NA Digest Monday, October 8, 2012 Volume 12 : Issue 41

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Sandia National Labs

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From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:33:31 -0400
Subject: SIAM Prize Nominations, deadlines approaching, Oct 15

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - SIAM Prizes - deadline October 15

SIAM is accepting nominations for the following major prizes and SIAG
prizes. The nomination deadline - OCTOBER 15 - is approaching. Calls
for nominations are found at the links below. Send inquiries and
nominations to the address given in each call.

JAMES H. WILKINSON PRIZE in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing




J. D. CRAWFORD PRIZE (SIAG/Dynamical Systems)




From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:47:53 -0400
Subject: Call for Nominations, Germund Dahlquist Prize

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - Germund Dahlquist Prize - due November 15

SIAM awards the Germund Dahlquist Prize for original contributions to
fields associated with Germund Dahlquist, especially the numerical
solution of differential equations and numerical methods for
scientific computing. The recipient must be at most 18 years (full
time equivalent) of involvement in mathematics since PhD at the award

The Dahlquist Prize will be awarded at SciCADE 2013, to be held
September 16- 20, 2013, in Valladolid, Spain. The award consists of a
certificate and a cash award of $1000. The recipient is expected to
give a lecture at the meeting. SIAM will reimburse the recipient's
travel expenses to attend the meeting and deliver the lecture.

Nominations, including a letter of nomination, CV, and letters of
support from two or three experts, should be addressed to the
Professor Arieh Iserles / Chair, Germund Dahlquist Prize Committee and
sent by NOVEMBER 15, 2012, to the e-mail address found in the call for
Inquiries should be sent to the same address. Complete calls for
nominations for SIAM prize can be found at


From: Siarry <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:11:19 -0400
Subject: New Book, Metaheuristics for Dynamic Optimization

Metaheuristics for Dynamic Optimization
Enrique Alba, Amir Nakib and Patrick Siarry (Eds)
SPRINGER, ISBN 978-3-642-30664-8. September 2012.

This book is an updated effort in summarizing the trending topics and
new hot research lines in solving dynamic problems using
metaheuristics. An analysis of the present state in solving complex
problems quickly draws a clear picture: problems that change in time,
having noise and uncertainties in their definition are becoming very
important. The tools to face these problems are still to be built,
since existing techniques are either slow or inefficient in tracking
the many global optima that those problems are presenting to the
solver technique.

Thus, this book is devoted to include several of the most important
advances in solving dynamic problems. Metaheuristics are the more
popular tools to this end, and then we can find in the book how to
best use genetic algorithms, particle swarm, ant colonies, immune
systems, variable neighborhood search, and many other bioinspired
techniques. Also, neural network solutions are considered.

Both, theory and practice have been addressed in the chapters of the
book. Mathematical background and methodological tools in solving
this new class of problems and applications are included. From the
applications point of view, not just academic benchmarks are dealt
with, but also real world applications in logistics and bioinformatics
are discussed here. The book then covers theory and practice, as well
as discrete versus continuous dynamic optimization, in the aim of
creating a fresh and comprehensive volume. This book is targeted to
either beginners and experienced practitioners in dynamic
optimization, since we took care of devising the chapters in a way
that a wide audience could profit from its contents.


From: Grady Wright <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:35:54 -0400
Subject: Pacific Northwest NA Seminar, USA, Oct 2012

The 25th annual Pacific Northwest Numerical Analysis Seminar (PNWNAS
2012) will be hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Boise State
University on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The meeting will bring
together interdisciplinary researchers from universities, government
research labs, and industry mainly from the Pacific Northwest region
to share expertise in both pure and applied aspects of numerical
analysis and computational mathematics.

Location: Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012

Confirmed Speakers: Uri Ascher, Ray A. Berry, Ed Beuler, Somantika
Datta, Lisa Davis, Aaron Fogelson, Grady Lemoine, Kristi Maschhoff

Poster session: We are soliciting posters from participants
(especially from students and postdocs) to be included in a poster
session during the meeting. Deadline for poster submissions is
October 14, 2012.

Travel funding: For students and postdocs presenting posters, some
funding will be available to partially cover travel expenses thanks to
grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Pacific
Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).

Registration: We ask all participants to register by October 17, 2012.

Complete details on the meeting can be found at


From: Haim Avron <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:21:52 -0400
Subject: Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra, USA, Oct 2012

Workshop on "Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra (RandNLA): Theory and
Practice" (Under the auspices of FOCS 2012, the 53rd Annual IEEE
Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science)
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick NJ, USA
October 20, 2012

Matrix algorithms are the foundation for many methods in data
analysis, scientific computing, and engineering applications, and
Numerical Linear Algebra (NLA) is the key discipline enabling the
analysis and implementation of such algorithms. Without highly
efficient and scalable NLA algorithms, the challenge of big data will
not be met. To meet this challenge a true boost in performance is
necessary and that necessitates new algorithmic paradigms to be
developed, analyzed, and deployed. Randomization is one of only a
handful of paradigms that have the potential to deliver the desired
true boost in performance. In the past, scientists and application
users were distrustful and shied away from randomized numerical linear
algebra algorithms, because (i) their output is unpredictable, (ii) it
may not be reproducible, (iii) the error analysis is probabilistic,
and (iv) the obtained accuracy is very crude. However, the NLA
community is now seriously considering the use of "radical" ideas like
randomization, and, indeed, recent years saw much research on
randomized numerical linear algebra algorithms.

The goal of the workshop is to expose the participants to recent
progress on developing randomized numerical linear algebra algorithms,
as well as on the application of such algorithms to a variety of
disciplines and domains.

More information, including list of confirmed speakers and schedule:


From: Shreemayee Bora <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 05:59:58 -0400
Subject: Deadline Ext, NLAA 2013, India, Jan 2013

An International Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and its
Applications (NLAA 2013) is being held at the Indian Institute of
Technology Guwahati during 15-18 January, 2013. For details please see

The earlier deadline of 10 October, 2012 for submitting complete
applications is now extended to 31 October, 2012.


From: Ronald Kriemann <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:27:43 -0400
Subject: GAMM Num. Methods for Uncertainty Quant, Germany, Jan 2013

The 29th GAMM-Seminar in Leipzig will take place from
Monday, January 21st until Wednesday, January 23rd 2013.

The topic of the workshop is

"Numerical Methods for Uncertainty Quantification"

Invited speakers are

* Hermann Matthies (TU Braunschweig)
* Anthony Nouy (Ecole Centrale Nantes)
* Fabio Nobile (Politecnico di Milano)
* Ivan Oseledets (RAS Moscow)

See also the webpage

Registration is open.

Applications can be sent to

Abstracts for talks (25 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion)
should be sent to the same address.


From: Jochen Garcke <>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 04:31:49 -0400
Subject: High-Dimensional Approximation (HDA 2013), Australia, Feb 2013

We have the pleasure to announce the fifth meeting in our workshop
series on high-dimensional approximation.

Fifth Workshop on High-Dimensional Approximation (HDA 2013)
11 - 15 February 2013
The Australian National University, Canberra

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 science.

The program of the HDA workshops consists solely of contributed talks
and we encourage both young researchers as well as established
researchers to contribute. Interaction between researchers is one of
the main goals of this series of workshops.

These conferences are called workshops to encourage the presentation
of work in progress. The workshop will have no parallel sessions,
therefore the number of participants will be limited.

Submission of abstracts is due till the 15th of November 2012.


From: "Kirsten Wilden" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:21:36 -0400
Subject: Numerical Combustion (NC13), USA, Apr 2013


Call for Papers - Fourteenth International Conference on Numerical
Combustion (NC13)

Conference Co-chairs:
Mitchell Smooke, Yale University, USA
D. Scott Stewart, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Charles Westbrook, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

Location: Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Dates: April 8-10, 2013

The Call for Presentations for this conference is available at:

Twitter hashtag: #SIAMNC13

October 8, 2012: Minisymposium proposals
October 8, 2012: Abstracts for contributed and minisymposium speakers

For additional information, contact the SIAM Conference Department at


From: Simon Neil Chandler-Wilde <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:44:49 +0000
Subject: Chair/Reader, Numerical Analysis/Scientific Computing

Chair/Reader in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing,
University of Reading

As part of recruitment to 16 new academic positions in the School of
Mathematical and Physical Sciences, we are seeking a mathematician, at
full or associate professor level, to carry out internationally
leading research in numerical analysis/scientific computing and to
contribute to interdisciplinary research across the School. The School
has a world class reputation in the maths and physics of weather,
climate, earth observation, nonlinear waves and geophysical flows, and
you will contribute to a thriving research and education effort in
mathematics and at the interface between mathematics and earth system

The candidate appointed should have: an outstanding research
reputation and publication record in numerical analysis/scientific
computing; the ability to build an internationally excellent research
programme; the ability to secure research funding strong leadership
skills and the willingness to play a leading role in the development
of NA across the School; the ability to contribute to our
undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes; excellent
communication skills.

Informal enquiries are welcome to Prof Beatrice Pelloni
(<>, Head of
Department of Mathematics and Statistics) or Prof Simon Chandler-Wilde
Head of School).

For further details or to apply go to<> and search using
the reference number CH12020.

Closing Date; 9 November 2012.


From: Dora Lopes <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 17:42:05 -0400
Subject: Faculty Positions, Applied Mathematics, UC Merced

The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university
campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the
tenth campus of the University of California and the first American
research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission
of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of
the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and
student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate,
master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools:
Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

The School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced
( invites applications in the area
of Applied Mathematics ( starting July
1, 2013 at the levels of Full/Associate Professor (tenured) and
Assistant Professor (tenure-track). We are seeking exceptionally
qualified candidates with expertise in modeling, applied analysis,
scientific computing, or related areas. Special attention will be paid
to applicants who participate in interdisciplinary research, will
contribute to developing the applied mathematics curriculum, and will
contribute to one or more of the campus research initiatives in the
natural sciences, engineering and/or social sciences.

For more information or to apply:



From: "Daniel R. Reynolds" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:42:42 -0500
Subject: Tenure Track Positions, Southern Methodist Univ

Position Nos. 5754 and 6040. The Department of Mathematics at
Southern Methodist University invites applications for two
tenure-track assistant professor positions beginning fall 2013. The
department offers an active doctoral program in computational and
applied mathematics.

Preference will be given to candidates engaged in interdisciplinary
research in computational biology, high-performance computing, or
multi-scale methods. Outstanding candidates working in other areas of
computational and applied mathematics may also be
considered. Applicants must have a PhD, provide evidence of
outstanding research, and have a strong commitment to teaching at both
undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of
publications, research and teaching statements should be submitted via
the website Candidates should also arrange
for three letters of recommendation, which may be submitted on the
same website or sent by regular mail to Faculty Search Committee,
Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box
750156, Dallas, TX 75275-0156. The Search Committee can be contacted
via email:, Tel: (214) 768-2452 and Fax: (214)

To insure full consideration the application must be received by
December 17, 2012, but the committee will continue to accept
applications until the positions are filled. The committee will
notify applicants of its employment decisions after the positions are

SMU, a private university with an engineering school is situated in
the heart of the vibrant Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. SMU will
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national
origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. We particularly
welcome applications from minority or women scholars. SMU is also
committed to the principle of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of
a background check.


From: Michaela Seiwald <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:23:01 -0400
Subject: Tenure Track Position, University Assistant, Graz, Austria

Institute for Mathematics and Scientific Computing is filling a
University Assistant with doctorate (40 hours a week; fixed-term
employment for the period of 6 years with qualification agreement;
Envisaged Job Starting Date immediately )

Job specification:
- Research and teaching in applied mathematics with emphasis on
optimization, numerical analysis and analysis
- Cooperation in the research network "Mathematical Optimization and
Applications in the Biomedical Sciences"
- Collaboration in supervision of students
- Cooperation in organisational and administrative matters

Professional qualifications:
- Doctorial degree in a mathematical branch of study
- Solid knowledge in mathematical optimization (continuous) and its
algorithmic realisation, in differential equations, in functional
analysis and numerical analysis

Personal profile:
- High motivation for scientific excellence
- Capacity for teamwork
- Ability to teach in german language

Salary scheme of the Universitäten-KV (University Collective
Agreement): A2 Minimum salary: The minimum salary as stated in the
collective agreement and according to the classification scheme is EUR
4004.70 gross/month. This minimum salary may be higher due to previous
employment periods eligible for inclusion and other earnings and

We offer you a job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can
expect an enjoyable work climate, flexible work hours and numerous
possibilities for further education and personal development. Take
advantage of the chance to enter into a challenging work environment
full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.

Application Deadline: 14. November 2012
Reference Number: MB/159/99 ex 2011/12

If you are interested, please submit your application documents within
the stated deadline. Make sure to indicate the reference number on
your application and please send your CV, photo and relevant letters
of recommendation to:

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Universitätsplatz 3
8010 Graz
or by e-mail


From: Simon Shaw <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:49:58 +0100
Subject: Academic Positions, Brunel Univ, UK

Mathematics at Brunel has the following openings:

1) Chair in applied mathematics:

2) Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in probability and its

Both of these "areas" will be interpreted in a wide sense and so they
are both of interest to the na.digest community.

Please feel free to circulate this news as you see fit.


From: "Stewart, James R" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:23:38 +0000
Subject: Staff Position, DAKOTA Support Analyst, Sandia NL

The Optimization and UQ Department at Sandia National Laboratories in
Albuquerque, NM, is seeking qualified applicants for a DAKOTA Support
Analyst. DAKOTA is open-source software with capabilities for design
optimization, parameter estimation, uncertainty quantification, and
sensitivity analysis using large-scale simulation codes on
high-performance computers ( The DAKOTA
Support Analyst will lead in-depth technical support for users of
DAKOTA. Responsibilities include helping customers effectively use
DAKOTA, conducting training and user group sessions, managing DAKOTA
usability efforts, improving help resources, and interfacing between
customers, software developers, andline managers.

The position requires strong technical skills, outstanding
communication skills, a positive customer service attitude, and
interest inhelping others to achieve success, whether they are users
or developers. Itwill ultimately require a working knowledge of how to
set up and run problems in DAKOTA, a strong knowledge of computational
simulation, and familiarity with relevant hardware and software
systems. Secondarily, the DAKOTA Support Analyst will assist the team
in software maintenance, configuration management, and deployment
activities. Applicants should hold a bachelors or advanced degree in
Computer Science, Engineering, Operations Research, or
Mathematics. Experience working with large-scale software projects,
interest in continued learning, and familiarity with optimization,
uncertainty quantification, statistics, and related technologies are
all highly desirable.

For more information and to apply, go to and
click on the "careers" link. The Job ID is 641546. Sandia National
Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Sandia is a
Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory; as such, many of our
jobs require a DOE security clearance, which requires
U.S. citizenship. If this position requires a Department of Energy
(DOE)-granted security clearance, U.S. citizenship and employee
eligibility for clearance processing will be required at the time of
hire. If you hold dual citizenship and you accept a job offer for a
position that requires a DOE-granted security clearance, you will be
asked by DOE to renounce your foreign citizenship and retain only your
U.S. citizenship.


From: Denise Wagner <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:41:33 -0400
Subject: Limited Term Position, Computer Science, Sandia NL

Sandia National Laboratories is searching for a Limited Term - R&D
Science and Engineering Computer Science Researcher for the Numerical
Analysis and Applications Department in the Albuquerque, NM facility.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.

The Numerical Analysis and Applications department focuses on
fundamental and applied R&D on numerical methods, discretization, and
algorithms for applications in energy, climate and national security.

This research position will contribute directly to several new
projects at Sandia on analysis and development of computational
approaches to model the dynamics of the atmospheric and land ice,
including coupling effects, on the Earth's climate.

- Requires Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline plus 5 or more
years of experience; or a Master's degree in relevant discipline
plus 2 or more years of experience; or a Doctorate in relevant
discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Track record of high-quality research as evidenced by peer-reviewed
publications and high-quality scientific software.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to work with multi-
disciplinary teams of engineers and scientists.
- Experience in computer programming in C++ on massively parallel

Experience with the following:

- Sandia's open source Trilinos toolkit.
- Applications in climate modeling.
- Advanced node-level programming such as CUDA, OpenACC, OpenCL, or

To learn more about this position and to apply online, please visit us
at, click Advanced
Search and reference Job Opening ID Number: 641808.

U.S. Citizenship Normally Required. Equal Opportunity Employer.


From: "Tatiana T. Marquez-Lago" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 01:59:14 -0400
Subject: Postdoc Position, Stochastic Systems Biology, OIST

We are looking a highly motivated doctorate to work in several
interdisciplinary projects focused in stochastic gene expression,
diffusion, and effects in key cell signal transduction
processes. Ideal candidates will have a background in Mathematical
and/or Computational Sciences and a strong interest to collaborate
with experimental biologists. Previous experience with dynamical
systems (ODEs, PDEs) and Matlab programming is expected, while
experience in biological/chemical reaction modelling and stochastic
simulation (temporal and spatio-temporal) is a plus. Motivated
postdocs may have the opportunity to perform experiments in our
wetlab, should they desire to do so, while models will be calibrated
closely with experimental data. Specific projects will entail constant
feedback and cooperation with experimental and theoretical groups both
inside and outside Japan. Thus, the postdoc is expected to work in
groups, have excellent personal and communication skills, and a
willingness to communicate research results to interdisciplinary

The successful candidates will join the Integrative Systems Biology
Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST – for
group information please visit, and
will work under the supervision of Assistant Professor Tatiana
T. Marquez-Lago. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating
artificial barriers between people working in different
fields. English is the language of instruction and a large segment of
the faculty and student population is international. The postdoctoral
position includes competitive salaries to international standards, on
top of housing, commuting and relocation allowances. For further
information and to submit application materials, please email
tatiana.marquez (at) Interested candidates should send a
composite PDF containing their CV, list of publications, names and
contact information for 3 references, and brief statement of specific
research interests.

OIST is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and
encourages applications from women.


From: Jan S Hesthaven <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:34:14 -0400
Subject: Postdoc Position, Multiscale modeling, V&V in plasma physics

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on multi-scale
time-stepping and verification and validation (V&V) techniques as part
of a larger SciDAC-3 team, focusing on the modeling and analysis of
fusion edge plasmas. The project is joint with PPPL, ORNL and a number
of US universities. The desired expertise includes: (1) multi-scale
simulation techniques for differential equations, (2) broad background
in computational methods and numerical analysis, (3) demonstrated
substantial programming experience beyond Matlab. Applicante with
experience in plasma physics and particle-in-cell methods and/or V&V
will be preferred.

The position is initially for one year but is renewable for several
years upon mutual agreement.

The position is open to all nationalities, but it is anticipated that
the postdoctoral researcher will have to spend some time at US
national labs. It is important that the candidates background allows
for this.

The position is available immediately.

For further information and inquiries, please contact Prof Jan S
Hesthaven (


From: Aleksandar Donev <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:10:34 -0400
Subject: Postdoc Position, Fluctuating Hydrodynamics, Courant

A postdoctoral position is open in Aleksandar Donev's group in the
Department of Mathematics at New York University, part of the Courant
Institute of Mathematical Sciences. We offer a competitive salary and
an initial appointment of one or two years, and a flexible starting
date. Extension of the postdoctoral position for up to 3 years is

Prof. Donev’s research focuses on fluid mechanics in regimes where
thermal fluctuations are important. Notable examples include flows at
micro and nano scales typical of new microfluidic, nanofluidic and
microelectromechanical devices and novel nano-materials, as well as
processes where the effect of fluctuations is amplified by strong
non-equilibrium effects.

A postdoctoral candidate can participate in several aspects of this
broad research agenda. One ongoing project (funded by AFOSR) will
couple a fluctuating Navier-Stokes solver to immersed particles using
a stochastic extension of the immersed boundary method, and use this
to study complex fluids such as nanocolloids. Another project (funded
by the NSF) will develop algorithms and codes for modeling thermal
fluctuations in miscible fluid mixtures, and use the developed tools
to study giant fluctuations that appear in strongly non-equilibrium
settings. This work will also involve extensions to phase-separating
mixtures, modeled via a coupled fluctuating Navier-Stokes /
Cahn-Hilliard model (funded by DOE).

The Courant Institute is one of the leading centers for pure and
applied mathematics in the world; and in the heart of one of the most
vibrant cities in the world. New York University is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer.

A successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Applied or Computational
Mathematics or related areas (e.g., Engineering, Physics), a strong
publication record in computational physics journals (e.g., Physical
Review Letters/E, J. Comp. Phys.), ability to work independently and
ambition to pursue cutting-edge research with real impact. Previous
experience with hands-on computing (including programming in a
compiled language), PDEs, and Langevin equations is valuable. Some
experience with multiscale modeling, stochastic analysis, fluid
dynamics, and/or immersed boundary methods is preferred but not

Please submit your application via email, and include a statement of
interest and a Curriculum Vitae with complete list of publications and
computational skills and contact details for 2 to 3 references.


From: Talal Rahman <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:56:31 -0400
Subject: PhD Research Fellow Position, Computational Engineering

Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics in the Faculty of
Engineering, Bergen University College, has an open position for a PhD
research fellow in computational engineering focusing on the
development of advanced computational software for engineering

An ultimate aim of the project is to develop a more general platform
for computational modelling based on finite (volume) elements (FE/FVE)
and state-of- the-art computational techniques, focusing on high level
abstractions for improved (automatic) code generation and efficiency.

We are looking for candidates who have solid background in
computational science and mathematics, and demonstrated expertise or
interest in software engineering.

The successful applicant must have earned a master's degree or
equivalent in computational mathematics, computer science, or in a
closely related field, or have submitted the master's thesis before
the application deadline.

The application deadline is November 13, 2012.

For any inquiry contact: Associate Professor Talal Rahman, .

The full job description and how to apply can be found at .


From: Leo Liberti <>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:43:11 +0200
Subject: PhD Position, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique

Ph.D. position in Optimization/Simulation (with an application to
smart buildings)

Call for applications

Leo Liberti (1), Claudia D’Ambrosio (1), Youssef Hamadi (2)

(1) LIX École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
(2) Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK

A Ph.D. position is open at LIX, Ecole Polytechnique (until filled) on
the topic of optimization techniques in simulation, motivated by an
application to smart buildings.

Smart buildings integrate architecture, construction, technology and
energy systems; they make use of building automation, safety and
telecommunication devices, and they are managed automatically or
semi-automatically on the basis of local information provided by a
sensor network. The functioning of such a complex system necessarily
depends on several tunable parameters, with respect to which the whole
system can optimize several objectives (cost, energy efficiency,
ambience comfort and so on). For any given parameter value, system
performance can only be evaluated by a computationally costly
simulation procedure. The object of this Ph.D. thesis is to devise new
methodologies for optimizing smart building systems under such
computational constraints.

The successful Ph.D. candidate will be co-supervised by:
- Dr. Youssef Hamadi (Microsoft Research, Cambridge,
- Dr. Claudia D’Ambrosio (LIX, Ecole Polytechnique,
- Prof. Leo Liberti (LIX, Ecole Polytechnique,

Most of the thesis work will take place at the Laboratoire
d’Informatique (LIX) of Ecole Polytechnique, within the System
Modelling and Optimization (SYSMO) research team, which counts around
10-15 people, including 6 permanent researchers, and more precisely
within the research group that grew around the Microsoft-CNRS
“Optimization and Sustainable Development (OSD)” Chair. A part of the
thesis work will take place at Microsoft Research headquarters in

The salary will be 33,333EUR/year gross for a non-renewable maximum of
three years, which should roughly correspond to 1500-1600EUR/net plus
social security (the precise amount depends on the personal situation
and cannot be foreseen precisely). Some internships at Microsoft
Research Cambridge might provide additional remuneration for short
time periods.

Interested candidates should send a PDF-formatted CV and two
PDF-formatted, signed reference letters to Dr. D’Ambrosio


From: Maya <>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:54:48 +0200
Subject: Contents, Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, 19(3)

Contents of Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications
Vol 19, Issue 3, 2012

An improved convergence analysis of smoothed aggregation algebraic
multigrid, Marian Brezina, Petr Vaněk and Panayot S. Vassilevski
(pages 441-469)

An auxiliary space preconditioner for linear elasticity based on the
generalized finite element method, James Brannick and Durkbin Cho
(pages 471-484)

A probing method for computing the diagonal of a matrix inverse, Jok
M. Tang and Yousef Saad (pages 485-501)

Subtracting a best rank-1 approximation from p × p × 2(p≥2)
tensors, Xu Kong and Yao-Lin Jiang (pages 503-523)

Parallel numerical solution of the time-harmonic Maxwell equations in
mixed form, Dan Li, Chen Greif and Dominik Schötzau (pages 525-539)

An alternating direction method for linear-constrained matrix nuclear
norm minimization, Yun-Hai Xiao and Zheng-Fen Jin (pages 541-554)

Flexible incomplete Cholesky factorization with multi-parameters to
control the number of nonzero elements in preconditioners, Yong Zhang,
Ting-Zhu Huang, Yan-Fei Jing and Liang Li (pages 555-569)

A practical two-term acceleration algorithm for linear systems,
Chuan-Long Wang and Guo-Yan Meng (pages 571-583)

A Padé family of iterations for the matrix sign function and related
problems, Oleksandr Gomilko, Federico Greco and Krystyna Ziȩtak
(pages 585-605)

On the perturbation of the Q-factor of the QR factorization,
X.-W. Chang (pages 607-619)


From: Maya <>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:59:03 +0200
Subject: Contents, Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, 19(4)

Contents of Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications
Vol 19, Issue 4, 2012

On the convergence of right transforming iterations for the numerical
solution of PDE-constrained optimization problems, Christopher
Linsenmann (pages 621-638)

Mixed, componentwise condition numbers and small sample statistical
condition estimation of Sylvester equations, Huaian Diao, Hua Xiang
and Yimin Wei (pages 639-654)

Multisplitting for regularized least squares with Krylov subspace
recycling, Rosemary A. Renaut, Youzuo Lin and Hongbin Guo (pages

On the Moore-Penrose inverse in solving saddle-point systems with
singular diagonal blocks, R. KuÄera, T. Kozubek, A. Markopoulos and
J. Machalová (pages 677-699)

A stabilization algorithm of the Navier-Stokes equations based on
algebraic Bernoulli equation, L. Amodei and J.-M. Buchot (pages

Localization of generalized eigenvalues by Cartesian ovals,
V. Kostić, R. S. Varga and L. Cvetković (pages 728-741)

On parametrization of totally nonpositive matrices and applications,
Rong Huang (pages 742-753)

On eigenvalue distribution of constraint-preconditioned symmetric
saddle point matrices, Luca Bergamaschi (pages 754-772)

Space-angle-energy multigrid methods for Sn discretizations of the
multi-energetic Boltzmann equation, B. Lee (pages 773-795)


Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 16:45:49 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Contents, Computational Methods and Function Theory, 12(2)

Abstracts online available at

Concerning Strong Generation of L(E), Pages 363-369, W. Zelazko

Matrix Representations of a Special Polynomial Sequence in Arbitrary
Dimension, Pages 371-391, I. Cacao, M. I. Falcao, H. Malonek

On Finite-Term Recurrence Relations for Bergman and Szegoe
Polynomials, Pages 393-402, L. Baratchart, E. B. Saff,
N. S. Stylianopoulos

An Addendum to Theorems of A. F. Leont'ev and L. Carleson on an
Infinite Order Differential Equation on a Real Interval, Pages
403-417, E. Zikkos

Universality and Cesaro Summability, Pages 419-448, E. Katsoprinakis,
V. Nestoridis, Ch. Papachristodoulos

Schwarz-Christoffel Formula for Multiply Connected Domains, Pages
449-463, V. Mityushev

On Eigenvalues of the Schroedinger Operator with an Even
Complex-Valued Polynomial Potential, Pages 465-481, P. Alexandersson

On a Multi-Point Schwarz-Pick Lemma, Pages 483-499, K. H. Cho, S.-A
Kim, T. Sugawa

Generalized Derivative and Primitive of Cliffordian Bases of
Polynomials Constructed Through Appell Monomials, Pages 501-515,
M. Zayed, M. Abul-Ez, J. Morais

Approximating all Meromorphic Functions by Linear Motions of the
Riemann Zeta-Function, Pages 517-526, P. M. Gauthier

A Uniqueness Polynomial Generating a Unique Range Set and Vise Versa,
Pages 527-539, A. Banerjee, I. Lahiri

Bloch's Theorem in the Context of Quaternion Analysis, Pages 541-558,
J. Morais, K. Gürlebeck

Smale's Mean Value Conjecture and Complex Dynamics, Pages 559-563,
H. Miles-Leighton, K. M. Pilgrim

Some Four Dimensional Definite Integrals Arising from Zeta-Function
Theory, Pages 565-583, R. Hall

The Uniformisation of a Twice-Punctured Disc, Pages 585-596,
A. F. Beardon

Q_alpha-Normal Families and Entire Functions, Pages 597-651, S. Gul,
S. Nevo

A Class of Non-Linear ODEs with Movable Algebraic Singularities, Pages
653-667, T. Kecker

On Harmonic Close-To-Convex Functions, Pages 669-685, S. Ponnusamy,
A. Sairam Kaliraj

Extending the Schwarz-Christoffel Formula to Universal Covering Maps
of a Riemann Surface, Pages 687-706, J. Tsai


From: Karl Durst <>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:37:05 -0400
Subject: Contents, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, 33(3)

Contents, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications
33(3) September 2012

Linear-Time Complete Positivity Detection and Decomposition of Sparse
Matrices, Peter J. C. Dickinson, and Mirjam Dür
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 701-720

Augmentation Block Triangular Preconditioners for Regularized Saddle
Point Problems, Shu-Qian Shen , Ting-Zhu Huang , and Jian-Song Zhang
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 721-741

Low-Rank Explicit QTT Representation of the Laplace Operator and Its
Inverse, Vladimir A. Kazeev, and Boris N. Khoromskij
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 742-758

A Generalization of the Multishift QR Algorithm, Raf Vandebril, and
David S. Watkins
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 759-779

Doubling Algorithms with Permuted Lagrangian Graph Bases, Volker
Mehrmann, and Federico Poloni
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 780-805

The Best Rank-1 Approximation of a Symmetric Tensor and Related
Spherical Optimization Problems, Xinzhen Zhang, Chen Ling, and Liqun
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 806-821

On the Accuracy of the Karlson--Waldén Estimate of the Backward Error
for Linear Least Squares Problems, Serge Gratton, Pavel Jiránek, and
David Titley-Peloquin
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 822-836

A Superfast Structured Solver for Toeplitz Linear Systems via
Randomized Sampling, Jianlin Xia, Yuanzhe Xi, and Ming Gu
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 837-858

Interpolation-Based ${\cal H}_2$-Model Reduction of Bilinear Control
Systems, Peter Benner, and Tobias Breiten
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 859-885

New Efficient and Robust HSS Cholesky Factorization of SPD Matrices,
ShengGuo Li, Ming Gu, Cinna Julie Wu, and JianLin Xia
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 886-904

Convexity Properties of the Condition Number II, Carlos Beltrán,
Jean-Pierre Dedieu, Gregorio Malajovich, and Mike Shub
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 905-939

Minimum Rank Solutions to the Matrix Approximation Problems in the
Spectral Norm Musheng Wei, and Dongmei Shen,
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 940-957

Any Ritz Value Behavior Is Possible for Arnoldi and for GMRES, Jurjen
Duintjer Tebbens, and Gérard Meurant
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 958-978

An Oettli--Prager-Like Theorem for the Symmetric Solution Set and for
Related Solution Sets, Günter Mayer
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 979-999

Nearest Linear Systems with Highly Deficient Reachable Subspaces, Emre
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 1000-1017

On Generic Identifiability of 3-Tensors of Small Rank, Luca Chiantini,
and Giorgio Ottaviani
SIAM. J. Matrix Anal. & Appl. 33-3 (2012), pp. 1018-1037

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