NA Digest Monday, December 27, 1999 Volume 99 : Issue 51

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From: Willi Schoenauer <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 10:46:48 +0100
Subject: Ruediger Weiss

On December 18, 1999 Ruediger Weiss died by a fatal traffic accident.
He was a leading specialist in the field of generalized conjugate
gradient methods. His book "Parameter-Free Iterative Linear Solvers"
presents a unifying theoretical framework for iterative solvers for
linear systems. A full professorship for the chair of High Performance
Computing Systems combined with the directorate of the computing
center of the University of Rostock in Germany had been offered to him.
He was in the final state of negotiations and intended to accept the
chair in March 2000. The tragic death of Ruediger Weiss is a bitter loss
for the scientific community, for his friends and collegues. Our
compassion is with his wife Christel and his two little daughters.

The private address is:
Dr. Christel Weiss
Gabelsberger Str. 6
76135 Karlsruhe

W. Schoenauer


From: Ed Deprettere <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 20:00:32 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Change of Address for Ed Deprettere

I moved from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands,
to the Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. At Leiden University
I'll be Information Technology Professor at the Leiden Institute
of Advances Computer Science.

Beginning January 1, 2000 my new coordinates are

Ed F. Deprettere
Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Leiden Institute of Advanced
Computer Science(LIACS) , Room 124-126
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden, The Netherlands
P.O. Box 9512
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
(+31 71) 527 5776 Phone
(+31 71) 527 6985 Fax
E-mail address


From: Hans Mittelmann <>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 08:53:16 -0700 (MST)
Subject: New Format of Optimization Software Guide


The guide to mostly non-commercial optimization software which Peter
Spellucci and I maintain at

has been reformatted and extended. Don't hold back with your comments
or suggestions!

Hans D. Mittelmann
Arizona State University


From: George Anastassiou <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 11:10:41 -0600
Subject: New Book, Moduli of Continuity and Global Smoothness Preservation

Moduli of Continuity and Global Smoothness Preservation
G.A.Anastassiou,The University of Memphis,Memphis, TN,
& S.G.Gal,University of Oradea,Oradea,Romania

This monograph in two parts,is an intensive and comprehensive study of
the computational aspects of the moduli of smoothness and the Global
Smoothness Preservation Property (GSPP).It introduces substantial
motivation and examples for key results,and includes a systematic and
extensive study of the computation of moduli of continuity and
GSPP,presented for the first time in the book literature.Furthermore,the
book discusses extensive applications of moduli of smoothness and GSPP
concepts to approximation theory,probability theory,numerical and
functional analysis,and presents GSPP methods to benefit engineers in
computer-aided geometric design.

2000 535pp.Hardcover ISBN 0-8176-4151-3
$89.95 (tent) BIRKHAUSER


From: Brian Hahn <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 10:07:33 SAST-2
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Cape Town


The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics seeks to
appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer with interests and expertise in
Applied Mathematics.

Preference will be given to candidates whose teaching and research
interests lie in one or more of Nonlinear Dynamics and Integrable
Systems, Finite Element Methods, Continuum Mechanics, and
Computational Mechanics, and who are keen to develop links beyond the
Department with researchers in applied disciplines in engineering
and/or physics. Applications would also be welcomed from candidates
whose main interests lie in areas of Mathematics such as Numerical
Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, or Functional Analysis, but
whose activities include the application of these disciplines in
engineering and/or physics.

The remuneration packages, including benefits, are negotiable between:
Senior Lecturer: R160 965 - R201 206 a year. Lecturer: R146 478 - R183
097 a year.

Send your CV (including the names, postal/email addresses,
telephone/fax numbers of three referees) to: The Staff Recruitment
Office (Ref: 361), University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7701, South
Africa. The initial closing date for applications is 29 February 2000,
although applications will be considered until such time as the post
is filled.Tel: +27 21 650-2192/6; fax: +27 21 650-2138; email:; website:


From: Ralph Byers <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 14:21:39 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at the University of Kansas

Department of Mathematics
University of Kansas

Applications are invited for two tenure-track positions at the
assistant professor level beginning August 18, 2000, January 1, 2001,
or as negotiated. (These positions are contingent on final
budgetary approval.) First preference will be given to candidates in
statistics, the second to candidates in computational mathematics,
and otherwise to candidates in pure or applied mathematics whose
specialties mesh well with those already represented in the department.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or its requirements completed by August
15, 2000. Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Applications are also invited for two temporary positions at the assistant
professor level beginning August 18, 2000 or as negotiated. (These
positions are contingent on final budgetary approval.) These positions
are normally renewable for a second and third year. First preference
will be given to candidates in commutative algebra, second in numerical
partial differential equations, and otherwise to candidates whose
research interests mesh well with those of our faculty. Candidates
must have a Ph.D. or its requirements completed by August 18, 2000.

Letter of application, detailed resume with description of research,
completed AMS standardized application form, and three letters of
recommendation should be sent to

Jack Porter, Chair
Department of Mathematics
405 Snow Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-2142

Deadlines: Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2000 and
will continue until the positions are filled.

KU is EO/AA Employer.


From: Bruce Suter <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 14:41:12 -0500
Subject: Visiting Positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory

Postdoctoral and Sabbatical Positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory

Funding has been secured for multiple postdoctoral and sabbatical positions
in computational mathematics with an interest in signal and image processing
applications. For further information including requirements, applications,
and details about the program send an inquiry to Dr. Bruce Suter
( For these positions U.S. citizenship is required.


From: ETH Zurich <>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 16:35:56 +0100
Subject: Student and Postdoctoral Positions at ETH, Zurich

At the Seminar for Applied Mathematics (SAM) of the ETH Zurich, several
positions are available for Ph.D. studies and Postdoctoral researach in
scientific computing and numerical analysis. The positions are full
time, three-year renewable and offer competitive salaries. We require
an above average Degree (Diploma or Ph.D.) in either mathematics,
physics, computer science or an engineering discipline.

The SAM is part of the department of mathematics of ETH Zurich and in
close collaboration with several engineering and industrial partners.

For current activities and more information, please see

Please send applications to

Mrs. M. Pfister
Seminar fuer Angewandte Mathematik
ETH Zuerich, HG G58.1
Raemistrasse 101
CH-8092 Zuerich


From: John Maddocks <>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 14:26:28 +0100
Subject: Student and Postdoctoral Positions at the EPFL, Lausanne

PhD and Postdoctoral Positions at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology--Lausanne

Applications are invited for PhD and/or Postdoctoral positions within
the Chair of Applied Analysis and the Laboratory for Computation and
Visualization in Mathematics and Mechanics ( LCVM^2 ), which form part
of the Department of Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology (or EPFL).

The work of the group is concentrated in two areas. The first is the use
of techniques of continuum mechanics in modelling DNA, and the second is
in the use of visualization in parameter continuation problems,
including distributed parallel computations. The work on DNA is carried
out in close collaboration with various experimental groups. There is
some possibility for the work on parameter continuation and
visualization to be pursued in collaboration with the Swiss Super
Computer Center at Manno.

Further details concerning these positions and the application procedure
can be found at the site


From: Bob Russell <>
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 23:40:19 GMT
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Simon Fraser University

PIMS Postdoctoral Fellowship
Applied and Computational Mathematics Group
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, CANADA

The Applied and Computational Mathematics Group of Simon Fraser University
invites applications for a postdoctoral position in numerical PDEs. We seek
a promising researcher within 3 years of their PhD who has particular
expertise in some subset of spectral methods, integral equation methods,
adaptive grid techniques, level set methods, or finite element/difference

The position will be partially funded through the Pacific Institute of
Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and will be a research position with a maximum
of one course of teaching a year. It is anticipated that the position would
be taken up sometime between April 1, 2000 and January 1, 2001 and would
have approximately a two year duration. For full details on the PIMS
fellowships, see

Simon Fraser University has a young and very dynamic Applied and Computational
Mathematics Group. The position would offer an enjoyable working environment
and unique physical surroundings. See for
further information on our group and our research interests.

There are no citizenship restrictions on this position. Interested applicants
can contact Bob Russell by email ( for further inquiry or can
directly send two letters of reference, a curriculum vitae, and a statement
of research interests to Bob Russell, Department of Mathematics and
Statistics, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6 by January
31, 2000.


From: Francoise Chatelin <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 16:29:20 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at CERFACS

URGENT : Post-doc position at CERFACS / Qualitative Computing Group

A one year post-doc research position is open at CERFACS in the
Qualitative Computing Group lead by Prof. Chaitin-Chatelin, to start
no later than March 1st, 2000.
The main research activities in this Group are:
- study of the stability and the reliability of numerical methods,
specifically in the neighbourhood of singularities,
- design of robust codes for computing some eigenelements of very large
and nonnormal matrices (Arnoldi Tchebycheff method),
- influence of high nonnormality on reliability of numerical methods,
- software tools for assessing the quality (reliability, robustness) of
numerical methods.
This Group is part of the Parallel Algorithms Project lead by Iain Duff.
The successful candidate is expected to have strong interest, background
and experience in scientific computing, numerical analysis and possibly
functional analysis. He/she is expected to interact strongly with the other
members of the Group.

For more scientific information about the Qualitative Computing Group
URL address :
For detailed information about CERFACS
URL address :
For more information about Toulouse, the city where CERFACS is located
URL address :

The CERFACS recruitment procedure is described at the URL address:
Send the application to Mme Campassens at CERFACS. For any scientific
question regarding this position, please send email to
Prof. Chaitin-Chatelin (


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