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From: Michel Bercovier <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 03:27:04 +0200
Subject: Jacques-Louis Lions

Jacques-Louis Lions died in the night of May 16th to 17th in Paris
after a long illness.

Born in 1928 he graduated from Ecole normale auperieure, France in 1950
and received his Doctorat d'Etat in 1954 , Laurent Schwartz being his
advisor. He was successively Professor at the Universite de Nancy,
Universite de Paris and Ecole Polytechnique, and then held a chair at
the College de France (Emeritus from 98). Member of 1'Academic des
Sciences as well as its president for two years. While teaching and
carrying on his research he was Inria's president (80-84) then
president of the French space agency (CNES.84-92) .These
last years he was active in Industry, being a board member or scientific

His exceptionaly prolific work covers both analysis and applications in
PDEs.In the early sixties he developped a school of numerical analysis
in PDE , using a systematic and rigorous variationnal approach.He also
was at the origin of the control theory in PDE.He directed dozens of
"Doctorat".and he can be credited for the use of Sobolev spaces in
Engineering. His students would also apply this to the analysis of the
Finite Element Method. His numerous students are now teaching eveywhere
in the world staying close to him and giving rise to a new French
mathematical school headed by him, exerting a lasting and widespread
influence on the international community.

Member of 20 academies in countries such as the former USSR, US, UK, EC,
as well as the Third World and Doctor Honoris Causa of 19 universities
including mine ( The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 97) has also won
many major prizes and awards among them the Von Neumann prize (86), the
Japan Prize for Science(91), the Technion's Harvey prize (91), the
Reid's SIAM prize (98).

He served as the secretary-general of the IMU, and then as its president.

His students mourn the passing of great man , a scientific father and
friend to them. For a short CV see :

Michel Bercovier (Doctorat 1976)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


From: Art Werschulz <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 09:36:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Traub Receives Honorary Doctorate

Joseph Traub, the Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer
Science, Columbia University, received an Honorary Doctorate of
Science from Florida Central University at their commencement on May
4. The previous day he presented a talk to the School of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science titled "Computing: Yesterday, Today,
and Tomorrow".


From: Joseph Traub <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 09:56:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Information-based Complexity Prize


The recipient is Professor G. W. Wasilkowski, University of Kentucky.
The prize consists of $3000 and a plaque.

The Prize Committee consisted of Erich Novak, University of Jena;
Sergei Pereverzev, Ukrainian Academy of Science; Joseph F. Traub,
Columbia University; Henryk Wozniakowski, Columbia University and
University of Warsaw.


From: Rachid Touzani <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 08:59:37 +0200
Subject: Object Finite Element LIbrary

A stabilized version of the OFELI library is now available.

OFELI (Object Finite Element LIbrary) is a library (or a toolkit) of C++
classes to build up finite element codes. The package contains numerous simple
and less simple examples of finite element codes using OFELI. A significant
documentation (html and pdf formats) is provided.

OFELI is free but Copyrighted software. It is distributed under the terms of
the GNU General Public License (GPL).

The home page for the library is
A UNIX or Windows version can be downloaded from there.

To obtain further information contact :


From: Kengo Nakajima <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 09:38:35 +0900
Subject: GeoFEM v.4.0 Now Available

RIST (Research Organization for Information Science & Technology,
Japan) has released the BGeoFEM ver.4.0, a parallel finite element platform.

GeoFEM is delveloped as the part of the Japanese national project,
Parallel Platform for Large Scale Solid Earth Simulation" project funded by
"Special Promoting Funds of Science & Technology" of the Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology, Japan which has been conduced since 1998.

GeoFEM includes parallel finite element codes for linear/nonlinear solid
mechanics and thermal fluid simulations, parallel iterative linear solver
library, partitioning subsystem, parallel visualization subsystem and
utilities for parallel I/O and coupling of multiple codes. GeoFEM is
originally developed for solid earth simulation but applicable for various
types of engineering and science applications. Users also plug-in their own
FEM codes to GeoFEM platform and can develop parallel FEM code easily.

GeoFEM is written in Fortran 90 and MPI (part of visualization/utility
subsystems in C and C++) and can work on various types of platforms from
LINUX clusters to massively parallel computers.

Researchers and engineers interested in GeoFEM can get information at
the following website :

Source files of the entire codes, example input/output files and
documents can be downloaded from this website.

New features in ver.4.0 are as follows :

1. 3D steady/transient thermal conduction subsystem available
2. Robust block ILU(1)/ILU(2) preconditioners available in linear solver subsystem
3. Compressed input/output file can be handled in parallel I/O utility

More detailed update information can be found at


From: Bruce Wade <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 12:25:45 -0500
Subject: Special Issue of Computational Methods in Science and Engineering


Original research papers are sought for a special issue focussing on
industrial applications of scientific computation expected to appear in
April, 2002. Submitted papers must address a problem with an
industrial source.

A common experience proves that computational methods originally
developed in a given basic/applied science can be of considerable
importance to other sciences as well as to engineering or technology.
This beneficial practice of cross fertilization will be continuously
and systematically endorsed by the JCMSE.

Submission deadline: September 1, 2001.
Expected date for notification of acceptance: October 31, 2001.

Areas of the JCMSE include:
1. Numerical Analysis
2. Scientific Computation
3. Computational Mathematics
4. Computational Physics
5. Computational Chemistry
6. Computational Biology
7. Computational Methods in Medicine
8. Computational Mechanics
9. Computational Fluid Dynamics
10. Computational Methods in Engineering
11. Computational Economics

This special issue will concentrate on industrial applications of the
aforementioned areas of research.

Further information on JCMSE is available at Cambridge Science Press:


From: Iain Duff <>
Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 14:05:03 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Sparse Day at CERFACS

Sparse Day at CERFACS

There will be a one-day meeting on sparse matrix matters at CERFACS, Toulouse,
France on June 13th.

Several visitors to CERFACS will be in attendance and the meeting is open to
anyone to attend. The following talks are already scheduled, but I
anticipate a couple more in the final programme which I will circulate when
ready. An up-to-date version of the programme will be available from the
web page

There will be no registration fee for the meeting.

Venez nombreux (as the locals in Toulouse would say)

Talks so far arranged (in alphabetical not necessarily chronological order).

Mathias Bollhoefer An ILU that incorporates the growth of the inverse
triangular factors.

John Gilbert On support-graph preconditioning. Title to be announced.

Yousef Saad Least-squares polynomial filters for ill conditioned
linear systems in image processing.

Masha Sosonkina A preconditioning approach for sparse linear systems
arising in interior-point methods.


From: Thanh-Ha LeThi <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 13:43:42 +0200
Subject: Proceedings of a Workshop in Warnemunde, Germany

Lecture Notes in Comptational Science and Enginnering Vol. 18: U. van
Rienen, M. G=FCnther, D. Hecht (Eds.) "Scientific Computing in Electrical
Engineering - Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop, August 20-23,
2000, Warnem=FCnde, Germany"
2001 DM 149,90/Euro 76,64; Softcover ISBN 3-540-42173-4

This book presents the proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop
"Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering", held in Warnem=FCnde,
Germany, August 20-23, 2000. This workshop followed two earlier workshops
held in 1997 at the Darmstadt University of Technology and in 1998 at
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics under the
auspices of the German Mathematical Society. The main topics of SCEE-2000
were computational electrodynamics, circuit simulation and coupled problems.
The objective of the workshop, which was mainly directed at mathematicians
and electrical engineers, was to bring together scientists from universities
and industry with the goal of intensive discussions about modelling and
numerical simulation of electronic circuits and electromagnetic fields. The
book contains contributions of six invited speakers, 30 contributed speakers
and 17 poster presentations.

For further information, please contact

Dr. Martin Peters
Senior Mathematics Editor Phone: *49-6221-487 185=20
Springer-Verlag FAX: *49-6221-487 355
Tiergartenstrasse 17
D-69121 Heidelberg, Germany


From: Heinz Niehues <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 13:34:51 +0200
Subject: CFX Users Conference in Berchtesgaden

CFX Users Conference vom 28. - 30. Mai 2001
Kur- und Kongresszentrum Berchtesgaden

AEA Technology's CFX Users Conference findet dieses Jahr vom 28. Mai bis zum
30. Mai in Berschtesgaden statt.
In Vortr=E4gen von CFX-Anwendern und AEA-Mitarbeiten wird =FCber CFD-Anwendungen
und die neuesten Entwicklungen aus Industrie und Forschung berichtet.
Anmeldungen k=F6nnen nur noch bis zum 18. Mai 2001 ber=FCcksichtigt werden.
N=E4here Informationen und ein Anmeldeformular erhalten Sie unter:

Falls Sie vorab Informationen =FCber unser Unternehmen und unsere
CFD-Software-Pakete w=FCnschen, erhalten Sie diese unter:

F=FCr Fragen stehen wir Ihnen selbstverst=E4ndlich gerne auch pers=F6nlich zur

Mit freundlichen Gr=FC=DFen

Heinz Niehues


From: Ricardo Nochetto <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 10:16:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Conference in College Park on Free Boundary Problems


International Conference on
Numerical Methods for Free Boundary Problems

September 19-22, 2001
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

This conference continues the series of successful meetings on
the numerical and computational aspects of free boundary problems
started in 1993 by the ESF/FBP scientific programme. The first 8
meetings took place at Jyvaskyla (Finland, 1993), Pont-a-Mousson
(France, 1994), Pavia (Italy) and Freiburg (Germany, 1995),
Lamoura (France, 1996), Ittingen (Switzerland, 1997), Braga
(Portugal, 1998), Freiburg (Germany, 1999) and Berlin (Germany,
2000). This 9th conference of the series will be held in College
Park with the intention of encouraging more participation of US
researchers and stimulating the exchange of ideas between
American and European peers.

The conference will focus on scientific computing, numerical
analysis, modeling and application issues for problems involving
interfaces. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,
thin films, epitaxial growth of crystals, surface tension effects
and surface diffusion, morphological changes of stressed solids,
microstructure evolution, solidification, image processing, free
surface hydrodynamics, novel numerical methods, fast algorithms,
and numerical analysis.

The following is the list of invited speakers who accepted to
participate and deliver a 30 minute talk:

A. Bertozzi Duke University, Durham, NC (USA)
J. Blowey University of Durham (UK)
F. Bornemann Technische Universitaet Munchen (Germany)
P. Colli-Franzone Universita di Pavia (Italy)
K. Deckelnick University of Sussex, Brighton (UK)
G. Dolzmann University of Maryland, College Park, MD (USA)
G. Dziuk Universitaet Freiburg, (Germany)
W. E Princeton University, NJ (USA)
C. Elliott University of Sussex, Brighton (UK)
H. Garcke Universitaet Bonn (Germany)
K. Gaertner Weierstrass Institut, Berlin (Germany)
P. Gremaud North Carolina State University, Raleigh (USA)
G. Gruen Universitaet Bonn (Germany)
T. Hou Caltech, Pasadena, CA (USA)
D. Kinderlehrer Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh,PA (USA)
R. Kohn Courant Institute, New York, NY (USA)
R. Kornhuber Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)
R. LeVeque University of Washington, Seattle, WA (USA)
B. Li University of Maryland, College Park, MD (USA)
J. Lowengrub University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (USA)
M. Luskin University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (USA)
J. McFadden NIST, Gaithersburg, MD (USA)
S. Osher University of California, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
C. Peskin Courant Institute, New York, NY (USA)
A. Quarteroni EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland)
A. Schmidt Universitaet Bremen (Germany)
J. Sethian University of California, Berkeley, CA (USA)
M. Shelley Courant Institute, New York, NY (USA)
K. Siebert Universitaet Freiburg (Germany)
P. Smereka University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)
W. Szymczak Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC (USA)
A. Veeser Universita di Milano (Italy)
C. Verdi Universita di Milano (Italy)
P. Voorhees Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (USA)
N. Walkington Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (USA)
J. Weeks University of Maryland, College Park, MD (USA)

The conference is being sponsored by the

Department of Mathematics
Institute for Physical Science and Technology
Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling
of the University of Maryland, College Park, and also by the
National Science Foundation
Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.

The participation of junior researchers is encouraged and
partially supported. There will be several 15 minute talks and
poster presentations. Use the website

to register and write the title and abstract of your talk or
poster. Please do so as soon as possible but not later than June 29.

A selection process will take place right after the deadline.

The website will be updated as time permits and will contain all
important information about the conference such as schedule of
talks and activities, as well as hotel and travel information.


From: Volker Mehrmann <mehrmann@math.TU-Berlin.DE>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 20:03:14 +0200 (MET DST)
Subject: Workshop in Berlin on Numerical Linear Algebra

Second Announcement:
The first GAMM Workshop on Numerical Linear Algebra
with special emphasis on
Numerical Methods for Structured and Random Matrices

will be organized September 7.-8. 2001 at Technical University of Berlin. See

There will be invited talks by

Wolfgang Hackbusch (Leipzig, Germany)
Thomas Huckle (Munich, Germany)
Zdenek Strakos (Prague, Czech Republic)
Lloyd N. Trefethen (Oxford, UK)

as well as several contributed talks of 25 min.

For those who are interested in participating,
register directly at the web-site

or send email to one of the organizers:

Andreas Frommer (BUGH Wuppertal),
Volker Mehrmann (TU Berlin),
Reinhard Nabben (U. Bielefeld),

If you want to present a talk, please send a title and abstract
until May 31. 2001 to one of these adresses.

Note that this workshop is a satellite meeting to the first
EMS/SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics in our Changing World
from September 2.-6.2001 at FU Berlin (see


From: Norbert Heuer <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 17:47:57 -0400 (CLT)
Subject: Faculty Positions at University of Concepcion, Chile



The Department of Mathematical Engineering at the University of Concepcion
is recruiting for two tenured positions. Appointments at the rank of
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor are possible.
Successful candidates are expected to pursue an active research program,
perform both graduate and undergraduate teaching, and supervise graduate
students. The Department will consider applicants active in one of the

Stochastic Analysis, Partial Differential Equations,
Optimization, Control Theory, or related fields.

The ability of an applicant to complement and extend the existing research
strengths of the department will be an important factor in selection. A
Ph.D. or equivalent in Mathematics or related field is required. The
positions are available as of March 1, 2002 and salary will be commensurate
with experience.

We seek candidates with strong research interests who will appreciate the
unique geography and climate of Chile.

Applicants should submit a vita, two letters of recommendation and selected
reprints before September 30, 2001 to:

Director, Departamento de Ingenieria Matematica, Universidad de Concepcion,
Casilla 160-C, Concepcion, Chile

For further information contact: or visit the
department web site at


From: Hans Munthe-Kaas <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 09:38:08 +0200
Subject: Postdoctoral and PhD Positions at University of Bergen

At the University of Bergen, Norway, there are available
One Post Doc position (1.5 years)
Two PhD scholarships (3 years each).
The post doc position and one of the PhD scholarships are financed through
the research project "Geometric Integration for PDEs", the other PhD
scholarship is related to programming theory and the use of mathematical
abstractions in the construction of software for scientific computing
(object orientation and coordinate free abstractions in numerical software design).

Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) in Oslo will host a special year on
Geometric Integration in the academic year 2002/2003 (autumn + spring).
The Post Doc candidate should participate full time in this program, and the
PhD candidates are expected to participage part time.


More info on the positions: ,
or contact
Hans Munthe-Kaas,


From: Louise Hall <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 15:07:42 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Lectureship Position at University of Cambridge

University Lectureship in Applied Mathematics

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Applied
Mathematics, to take up appointment as soon as possible. The vacancy
arises through the election of Dr P H Haynes to the Professorship of
Applied Mathematics. Candidates are expected to have an outstanding
record of personal research; preference may be given to those whose
research is in Fluid or Solid Mechanics, Nonlinear Dynamics or
Mathematical Biology.

Further information may be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor
T J Pedley FRS, DAMTP, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EW (email, telephone 01223-339842) to whom informal
enquiries may also be made. Applications (12 copies), including a
Curriculum Vitae, publication list, one-page research statement, and full
names, addresses, phone/fax numbers and email addresses of three academic
referees, should be sent to Professor Pedley by 15 June 2001. It is hoped
to hold interviews and make an appointment before the end of July.

The University of Cambridge is an equal opportunities employer.


From: Elias Lipitakis <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 16:24:09 +0300 (EET DST)
Subject: Contents, New Journal HERMIS


We are pleased to announce the publication of the
new Journal HERMIS. Professor Elias A. Lipitakis is the
Editor-in-Chief of the HERMIS, which is focused in
the areas of Computer Mathematics and its Applications.
For further information please contact the

HERMIS Secretariat
Department of Informatics
Athens University of Economics and Business
76 Patission Street
Athens 104 34 Greece
Phone/Fax: +3-01-8203 187

Journal: HERMIS
ISSN: 1108-7609
Volume: 1
Date: December 2000


Very rapid oscillations and control

On the Neumann control of some advection-reaction-diffusion system

Exact boundary conditions on artificial boundaries

Recent developments of evolution Galerkin methods

What is an Answer? An essay on the theory of functions

A survey of Newton-type methods for solving nonlinear boundary value problems

Inverse problems in atmospheric imaging

Identification of point sources by boundary observations:
uniqueness, stability and reconstruction

B.-Y. GUO and L.-P. HE
Legendre spectral method of incompressible fluid flow in stream function form

Mathematics in Industry and Commerce: the changing research environment

Modeling of glass moulding in particular small scale surface changes

Stochastic models for polymer crystallization

Synthetic aperture radar observations of Ocean waves


From: ibJNM <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 11:52:02 +0600
Subject: Contents, Siberian Journal of Numerical Mathematics

CONTENTS, Siberian Journal of Numerical Mathematics
Volume 4, No. 2, 2001

For information to contributors and about subscriptions

Voytishek A.V., Uhinov S.A.
Use of the important sample in Monte Carlo method.
(in Russian), pp.111-122=20

Gheit V.E.
On the polynomials, the least deviating from zero in L[-1,1]
metrics (Second part).
(in Russian), pp.123-136

Drobyshevich V.I., Katkova L.N.
Crank--Nicolson's scheme with different time-step in subdomains
for the solution of parabolic problems.
(in Russian), pp.137-150

Dulov E.V., Andrianova N.A.
On a numerical solution of matrix polynomial equations.
(in Russian), pp.151-162=20

Zolotukhin A.Ya., Namm R.V., Pachina A.V.
An approximate solution of the =EDosolov and the Miasnikov variational=20
problem with the Coulomb boundary friction.
(in Russian), pp.163-177

Savchenko A.O.
The optimal quadratures for numerical solving of integral Volterra
equations and the Cauchy problem.
(in Russian), pp.179-184

Strekalovsky A.S., Kuznetsova A.A., Yakovleva T.V.
On non-convex quadratic optimization.
(in Russian), pp.185-199


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