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From: Karel Segeth <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:17:46 +0100 (CET)
Subject: 2012 Babuska Prize Awarded

In December 2012, the Czech Association for Mechanics and the Union of
Czech Mathematicians and Physicists again awarded the I. Babuska Prize
for the best work in scientific computing submitted by students and
young scientists. The Prize winner for 2012 is Dr Josef Rak from the
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague.
The work honored is his PhD thesis Numerical solution of a Fredholm
integral equation of the second kind related to induction heating.

Further winners were delivered diplomas of honor. The second position
was awarded to Dr Radek Fucik from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and
Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague for
his PhD thesis Advanced numerical methods for modelling two-phase flow
in heterogeneous porous media. The third position belongs to Dr Martin
Cermak from the VSB-Technical University of Ostrava who presented his
PhD thesis Scalable algorithms for solving elasto- plastic problems.

Further diplomas of honor were delivered to MS theses. The first
position in this category was taken by Matyas Novak from the Faculty
of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague for his
thesis Symmetric sparse matrix eigenproblem connected with the
computation of electron states. The second position was awarded to Jan
Papez from the same Faculty for his thesis Estimates of algebraic
error and stopping criteria in numerical solution of partial
differential equations. The third position was shared by Jiri Blazek
(Czech Technical University in Prague) with his MS thesis and Eliska
Janouchova from the same University with her BS thesis.

The Prize was established in 1994 by an outstanding Czech
mathematician Ivo Babuska, Institute for Computational Engineering and
Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX. He is well-known for his
fundamental results in the finite element method.


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:45:18 -0500
Subject: New Book, Computational Mathematical Modeling

Announcing the December 17, 2012, publication by SIAM of:

Computational Mathematical Modeling: An Integrated Approach Across
Scales, by Daniela Calvetti and Erkki Somersalo

2012 / xii + 222 pages / Softcover / ISBN 978-1-611972-47-4 /
List Price $69.00 / SIAM Member Price $48.30 / Order Code MM17

Interesting, real-world mathematical modeling problems are complex and
can usually be studied at different scales. The scale at which the
investigation is carried out is one of the factors that determines the
type of mathematics most appropriate to describe the problem. This
book concentrates on two modeling paradigms: the macroscopic, in which
the authors describe phenomena in terms of time evolution via ordinary
differential equations, and the microscopic, which requires knowledge
of random events and probability. The text emphasizes the development
of computational skills to construct predictive models and analyze the
results. To elucidate the concepts, a wealth of examples and portions
of MATLAB code used by the authors are included.

It is designed for classroom use and has been extensively tested by
the authors. The homework problems have been carefully designed to
develop students’ computational skills. The book is based on an
unorthodox combination of deterministic and probablistic methodologies
that are naturally bridged through examples; it painlessly introduces
students to advanced themes in a natural progression and includes
suggestions for further reading.

To order, or for more information about this and all SIAM books,
please visit


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:50:04 -0500
Subject: New Book, Semidefinite Optimization and Convex Algebraic Geometry

Announcing the December 17, 2012, publication by SIAM of:

Semidefinite Optimization and Convex Algebraic Geometry, edited by
Grigoriy Blekherman, Pablo A. Parrilo, and Rekha R. Thomas
2012 / xx + 476 pages / Softcover / ISBN: 978-1-611972-28-3 /
List Price $129.00 / SIAM Member Price $90.30 / Order Code MO13

This book provides a self-contained, accessible introduction to the
mathematical advances and challenges resulting from the use of
semidefinite programming in polynomial optimization. This quickly
evolving research area with contributions from the diverse fields of
convex geometry, algebraic geometry, and optimization is known as
convex algebraic geometry.

Each chapter addresses a fundamental aspect of convex algebraic
geometry. The book begins with an introduction to nonnegative
polynomials and sums of squares and their connections to semidefinite
programming and quickly advances to several areas at the forefront of
current research. These include semidefinite representability of
convex sets, duality theory from the point of view of algebraic
geometry, and nontraditional topics such as sums of squares of complex
forms and noncommutative sums of squares polynomials.

Suitable for a class or seminar, with exercises aimed at teaching the
topics to beginners, the book serves as a point of entry into the
subject for readers from multiple communities such as engineering,
mathematics, and computer science. A guide to the necessary background
material is available in the appendix.

To order, or for more information about this and all SIAM books,
please visit


From: "Francisco J. Gaspar" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:24:31 -0500
Subject: Numerical Mathematics and Applications, Spain, Jun 2013

Lectures on Numerical Mathematics and Applications
3-4 June 2013, Zaragoza (Spain)

We are pleased to announce the first courses of the series "Lectures
on Numerical Mathematics and Applications", which will take place at
the University of Zaragoza (Spain) from 3rd to 4th June 2013. They
will consist of six lectures of two hours each, given by renowned
prestige professors of different Universities, related to theory and
application of numerical mathematics. The programme will include the
following preliminary speakers:
- Alfio Borzi - Multigrid methods for optimal control problems with
PDE constraints
- Cornelis W. Oosterlee - Numerical Mathematics Techniques in
Computational Finance
- Ulrich Rüde - Introduction to Parallel Scientific Computing
- Volker Schulz - Introduction to shape optimization
- Stefan Vandewalle - (to confirm the title)
- Irad Yavneh - Introduction to multiscale computational methods with
applications to image processing

The courses are addressed mainly to newly-graduated, PhD students and
professionals from engineering schools and applied science
Universities from all over the world. The main aim of the courses is
to introduce young researchers to the modeling and simulation of
different problems of partial differential equations. All the courses
will be held in English language.

For further details please see
For more information, contact:


From: "Landsberg, Sandy" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:15:28 -0500
Subject: Associate Director Position, Department of Energy

The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Advanced
Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), is seeking a motivated and
highly qualified individual to serve as the Associate Director.
Please see: for
the position announcement. For more information on ASCR please visit
the following link:

This Senior Executive Service position is open until January 31, 2013.


From: Arieh Iserles <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 05:09:31 -0500
Subject: Lectureship in Mathematics of Information, Univ of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Mathematics
of Information to commence on 1 July 2013 or as soon as possible
thereafter. Appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the
scale for University Lecturers and will be for a probationary period
of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject
to satisfactory performance.

The Lectureship is part of an on-going effort in Cambridge to develop
applied and computational analysis and to address emerging themes in
the application of mathematics. The successful candidate will have a
PhD in Mathematics or equivalent, an outstanding research record and
will be expected to carry forward a programme of research in the
application of mathematical analysis techniques to
information. Relevant research areas include compressed sensing,
greedy algorithms, mathematical aspects of signal and image processing
and computational harmonic analysis.

Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to Professor Arieh
Iserles (email: Further particulars about
the position and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical
Physics are available at


From: Lars Gruene <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:03:27 -0500
Subject: Professor Position (W3), Applied Math, Univ of Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth welcomes applications for a Professor
Position (W3 level) in Applied Mathematics, preferably within the
areas Systems and Control Theory and Optimal Control. The application
deadline is January 21, 2013. For more information please see
(in German).


From: "M. Moser" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:16:00 -0500
Subject: University Assistant Position, Austria

University Assistant with doctorate
(40 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 6 years;
Envisaged Job Starting Date immediately )

Job specification:
-Research in the field of applied mathematics with emphasis on the
analysis and the numerics of problems in mathematical image
processing and inverse problems
-Collaboration in the special research program „Mathematical
Optimization and Applications in the Biomedical Sciences“ and in
interdisciplinary cooperation projects
-Independent teaching of courses in the field of applied mathematics,
supervision of students and holding of exams
-Participation in organizational and administrative matters
Professional qualifications:
-Doctoral degree in a mathematical branch of study
-Solid knowledge of mathematical methods in image processing, inverse
problems and numerical mathematics
-Knowledge of functional analysis, geometric measure continuous
mathematical optimization and its efficient algorithmic realization

Personal profile:
-Ability for integration into interdisciplinary cooperation projects,
in particular the special research program „Mathematical Optimization
and Applications in the Biomedical Sciences“
-Capacity for teamwork, organizational talent and ability to
-Ability to teach in german language

Salary scheme of the Universitäten-KV (University Collective
Agreement): B1

Minimum salary:
The minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement and according
to the classification scheme is EUR 3381.70 gross/month. This minimum
salary may be higher due to previous employment periods eligible for
inclusion and other earnings and remunerations.

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: 09. January 2013
Reference Number: MB/4/99 ex 2012/13

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: Patty Hough <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:00:52 -0500
Subject: John von Neumann Fellowship Position, Sandia National Labs

The Computing Research Center and the Computer Sciences and
Information Systems Center at Sandia National Laboratories invite
outstanding candidates to apply for the 2013 John von Neumann
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Computational Science. This
prestigious post-doctoral fellowship is supported by the Applied
Mathematics Research Program in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office
of Advanced Scientific Computing Research. The fellowship provides an
exceptional opportunity for innovative research in computational
mathematics and scientific computing on advanced computing
architectures with application to a broad range of science and
engineering problems of national importance. Applicants must have or
soon receive a Ph.D. in applied/computational mathematics or related
computational science and engineering disciplines. Applicants must
have less than three years of postdoctoral experience. This
appointment is for one year, with a possible renewal for a second
year, and includes a highly competitive salary, moving expenses and a
generous professional travel allowance.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Complete applications
received before February 8, 2013 will receive full consideration;
however the position will remain open until filled.

For more information, including application instructions, please see
our web page at

Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.


Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:27:06 +0000
Subject: Postdoc Research Assoc Position, Comp Photonics

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Photonics
The University of Texas at Dallas

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Texas at
Dallas seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in
Computational Photonics with a faculty member whose research interests
address the mathematical modeling, analysis, simulation, and design
optimization of optical systems, including mode-locked lasers and
photoacoustic spectroscopy sensors.

A Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics or a closely related field is
required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in at
least two of the following areas: computational methods for solving
partial differential equations, nonlinear waves, physics-based
mathematical modeling, and dynamical systems. The successful
candidate should have excellent communication skills and an interest
in working in an interdisciplinary research team.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a letter of
application, a concise research description, up to three scholarly
publications, and three letters of reference via the online
application form at

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until
the position is filled. UTD is an AAIEO employer. For further
information about the position, please contact Professor John Zweck


From: "Susan E. Minkoff" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:51:48 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Postdoc Research Assoc Position, Math Geosciences, UT Dallas

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Texas at
Dallas seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in
Mathematical Geosciences. A Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics or a closely
related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates with
experience in at least some of the following areas: multiscale methods
for solving pde's, wave propagation and inversion, flow in porous
media, and multiphysics simulation. The successful candidate should
have excellent communication skills and an interest in working in an
interdisciplinary research team.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a letter of
application, a concise research description, up to three scholarly
publications, and three letters of reference via the online
application form. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will
continue until the position is filled. UTD is an AA/EO employer. For
further information about the position please contact Professor Sue
Minkoff (email: To see the full ad and to
apply go to:


From: Pierre Martinon <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:08:44 +0100
Subject: Postdoc Position, Comp and Applied Math, INRIA near Paris

TITLE: Interpolation techniques for optimal control applications

TEAM: Commands (INRIA Saclay, CMAP Ecole Polytechnique)

Models for real-world optimal control problems can include complex
functions, for which no analytic expression is available. A common
workaround is then to use interpolation techniques on some data sets
obtained by measures or simulations. Depending on the application
field, these data sets can have several flaws such as missing values,
noise and/or low precision, insufficient sampling. We are interested
in developing interpolation techniques that can address these issues
for use in optimisation methods.

Commands ( is a team devoted to the
optimization of dynamical systems, from the theoretical aspects to
numerical simulations. We started in 2010 the development of a toolbox
for optimal control problems: Bocop (, whose features
are begin expanded since then.

The task is to devise interpolation methods that can handle
incomplete, noisy or badly sampled data sets. The work goes from the
mathematical study to the actual software implementation, as part of
Bocop. The position is based at the CMAP Ecole Polytechnique, near
Paris. (

Phd in applied mathematics, with some programming experience in C/C++.
Knowledge of optimisation, interpolation or automatic differentiation
techniques is a plus.

F. Bonnans and P. Martinon,,


From: Hilary Weller <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:10:35 +0000
Subject: Postdoc Position, Numerical Methods for Weather and Climate

Post doc position on numerical methods for weather and climate at the
University of Reading in collaboration with the UK Met Office

Three year position starting early 2013 in the department of
Meteorology. The post will be part of the GungHo project
[] to
design and build a new dynamical core for the Met Office's Unified Model
targeting the exaflop generation of supercomputers. This post will work
in close collaboration with the Met Office, the Science and Technology
Facilities Council and academics from 5 other universities. Rapid
prototyping of discretisations will be done using OpenFOAM, under the
PI's supervision. Subsequently, the job holder will be working on the
development of the new Met Office model in collaboration
with the rest of the GungHo team.

The applicant should have a strong programming and numerical methods
background including a PhD in this area.

Closing date 11 Jan 2013
Interview date 5 Feb 2013

Salary in the range £28-34K depending on previous experience.

For further details and to apply visit
and search for Numerical Model Developer


From: Christine Ann Shoemaker <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:31:09 +0000
Subject: Postdoc Position, Dynamic Prog/Optimal Control, Cornell Univ

Prof. Stedinger and Prof. Shoemaker are seeking a postdoctoral
associate to work on stochastic nonlinear optimal control and dynamic
programming applied to a large hydropower system. The scope of the
project covers both a) numerical analysis associated with optimal
control and b) application to hydropower, but we would seriously
consider applicants with a strong dynamic programming/nonlinear
optimal control background and excellent computer programming skills
(e.g. in Matlab or Python) who have no prior experience in
hydropower. The PI's on the project have expertise in dynamic
programming, statistics and in hydropower. This 3 year project is
funded through a research grant and the funding agency plans to
develop a software system based on this research that will be
implemented to guide hydropower policy over many reservoirs for many

The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable for up
to three years. The position starts in early 2013 so potential
applicants are encouraged to apply soon through Cornell's academic job
website: and continue
with Faculty and Non-Faculty Instruction, Res. & Ext. Positions, to

Requisition ID 19097-Post Dr Assoc - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Prof. Stedinger and Prof. Shoemaker are both affiliated with the Civil
and Environmental Engineering Program and with the Applied Math
program at Cornell. Prof. Shoemaker is also affiliated with the
Operations Research and Information Engineering Program at Cornell.


From: Matthias Ehrhardt <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:29:29 +0100
Subject: 12 PhD/5 Postdoc Positions, European Comp Finance Network

12 PhD positions (36 months) and 5 post-doc positions (12 months) are
available within the newly established Initial Training Network (ITN)
"STRIKE- Novel Methods in Computational Finance", funded by the Marie
Curie actions under the FP7 People programme from the European

The motivation for this training network is the need for a network of
highly educated European scientists in the field of financial
mathematics and computational science, so as to exchange and discuss
current insights and ideas, and to lay groundwork for future
collaborations. Besides a series of internationally recognized
researchers from academics, leading quantitative analysts from the
financial industry also participate in this network.

For further details,

Positions will be available starting 1st of February 2013 or later. We
are seeking for students or postdocs with a strong knowledge in
computational finance or related fields.

The salaries follow the European regulation with a monthly salary plus
mobility allowance. The candidates can be of any nationality
(European or non European), but not from the country in which he/she
will be hired. Substantial funding for participation in conferences
and other research and training activities will be also offered.
Applications including a full curriculum vitae, and the names and
addresses of at least two referees should be sent to the corresponding
supervisor, see

for more details how to apply and the eligibility criteria.


From: Jonathan Crofts <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:24:24 -0500
Subject: PhD Position, Maths Biology, Nottingham Trent Univ

The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University
invites applications from candidates for a PhD studentship entitled
“Mathematical modelling of epileptic seizure progression”.

The project shall employ multiscale computational and asymptotic
techniques, to investigate thoroughly the influence of the geometry
and connectivity of the cortical surface of the brain on the
progression of epileptic seizures. Model development and validation
will be undertaken in close collaboration with experimental workers,
employing relevant EEG and MRI data.

Candidates should have a first class honours degree or equivalent (and
preferably a Masters Degree) in mathematics, or a subject with high
mathematical content. Excellent programming skills (Matlab, C/C++) are
also desirable.

Funding is for 3 years and will pay UK/EU fees and provide a
maintenance stipend linked to RCUK rate (currently £13, 590 per annum)
for up to 3 years.

For further information, contact Jonathan Crofts
( or Reuben O’Dea (


From: Elise DeDoncker <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 03:20:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Deadline extended, LSCP 2013, Spain, Jun 2013

Deadline extended: Workshop on Large Scale Computational
Physics/Physical Sciences - LSCP 2013

Authors are invited to submit original contributions to LSCP 2013,
organized in conjunction with the Int. Conf. on Comp. Science (ICCS)
(see, ) in Barcelona, Spain, June
5-7, 2013.

Scope. LSCP focuses on symbolic and numerical methods and simulations,
algorithms and tools for developing and running large-scale
computations in physical sciences. Special interest will go to: high
numerical precision, parallelism and scalability (massively parallel
systems, GPU, many-integrated-cores, cluster and grid/cloud
computing). Topics will be chosen from areas including theoretical
physics (high energy physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics,
cosmology, quantum physics, accelerator physics), plasma physics,
condensed matter physics, molecular dynamics, bio-physical system
modeling, material science/engineering, nanotechnology, fluid
dynamics, complex and turbulent systems, climate modeling and so on.

Deadline for paper submission. January 15, 2013.

Proceedings. Accepted papers will be printed in the ICCS proceedings
published by Elsevier Science in Procedia Computer Science series.

Workshop Chairs. Elise de Doncker (;
Fukuko Yuasa (


From: "Lucking, Laura - Chichester" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:33:34 +0000
Subject: Contents, Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, 5(6)

Statistical Analysis and Data Mining - Volume 5, Issue 6
Special Issue: Best Papers from the SLDM Competition


Prize Winning Papers on Statistical Learning and Data Mining
(page 477) Joseph Verducci

Research Articles

Testing for white noise against locally stationary alternatives
(pages 478-492) Georg M. Goerg

Multiple Response Regression for Gaussian Mixture Models with Known
Labels (pages 493-508) Wonyul Lee, Ying Du, Wei Sun, David Neil Hayes
and Yufeng Liu

Predicting simulation parameters of biological systems using a
Gaussian process model (pages 509-522) Xiangxin Zhu, Max Welling, Fang
Jin and John Lowengrub

Maximum Likelihood Estimation Over Directed Acyclic Gaussian Graphs
(pages 523-530) Yiping Yuan, Xiaotong Shen and Wei Pan


From: Ralph Baker Kearfott <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:37:13 -0600
Subject: Contents, Reliable Computing, Special Issue, Bernstein Polynomials

For general information on this open-access journal, as
well as information for authors, see:

For tables of contents, as well as access to the articles, see:

Volume 17 (Special Issue on the Use of Bernstein Polynomials in
Reliable Computing: A Centennial Anniversary) Guest editors: Jürgen
Garloff and Andrew P. Smith

Preface (Jürgen Garloff and Andrew P Smith)

Part 1: New Properties

Jorge Delgado and Juan Manuel Peña, Optimality of Bernstein
Representations for Computational Purposes, pp. 1-10, December, 2012.

Richard Leroy, Convergence under Subdivision and Complexity of
Polynomial Minimization in the Simplicial Bernstein Basis, pp. 11-21,
December, 2012.

Dominique Michelucci, Sebti Foufou, and Arnaud Kubicki, On the
Complexity of the Bernstein Combinatorial Problem, pp. 22- 33,
December, 2012.

Anthony Narkawicz, Jürgen Garloff, Andrew P. Smith, and César
A. Muñoz, Bounding the Range of a Rational Function over a box,
pp. 34-39, December, 2012.

Shashwati Ray and P. S. V. Nataraj, A Matrix Method for Efficient
Computation of Bernstein Coefficients, pp. 40-71, December, 2012.

Part 2: Applications

Szilvia Béla and Bert Jüttler, Real Root Approximation Using Fat
Spheres, pp. 72-96, December, 2012.

Luis G. Crespo, Daniel P. Giesy, and Sean P. Kenny, A Unifying
Framework to Uncertainty Quantification of Polynomial Systems Subject
to Aleatory and Epistemic Uncertainty, pp. 97-127, December, 2012.

Thao Dang and Romain Testylier, Reachability Analysis for Polynomial
Dynamical Systems Using the Bernstein Expansion, pp. 128-152,
December, 2012.

Coen C. de Visser, Eric-Jan van Kampen, Q. Ping Chu, and J.
A. Mulder, Intersplines: A New Approach to Globally Optimal
Multivariate Splines Using Interval Analysis, pp. 153-191, December,

Sebti Foufou and Dominique Michelucci, The Bernstein Basis and its
Applications in Solving Geometric Constraint Systems, pp. 192-208,
December, 2012.

Anthony Narkawicz and César A. Muñoz, Formal Verification of Conflict
Detection Algorithms for Arbitrary Trajectories, pp. 209-237,
December, 2012.

End of NA Digest