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From: Nick Trefethen <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 19:55:58 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Fox Prize 2001

On June 24 we reported the winners of the 2001 Fox Prize in Numerical
Analysis at Oxford University: First Prize to Anna-Karin Tornberg of KTH
Stockholm/Courant Institute and Second Prizes to Tilo Arens, Begona
Cano, Eric Darve, Jing-Rebecca Li, Dominik Schoetzau, and Divakar

A fuller report of the Fox Prize Meeting is now available online,
including photographs of the winners. See

Nick Trefethen, University of Oxford
Arieh Iserles, University of Cambridge
Alastair Spence, University of Bath


From: Allison Bogardo <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 12:39:06 -0400
Subject: Nominations for the SIAM Polya Prize


The Polya Prize

The award will be presented at the SIAM 50th Anniversary Meeting in
Philadelphia, July 8-12, 2002. The award honors the memory of George
Polya and is given in even-numbered years for notable contributions
in two alternating categories. The 2000 Prize was given in
combinatorics. The 2002 Prize will be given for a notable
contribution in one of the following areas: approximation theory,
complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials,
probability theory, or mathematical discovery and learning.


There are no restrictions except that the prize is broadly intended to
recognize specific recent work.

Description of Award

The award will consist of an engraved medal and a $20,000 cash prize.
Travel expenses to the award ceremony will be provided by the prize


A letter of nomination, including a description of achievement(s)
should be sent by December 1, 2001, to:

Professor Percy Deift
Chair, Selection Committee
George Polya Prize
c/o Allison Bogardo
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
Telephone: 215-382-9800
Fax: 215-386-7999

Selection Committee

Members of the selection committee are Percy Deift, Courant Institute
of Mathematical Sciences, New York University (chair); Ronald Graham,
University of California, San Diego; Andrew Odlyzko, University of
Minnesota; and Martin Gutknecht, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland.


From: Diane Horton <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 09:53:09 -0400
Subject: Nominations for the ACM Karlstrom Award

Nominations are invited for the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator

This award is presented annually to an outstanding educator who is:
appointed to a recognized educational baccalaureate institution; recognized
for advancing new teaching methodologies, or effecting new curriculum
development or expansion in Computer Science and Engineering; or making a
significant contribution to the educational mission of the ACM. Those who
have been teaching for ten years or less will be given special consideration.
A prize of $5,000 is supplied by the Prentice-Hall Publishing Company.

For information on how to submit a nomination, visit:

The deadline is October 31st.

Diane Horton


From: Tim Davis <>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 15:00:09 -0400
Subject: New Book, MATLAB Primer, 6th Edition

I would like to announce the 6th edition of the MATLAB Primer,
by Kermit Sigmon and Tim Davis, published by CRC Press. The book
will be available on Oct 8, 2001. The new edition covers MATLAB 6.1.
Lots of changes have been made since the 5th edition of the book:

* a description of how to use MATLAB's graphic user interface.
* more emphasis on matrix computations, without using for-loops.
For-loops and other control structures now appear after
submatrices, colon notation, and matrix functions. A new
section on the "find" function has been added.
* the examples in the book are all linked together.
* a new chapter on calling a C routine from MATLAB.
* additional material on sparse matrix ordering and visualization.

This low-cost pocket book is ideal for getting up and running with
MATLAB. It's also well-suited as a second textbook in courses that
make use of MATLAB.

See to
order the book, and
for additional information.

Tim Davis
CISE Department
Univ. of Florida


From: Charles Peskin <>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:04:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New Book on Modeling in the Life Sciences

Frank Hoppensteadt and Charles Peskin are pleased to announce the
Second Edition of their book, which is now entitled,


Second Edition

by Frank C. Hoppensteadt and Charles S. Peskin

Springer-Verlag, New York, 2002

ISBN 0-387-95072-9

SCIENCES is on simple examples in which elementary mathematical models
can be used to gain profound biological insight. It is written
primarily for students who have had one semester of calculus, but
parts can be read with even less mathematical background, and other
parts touch on more advanced methods. We hope that the book will be
useful (and enjoyable!) for students of mathematics, computer science,
engineering, biology, and medicine.


1. The Heart and Circulation
2. Gas Exchange in the Lungs
3. Control of Cell Volume and Electrical Properties of Cell Membranes
4. The Renal Countercurrent Mechanism
5. Muscle Mechanics
6. Neural Systems
7. Population Dynamics
8. Genetics
9. A Theory of Epidemics
10. Patterns of Population Growth and Dispersal

NEW features of the Second Edition

Computer simulations are emphasized, with Matlab programs embedded in the
text, and new sections containing numerous suggested computing projects.


Computer simulation of pulsatile blood flow, building up to and
including a whole-circulation model (Chapter 1).

Computer simulation of oxygen transport by the lungs, taking into
account effects of ventilation/perfusion mismatch, altitude, anemia,
etc. (Chapter 2).

Detailed discussion of the Hodgkin-Huxley equations and computer
simulation of the nerve action potential (Chapter 3).

Modeling and simulation of a population of interacting nephrons with a
spectrum of loop lengths (Chapter 4).

Monte-Carlo simulation of crossbridge attachment and detachment in
muscle (Chapter 5).

Modeling and simulation of neural activity using frequency domain
methods (chapter 6). Combination of Chapters 3 and 6 provide an
introduction to mathematical neuroscience and neuroengineering.

An extended discussion of chaos and randomness in models from
population biology (Chapter 7 and 10).

New material on activation and regulation of genes in the context of
biotechnology (Chapter 8). Increased emphasis on microbial ecology and
mathematical methods of biotechnology (Chapters 7, 8, 10).


From: Arnold Neumaier <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 13:02:57 +0200
Subject: New Book on Numerical Analysis

New book on Numerical Analysis

My new book

Arnold Neumaier,
Introduction to Numerical Analysis,
viii+356 pp.,
Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge 2001.

contains the traditional
numerical analysis material (up to elementary differential equations)
blended with some interval analysis.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The numerical evaluation of expressions
Chapter 2. Linear systems of equations
Chapter 3. Interpolation and numerical differentiation
Chapter 4. Numerical integration
Chapter 5. Univariate nonlinear equations
Chapter 6. Systems of nonlinear equations

Since the introduction of the computer, numerical analysis has
developed into an increasingly important connecting link between pure
mathematics and its application in science and technology.
Its independence as a mathematical discipline depends, above all,
on two things: the justification and development of constructive
methods that provide sufficiently accurate approximations to the
solution of problems, and the analysis of the influence that
errors in data, finite-precision calculations, and approximation
formulas have on results, problem formulation and the choice of method.
This book provides an introduction to these themes.

A novel feature of this book is the consequent development of interval
analysis as a tool for rigorous computation and computer-assisted
proofs. Apart from this, most of the material treated can be found
in typical textbooks on numerical analysis; but even then, proofs may
be shorter than and the perspective may be different from those
elsewhere. Some of the material on nonlinear equations presented here
previously appeared only in specialized books or in journal articles.

Readers are supposed to have a background knowledge of matrix algebra
and calculus of several real variables, and to know just enough about
topological concepts to understand that sequences in a compact subset
in R^n have a convergent subsequence. In a few places, elements of
complex analysis are used.

The book is based on course lectures in numerical analysis which the
author gave repeatedly at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the
University of Vienna (Austria). Lots of simple and difficult,
theoretical and computational exercises help to get practice and to
deepen the understanding of the techniques presented. The material is
a little more than can be covered in a European winter term, but it
should be easy to make suitable selections.

The presentation is in a rigorous mathematical style. However, the
theoretical results are usually motivated and discussed in a more
leisurely manner, so that many proofs can be omitted without impairing
the understanding of the algorithms. Notation is almost standard,
with a bias towards MATLAB.

The first chapter introduces elementary features of numerical
computation: floating point numbers, rounding errors, stability and
condition, elements of programming (in MATLAB), automatic
differentiation, and interval arithmetic. Chapter 2 is a thorough
treatment of Gaussian elimination, including its variants such as
the Cholesky factorization. Chapters 3 to 5 provide the tools for
studying univariate functions - interpolation (with polynomials,
cubic splines and radial basis functions), integration (Gaussian
formulas, Romberg and adaptive integration, and an introduction
to multistep formulas for ordinary differential equations), and
zero-finding (traditional and less traditional methods ensuring global
and fast local convergence, complex zeros, spectral bisection for
definite eigenvalue problems). The final Chapter 6 discusses Newton's
method and its many variants for systems of nonlinear equations,
concentrating on methods for which global convergence can be proved.

In a second course, I usually cover numerical data analysis
(least squares and orthogonal factorization, the singular value
decomposition and regularization, the fast Fourier transform),
unconstrained optimization, the eigenvalue problem, and differential
equations. This book therefore contains no (or only a rudimentary)
treatment of these topics; it is planned to have them covered in a
companion volume.


From: Vladik Kreinovich <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 19:03:43 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Deadline Extended for Workshop on Validated Computing

Validated Computing 2002 - SIAM Workshop
Toronto, Canada, May 23-25, 2002
* (including a special session honoring Ray Moore)
* Immediately following the Seventh SIAM Conference on
Optimization (May 20-23, 2002)
* To be followed by a Fields Institute working group on

We invite submission of papers dealing with validated computing.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, interval
arithmetic and analysis, use of mathematical theory to assure
reliable scientific computation, and fuzzy logic. For details, see

We have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to be
considered for highlighted talks from October 5 to November 1.
This makes the deadline consistent with the deadline for contributions
to the SIAM Conference on Optimization, immediately preceeding
Validated Computing 2002.

There seems to have been some confusion about highlighted talks.
These are 40-minute talks, rather than the usual 30 minutes; they
are a way for the organizers to honor abstracts judged to be
particularly worthy.

Also note that, in spite of the fact that Validated Computing 2002
follows the SIAM Conference on Optimization, topics are not limited
to optimization.

In any case, we hope to have as many contributions as possible
early, and we encourage everyone to submit a contribution by
October 30, if possible.


From: Jose Castillo <>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 13:11:35 -0700
Subject: Panamerican Advanced Studies Institute

The first Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) in Computational
Science and engineering will take place in Cordoba, Argentina June 24 -
July 5 2002. Sponsored by DOE and NSF, this institute will be held in
conjunction with the Fourth Pan-American Workshop in Applied and
Computational Mathematics (Panam IV).

please see

for details and registration.

Best Regards,
Jose E. Castillo


From: ICCS Conference Secretary <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 14:46:24 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Conference in Amsterdam on Computational Science

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21st - 24th of April 2002

After the successful ICCS 2001 conference in San Francisco we are now
organizing ICCS 2002, in association with the Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the HPCN-Europe foundation.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Prof. Tony Hey
Prof. Geoffrey Fox
Prof. Bob Hertzberger
Prof. Henk van der Vorst

Details of the conference and the submission procedures can be found at
the conference web sites.

With mirror sites:

Important Dates
November 1, 2001: Deadline for paper submission (full papers) and event
December 21, 2001: Notification of acceptance.
January 15, 2002: Camera Ready Papers and Pre-registration.
April 21 - 24, 2002: ICCS 2002 Conference in Amsterdam

On Behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Peter Sloot
Jack Dongarra
Kenneth Tan


From: Georgios Stavroulakis <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 13:03:25 +0300
Subject: Conference in Thessaloniki Honoring P. D. Panagiotopoulos

International Conference on Nonsmooth/Nonconvex Mechanics
With applications in Engineering
In Memoriam of Professor P.D. Panagiotopoulos
Thessaloniki, 5 - 6 July, 2002

Conference Secretatiat: c/o Professor C.C. Baniotopoulos
Institute of Steel Structures=20
Department of Civil Engineering
Aristotle University
GR-54006 Thessaloniki, Greece
Phone: ++30 310 995753
Fax: ++30 310 995642


From: Svetozar Margenov <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 12:37:12 +0300 (EET DST)
Subject: Conference in Bulgaria on Numerical Methods and Applications


5th International Conference on Numerical Methods and Applications:
NMA'02 August 20 - 24, 2002, Sofia, BULGARIA

Central Laboratory for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
in cooperation with Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy
of Sciences and Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Sofia, is
organizing the 5th NMA Conference.

The conference is devoted to the 70th anniversary of the distinguished
Bulgarian mathematician Academician Blagovest Sendov.

Local Organizers:
Emanouil Atanassov, Ivan Dimov, Ivan Lirkov and Svetozar Margenov

Specific topics of interest (but not limited to) are the following:

1) Finite difference, finite element and finite volume methods; 2) Boundary
element methods; 3) Monte Carlo methods; 4) Multigrid and domain decomposition;
5) Numerical linear algebra; 6) Parallel algorithms; 7) Numerical methods for
non-linear problems; 8) Computational mechanics; 9) Large-scale modeling;
10) Engineering applications;

List of key and invited lecturers:

O. Axelsson (Catholic University of Nijmegen, NL), R. Beauwens (Free University
of Brussels, BE), B. Boyanov (Sofia University, BG), S. Heinrich (University of
Kaiserslautern, DE), S. Kurdyumov(Institute of Applied Mathematics, RAN, RU),
R. Lazarov (Texas A&M University, US), M. Mascagni (Florida State University,
US), J. Pasciak (Texas A&M University, US), A. Samarskii, Institute for
Mathematical Modeling, RAN, RU), V. Thomee (University of Goeteborg, Sweden),
P. Vassilevski (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, US), Z. Zlatev (National
Environmental Research Institute, DK).


To indicate your intention to attend the conference, please use the possibility
for an Internet registration through the WWW-site or send an e-mail to the
conference address:

Call for organizing minisymposia:

To contribute a Minisymposium please provide the conference organizers with:
a) minisymposium title, name and address of the organizer; b) minisymposium
abstract; c) titles and authors of a minimum of 4 presentations; d) abstracts
of presentations (optional).



From: Neville Ford <>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 14:12:58 +0100
Subject: Workshop in UK on Problems with Memory and After-effect

Workshop in Chester and Manchester UK on Problems with Memory and After-effect
December 12th-17th 2001

The Chester-Manchester Cooperative Group on Research into
Problems with Memory and After-effect is organising an informal
workshop (the third in 2001) from December 12th to 17th 2001, based upon
The Departments of Mathematics at Chester College and at The
University of Manchester. During this period, seminars will be
presented by Professor S M Verduyn Lunel (Leiden) and by
Christopher Baker, Evelyn Buckwar (Berlin & Manchester), Neville
Ford and Chris Paul. Additional details and further arrangements
will be announced later: Details from


From: ANODE Conference <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 15:00:29 +1200 (NZST)
Subject: Workshop in Auckland on Numerical ODEs

The workshop "Auckland Numerical Ordinary Differential Equations"
(ANODE 2003) is scheduled for the week 30 June - 4 July 2003 and
will be held at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The
week of this workshop immediately follows the ICIAM 2003 Conference
in Sydney, Australia so that participants from outside New Zealand
and Australia can make travel arrangements to take part in both
meetings at a reasonable cost.

The programme will include short series of lectures by the following
internationally known invited speakers:

Hermann Brunner (St John's, Newfoundland)
Chris Budd (Bath, UK)
Mari Paz Calvo (Valladolid, Spain)
Roswitha Maerz (Berlin, Germany)

There will also be plenary lectures by several New Zealand specialists
in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science:

Rick Beatson, Ian Coope, Peter Hunter, Stephen Joe
David Ryan, Philip Sharp, David Wall

Finally, the programme will include contributed papers.

For further information please consult the website

Enquiries are welcome

John Butcher, Robert Chan, Allison Heard, Nicolette Moir


From: Thomas Seidman <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 15:46:58 -0400
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Tenure-track faculty position in Applied Mathematics at UMBC

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMBC
(University of Maryland, Baltimore County) has authorization
to recruit a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Applied Math.
Please see our web pages for further information about the
department and its present faculty; in particular, see
for the official position announcement.


From: Michael Trosset <trosset@MATH.WM.EDU>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 17:06:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Faculty Positions at the College of William & Mary

The College of William & Mary has two open positions in applied
mathematics. Both positions are for tenure-track assistant professors,
beginning August 2002. Demonstrated excellence in scholarship and
teaching, plus a Ph.D., are required. One position is in computational
mathematics or statistics; the other is in biomathematics, including
mathematical and computational biology, bioinformatics, and biostatistics.
Both positions reside in the Department of Mathematics: the first is part
of a university initiative in computational science; the second is part of
an interdisciplinary initiative between the Departments of Mathematics and
Biology. Please visit for more

Submit application letter (specifying for which position(s) you wish to be
considered), AMS paper coversheet (available at, CV,
research description, and three or more recommendation letters (at least
one concerning teaching) to either the Computational Search Committee or
the Biomath Search Committee, Department of Mathematics, College of
William & Mary, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795. Review
begins November 15 and continues until appointments are made. The College
is an EEO/AA employer.

Please send email inquiries about the computational mathematics position
to and about the biomathematics position to The department can also be contacted by telephone
(757-221-1873) or by fax (757-221-7400).


From: Stephane LePeutrec <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 15:41:35 +0200
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Fribourg

The Faculty of Science of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland invites
applications for a tenure track

Associate Professor in Telecommunications

at the Department of Computer Science, opening July 1, 2002 or at a mutually
convenient date.

The applicant will carry out competitive research in a technical field of
telecommunications. His/her activity will reinforce the existing center of
competence of telecommunications in Fribourg (iimt - International Institute of
Management in Telecommunications, ICTnet - Information and Telecommunication
Technologies Networks). In addition, the candidate must be in a position to
attract external funding. The University of Fribourg is a bilingual
institution; teaching language is either French or German and the new professor
is expected to have a good acquaintance of one of these languages and to
acquire a reasonable proficiency in the second one within a short time
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related area.
Applications (with curriculum vitae, a list of publications, including copies
of the three most important ones, a short outline of current and future
research interests, and the names of three referees) should be sent by November
16, 2001 to the Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Fribourg, Ch. du
Mus=E9e 6A, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland. For additional information, please
contact prof. B=E9at Hirsbrunner (


From: Martin Hanke-Bourgeois <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 16:46:43 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Faculty Position at University of Mainz

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the

Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz (Germany)

invites applications for the position

Professorship (C4) in Applied Mathematics (Numerical Analysis)

The applicants will be expected to have a distinguished research
background in an active field of Numerical Analysis or Scientific Computing.

A habilitation (or equivalent qualification) is required.

The complete text of the advertisement in German may be found at

Deadline for applications: November 15, 2001.

Address applications to:

Dekan des Fachbereichs 17 -- Mathematik und Informatik
Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat
D-55099 Mainz


From: Stefen Hui <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 14:41:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Faculty Position at San Diego State University


The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at San Diego State
University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the
area of Numerical Matrix Analysis and its applications, beginning in the Fall
of 2002. Salary is competitive. Applicants must be able to begin teaching in
the Fall semester of 2002.

Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in Mathematics or a closely
related field and must provide evidence of a strong commitment to teaching at
all levels and of potential for sustained research beyond the dissertation. A
demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching is necessary. The new
faculty member in Numerical Matrix Analysis will be expected to teach courses
in numerical analysis, numerical linear algebra, linear algebra as well as
service courses in the department, interact with and direct undergraduate and
graduate students, establish a productive research program and publish in
recognized scholarly journals. The new faculty member will have the
opportunity to participate in our recently established interdisciplinary
program in computational science. Experience in and/or commitment to working
in a multicultural environment with large numbers of students of diverse
backgrounds and learning styles is highly desirable. The College of Science
has a large number of federally funded minority training programs, e.g.,
MARC, MBRS, McNair Scholar, and SDSU is ranked 10th in the nation in
conferring baccalaureate degrees to minorities.

Applications should include: a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a
description of the proposed research program, a statement of teaching
philosophy, and three letters of recommendation sent directly by the
recommenders to the search committee.

Applications should be addressed to:
Chair, Numerical Matrix Analysis Search Committee,
San Diego State University,
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego, California 92182-7720.

Applications received by January 11, 2002 will receive full consideration.
Applications received after that date will be considered only if the
position is still open.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Title IX Employer and does not discriminate
against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin,
sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age or disability.


From: Scott Fulton <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 14:27:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Faculty Position at Clarkson University

The Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at Clarkson University
invites applications for a tenure-track position in applied mathematics.
Research interests (e.g. numerical analysis, PDE, materials, surface science)
that mesh with present faculty in science and engineering will be a

The candidate must be able and eager to teach courses at both the
undergraduate and graduate level, as well as to do solid research. Minimum
qualifications for the assistant professor level are: a Ph.D. in mathematics
or related area; demonstrated potential in research; experience in teaching;
ability to communicate readily in English. A senior-level appointment may be
considered for appropriately qualified applicants. Starting date is August
16, 2002.

Applications including AMS Application Cover Sheet, vita and three reference
letters should be submitted to Professor D. A. Powers, Department of
Mathematics and Computer Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5815.
Completed applications will be reviewed starting immediately. Women and
minorities are urged to apply. Clarkson University is an AA/EOE Employer.
(Pos. #25-01)

Note: We also have openings in Statistics and Computer Science and for
Department Chair; see for details.


From: Christopher Beattie <>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 15:00:14 -0400
Subject: Faculty Positions at Virginia Tech

The Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech seeks applications to
fill one or two tenure-track positions in the areas of numerical
analysis, optimization, and computational mathematics. Appointments may
be made at assistant or associate professor levels. Candidates must
have an earned doctorate in mathematics or equivalent at time of
appointment, and have an active research program in numerical analysis,
optimization, or computational mathematics. We are particularly
interested in applicants who can complement and enhance existing
strengths in our department.

Additional information on the position and the department is available at Additional information about the university
is available at

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, summary of research
plans, together with four letters of recommendation (one of which
addresses teaching skills and experience), to:
Numerical Analysis Search Committee,
Department of Mathematics,
Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0123.
Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2002 and will continue
until the position is filled.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Virginia Tech is deeply committed to
recruiting, selecting, promoting, and retaining women, persons of color,
and persons with disabilities. We strongly value diversity in the
college community, and seek to assure equality in education and
employment. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the
application process should contact Pat Ray, Department of Mathematics,
540-231-6536 (TDD/PC 1-800-828 1120- Voice 1-800-828-1140).


From: George Ostrouchov <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2001 23:05:59 -0400
Subject: Research Positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Computer Science and Mathematics Division at the Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applicants for postdoctoral positions in
computational statistics for large scale and distributed data.
Positions require a Ph.D. in statistics, applied mathematics, or
computer science (summer or semester internships are also available to
Ph.D. candidates). A strong background in the mathematics of data
analysis and an ability to develop large software applications in a
high-performance computing environment are required. For more
information about the positions and requirements visit

The Computer Science and Mathematics Division is the premier division
for research in high performance computing, applied mathematics, and
intelligent systems. Basic and applied research programs focus on
computational sciences, intelligent systems, and information
technologies. Additional information about the Computer Science and
Mathematics Division is available at

Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume and a list of three or
more references to: Computer Science and Mathematics Division, Oak Ridge
National Laboratory, P. O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6367 or Email
to (subject line: Postdoc/Computational


From: R. Kaasschieter <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 16:04:17 +0200 (MET DST)
Subject: PhD Position at Eindhoven University of Technology

PhD-position at Eindhoven University of Technology

Project description:
The swelling and shrinking behaviour of cartilaginous tissues can be modelled by
a four-component theory in which a deformable and charged porous medium is
saturated with a fluid with dissolved ions. This theory results in a coupled
system of non-linear parabolic differential equations together with an algebraic
constraint for electroneutrality. The goal of this project is the
three-dimensional computational solution of the system of equations. A suitably
chosen mixed finite element method fulfils the conservation laws exactly and
yields non-oscillatory solutions. This choice should be based on a thorough
understanding of the system of equations. Furthermore, a suitable choice for the
time-integration is needed as well as an efficient solution procedure for the
resulting non-linear equations. The numerical results will be compared with
measurements that will be obtained in a related project.

Profile of the candidate:
The qualified candidate should have completed an academic education (i.e. have a
degree on MSc-level or equivalent) in the area of applied and computational
mathematics or biomechanics with a thorough knowledge of mathematics.

The position is a research position for 4 years (after one year an evaluation of
progess is made, leading to a continuation, if positive). There are ample
possibilities to follow courses. Special PhD-courses are provided within the
graduate schools.

For further information about the position, please contact
Dr. E.F. Kaasschieter or C.J. van Duijn, Applied Analysis,
Department of Mathematics and Computing Science,
Eindhoven University of Technology,
P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Phone: +31 40 2472804 (Kaasschieter), +31 40 2472855 (Van Duijn).
Fax: +31 40 2442150 (office).
For further information about the job conditions, please contact
W.C.J. Verhoef, phone: +31 40 2472321, e-mail:

Please send letter plus CV with reference V32869
Mrs.drs. S. Udo,
Managing Director of the Department of Mathematics and Computing Science,
Eindhoven University of Technology,
P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands.


From: Martin Gander <>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 19:46:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at McGill University

Postdoctoral Position in Scientific Computing

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in the applied
mathematics group of the department of Mathematics and Statistics at
McGill University, Montreal, Canada. This position, which is funded by the
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, involves
research in parallel computing, preconditioning of iterative methods and
possibly mesh generation and adaptation to improve real time weather
forecast. Candidates should have or be about to obtain a Ph.D in applied
mathematics or scientific computing. The position is available immediately
for a period of two years with a salary of $ 40 000 Canadian per year.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send your CV, a list of publications, and 3 letters of
reference to

M. Gander
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
McGill University
805 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6

or by email to


From: Manuel Salas <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 08:19:05 -0400
Subject: Staff Position at ICASE

Staff Scientist Position for Optimization under Uncertainty &
Robust Design Methods

ICASE is seeking a staff scientist to conduct research in the
area of analysis and optimization of engineering systems in the
presence of uncertain parameters. The appointee will participate
in the development and application of uncertainty quantification
methods, robust design techniques and reliability-based optimization
to aerospace systems. The appointee will work in close cooperation
with NASA Langley's Multidisciplinary Optimization Branch.

The successful candidate should have:
Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Operations
Research, or Engineering with a minimum 3 years experience relating
to probabilistic methods (doctoral experience may be included) and
expertise in at least one of the following fields:
1. uncertainty quantification
2. probabilistic or stochastic methods
3. reliability-based design
4. multidisciplinary design optimization
5. numerical solution of PDE

Knowledge of one of the following application areas is useful:
1. structural analysis
2. aerodynamics analysis
3. cost or reliability analysis
4. systems analysis

Solid understanding of computational methods and strong communication
and teamwork skills are highly desirable.

Staff scientist appointments are usually made for two years, with the
possibility of a third-year extension. ICASE is a non-profit research
institute located at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton,
Virginia. The Institute offers excellent opportunities to researchers
for collaboration with other scientists and engineers on problems of
interest to NASA. General information about ICASE and its research
programs is available via the World Wide Web at
More information on NASA Langley's Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
(MDO) research program can be found at

To apply, please send a current vita and contact information for three
professional references to:

NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton VA 23681-2199

or by e-mail to:

ICASE is a non-profit equal opportunity employer.


From: Ron Boisvert <>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 15:24:18 -0400
Subject: Staff Position at NIST

The Construction Metrology and Automation Group at the
National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking a
senior applied mathematician or computer scientist to work
on projects related to construction site scanning, object
recognition, and tracking. Expected education level is
Masters or PhD, and salary will range from $60,000 to
$110,000 (commensurate with skill level and experience).
U.S. citizenship required for permanent hires; guest
researcher positions are also available.

Required Technical Skills: significant experience with
numerical analysis and computational geometry; working
knowledge of linear algebra and partial differential
equations; fluent in either FORTRAN, C, and/or MATLAB;
coordinate system transformation matrices; ability to write
efficient algorithms and clean, documented code; ability to
clearly explain mathematical approach to team mates and
produce clear, concise technical documentation in a timely
fashion; ability to write technical proposals. Primary
responsibilities of position will be object recognition and
extraction from 3D point clouds generated from multiple
registered LADAR frames and collaboration with research
team members in the development of physics-based simulation
models of Next Generation LADAR sub-components.

Desired Additional Technical Capabilities: working
familiarity with MAPLE and/or MATHEMATICA; familiarity with
SIMULINK; familiarity with Fourier transform methods
(particularly relating to optics and image enhancement
deconvolution techniques); experience with 3D point-cloud
meshing, frame registration, image processing and object
recognition algorithms; physics background; uncertainty
analysis; familiarity with canned visualization packages.

Personal Skills: senior candidates must able to design and
carry out original research at the forefront of their
profession and be capable of developing proposals for
funding and expanding the program. Good publication record
desirable. Good public speaking ability and sales skills

See http:://, or
contact Bill Stone (, 301-975-6075)
for further information.


From: Igor Konshin <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 23:50:16 +0400
Subject: Contents, East-West Journal of Numerical Mathematics

Vol.9, No.3, 2000, pp.179-252


New interpolation results and applications to finite element methods
for elliptic boundary value problems
C.Bacuta, J.H.Bramble, and J.E.Pasciak

An anisotropic functional setting for convection-diffusion problems
C.Canuto and A.Tabacco

Convergence rate analysis of domain decomposition methods
for obstacle problems


From: Ron Boisvert <>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 08:04:19 -0400
Subject: Contents, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software

Table of Contents
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software
March 2001, Volume 27, Number 1

For more information, including abstracts and access
to full text, see

P.B. Bailey, W.N. Everitt, and A. Zettl
Algorithm 810: The SLEIGN2 Sturm-Liouville Code.

Ladislav Luksan and Jan Vlcek
Algorithm 811: NDA: Algorithms for Nondifferentiable

Bjarne S. Andersen, Fred G. Gustavson, and Jerzy Wasniewski
A Recursive Formulation of Cholesky Facorization of a
Matrix in Packed Storage.

J.R. Cash, G. Moore, and R.W. Wright
An Automatic Continuation Strategy for the Solution of
Singularly Perturbed Nonlinear Boundary Value Problems.

Yi-Feng Tsai and Rida T. Farouki
Algorithm 812: BPOLY: An Object-Oriented Library of
Numerical Algorithms for Polynomials in Bernstein Form.


End of NA Digest