NA Digest Sunday, December 20, 1992 Volume 92 : Issue 48

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From: Ahmed Sameh <>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 92 10:55:50 CST
Subject: Computational Science and Engineering -- Survey

Survey on the Need for a New Publication About
Computational Science & Engineering

The interdisciplinary field of Computational Science & Engineering (CS&E)
has been around for several decades. However, recognition of CS&E as a
separate discipline is relatively recent. In the future it is expected to
grow rapidly into a significant interdisciplinary activity. This brief survey
is being conducted to assess the need for information on this emerging field.

Your judgements are valuable to us, so please take a few minutes to
complete the following questionnaire. In order to complete this survey please
read the two-paragraph description of the proposed magazine and answer the
questions that follow. You may answer by placing an "x" to the left of the
number associated with your response. For example, if you are not a member of
the IEEE Computer Society then answer question 10 by placing an "x" next to 1
for Not a Member.

Description of Proposed Magazine

The IEEE Computer Society is considering a new magazine about CS&E. The
magazine's purpose will be to publish highly readable articles addressing the
computational issues that confront various disciplines. The magazine will
present an interdisciplinary approach to issues such as the design of
numerical and symbolic algorithms needed in specific applications, the design
and performance evaluation of computer systems, and the design of problem
solving environments and the necessary system software as well as discussing a
host of topics in this emerging field. The primary thrust of the magazine
will be computational science -- not computer science.

The published articles in the magazine will be technically substantive and
refereed. However, the style of presentation will be different from that of a
transactions publication or professional journal. Article styles will be
informal, active, direct, and lively. A major goal is presenting the reader
with a vehicle to understand computational concepts. In order to accomplish
this goal the articles will use examples, diagrams, figures, and photographs
to make for easy reading and comprehension. The assumption is that the
readership is not necessarily fluent on the application field under

Questions About CS&E Magazine

1. How useful would an interdisciplinary, refereed magazine (like the one
described above) be to you personally?

1 Very Useful
2 Somewhat Useful
3 Not Useful
4 Don't Know/Uncertain

2. How difficult is obtaining information on computational issues outside
of your discipline?

1 Very Difficult
2 Somewhat Difficult
3 Not Difficult
4 Don't Know/Uncertain

3. How attractive is this type of CS&E interdisciplinary magazine as a
vehicle for you to publish papers about your field of expertise?

1 Very Attractive
2 Somewhat Attractive
3 Not Attractive

4. What is the most you would be willing to spend for an annual subscription
(4 issues) to a magazine on Computational Science & Engineering?

1 $20
2 $30
3 $50
4 $70
5 Nothing, I'm not interested

5. Which of the following types of articles would you like to see in a
magazine on computational science and engineering? (Indicate all that

1 Role of symbolic computing in large scale computation.
2 Survey of fast multipole methods: A revolution in
computational electromagnetic field theory.
3 Grid generation: State-of-the-art.
4 Algorithms to overcome critical slowing down.
5 Building the infrastructure for communications &
networking & how to use it.
6 Random number generation.
7 Cellular automata & at-scale problems.
8 Ab initio calculations (chemistry vs. physics approaches).
9 Opinion pieces on trends.
10 Protein polymer simulations & their use in other disciplines.
11 Large-scope computation (combine simulation of fluid flow and
12 Survey of computational biology, chemistry, physics, etc.
13 Computer science surveys and tutorials for computational
scientists, e.g., what does RISC architecture mean to me?
14 Does computation complexity theory provide useful information:
Now or ever?
15 Scientific computing in C.
16 University programs in computational science & engineering.
17 Industrial programs & approaches to computational science & engineering.
18 Tool boxes such as debuggers, profilers, performance
evaluation tools.
19 New computer languages.
20 Other (Please specify) ________________

6. What periodicals do you currently read for information on
computational topics? (Indicate all that apply.)

1 SIAM News
2 SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing
3 International Journal of High Speed Computing
4 International Journal on Supercomputing Applications
5 Computational Biology
6 Computational Chemistry
7 Computational Physics Letters
8 Computers in Physics
9 Journal of Supercomputing
10 Scientific American
11 Science
12 Other (Please specify) ________________

Background Information

7. Which one category below best describes your primary field or technical

1 Astronomy/Astrophysics 13 Health Care/ Medicine
2 Atmosphere/Weather/Climatology 14 Imaging
3 Biology 15 Materials
4 Chemistry 16 Mathematics
5 Computer Engineering 17 Oceanics
6 Computer Science 18 Petro Chemical
7 Ecology/Enviro. Sciences 19 Pharmaceuticals and Drugs
8 Economics 20 Physics
9 Electrical Engineering 21 Structures
10 Electronic Devices 22 Surface Science
11 Fluid Dynamics 23 Other
12 Geology/Seismology/Geophysics

8. Please indicate any of the other fields listed in question 7 in which
you have a professional interest._______________

9. Which of the following categories best describes your current or
most recent employer?

1 Private industry
2 Public/Government
3 Educational institution (public or private)
4 Nonprofit institution (non-educational)
5 Other (Please specify)____________________

10. What type of membership do you hold in the Computer Society?

1 Not a member
2 Full member
3 Affiliate member

Thank you very much for your effort and time.

Please return this to:


mail to: John Keaton
Computer Society
1730 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20036-1903


From: Trini Flores <>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 92 12:58:36 EST
Subject: Symposium on Discrete Algorithms

Fourth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
January 25-27, 1993
Omni Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas

Dates to remember:

JANUARY 8, 1993 -- Preregistration deadline
JANUARY 8, 1993 -- Hotel reservation deadline

Preregistration fees are: $250 ACM-SIAM members
$300 Non-members
$ 60 Students
On-Site registration: $300 ACM-SIAM members
$350 Non-members
$110 Students

REGISTER NOW AND SAVE $50. Registration fee includes lunches
and a copy of the Proceedings. You can register by calling
toll free in the U.S.A. 800-447-7426;
via e-mail:; via fax: 215-386-7999.
VISA, MC, and AE credit cards are accepted.

Hotel reservation can be made by calling 512-476-3700.



From: Trini Flores <>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 92 12:46:28 EST
Subject: Conference on Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods

SIAM Conference on Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods
August 4-6, 1993
Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA

JANUARY 22, 1993 -- Deadline for submission of
contributed abstracts

SIAM Conference on Linear Algebra in Signals, Systems and
August 16-19, 1993
University of Washington, Seattle

JANUARY 29, 1993 -- Deadline for submission of
contributed abstracts

Contact SIAM now to receive your abstract form. Submissions
via e-mail are encouraged. Plain TeX, LaTex macros are
available upon request. If you are not using TeX,
submissions can be made as plain text e-mail, but no
embedded symbols from mathematics editor should be used.

Telephone: 215-382-9800
Fax: 215-386-7999



From: Jinchao Xu <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 92 18:07:58 -0500
Subject: Conference on Domain Decomposition



Keller Conference Center
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

October 27--30, 1993

Domain decomposition refers to numerical methods for obtaining solutions
of scientific and engineering problems by combining solutions to
problems posed on physical subdomains, or, more generally, by combining
solutions to appropriately constructed subproblems. It has become a
subject of intense interest recently because of its suitability for
implementation on high performance computer architectures. The aim of
this conference, similar to previous ones in the series, is to bring
together researchers with different backgrounds working in this active
area to discuss recent and prospective advances and to promote
interaction between applied scientists, computer scientists, and
numerical analysts.


Themes of the conference will range from basic theoretical research to
industrial applications related to domain decomposition (DD) method,

numerical analysis of DD methods
multigrid and multilevel methods
block and substructuring methods
DD methods for high order and spectral methods
DD methods for nonlinear and time dependent problems
DD methods in computational fluid dynamics and structural mechanics
graph decomposition
general iterative and preconditioning methods
parallel implementations
software developments


Abstracts April 1, 1993
Lodging Reservations Sept. 27, 1993
Early Registration Sept. 27, 1993


The organizing committee, chaired by J. Xu, consists of members of the
Department of Mathematics and the College of Engineering of Penn State
and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI):
D. Arnold, J. Bona, M. Chen, A. Haghighat, J. Shen, S. Tavener, and J. Xu
from Penn State, and R. Chin and A. Ecer from IUPUI.


J. Bramble (Cornell), T. Chan (U.C.L.A.), R. Chin (IUPUI), P. Deuflhard
(Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum, Berlin), R. Glowinski (Univ. of Houston), G. Golub
(Stanford), Y. Kuznetsov (Russia Academy of Science), J. Periaux
(GAMNI/SMAI, Paris), A. Quarteroni (Politecnico di Milano, Italy),
O. Widlund (Courant Institute), and J. Xu (Penn State).


Most updated information relevant to the conference may be obtained via
anonymous ftp to ( in the directory


To obtain further information, or to contribute a paper or apply for
travel funding, contact

Ms. Rosemary Manning
Conference Secretary for DDM7
Department of Mathematics
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802

Tel: 814-865-7527
Fax: 814-865-3735


From: Taketomo MITSUI <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 92 10:03:54 JST
Subject: Conference in Beijing on Nonlinear Mechanics

Second International Conference
on Nonlinear Mechanics
August 23 - 26, 1993
Beijing, China

Sponsored by
Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Wuhan Association for Science and Technology
Peking University
Shanghai University of Technology

Supported by
K.C. Wong Education Foundation, Hong Kong
National Natural Science Foundation of China
State Education Committee of China
Gesellschat fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM)
Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Mathematics
and Mechanics
and others

1. Foundations of mechanics and nonlinear continuum mechanics
2. Nonlinear elasticity and plasticity
3. Defects and damage
4. Fluid dynamics and nonlinear waves
5. Bifurcation, chaos and nonlinear stability
6. Phase transition and material instability
7. Unilateral statics and dynamics, and free boundary problems
8. Classical mechanics (Celestical and orbital mechanics; Hamiltonian,
Lagrangian and Poisson systems, and their integrability, reduction,
stability and control)
9. Dissipative systems
10. Cellular automata
11. Miscellaneous

For further information regarding the technical program and paper
delivery, and for the registration form, please contact and send to
Ms. He JIN
The Secretariat of ICNM II
The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
15 Zhong Guancun Street
Beijing 100080, China
Tel: +86-1-2559588
Fax: +86-1-2561284



From: Ahmed Sameh <>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 92 17:11:16 CST
Subject: Positions at University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Computational Science and Engineering

The University of Illinois invites applications for one or more full-time
tenure track or tenured faculty positions in anticipation of an interdis-
ciplinary graduate program in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE).
Appointments at all levels, Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, will
be in appropriate academic departments within the University. Individuals
with promise for, or established record of, innovative research and teaching
in various aspects of this emerging field are encouraged to apply. Areas of
particular interest include Software for Parallel and Distributed Systems;
Numerical and Symbolic Computing; Computational Biotechnology, Chemistry,
Electromagnetics, Fluid Dynamics, and Physics, as well as Computational Aspects of Materials Science. A Ph.D. in one of the above areas and a strong interest
in computing as a tool for advancing established disciplines in science and
engineering are required.

Please send a letter of application, your resume, list of publications,
and the names and addresses of at least three references to:

Ahmed Sameh
Chair of the CSE Search Committee
University of Illinois
469 CSRL
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana, IL 61801
ph: (217) 333-6352

Anticipated starting dates are August 21, 1993 and January 6, 1994.
Salary and rank are open and based on qualifications. To ensure full
consideration, applications must be received by April 16, 1993, although
the search will continue until positions have been filled. Interviews may
take place before the closing date, but final decisions will not be made
until after April 16, 1993.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


From: Rolf Jeltsch <>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1992 23:38:56 +0100
Subject: Positions at ETH Zuerich

ETH has one, possibly two, open positions on the assistant
professor level. These positions are highly competitive since
competition is in all fields of mathematics.

There are also several one year, postdoctoral positions.

Here comes the official annoucements:


The Swiss Federal Institut of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) invites appli-
cations for the position of an


Duties of the new professor include research as well as an active partici-
pation in undergraduate and graduate courses for students of mathematics,
natural sciences and engineering.

Candidates should have a university degree and succesfully completed own
research work. Willingness to teach at all university levels and to cooperate
with colleagues is expected.

The positions of assistant professors have been established to promote the
career of younger scientists. They are available for three years in the first
instance, with the possibility of renewal for additional three years.

Applications with curriculum vitae and a list of publications should be
submitted no later than JANUARY 31, 1993, to the President of the ETH Zurich,
Prof. Dr. J. Nuesch, ETH Zentrum, CH-8092 Zurich. The ETHZ specifically
encourages female candidates to apply with a view towards increasing the
proportion of female professors.

Note, that applications have to be sent to:

The President of the ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. J. Nuesch
ETH Zentrum
CH-8092 Zurich.


The department of mathematics of the ETH in Zurich is offering four positions
on the post doctoral level. These positions are for one year. Competition
is in all subjects in mathematics. However strong applications in a field which
is already represented in the department are favoured, since one wants to have
an active interaction with people already at the ETH. Hence it would be
good, besides writing a usual application with a vita and possible list of
publicatins, to contact directly the department member with whom one would like
to interact. Please have also some letters of recommendation mailed to

Prof. Rolf Jeltsch
Head of the Department of Mathematics
ETH Zurich
CH-8092 Zurich
Phone +41-1-256 3452


From: Mike Osborne <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1992 16:54:11 +1100
Subject: Positions at Australian National University


Applications are invited for appointment to one or more positions at the
level of Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow in the Mathematics research
programs of the School. Currently these programs embrace the following
areas: Algebra (Finite group theory, computing in groups, representation
theory, algebraic and Lie groups), Analysis and geometry (Functional
analysis and operator theory, complex analysis, nonlinear partial
differential equations including geometric applications and numerical
methods, and relativity theory).

Appointments will be made for periods of up to three years and may be
extended. The initial level of appointment, depending on the candidate's
experience and qualifications, will lie within the following salary ranges:

Postdoctoral Fellow [Level A] $36,285-$38,950 p.a.
Research Fellow [Level B] $41,000-$48,688 p.a.

Assistance with relocation expenses will also be provided.

Part-time appointment may be available as well as extended visiting
appointment during a period of leave of absence from a home institution.

Applications addressing the selection criteria and including a current
curriculum vitae, list of publications and the names of at least three
academic referees should be submitted in duplicate to the Secretary of the
University with whom applications close on 14 February 1993. Email
addresses and/or fax numbers should be provided for referees so that
appointment procedures can be expedited.

Enquires and requests for further information including selection criteria
can be addressed to Mrs Delia Ritherdon (email Fax
06 2490759)


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