NA Digest Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Volume 14 : Issue 18

Today's Editor:
Daniel M. Dunlavy
Sandia National Labs

Submissions for NA Digest:


From: Fred J. Hickernell
Date: June 09, 2014
Subject: Guaranteed Automatic Integration Library (GAIL), Version 1.3

We are pleased to announce version 1.3 of the Guaranteed Automatic
Integration Library (GAIL), which is available at GAIL is a collection of MATLAB
functions that perform

- univariate and multivariate integration,
- univariate function approximation, and
- Monte Carlo estimation of the mean of a random variable.

Version 1.3 includes some bug fixes plus more general definitions of
the problems. These algorithms are automatic in the sense that they
provide the answer to within the user- specified error tolerance.
They are adaptive. Unlike competitors, the GAIL algorithms have
theoretical guarantees of success, which are provided in our recent

F. J. Hickernell, L. Jiang, Y. Liu, and A. B. Owen, Guaranteed
conservative fixed width confidence intervals via Monte Carlo
sampling, Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods 2012 (J. Dick,
F. Y. Kuo, G. W. Peters, and I. H. Sloan, eds.), Springer-Verlag,
Berlin, pp. 105-128, 2014.

N. Clancy, Y. Ding, C. Hamilton, F. J. Hickernell, and Y. Zhang, The
complexity of guaranteed automatic algorithms: Cones, not balls,
Journal of Complexity, 30, pp. 21-45, 2014, DOI:

GAIL is under ongoing development with the next release scheduled for
September 2014. We welcome feedback.


From: Xin Liu
Date: June 05, 2014
Subject: LMSVD version 1.1 is available for computing truncated SVD

LMSVD is a Matlab solver for computing truncated (dominant) singular
value decompositions of relatively large matrices. The code uses a
subspace optimization technique to achieve significant accelerations
to the classic simultaneous subspace iterations method, and is
typically much faster than the Matlab’s default function “svds”.

The code is available at:


From: Chee Yap
Date: June 09, 2014
Subject: ICMS 2014, Korea, Aug 2014

The 4th International Congress on Mathematical Software (ICMS)
August 5 - 9, 2014, Seoul, Korea
Satellite of ICM 2014, Seoul

The online registration information is now available. Please note
that early registration ends on July 15.

Please join us for an exciting program with
- 5 plenary speakers
- Over 125 talks
- A software tutorial/demo day

For the short abstracts of talks, please see
The proceedings will be published as LNCS 8592 and distributed at the

ICMS 2014 offers a small number of reduced or free registrations.
Preference is given to students or researchers in third world
countries. Please send your requests to by July 1.


From: Andreas Steinbrecher
Date: June 04, 2014
Subject: MSO-Tools 2014, Germany, Sep 2014

Workshop MSO-Tools 2014
Modeling, Simulation and Optimisation Tools
29.-30. Sep. 2014, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Please use abstract submission form
to submit an abstract until June 30, 2014.

This workshop will focus on various aspects of modeling, simulation
and optimization (MSO) Tools for dynamical multi-physics systems. The
aim is to bring together developers and users of MSO tools together
with people working in practice. The workshop will offer the
possibility for detailed discussions and the initiation of
cooperations for scientists in academia and industry working on or
with MSO tools.

Every talk should address the state of the art of current research
as well as open questions and requirements for further theoretical
research in algorithm and software development. The talks should be
accessible to participants from different application fields.

Deadline for abstract submission: June 30, 2014.
Deadline for registration: August 31, 2014.
Workshop web page:

For additional information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Volker Mehrmann,, or
Dr. Andreas Steinbrecher,


From: Fabio Nobile
Date: June 06, 2014
Subject: Numerical Analysis of SPDEs, Switzerland, Sep 2014

The next NASPDE 2014 (Numerical Analysis of Stochastic PDEs)
workshop will be held at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de
Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, on September 9-10, 2014.

The NASPDE workshops take place once a year. The goal of this
conference is to promote recent advances in Numerical Analysis related
to Stochastic PDEs and/or Random Processes and their applications. It
covers various domains from simulation and analysis of numerical
schemes for PDE or SPDE, to propagation of uncertainty and the
development of efficient simulation methods for random processes.

Confirmed speakers include
* Andrea Barth, University of Stuttgart - Germany
* Robert Dalang, EPFL, Lausanne - Switzerland
* Helmut Harbrecht, University of Basel - Switzerland
* Arnulf Jentzen, ETH, Zürich - Switzerland
* Stig Larsson, Chalmers University - Sweden
* Kody Law, KAUST - Saudi Arabia
* Hermann Matthies, University of Braunschweig - Germany
* Anthony Nouy, Ecole Centrale de Nantes - France
* David J. Silvester, University of Manchester - UK
* Anders Szepessy, KTH Stockholm - Sweden
* Denis Talay, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis - France
* Raul Tempone, KAUST - Saudi Arabia

September is a busy period in Lausanne. If you plan to attend the
meeting, we recommend that you book a hotel room as soon as possible.


From: Matthew Dixon
Date: June 08, 2014
Subject: High Performance Computational Finance, USA, Nov 2014

The Seventh Workshop on High Performance Computational Finance
(WHPCF14) will take place on the 16th of November at SC'14 in New
Orleans. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together
practitioners, researchers, vendors, and scholars from the
complementary fields of computational finance and high performance
computing, in order to promote an exchange of ideas, discuss future
collaborations and develop new research directions. Financial
companies increasingly rely on high performance computers to analyze
high volumes of financial data, automatically execute trades, and
manage risk.

For 2014, we are particularly interested in submissions addressing the
following emerging topics in high performance computational finance:

- Financial analytics, including Big Data in computational finance
- Software infrastructure for high performance and high productivity
- Use of FPGAs for high frequency trading

The deadline for paper submissions is 11:59pm EST August 22nd.
Further details of the workshop can be found at


From: Daniel B Szyld
Date: June 05, 2014
Subject: Mid-Atlantic NA-Day, USA, Nov 2014

The fourth annual Mid-Atlantic NA-Day will take place at Temple
University in Philadelphia on Friday November 7, 2014.

This one-day meeting will start at 10am to allow same-day travel. It
will be an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to present
their research, and to meet other researchers. There will be
contributed talks and a poster session. Keynote speaker: Eitan
Tadmor, University of Maryland.

Submission deadline is: September 22, 2014.
There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required.


From: Markus Bause
Date: June 05, 2014
Subject: Faculty Position, Numerical PDE, HSU Hamburg

The faculty of mechanical engineering at Helmut Schmidt University
Hamburg has a vacancy for a permanent position (salary A13/A14) in
teaching in German language (engineering mathematics) and research in
numerical methods for PDEs.

We are particularly looking for candidates that can expand and
strengthen education and research in the field of computational
mathematics at Helmut Schmidt University.

More information about the job can be found at
The vacancy closes June 30, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Markus Bause (email:


From: Ruediger Verfuerth
Date: June 03, 2014
Subject: Professor Position, NA, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum

The Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum – faculty of Mathematics invites
applications for the position of a Professor (W2) in Numerical
Mathematics to start on October 1st 2014. The future holder of the
position will represent the subject in research and teaching.

The applicant should do research in and teaching of a current and
applied field of Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential
Equations. Teaching assignments include courses for mathematicians,
engineers, and natural scientists offered by the department. The
candidate should further take an active part in the department's
service centre for applied mathematics.

Positive evaluation as a junior professor or equivalent academic
achievement (e.g. habilitation) and evidence of special aptitude are
just as much required as the willingness to participate in the
self-governing bodies of the RUB and to generally get involved in
university processes according to RUB’s mission statement. We expect
further more:
- high commitment in teaching
- readiness to participate in interdisciplinary academic work
- willingness and ability to attract external funding

The Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum is an equal opportunities employer.

Complete applications with curriculum vitae, list of publications,
copies of certificates, and research plan should be sent to the no later than June 28th 2014. Further information
is available at


From: Mike Parks
Date: June 06, 2014
Subject: Staff Position, Computational Mathematics, Sandia National Labs

The Computational Mathematics Department at Sandia National
Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, invites applicants for an R&D staff
position. The selected candidate will collaborate with staff members
in research on mathematical and computational methods. Research will
include development and analysis of numerical algorithms for large
scale scientific computation, as well as software development and
numerical experimentation. The selected candidate will be expected to
work as part of a multi- disciplinary team and to thrive in an
expanding, fast-paced technical environment. This position requires a
large amount of interaction with other staff members in the center and
communication skills are important. Some travel will be required.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in engineering, computer science,
mathematics, or a related area, a strong record of academic
performance or equivalent experience, and strong software development
skills with expertise in parallel computation. US Citizenship is
required. Desired skills include expertise in one or more of the
following areas: (1) multigrid methods; (2) numerical partial
differential equations; (3) linear and nonlinear solvers; (4)
computational electromagnetics, and (5) experience utilizing parallel
scientific libraries, such as Trilinos. For a complete description of
the posting, and to apply, go to, click on
Careers, then search for job opening 646357.

Sandia National Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.


From: Sebastian Schöps and Karl Worthmann
Date: June 05, 2014
Subject: Applied Math and Mechanics, Germany, Sep 2014

GAMM Juniors' Summer School
Differential-Algebraic Equations
Modelling, Fundamentals and Control

The purpose of the SAMM (School on Applied Mathematics and Mechanics)
is to support interdisciplinary exchange between young engineers,
especially mechanical, and mathematicians, and to help (PhD) students
facilitate their entry into the world of research. The topic are
Differential-algebraic equations (DAEs). These equations are a
powerful tool for modelling and analysis of various problems e.g. in
multibody dynamics, economics and electrical circuits. The
investigation of DAEs has therefore gained an important spot in
mathematics and mechanics. The lecturers of the SAMM are

Thomas Berger (U Hamburg) and Stephan Trenn (TU Kaiserslautern).

The lecturers are supported by guest speakers on special topics:
- Volker Mehrmann (TU Berlin): Optimal Control, and
- Bernd Simeon (TU Kaiserslautern): Multibody Dynamics.

The SAMM will take place in Elgersburg (Germany) from September
14--20, 2014 and consists of five days of activities, where lectures
will be held in the morning and example classes in the afternoon. The
cost for the hotel including full board is EUR 500,- for a single and
EUR 390,- p.p. for a double room. The number of participants is
limited to 40 due to the size of the workshop hotel.

Scholarships: Due to financial support of the Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung, a
limited number of scholarships is available. Because of the restricted
number of such scholarships, we ask students to preferentially use
funds available at their home institutions.

Organizers: Sebastian Schöps and Karl Worthmann


From: Wei Cai
Date: June 09, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Position, Comp Electromagnetics, UNC Charlotte

A postdoc position up to 3 years is available at the University of
North Carolina at Charlotte and the research task is to conduct
computational modeling of optical properties of layered semiconductor
solar cells based on Maxwell's equations. Candidates with background
on numerical methods and code developments for solving Maxwell's
equations including integral equation methods and finite element
methods are encouraged to contact Prof. Wei Cai,


From: Luca Formaggia
Date: June 06, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Position, MOX, Math, Politecnico di Milano

Title of the position: Numerical modeling of the electro-mechanic
coupling in heart driven by clinical measures

Profile: Possible candidates should have a consolidated knowledge in
the field of numerical analysis of PDEs, finite elements and C++

Where: MOX, Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di Milano

Brief description: The importance of including the Purkinje network in
the electrical numerical simulations of the heart has been recently
proved, since it allows to provide accurate sources for the muscular
activation. In order to generate a patient-specific network, clinical
data provided by clinicians about the activation time on the
endocardium could be considered. Starting from these clinical
measures, the aim is to study and analyse numerical models that enable
to account for the effect of the inclusion of a patient-specific
Purkinje network on the mechanics of the heart, through the solution
of an electro-mechanical coupled problem in presence of this
network. A particular attention will be paid to cases where electrical
anomalies cause an incomplete contraction, as happens for example for
the ventricular dyssynchrony

When: From October 1st 2014 to September 30th 2015 (1 year)

Contact: For more details please contact


From: Tatiana T. Marquez-Lago
Date: June 11, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Position, Stochastic Models in Systems and Synthetic Biology

We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist to work in
interdisciplinary projects aimed at developing novel
stochastic/multiscaled methods, analysis tools and simulation
algorithms, and applying them to build predictable models of gene
expression and cell biology. The ideal candidates should have a strong
background in Applied Mathematics (numerical analysis and probability)
or Computer Science, and a PhD in a related field, as well as
experience or a strong interest to collaborate with experimental
biologists and theoreticians.

Strong programming skills in Matlab is mandatory, while additional
experience in C/C++ and Python is desirable. Additionally, experience
with dynamical systems (ODEs, PDEs) is expected, but evidenced
experience in biological/chemical reaction modeling and stochastic
simulation (temporal and spatio-temporal) will be considered a plus.

Specific projects will entail constant feedback and cooperation with
our home-based wet lab, and experimental and theoretical groups both
inside and outside Japan. Thus, the postdoc is expected to travel and
be able to work in groups, have excellent personal and communication
skills, and a willingness to communicate research results to
interdisciplinary audiences. Knowledge of Japanese is not required
(albeit language courses will be provided to those interested), but
English proficiency is mandatory. Appointment will be done at the
postdoctoral level, and will have a remuneration package according to

The successful candidate will join the Integrative Systems Biology
Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate
University (OIST), and will work under the supervision of
Prof. Tatiana T. Marquez-Lago. OIST's language of instruction is
English, and a large segment of the faculty and student population is
international. Details of our lab can be found in
(, while further details of the position
can be found in


From: Maarten Arnst
Date: June 02, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Position, UQ, Univ of Liege, Belgium

A postdoc position in Uncertainty Quantification is available at the
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of the University
of Liege, Belgium.

This postdoc position involves carrying out methodological,
theoretical, and/or computational research in uncertainty
quantification, as well as contributing to the application of
uncertainty quantification in aerospace and mechanical engineering.

This postdoc position offers significant freedom in the choice of the
research focus, which will be ideally defined at the interface of the
expertise of the postdoc and expertise available at the Department of
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. The postdoc will also have the
opportunity to join ongoing projects, including projects on multiscale
modeling of adhesion of microelectromechanical systems (in
collaboration with the computational and multiscale mechanics of
materials group), hybrid discrete- continuum modeling of bone fracture
healing (in collaboration with the biomechanics group), and benchmark
problems for UQ for coupled multiphysics problems (being defined under
the auspices of SIAM and USNCCM).

This postdoc position is a one-year appointment.

Candidates are welcome to contact Maarten Arnst
(, with whom the postdoc will collaborate
primarily, to obtain more information, as well as to apply for this
postdoc position.


From: Lutz Gross
Date: June 10, 2014
Subject: PhD Positions, Geoscience Computing, Univ of Queensland

PhD Scholarships in Coal Seam Gas Research
School of Earth Sciences and Center for Coal Seam Gas
The University of Queensland, Australia.

Coal seam gas (CSG) is an emerging industry in Queensland. Many
aspects of exploration, operation and monitoring for CSG fields raise
urgent research questions aiming at optimizing productivity and
minimizing environmental impact. We are seeking interested PhD
candidates with a mathematical and computational background for the
following projects:

- modeling near well bore physics, in particular fine grain
transport and fractures (numerical modeling)
- seismic response of coal measures (applied mathematics, (geo-)
- efficient methods for large-scale kriging (applied mathematics,
- surface tracking based inversion (functional analysis, optimization)
- parallel 3D magnetotellurics (MT) data inversion using
multi-resolution AMR techniques (numerical analysis, HPC computing)

Supervisors: A/Prof. Lutz Gross, Prof. Stephen Tyson, and others.
Successful candidates will be located at the Center for Geoscience
Computing in the School of Earth Sciences, see

Scholarship: A project is funded for 3 years and the tax-free annual
stipend is $25k-$30k

Eligibility: Honours or Masters degree in Mathematics, Statistics or
Computer Sciences or related fields. Please refer to for more details.

Deadline: until the positions are filled. Applications are considered
as soon as they are received.

How to apply: Please send a cover letter and academic CV to


From: Miguel Anjos
Date: June 01, 2014
Subject: Contents, Optimization and Engineering, 15(1)

I invite you to read articles from the latest issue of Optimization
and Engineering. You can download these articles and enjoy access to
them until June 30th. I wish you a stimulating read, and I look
forward to your own submissions.

To read the articles, go to

Optimization and Engineering, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2014
ISSN: 1389-4420 (Print) 1573-2924 (Online)


Miguel F. Anjos Pages 1-2

On smooth relaxations of obstacle sets, Oliver Stein, Paul Steuermann
Pages 3-33

Distributed robust optimization (DRO), part I: framework and example,
Kai Yang, Jianwei Huang, Yihong Wu, Xiaodong Wang… Pages 35-67

An adaptive geometry parametrization for aerodynamic shape
optimization, Xiaocong Han, David W. Zingg Pages 69-91

Optimal choice of test signals for linear channel estimation using
second order statistics, Stephen Braithwaite, Ronald Geoffrey Addie
Pages 93-118

Dynamic programming approach to the numerical solution of optimal
control with paradigm by a mathematical model for drug therapies of
HIV/AIDS, Bao-Zhu Guo, Bing Sun Pages 119-136

A surrogate-based multiobjective metaheuristic and network degradation
simulation model for robust toll pricing, Joseph Y. J. Chow, Amelia
C. Regan Pages 137-165

A mixed-integer nonlinear program for the optimal design and dispatch
of distributed generation systems, Kristopher A. Pruitt, Sven Leyffer,
Alexandra M. Newman… Pages 167- 197

A multi-objective GRASP procedure for reactive power compensation
planning, Carlos Henggeler Antunes, Eunice Oliveira, Paulo Lima Pages

Transistor sizing of custom high-performance digital circuits with
parametric yield considerations, Daniel K. Beece, Chandu Visweswariah,
Jinjun Xiong… Pages 217-241

Engineering design applications of surrogate-assisted optimization
techniques, András Sóbester, Alexander I. J. Forrester… Pages 243-265

Polymorphic uncertain nonlinear programming approach for maximizing
the capacity of V-belt driving, Zhong Wan, Shaojun Zhang, Kok Lay Teo
Pages 267-292

Constrained thickness optimization of rectangular orthotropic
fiber-reinforced plate for fundamental frequency maximization, Reza
Moradi, Omid Vaseghi, Hamid Reza Mirdamadi Pages 293-310

End of Digest