NA Digest Sunday, September 13, 2009 Volume 09 : Issue 37

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From: (Dr. William J. Stewart)
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 01:47:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Robert (Bob) Funderlic died on September 5, 2009

It is with much sadness and a feeling of great loss that I report that
Dr. Robert E. Funderlic, former Department Head in the Computer
Science Department at N.C. State University, a colleague, and a friend
died on September 5, 2009 after a long and brave fight with cancer.

Bob received his BS in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame
in 1959. In 1970 he received his PhD in Mathematics and Numerical
Analysis from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) under the
direction of Alston Householder. Prior to joining NC State University,
Dr. Funderlic worked for the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge
facilities, including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Bob Funderlic was a leader, a visionary, an award winning educator,
and an internationally recognized numerical analyst. He provided
critical leadership during the formative years of the the Computer
Science Department at NC State University. He will be missed very


From: "Julio R. Banga" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 08:32:04 -0400
Subject: DOTcvpSB, Matlab for dynamic optimization in systems biology

We are pleased to announce DOTcvpSB, a Matlab toolbox
for advanced optimization in systems biology.

Software and documentation available at:

DOTcvpSB facilitates the statement and solution of
dyamic optimization (optimal control) problems related
with biological systems, modelled with ODEs (although
arbitrary black-box models can be handled as well).
The toolbox can import SBML models for the dynamics via
the SBMLtoolbox.

Examples of problems provided with the toolbox:
- optimal drug infusion to a patient
- minimization of intracellular oscillations
- bioreactor optimization

DOTcvpSB is described in the following paper:

Hirmajer, T., E. Balsa-Canto and J. R. Banga (2009)
DOTcvpSB, a software toolbox for dynamic optimization
in systems biology. BMC Bioinformatics 2009, 10:199.

Free PDF from

More details, documentation and examples available at:


From: Frank Vogel <>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 12:05:51 -0400
Subject: NLP++ Toolbox, C++ class library for nonlinear program

We are pleased to announce the release of the NLP++ Toolbox, a comprehensive
C++ class library providing optimization routines for a large variety of
nonlinear, constrained optimization problems.

Nonlinear constrained optimization problems can be solved by the C/C++
implementation of the frequently used sequential quadratic programming
(SQP) algorithm NLPQLP of Prof. Dr. Klaus Schittkowski. Its FORTRAN
counter-part is frequently used in industrial applications since many
years and designed for solving small to medium scale problems.

For solving optimization problems with very many variables, the sequential
convex programming (SCP) algorithm SCPIP of PD Dr. Christian Zillober can
be applied, also known under the name method of moving asymptotes (MMA).
The code is frequently used in industrial applications, especially in
mechanical engineering.

A gradient-free constrained optimization method based on successive linear
approximation (COBYLA) allows the solution of unstructured problems by linear

A variety of methods is offered for solving nonlinear and non-convex
constrained mixed-integer optimization problems. Among them are adapted
sequential quadratic programming, outer approximation, branch-and-bound, and
stochastic search algorithms. Also binary and catalogue variables are handled.

Eight algorithms are available for solving optimization with more than one
objective function by finding an appropriate compromise and by transforming
the different alternatives into scalar problems, to be solved then by any of
the scalar optimizers (SQP, SCPIP, or COBYLA)

For further information about NLP++ please visit

or send an email to


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:03:42 -0400
Subject: New book: Empirical Processes with Applications to Statistics

Announcing the Sept. 4 publication by SIAM of:

Empirical Processes with Applications to Statistics
by Galen R. Shorack and Jon A. Wellner

September 2009 / xlii + 956 pages / Softcover / ISBN: 978-0-898716-84-9
List Price $89.00 / SIAM Member Price $62.30 / Order Code CL59

Originally published in 1986, this valuable reference provides a detailed
treatment of limit theorems and inequalities for empirical processes of real-
valued random variables. It also includes applications of the theory to
censored data, spacings, rank statistics, quantiles, and many functionals of
empirical processes, including a treatment of bootstrap methods, and a
summary of inequalities that are useful for proving limit theorems.

It is appropriate for researchers in statistical theory, probability theory,
biostatistics, econometrics, and computer science.

Galen R. Shorack is a Professor of Statistics at the University of
Washington. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and
has written a graduate level text on probability theory.

Jon A. Wellner is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Washington.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American
Statistical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of
Science. He has written three other books on probability and statistics.


From: Endre Suli <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 05:44:06 -0400
Subject: Atomistic Models of Solids, University of Oxford, Dec 2009

Joint Workshop
OxMOS: New Frontiers in the Mathematics of Solids
UK Network "Mathematical Challenges in Molecular Dynamics"
7-8 December 2009
University of Oxford

This workshop, organised jointly by OxMOS and the UK Molecular
Dynamics Network, focuses on atomistic models of solids and on
mathematical aspects of molecular dynamics in the field of
solid mechanics.

Specific topics for the workshop include:

- quasi-continuum methods;
- variational approaches;
- mechanics and applications; and
- statistical physics, micro-macro heat transfer.

Invited speakers:

Andrea Braides (Rome II)
Thierry Bodineau (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris)
Carlos Mora-Corral (BCAM, Bilbao)
Matthew Dobson (Minneapolis)
Laurent Dupuy (CEA, Saclay)
Ryan Elliott (Minneapolis)
Roman Kotecky (Warwick)
Pingbing Ming (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)
Stefano Olla (CEREMADE, Paris-Dauphine)
Bernd Schmidt (TU Munich)
Lev Truskinovsky (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
Min Zhou (Georgia Tech, Atlanta)

Registration webpage:


From: Marcel Mongeau <>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2009 08:56:29 -0400
Subject: Meeting of the French OR Society in Toulouse, Tolouse, Feb 2010

Call for Participation - ROADEF 2010
11th Annual Congress of the French Operations Research & Decision Aid Society
Toulouse, France
February 24--26, 2010

Invited Speakers:
- Philippe Baptiste (Ecole Polytechnique, LIX, France)
- Olivier Hudry (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications, France)
- François Soumis (Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada)

Main language will be French
See for detail

Pierre Lopez & Marcel Mongeau
Conference Chairs


From: Will Thacker <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:45:27 -0400
Subject: High Performance Computing Symposium (HPC '10), Apr 2010

Call for Papers
18th Annual High Performance Computing Symposium (HPC 2010)
Part of the 2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim'10)
Sponsored by: The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)
April 12-15, 2010
Florida Mall Hotel and Conference Center

The 2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference will feature the High Performance
Computing Symposium (HPC 2010). This will be the 18th special symposium
devoted to the impact of high performance computing and communications.

Advances in networking, high-end computers, large data stores, and
middleware capabilities are ushering in a new era of high-performance
parallel and distributed simulations. Along with these new capabilities
come new challenges in computing and system modeling. The goal of HPC 2010
is to encourage innovation in high performance computing and communication
technologies and to promote synergistic advances in modeling methodologies
and simulation. It will promote the exchange of ideas and information
between universities, industry, and national laboratories about new
developments in system modeling, high performance computing and
communication, and scientific computing and simulation.

HPC 2010 Website:

Key Dates
23 Oct 2009 Paper Submission due.

There is also a poster session at SpringSim’10 that welcomes HPC posters

HPC 2010 Chairs
General Chair: Adrian Sandu <>
General Vice-Chair: Layne Watson <>
Program Chair: William I. Thacker <>


From: Luca Formaggia <>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:02:20 -0400
Subject: Symposium on cardiovascular modelling, Italy, Jun 2010

The Fourth Symposium on "Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of
Physiological Flows" will be held in Chia Laguna, Cagliari (Sardinia) Italy
on June 2-5, 2010.

The focus will be on vascular and cardiac flow, with emphasis on cardiac
mechanics, fluid-wall interactions, drug release from stents, electrical
signalling. The wonderful location of Chia will ensure a stimulating
environment for scientific collaboration.

Invited Speakers
P. Colli Franzone - Universita' di Pavia (IT)
R.A. Feijoo - LNCC Petropolis (BR)
J.F. Gerbeau - INRIA Rocquencourt (FR)
G.E. Karniadakis - Brown University (US)
A. Robertson - University of Pittsburgh (US)
D.A. Steinman - University of Toronto (CA)
C.A. Taylor - Stanford University (US)
A. Veneziani - Emory University (US)

The conference is supported by the MathCard EU Project -

More info at


From: Alfredo Bellen <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:54:46 -0400
Subject: Summer School, Discontinuous Galerkin Methods, Italy, Jun 2010

The next "Dobbiaco Summer School on Numerical Analysis" will take place on
June 21-25, 2010 at Dobbiaco/Toblach, Italy.

The topic will be
Discontinuous Galerkin Methods: Theory and Applications

During the school, three leading specialists in the field will present a
series of 90 minutes long lectures on the topic. The school is intended for
PhD students and young researchers.

Lecturers will be:
Franco Brezzi (IUSS and IMATI-CNR Pavia) Donatella Marini (University of
Pavia), Endre Suli (Oxford University Computing Laboratory).

Pre-registration and further information on the summer school can be found at:

Please note that the number of participants is limited.

Alfredo Bellen (Trieste, Italy) (CONTACT: )
Alexander Ostermann (Innsbruck, Austria)


From: Misha Kilmer <>
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 2009 16:33:33 -0400
Subject: Conf in honor of G. W. (Pete) Stewart's 70th B-day, Austin, Jul 2010

Numerical Linear Algebra: Perturbation, Performance, and Portability -- A
conference in honor of G.W. (Pete) Stewart

DATE: July 19-20, 2010

LOCATION: The University of Texas at Austin

The conference will focus on the state of numerical linear algebra by
examining past and present accomplishments as well as opportunities for future
research. The catalyst for the meeting is the recent retirement and upcoming
70th birthday of Prof. G. W. (Pete) Stewart. The format of the conference
consists of roughly 18, 30 min. invited talks interlaced with discussion
periods. There will be an opportunity for graduate and postdoctoral
researchers to present their research in a poster session. The conference
will conclude with a panel discussion on the future of numerical linear algebra.

A program schedule and registration details will be available soon at


From: Roy Mathias <>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:48:42 -0400
Subject: Numerical Lin. Alg. and Optimisation, Birmingham UK, Sep 2010

Second IMA Conference on
University of Birmingham, UK
13th - 15th September 2010

The IMA and the University of Birmingham are pleased to announce the Second

Invited speakers
Larry Biegler (Carnegie Mellon)
Nick Higham (University of Manchester)
Adrian Lewis (Cornell University)
Volker Mehrmann (Technische Universität Berlin)
Mike Saunders (Stanford University)
Valeria Simoncini (Universitŕ di Bologna)
Jared Tanner (University of Edinburgh)
Andy Wathen (University of Oxford)

Organising committee
Roy Mathias, Michal Ko&#269;vara, Iain Duff, Nick Gould, Daniel Loghin,
Alastair Spence, Zden&#283;k Strakoš, Philippe Toint

Participation: Mini-symposium proposals and contributed talks are invited on
all aspects of numerical linear algebra and optimisation. See link above.

Key dates
Mini-symposium proposals: 30 March 2010
Notification of acceptance of mini-symposia: 10 April 2010
Abstract submission: 30 April 2010
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 30 May 2010


Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2009 18:06:43 -0400
Subject: Professor and Head position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites
applications or nominations for the position of Professor and Head,
Department of Mathematical Sciences. An individual is sought who
can provide strong, dynamic and innovative leadership for advancing
excellence in research, teaching, and activities in the mathematical
sciences community. The successful candidate should have an established
national and international reputation in research, and have a distinguished
record of academic and professional leadership. For more information,
please visit

The position is available beginning Fall 2010, with competitive
salary and benefits. Review of applications will begin October 15,
2009. The Search Committee will review applications until the
position is filled. Applications, including a cover letter and
curriculum vitae, should be sent to:

Department Head Search Committee
c/o Michele Kronau
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180-3590


From: Gloria Prothe <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:45:41 -0400
Subject: Assistant Professor in Numerical Analysis and/or Numerical PDEs

Department of Mathematics
University of Kansas

Applications are invited for a tenure-track assistant professor
position in numerical analysis and/or numerical PDEs expected to begin
as early as August 18, 2010. Ph.D. or ABD in math or a related field
is expected by the start date of the appointment; commitment to
excellence in teaching in mathematics; and commitment to excellence in
research. Apply online at, search for position
00003611. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2009 and
will continue until the position is filled. EO/AA Employer.


From: Roger Van Keer <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:37:26 -0400
Subject: PhD and postdoc positions in numerical (micro) magnetism

We would like to inform you that we have open positions for 2 PhD-students and
for 1 postdoc researcher at the Group for Numerical Analysis and Mathematical
Modelling (NaM2) of the Faculty of Engineering at Ghent University in Belgium.

Two positions (1 PhD and 1 postdoc) are opened in the frame of
interdisiciplinary research projects with engineers and mathematicans from
several Belgian and 1 French university in the domain of numerical magnetism,
in particular in inverse problems and optimization in low frequent

One PhD position is opened in the frame of the BOF/GOA-project “Magnetic non
destructive evaluation of ferromagnetic materials supported by numerical
micromagnetic methods” of Ghent University in collaboration with an
engineering team from EELAB of Ghent University.

The netto income for a starting PhD-student 1.732,84 is EUR monthly, the
income gradually increases up to 1.847,42 EUR netto monthly for the 4th year.
For a postdoc researcher with 4 year of scientific ancienity the netto is
about 2000,00 EUR monthly in the 1st year and gradually increases.

A candidate for a PhD-position should have obtained a master degree in applied
mathematics or mathematical engineering, with a working knowledge of numerical
(functional) analysis and scientific computing. A candidate for a
postdoc-position should have obtained a doctoral degree in numerical methods
for (low frequent) electromagnetic problems.

The research positions each for a period of 2 years, which may be renewed, are
open from January 1, 2010 or earlier.

For further information, the candidates should contact Marián Slodi&#269;ka
( or Roger Van Keer (

Candidates are asked to send their application materials (including CV, list
of publications if any, cover letter describing qualifications/experience and
motivation, degree certificates, names and E-mails of one or two scientists
willing to provide a reference) via E-mail to Prof. Roger Van Keer
( with a copy to Prof. Marián Slodi&#269;ka
( .

Sincerely Yours,
Marián Slodi&#269;ka
Roger Van Keer


From: Roger Van Keer <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:32:03 -0400
Subject: PhD-position in convection-diffusion problems at Ghent University

We would like to inform you that we have an open position for a PhD-student at
the Group for Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Modelling (NaM2) of the
Faculty of Engineering at Ghent University in Belgium.

The position is opened in the frame of an interdisiciplinary research
project with engineers, biologists and mathematicians from several Belgian and
European universities and enterprises in the domain of textile engineering.
In particular, models simulating coatings and bio-aggregates embedded in
multilayer textiles need to be constructed and analyzed, in other words
coupled, non-linear (multi-phase) convection-diffusion problems.

The netto income for a starting PhD-student 1.732,84 is EUR monthly, the
income gradually increases per year.

The candidate for a PhD-position should have obtained a master degree in
applied mathematics, mathematical engineering or related disciplines, with a
working knowledge of numerical analysis and scientific computing.

The research position for a period of 2 years, which may be prolongated, is
open from January 1, 2010 or earlier. For further information, the candidates
should contact Benny Malengier ( or Roger Van Keer

Candidates are asked to send their application materials (including CV, list
of publications if any, cover letter describing qualifications/experience and
motivation, degree certificates, names and E-mails of one or two scientists
willing to provide a reference) via E-mail to Prof. Roger Van Keer
( with a copy to Dr. Benny Malengier
( .

Sincerely Yours,
Benny Malengier
Roger Van Keer


From: NMTMA <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:31:38 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: Contents, Numerical Math:Theory, Methods & Apps 2(3):2009

Numerical Mathematics: Theory, Methods and Applications

Volume 2, Number 3, 2009

Corinna Klapproth, Peter Deuflhard and Anton Schiela
A Perturbation Result for Dynamical Contact Problems.
Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 2 (2009), pp. 237-257.

Qirong Fang, Jie Shen and Li-Lian Wang
An Efficient and Accurate Spectral Method for Acoustic Scattering in
Elliptic Domains.
Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 2 (2009), pp. 258-274.

Hassan Fahs
High-Order Leap-Frog Based Discontinuous Galerkin Method for the
Time-Domain Maxwell Equations on Non-Conforming Simplicial Meshes.
Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 2 (2009), pp. 275-300.

Liyong Zhu, Guangwei Yuan and Qiang Du
An Explicit-Implicit Predictor-Corrector Domain Decomposition Method for
Time Dependent Multi-Dimensional Convection Diffusion Equations.
Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 2 (2009), pp. 301-325.

R. Shi, T. Wei and H. H. Qin
A Fourth-Order Modified Method for the Cauchy Problem of the Modified
Helmholtz Equation.
Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 2 (2009), pp. 326-340.

Zhenguo Deng and Heping Ma
Error Estimate of the Fourier Collocation Method for the Benjamin-Ono
Equation. Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 2 (2009), pp. 341-352.


From: Emma Avery <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:25:32 +0100
Subject: Contents, Nonlinearity, volume 22, issue 10, October 2009


Volume 22, Issue 10, October 2009

Individual articles are free for 30 days following their publication on the
web. This issue is available at: URL:

Pages: 2333--2582


Synchronization in discrete-time networks with general pairwise coupling
Frank Bauer, Fatihcan M Atay and J\"urgen Jost

Distortion of interval maps and applications
Hongjian Cai and Simin Li

Entropy and Poincar\'e recurrence from a geometrical viewpoint
Paulo Varandas

Heteroclinic connections between triple collisions and relative periodic
orbits in the isosceles three-body problem
Mitsuru Shibayama and Kazuyuki Yagasaki

The Hausdorff dimension of average conformal repellers under random
Yun Zhao, Yongluo Cao and Jungchao Ban

A standardized approach to the Kolmogorov--Sinai entropy
K Keller and M Sinn

The existence and global exponential stability of a periodic solution of a
class of delay differential equations
X H Tang and Xingfu Zou

Stability and large time behaviour for multicomponent reactive flows
Young-Sam Kwon and Konstantina Trivisa

Universality of global dynamics for the cubic wave equation
Piotr Bizo\'n and An\il Zengino\u{g}lu

Dynamics of the universal area-preserving map associated with period
doubling: hyperbolic sets
Denis Gaidashev and Tomas Johnson

Weak stability of Lagrangian solutions to the semigeostrophic equations
Josiane C O Faria, Milton C Lopes Filho and Helena J Nussenzveig Lopes

Interaction of Turing patterns with an external linear morphogen gradient
Tilmann Glimm, Jianying Zhang and Yun-Qiu Shen

Some geometric constraints and the problem of global regularity for the
Navier--Stokes equations
Luigi C Berselli


From: Zoe Sternberg <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:34:31 -0400
Subject: Contents, International Journal of Computer Mathematics, 87(9)

International Journal of Computer Mathematics, Issue 87(9)

Section B: Computational Methods: Application

On the bounded derivatives of the solutions of the linear Volterra integral
Ö. Faruk Temizer; Ýsmet Özdemir

Solution of impulsive boundary value problems on infinite intervals
Jianhua Shen; Weibing Wang

High-accuracy cubic spline alternating group explicit methods for 1D quasi-
linear parabolic equations
R. K. Mohanty; M. K. Jain

A wavelet Petrov-Galerkin method for solving integro-differential equations
K. Maleknejad; M. Rabbani; N. Aghazadeh; M. Karami

Global exponential stability results for delayed neural networks of neutral
R. Rakkiyappan; P. Balasubramaniam

Exponentially fitted variants of Newton's method with quadratic and cubic
V. Kanwar; S. K. Tomar

Numerical methods for heat equation with variable coefficients
M. M. Butt; M. S. A. Taj

Managing transactions on grid-neighbour replication in distributed systems
A. Noraziah; M. Mat Deris; M. Y. M. Saman; R. Norhayati; M. Rabiei; W. N. W.

Spline functions in chemistry: approximation of surfaces over triangle
M. Láng-Lázi; J. Heszberger; M. Molnár-Jobbágy; G. Viczián

Alternating group explicit iterative method for nonlinear singular Fredholm
Integro-differential boundary value problems
Navnit Jha; R. K. Mohanty; Bimal Kumar Mishra

An efficient method for solving nonlinear singular initial value problems
M. M. Hosseini; M. Jafari


From: Romas Baronas <>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2009 11:47:40 +0300
Subject: Contents, Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control

Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control, ISSN 1392-5113,
Volume 14, Number 3, 2009

A free on-line edition is available at:


Pseudo Almost Periodic Sequence Solutions of Discrete Time Cellular
Neural Networks, pp. 283–301,
S. Abbas.

Effects of Viscous and Joules Dissipation on MHD Flow, Heat and Mass
Transfer past a Stretching Porous Surface Embedded in a Porous Medium,
pp. 303–314,
S.P. Anjali Devi, B. Ganga.

Estimation of a Distribution Function under Sampling on Two Occasions,
pp. 315–331,
V. Chadysas.

Local Hopf Bifurcation and Stability of Limit Cycle in a Delayed
Kaldor-Kalecki Model, pp. 333–343,
A. Kaddar, H. Talibi Alaoui.

MHD Flow past a Semi-Infinite Vertical Plate with Mass Transfer, pp.
G. Palani, U. Srikanth.

Saddlestrapping, pp. 357–388,
Sarjinder Singh.

On the Sojourn Time of the Brownian Process in a Multidimensional
Sphere, pp. 389–396,
S. Steisunas.

Unsteady Oscillatory Flow and Heat Transfer in a Horizontal Composite
Porous Medium Channel, pp. 397–415,
J.C. Umavathi, A.J. Chamkha, A. Mateen, A. Al-Mudhaf.

For a paper submission, please refer to

Dr. Romas Baronas, Journal Secretary,
Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control

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