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From: Suvrit Sra <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:23:35 -0500
Subject: New Book, Optimization for Machine Learning

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the book:

Optimization for Machine Learning

Edited by: Suvrit Sra, Sebastian Nowozin, and Stephen J. Wright
Publisher: MIT Press, Oct. 2011

The books captures state-of-the-art in large-scale optimization, as
relevant to machine learning. The contents draw on material from
nonlinear programming, operations research, theoretical computer
science, numerical linear algebra, among other fields.

The book is targeted at researchers and students in the machine
learning and optimization communities. The mathematical ideas should
be of broader interest to anybody who works with large scale
optimization problems.

Suvrit Sra


From: Zohar Yosibash <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 07:09:55 -0500
Subject: New Book, Singularities in Elliptic Boundary Value Problems

Singularities in Elliptic Boundary Value Problems and Elasticity
and Their Connection with Failure Initiation, by Zohar Yosibash
(Vol. 37 in Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics), Springer,
2012, XXI, 459 p., ISBN 978-1-4614-1507-7

This introductory and self-contained book gathers as much explicit
mathematical results on the linear-elastic and heat-conduction
solutions in the neighborhood of singular points in two-dimensional
domains, and singular edges and vertices in three-dimensional
domains. These are presented in an engineering terminology for
practical usage. The author treats the mathematical formulations from
an engineering viewpoint and presents high- order finite-element
methods for the computation of singular solutions in isotropic and
anisotropic materials, and multi-material interfaces.

The table of contents is: 1. Introduction; 2. An Introduction to the
p- and hp-FEMs; 3. Eigenpair Computation for 2-D Heat Conduction
Singularities; 4. GFIFs Computation for 2-D Heat Conduction Problems;
5. Eigenpairs for 2-D Elasticity; 6. Computing Generalized Stress
Intensity Factors (GSIFs); 7. Thermal Generalized Stress Intensity
Factors in 2-D Domains; 8. Failure Criteria for Brittle Elastic
Materials; 9. A Thermoelastic Failure Criterion at the Micron Scale in
Electronic Devices; 10. Singular Solutions of the Heat Conduction
(Scalar) Equation in Polyhedral Domains; 11. Extracting
Edge-Flux-Intensity Functions (EFIFs) Associated with Polyhedral
Domains; 12. Vertex Singularities for the 3-D Laplace Equation;
13. Edge EigenPairs and ESIFs of 3-D Elastic Problems; 14. Remarks on
Circular Edges and Open Questions; (plus 6 appendices)

To order, or for more information about this book, please visit


From: Lee Yen Cheong <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 22:19:41 -0500
Subject: ICFAS2012, Malaysia, Jun 2012

The 2nd International Conference on Fundamental & Applied Sciences
2012 (ICFAS2012) will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
over three days in June 2012. This conference aims to bring together
scientists, engineers, technologists, academicians and students
worldwide for knowledge sharing, exchange of ideas, collaboration and
presentation of research results pertaining to applied sciences
ranging from mathematics to physics and chemistry. We are now inviting
researchers from all over the world to submit full papers for the
conference. The ICFAS2012 conference focuses on, but not limited to,
the following areas:
- Nanotechnology
- Catalysis
- Green Technology
- Computational Modeling
- Innovations in Science and Engineering Education
- Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
- Electromagnetic
All papers will be peer-reviewed and selected for publication in the
American Institute of Physics (AIP) Conference Proceedings which will
appear in major databases like SCOPUS and ISI.

For more information, please visit the website below:


From: "Luis F. Zuluaga" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:39:38 -0500
Subject: MOPTA Conference, Lehigh Univ, USA, Jul 2012

Call for contributed sessions/talks/posters
MOPTA 2012, July 30 to August 1, 2012 , Lehigh University

The 12th Annual MOPTA (Modeling and OPtimization: Theory and
Applications) Conference will be held at Lehigh University, Bethlehem,
PA, USA, from Monday to Wednesday, July 30 to August 1, 2012.

Plenary speakers include:

Kurt M. Anstreicher (University of Iowa)
Edgar Blanco (MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics)
Andrew V. Goldberg (Microsoft Research)
Mark S. Roberts (University of Pittsburgh)
Michael Trick (Carnegie Mellon University)
Santosh S. Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Henry Wolkowicz (University of Waterloo)
Stephen J. Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

This is an invitation for contributed talks as well as organized
sessions and poster sessions. If interested please contact:
Luis F. Zuluaga <>

Current program information is available at:


From: aemwc <>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:10:49 +0800
Subject: AEMWC2012, China, Nov 2012

International Conference on Advanced Engineering Materials and
Wireless Communications 2012 (AEMWC2012)
Jinan, China, Nov. 13-15, 2012

Wireless network (WN) has been comprehensively studied so far in terms
of communication protocols. Meanwhile more expectations arise recently
that the ever growing developments in advanced materials and
manufacturing technology will help facilitate the next generation
wireless communication systems. Despite the achievements made in the
research community, application-specific WN test and implementation
are more desirable to help realizing ubiquitous services.

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit practical results
(case study, testbed, experiment, simulation, etc., more preferred) as
well as theoretic results on topics of interest included but not
limited to the following sessions. Session 1 Wireless Communications
and Networks; Session 2 Manufacturing Systems; Session 3 Material
Engineering. For more information regarding paper preparing,
formatting and submission please refer to the conference web site

Important Dates
Author Account Registration Open: Nov. 12, 2011
Submission Open: Jan. 1, 2012
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: June 20, 2012
Camera-ready Due: July 10, 2012
Paper Registration Due: July 10, 2012


From: Roxann Gonzales <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:48:45 -0500
Subject: Director Position, Arizona State Univ

Arizona State University announces an international search to recruit
a Director for the School of Mathematical and Statistical
Sciences. Arizona State University (see is a
dynamic, internationally recognized research university serving more
than 60,000 students in the Phoenix metropolitan area, one of the
fastest growing urban centers in the nation. The School of
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University (see currently has about 50 tenured or tenure-track
faculty members, and about 40 contract faculty who teach primarily
lower division courses. The School offers a range of undergraduate
and graduate programs including pure mathematics, computational and
applied mathematics, mathematical biology, statistics, and mathematics

The School has established strong interdisciplinary ties with
University and community-based research and education initiatives. The
Director of the School is expected to maintain and expand these by
providing visionary leadership, overseeing growth in the faculty and
research programs, and supervising the further development of the
graduate and undergraduate programs.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in mathematics, statistics,
or a closely related field and a distinguished scholarly record
appropriate for appointment as full Professor. Desirable
qualifications include documented leadership experience with faculty,
previous administrative experience in a doctoral-granting department,
experience with program development in research and education,
evidence of excellent communication and organizational skills, and
demonstrated commitment to working with and supporting a diverse
student and faculty population.

The position is available beginning July 1, 2012. Salary and start-up
funding will be competitive and commensurate with
qualifications. Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2012;
if not filled, applications will be evaluated every week thereafter
until the search is closed. Applicants must submit electronically (in
MS Word or PDF format) a cover letter and current curriculum vitae to: (Job #3437). Inquiries and nominations should be
directed to: Ayanna Thompson (

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State
University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer
committed to excellence through diversity.


From: "Tom DeLillo" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:03:02 -0600
Subject: Tenure-Eligible Position, Wichita State Univ

Applications are invited for a tenure-eligible Assistant Professor in
Applied Mathematics or Statistics for August, 2012. A Ph.D. in the
Mathematical Sciences; active in research with strong research
potential in applied mathematics or statistics; ability to participate
in/contribute to doctoral program; strong commitment to excellence in
teaching; and excellent communication skills; are required. Deadline:
02/10/12, then monthly.

Applicants must send a letter of application, curriculum vita,
descriptions of research interest and teaching philosophy to, and arrange to have three letters of
reference sent to: Professor Stephen W. Brady, Search Committee
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics, Wichita
State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0033, USA or emailed to, FAX: 316-978-3748. Offers of employment are
contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check
as required by Board of Regents Policy. WSU is a AA/EEO employer.


From: Gunilla Kreiss <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:35:56 -0500
Subject: Postdoc Position, Scientific Computing, Uppsala Univ

A position as postdoctoral researcher in Scientific Computing for
Multi-phase flow at the Division of Scientific Computing (TDB),
Department of Information Technology, at Uppsala University is
open. The multi-phase activities at TDB are focused on flow of
immiscible fluids on situations when capillary effects at interfaces
and contact lines are important, and involve analysis, development and
implementation of computational techniques. More information about
research at TDB can be found at the web-page

To apply for the Postdoc position you must have completed your PhD
degree, or expect to complete it within a few months. This position
can be held for two years. The closing date is January 16 2012. For
more information about the position and instructions how to apply see


From: Michaela Seiwald <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:33:39 -0500
Subject: Postdoc Position, RICAM, Austria

PostDoc Position (f/m) in the Optimization and Optimal Control Group

At the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied
Mathematics (RICAM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Linz, Austria

The =93Scientific computing =96 Optimization and Optimal Control Group=94 i=
searching a PostDoc with a strong background in partial differential
equations, variational problems or scientific computing. The research
focus will be adjusted according to the interest of the successful
candidate, but knowledge in optimal control or optimization is
especially welcome. A doctorate in mathematics or a closely related
field is required. The working language is English. For more
information contact Prof. K. Kunisch at:

Applications with personal and scientific data and a compact statement
about scientific interests and achievements should be sent, preferably
by email, to:

Postal address:
Prof. Dr. Karl Kunisch
Institute for Mathematics and Scientific Computing, University of Graz
Heinrichstrasse 36, A-8010 Graz, Austria


From: andrew stuart <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:00:57 -0500
Subject: Postdoc Position, NL Filtering in High Dim, Warwick Univ

Nonlinear Filtering in High Dimensions
Research Fellow at Warwick University
12 months, available October 2012

Working in a research group in the area of
Bayesian Inverse Problems in
Differential Equations, led by Andrew Stuart.
For details see:


From: Larisa Beilina <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:06:14 +0000
Subject: PhD Position, Chalmers Univ of Technology & Gothenburg Univ

One PhD position is available within a project ''Global convergence
and adaptive finite element methods for solution of Coefficient
Inverse Problem (CIPs) for Maxwell equations `` at the Department of
Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology and
Gothenburg University, Sweden.

The aim of the project is the development, mathematical analysis and
implementation of reliable numerical methods for solution of CIPs for
Maxwell's system. Such CIPs have broad range of applications
including imaging of hidden explosives, geophysics, medical imaging,
etc. New developed methods will be tested on experimental data in
close collaboration with Optoelectronics Center at University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, USA, and Army Research Laboratory,

PhD position concerns development of the adaptive finite element
method in parallel infrastructure for the solution of the direct and
Coefficient Inverse Problems (CIPs) for Maxwell equations. The main
focus in the project will be on development of new versions of Hybrid
FEM/FDM method for solution of Maxwell equations in unbounded domains
and application of this method to solution of CIPs.

The new developed methods will be tested on experimental data using
time resolved backscattering electrical signal measured in the field
by the Forward Looking Radar. The research will be conducted in close
collaboration with Optoelectronics Center at University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, USA, and Army Research Laboratory,

The topic of this PhD degree is applied mathematics and thus it
provides a good grounding for pursuing a future academic research
career. There will be also a great demand for your skills in
industry. PhD position is limited to five years and will include
20% teaching duties.

Required qualifications

Candidate for PhD position should hold a M.Sc. degree (mathematics,
applied mathematics) in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mechanical
Engineering Science or equivalent, awarded by an internationally
recognized university-level institution or documented equivalent
thereof. Candidate should have an interest in theoretical development
of new numerical methods for applied problems for PDE, experience in
scientific computing (object oriented C++ programming, Fortran,
Matlab, MPI, programming with PETSc, perl). Since the work involves
teaching, contact with industry, participation in international
conferences and writing of scientific papers, good communication
skills and knowledge of both written and spoken English are

The application procedure is described and should be done through the

Associate Professor
Larisa Beilina, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University,
SE-41296, Gothenburg, Sweden
t. +46-031-7723567
(mob.) +46-070-4177036


From: Boris Vexler <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 03:57:15 -0500
Subject: 15 Doctoral Positions, Munich and Graz

The international research training group =93Optimization and Numerical
Analysis for Partial Differential Equations with Nonsmooth Structures=94
(IGDK 1754), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the
Austrian Science Fund (FWF) associated with the four universities

* Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany)
* Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen (Germany)
* Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz (Austria)
* Technische Universit=E4t Graz (Austria)

invites applications for

10 Doctoral positions (75% TV-L 13) in Munich and

5 Doctoral positions (75%) in Graz

Applicants should hold a master=92s degree or equivalent in mathematics
or related areas with a strong background in one of the fields of
numerics, optimization, or analysis. Highly qualified women are
especially invited to apply.

Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, copies of
certifications of academic qualifications held, a copy of a degree
thesis or of a peer-reviewed publication (if available) and two
letters of recommendation. Additionally, the candidates are asked to
inform themselves beforehand about the spectrum of the available PhD
topics from the web page of the IGDK and to order them according to
their interest, giving written explanations for their choice within
the application letter.

To ensure full consideration, all information should preferably be
received by January 31, 2012. The earliest possible start time is
March 1, 2012. Applications should be sent by email to both speakers
Prof. Dr. Boris Vexler ( and Prof. Dr. Karl Kunisch
( For further information about scientific
topics covered and conditions for application, please visit our


From: Anna-Ulla Jansson <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:35:25 +0000
Subject: Contents, Nonlinearity, 25(1)

Volume 25, Issue 1, January 2012

Individual articles are free for 30 days following their publication
on the web. This issue is available at: URL:

Pages: C1-C8, 1-254


C1, The kinematics of falling maple seeds and the initial transition
to a helical motion, Kapil Varshney, Song Chang and Z Jane Wang


1, Analysis of CP^{N-1} sigma models via projective structures, S Post
and A M Grundland

37, Existence and uniqueness of time-periodic solutions with finite
kinetic energy for the Navier--Stokes equations in R^3, Ana Leonor

57, The Stern--Brocot graph in M\"obius number systems, Petr K\r{u}rka

73, A generalized Rayleigh--Taylor condition for the Muskat problem,
Joachim Escher, Anca-Voichita Matioc and Bogdan-Vasile Matioc

93, Hausdorff dimensions of the divergence points of self-similar
measures with the open set condition, Jinjun Li, Min Wu and Ying Xiong

107, Metastability of certain intermittent maps, Wael Bahsoun and
Sandro Vaienti

125, On the spectral properties of L_{\pm} in three dimensions,
Ovidiu Costin, Min Huang and Wilhelm Schlag

165, Almost-additive thermodynamic formalism for countable Markov
shifts, Godofredo Iommi and Yuki Yayama

193, On the dimension of graphs of Weierstrass-type functions with
rapidly growing frequencies, Krzysztof Bara\'nski

211, Isospectral graph transformations, spectral equivalence, and
global stability of dynamical networks, L A Bunimovich and B Z Webb


From: Martin Berzins <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 17:56:57 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Contents, Applied Numerical Mathematics, 62(2)

Applied Numerical Mathematics, Vol 62, 2, Pages 79-154, February 2012

1. A modified fixed-point iterative algorithm for image restoration
using fourth-order PDE model, Pages 79-90, Ting-Ting Wu, Yu-Fei Yang,
Zhi-Feng Pang

2. Efficient pricing of commodity options with early-exercise under
the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process, Pages 91-111, B. Zhang, L.A. Grzelak,
C.W. Oosterlee

3. Stability of two IMEX methods, CNLF and BDF2-AB2, for uncoupling
systems of evolution equations, Pages 112-120, W. Layton, C. Trenchea

4. Benchmark results for testing adaptive finite element eigenvalue
procedures, Pages 121-140, Stefano Giani, Luka Grubisic, Jeffrey
S. Ovall

5. Convergence and stability of extended block boundary value methods
for Volterra delay integro-differential equations, Pages 141-154, Hao
Chen, Chengjian Zhang

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