NA Digest, V. 16, # 30

NA Digest Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Volume 16 : Issue 30

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Daniel M. Dunlavy
Sandia National Labs

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From: Angela Kunoth
Date: August 02, 2016
Subject: Call for Nominations, Stephen Smale Prize

The third Stephen Smale Prize will be awarded at the meeting
Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) in Barcelona, between
July 10th - 19th, 2017,

The Society for the Foundations of Computational Mathematics was
created in the summer of 1995, following a month-long meeting in Park
City, Utah, which was principally organized by Steve Smale, ``to
strengthen the unity of mathematics and numerical analysis, and to
narrow the gap between pure and applied mathematics." Smale's vision
has been the Society's inspiration for all these years. The Journal
``Foundations of Computational Mathematics'' was created; several
colloquia and research semesters were organized and an international
conference is held every three years. After fifteen years of
existence, with an established and recognized position in the
scientific community, the Society created the "Stephen Smale Prize"
whose objective is to recognize the work of a young mathematician in
the areas at the heart of the society's interests and to help to
promote his or her integration among the leaders of the scientific
community. The first Stephen Smale Prize was awarded in 2011 to Snorre
H. Christiansen; the recicipients of the second Smale prize in 2014
were Carlos Beltran and Mark Braverman.

More information and prize rules can be found at .

Nominations should be sent to the FoCM secretary Angela Kunoth
( as a single pdf-file until October 09,
2016, 24:00 (GMT).

From: Samuel Relton
Date: August 05, 2016
Subject: Batched BLAS Operations - Feedback Sought

There is a growing requirement within the HPC and machine learning
communities for new BLAS functionality, including "batched BLAS"
(parallel computation of many small BLAS operations), reproducible
BLAS (which return bit-wise identical results independent of the
number of processors or order of summation in general), and reduced
precision BLAS (to take advantage of emerging 16-bit floating point
hardware support). A workshop on these topics was organized by Jack
Dongarra at the University of Tennessee (18th-19th May 2016, with attendees from academia, national
labs, and industry, to discuss requirements and possible interface

We have analyzed many of these ideas and would now like to invite all
members of the community to contribute to the standardization effort
by offering their expertise. The relevant publications can be found
below, and we are open to any comments or suggestions you may have on
the topic. Note that the proposed APIs will be updated as we receive
more feedback from the community over the coming months.

A Proposed API for Batched Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms
Workshop on Batched, Reproducible, and Reduced Precision BLAS
A Comparison of Potential Interfaces for Batched BLAS Computations
ReproBLAS: Reproducible BLAS

From: James Nagy
Date: August 04, 2016
Subject: 2020 Householder Symposium

The Householder Committee seeks a team to organize the 2020
Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra. The deadline for
submitting a proposal is 1 April 2017.

Guidelines for preparing a proposal can be found at:

Additional questions, and completed proposals can be sent to:

Jim Nagy
Chair, Householder Committee

From: Stefan Frei
Date: August 04, 2016
Subject: Simulation and Optimization of Extreme Fluids, Germany, Oct 2016

Simulation and Optimization of Extreme Fluids
Heidelberg University from Oct 10-12, 2016.

Topics of interest include the modeling, simulation and optimization
of any kind of complex flows and fluids under extreme conditions,
e.g. high anisotropies, extreme parameter values, high Reynolds or
Weissenberg number, non-Newtonian and viscoelastic fluids as well as
multi-phase flows, fluid-structure interactions, particle flows and
free surfaces. Preliminary information as well as a link to a previous
event of similar kind in 2014 can be found on

The following invited speakers confirmed their participation: Roland
Becker, Universite de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France; Malte
Braack, University of Kiel, Germany; Erik Burman, University College
London, UK; Miguel Angel Fernandez, INRIA de Paris, France; Giovanni
Galdi, University of Pittsburg, USA; Celine Grandmont, INRIA
Paris-Rocquencourt, France; Gabor Janiga, University of Magdeburg,
Germany; Olivier Pironneau, UPMC Paris, France; Andreas Prohl,
University of Tübingen, Germany; Christian Vergara, Politecnico di
Milano, Italy; Thomas Wick, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France;
Winnifried Wollner, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

In addition, we have a limited time for contributed talks. Please
register via mail to before Sep 1, 2016,
including an abstract if you want to give a presentation.
Participation is free.

From: Martine Anholt
Date: August 02, 2016
Subject: Woudschoten Conference, The Netherlands, Oct 2016

The Conferences of the Dutch-Flemish Numerical Analysis Communities
are held yearly, organized by the Werkgemeenschap Scientific Computing
(WSC). On 5-7 October 2016 the forty-first Woudschoten Conference will
be held at the Woudschoten Conference Centre, Zeist, The Netherlands.

Themes and keynote speakers of the conference are:

Numerical methods for big data analytics
Invited speakers:
Peter Richtárik (University of Edinburgh, UK);
George Karypis (University of Minnesota, USA);

Monte Carlo methods for partial and stochastic differential equations
Invited speakers:
Frances Kuo (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Michael Tretyakov (University of Nottingham, UK)

Mixed finite element methods
Invited speakers:
Douglas N. Arnold (University of Minnesota, USA)
Daniele Boffi (University of Pavia, Italy)

Registration is now open !

For further information please contact the secretariat of the
organizing committee Margreet Nool or Martine Anholt

From: Timo Verwoest
Date: August 05, 2016
Subject: Course: CFD for Maritime Applications, The Netherlands, Nov 2016

MARIN will organise an expert course designed to reflect the latest
experience in the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
for ship design, offshore engineering and renewable energy
applications. To obtain reliable and accurate CFD results for these
applications, application-specific choices and "best practice" will be

It provides a general introduction on theoretical fluid-dynamics and
CFD topics, followed by specific maritime applications of CFD, such as
for ship resistance and performance, cavitation and pressure pulses,
Energy Saving Devices (ESDs), Anti Roll Tanks (ART), manoeuvring,
current and wind loads, VIM & VIV, wave impacts, motions of floating
structures. Attention will be given to boundary conditions,
calculation setup and numerical settings, geometry manipulation,
quality aspects and difficulties in grid generation, calculation
control & post-processing and verification and validation. Emerging
techniques in CFD and coupling of CFD with other tools will be
addressed as well. Each day will be concluded with practical CFD

All topics addressed in this course are relevant for the use of any
state- of-the-art viscous-flow CFD code and insight into the validity
of your CFD results. The team of teachers and instructors consists of
MARIN specialists in the relevant fields.

For all details, download the leaflet:

From: Pamela Bye
Date: August 03, 2016
Subject: The Mathematical Challenges of Big Data, UK, Dec 2016

1-2 December 2016, Mary Ward House, London

Invited Speakers: Niall Adams, Imperial College London; Peter Diggle,
University of Lancaster; Mark Girolami, University of Warwick; Peter
Grindrod, University of Oxford; Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, University
of Cambridge

Papers should describe mathematical challenges specific to the
following topics or their application in large-scale use cases:
Optimal and dynamic sampling; Probably approximately correct
methodologies; Uncertainty modelling & generalisation error bounds;
Network analysis & community finding; Graph & web mining methods;
Trend tracking & novelty detection; Stream data management; Dynamic
segmentation & clustering; Transfer learning; Latent models for
hierarchical data; Deep learning; Context awareness; Multimodal data
linkage; Integration of multi-scale models; Mining of unstructured,
spatio-temporal, streaming and multimedia data; Computational
intelligence in large sensor networks; Predictive analytics and
recommender systems; Real-time forecasting; Access on-demand in
distributed databases; Affordable high performance computing; Privacy
protecting data mining; Data integrity & provenance methods;
Visualization methods; Mathematics underpinning large-scale use cases

Papers will be accepted for the conference based on a 300-500 word
abstract for oral or poster presentation. We welcome abstracts to be
submitted by Friday 30th September 2016 by e-mail to Please state whether your title is intended
for oral or poster presentation.

Further information

From: Adrianne Ali
Date: August 08, 2016
Subject: SIAM Optimization, Canada, May 2017

SIAM Conference on Optimization
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Dates: May 22-25, 2017

The Call for Presentations for this conference is available at:

Twitter hashtag: #SIAMOP17

October 24, 2016: Minisymposium Proposal Submissions
November 21, 2016: Contributed Lecture, Poster and Minisymposium
Presentation Abstracts

November 11, 2016: SIAM Student Travel Award and Post-doc/Early
Career Travel Award Applications

Please visit for
detailed submission information.

For additional information, contact the SIAM Conference Department

From: Andre Massing
Date: August 08, 2016
Subject: Extended Discretization Methods, Sweden, Jun 2017

The ECCOMAS thematic and IACM special interest conference on "eXtended
Discretization MethodS (X-DMS 2017)" will be held on 19-21 June 2017
in Umeå, Sweden, see for more

X-DMS 2017 is the second X-DMS conference continuing the previous and
successful X-FEM conference cycle and aims at covering a wide variety
of methods coming from different areas of computational mechanics and
numerical analysis.

The conference will take place at the lovely site of the Umeå Design
Institute and with the conference
dates being close to midsummer, unique light conditions will provide a
memorable stay in this part of Northern Sweden!

MS PROPOSALS: The call for minisymposium proposals is now open, see for submission

August 1, 2016: Opening of minisymposia proposals
October 1, 2016: Deadline for minisymposia proposals
November 1, 2016: Minisymposia acceptance notification
November 8, 2016: Opening of abstract submissions
December, 31 2016: Deadline for abstract submissions

PLENARY LECTURERS: Stéphane Bordas, University of Luxembourg,
Luxembourg; Luca Formaggia, Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Arnold
Reusken, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Wolfgang Wall, Technische
Universität München, Germany; Gabriel Wittum, Goethe University
Frankfurt, Germany

Please contact the conference organizers at
if you have any questions concerning the conference.

From: James Nagy
Date: August 04, 2016
Subject: Householder Symposium, USA, Jun 2017

The Householder Symposium XX on Numerical Linear Algebra will be held
at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, USA, 18-23 June 2017.

Web page:
Application deadline: 31 October 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2017

Attendance at the meeting is by invitation only. Applications are
welcome from researchers in numerical linear algebra, matrix theory,
and related areas such as optimization, differential equations, signal
processing, and control. Each attendee will be given the opportunity
to present a talk or a poster. Some talks will be plenary lectures,
while others will be shorter presentations arranged in parallel

The Symposium is very informal, with the intermingling of young and
established researchers a priority. Participants are expected to
attend the entire meeting. It is expected that partial support will be
available for some students, early career participants, and
participants from countries with limited resources.

The sixteenth Householder Award for the best PhD thesis in numerical
linear algebra (PhD earned between 1 January 2014, and 31 December
2016) will be presented. Nominations for the Householder Award are due
by 31 January 2017.

The Householder Symposium takes place in cooperation with the Society
for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the SIAM Activity
Group on Linear Algebra.

From: Dmitri Kvasov
Date: August 07, 2016
Subject: Learning and Intelligent Optimization, Russia, Jun 2017

LION11, the 11th Learning and Intelligent Optimization Conference,

LION11 explores the intersections and uncharted territories between
machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical programming
and algorithms for hard optimization problems. In addition to
scientific papers:
- Contests in continuous and discrete optimization.
- Sessions dedicated to commercial software and open source initiatives.
- Parallel computing, supercomputing, and cloud for "big optimization".
- Elevator pitches about new and crazy ideas (also by PhD students).
- Tutorials about methods and software.

Conference proceedings published by Springer-Verlag. Collocated with
Net2017, which takes place in the following dates: June 22-23-24,
2017. Dec 10, 2016 paper submission deadline.


From: Karim Azer
Date: August 01, 2016
Subject: Principal Scientist Position, Mathematical Biology, Sanofi

Posting: Open systems pharmacology / mathematical biology
modeling - Principal scientist position at Sanofi. Please contact or apply online at
8777-EE9BFE683320, if interested in the position

This position is for a modeling scientist in the area of systems
pharmacology. The individual will be based in the Department of
Translational Informatics, in the Translational Medicine and Early
Development organization. The individual will primarily be involved
with modeling activities and as appropriate serve as the project team
representative. Working with internal and external collaborators will
be essential to ensure that modeling meets the strategic needs of the
project team. The primary focus will be on modeling efforts which
quantitatively integrate pathway biology, physiology and clinical
pharmacology, i.e. systems pharmacology.

Responsibilities include: Assess and prioritize the modeling needs and
contribute to the strategic modeling work plan for a project; Develop
computational systems models working with internal and external
collaborators; Communicate with clarity the results of modeling in
presentations to key stakeholders; Contribute to translational plans
and assessments and study conduct

Qualifications: Formal Education And Experience Required: PhD with a
track record of productivity in the areas of systems pharmacology,
computational biology or related field, as manifested in publications
and presentations. A minimum of 3 years of experience in biomedical
research post- education. Extensive knowledge of biological pathways
relevant to disease. Superb skill in communicating both highly
technical material as well as the distilled take-home messages. Strong
commitment to on-the-job- training. Modeling and computational
experience, Excellent scientific computing and programming skills in a
variety of computational tools such as MATLAB, Monolix, NONMEM,
Mathematica, R and excellent working knowledge of Linux and Windows
environments. Extensive knowledge of biological pathways relevant to
disease. Superb skill in communicating both highly technical material
as well as the distilled take-home messages. Strong commitment to
on-the-job-training. Modeling and computational experience

Knowledge And Skills Desirable But Not Essential: Experience in
disease modeling. Expert knowledge in at least one area
(e.g. immunology, cardiovascular) highly desirable. Experience in drug
discovery/development a plus, especially quantitative aspects such as
PK-PD, basic experience in Pharmacometrics or Clinical Pharmacology.

From: Hans De Sterck
Date: August 03, 2016
Subject: Senior Faculty Position, Monash Univ

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne,
invites applications for an Associate Professor or Professor position
in Applied Mathematics. This is a broad search in Applied Mathematics,
and Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing are among the specific
areas of interest.

Monash University is a leading Australian research university, and the
School of Mathematical Sciences is currently going through a phase of
significant growth that is reinforcing its position as a research
leader in Computational and Applied Mathematics. Monash University is
located in Melbourne, which is a major cosmopolitan centre and has
consistently been named among the world's most liveable cities.

For more information on this position and to apply online, please

Application deadline is 30 August 2016.

From: Andy Philpott
Date: August 01, 2016
Subject: Lecturing Position, Auckland

The Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland
( is seeking to make a limited-term two-
year lecturer appointment in operations research/computational
analytics. We are seeking applicants with broad interests in business
analytics and its applications. Applications close 30 September 2016.
More information is available from, or by contacting Professor
Rosalind Archer at

From: Thomas Russold
Date: August 04, 2016
Subject: Postdoc Position, Munich

For its second funding period the IGDK invites applications for one
postdoctoral position in Munich.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in mathematics or related areas
with a strong background in one of the fields of numerics,
optimization, or analysis. Applicants are asked to submit a
curriculum vitae, copies of certificates of academic qualifications, a
copy of a degree thesis, of a peer-reviewed publication, and two
letters of recommendation. Applicants are additionally asked to give
a written explanation for their interest in at least two of the Core
Research Areas of the IGDK within their application letter.

The IGDK Munich-Graz aims to increase the proportion of female staff
and especially encourages women to apply. This policy applies also to
disabled persons.

Applications in English (main language of the IGDK) should be sent by
email to, addressed to the speakers of the IGDK
Munich-Graz, Prof. Dr. Boris Vexler and Prof. Dr. Karl Kunisch.

For further information about the scientific topics covered and the
conditions for applications, please visit our website

From: Gianluigi Rozza
Date: August 04, 2016
Subject: Postdoc Position, NA and Scientific Computing, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

A new postdoctoral research position in Numerical Analysis and
Scientific Computing (with applications) is open at SISSA,
International School for Advanced Studies, Mathematics Area, mathLab
division, Trieste, Italy.

This position is in the framework of the ERC (European Research
Council) Consolidator Grant AROMA-CFD, Advanced Reduced Order Methods
with Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics, PI Prof. Gianluigi
Rozza (Project 681447). Applications info, details and requirements
are available at the link: The
announcement is in Italian and in English. Application deadline is
September 8, 2016 at 1pm (CET).

Fields of the research activity: Mathematical modeling, numerical
analysis and simulation for the complex systems held by parametrized
PDEs, computational fluid dynamics for optimization, control, inverse
problems, uncertainty quantification, data assimilation; scientific
computing programming, high performance computing and/or large scale
computing competences. Additional requirements, competencies and
abilities: Good knowledge of high level programming languages, e.g.,
C/C++/Python; Scientific Computing software libraries, Reduced Order
modeling techniques (reduced basis methods, POD, PGD), efficient
geometrical parametrization techniques, spectral methods, stability
and bifurcations.

For more info and details you can contact
with a message with subject "ERC AROMA-CFD"

From: Jim Stewart
Date: August 05, 2016
Subject: Postdoc Position, Optimization and UQ, Sandia National Laboratories

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct fundamental
algorithm research, object-oriented software development, and
development and application of methodologies in the broad area of
optimization and uncertainty quantification. Areas of interest in
algorithms R&D include, for example, numerical optimization,
large-scale inverse problems, statistical inference, PDE-constrained
and risk-averse optimization, design-of-experiments, multilevel and
multifidelity methods, and random field modeling.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Publish research results in reports and leading technical journals
and present at technical workshops and conferences
- Implement research results, when appropriate, into our Rapid
Optimization Library (ROL), Trilinos, and/or Dakota software
- Work in a team with other staff, engineers, scientists, etc.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who value working
in a dynamic, team environment. Furthermore, we require the following:
- PhD in Engineering, Statistics or related discipline conferred
within the last 5 years
- Demonstrated experience in C++ programming skills with relevant
software development experience
- Strong publication record as evidenced by submissions in
peer-reviewed scholarly articles, issued patents, technical books,
conferences, etc.

For more information, and to apply, go to -> View All Jobs and then
search for posting 654429.

From: Roland Herzog
Date: August 04, 2016
Subject: PhD/Postdoc Position, Nonsmooth Shape Optimization, TU Chemnitz

A three-year research position is available within the group Numerical
Methods for Partial Differential Equations at Technische Universitaet
Chemnitz. The successful candidate will work on a project in Nonsmooth
Shape Optimization. A description is available at The project is part of the DFG priority
program 1962; see

The position is suitable for a PhD student or a postdoc. A strong
background in analysis is required, and knowledge of differential
geometry, shape optimization or image processing is a plus.

The base salary for the position is according to 75% TVL E13, which
amounts to at least 31600 EUR p.a. before taxes. A successful
postdoctoral applicant will be offered an upgrade to a 100% position
from other sources (at least 42200 EUR p.a. before taxes).

Inquiries and applications (including at least a cover letter and a
CV, as a single PDF file) should be directed before August 26, 2016 to
Roland Herzog at

From: Nathalie Revol
Date: August 02, 2016
Subject: CFP, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Computer Arithmetic

IEEE Transactions on Computers Special Section on Computer Arithmetic
Deadline for submissions: October 28, 2016

Authors are invited to submit a manuscript to the special section on
Computer Arithmetic. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
1. Foundations of computer arithmetic: number systems, arithmetic
algorithms and their analysis, elementary function algorithms (even
papers of a theoretical nature must have clearly identified and
realistic potential applications). 2. Efficient, low-power and novel
implementations of computer arithmetic: processors and units,
elementary and special functions, multiple-precision, interval
arithmetic. 3. Floating-point units and algorithms, properties of
floating-point arithmetic. 4. Standards, high-level language and
compiler impact on arithmetic systems. 5. Test, verification, formal
proof, computer aided design (CAD) automation and
fault/error-tolerance for computer arithmetic implementations. 6. New
arithmetic for FPGA's or configurable logic. 7. New arithmetic for
specific application domains such as cryptography, security, neural
networks, deep learning, signal processing, computer graphics,
multimedia, computer vision, distributed and parallel computing
(e.g. HPC), finance. 8. Computer arithmetic for emerging technologies
and non-conventional computer arithmetic.

Submitted papers must include a new significant contribution to
Computer Arithmetic (simple application of classical computer
arithmetic methods to other domains will not be considered). The
submitted papers must include clear evaluation of the proposed
solutions (based on models and/or implementations results) and
comparisons to state-of- the-art solutions. For additional
information please send an email to

Papers under review elsewhere are not acceptable for
submission. Extended versions of published conference papers are
welcome BUT there must be at least 40% of new technical/scientific
material in the submitted manuscript. Guidelines concerning the
submission process, LaTeX and Word templates can be found at Submission deadline is
sharp. While submitting through Scholarone, please select the option
"Special Section on Computer Arithmetic". As per TC policies, only
full length papers (9-14 pages, double column) can be submitted to
special sections.

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