision will be taken in late
June, aiming for a project start in October (with some flexibility).

This PhD study will focus on numerical simulation of the interplay
between geomechanics and fluid flow in subsurface fractured systems,
with application to oil/gas production, CO2 storage, and nuclear waste

A suitable candidate must have:

1) formal training, at MSc, or BSc with Honours, or an equivalent
experience level, in Applied Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering,
Quantitative Geomechanics, and/or Hydrology;

2) working experience with standard numerical methods (finite-element
and/or finite-volume, etc) for solving PDEs of geomechanical and/or
fluid flow problems, preferably in porous media;

3) a minimal three-year experience using an object-orientated
programming language, preferably C++;

4) good oral and written communication skills in English.

The candidate will be selected via a competitive process in the
Institute at first instance. The funding source is the (UK) EPSRC
Doctorial Training Programme. The Institute of Petroleum Engineering,
Heriot-Watt University, UK will submit an application to EPSRC on behalf
of the successful candidate. The project will be supervised by Dr. Gary
Couples and Dr. Jingsheng Ma who can be contacted
( or to express your
interest and to discuss your qualifications.

It is essential that every applicant verify their eligibility for this
programme (see, under
"Doctoral Training Accounts"). In practice, eligibility is restricted to
UK citizens, and certain EU citizens who have been resident in the UK
for a period of time.


From: "Susannah Sieper" <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 17:03:44 -0400
Subject: Contents, Internet Mathematics, Volume 3, Issue 2

Contents, Internet Mathematics, Volume 3.2

Finding (Short) Paths in Social Networks
by André Allavena, Anirban Dasgupta, John Hopcroft, and Ravi Kumar

Random Walks with Lookahead on Power Law Random Graphs
by Milena Mihail, Amin Saberi, and Prasad Tetali

Inverted Index Support for Numeric Search
by Marcus Fontoura, Ronny Lempel, Runping Qi, and Jason Zien

A Geometric Preferential Attachment Model of Networks
by Abraham D.Flaxman, Alan Frieze, and Juan Vera

PageRank of Scale-Free Growing Networks
by Konstantin Avrachenkov and Dmitri Lebedev

An Identification Problem for Multiterminal Networks: Solving for the
Traffic Matrix from Input-Output Measurements
by F. Alberto Grünbaum and Laura Felicia Matusevich

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