NA Digest Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Volume 14 : Issue 30

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

Submissions for NA Digest:


From: Tim Kelley
Date: August 31, 2014
Subject: Numerical Analysis On-line Course

Take this course, please.

This term I'm realizing my TV evangelism ambitions by teaching MA 580,
our entry level graduate course in Numerical Analysis, on-line via
NCSU's Delta program.

The text books, all in SIAM's e-book program, Are Ilse Ipsen's
"Numerical Matrix Analysis", Des and Nick Higham's "Matlab Guide", and
my book "Iterative Methods for Linear and Nonlinear Equations".

You or your students may find this course useful and fun.

The home page for the course is

I keep the viewgraphs up-to-date and correct on the home page.

The direct link to the videos is

If the video fails to play, update and/or install Silverlight from
Microsoft. That's the backend to the playback software.

-- Tim


From: Nick Gould
Date: August 27, 2014
Subject: 17th IMA Fox Prize in Numerical Analysis

17th IMA Fox Prize in Numerical Analysis

The Seventeenth IMA Leslie Fox Prize meeting will take place on Monday
June 22nd, 2015, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, just prior to the 26th
Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis.

Entries for the Seventeenth Leslie Fox Prize competition should be
submitted by January 31, 2015. Any person who is less than 31 years
old on January 1st, 2015 and has not already won a first prize is
eligible. Each entry should consist of a paper, describing some of the
candidate's research, that is suitable for a 40 minute lecture at a
numerical analysis meeting.

The entries will be considered by an Adjudicating Committee comprising
Nick Gould (Chairman, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory), Ben Leimkuhler
(U. Edinburgh) and Andy Wathen (U. Oxford).

Full details of the prize, and the submission procedure, may be found

Nick Gould
Chair, Fox Prize Committee
STFC-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


From: Suzanne Shontz
Date: August 27, 2014
Subject: Change of Address, Suzanne Shontz

I'm happy to announce that I have recently moved from Mississippi
State University to the Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science at The University of Kansas where I am an Associate
Professor. My new contact information is as follows:

Suzanne Shontz
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
1520 West 15th Street
3016 Eaton Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
phone: (785) 864-8816

Also, I'm currently looking for Ph.D. students and postdocs to join my
laboratory which focuses on the development of parallel scientific
computing algorithms. I'm particularly interested in recruiting
personnel to work with me on parallel dynamic meshing algorithms for
medical applications in support of my NSF CAREER grant. Additional
funding is available from KU for additional positions in other areas
of parallel scientific computing.


From: Linda Petzold
Date: September 01, 2014
Subject: New Release, StochSS: Stochastic Simulation Service

We are pleased to announce the release of StochSS: Stochastic
Simulation Service, Version 1.4. StochSS is an integrated development
environment featuring state of the art algorithms for discrete
stochastic biochemical simulation. StochSS is designed to enable you
to easily scale up your simulations in complexity, deploying compute
resources as needed. The current version includes algorithms for
simulation of ODEs with sensitivity analysis, well-mixed stochastic
systems , and parameter estimation for stochastic systems.

New capabilities of Version 1.4 include spatial stochastic simulation
capabilities powered by the PyURDME spatial solver:

For more details and instructions on how to obtain the code, visit us
at .

Linda Petzold and Chandra Krintz, University of California Santa Barbara
Per Lotstedt and Andreas Hellander, Uppsala Universiteit


From: Siarry
Date: September 01, 2014
Subject: New Book, Application of Metaheuristics in Process Engineering

Applications of Metaheuristics in Process Engineering
Jayaraman Valadi and Patrick Siarry (Eds), SPRINGER
ISBN 978-3-319-06508-3. August 2014. 444 pp. Hardcover.

Metaheuristics exhibit desirable properties like simplicity, easy
parallelizability, and ready applicability to different types of
optimization problems, such as real parameter optimization,
combinatorial optimization, and mixed integer optimization. They are
thus beginning to play a key role in different industrially important
process engineering applications, among them the synthesis of heat and
mass exchange equipment, synthesis of distillation columns, and static
and dynamic optimization of chemical reactors and bioreactors.

This book discusses cutting-edge research techniques in related
computational intelligence domains and their applications in real-
world process engineering. It will be of interest to industrial
practitioners and research academics.

Written for: Engineers, researchers and graduate students in chemical
process engineering and fields related to metaheuristics.

Keywords: Chemical process engineering - Metaheuristics - Optimization
- Computational intelligence - Evolutionary algorithms.


From: Jeffrey Ovall
Date: August 27, 2014
Subject: Pacific Northwest NA Seminar, USA, Oct 2014

27th Pacific Northwest Numerical Analysis Seminar (PNWNAS)
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Portland State University, Oregon, USA

PNWNAS brings together people from academia, government research labs,
and industry having interest in computational mathematics and its
applications, for a one-day seminar consisting of eight invited talks,
poster presentations, and lively discussion. There is no registration
fee, but the registration deadline is October 5, 2014, unless the room
capacity is reached before then. For further information, including
the list of this year’s speakers, and details about poster submissions
and limited travel support, please visit the seminar website


From: Daniel B. Szyld
Date: August 28, 2014
Subject: Mid-Atlantic NA-Day, USA, Nov 2014

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

The purpose of this one-day meeting is to provide a forum for Graduate
Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, i.e., researchers and practitioners
at the very beginning of their careers, from the Mid-Atlantic region,
to exchange ideas in numerical analysis, scientific computing and
related application areas. More established scientists are encouraged
to attend as well.

Keynote speaker: Eitan Tadmor,
Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling and
Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park,
"Social Dynamics: Modeling, Analysis and Numerical Simulation"

Abstract submission deadline is September 22, 2014. There will be no
registration fee, but we ask participants to please register.

Submissions, registration, hotel info and more at:

Questions? write to us at


From: Shan Zhao
Date: August 29, 2014
Subject: Chair Position, The Univ of Alabama

The University of Alabama seeks an outstanding individual at the rank
of Associate or Full Professor for the position of Chair of the
Department of Mathematics. Ph.D. in Mathematics or closely related
field required. The successful candidate must be
nationally/internationally recognized, with an active research program
that includes external funding, and with the ability to help shape a
progressive thriving department within a university whose student
enrollment has nearly doubled in the last ten years and whose
trajectory is upwards. The applicant should possess proven leadership
abilities, preferably with administrative experience, and have an
understanding and enthusiasm for both the teaching and research
missions. The area of expertise of the applicant is open, but should
complement those of the existing faculty and future plans for growth
in the Department.

Applicants should apply online at; attach a curriculum vita
along with a letter of application and arrange for three letters of
recommendation to be sent to Statements of
administrative and leadership philosophy, research plans, and teaching
philosophy and interests should also be included. Potential
candidates may contact the chairperson of the search committee,
Dr. Martyn Dixon, at if additional information is
desired. Beginning October 15, 2014, applications and nominations
will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will continue to be accepted
until the position is filled. The position is scheduled to start on
August 16, 2015, or as negotiated. The University of Alabama is an
Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action employer and actively
seeks diversity among its employees. Women and minority candidates
are strongly encouraged to apply.


From: Nicolas Thorstensen
Date: August 28, 2014
Subject: Researcher Position, Num Methods in Electromagnetics

EMTensor GmbH is seeking to recruit a researcher / mathematician with
a background and PhD degree in numerical methods in
electromagnetics. Hands on experience in algorithm and software
development (C and/or Fortran) in numerical methods in
electromagnetics is essential. A strong research track record in
inverse problem solution of diffraction tomography and electromagnetic
imaging is highly desirable. EMTensor GmbH is developing a novel
biomedical imaging modality using electromagnetics (microwave
tomography). It has an extensive IP portfolio, twenty years of
internationally recognized R&D, secure financial backing and
international representation in USA and UK. The Company is located at
TechGate Vienna – technological park in UN quarter of Vienna.

Compensation is commensurate with experience, with minimal rate of
EUR50.000 gross per year.

Please submit your CV together with evidence of experience in
algorithm and software development in numerical methods in
electromagnetics to address below (preferably by e-mail).

All applications will be considered until the position is filled.


From: Nadine Rizk
Date: August 28, 2014
Subject: Faculty Positions, Math, Stats, or Applied Math

The Department of Mathematics at the American University of Beirut
(AUB) invites applications for positions in Mathematics at the
assistant professor level. Employment will begin September 1,
2015. Only applicants holding a PhD in mathematics, statistics, or
applied mathematics and showing a strong commitment to teaching and
research will be considered. Anticipated vacancies are in any of the
following areas: (1) Analysis, (2) Numerical Analysis and Computing,
(3) Algebra and Number Theory. Strong candidates in other areas of
mathematics may be considered. Appointments are normally for an
initial period of four years at the assistant professor
level. Visiting appointments at all ranks may be possible.

There are 15 full-time professorial rank faculty in mathematics and
about 120 students in the major. The Department offers programs
leading to the bachelor's and master's degrees. The Center for
Advanced Mathematical Sciences at AUB, a few minutes' walking distance
from the Department, also houses research activity in mathematics. The
Department offers a large service program in mathematics for the
entire University, as for example in Agriculture, Business, Economics,
Engineering, the Natural Sciences, and the graduate program in
Computational Science. AUB is a teaching-centered research
university. Its mission is to enhance education, primarily for the
people of the Middle East, and to participate in the advancement of
knowledge. The beautiful campus is located on a hill in Beirut
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with pleasant weather year-round.

All interested applicants should send a letter of application with a
current CV, research and teaching statements, and arrange for three
letters of reference to be directly sent to: Patrick McGreevy, Dean,
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, c/o 3 Dag
Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017-2303, USA or Patrick
McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of
Beirut, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2020 Lebanon.

Electronic submissions are preferred and may be sent to or can be sent through the mathjobs website at

Applicants should indicate whether they are planning to attend the
AMS–MAA joint mathematics meetings on January 10–13, 2015 in San
Antonio, Texas. All applications and letters of reference should
arrive by December 1, 2014. Applications will continue to be received
after the deadline, but may not receive full consideration.

For more information on this position, please visit or

The American University of Beirut is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


From: David A. Edwards
Date: September 02, 2014
Subject: Tenure-Track Position, Univ of Delaware

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware
invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of
assistant professor. The appointment is expected to start in Fall

We encourage applications from outstanding candidates in all areas of
mathematics, particularly those related to the research interests of
our faculty. We especially encourage applications from those working
in the following areas:
- Additive/Extremal/Probabilistic Combinatorics with connections to
- Data Science
- Stochastic Models, Computation and Analysis

Required qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. in
mathematics or a related field, evidence of a significant, growing,
research program with world-class potential, and a firm commitment
to maintaining an integrated program of teaching and research.
More information about the application procedure may be found at

The deadline for applications is November 14, 2014.


From: David Titley-Peloquin
Date: September 01, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Position, Data Assimilation, IRIT-ENSEEIHT, Toulouse

Post-doctoral position on hybrid 4D variational and ensemble-based
data assimilation methods.

An 18-month post-doctoral position is open at IRIT (ENSEEIHT) in
collaboration with CERFACS, in Toulouse, France. The position is in
data assimilation, on the hybridization of 4D variational and
ensemble-based methods.

The candidate should hold a PhD and have a strong background in
applied mathematics with demonstrated research abilities. Experience
in data assimilation, either in variational or ensemble-based methods,
would be beneficial. The candidate is expected to have a taste for
mathematical demonstrations both in a deterministic and probabilistic
framework. The ability to communicate in French is not required.

The position will opened at the earliest in October 2014. A
competitive salary, travel allowances, and access to computing
resources will be offered.

Please send an application consisting in a CV with publication
list, a cover letter, and the contact of references by email to,, and


From: Jeff Linderoth
Date: August 29, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Position, Optimization in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

This announcement is from Dr. Paul Wilson and Dr. Anthony Scopatzat

The Computational Nuclear Engineering Research Group
(CNERG, is leading the development of a novel
open-source agent-based platform for the simulation of advanced
nuclear fuel cycles, Cyclus ( The core
infrastructure of this effort combines concepts from operations
research, computer science and nuclear engineering to provide a
flexible basis for studying the technical and socioeconomic impacts of
different nuclear fuel cycle choices.

For immediate hire, CNERG seeks a postdoctoral researcher to lead the
way in optimization of the both per-time step resource exchange and of
full simulations. Background knowledge is specifically sought in one
or more of the following: linear and integer programming,
multi-objective optimization, agent-based modeling, and /or
information theory.

For more information please see the full job posting at doc-2014-cyclus.html or contact by
email either Dr. Paul Wilson (wilsonp _AT_ or
Dr. Anthony Scopatz (


From: Bojana Rosic
Date: August 29, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Position, UQ, Technische Univ

Position in Uncertainty Quantification, Bayesian Identification,and
Scientific Computing, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

The Institute of Scientific Computing at the Technische Universitaet
Braunschweig (in Brunswick in Northern Germany) offers a research
position in the area of Scientific Computing with a focus on
Uncertainty Quantification, Stochastic Bayesian Identification and
Inverse Problems, and Coupled Problems, beginning 1st January
2015. The position is associated with the project "Isogeometric and
stochastic collocation methods for nonlinear, probabilistic
multi-scale problems in continuum mechanics --- development of
non-conventional discretisation methods, and mechanical and
mathematical analysis", which is supported by the German Research
Foundation (DFG).

The ideal candidate has a Doctoral degree in Mathematics, Engineering,
Computer Science, the Physical Sciences, or a related subject, has
acquired a strong experience in programming, and is characterised by a
high motivation and the ability to work in a team but also

Applications are solicited no later than 15 October 2014 to

Institute of Scientific Computing Tel. +49-531-391-3001
Technische Universitaet Braunschweig Fax +49-531-391-3003
Hans-Sommer-Str. 65 e-mail:
D-38106 Braunschweig, Germany


From: Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause
Date: August 29, 2014
Subject: PhD Position, ExaSolvers

A 3-year position as PhD student is available in the group “High
Performance Methods for Numerical Simulation in Science, Medicine and
Engineering” of Prof. Krause. The position is part of the project
“ExaSolvers – Extreme scale solvers for coupled problems” within the
DFG Priority Programme “Software for Exascale Computing”. The
successful applicant will work on the development of an efficient
time-parallel method for diffusion problems on heterogeneous
domains. The project is conducted with international collaborators
from Germany and the United States.

Applicants should have a degree in applied mathematics, computer
science or a related field with a focus on numerical simulation and
scientific computing. Knowledge in numerical mathematics and
experience in a programming language like C, C++ or FORTRAN is
mandatory. Some experience in parallel programming is considered a
plus. Applicants should be interested in methodological development of
numerical algorithms as well as in their implementation on
high-performance computing systems. Solid English skills are required.

Your application should contain a motivational letter (2 pages
maximum), a CV, copies of relevant degrees, and two contacts for
references. Please submit applications electronically in PDF format to and include the keyword “EXASOLVERS” in the

Deadline for applications is October 15, 2014.


From: Daniele Boffi
Date: September 02, 2014
Subject: PhD Positions, Univ of Pavia, Italy

PhD in Mathematics and Statistics
Dipartimento di Matematica "Felice Casorati"
University of Pavia (Italy)

The University of Pavia (Dipartimento di Matematica "F. Casorati")
invites applications for 3 year PhD positions in Mathematics and
Statistics starting from November 1, 2014. Four scholarships will be
available, without teaching duties.

Interested applicants should follow the common graduate student
application process

Only applications received before 5:00 pm (Italian time) on Thursday
September 18, 2014 will be considered. The interview date is September
29, 2014 (can be over Skype). For inquiries and further information
please contact


From: Romas Baronas
Date: August 27, 2014
Subject: Contents, Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control, 19(4)

Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control, ISSN 1392-5113,
Volume 19, Number 4, 2014

A free on-line edition is available at:


Jacobi rational–Gauss collocation method for Lane–Emden equations of
astrophysical significance, p. 537–550, Eid H. Doha, Ali H. Bhrawy,
Ramy M. Hafez, Robert A. Van Gorder

Solitary wave solutions for a generalized KdV--mKdV equation with
distributed delays, p. 551–564, Zengji Du, Dandan Wei, Ying Xu

Stability and nonlinear dynamics in a Solow model with pollution,
p. 565–577, Massimiliano Ferrara, Luca Guerrini, Mauro Sodini

Geodesic distances in the intrinsic dimensionality estimation using
packing numbers, p. 578–591, Rasa Karbauskaite, Gintautas Dzemyda

Log-linear learning model for predicting a steady-state manual
assembly time, p. 592– 601, Vytautas Kleiza, Justinas Tilindis

Some conditions of regularity of linear extensions of dynamical
systems with respect to selected variables, p. 602–610, Dariusz
PÄ…czko, Viktor Kulyk

Empirical Bayes estimators of structural distribution of words in
Lithuanian texts, p. 611–625, Karolina Piaseckiene, Marijus

Observer-based robust adaptive control for uncertain stochastic
Hamiltonian systems with state and input delays, p. 626–645, Weiwei
Sun, Lianghong Peng

Adaptive motion/force control of nonholonomic mechanical systems with
affine constraints, p. 646–659, Wei Sun, Yuqiang Wu

Higher order nonlocal strain gradient approach for wave
characteristics of carbon nanorod, p. 660–668, Bollledla Yakaiah,
Apparasu Srihari Rao

On existence, multiplicity, uniqueness and stability of positive
solutions of a Leslie– Gower type diffusive predator–prey system,
p. 669–688, Jun Zhou


From: Claude Brezinski
Date: September 01, 2014
Subject: Contents, Numerical Algorithms, 67 (1)

Contents,Numerical Algorithms, Volume 67, Number 1.

HILBERT — a MATLAB implementation of adaptive 2D-BEM, Markus Aurada,
Michael Ebner, Michael Feischl, Samuel Ferraz-Leite, Thomas Fuehrer,
Petra Goldenits, Michael Karkulik, Markus Mayr, Dirk Praetorius

Complexity analysis of an interior-point algorithm for linear
optimization based on a new proximity function, M. Reza Peyghami,
S. Fathi Hafshejani

Laplace transform for the solution of higher order deformation
equations arising in the homotopy analysis method, Songxin Liang,
Junchi Ma

High-precision Gauss–Turan quadrature rules for Laguerre and Hermite
weight functions, Walter Gautschi

An automatic regularization parameter selection algorithm in the total
variation model for image deblurring, K. Chen, E. Loli Piccolomini,
F. Zama

A novel approach to obtain analytical-numerical solutions of nonlinear
Lorenz system, Gilberto Gonzalez-Parra, Luis Acedo, Abraham J. Arenas

A comparison between the complex symmetric based and classical
computation of the singular value decomposition of normal matrices,
Micol Ferranti, Thanh Hieu Le, Raf Vandebril

Generalized row-action methods for tomographic imaging, Martin
S. Andersen, Per Christian Hansen

Improving the compression rate versus L1 error ratio in cell-average
error control algorithms, Sergio Amat, Juan Ruiz, J. Carlos Trillo

Usage of the homotopy analysis method for solving the nonlinear and
linear integral equations of the second kind, Edyta Hetmaniok, Damian
Slota, Tomasz Trawinski, Roman Witula

On the guaranteed convergence of new two-point root-finding methods
for polynomial zeros, Miodrag S. Petkovic, Lidija Z. Rancic

Numerical solution of nonlinear systems by a general class of
iterative methods with application to nonlinear PDEs, Malik Zaka
Ullah, Fazlollah Soleymani, A. S. Al-Fhaid

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