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From: Des Higham <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 10:40:19 -0400
Subject: 2009 Dahlquist Prize awarded by SIAM

Congratulations to

Prof. Eric Vanden-Eijnden
Courant Institute, NYU

who was recently awarded the 2009 Germund Dahlquist Prize at the SciCADE 2009
conference in Beijing (

The citation from SIAM reads

The Dahlquist Prize for 2009 is awarded to Eric Vanden-Eijnden for his
research contributions to the development and analysis of numerical
methods in stochastic dynamics, with applications to the
study of multi-scale problems, rare events and free energy calculations.
In the best tradition of numerical analysis, his work combines
deep mathematical and physical insights with an awareness of
computational issues. His ideas are making a significant impact in
science and engineering, most notably in chemistry, materials science
and atmospheric science.

Des Higham
Chair of 2009 Germund Dahlquist Prize Committee


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 17:34:14 -0400
Subject: Call for nominations, SIAG/APDE Prize


Deadline for nominations: June 30, 2009

The SIAM Activity Group on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
(SIAG/APDE) will present the SIAG/APDE Prize at the SIAM Conference on
Analysis of PDE (PD09) to be held December 7-9, 2009, in Miami, Florida.

The SIAG/APDE Prize, established in 2005, is awarded to the author(s) of
the most outstanding paper on a topic in PDE published in English in a
peer-reviewed journal within the four calendar years preceding the year
of the award. A candidate paper must bear a publication date between
January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2008. It must contain significant
research contributions to the field of analysis of PDE, as commonly
defined in the mathematical literature, with direct or potential

The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the
award citation. At least one of the awardees is expected to attend the
award ceremony and to present the paper as a plenary lecture at the
meeting. Travel expenses will be available to reimburse one speaker.

Nominations should include a full bibliographic citation for the paper
and a brief statement outlining the justification for the nomination in
terms of its importance and impact. Nominations should be addressed to
Professor Patricia Bauman, Chair, SIAG/APDE Prize Committee and sent by
JUNE 30, 2009, to J. M. Littleton at Inquiries
should be addressed to Complete calls for
nominations for SIAM prizes can be found at


From: Ned Nedialkov <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 11:21:24 -0400
Subject: DAETS: A C++ solver for high-index DAEs

We are pleased to announce the release of the DAETS, Differential-Algebraic
Equations by Taylor Series, solver.

DAETS is a C++ package for solving numerically initial value problems for
differential-algebraic equation (DAE) systems. DAETS can integrate DAEs of
high-index, any order, and nonlinear in highest-order derivatives. A DAE can
be encoded in a form very close to its mathematical description. There is no
need to convert it to a form that involves only first derivatives, nor to use
index-reduction techniques.

DAETS has been used to solve a range of nontrivial problems, including
chemical, mechanical and electrical system examples from the "ODE/DAE Test
Set for Initial Value Problem Solvers", DAEs of index up to 47, and difficult
continuation problems.

DAETS comes in the form of a compiled binary library with C++ header files. A
demo version is available at and
contains libraries for x86 with Linux, Mac OSX, and Cygwin, compiled with gcc.

The full version is available at Flintbox as follows:
Arch. OS Compiler Web site
x86 Linux gcc
x86-64 Linux gcc
x86-64 Linux PathScale
Itanium Linux Intel C++
x86 MacOSX gcc
PPC MacOSX gcc
x86 Cygwin gcc

DAETS is developed jointly by Ned Nedialkov at McMaster University, Canada,
and John Pryce at Cranfield University, UK.


From: Linda Lorusso <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 10:51:07 -0400
Subject: New book, Theoretical Numerical Analysis: A Functional Analysis Framework

Theoretical Numerical Analysis: A Functional Analysis Framework

This textbook prepares graduate students for research in numerical
analysis/computational mathematics by giving to them a mathematical
framework embedded in functional analysis and focused on numerical analysis.
This helps the student to move rapidly into a research program. The text
covers basic results of functional analysis, approximation theory, Fourier
analysis and wavelets, iteration methods for nonlinear equations, finite
difference methods, Sobolev spaces and weak formulations of boundary value
problems, finite element methods, elliptic variational inequalities and
their numerical solution, numerical methods for solving integral equations
of the second kind, boundary integral equations for planar regions, and
multivariable polynomial approximations. The presentation of each topic is
meant to be an introduction with certain degree of depth. Comprehensive
references on a particular topic are listed at the end of each chapter for
further reading and study. In this third edition, a new chapter,
Multivariable Polynomial Approximations, is included, numerous changes are
made throughout the entire text, and new exercises are added.

Kendall Atkinson, Weimin Han
3rd ed., 2009, X, 590 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4419-0457-7


From: Kendall Atkinson <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 16:38:38 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: New book, Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations

Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations
Kendall Atkinson, Weimin Han, David E. Stewart
John Wiley & Sons, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-470-04294-6
Hardcover, 252 pages

This book is suitable for an introductory undergraduate course in
mathematics or computer science. The text is accompanied by MATLAB codes
to illustrate many of the main topics.

1. Theory of differential equations: an introduction.
2. Euler's method.
3. Systems of differential equations.
4. The backward Euler method and the trapezoidal method.
5. Taylor and Runge-Kutta methods.
6. Multistep methods.
7. General error analysis for multistep methods.
8. Stiff differential equations.
9. Implicit RK methods for stiff differential equations.
10. Differential algebraic equations.
11. Two-point boundary value problems.
12. Volterra integral equations.
Appendix A. Taylor's theorem.
Appendix B. Polynomial interpolation.

Matlab codes given in the text are available from the website


From: "Peters, Martin, Springer DE" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 15:43:27 +0200
Subject: New book, Hierarchische Matrizen (in German)

A new comprehensive book on hierarchical matrices by Wolfgang Hackbusch
has been published in German. Its title is "Hierarchische Matrizen".More
details can be found via .

Martin Peters


From: "Cornford, Dan" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 22:41:48 +0100
Subject: Workshop on Uncertainty in Simulation Models, UK, Jul 2009

Although not directly numerical analysis, the techniques might be of
interest to people working with complex models where direct analysis
methods are not feasible. This workshop will introduce some ideas from
statistics to analysing and managing uncertainty in complex simulation models.

Uncertainty in Simulation Models
Friday 10th July 2009, 10.30am - 4pm
National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Programme details:
- Introduction: Simulators & Emulators: Tony O'Hagan, University of Sheffield
- Case Study - Sensitivity Analysis in Epidemiological Modelling:
Jeremy Oakley, University of Sheffield
- How to Emulate: Recipes without Patronising (The MUCM Toolkit):
Dan Cornford, Aston University
- Estimating risk from a climate model: Peter Challenor, NOCS
- Calibrating the Universe: a Bayesian Analysis of a Galaxy Formation
Simulation: Ian Vernon, University of Durham

Please register with Katherine Jeays-Ward ( by
3rd July 2009. Registration is free, and lunch/refreshments will be provided.

Dr Katherine Jeays-Ward
Managing Uncertainty in Complex Models
Department of Probability & Statistics, University of Sheffield
Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road
Sheffield, S3 7RH
Telephone: 0114 222 3753


From: Margreet Nool <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 06:24:16 -0400
Subject: Woudschoten Conference on Scientific Computing, the Netherlands, Oct 2009

The website for the Woudschoten conference 2009 (organised by the
Werkgemeenschap Scientific Computing,7-9 October 2009, Zeist, the
Netherlands) is accessible and the webform for electronic registration
has been made available.

The themes of 2009 are:
- Latest developments in iterative solution methods
Invited talks by:
* Marlis Hochbruck, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf
* David Silvester, University of Manchester
* Valeria Simoncini, Università di Bologna
- Numerics and stochastics in applications
Invited talks by:
* Desmond Higham, University of Strathclyde
* Howard Elman, University of Maryland
* Rupert Klein, FU Berlin
- Extra: After dinner speech on day 1: Peter Sonneveld (TU Delft)

Organising committee 2009: Prof. Kees Oosterlee (chair), Prof. Wil Schilders,
Prof. Jan Verwer, Drs. Margreet Nool (secretary)

Information: (English) (Dutch)
Registration: (English) (Dutch)

All participants are invited to present a poster about their current research.
See the website and registration form for details.


From: "Simon Neil Chandler-Wilde" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 10:45:37 +0100
Subject: Chair position in Applied Mathematics at the University of Reading, UK


Closing date: 10 July 2009

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a Chair in Applied Mathematics.
Mathematics at Reading has an excellent research record in: analysis of
differential and integral equations; numerical analysis and computational
modelling, including CFD; inverse problems and data assimilation; linear
and nonlinear waves; theoretical polymer physics, and other statistical
physics; maths of cognitive neuroscience, systems biology, and commerce.
It has strong interdisciplinary links, including joint appointments with
Meteorology, Biological Sciences, and Advanced Computing and Emerging
Technologies, and is a key partner in the Centre for Integrative
Neuroscience and Neurodynamics and in the National Centre for Earth

Candidates should have an international research reputation in an area of
mathematics that resonates with our current research activities. Some
priority may be given to candidates who can contribute to one or more of:
inverse problems and data assimilation; multiscale modelling; nonlinear
analysis; continuous or discrete dynamical systems (including stochastic
systems) and their numerical simulation; and who can support our existing
interdisciplinary interactions. The successful candidate will be expected
to make an outstanding contribution to the department's research outputs,
to show leadership in the generation of research funding, in the
development of the department's teaching portfolio, and in the support
of junior staff, researchers and postgraduate students, and to undertake
teaching and administrative duties at an appropriate level.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and can be made to
Prof Simon Chandler-Wilde
Head of Department
+44(0)118 3785017

Further details and application form:


From: Petra HIldebrand <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 06:06:06 -0400
Subject: Postdoc position in Research Training Group at University of Ulm

Within in the DFG (German Science Foundation) Research Training Group
(Graduiertenkolleg) "Modeling, Analysis and Simulation in Economic
Mathematics" at the Faculty of Mathematics and Economics of the
University of Ulm there is

1 Postdoctorial Position (E13)

available for two years starting October, 1st 2009.

The scope of the research training group is the investigation of
economic questions by means of mathematical modeling, analysis and
simulation. These questions are developed in cooperation with partners
from outside the University and arise from the following areas:

1. Evaluation of complex financial products
2. Risk analysis und management
3. Optimal Strategies
4. Econometric analysis und strategies
5. Knowledge discovery and data mining

To solve such problems, the postdoctorial fellow will work in the
following mathematical disciplines:
1. Stochastical models, their analysis and simulation
2. Statistical inference und data analysis
3. Stochastical control and optimization
4. Partial differential equations and functional analysis
5. Financial mathematical modeling and analysis
6. Numerical analysis and simulation
7. Methods in the development and quality management of software

Further information is found on:

Candidates must already be authorized to work in the EU and must be
Germany based. Doctors of mathematical based courses of studies are
asked to send their significant application documents (copies of
certificates, CV, photo) up to June 30th 2009 to the speaker:

Prof. Dr. Karsten Urban
University of Ulm
Institut for Numerical Analysis
Helmholtzstrasse 18
89069 Ulm
Phone: +49-731-502-3535
Fax: +49-731-502-3548


From: Roderick Melnik <>
Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 16:40:08 -0400
Subject: Postdoc position in Mathematical Modeling at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Subject: Postdoctoral position, M2NeT Lab, WLU, Waterloo, Canada

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Position in Mathematical Modeling
at the M2NeT Lab, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. Further
information about the position and how to apply can be found at the following

Full consideration will be given to all applications received by
July 6, 2009.

Informal inquiries are welcome, contact Professor Roderick Melnik at The position is available from the Fall semester 2009.


From: Isabel Figueiredo <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 08:07:11 -0400
Subject: Postdoc position in Computational Mathematics at University of Coimbra, Portugal

Post Doctoral Research Position

The UTAustin|Portugal Program and the Department of Mathematics of the Faculty
of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (under the project
below) invite applications for an one-year Postdoctoral Position in
Computational Mathematics, beginning October 2009.

The focus of the research is on imaging sciences and scientific computing. It
involves variational image processing, image analysis, partial differential
equations, numerical analysis, optimization, visualization, and inverse
problems in imaging, with applications in medicine and emphasis on endoscopic

Applicants should have a PhD in Mathematics or Computational Sciences and
Engineering (preferably obtained after December 31, 2006). The position obeys
to the Portuguese scholarship system and the corresponding salary is €1495 per
month (tax free). No teaching duties are associated with the position.

Applicants should send by email to the following information
- curriculum vitae (publication list included)
- statement of research interests (one page maximum, describing
concisely scientific interests)
- names and email-addresses of at least two scientists willing to
provide references.

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2009. This position is
funded by the research project UTAustin/MAT/0009/2008 (UTAustin|Portugal
Program, Contact for further
information: Isabel M. Narra Figueiredo (


From: Melanie Moser <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 04:38:25 -0400
Subject: Postdoc position (or PhD studentship) in Optimization at TUG, Austria

Starting on August 1, 2009.

There is an open position for a PhD student or Postdoctoral Fellow within
the project:
"The Virtual Heart" embedded in the special research group (SFB)
on "Mathematical Optimization and Applications in Biomedical Sciences"
hosted at the Karl Franzens University Graz (KFU), the Graz University of
Technology (TUG) and the Medical University Graz (MUG).

The SFB incorporates eight interdisciplinary research projects headed by
scientists from Applied Mathematics and Medical Engineering.
For more details see the project descriptions on the web page and http://math.uni-

Project 1 – „Numerical Techniques for the Cardiac Bidomain Equations“
Supervisors: Gernot Plank/Gundolf Haase

For this project we are looking for a candidate holding a masters degree or
PhD in either Applied Mathematics/Numerical Mathematics/Scientific Computing
or similar disciplines that provide a suitable background for developing
methods for the numerical solution of PDEs in a largescale parallel
computing context. Although recent advances have led to significant
improvements in terms of numerical efficieny, bidomain simulations of entire
human hearts remain to be a challenge. The numerical work to be carried out
in this PhD project aims to further improve the numerical efficiency of our
numerical framework to allow realistic bidomain simulations of the
electrical activity in a human heart over several tens of seconds.
The candidate should have a general interest in Life Sciences, particularly
in cardiac electrophysiology. Reasonable coding skills are expected.

Please send your application by email to

Your email should contain a pdf file as an attachment with the following
* Curriculum Vitae (CV)
* a short description of your qualifications and experience (i.e. list of
courses, Diploma or Master thesis, PhD thesis)
* a letter describing your scientific interests within the desired project
* names and email-addresses of at least two scientists willing to provide a


From: Eric S Fraga <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 15:01:28 +0100
Subject: PhD studentship in Process Modelling and Optimisation, UCL, London

Applications are invited for a three and a half year PhD studentship
in the Chemical Engineering Department at University College London (UCL).

This PhD project will form part of a large multi-institutional project
which aims to develop methodologies for the rapid synthesis and
screening of novel materials and solvents for carbon capture from
power stations. The research of the project will focus on absorption,
adsorption and membrane processes combining molecular modelling and
advanced process modelling in order to develop reliable predictions of
process performance.

The focus of this PhD project will be the optimisation of absorption
processes and their integration in power plants. We will be developing
an integrated model of the steam cycle and the capture process which
will allow us to simultaneously optimise the size of the process
units, their operating conditions, and the composition of the solvent
mixture. This will give much greater scope for integration of energy
than is possible when considering the two models separately, and will
result in a better assessment of options. Different objectives will be
considered, including capital costs, O&M costs, efficiency and

Applicants should have, or expect to gain, a 1st class MEng or MSci
degree, or its equivalent, with a strong mathematical and/or
computational background. The application procedure, including links
for further information and application forms, can be found at

The studentship will be available from 1 October 2009 and will cover
maintenance plus tuition fees at home rates for three and a half years.

Further information on this project can be obtained by contacting:

Professor Eric S Fraga
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
phone: +44 (0) 20 7679 3817


From: Vera Kleber <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 08:15:01 -0400
Subject: Education, German Research School for Simulation Sciences

The German Research School for Simulation Sciences - a joint venture
of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich - is dedicated
to research and education in the applications and methods of HPC-based
computer simulation in science and engineering. We provide a Master’s
and a doctoral program for outstanding graduate students and are
aiming at training the next generation of computational scientists and
engineers. Coursework and research opportunities in topic areas
ranging from state-of-the-art methods to the most advanced
applications of computer simulation in the disciplines science and
engineering are offered. The Master’s degree is obtained in the new
program Simulation Sciences. Doctoral students will work in either a
group directly belonging to the German Research School for Simulation
Sciences or in one of the diverse groups associated with it.

Master's Program:
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Simulation Sciences
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
All courses will be given in English
Start: each winter semester
Admission: students with a bachelor's degree in science, engineering,
mathematics, or informatics are invited to apply

Doctoral Program:
Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat./Dr.-Ing.) in Simulation Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Start: at any time
Admission: graduates with a Master's degree in natural sciences or
engineering and adequate background in fields related to simulation
sciences are strongly encouraged to apply

All degrees (M.Sc. and Dr. rer. nat./Dr.-Ing.) are formally awarded by
RWTH Aachen University, with a reference to the German Research School
for Simulation Sciences. The German Research School for Simulation
Sciences cooperates closely with other computational engineering
activities in Aachen, including the graduate school AICES and MSc CES.

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