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From: Dirk Laurie <>
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 00:36:42 -0500
Subject: Gene-tic Algorithm: A Gene Golub cryptic crossword

I have compiled a cryptic crossword designed to be possible only for those who
have perused Gene Golub's list of publications. A PDF version of the
crossword is available on

>From the set of persons that satisfy the following two criteria:
1. Having e-mailed a correct solution that reaches me before
23:59:59, South African time (GMT+02:00) on 26 March 2008;
2. Being present, either in person or by proxy (i.e. ask anyone except
me) to receive the prize during the conference dinner of the South
African Symposium on Numerical and Applied Mathematics, 27 March 2008;
three will be drawn at random to receive a bottle of red wine rated at
four-and-a-half stars (out of five) in John Platter's Wine Guide, 2007 edition.

For the sake of those who are better at solving knapsack problems than cryptic
clues: the sum of the MR numbers of a set of reviews (cardinality not given)
that supply all the required titles and co-authors is 24616603.

To help you to decide whether you wish to try it out, here is the preamble and
three sample clues.

Gene-tic Algorithm by Dirk Laurie

The answers come in three classes of twelve each, specified by the
letter, if any, appearing before its length indication. The absence
of a letter indicates a normal cryptic clue. The clues tagged with
an A lack the customary definition part, their common definition being
"surname of an author whose Golub number is 1". The clues tagged with
a W consist of just one word, which is either the previous or the next
word to the answer (except for trivial particles like 'the', 'of',
etc.) in the title of a paper authored or co-authored by Gene Golub.

Punctuation may be misleading. The compiler consulted The Chambers
Dictionary (1993) for English and MathSciNet for a list of MR reviews
of papers by Gene Golub.

9 Time to act crudely in French? Yes (A7)
10 Singular (W7)
11 Numerical analysts etc in old Asian country (4)


From: Tim Davis <>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:27:51 -0500
Subject: In Stanford U did Golub Gene (memorial poem)

In honor of what would have been Gene's 19th birthday, and with
apologies to S. Coleridge's "Kubla Khan", I offer you this poem.
The "C" in the 5th line should be read as the complex number set
C, or $\mathbb{C}$ in LaTeX. To read the complete poem alongside
Coleridge's complete Kubla Khan, see:

Golub Gene, by Tim Davis, (c) 2008

In Stanford U did Golub Gene
A stable SVD decree:
Where U and Sigma V are seen
Through algorithms fast and keen
For matrices in C.
So twice five eps of rounding down
The walls of Jordan blocks were found
By algorithms bright with singular vals,
Where blossomed many an open-source code tree;
And here were methods ancient as the hills,
Enfolding complex space with unit'ry.

Kubla Khan, by S. Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.


From: albaali <>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:51:07 +0400
Subject: Conf. on Numerical Analysis and Optimization, Oman, Apr 2008

Conference on Numerical Analysis and Optimization
Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
April 6-8, 2008

a.. Oleg Burdakov, Linkoping University, Sweden
b.. Yu-Hong Dai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
c.. Gianni Di Pillo, Rome University, Italy
d.. Francisco Facchinei, Rome University, Italy
e.. Masao Fukushima, Kyoto University, Japan
f.. Laura Palagi, Rome University, Italy
g.. Mike J.D. Powell, Cambridge University, UK
h.. Cornelis Roos, Delft University of Technology, Denmark
i.. Ekkehard W. Sachs, University of Trier, Germany
j.. Emilio Spedicato, Bergamo University, Italy
k.. Philippe Toint, University of Namur, Belgium
l.. G. Alistair Watson, University of Dundee, UK

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: A person wishing to participate at the conference
should apply by e-mail as early as possible (the number of seats is
limited). If he/she wishes to contribute a talk, the abstract is
required and be arranged as follows: Title, Name(s) of the Author(s),
E-mail address(es), Mailing address(es), and the text of the abstract.

Submission deadline: March 12, 2008.


FURTHER INFORMATION: Please access the website at:


From: Michael Gschwind <>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 23:25:28 -0500
Subject: ACM Computing Frontiers, Italy, May 2008

Call for Participation
2008 ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers
(Computing Frontiers 2008)
Ischia, Italy
May 5-7, 2008

The increasing needs of present and future computation-intensive
applications have stimulated research in new and innovative approaches
to the design and implementation of high-performance computing
systems. These boundaries between state of the art and innovation
constitute the computing frontiers that must be pushed forward to
provide the computational support required for the advancement of all
science domains and applications. This conference focuses on a wide
spectrum of advanced technologies and radically new solutions; it is
designed to foster communication among many scientific and
technological disciplines.

The conference program includes papers on all areas of innovative
computing systems that extend the current frontiers of computer
science and engineering and that will provide advanced systems for
current and future applications.

Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings and
will be made available in the ACM Digital Library. In addition,
selected papers will be invited to appear in a special issue of the
HiPEAC journal.

* Early registration deadline: April 4th


From: Hassan Safouhi <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 20:34:08 -0500
Subject: Molecular Electronic Structure Calculation, Edmonton, Jun 2008

Call for Abstract Submission and Registration -
International Conference "Odyssey of Mathematical and Computational Aspects
of Molecular Electronic Structure Calculation" at the beautiful Campus Saint-
Jean, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Alberta), Canada. June 2-5, 2008.

We are pleased to announce and to invite you to attend the Odyssey 2008.
This interdisciplinary conference on the application of advanced
mathematical and computational techniques as they interface with theoretical
chemistry, is organized by the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean.

Confirmed invited speakers: M. P. Barnett, C. Brezinski, P. R. Graves-
Morris, T. Helgaker, P. G. Mezey, M. Nooijen, J. Paldus, E. J. Weniger, T.
Ziegler. Not confirmed yet: Ronald Cools.

It is the primary intention of this conference to present mathematical and
computational techniques that are not yet so very well known, but which
nevertheless will have a considerable impact on the way we will conduct
research in (theoretical) chemistry.

We are planning to publish extended abstracts (up to two pages each) of all
invited talks and poster presentations. Original scientific contributions
will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Quantum
Chemistry. Submitted papers will be subject to the journal's standard
referee procedures.

For more information and registration, visit our conference Web site at


From: "Ivan Slapnicar" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 09:31:58 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Intl. Wksp. Accurate Soln of Eigenvalue Problems, Croatia, Jun 2008

Intl. Workshop on Accurate Solution of Eigenvalue Problems VII (IWASEP VII)
Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 9-12, 2008

Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2008 (moved forward two weeks)
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2008 (moved forward 1 month)

In cooperation with SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA).

Jesse Barlow, Penn. State Univ.,
Zlatko Drmac, Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia,
Kresimir Veselic, Fernuniversitaet Hagen, Germany,
Ivan Slapnicar, Univ. of Split, Croatia (local manager).

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experts on accuracy
issues in the numerical solution of eigenvalue problems for four days of
research presentations and discussions. This is the seventh such workshop.
The most recent was held at the Penn State Univ., May 22-25, 2006.

Invited speakers:
Peter Arbenz, ETH Zürich,
Froilan Dopico, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid,
Mark Embree, Rice University,
Olga Holtz, TU Berlin,
Plamen Koev, North Carolina State Univ.,
Louis Komzsik, Siemens PLM Software,
Volker Mehrmann, TU Berlin,
Beresford Parlett, Univ. of California at Berkeley,
Danny Sorensen, Rice University,
Pete Stewart, Univ. of Maryland.

In addition, the organizers welcome submitted presentations and
posters that are consistent with the theme of the meeting. A prize
will be given for the best poster.

For more information:


From: Peter Olver <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:50:12 -0600
Subject: Support for Symmetry & Integrability of Difference Eqns, Canada, Jun 2008

Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 2008
Symmetry and Integrability of Difference Equations

Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
June 9-21, 2008

*** NSF funding is available for US based students, postdoctoral fellows
and young researchers. Some support is expected to be available for
other students ***

Talks & Speakers

1- "Isomonodromy Transformations of Linear Difference Equations and
Painlevé Hierarchy" Alexei Borodin (Caltech)
2- "Symmetry Preserving Discretization of Ordinary and Partial
Differential Equations" -Vladimir A. Dorodnitsyn (Keldysh Institute)
3- "Discrete Painlevé Equations" -Basile Grammaticos (Paris VII)
4- "Definitions and Predictions of Integrability for Difference
Equations" -Jarmo Hietarinta (Turku)
5- "Orthogonal Polynomials and Integrable Systems" -Mourad Ismail
(Central Florida)
6- "Discrete Painlevé Equations and Random Matrices" -Alexander Its
7- "q-Mathematics" -Anatoliy Klimyk (BITP, Kiev)
8- "Generalized Lie Symmetries of Difference Equations" -Decio Levi
(Rome TRE)
9- "Complete Integrability of Discrete Nonlinear Systems" -Sergey P.
Novikov (Moscow U/U of Maryland)
10- "Moving Frames in Applications" -Peter Olver (Minnesota)
11- "Lie Group Transforms in the Interpolation of Digital Data" -Jiri
Patera (CRM, Montreal)
12- "Discrete Differential Geometry" -Yuri Suris (TU Munich)
13- "Geometric Observers for Visual Tracking" -Allen R. Tannenbaum
(Georgia Tech)
14- "Lie Point Symmetries of Difference Equations" -Pavel Winternitz
(CRM, Montreal)

The SMS will be followed by the SIDE 8 International Conference:


From: Giovanni Samaey <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:35:26 -0500
Subject: Multiscale modeling of moving interfaces in materials, Belgium, Jul 2008

Please forward this message to any interested colleagues/students.

A workshop on 'Multiscale modeling of moving interfaces in materials' will be
held in Leuven, Belgium, on July 2-4, 2008.


Modeling the evolution of polycrystalline and multi-phase materials is a
challenging task, due to its inherent multi-scale nature, which requires
expertise in both materials science and scientific computing. Grain boundary
and interface movement, for instance, are influenced by phenomena on scales
ranging from the atomistic (dislocations, ...) up to the mesoscale
(dislocation structures, solutes, second phase particles,...).

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists in materials
science, scientific computing and computational engineering, and to provide
them an introduction to :
(1) the principles and state-of-the-art of modeling and simulation techniques
at the (near) atomistic scale;
(2) coarse-graining techniques for upscaling to larger length and time scales.

We have very limited room for contributed lectures related to the above
topics. However, we will provide room to put up a poster for the entire
duration of the workshop, and we encourage every participant to bring a

Confirmed speakers include:

Koenraad Janssens (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)
Jeff Hoyt (McMaster University, Canada)
Mathis Plapp (Ecole Polytechnique, France)
Anton Van der Ven (University of Michigan, USA)
Andreas Pedersen (University of Iceland, Iceland)
Ju Li (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Axel Voigt (Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany)
Volker Mohles (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Luis Barrales Mora (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Robert Sot (ICM, Poland)
Ingo Steinbach (Access, Aachen)
Britta Nestler (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences)
Moneesh Upmanyu (Colorado School of Mines, Colorado)

Please register before June 15, 2008. The registration fee of 60 euros
includes a program book, all lunches and coffee breaks.

This workshop is sponsored by the Scientific Research Networks 'Advanced
numerical methods for mathematical models', 'Surface modification of
materials', and 'Structural and chemical characterization of materials at the
micro- and nanoscale', as well as by Res Metallica (consisting of OCAS,
Bekaert and Umicore).

The organizers,

Nele Moelans, Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, K. U. Leuven
Giovanni Samaey, Scientific Computing, Dept. of Computer Science, K. U. Leuven


From: "Marta Faias" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:07:43 -0000
Subject: Conf. in Calculus of Variations and its Applications, Portual, Sep 2008

September 8-10, 2008
Caparica, Portugal
Departamento de Matemática, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Center for International Mathematics

The aim of this event is to promote the scientific exchange of ideas
and methods in such a broad and useful area as the Calculus of
Variations. With the goal of applications to different areas such as
Mathematics, Mechanics , Engineering, Economy, Finances, Chemistry,
Biology, just to name a few, models and methods have been developed,
with apparent different languages but that are susceptible of unified
analytical and numerical treatment.

Taking into account the most recent developments in this area of
Mathematics, we wish to address problems associated with Partial
Differential Equations, Optimal Control, Finite or Infinite Dimension
Optimization, Shape Optimization in Structural Engineering, together
with the associated computational aspects.

Main Lecturers (confirmed)
Bouchitté G. (Université de Toulon et du Var, France)
Buttazzo, G. (Università di Pisa, Italy)
Dacorogna, B. (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
Fonseca, I. (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)
Júdice, J. (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
Mordukhovich, B. S. (Wayne State University, USA)
Páscoa, M. (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Additional information regarding registration, accommodation etc. is
available from the workshop web site:


From: Przemyslaw Stpiczynski <>
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 19:33:10 +0100
Subject: CANA'08: Computer Aspects of Numerical Algorithms, Poland, Oct 2008


Computer Aspects of Numerical Algorithms (CANA'08)
Wisla, Poland, October 20-22, 2008

Organized within the framework of the International Multiconference on
Computer Science and Information Systems and co-located with the XXIV
Autumn Meeting of the Polish Information Processing Society.

Numerical algorithms are widely used by scientists engaged in various
areas. There is a special need of highly efficient and easy-to-use
scalable tools for solving large scale problems. The workshop is
devoted to numerical algorithms with the particular attention to the
latest scientific trends in this area and to problems related to
implementation of libraries of efficient numerical algorithms. The
goal of the workshop is meeting of researchers from various institutes
and exchanging of their experience, and integrations of scientific

Important dates

18.05.2008 - Full paper submission
14.07.2008 - Notification of acceptance
01.09.2008 - Camera-ready version of the accepted paper

In case of questions please contact Jaroslaw Bylina at


From: Hans Schneider <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 09:07:53 -0600 (CST)
Subject: LAA annoiuncment of special issue in honor of Shmuel Friedland

Special Issue in honor of Shmuel Friedland

Linear Algebra and its Applications is pleased to announce a special
issue in honor of Professor Shmuel Friedland on the occasion of his
65th birthday on 24 September 2009 in recognition of his many important
and fundamental contributions to linear algebra and other
topics in mathematics.

We solicit papers for the special issue within the entire scope of LAA
or the research interests of Shmuel Friedland. The deadline for
submission of papers is 30 November 2008. Papers for submission will be
subject to normal refereeing procedures according to the
usual standards of LAA. They should be sent, preferably as pdf
attachments in email, to one of the following five special editors:

Avi Berman
Department of Mathematics
Haifa 32000, Israel

Christian Krattenthaler
Fakult\"at f\"ur Mathematik
Universit\"at Wien
Nordbergstra{\ss}e 15
A-1090 Vienna

Siegfried M. Rump
Institute for Reliable Computing
Hamburg University of Technology
Schwarzenbergstr. 95
21071 Hamburg

Ilya Spitkovsky
College of William and Mary
Department of Mathematics
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Fuzhen Zhang
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33314

The editor-in-chief responsible for this special issue is Hans Schneider.
HS 2008.02.25


From: Giraud <>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 03:12:05 -0500
Subject: Postdoc position on parallel hybrid linear solvers in Toulouse

A post-doc position is open in the Parallel Algorithms and
Optimization group at INPT-ENSEEIHT-IRIT in Toulouse, France. We are
looking for candidates at post-doc level with interest, motivation and
background in both numerical analysis and numerical
computing. Experience in high performance computing and mathematics
(with publications) is required.

The candidates will work in the framework of the research project
Solstice ( funded by the French
Research Agency (ANR) where the academic and industrial partners are

The candidate will have to work on the study and parallel
implementation on large parallel computing platforms of hybrid solvers
for the solution of large sparse linear systems.

Applications should comprise a letter of motivation, a CV plus the
names and contact information of three individuals who have agreed to
send letters of recommendation.

The deadline for submitting the applications is: March 31st 2008.
The position is available from June 1st 2008.

A successful candidate could start at any time after selection.

For detailed information about the Parallel Algorithms and
Optimization Project at INPT-ENSEEIHT-IRIT URL address : For more information about Toulouse and
its area,

Please send your application by email to


Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:47:41 +0000
Subject: Postdoc position in applied mathematics at Northwestern

The Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at
Northwestern University expects to recruit a Postdoctoral
Fellow for appointment beginning in fall, 2008 as part of an
NSF sponsored Research Training Grant project.
This project will provide support
for the Postdoctoral Fellow for a period of up to three years. The successful
candidate will teach an average of one course per quarter and will have the
opportunity to work in interdisciplinary research teams on cutting edge
applied mathematics research in the life sciences and mechanics.

Applicants will be considered until the position is filled. This position is
restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Please contact Alvin Bayliss ( for further

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Applications from women and under-represented minorities are encouraged.

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