NA Digest Saturday, January 23, 1999 Volume 99 : Issue 04

Today's Editor:
Cleve Moler
The MathWorks, Inc.

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From: G. W. Stewart <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 13:40:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Notes on Matrix Algorithms II: Eigensystems

Volume I, Basic Decomposition, of my survey Matrix Algorithms has
recently been published by SIAM. I am currently working on Volume II,
entitled Eigensystems and intend to make chapters available over the
net as they are completed. The first chapter is complete and can be
accessed via my home page at

or by anonymous ftp at in pub/survey.

One of the reasons I am posting this material is to get feedback from
readers. Please send comments, suggestions, and errata to

Your help is very much appreciated.

G. W. (Pete) Stewart
Department of Computer Science
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20002


From: Robert Skeel <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 06:46:18 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Textbook, Elementary Numerical Computing

(1) The textbook
Elementary Numerical Computing
with Mathematica
by R D Skeel and J B Keiper
1993 McGraw-Hill
is out of print.
However, a cheaper paperback "customized" version can possibly
be ordered by contacting the McGraw-Hill rep for your school or
Anna Theus
19822 Lake Lynwood Drive
Lynwood, IL 60411

(2) Additional problems and other supplementary material
can be obtained as file by anonymous ftp from

Robert D. Skeel
Department of Computer Science Internet:
University of Illinois Phone: (217) 333-2727
1304 West Springfield Avenue 244-4361
Urbana, Illinois 61801-2987 Fax: 333-3501


From: Christian Wagner <Christian.Wagner@IWR.Uni-Heidelberg.De>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 14:24:52 +0100
Subject: Course Notes on Algebraic Multigrid

The course notes

Introduction to Algebraic Multigrid

of an algebraic multigrid course for graduate and PhD students at the
University of Heidelberg are now available.

The discussed algebraic multigrid approaches are classified into several
groups. One or two representatives of these groups are analyzed in detail,
while the other members of these classes are briefly summarized. Theoretical
and numerical results are presented.

The selection of the algorithms is not assumed to be complete and does not
induce any rating of the performance of algebraic multigrid methods.

The course notes can be downloaded from my homepage at

Please let me know about any problem downloading the course notes.

Christian Wagner


From: Cliu <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 09:21:10 -0600 (CST)
Subject: New Book, Computational Fluid Dynamics Review


edited by M Hafez (University of California, Davis) & K Oshima (University
of Tokyo)

The first volume of CFD Review was published in 1995. The purpose of this
new publication is to present comprehensive surveys and review articles
which provide up-to-date information about recent progress in
computational fluid dynamics, on a regular basis. Because of the
multidisciplinary nature of CFD, it is difficult to cope with all the
important developments in related areas. There are at least ten regular
international conferences dealing with different aspects of CFD.

It is a real challenge to keep up with all these activities and to be
aware of essential and fundamental contributions in these areas. It is
hoped that CFD Review will help in this regard by covering the
state-of-the-art in this field.

The present book contains sixty-two articles written by authors from the
US, Europe, Japan and China, covering the main aspects of CFD. There are
five sections: general topics, numerical methods, flow physics,
interdisciplinary applications, parallel computation and flow
visualization. The section on numerical methods includes grids, schemes
and solvers, while that on flow physics includes incompressible and
compressible flows, hypersonics and gas kinetics as well as transition and
turbulence. This book should be useful to all researchers in this
fast-developing field.

For more details, please contact : Xuejun Liu <>


From: A. S. Apartsyn <apartsyn@ISEM.SEI.IRK.RU>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 09:48:27 +0800
Subject: Integral Models for Non-linear Dynamic Systems Identification

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for partners to work together in the field of the
research the Integral Models for Non-linear Dynamic Systems' Identification.
We do hope to organize a type of Virtual International Research Group.
"Virtual" means that in the beginning stage we can connect through Internet.
As one of the aims of this partnership, in my mind, is to win grants and to
publish papers in prestige international journals. If you interesting in
this activity and (or) if you can to be leader of this group or if you have
rights to participate in nice grant competitions in this field of research
please feel free to e-mail us. We have a lot of experience in the analytical
and numerical investigation, Computer Algebra systems, construction of
approximate solutions of integral and differential equations, dynamic systems,
modeling of the process of heat exchange. Experimenters are welcome especially.

Laboratory of Ill-posed
Problems of Computational Mathematics,
Institute of Energy Systems
Russian Academy of Sciences,
130 Lermontov Str, 664033
phone: (+7 3952) 465 440
e-mails: (Anatoly S. Apartsyn, Ph.D., Head of Lab.) (Denis N. Sidorov, Ph.D. students,


From: Paul Vandooren <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 18:16:35 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Nominations for Householder Award


Nominations are solicited for the Alston S. Householder
Award X (1999). The award will be presented to the author of the
best dissertation in numerical algebra submitted by the recipient
of a Ph.D. earned between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 1998.

The term numerical algebra is intended to describe those parts of
mathematical research that have both algebraic aspects and numerical
content or implications. Thus, for example, the term covers linear
algebra that has numerical applications and the algebraic aspects of
ordinary differential, partial differential, integral, and nonlinear
equations. To qualify, the dissertation must have been submitted to
fulfill requirements for a degree at the level of a United States Ph.D.
Candidates from countries in which a formal dissertation is not
normally written at that level may submit an equivalent piece of work.

The Householder Award, given every three years, was established at the
1969 Gatlinburg Symposium (now renamed the Householder Symposium) to
recognize the outstanding contributions of Alston S. Householder,
1904-1993, to numerical analysis and linear algebra.

Entries will be assessed by an international committee consisting of
James Demmel (University of California, Berkeley), Ludwig Elsner
(University of Bielefeld), Paul Van Dooren (Catholic University of
Louvain), Charles Van Loan (Cornell University), and Olof Widlund
(Courant Institute, New York University).

The candidate's sponsor (the supervisor of the candidate's research)
should submit five copies of the dissertation (or qualifying work),
together with an appraisal to the address below by

FEBRUARY 15, 1999

Professor Paul Van Dooren, Catholic University of Louvain
Centre for Systems Engineering and Applied Mechanics (CESAME)
Batiment Euler (Rm A.119), 4, avenue Georges Lemaitre
B-1348 Louvain la Neuve, Belgium. email:

The award will be presented at the Householder Symposium
XIV, to be held June 14--18, 1999, at Whistler, B.C., Canada.
Candidates on the short list will receive invitations to the meeting.

Previous Householder Award winners were F. Robert (Grenoble) in 1971,
Ole Hald (New York University) in 1974, Daniel D. Warner (University
of California, San Diego) in 1977, E. Marques de Sa (Coimbra) and Paul
Van Dooren (K. U. Leuven) in 1981 (shared), Ralph Byers (Cornell
University) and James M. Demmel (University of California, Berkeley)
in 1984 (shared), Nicholas J. Higham (University of Manchester) in
1987, Alan Edelman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Maria
Beth Ong (University of Washington) in 1990 (shared), Hong-Guo Xu
(Fudan University) and Barry Smith (New York University) in 1993
(shared), and Ming Gu (Yale University) in 1996.


From: Jack Dongarra <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 11:39:46 -0500
Subject: Meeting in Honor of Cleve Moler's Birthday

Meeting in honor of Cleve Moler's 60th Birthday

Cleve Moler will be 60 in August 1999, and we are planning a one-day
meeting on Saturday October 9, 1999 to honor the occasion.

The meeting will take place at MathWorks new headquarters in Natick,
Massachusetts, about 30 minutes from Boston by car. It will consist of
informal talks addressing Cleve's impact on various areas of research,
his unique style of interacting with people, anecdotes, a survey of
areas where he has had an impact, etc.

The event will begin with a reception hosted by the MathWorks on Friday
October 8th and end with a banquet on Saturday evening at the Computer
Museum in Boston from 6:00 - 10:00.

For addition information on the meeting and to register see:

We hope to see you there!

With best wishes,
Jack Dongarra
Gene Golub
Jack Little
Charlie van Loan


From: Iain Duff <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 08:38:12 GMT
Subject: Final Call for Euro-Par 99

Toulouse, France
August 31 - September 3, 1999
Final Call for Papers

The deadline for submitting a paper is approaching. We encourage you
to submit your contribution as soon as possible. Electronic submission
is now available.

Euro-Par is the premier European conference on parallel computing and
normally attracts about 300 participants. It is an annual
international conference, dedicated to the promotion and advancement
of all aspects of parallel computing. The major themes of the
conference can be divided into the broad categories of hardware,
software, algorithms, and applications. The objective of Euro-Par is
to provide a forum to promote the development of parallel computing
both as an industrial tool and as an academic discipline, extending
the frontiers of the state of practice as well as the state of the
art. This is particularly important at a time when parallel computing
is undergoing strong and sustained development and is beginning to
experience real industrial take up. The main audience for Euro-Par
are researchers in university departments, government laboratories,
and industrial organisations.

Euro-Par'99 is organized as a day of tutorials, two half-day plenary
sessions, and a number of parallel sessions on the following topics:

1. Support Tools and Environments 13. Numerical Algorithms for Linear
and Nonlinear Algebra

2. Performance Evaluation and 14. Emerging Topics in Advanced
Prediction Computing in Europe

3. Scheduling and Load Balancing 15. Routing and Communication in
Interconnection Networks

4. Compilers for High Performance 16. Instruction-Level Parallelism
Systems and Uniprocessor Architecture

5. Parallel and Distributed 17. Concurrent and Distributed
Databases Programming with Objects

6. Fault Avoidance and Fault 18. Global Environment Modelling
Removal in Real-Time Systems

7. Theory and Models for Parallel 19. Numerical Reliability and
Computation Parallel Computing

8. High-Performance Computing and 20. Fault Tolerant Computing

9. Parallel Computer Architecture 21. Educational Issues

10. Distributed Systems and 22. High-Performance Data Mining
Algorithms and Knowledge Discovery

11. Parallel Programming: Models, 23. Symbolic Computation
Methods and Languages

12. Architectures and Algorithms for
Vision and other Senses

Invited Speakers:

- Richard Brent Oxford University Computing Lab.
- Philippe Courtier LODYC, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie.
- Jack Dongarra Univ. of Tennessee and Oak Ridge Nat. Lab.
- Cherri Pancake Oregon State Univ.
- Horst Simon NERSC, Lawrence Berkeley Nat. Lab.
- Tom Sterling Jet Propulsion Lab.


- MPI-2 and OpenMP : Programming Standards for Distributed and
Shared Memory Parallel Machines, F. Desprez, ENSL-INRIA,
and L. Giraud, CERFACS
- High Performance Fortran : Present and Future, F. Coelho,
Ecole des Mines de Paris
- Benchmarking High Performance Computers: Fundamentals and Practice,
A. van der Steen, Utrecht Univ.
- Parallel and Distributed Programming in Java, S. Chaumette, LaBRI
- Linear Algebra Algorithms and Software for Large Scientific
Problems, J. Dongarra, Univ. of Tennessee and ORNL, I. Duff,
CERFACS and RAL, D. Sorensen, Rice Univ., and H. van der Vorst,
Utrecht Univ.
- Scientific Computing for Climate and Environment, Computational
Fluid Dynamics and Climate Modelling and Global Change Teams,CERFACS

The key dates are:

- November 15th 1998: First Call for Papers
- January 31st 1999 : Final Date for Submissions
- May 1st 1999 : Acceptances Notified
- June 1st 1999 : Final Copy and Author Registration due
- June 30th 1999 : Early Registration Deadline
- August 1st 1999 : Late Registration Deadline

Official Address and Organization:

For any questions related to Euro-Par'99 please refer to our
web site:
or e-mail to:

Authors are requested to use the electronic form on the web site
to submit their paper to the topic they judge most appropriate.
Electronic submission is now available.

The Euro-Par'99 Local Committee.


From: Zhangxin Chen <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 10:07:32 -0600
Subject: International Workshop on Computational Physics in Beijing

First Announcement and Call for Papers

International Workshop on Computational Physics:
Fluid Flow and Transport in Porous Media

Place: The International Center of Computational Physics,
Beijing, China
Date: August 2-6, 1999

Co-sponsored and supported by
National Natural Science Foundation of China
The Beijing Institute of Applied Physics and
Computational Mathematics
The Chinese State Key Basic Research Project
The U.S. Army Research Office
The Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development
The Office of Naval Research

International Program Committee:
Zhangxin Chen (Chairman), Southern Methodist University, USA
Jim Douglas, Jr., Purdue University, USA
Richard E. Ewing (Co-Chairman), Texas A&M University, USA
Michele L. D. Gaudreault, Office of Aerospace Research & Development, USA
Ian Gladwell, Southern Methodist University, USA
Huan-Guan Ren, China National Petroleum Corp., China
Long-Jun Shen, Beijing Institute of Applied Physics and Computational
Mathematics, China
Zhong-Ci Shi (Co-Chairman), Academy of Sciences, China
Julian J. Wu, U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), USA
Yi-Rang Yuan, Shandong University, China

Invited Speakers (confirmed):
Todd Arbogast, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Zhangxin Chen, Southern Methodist University, USA
Craig Douglas, University of Kentucky, USA
Jim Douglas, Jr., Purdue University, USA
Magne Espedal, University of Bergen, Norway
Richard E. Ewing, Texas A&M University, USA
Jerome Jaffre, INRIA-Rocquencourt, France
Stephen L. Lyon, Mobil, USA
Hou-De Han, Tsinghua University, China
Kai-Tai Li, Xi'an Jaiotong University, China
Guan Qin, Mobil, USA
Thomas Russell, University of Colorado, USA
Robert Sharpley, University of South Carolina, USA
Long-Jun Shen, IAPCM, China
Zhong-Ci Shi, Academy of Sciences, China
Bing Wang, Institute of Atmospherical Physics, China
Hong Wang, University of South Carolina, USA
Mary F. Wheeler, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Yi-Rang Yuan, Shandong University, China
Guan-Quan Zhang, Academy of Sciences, China

Local Organization Committee:
Zhong-Zhi Bai, CAS, Beijing
Long-Jun Shen, IAPCM, Beijing
Xi-Jun Yu, IAPCM, Beijing
Shi-Zhen Zhang, CAS, Beijing

Workshop Themes:
(1) Flow and Transport in Porous Media
(2) Numerical Methods
(3) Parallel Computation
(4) Optimization
(5) Surface Water and Ocean Modeling
(6) Chemically Reactive Phenomena
(7) Environmental Remediation
(8) Atmospheric Modeling
(9) Earthquake Modeling
(10) Multiscale Phenomena
(11) Media Characterization

Call for Papers:
People wishing to present a paper in a field
related to the workshop themes are invited
to submit a one-page abstract by April 30, 1999
to Dr. Xi-Jun YU. Email:,
fax: (86-10) 6205-7289, and mailing address:
Lab of Computational Physics, Institute of Applied
Physics and Computational Mathematics, PO Box 8009-26,
Beijing 100088, P.R. China.


From: David F Griffiths <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 12:22:42 GMT
Subject: Update on Dundee Numerical Analysis Conference

Tuesday 29 June - Friday 2 July, 1999


The special invited lecture in honour of A. R. Mitchell will be
presented by
Professor Franco Brezzi
University of Pavia

The other Principal Speakers will include

Mark Ainsworth, University of Leicester, UK
Francoise Chaitin-Chatelin, CERFACS, France
Tony F. Chan, UCLA, USA
Charles M. Elliott, University of Sussex, UK
Michael C. Ferris, University of Wisconsin, USA
Randall J. LeVeque, University of Washington, USA
Christian Lubich, University of Tubingen, Germany
Michael J. D. Powell, University of Cambridge, UK
Rolf Rannacher, University of Heidelberg, Germany
David M. Sloan, University of Strathclyde
Ian H. Sloan, University of New South Wales, Australia
Paul M. Van Dooren, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
G. Alistair Watson, University of Dundee, UK
Olaf B. Widlund, New York University, USA

The conference will be preceded by a one day meeting on Monday 28 June
at which talks will be given by those shortlisted for the Leslie Fox

Important Dates:
Saturday, May 22, Deadline for receipt of abstracts
Tuesday, June 1, Deadline for receipt of registration

Further information on fees etc. is available at the conference web site:

from where it is possible to register electronically.

Details will be circulated by mail/email to those on the conference
mailing list, including those who participated in the 1997
conference. (There may be some problems with outdated email addresses.)

Conference Secretaries:
David Griffiths
Alistair Watson

Contact (email preferred)

Dr David F. Griffiths
Numerical Analysis Conference
Department of Mathematics
The University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
Scotland, UK

Telephone: +44(1382)344467/344471
FAX : +44(1382)345516


From: Andreas Keese <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 10:37:33 +0100
Subject: Wavelet Workshop in Braunschweig

taught by Gilbert Strang(MIT)
with selected applications presented and practical computer training
directed by other researchers

June 16-18, 1999
at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

TOPICS We will aim for the right balance of theory and applications.
The workshop course gives an overall perspective of the field, following the
program of six successful workshops by Professors Strang and Nguyen in
the US. The program will develop these four key areas in detail:

1. Analysis
2. Design Methods
3. Applications (from Lecturers and Participants)
4. Hands-on Experience with Software

The goal of the Workshop is to be as useful as possible to all
participants. PLEASE bring to the workshop any application areas that
you would like to hear discussed. This is a very active workshop !

TEXTBOOK Participants will receive the textbook

Wellesley-Cambridge Press, ISBN 0-9614088-7-1

This text is already in class use in many Electrical Engineering and
Mathematics departments. It was chosen to accompany MATLAB's Wavelet
Toolbox, which will be the simulation software at the Braunschweig Wavelet

FURTHER INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION It is good to register early since
only a limited number of places is available. Further information on tuition,
social events, accomodation, travel directions and workshop registration is
available online on the web page

or by email to

or by mail/phone/fax to

Technische Universit"at Braunschweig
Zentralstelle f"ur Weiterbildung
Postfach 33 29
D-38023 Braunschweig
phone +49/531/391-4211
fax +49/531/391-4215


From: Mladen Rogina <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 11:11:58 +0100
Subject: Conference on Applied Math and Computation

Conference on Applied Mathematics and Computation
Dubrovnik, 13-18. Sept. 1999.

Dept. of Mathematics, Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia, is organizing
the conference "Applied Mathematics and Computation", to be held in
Dubrovnik, 13-18 September 1999. All relevant information, including
registration forms, hotel accommodation forms, styles etc. can be found
on the above web site.

The aim of the conference:

Exchange of ideas, methods and problems between various disciplines
of applied mathematics. Non mathematicians using mathematics as a tool
are encouraged to take part in the Conference. Topis include, but are not
limited to:

Differential Equations
Mathematics of Finance
Numerical Mathematics
Probability and Statistics
Scientific Computing

Organizing committee:

M. Rogina, chairman; R.Scitovski, Z.Drmac, E.Marusic-Paloka,
I.Slapnicar, S.Vukovic, M. Marusic, S.Singer, N. Limic.

Program committee:

Z. Tutek, chairman; A. Mikelic, K.Veselic, V.Hari, R.Scitovski,
B.Vrdoljak, L.Sopta, H.Sikic, I.Aganovic.


Registration: June 1, 1999.
Abstract submission: June 15, 1999.
Beginning of the conference: September 13, 1999.
Manuscript submission: October 31, 1999.

Selected papers will be published in the Conference proceedings.

For further information please visit the web-page,

or contact

Mladen Rogina
Dept. of Mathematics, University of Zagreb
10000 Zagreb
Bijenicka 30, Croatia


From: Michail Todorov <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 20:06:31
Subject: Summer School in Sozopol, Bulgaria

First Announcement
June 13-19, 1999

Organized by
the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Informatics, Technical
University of Sofia


Prof.B.I.Cheshankov, Bulgaria
Prof.J.M.Balthazar, Brazil
Prof.F.L.Chernousko, Russia
Prof.M.K.Grammatikopoulos, Greece
Prof.D.J.G.James, UK
Prof.V.A.Kondratiev, Russia
Prof.B.Miara, France
Prof.M.Schneider, Germany
Prof.N.Yoshida, Japan


The 25th Jubilee Summer School 'Applications of Mathematics in
Engineering and Economics' enhances the tradition of the scientific
meetings that take place annually at Sozopol. It provides interchange of
information on application of mathematics in different fields of
engineering and mathematics education. The School will cover wide aspects
of applied mathematics concerning the following topics:

Discrete Algebraic Structures
Mathematical Analysis and Applications
Differential Equations and Applications
Operations Research
Probability and Statistics
Mathematical Modelling and Simulation
Numerical Methods
Computer Aided Learning
Applied Mathematics Education
Artificial Intelegence and Expert Systems
Data Base Management Systems
Computer Graphics
Applied Packages and CAD-CAM Systems.

Invited experts will give lectures on mathematics application in
engineering and economics. There will be also contributed talks presented
in separate sessions. The round-table discussion on the problems and
innovations in the university education in Bulgaria will be organized.

For more detailed information please contact the Organizer:

Technical University of Sofia
25th Jubilee Summer School
'Applications of Mathematics in Engineering and Economics'
1000 Sofia, P.O.Box 384, Bulgaria

tel. (+3592) 636 3353, 636 3441
fax (+3592) 987 7870


From: Vadim Olshevsky <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 14:09:03 -0500
Subject: Summer Research Conference on Structured Matrices


Joint AMS/IMS/SIAM Summer Research Conference (SRC'99)

Structured Matrices in Operator Theory, Numerical
Analysis, Control, Signal and Image Processing

Boulder, Colorado, June 27-July 1, 1999

February 1, 1999 - deadline for submission of contributed
abstracts to
March 3, 1999 - deadline to request an invitation from the AMS
Conference Coordinator (see below).

THEMES: Structured matrices are encountered in a surprising
variety of areas: operator theory, interpolation, control,
numerical analysis, coding theory, theoretical computer
science, electrical engineering and many others. In the last
few years we witnessed continuously increasing activity in this
area. Though special sessions and minisymposia on structured
matrices are usually included in the programs of MTNS, ILAS,
SIAM, and SPIE meetings, their narrow frameworks usually allow
us to focus on only one specific area of applications. The
purpose of this conference is to foster integration between the
different areas and to bring together leading researchers working
on all aspects of structured matrices.

The invited and contributed talks will focus on recent advances
in the following areas: fast algorithms for structured matrices,
computer arithmetic, numerical accuracy, displacement structure,
operator theory, interpolation, applications of structured
matrices to system theory, circuits, signal processing, adaptive
filtering, control, image processing, coding theory.

INVITED SPEAKERS include: Dario Bini (Pisa); Biswa Datta (NIU);
Patrick Dewilde (Delft); Israel Gohberg (Tel Aviv); Georg Heinig
(Kuwait); M.A.Kaashoek (Vrije University, Amsterdam); Franklin
Luk (RPI); Vadim Olshevsky (GSU); Haesun Park (University of
Minnesota); Bob Plemmons (Wake Forest); Philip Regalia (Inst. Nat.
des Telecom.); Lothar Reichel (Kent State); Leiba Rodman
(College of William and Mary).

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Richard Brualdi, Gene Golub, Franklin Luk, and
Vadim Olshevsky (Chair).

PARTICIPATING: ALL persons (included those submitted contributed abstracts)
who are interested in participating should request
an invitation by sending the following information to:
Summer Research Conferences Coordinator,
American Mathematical Society,
P.O. Box 6887, Providence, RI 02940,
or by e-mail to no later than March 3, 1999 .



From: Projeto Otimizacao <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 15:33:06 -0200 (EDT)
Subject: Special Issue of Annals of Operations Research

RIO DE JANEIRO, JUNE 21-26, 1999
Special Issue of Annals of Operations Research

An agreement has been reached with the editors of
Annals of Operations Research, concerning the publication
of a special issue of this journal devoted to papers
submitted to our workshop. Papers submitted to the
special issue will be subject to the standard refereeing process,
and the issue will be a regular one (i.e. it will not be
the proceedings of the workshop, but rather it will consist
of those papers submitted to the workshop which the referees
assess as deserving publication).

We request all potential participants to let us know
whether they intend to submit a paper to be considered
for this special issue. This does not represent a full
commitment to submit the paper, or even to attend
the workshop, but it will allow us to estimate an upper bound
on the number of papers to be processed.

We would appreciate if you send a message to
announcing your intention to submit, preferably including a tentative
title of the paper, before January 31, 1999. If you do so,
you will receive in due time specific directions and
deadlines for submission.


For further information about the workshop, please consult
the Optimization homepage at IMPA


From: Panos Pardalos <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 99 20:26:49 EST
Subject: Faculty Positions at the University of Florida


The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering invites
applications for one or more tenure track faculty positions
at the Assistant Professor level starting Fall, 1999.

The Department offers the B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems
Engineering and the Master of Science and Master of Engineering
degrees with various options. The Department has a strong Ph.D.
program with degrees in IE, SE and OR. Research areas of particular
emphasis in the department include global and network optimization,
location theory, manufacturing management, experimental design,
energy management, supply chain management, information technology
and stochastic modeling.

Of particular interest are applicants in areas such as logistics,
information systems, engineering economics, financial engineering,
simulation, ergonomics, reliability and statistical quality methods.

Applicants should have a doctorate in industrial engineering,
operations research, or a closely related field. It is desirable
that at least one degree be in engineering. The individuals selected
for these positions will be expected to teach existing courses, to
develop additional courses in their areas of expertise, to obtain and
direct funded research projects and to supervise graduate students.

Send a detailed resume, with names and addresses (including
telephone numbers and email addresses) of at least three references
to: Panos M. Pardalos, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Department of
Industrial and Systems Engineering, P.O. Box 116595, University of
Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-6595. The application deadline is
March 15, 1999.

The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity


From: Per Lotstedt <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 10:46:16 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Uppsala University

Postdoctoral Research Position

A postdoctoral research position is available at the Department
of Scientific Computing at Uppsala University in Sweden. This
is a one-year position with possible renewal for a second year.

The successful candidate should have a PhD, less
than three years old, a good background in numerical
analysis and scientific computing and is expected
to participate in a team developing accurate and
efficient computational methods for solution of the
Navier-Stokes equations. The equations are discretized with
finite difference or finite volume methods. For time-dependent
flows at high Reynolds numbers it is necessary to develop
schemes of high accuracy in curvilinear meshes using implicit
methods on parallel computers. Turbulent flow is modelled
or completely resolved on the mesh. Both incompressible
and compressible flows are considered.

The department has a number of on-going projects in
related areas such as adaptivity and also other areas of
application e.g. electromagnetics and acoustics. The
department has good computing facilities and access to
IBM SP2 and CRAY T3E computers in Sweden.

More information about the university and the department is
found at and

Uppsala is a city with about 180000 inhabitants and
30000 students located 70 km north of Stockholm.

The position is available immediately. Interested applicants
should send curriculum vitae, names of three references and
a letter of application to:

Professor Per Lotstedt
Department of Scientific Computing
Uppsala University
P. O. Box 120
SE-75104 Uppsala, Sweden

Questions can be directed to Per Lotstedt via e-mail or telephone +46-18-4712972.


From: Randall Bramley <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 18:38:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Graduate Fellowships at Indiana University

The Department of Computer Science at Indiana University in
collaboration with the new School of Informatics is offering
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)
Fellowhips to outstanding applicants for graduate work.

A key focus area of research for potential GAANN fellows is
recommender systems for scientific computing. This work will apply
artificial intelligence and other methods to develop practical systems
that help scientists and engineers find, combine, and use software for
computational simulations. Particular topics in this area include
ontology systems for scientific sofware, tools for locating software
components and connecting them, expert and case-based systems for
guiding parameter selection in scientific software, and automatic
advice systems for resource location and management. Potential
projects will be developed jointly by the student and faculty in
cognitive sciences and computational sciences. The primary focus is
on the cognitive science research involved in such recommender systems
and the development of tools that work in practice.

Under the terms set by the Department of Education, GAANN fellowships
are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. The
fellowships are especially targeted toward women and minorities
although all qualified students are encouraged to apply.

GAANN fellowships include a five year commitment of funding for twelve
months plus tuition and fees, and some supplemental funding for
professional expenses such as society memberships and conference
participation. During this five year period fellows are required to
participate in research that leads to a PhD degree and in some

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship or for more
information, please contact Admissions Chair Prof. Michael Gasser
( by e-mail as soon as possible.

Informational URL's:
IU Department of Computer Science:
Indiana University - Bloomington:


From: Mounir Hahad <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 16:27:01 -0800
Subject: Positions at Silvaco International

Silvaco International is a market leader in TCAD/CAD software.
Rapid expansion has created exciting opportunities with the
High Performance Computing Division:

location: Santa Clara, California.


Design and implement numerical approximation methods for 3D PDEs.
Use finite elements method to solve elliptic and parabolic PDEs.
Particular interest is on Laplace, Poisson and continuity equations.
Implement a nonlinear solver and underlying sparse linear solvers.


* Ph.D in mathematics or physics + 3 years experience.
MSc Maths/Physics + 7 years experience considered.

* Experience with:
- 3D finite elements method
- non linear solvers
- Domain decomposition methods
- Multilevel solution methods
- Iterative linear solvers

* Strong C++ programming background on Unix platforms.

Senior Development Engineer (Numerics Parallelization)
location: Santa Clara, California.


Implement state of the art dynamic mesh partitioning techniques
for a 3D adaptive domain. Parallelize the mesh generation and update.
Parallelize the physical model evaluation from a finite element method.
Parallelize sparse matrix decompositions as well as iterative solution
processes for large linear systems of equations. Design a stand-alone
library for sparse linear system solution on shared memory multiprocessors.


* Ph.D. Maths/Computer Science/Comupational Sciences.
MSc. + 5 years relevent experience considered.

* Experience with:
- Graph partitioning
- sparse linear solvers
- development of parallel applications
- multithreading

* experience with graph generation or MPI is a plus.

* Strong C++ programming background on Unix platforms.

To apply for either of these positions, please submit your resume by mail,
fax, or email (PostScript or plain text) to:

SILVACO International
Attn. HPC Manager
4701 Patrick Henry Drive bldg#2
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Fax: (408) 567-1009


From: John R Whiteman <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:02:19 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Research Positions at Brunel University

Postdoctoral Research Position
Research Studentship
BICOM, Institute of Computational Mathematics, Brunel University

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position
and a CASE research studentship at BICOM to undertake research into the

Computational Modelling of Thermoforming and In-Mould Decoration Processes

In these processes thin polymeric sheets, on which patterns are printed, are
deformed into specific shapes. The research will involve the modelling
and numerical simulation of this (large) deformation of the sheets. Of
particular interest in the modelling, in addition to the prediction of the
thickness distribution of the deformed structures, is the prediction of the
distortion of the patterns.

The project, which is funded by EPSRC, will be undertaken in close
collaboration with the companies Autotype International Ltd and
John McGavigan Ltd.

Applicants for the Postdoctoral position should hold a doctorate, or
expect to obtain one in the near future, and should have a strong background
in the numerical analysis/computational solid mechanics area. Knowledge
of finite element methods would be particularly welcome. Good programming
skills are essential.

For the CASE studentship applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a good
first degree or Masters degree in a subject with a high mathematical content.

Interested persons should contact as soon as possible

Professor J. R. Whiteman or Dr. M. K. Warby,
BICOM, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics,
Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK
TEL: ++44 1895 203270 FAX: ++44 1895 203303
e-mails: or


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