NA Digest Monday, September 13, 2010 Volume 10 : Issue 37

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From: Peter Benner <>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 11:18:16 -0400
Subject: Change of address for Peter Benner

Dear friends and colleagues,

as of September 1, 2010, I have taken up my new position
as a director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics of
Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg, Germany.

My new preferred contact data are:

MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Sandtorstr. 1
39106 Magdeburg

phone: +49 391 6110 451
fax: +49 391 6110 453

Address data in Chemnitz remains valid, too.


From: "Roscoe A. Bartlett" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 17:17:27 -0400
Subject: Survey about Software Practices in Computational Science

Participation Requested:
Survey about Software Practices in Computational Science


Dr. Roscoe Bartlett, Sandia National Laboratory, Dr. Jeffrey
Carver, University of Alabama, and Dr. Lorin Hochstein,
University of Southern California, are conducting a survey of
software development practices among computational
scientists. This survey seeks to understand current software
development practices and identify areas of need. The survey
should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed at:

This survey has been approved by The University of Alabama IRB

If there is another group of individuals who you think might
provide useful feedback, please forward this email to them also.


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:30:24 -0400
Subject: Call for Nominations - AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture


AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture - due September 15, 2010

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society
for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) established the
annual Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture to highlight significant
contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.
The lecture is normally given at the SIAM Annual Meeting. The
lectureship may be awarded to anyone in the scientific or
engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of
women in applied or computational mathematics.

The 2011 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture will be given at ICIAM 2011, to
be held July 18-22 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The lecturer will
receive a certificate containing the citation. The lecturer's
expenses to travel to the meeting and deliver the lecture will be

Nominations should be sent to and must be
received by SEPTEMBER 15, 2010.

Letters of nomination should include an outline of the nominee's
contributions to applied or computational mathematics, a list of
some of the nominee's most important research papers, and a
citation of about 100 words that may be read when introducing the
speaker. Nominations will be kept active for two years.

For further information, see


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:06:48 -0400
Subject: Online content for SIAM's Numerical Linear Algebra and Applications

SIAM reminds those who use Biswa Nath Datta's Numerical Linear Algebra and
Applications, Second Edition, that a substantial amount of supplemental
information is available online. Online content includes appendices
containing MATLAB codes and the MATCOM toolkit, solutions to selected
problems, plus an extra chapter on special topics. The link to the online
material is and online content is noted in italic
type in the index. Complete information about this book is available at the
SIAM website:


From: David Gleich <>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 16:39:21 -0400
Subject: Workshop on Tensors, Kernels, and Machine Learning at NIPS,
Canada, Dec 2010

NIPS2010 Workshop on Tensors, Kernels, and Machine Learning
Friday December 10th, Whistler, BC
Submission deadline: September 30th, 2010

Tensors are a generalization of vectors and matrices to high
dimensions. The goal of this workshop is to explore the links
between tensors, kernel methods, and machine learning. We expect
that many problems in, for example, machine learning and kernel
methods can benefit from being expressing as tensor problems;

conversely, the tensor community may learn from the estimation
techniques commonly used in information processing and from some
of the kernel extensions to nonlinear models. Moreover, some of
the techniques in kernel methods might enable kernel based
multi-linear models of tensors.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn more
about tensor methods and/or share their machine learning or
kernel techniques with the tensor community; conversely, we

invite contributions from tensor experts seeking to use tensors
for problems in machine learning and information processing.

Please see for more
information about submissions.

Andreas Argyriou (Toyota Institute of Technology),
David F. Gleich (Sandia), Tamara G. Kolda (Sandia),
Vicente Malave (UC San Diego), Marco Signoretto (KU Leuven),
Johan Suykens (KU Leuven)


From: Natalia Kopteva <>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:30:49 -0400
Subject: Workshop on Problems with Layer Phenomena, Ireland, Feb 2011

th Annual Workshop on
Numerical Methods for Problems with Layer Phenomena

3-4 Feb 2011, Dublin City University, Ireland


A two day workshop is being organised by the School of
Mathematical Sciences in Dublin City University, Dublin,
Ireland. The aim of the workshop is to bring together people, in
the mathematics and general scientific community, who have
particular interests in the development and applications of
numerical methods for problems that exhibit layer phenomena, such
as boundary/interior layers in fluid flow and other applications.


From: "Randolph E. Bank" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:28:33 -0700
Subject: 20th International Domain Decomposition Conference, California,
Feb 2011

The 20th International Conference on Domain Decomposition Methods
will be held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the campus
of UC San Diego, in La Jolla, California, February 7-11, 2011.

Plenary Speakers:
John Bell, Long Chen, Wolfgang Dahmen, Victorita Dolean,
Clark R. Dohrmann, Zdenek Dostal, Charbel Farhat,
Thomas Hou, Yvon Maday, Robert Scheichl, Xuejun Xu,
Harry Yserentant, Jun ZouChinese

There will also be a special session on High Performance
Computing and the Physical Sciences with speakers:

Andrew McCammon, UC San Diego
Michael Norman, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Richard Somerville, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

A short course on Domain Decomposition will be given by Olof
Widlund on Sunday, February 6. This course is intended to provide
background on domain decomposition methods prior to the

The conference web page is where
additional information can be found. In particular, at this site
are instructions for proposing mini-symposia, submitting
contributed lectures and posters, and on-line registration.

We intend to provide some financial support for a limited number
of graduate students and postdocs. An application for this
support can also be found at the DD20 web site.


From: Annette Anthony <>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:36:01 -0400
Subject: 2011 Copper Mountain Conference on Multigrid Methods, Colorado,
Mar 2011

March 27 - April 1, 2011, Copper Mountain, Colorado
Organized by: Front Range Scientific Computations, Inc.
Co-Organized by: The Center for Applied Scientific Computing,
Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab and The University of Colorado
Applied Math Department

Conference Deadlines:
Student Competition Papers January 10, 2011
Author Abstracts January 14, 2011
Special NSF Support Request February 15, 2011
Early Registration February 25, 2011
Guaranteed Lodging February 23, 2011

Important Features:
- Student Paper Competition. Travel and lodging assistance will
be awarded to students and new PhDs judged to have submitted the
best research papers.
- Special NSF Support. Support to attend the conference is
available for students, women, minorities and the disabled.
Travel and lodging assistance will beavailable according to the
available funds and demand. Please contact Annette Anthony,
conference coordinator, for additional information.
- Multigrid Tutorial. Updated tutorials on basic multigrid and
advanced multilevel techniques, including algebraic
multigrd (AMG).

For further information please access our website at:

or contact the conference coordinator:
Annette Anthony, (480) 332-2026,


From: Brahim Amaziane <>
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 19:10:28 +0200
Subject: MAMERN2011: Approx Methods & Modeling in Env & Natural Res,
Morocco, May 2011

4th International Conference on Approximation Methods and
Numerical Modeling in Environment and Natural Resources (MAMERN11)

May 23-26, 2011, Saidia, Morocco

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 15, 2011
. Approximation and modeling applied to environment sciences and natural
. New applications and developments in approximation methods
. Mathematics and computation in geosciences
. Modeling of ecosystems
. Oceanographic and coastal engineering
. Numerical modeling of flow and transport in porous media
. Mathematical analysis of models in porous media
. Multi-Scale Modeling of Flow and Transport in Porous Media
. Statistical modeling in geosciences. Uncertainty quantification
. Stochastic partial differential equations

Selected papers from MAMERN11 will be published, after a refereeing
process, as a Special Issue of the Journal MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTERS

MAMERN09, Pau, France:
MAMERN07, Granada, Spain:
MAMERN05, Oujda, Morocco:

Organizing committee: Brahim Amaziane, Domingo Barrera, Driss Sbibih


From: Jochen Garcke <>
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 14:57:17 -0400
Subject: High-Dimensional Approximation (HDA 2011), Germany, Jun 2011

The fourth Workshop on High-Dimensional Approximation will take
place June 26-30, 2011 at the University of Bonn, Germany.

The workshop covers current research on all numerical aspects of
high-dimensional problems. The scope ranges from high-dimensional
approximation theory over computational methods to engineering
and scientific applications. Participation is open to all
interested in high-dimensional computational mathematics and

It is embedded in the Hausdorff Trimester Program on Analysis and
Numerics for High-Dimensional Problems.


From: Mark Ainsworth <>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:42:09 +0100
Subject: 24th Biennial NA Conference, Scotland, Jun 2011

Registration is now open for the

24th Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis
(formerly Dundee Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis)
June 28th to July 1st 2011, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.

The conference is open to researchers in all areas of numerical
analysis, and contributed talks by younger researchers, post-docs
and research students are very welcome. Proposals for
mini-symposia are particularly welcome and can be submitted

The following distinguished researchers have accepted invitations
to deliver plenary lectures at the conference:

Oscar Bruno (Caltech), Jack Dongarra (Tennessee),
Chris Johnson (Utah), James Nagy (Emory)
Jorge Nocedal (Northwestern), Djordje Peric (Swansea)
Alfio Quarteroni (EPF de Lausanne), Robert Schaback (Göttingen)
Robert Skeel (Purdue), Raul Tempone (KAUST)
Nick Trefethen (Oxford), Barbara Wohlmuth (TU München)

The A.R. Mitchell lecture will be presented by Prof. Quarteroni,
and the after dinner speaker will be Prof. David
Silvester (University of Manchester).

Early registration and booking is advised as on-campus
accommodation is limited.

Further information and on-line registration may be found at


From: Johannes Scherling <>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 05:45:13 -0400
Subject: Postdoc position in Applied Mathematics at Graz University,

The START-Project "Interfaces and Free Boundaries" (directed by
M. Hintermueller) hosted at the Karl Franzens University of
Graz (Austria) invites applications for a

POST-DOC Position in Applied Mathematics.

We are looking for a young scientist holding a PhD in Applied
Mathematics or Scientific Computing with specialization in at
least one of the following fields: large scale or PDE-constrained
optimization, variational inequalities, shape or topology
optimization, mathematical image processing.

The START-project is based on a scientific award by the Austrian
Federal Ministry of Science and Research and is administered by
the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Besides applied mathematics, the
START-Project also has a strong component in computational
science focusing on the numerical realization of algorithms in
various applications. For a more detailed description see the web
page Also, the post-doc is
invited to cooperate with the special research group on
“Mathematical Optimization and Applications in Biomedical
Sciences” ( The initial
appointment is for one year, but an extension is possible. The
salary follows the rules of the FWF (

Please send your application by email to Your email should contain a
pdf-file as an attachment with the following information:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV),
- a short description of your qualifications and
experience (publications, theses,…),
- a letter describing concisely your scientific interests,
- names and email-addresses of at least two scientists willing to
provide references.


From: Patrick Fischer <>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 07:37:07 -0400
Subject: Postdoc position in Numerical Simulations at University
Bordeaux 1, France

PostDoc position in Navier-Stokes numerical simulations at
University Bordeaux 1, France.
Institut de Mathematiques de Bordeaux.

A Postdoctoral position is available to work on the ANR research
project Cyclobulle related to Navier Stokes (NS) numerical
simulations. The goal of this project is to provide a better
understanding of coherent structures in quasi two-dimensional
flows with the aim of understanding hurricane trajectories and in
addition, shed light on turbulent convection with and without
rotation. A soap bubble, when heated at its equator and cooled at
its summit, is subject to strong thermal convection with thermal
plumes detaching in the region near the equator. This agitation
produces long-lived isolated vortices that resemble cyclones in
the atmosphere.

The first steps of this project will be to adapt the actual codes
developed for planar soap films in order to reproduce the half
soap bubble experiments. In this part, we’ll have to define
numerical schemes for solving the NS equations on a half
sphere. The heating process has to be included by coupling the
regular NS equations and the temperature convection equation. The
main goal will be to reproduce the creation of a single vortex as
observed in the experiments. In this part, the advantages of
numerical experiments will be exploited as much as possible:
long-term calculations, change of the boundary conditions,
analysis of the different fields, filtering of the results, etc.
In the second step, we will modify the model to get a more
realistic description of the cyclonic activity on Earth. A simple
improvement will be to take into consideration the fact that
cyclones originate in the oceans and then usually die in the
lands. Indeed, it is well known that the intensity and the motion
of cyclones are modified when they leave the oceans and enter the
lands. The penalization method can be used in the present study
in order to consider the influence of the lands on the motion of
cyclones. The penalization can thus be used to take into account
this particular aspect of the problem that cannot be assessed
with the bubble experiments. Then the Coriolis force that is an
important factor in the behavior of hurricanes and cyclones can
be introduced by modifying the boundary conditions. And finally,
a more realistic model, like the quasi-geostrophic
representation, could be envisaged in place of the
two-dimensional turbulence approximation.

Interested applicants should send
- a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications
- names of three references including email addresses

Prof. Charles-Henri Bruneau :
Dr. Patrick Fischer:

This search will proceed until a suitable candidate is
selected. Applications will be reviewed from October 1, 2010.


From: Michel Verhaegen <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 02:51:27 -0400
Subject: PhD/Postdoc position at the Delft University of Technology, The

The Delft Center for Systems and Control of the Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands, announces a Ph.D. / PostDoc position
Fast and high-performance Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes

The position will develop based on the innovative work of novel
algorithms for distributed control developed recently in the
group of Prof. M. Verhaegen, new methodologies and validate these
on a multi-core AO demonstrator system. We are looking for a
candidate with a Msc /PhD degree in Physics, Electrical
Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent, with a
strong background in numerical algorithms for control and signal
processing. Experience with parallel processing is a
advantageous. The candidate is expected to further develop the
research on fast and high performance adaptive optics algorithms
that has been initiated at DCSC.

Interested candidates should send the following info
i) a detailed CV, ii) a letter of application, iii) your grades,
iv) a summary of your MSc / PhD thesis and list of
publications (if any), and v) the names and contact data of three
professional reference persons to Prof. Michel Verhaegen at Here you can also obtain more info.


From: Johannes Grotendorst <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:09:39 -0400
Subject: PhD position at Juelich Supercomputing Centre, Germany

The Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) offers a PhD position in
scientific computing. Within the project highly scalable
multigrid methods will be developed and implemented that benefit
from modern massively parallel computers by exploiting both, the
computer's structure and the structure of the mathematical
model. This includes, for example, the presence of a fat tree
network. Methods applied include numerical linear algebra, theory
of parallel algorithms and knowledge about modern computer
architectures. The applications for the solvers to be developed
are in different fields of physics, as well as in engineering and
life sciences. The PhD project will be carried out in
collaboration with the group of Prof. Dr. Matthias Bolten at the
University of Wuppertal.

Requirements: We are looking for a motivated early stage
researcher with a diploma or master’s degree in mathematics or
computer science. Suitable candidates should have experience in
numerical linear algebra and programming. Knowledge about modern
computer architectures will be an advantage.

More details are available under:

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