NA Digest Saturday, March 10, 2001 Volume 01 : Issue 10

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From: Ronald Boisvert <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 14:05:26 -0500
Subject: Edward L. Battiste

Ed Battiste died on February 24, 2001 in North Carolina, USA.
This note is to remind one and all of his long term impact on
numerical software. In the late 1960s Ed completed work on his
PhD in Experimental Statistics from North Carolina State
University. He was Manager of Mathematical and Statistical
Software Development for IBM. From this perspective, Ed could see
the rising importance of numerical software and the need for a more
deliberate development of collections of mathematical software. At
the first Mathematical Software conference (1970) he made a special
presentation about his ideas and was warmly encouraged by the
participants. He was one of the founders of IMSL (International
Mathematical and Statistical Libraries) and its first president.

He led the development of IMSL's first library on schedule and on
budget. Among his many pioneering achievements, Ed was successful
in getting an NSF grant for IMSL to study portability problems
associated mathematical software coded in Fortran. A key result of
the study was the development of software tools to minimize
portability problems. These tools allowed the application software
developer to use code tailored to specific computing platforms and
to generate platform-specific versions of the library from a master
source code file covering several dozen platforms - PC to
supercomputer in size with arithmetic in several variations.

IMSL had the usual growing pains of new companies compounded by the
newness of the independent software development business. Under his
direction IMSL prospered and finally grew to the premier
mathematical software company in the world. After leaving IMSL in
the late 1970s, he founded C.Abacci which had a focus more on
supporting individual users with desktop products instead of
selling to computing centers. That direction seems obvious now but
it was pioneering when he started C.Abacci.

Ed an active member of the IFIP Working Group 2.5 (Numerical Software)
for many years. His friendly manner and shrewd advice will be missed.

Tom Aird and John Rice


From: Matthew Brand <>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 20:05:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Quadratic Matrix Equations


I'm trying to solve a matrix equation X'*A*X+B*X+C=0 with all matrices
square and A,C positive definite. I'm aware of generalized eigenmethods
for matrix quadratic equations and Schur forms for Riccati equations, but
don't see a way to massage this problem into either of those forms. Please
point me to relevant literature.

thanks much,
Matt Brand (<-- please respond to this address)


From: David Gao <>
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 09:46:22 -0500
Subject: Two New Books on Nonconvex Systems

1. Duality Principles in Nonconvex Systems: Theory, Methods and Applications

David Yang Gao
Dept. of Mathematics
Virginia Polytechnic and State University
Blacksburg, USA

Volume 39

Short description:
Motivated by practical problems in engineering and
physics, drawing on a wide range of applied
mathematical disciplines, this book is the first to provide,
within a unified framework, a self-contained
comprehensive mathematical theory of duality for general
non-convex, non-smooth systems, with emphasis on
methods and applications in engineering mechanics.
Topics covered include the classical (minimax)
mono-duality of convex static equilibria, the beautiful
bi-duality in dynamical systems, the interesting tri-duality
in non-convex problems and the complicated
multi-duality in general canonical systems. A potentially
powerful sequential canonical dual transformation
method for solving fully nonlinear problems is developed
heuristically and illustrated by use of many interesting
examples as well as extensive applications in a wide
variety of nonlinear systems, including differential
equations, variational problems and inequalities,
constrained global optimization, multi-well phase
transitions, non-smooth post-bifurcation, large
deformation mechanics, structural limit analysis,
differential geometry and non-convex dynamical systems.

For more details and for table of contents see:

2. Nonsmooth/Nonconvex Mechanics:
Modeling, Analysis and Numerical Methods.

A Volume dedicated to the memory of Professor P.D. Panagiotopoulos

Edited by:

D.Y. Gao, R.W. Ogden, and G.E. Stavroulakis
Kluwer Academic Publishers,
Nonconvex Optimization and Its Applications Vol. 50
Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-6786-3, February 2001, 516 pp.

Short description:

Nonsmooth and nonconvex models arise in several important applications of
mechanics and engineering. The interest in this field is growing from both
mathematicians and engineers. The study of numerous industrial applications,
including contact phenomena in statics and dynamics or delamination effects
in composites, require the consideration of nonsmoothness and nonconvexity.

The mathematical topics discussed in this book include variational and
hemivariational inequalities, duality, complementarity, variational
principles, sensitivity analysis, eigenvalue and resonance problems, and
minimax problems. Applications are considered in the following areas among
others: nonsmooth statics and dynamics, stability of quasi- static evolution
processes, friction problems, adhesive contact and debonding, inverse
problems, pseudoelastic modeling of phase transitions, chaotic behavior in
nonlinear beams, and nonholonomic mechanical systems.

This volume contains 22 chapters written by various leading researchers and
presents a cohesive and authoritative overview of recent results and
applications in the area of nonsmooth and nonconvex mechanics.

For more details and for table of contents see:


From: Guntram Berti <>
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2001 13:41:39 +0100
Subject: GrAL 0.1, Generic Grid Algorithms Library

Dear collegues,
I am pleased to announce

GrAL -- Grid Algorithms Library
version 0.1 (initial public release)
now available at

GrAL is a generic library for grid (mesh) data structures and
algorithms operating on them. Its contribution is twofold:
First, it introduces a framework for decoupling algorithms from
grid data structures, much like the C++ STL does for linear sequences.
Second, it offers implementations of generic grid-related algorithms
and data structures.

GrAL originated from work on solving partial differential equations
(PDEs) with finite elements or finite volume methods, but its scope
is not restricted to this area.
GrAL is similar in spirit to other generic libraries, like the STL
(which gave the initial inspiration) or BGL (Boost Graph Library,
formerly GGCL).

GrAL is organized into of separate modules, currently including
- basic grid algorithms (neighbor search, boundary iteration,
generic data structures such as grid subranges etc.)
- support for distributed grids (geared towards parallel PDE solution)
- a nucleus of grid partitioning support, including interfaces to

GrAL 0.1 is a preliminary version.
It is planned to add a considerable number of modules in the near future.
Contributions are highly welcome.

GrAL is open source. It is written in standard C++, and has been
tested with g++ 2.95 on Sun Solaris and Linux platforms.

For more information:
-> see
-> contact Guntram Berti at

Guntram Berti
Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computing
Technical University of Cottbus, Germany


From: Paulo Vasconcelos <>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 12:16:43 -0000
Subject: Summer School in Portugal on Scientific Computing

Summer School on
Recent Developments in Large Scale Scientific Computing
Porto, Portugal, July 3-6, 2001

The aims of this advanced school are (i) to present the state-of-the-art
methods and tools to solve large scale linear problems, namely large linear
systems and large eigenvalue problems, (ii) to bring together specialist
researchers on computational mathematics and to encourage the interchange of
new ideas, (iii) to create a suitable environment for the participants to
get acquainted and involved in today's computational mathematics research

Parallel architectures, performance measures, parallel programming
paradigms, nonstationary iterative methods for large linear systems, direct
methods for large sparse linear systems and preconditioners, large scale
eigenvalue problems, linear algebra libraries for large scientific
computations, applications of high performance computing in Engineering,
Physics, Operational Research, Economics, ...

Jack Dongarra, Univ. of Tennessee and Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., USA
Iain Duff, Rutherford Appleton Lab., UK and CERFACS, France
Osni Marques, Lawrence Berkeley Nat. Lab., USA
Francisco Moura, Computer Science Dep., Univ. of Minho, Portugal
Orlando Oliveira, Physics Dep., Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal
Rui Ralha, Mathematics Dep., Univ. of Minho, Portugal

Alvaro Azevedo, Civil Dep., Engineering Faculty, Univ. of Porto, Portugal
Joaquim Judice, Mathematics Dep., Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal
Osni Marques, Lawrence Berkeley Nat. Lab., USA
Orlando Oliveira, Physics Dep., Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal
Jose Palma, Mechanics Dep., Engineering Faculty, Univ. of Porto, Portugal

Filomena Dias d'Almeida, Engineering Faculty, Univ. of Porto, Portugal
Paulo Vasconcelos, Economics Faculty, Univ. of Porto, Portugal
Organizing committee
Andre Puga, Engineering Faculty
Maria J. Rodrigues, Science Faculty
Isabel Vieira, Polytechnic Institute

Registration fee: 150 Euros before 15th April 2001, 200 Euros after 15th
April 2001. It includes the school documentation, lunches, coffee breaks
during the school and social program. For the registration form please see
the web page Any questions can
be addressed to


From: Vladimir Garanzha <>
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 20:07:25 +0300
Subject: Minisymposium in St. Petersburg on Grid Generation

Minisymposium: "Grid generation: new trends and applications
in real-world simulations"

is organized in the framework of International conference "Optimization
of finite-element approximations, splines and wavelets" (OFEA-2001),
June 25-29, 2001, St.-Petersburg, Russia. We already have more
than 10 speakers whose contributions are reflected in the
minisymposium topics below:
- local and global optimality criteria in grid generation and
- Delaunay-Voronoi methods
- nondegenerate grids and barrier methods, grid quality measures
with particular emphasis on hexahedral and surface grids
- error analysis, stability, sensitivity and nonuniqueness in
grid generation
- robustness of adaptive moving grid methods for complex applications
- numerical methods for controlling spatial mappings with application to
surface projections, morphing, construction of surfaces from
wireframes and other computational geometry and CAD problems
- automated multiblock decomposition, creation and transformation of
grid connectivity
- quasi-isometric and quasi-orthogonal grid generation, adaptive-harmonic
- technical presentations from industrial researchers

The abstract submission deadline 31 March 2001 is not over yet and
contributions are welcome. Authors are invited to communicate their
participation by e-mail to or
Additional information can be found at the OFEA2001 web site

Minisymposium organizers:
Dr. S.A. Ivanenko,
Computing Center RAS, Vavilov Str.40, Moscow, 117967, Russia
tel. (095)1354498 fax. (095)1356159 e-mail:
Dr. V.A. Garanzha
Computing Center RAS, Vavilov Str.40, Moscow, 117967, Russia
tel. (095)1357378 fax. (095)1371333 e-mail:


From: Victor Ganzha <>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 10:16:11 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Workshop in Konstanz on Computer Algebra in Scientific Computing

The 4th International Workshop on Computer Algebra in Scientific Computing
September 22 - 26, 2001
Konstanz, Germany

First Announcement and Call for Papers
The methods of Scientific Computing play an important role in research
and engineering applications in the fields of the natural and the
engineering sciences. The importance of computer algebra methods and
computer algebra systems for scientific computing has increased considerably
in recent times. During the last decade, a new generation of general-purpose
computer algebra systems such as Mathematica, Maple, MuPAD, Reduce and Axiom
have been developed, which enable the user to solve the following three
important tasks within a uniform framework of the same systems:

symbolic manipulations
numerical computations

The workshop is intended to provide a forum for researchers and engineers
in the fields of mathematics, computer science, numerical analysis, industry,
etc. An important goal of the workshop is to bring together all these
specialists for the purpose of making progress on many current questions
and problems in advanced scientific computing.

Workshop co-chairs
Vladimir Gerdt (Dubna)
Ernst W. Mayr (Munich)
Program committee
Alkiviadis G. Akritas (Volos)
Gerd Baumann (Munich)
Hans-Joachim Bungartz (Augsburg)
Stefan Braun (Munich)
Victor Edneral (Moscow)
Andreas Dolzmann (Passau)
Victor Ganzha (Munich, co-chair)
Jaime Gutierrez (Santander)
Simon Gray (Ashland)
Evgenii Grebenikov (Moscow)
Ilias Kotsireas (London, Ontario)
Robert Kragler (Weingarten)
Richard Liska (Prag)
Michal Mnuk (Munich)
Werner Seiler (Mannheim)
khmadjon Soleev (Samarkand)
Stanly Steinberg (Albuquerque)
Nikolay Vassiliev (St. Petersburg)
Gilles Villard (Grenoble)
Evgenii Vorozhtsov (Novosibirsk, co-chair)
Andreas Weber (Tubingen)
Franz Winkler (Linz)
Christoph Zenger (Munich)

Important dates
April 15, 2001 Submission of the full paper (up to 15 pages),
via email to
June 10, 2001 Notification of acceptance
July 10, 2001 Camera-ready papers must be received
September 1, 2001 Deadline for advance registration at Workshop

Web page


From: Gerd Kunert <>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 13:42:54 +0100
Subject: Symposium in Chemnitz on FEM

Chemnitz FEM Symposium 2001

The Chemnitz FEM Symposium takes place

September 19 - 21, 2001.

The symposium is organized by the DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich 393
"Numerische Simulation auf massiv parallelen Rechnern"
and the Faculty of mathematics, TU Chemnitz.

Scientific Topics: Finite Elements, including (but not limited to)
- fast solvers,
- error estimators,
- high order methods,
- parallel implementations.

This year special emphasis is on
- Modern aspects of mixed formulations
(in particular Stokes problem and Mindlin-Reissner plates),
- Discontinuous Galerkin methods.

Invited Speakers: E. Rank (Munich)
D. Silvester (Manchester)
R. Stenberg (Tampere)

Important date: August 11, 2001: Submission of abstracts

Registration: via WWW

Organizers: A. Meyer, G. Kunert, Th. Apel

The symposium is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


From: Raimondas Ciegis <>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 09:57:33 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Conference in Lithuania on Mathematical Modelling and Analyis


Sixth International Conference
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
May 31 - June 2, 2001, Vilnius, Lithuania

Conference organizers
- World Scientific and Engineering Society
- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
- Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Vilnius
- Vilnius University

Sponsored by Lithuanian State Science and Studies Foundation

The MMA conferences were established in 1996.
The Conference focuses on various aspects of mathematical modelling and
usage of finite difference and finite element methods for numerical
solution of modern problems of science and engineering.
It aims, in particular, at fostering cooperation among practitioners
and theoreticians in this field.
Another very important aim of the MMA meetings is to assist in the creation
and maintenance of contacts between scientists from West and East.

Working language of the Conference is English.

Basic topics
- Analysis of numerical methods for solving problems of
mathematical physics
- Parallel algorithms and parallel computing
- Application of numerical methods to engineering problems
- Analysis of ODE and PDE problems and applications
- Scientific computation
- Insurance mathematics

Program and Organizing Committee
R.Ciegis (Lithuania - General Chairman),
H.Neunzert(Germany - General Vice - chairman),
M.Sapagovas (Lithuania - Vice - chairman of the Program Committee),
A.Buikis (Latvia Vice-chairman of the Program Committee),
V.Abrashin (Belarus), R.Belevicius (Lithuania), S.Dey (USA),
F.Ivanauskas (Lithuania), H.Kalis (Latvia), A.Kjellman(Sweden),
M.Makrynaki (Greece), N.Mastorakis (Greece),
P.Matus(Belarus), J.Miller(Ireland), A.Reinfelds (Latvia),
J.Rokicki (Poland), A.Pedas (Estonia), L.Saulis (Lithuania),
V.Skakauskas (Lithuania), V.Thomee (Sweden), A.Zemitis (Germany),
P.Vabishchevich (Russia), R.Wait (Sweden), J.Wasniewski (Denmark),
R.Wyrzykowski (Poland).

Correspondence address

Mathematical Modelling and Analysis 2001
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,
Akademijos 4, LT-2600,
Vilnius, Lithuania

phone: (+370) 2 76 95 24, 2 72 94 17
fax: (+370) 2 72 92 09

Questions regarding MMA2001 should be addressed to

Looking forward to meet you in Vilnius !

Prof. Raimondas Ciegis


From: Peter Deuflhard <>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 10:18:28 +0100
Subject: SIAM/EMS Conference in Berlin

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the European
Mathematics Society (EMS) are jointly organizing the

First SIAM/EMS Conference

to be held in Berlin, Sept. 2 - 6, 2001, on the attractive Dahlem campus,
where also ZIB is situated.


1. Medicine: Alfio Quarteroni (I)
2. Biotechnology: Michael Waterman (USA)
3. Materials Science: Jon Chapman (UK)
4. Environmental Science: Andrew Majda (USA)
5. Nanoscale Technology: Michael Griebel (D)
6. Communication: Martin Groetschel (D)
7. Traffic: Kai Nagel (CH)
8. Market and Finance: Benoit Mandelbrot (USA)
9. Speech and Image Recognition: Pietro Perona (USA)
10.Engineering Design: Thomas Y. Hou (USA)

For more information please check

The International Program Committee is now encouraging the organization of
MINISYMPOSIA within the frame of the 10 main topics above.


The scheme of the minisymposia follows the tradition of the ones within
SIAM meetings. Typically a minisymposium is organized by two organizers and
consists of four invited talks of half an hour each. The organizers and the
speakers should be spread internationally. Two of the talks may well be
given by the two organizers. I am sorry to say that neither registration
fees will be waived nor will travel or local costs be covered for
organizers or invited speakers of minisymposia. Organizers may, of course,
try to raise funds from any other sources. We might help with material
about the conference, if needed.

CONTRIBUTE" on our website.


The official deadline for submission of minisymposia is

April 15, 2001.

But I urge anyone interested to make up their mind as soon as possible.
Take into account that Berlin is also an attractive tourist city!

Peter Deuflhard
Chair of Program Committee


From: James Gubernatis <>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 17:01:28 -0700 (MST)
Subject: APS Division of Computational Physics Meeting

Dear Colleagues:

The abstract deadline for this year's annual meeting of APS's Division of
Computational Physics (DCOMP) is fast approaching. THE DEADLINE FOR
meeting ID is DCOMP01.

Contributors are strongly encouraged to submit their abstracts
electronically. For information on abstract submission, point your browser

Please note this date and urge your students and colleagues to submit their
abstracts as soon as possible.

Additional information on the DCOMP meeting, including registration and
housing information, can be found at the conference web sites:

You can view select highlights of the meeting by going to
You might want to check the information about the hands-on tutorial on
building a Beowulf cluster.

Register now thru May 31, 2001 and take advantage of reduced fees!

I look forward to seeing you at the annual DCOMP Meeting, June 25-28, 2001,
in Cambridge, MA.

Jim Gubernatis
DCOMP Program Chair
Phone: 505-667-6727,


From: Vadim Olshevsky <>
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2001 14:39:20 -0500
Subject: AMS/IMS/SIAM Conference on Fast Algorithms

2001 AMS-IMS-SIAM Conference on
Fast Algorithms in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

South Hadley, MA, August 5-9, 2001

SCOPE: The goal of the conference is to bring together
active researchers working on the design of efficient algorithms
for solving actual problems in different areas including
numerical analysis, linear algebra, operator theory, interpolation,
orthogonal polynomials, signal and image processing, control,
system theory, filtering and estimation, coding theory,
theoretical computer science.

Gilbert Strang (MIT), Paul Van Dooren (Belgium), Franklin Luk (RPI),
Volker Mehrmann (Berlin), Robert Plemmons (Wake Forest),
Lothar Reichel (Kent), G.W.Stewart (University of Mariland),
Charlie Van Loan (Cornell), Angelika Bunse-Gerstner (Bremen),
Biswa Datta (Northern Illinous University, DeKalb),
Patrick DeWilde (Delft), Clyde Martin (Texas Tech University),
Phillip Regalia (Institut National des Telecommunications, France),
Albrecht Boettcher (TU Chemnitz), Harry Dym (Weizmann Institute of Science),
Miroslav Fiedler (Prague Academy of Sciences), Israel Gohberg (Tel Aviv),
Georg Heinig (Kuwait University), Harald Wimmer (University of Wurzburg),
Dario A.Bini (University of Pisa), Joachim von zur Gathen (University of
Erich Kaltofen (North Carolina State University), Amin Shokrollahi
(Digital Fountain)

G.Heinig (Kuwait), F.Luk (RPI), V.Mehrmann (Berlin),
Bob Plemmons (Wake Forest), and V.Olshevsky (Chair)

A number of minisymposia on topics related to the conference themes are
being arranged by the Conference Organizing Committee. Please visit this
web page again for an update on minisymposia titles and their organizers.

A minisymposium consists of 25-minute presentations,
with an additional five minutes for discussion after each
presentation. Prospective minisymposium organizers are
asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a
description (not exceeding 100 words), a list of speakers.
Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format.

All persons who are interested in participating in the
conferences should request an invitation by sending the
following information by April 3 by e-mail to
with cc to

Please type or print the following:

1.Title and dates of conference.
Fast Algorithms in Mathematics,
Computer Science and Engineering
August 5-9, 2001
2.Full name.
3.Mailing address.
4.Phone numbers (including area code) for
office, home, and fax.
5.E-mail address and web page.
6.Your anticipated arrival/departure dates.
7.Scientific background relevant to the Institute
topics; please indicate if you are a student or
if you received your Ph.D. on or after 7/1/94.
8.The amount of financial assistance requested
(or indicate if no support is required).

Contributions in lecture format are invited in all areas of mathematics,
engineering and computer science consistent with the meeting themes.
Each contributor must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format by sending
an email to by March 31.



From: Tim Phillips <>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 17:23:45 +0000
Subject: Masters Course in Complex Fluids at Aberystwyth

University of Wales Aberystwyth
New M.Sc. Course in Complex Fluids:
Modelling, Simulation and Industrial Applications

The Department of Mathematics at The University of Wales Aberystwyth has
recently secured substantial funding from the EPSRC for a new Masters
Training Package in Complex Fluids: Modelling, Simulation and Industrial
Applications. This is a one- year modular M.Sc. course. The study of complex
fluids involves an interdisciplinary approach, which calls upon engineering,
physical chemistry an d physics as well as mathematics. An understanding of
the properties and behaviour of these fluids is important for many industrial

The course is run by the Applied Mathematics Group at Aberystwyth which is
recognized for having achieved the highest international standards of
excellence in the study of complex fluids. Applied Mathematics at Aberystwyth
has been graded 5 in the last two Research Assessment Exercises, principally
for its work in this field. The Group is unique in the UK in that it offers
a unified approach to the mathematical modelling, computation and analysis of
complex fluids, supported by an experimental laboratory devoted to their
characterization and analysis The Department enjoys close contacts with
Industry including a number of collaborative research projects. The industrial
relevance of the course will be monitored by a steering group of
industrialists. The training aims to equip students with the skills they
require to meet the challenge of modelling and simulating complex fluids in
scientific and industrial flow applications. These skills are essential in
many areas of science and engineering especially with the plethora of new
materials being designed, produced and processed today.

This M.Sc. course is supported by the EPSRC who will fund six full-time
studentships a year. Applicants should have, or expect to gain, a good
honours degree or equivalent in mathematics or any relevant scientific
discipline. There is also provision for applicants wishing to embark on the
course part-time. Studentships will start to be awarded after April 2001.
Early application is strongly advised. For further information please contact
Professor Tim Phillips, Department of Mathematics, University of Wales,
Aberystwyth SY23 3BZ (Tel: +44 1970 622769, FAX: +44 1970 622777,


From: Verdune Biles <>
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 16:17:46 +1100
Subject: Research Position at Australian National University

Salary: Level B - $49,835 - $58,798 pa
Ref: SMS210

Applications are invited for appointment as a Research Fellow (Level B) in
the Centre for Mathematics & its Applications of the School of Mathematical
Sciences. The successful applicant will be involved in data mining
research, software development and case studies under the direction of Dr
Markus Hegland. The person will be expected to work in a team with
mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians and data owners. The
position will be funded by the Australian Partnership for Advanced
Computing (APAC).

APAC has been formed to support Australian research, education and
technology diffusion by sustaining a national high performance computing
facility. The data mining sub-program will develop innovative data mining
techniques and customized scalable software which is applied to a numbers
of areas including health data analysis, astronomy, and protein structure
prediction. Further information on APAC can be obtained from

Enquiries: Dr Markus Hegland, tel (02) 6125 4501, email:

Further information about the position and how to apply is available from
the SMS web page -

Closing date: 26 March 2001


From: Verdune Biles <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 10:26:18 +1100
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Australian National University

Salary: Level A - $39,316 - $47,444 pa*
Level B - $49,835 - $58,798 pa
*(a successful applicant holding a PhD will be appointed at no lower than
$44,336 pa)
Ref: SMS211

Applications are invited for appointment to one research only position in
the Advanced Computation and Modelling program of the Centre for
Mathematics & its Applications (CMA), School of Mathematical Sciences. The
CMA is primarily a research institute in the mathematical sciences; as such
it fills both a national and international role. The current research
interests of the Advanced Computation and Modelling program include
numerical analysis and parallel numerical algorithms, in particular for the
solution of partial differential equations, large-scale data analysis, data
mining, and inverse problems.

Level A applicants should have evidence of strong research interests and
experience in computational mathematics. Level B applicants should have
research training and experience computational mathematics including at
least two years of postdoctoral experience or its equivalent as well as
published research in major international journals or evidence of research
production appropriate for such publication.

Appointment: Appointment at the Postdoctoral Fellow level will be for one
or two years, and appointment at the Research level will be for one, two or
three years in the Institute of Advanced Studies component of the CMA. The
initial level of appointment, depending on the successful candidate's
experience and qualifications will be within the above salary ranges.

Enquiries: Dr Markus Hegland, tel (02) 6125 4501, email:
Comprehensive information regarding the job and how to apply can be found at:

Closing date: 20 April 2001


From: Ian Sloan <>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 14:08:32 +1100 (EST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at University of New South Wales

Research Associate in Computational Mathematics

The School of Mathematics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is
seeking to appoint a Research Associate in Computational Mathematics. UNSW
is one of Australia's leading universities. The School of Mathematics at
UNSW has an outstanding record in attracting external research support,
and operates an extensive international visitor program for research
collaboration. The School of Mathematics has excellent computing facilities.
It encourages Research Associates to do a limited amount of teaching.

FIXED TERM position:
Salary (Australian dollars): $45,268 - $48,591 per year plus up to
17% employer superannuation plus leave loading. Appointment is for
up to three years.

The successful applicant will work on the project "Multivariate
Integration and Approximation", funded by an Australian Research
Council grant awarded to Professor Ian H. Sloan.

Information about the project is available from

Essential criteria:
A PhD or equivalent in a relevant area of mathematics; a good knowledge of
either approximation theory or numerical analysis.

Desirable criteria:
A good knowledge of functional analysis, classical analysis or
information-based complexity and a good knowledge of a modern computer
language such as MatLab, Fortran 90 or C.

This is a fixed term position available for up to three years.

A knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action principles
is essential. The successful candidate will carry out research in
the area of the project as directed.

Applications close 9 April 2001 .


Applicants should submit a written application systematically
addressing the selection criteria, QUOTING REFERENCE NUMBER 719NAnet.
Include business and private telephone numbers; a complete resume,
(copies of academic transcript and qualifications where appropriate);
and the names, addresses (and preferably facsimile numbers) of at
least two referees and send to:

Recruitment Officer, Human Resources,
University of New South Wales, UNSW Sydney 2052
or email: by application closing date.


From: Jan Hesthaven <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2001 15:39:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Brown University

Postdoctoral Position at Brown University.

A position as a postdoctoral research associate in the Division of
Applied Mathematics at Brown University will be open from August 2001.
The position is part of a DARPA funded ongoing effort to continue the
development and verification of high-order methods for the solution of
time-dependent hyperbolic conservation laws on general unstructured
grids. While the emphasis is on applications to the time-domain solution
of Maxwells equations for large three-dimensional problems of realistic
complexity, applications also involve the solution of general systems of
conservation laws from gasdynamics and/or plasmaphysics.

The project offers existing opportunities for research in large scale
parallel scientific computing and visualization, high-order algortihms
and novel time-stepping schemes as well as issues related to adaptivity
and dynamic loadbalancing.

The position is available for two years with the possibility of extention
pending sufficient external funding. The ideal candidate has or will
recieve shortly a PhD in computational science or applied mathematics
with a strong background or experience in the numerical solution of
partial differential equations, high performance and distributed memory
parallel computing, and thorough experience with one or more programming
languages (C, C++, FORTRAN). A background in electromagnetics and/or
gas-dynamics/plasmaphysics is desired but not a requirement.

The applicant will be expected to participate in a significant interaction
with DOD labs and contractors to ensure an efficient transfer of developed
technology as well as travel to national and international meetings and
conferences. The applicant will furthermore have the opportunity to
utilize the substantial local computational and visualization resources
as well as national supercomputer resources as required.

Interested applicants can get further information about the position by

Jan S. Hesthaven
Division of Applied Mathematics
Brown University, Box F
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2671

Electronic applications (please use postscript, PDF, or Word formats)
including curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of research
interest, and names of 3 references with e-mail, should be sent to the
email given above. The search will be ongoing until the position is filled.

US citizenship is an advantage but not a requirement.

Brown University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and
minorities to apply.


From: Wayne Arter <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 16:01:22 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Positions at Culham Electromagnetics and Lightning Ltd.

Positions at Culham Electromagnetics and Lightning Ltd.

The Electromagnetics Division of Culham Electromagnetics and Lightning
Ltd is looking for staff primarily to support its numerical modelling
activities. Successful candidates can expect to work on a wide range
of projects including development of algorithms and software, and
computational studies.

Culham Electromagnetics ( principally supplies
consultancy on electromagnetic design, based largely on in-house codes
for time-domain, MoM, ray-tracing and PIC. Although part of Cobham plc
(, the company is run as a small business and
offers many of the benefits of small units, such as reduced bureaucracy
and an informal working atmosphere. It is located in pleasant
countryside just south of Oxford, UK.

Two technical staff positions are open, for which applicants are
required to have a PhD or equivalent, providing demonstrable research
experience in computational physics and/or numerical analysis, together
with excellent programming skills and the ability to work as part of a
small team. In addition, applicants will be subject to security
vetting procedures which normally require UK nationality.

Application may be made by sending a c.v., including the names of three
referees, to:

Dr J W Eastwood,
Culham Electromagnetics and Lightning Ltd,
F5 Culham Science Centre,
Oxfordshire OX14 3ED, UK

Questions concerning the technical aspects of the work should be
addressed to


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