NA Digest Thursday, December 31, 2015 Volume 15 : Issue 45

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

Submissions for NA Digest:


From: Olof B. Widlund
Date: December 20, 2015
Subject: Heinz-Otto Kreiss, 1930-2015

Heinz-Otto Kreiss, one of greats of our community, passed away quietly
in Stockholm, Sweden on December 16 after a long illness.

He was born into a family of teachers of mathematics in Hamburg,
Germany. After working as a part-time farmhand during the war, he
became an undergraduate in Hamburg in 1950. In 1955, with his diplom,
he left for Stockholm where he very soon started his work on finite
difference approximations which would make him famous. The best known
of his results from these early times are the two variants of Kreiss'
matrix theorem.

He served on the faculty of Chalmers Institute of Technology and
Uppsala University before joining CalTech. At the time of his
retirement, he was a member of the mathematics department of UCLA. He
was a very successful advisor and has at least 450 mathematical
descendants. He cowrote a several textbooks of which the last appeared
just last year.

On a personal note, I was very fortunate to meet Heinz in the early
nineteen-sixties and to become his first doctoral student. He
generously shared his knowledge of promising, open problems and he
became a model for all my own work with students.


From: Oleg Burdakov
Date: December 29, 2015
Subject: 2014 Charles Broyden Prize

The Charles Broyden prize for the best paper published in Optimization
Methods and Software (OMS) in 2014 was awarded to the papers:

"Level bundle methods for oracles with on-demand accuracy" by W. de
Oliveira and C. Sagastizábal. OMS Volume 29, Issue 6, pp. 1180-1209.

"Augmented Lagrangian alternating direction method for matrix
separation based on low-rank factorization" by Y. Shen, Z. Wen and
Y. Zhang. OMS Volume 29, Issue 2, pp. 239-263.

The award was established by the OMS Editorial Board and Taylor &
Francis in 2009, with a cash prize of £500.
The Broyden Prize Committee:
Frederic Bonnans, Michael Ferris (chair), Masao Fukushima,
Nickolaos Sahinidis and Ya-xiang Yuan


From: Karel Segeth
Date: December 29, 2015
Subject: 2015 Babuska Prize Awarded

In December 2015, the Czech Association for Mechanics and the Union of
Czech Mathematicians and Physicists again awarded the I. Babuska Prize
for the best work in computational mechanics and computational
mathematics submitted by students and young scientists. The Prize
winner for 2015 is Dr Jiri Kopal from the Faculty of Mechatronics of
the Technical University in Liberec. The work honored is his PhD
thesis Generalized Gram-Schmidt process: its analysis and use in

Further winners were delivered diplomas of honor. The second position
was awarded to Dr Lukas Pospisil from the Faculty of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science of VSB-Technical University of
Ostrava for his PhD thesis Development of algorithms for solving
minimizing problems with convex quadratic function on special convex
sets and applications. The third position belongs to Dr Jiri Had from
the Faculty of Machine Engineering of the Czech Technical University
in Prague who presented his PhD thesis Design of numerical models of
3D composite structures and evaluation of their limit states.

Further diplomas of honor were delivered to MS theses. The first
position in this category was taken by Karel Mikes from the Faculty of
Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. The
second was Eva Bezchlebova from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
of Charles University in Prague and the third position belongs to
Radim Sojka from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science of VSB-Technical University of Ostrava.

The Prize was established in 1994 by an outstanding Czech
mathematician Ivo Babuska, now at the Institute for Computational
Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX. A
conference at Austin to celebrate Ivo Babuska's 90th birthday is
scheduled for March 2016.


From: Bruce Bailey
Date: December 22, 2015
Subject: New Book, Adaptive Treatment Strategies in Practice

Adaptive Treatment Strategies in Practice: Planning Trials and
Analyzing Data for Personalized Medicine, edited by Michael R. Kosorok
and Erica E. M. Moodie
xvi + 348 pages / Softcover / 978-1-611974-17-1 / List Price $74.00 /
ASA/SIAM Member Price $51.80 / SA21

Personalized medicine is a medical paradigm that emphasizes systematic
use of individual patient information to optimize that patient's
health care, particularly in managing chronic conditions and treating
cancer. In the statistical literature, sequential decision making is
known as an adaptive treatment strategy (ATS) or a dynamic treatment
regime (DTR). The field of DTRs emerges at the interface of
statistics, machine learning, and biomedical science to provide a
data-driven framework for precision medicine.

The authors provide a learning-by-seeing approach to the development
of ATSs, aimed at a broad audience of health researchers. All
estimation procedures used are described in sufficient heuristic and
technical detail so that less quantitative readers can understand the
broad principles underlying the approaches. At the same time, more
quantitative readers can implement these practices.

To order or for more about this book, including links to its table of
contents, preface, and index, please visit


From: Bruce Bailey
Date: December 22, 2015
Subject: New Book, An Introduction to Domain Decomposition Methods

An Introduction to Domain Decomposition Methods: Algorithms, Theory,
and Parallel Implementation by Victorita Dolean, Pierre Jolivet,
Frédéric Nataf
x + 238 pages / Softcover / ISBN 978-1-611974-05-8 / List Price $79.00
/ SIAM Member Price $55.30 / Order Code OT144

The purpose of this book is to offer an overview of the most popular
domain decomposition methods for partial differential equations
(PDEs). These methods are widely used for numerical simulations in
solid mechanics, electromagnetism, flow in porous media, etc., on
parallel machines from tens to hundreds of thousands of cores. The
appealing feature of domain decomposition methods is that, contrary to
direct methods, they are naturally parallel. The authors focus on
parallel linear solvers.

The authors present all popular algorithms, both at the PDE level and
at the discrete level in terms of matrices, along with systematic
scripts for sequential implementation in a free open-source finite
element package as well as some parallel scripts. Also included is a
new coarse space construction (two-level method) that adapts to highly
heterogeneous problems.

To order or for more about this book, including links to its table of
contents, preface, and index, please visit


From: Qi Ng
Date: December 30, 2015
Subject: New Book, An Introduction to Numerical Computation

An Introduction to Numerical Computation
by Wen Shen (Penn State University)

This book serves as a set of lecture notes for an introductory course
on numerical computation, at the senior undergraduate level.

Key Features:
- Class-tested through 5 semesters at Penn State University, with top
reviews from students
- Supplementary videos available - consisting of lectures and tutorials
- Set of homework problems is included at the end of each chapter.
- Complete set of solutions is available for instructors, upon request.

More information available at


From: Bruce Bailey
Date: December 21, 2015
Subject: New Book, Electrical Transmission System Cascades and Vulnerability

Electrical Transmission System Cascades and Vulnerability: An
Operations Research Viewpoint by Todd Kapitula
viii + 294 pages / Softcover / 978-1-611974-15-7 / List Price $93.00 /
MOS/SIAM Member Price $65.10 / Order Code MO22

The power grid can be considered one of twentieth-century
engineering's greatest achievements, and as grids and populations
grow, robustness is a factor that planners must take into
account. Power grid robustness is a complex problem for two reasons:
the underlying physics is mathematically complex, and modeling is
complicated by lack of accurate data.

This book sheds light on this complex problem by introducing the
engineering details of power grid operations from the basic to the
detailed; describing how to use optimization and stochastic modeling,
with special focus on the modeling of cascading failures and
robustness; providing numerical examples that show "how things work";
and detailing the application of a number of optimization theories to
power grids.

To order or for more about this book, including links to its table of
contents, preface, and index, please visit


From: George Anastassiou
Date: December 15, 2015
Subject: New Book, Intelligent Numerical Methods

Intelligent Numerical Methods: Applications to Fractional Calculus
George A. Anastassiou and Ioannis K. Argyros,
Springer, New York, Heidelberg, 2016

In this monograph the authors present Newton-type, Newton-like and
other numerical methods, which involve fractional derivatives and
fractional integral operators, for the first time studied in the
literature. All for the purpose to solve numerically equations whose
associated functions can be also non-differentiable in the ordinary
sense. That is among others extending the classical Newton method
theory which requires usual differentiability of function.

Chapters are self-contained and can be read independently and several
advanced courses can be taught out of this book. An extensive list of
references is given per chapter. The book's results are expected to
find applications in many areas of applied mathematics, stochastics,
computer science and engineering. As such this monograph is suitable
for researchers, graduate students, and seminars of the above
subjects, also to be in all science and engineering libraries.


From: Eugene Wachspress
Date: December 14, 2015
Subject: New Book, Rational Bases and Generalized Barycentrics

Springer has published a second edition of my 1975 book on A
Rational Finite Element Basis titled Rational Bases and Generalized
Barycentrics. Recent theoretical innovations and MATLAB
implementation are included This work contains application of
significant concepts in Algebraic Geometry to construction of
barycentric coordinates for a broad class of elements.


From: Bruce Bailey
Date: December 22, 2015
Subject: New Book, Stochastic Systems

Stochastic Systems: Estimation, Identification, and Adaptive Control
by P. R. Kumar and Pravin Varaiya
xviii + 358 pages / Softcover / 978-1-611974-25-6 / List Price $74.00
/ SIAM Member Price $51.80 / CL75

Since its origins in the 1940s, the subject of decision making under
uncertainty has grown into a diversified area with application in
several branches of engineering and in those areas of the social
sciences concerned with policy analysis and prescription. These
approaches required a computing capacity too expensive for the time,
until the ability to collect and process huge quantities of data
engendered an explosion of work in the area.

This book provides succinct and rigorous treatment of the foundations
of stochastic control; a unified approach to filtering, estimation,
prediction, and stochastic and adaptive control; and the conceptual
framework necessary to understand current trends in stochastic
control, data mining, machine learning, and robotics.

To order or for more about this book, please visit


From: P. Vasant
Date: December 26, 2015
Subject: Call for Chapters, Holistic Optimization

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016
Full Chapters Due: February 28, 2016
Submission Date: June 30, 2016

Holistic optimization techniques are well known in the research areas
of engineering, science and technology. The current trends on
application problems in engineering, science and technology are
expanded in the areas of hotel, tourism and travel industry across the
globe. This book chapter focuses on the best and high quality selected
papers on the following research topics. The well-known and new
methodologies on the holistic optimization techniques have been used
to solve some of the complicated and hard problems in the areas of
hotel, tourism and travel industry. This book chapter project will be
open for interested authors in hotel management, social science,
hospitality management areas to submit their manuscripts. It would
also cover the best chapters from the research areas of information
technology and computer science which are related to hotel, tourism
and travel industry. The book chapter mainly focuses on new
development and contribution of the current research to the body of
the knowledge in the areas of hotel, tourism and travel industry which
are related to internet and computer technology.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before
January 15, 2016, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly
explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter.
Authors will be notified by January 25, 2016 about the status of their
proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to
be submitted by February 28, 2016, and all interested authors must
consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi- prior to
submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind
review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as
reviewers for this project.


From: Keiichi Morikuni
Date: December 18, 2015
Subject: Numerical Algebra, Algorithms, and Analysis, Japan, Jan 2016

Workshop on Numerical Algebra, Algorithms, and Analysis
January 11-12, 2016
Rooms 1208 and 1210, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan

This workshop is dedicated to Professor Ken Hayami (National Institute
of Informatics and SOKENDAI) on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Academic researchers in numerical algebra, analysis, algorithms have a
face-to-face discussion about current problems in the research fields.
You are invited to attend the workshop. Registration for the workshop
is free of charge and is not mandatory.

See for the lists of
invited speakers and the program.

Organizing Committee
Xiaoke Cui (U. of Tokyo), Keiichi Morikuni (U. of Tsukuba)
Kota Sugihara (SOKENDAI), Ning Zheng (SOKENDAI)

For additional information, please contact
Keiichi Morikuni, Ph.D.,


From: Jim Nagy
Date: December 24, 2015
Subject: Georgia Scientific Computing Symposium, USA, Feb 2016

Georgia Scientific Computing Sympoisum
February 20, 2016
Emory University

The Georgia Scientific Computing Symposium (GSCS) is a forum for
professors, postdocs, graduate students and other researchers in
Georgia to meet in an informal setting, to exchange ideas, and to
highlight local scientific computing research. The symposium has been
held every year since 2009 and is open to the entire research
community. This year, the symposium will be held on Saturday, February
20, 2016, at Emory University. The format of the day-long symposium is
a set of invited presentations, poster sessions and a poster blitz,
and plenty of time to network with other attendees.

Invited Speakers:
Michele Benzi, Emory University
Steven Hamilton, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Alexandra Smirnova, Georgia State University
Phanish Suryanarayana, Georgia Institute of Technology
Molei Tao, Georgia Institute of Technology
Qing Zhang, University of Georgia

For more information, including registration information, see:

If you have questions, please contact Jim Nagy,


From: Damon McDougall
Date: December 16, 2015
Subject: Scientific Software Days, USA, Feb 2016

The 7th Annual Scientific Software Days Conference (SSD) targets users
and developers of scientific software. The conference will be held at
the University of Texas at Austin Thursday Feb 25 - Friday Feb 26,
2016 and focuses on two themes:
a) sharing best practices across scientific software communities;
b) sharing the latest tools and technology relevant to scientific

This year's list of speakers include: Brian Adams (Sandia, Dakota);
Iain Dunning (MIT, Julia Project); Victor Eijkhout (TACC); Robert van
de Geijn (keynote, UT Austin, libflame); Jeff Hammond (Intel, nwchem);
Mark Hoemmen (keynote, Sandia, Trilinos); James Howison (UT Austin);
Fernando Perez (Berkeley, IPython); Cory Quammen (Kitware,
Paraview/VTK); Ridgway Scott (UChicago, FEniCS); and Roy Stogner (UT
Austin, LibMesh).

In additional, we solicit poster submissions that share novel uses of
scientific software. Please send an abstract of less than 250 words
to Limited travel funding for
students and early career researchers who present posters will be

More details, including how to register, will appear on the website in
the coming weeks:


From: Bernard Haasdonk
Date: December 17, 2015
Subject: New Deadline, MORML 2016, Germany, Mar 2016

Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the
workshop on "Data-driven Model Order Reduction and Machine Learning
(MORML 2016)" from 30.3.-1.4.2016 at the University of Stuttgart, has
been extended to December 31, 2015, 24:00h (Central European Time).

More Information can be found at


From: Nick Hale
Date: December 17, 2015
Subject: SANUM, South Africa, Mar 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 South African Symposium on
Numerical and Applied Mathematics (SANUM2016) at the University of
Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 22nd to 24th March.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:
- Mapundi Banda (University of Pretoria)
- Folkmar Bornemann (TU Munich)
- Nick Higham (University of Manchester)
- Elizabeth Mansfield (University of Kent)
- Beatrice Pelloni (University of Reading)
- Daya Reddy (University of Cape Town)
- Nick Trefethen (University of Oxford)
- Walter Van Assche (KU Leuven)
and three special sessions:
- Orthogonal polynomials, special functions, and applications
- Machine learning and computer vision
- Modelling ecological and evolutionary dynamics

Further details and a link to the registration page can be found at
the conference webpage:

Note: If you plan to attend, we recommend booking accommodation and
flights as soon as possible since the proximity of the conference to
the Easter weekend (and hopefully the popularity of the conference!)
will result in a high demand.


From: Miro Rozloznik
Date: December 22, 2015
Subject: ESSAM-MASC School, Czech Republic, May 2016

ESSAM European School on Mathematical Modelling, Numerical Analysis
and Scientific Computing to be held in Kacov, Czech Republic, in May
29 - June 3, 2016.

The aim of the school is to promote the interconnection of
mathematical modeling, analysis, and computational methods used in
solving complex (real-world) problems. The lectures will be prepared
with a broad multidisciplinary audience in mind, and at each school a
broad scope, ranging from modeling to scientific computing, will be
covered. Usually four main speakers deliver a series of three
lectures. Ample time within the school is allocated for the promotion
of informal scientific discussions among the participants.

Speakers and topics of the 2016 school are:
- Peter Bastian (Universität Heidelberg, Germany), /Simulation of
Multiphase Flows in Porous Media/.
- Jörg Liesen (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany), /Krylov
subspaces. Classical mathematics, iterative methods, and surprising
- Jan Mandel (University of Colorado at Denver, USA), /Probability on
spaces of functions, with applications to inverse problems and data
- Richard Katz (University of Oxford, UK), /Two-phase fluid dynamics
of partially molten rock: fundamentals and application to the

The school is organized under the auspices of the European
Mathematical Society (EMS) and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics,
Charles University in Prague (MFF UK), as an activity of the Nečas
Center for Mathematical Modeling. Participants will have a
possibility to present a short communication (maximally 10 minutes in
the dependence on the number of participants contributing to this kind
of activity). The deadline for registration and submission of
abstracts is May 2, 2016.

More information at


From: Michail Todorov
Date: December 19, 2015
Subject: AMiTaNS'16, Bulgaria, Jun 2016

Eight Conference of the Euro-American Consortium for Promoting the
Application of Mathematics in Technical and Natural Sciences
(AMiTaNS'16), June 22-27 2016, Black Sea resort of Albena, Bulgaria,
Conference website:

The conference is organized by The Euro-American Consortium for
Promotion of the Application of Mathematics in Technical and Natural
Sciences in cooperation with Society for Industrial and Applied
Mathematics (SIAM).

The conference will be scheduled in plenary and keynote lectures
followed by special and contributed sessions. The accents of the
conference will be on Mathematical Physics, Solitons and Transport
Processes, Numerical Methods, Scientific Computing, Continuum
Mechanics, Applied Analysis, Applied Physics, Biomathematics, which
can be complemented by some specific topics in contributed special
sessions. You are welcomed to announce and organize special sessions
that should be within the general topic of the conference.

Preliminary list of speakers: C. Schober (USA), A. Kurganov (USA), A.
Aceves (USA), I. Tsukerman (USA), P. Radeva (Spain), A. Freundlich
(USA), V. Levin (Russia), E. Karabut (Russia), E. Zhuravleva (Russia),
B. LeMesurier (USA), A. Calini (USA), P. Daripa (USA), I. Stamova
(USA), Yu. Dimitrov (Bulgaria)


From: Jean R. Roche
Date: December 21, 2015
Subject: EngOpt 2016, Brazil, Jun 2016

EngOpt 2016, the 5th International Conference on Engineering
Optimization will take place at Iguassu Falls, Brazil, from 19th to
23rd June 2016.


Please submit your abstract in our site:

15th January 2016 - Deadline for the short abstract, to be included
in the proceedings book of the conference (Up to 3200 characters
including spaces, written in plain text, without mathematical

Notification for paper acceptance: 15 days after submission


From: Marco Bittencourt
Date: December 15, 2015
Subject: New Deadline, ICOSAHOM'16, Brazil, Jun 2016

ICOSAHOM'16, International Conference on Spectral and High-Order
Methods 2016
June 27- July 01 2016, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Minisymposium Proposal: Submission Deadline, January 5 2016

The 11th International Conference on Spectral and High-Order Methods,
will be hosted by the University of Campinas and Pontifical University
of Rio de Janeiro in city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 27 - July
01, 2016. The purpose of this conference series is to bring together
researchers and practitioners with an interest in the theoretical,
computational and applied aspects of high-order and spectral methods
for the solution of differential equations.

Plenary speakers: Paola F. Antonietti, Georges-Henri Cottet David
Kopriva, Gianluigi Rozza, Li-Lian Wang, Beth Wingate, Erik Burman,
Abimael Loula

All interested participants are encouraged to submit a minisymposium
proposal. For submission guidelines as well as additional conference
information, please vist the conference webpage:


From: Iain Duff
Date: December 20, 2015
Subject: Sparse Days 2016, France, Jun 2016

The 2016 Sparse Days meeting will be held at CERFACS in Toulouse on 29
and 20 June.

Further information on the meeting will be posted on nadigest early in
the new year.


From: John Gilbert
Date: December 15, 2015
Subject: SIAM Network Science, USA, Jul 2016

Fourth SIAM Workshop on Network Science (NS'16)
July 15 - 16, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Network science has a rich history, tracing its roots back through
sociology, chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, computer
science, and topology all the way to Euler and the Königsberg bridges
nearly 300 years ago. Network science studies the mathematical
structure of the graphs that arise in these diverse fields, and the
design, analysis, and applications of algorithms that compute with and
on them. The goal of the SIAM Network Science workshop is to promote
cross-fertilization among the communities that study and apply
networks and graphs, both inside and outside SIAM.

NS'16 will be co-located in Boston with the 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting
(July 11-15) and the SIAM Conference on Life Sciences (July 11-14).

Submissions deadline: February 25, 2016
Notification: March 31, 2016
Preregistration and hotel deadline: June 13, 2016
SIAM NS'16: July 15-16, 2016

For additional information:


From: Luca Formaggia
Date: December 18, 2015
Subject: SIMAI 2016, Italy, Sep 2016

The 2016 edition of the bi-annual congress of the Italian Society of
Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIMAI) will take place from the
13th to the 16th of September 2016, hosted by Politecnico di Milano.
The aim of the conference is: to bring together researchers and
professionals from academia and industry who are active in the study
of mathematical and numerical models as well as their application to
industrial and in general real life problems; to stimulate
interdisciplinary research in applied mathematics and to foster
interactions of the scientific community with industry.

Minisimposia submission will open on the 10th of January 2016.
Minisimposia are organized in slots of 2.30 hour for 6 talks of 20
minutes + 5 minutes discussion. Alternatively, one may propose a
keynote of 50 minutes + 4 talks. The organizer(s) must provide the
following information using the conference web site

Affiliation and Contact Information of the Organizer(s)
Short description
Motivation/Relevance to SIMAI
Confirmed speakers
Other proposed speakers


From: Daniel B Szyld
Date: December 15, 2015
Subject: Math Congress of the Americas, Canada, Jul 2017

The second Mathematical Congress of the Americas (MCA) will take place
on July 24-28, 2017, at Centre Mont-Royal and McGill University,
Montreal, Canada. Wide participation of mathematicians and students
from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean
is expected. The goals of the MCA are to highlight the excellence of
mathematical achievements of the Americas in the international arena
and to foster collaboration between the continents' mathematical
communities. Proposals of special sessions at MCA 2017 are welcomed by
the Special Sessions Subcommittee. Early submission of proposals is
encouraged: good proposals will be approved on a regular basis before
the deadline, so that session speakers may be invited in plenty of
time to make travel and funding arrangements.

A proposal should include:
- the names, affiliations and contact information (including email
addresses) of all the organizers, with one organizer designated as
"contact organizer",
-a brief presentation of the topic and scope (up to one page),
-a preliminary list of the expected speakers.

The topics should be broad and fairly well represented throughout the
Americas. The list of organizers must include at least two
mathematicians from different countries in the Americas. Preference
will be given to proposals whose list of suggested speakers represents
diversity in all aspects.

Each special session will consist of two 4-hour periods. Proposals
should be sent to before July 31, 2016.

For more details see:


From: Juan C Meza
Date: December 16, 2015
Subject: Assistant Professor Position, Applied Mathematics, UC Merced

The University of California is creating a dynamic new university
campus and campus community in Merced, California, which opened in
September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and
the first American research university built 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 will be
providing new educational opportunities at the undergraduate, masters
and doctoral levels through three academic schools Engineering;
Natural Sciences; and, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. The
School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced
( invites applications for a new
faculty in the area of Applied Mathematics
( starting July 1, 2016 at the rank of
tenure-track Assistant Professor. We are seeking exceptionally
qualified candidates with expertise in scientific computing,
data-enabled science, mathematical modeling, or related areas. Special
attention will be paid to applicants who participate in
interdisciplinary research, and who will contribute to developing the
applied mathematics curriculum and to one or more of the campus
research initiatives in the natural sciences, engineering and/or
social sciences. A Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics or a related
scientific field, demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and
strong interpersonal communication skills are required, including the
ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. Postdoctoral
research and teaching experience are preferred.

The University of California, Merced is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional
commitment to the achievement of diversity amount its faculty,
students and staff. The University is supportive of dual career
couples. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC
academic salary scales. Deadline: Review of applications will begin on
January 4, 2016 with a final closing date of January 20, 2016.

Applications must be submitted via this website, and must include (1)
a cover letter stating area of interest, (2) curriculum vitae (3)
research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) diversity statement,
and (6) four letters of reference, including one addressing teaching,
submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of
reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers
(instructions will be provided by the application system).

For additional information or to apply, visit


From: Brian Borchers
Date: December 14, 2015
Subject: Assistant Professor Positions, New Mexico Tech

New Mexico Tech has two open tenure track positions in applied
mathematics. See the advertisement and apply online at:


From: David Mora
Date: December 30, 2015
Subject: Open Rank Position, Concepcion, Chile

UNIVERSIDAD DEL BÍO-BÍO, Departamento de Matemática

The Department of Mathematics is seeking applicants for three open
rank positions, to begin in March 1st, 2016; however, we are flexible
with respect to this date. The candidates should possess a doctoral
degree in Mathematics.

Candidates should have a distinguished research record and a strong
commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching in
Spanish (intermediate level). The normal department duties include
twelve hours per week (two courses) of undergraduate or postgraduate
teaching. The University of Bío-Bío funds research projects, supports
the participation in Congresses and economic incentives for ISI
publications (US$ 1.700 each) and SCIELO publications (US$ 550
each). Also, Postdoctoral stayings will be supported.

For further information, visit our web site:

Please send the documents to:
Departamento de Matemática
Universidad del Bío-Bío
Av. Collao 1202
Concepción, CHILE
Phone: +56-41- 3111732

Deadline: January 12th, 2016.


From: Doris Allen
Date: December 21, 2015
Subject: University Lectureship Position, Mathematics of Information

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in the
Mathematics of Information at the University of Cambridge in the
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) to
commence on 1 September 2016 or by agreement. Appointment will be
made at an appropriate point on the University scale (£38,896-£49,230)
and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment
to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

Candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent in mathematics or a closely
related subject, and have an outstanding record of research in the
mathematics of data science. Preference will be given to experts in
applied and computational analysis. Willingness to engage in an
interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research is very desirable.

This Lectureship is affiliated with the new Cantab Capital Institute
for Mathematics of Information which is hosted within the Faculty of
Mathematics. It accommodates research activity on fundamental
mathematical problems and methodology for understanding, analysing,
processing and simulating data. Data science research performed in the
Institute is at the highest international level, aiming to extract the
relevant information from large- and high-dimensional data with a
predictable certainty.

For further information on the position as well as instructions on how
to apply please go to the Cambridge University Job Opportunities page


From: Qing Nie
Date: December 14, 2015
Subject: Postdoc Position, Computational Systems Biology, Univ of California, Irvine

One to two postdoctoral researcher openings are available in the area
of Computational Systems Biology in University of California, Irvine.
The successful candidates will work with Professor Qing Nie on several
NIH-funded projects that include, but not limited to, "Stochastic
Dynamics and Noise Control in Patterning Systems", "Spatial Dynamics
of Tissue and Organ Size Control", and "Defining an Integrated
Signaling Network That Patterns the Craniofacial Skeleton". The
postdoctoral fellows, whose primary responsibility is on modeling and
computations, are expected to closely work with experimentalists in an
interdisciplinary research environment on one or more of these three
projects. The position is renewable up to three years based upon
availability of funding and performance of the postdoctoral fellow.
Applicants must possess a PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering,
Computer Science, Biology or related fields. The review process is
ongoing, and will continue until positions are filled. Appointments
can start as early as July 1, 2016.

For further inquiry on the positions, please contact Qing Nie
( Please Reference Job #JPF03218 in subject line of
all correspondence.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically through and must contain:
(1) Cover letter
(2) Curriculum Vitae
(3) Research statement
(4) Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Statement addressing how
past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.
(5) Two reference letters should submitted through or emailed to by the

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive
excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age,
protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the
UC nondiscrimination policy.


From: Bartosz Protas
Date: December 21, 2015
Subject: Postdoc Position, Math Modelling and Scientific Computing, McMaster

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position in the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University. This
fellowship provides an opportunity to engage in research in close
collaboration with Dr. Protas and his group (more information
available at ) with a limited
amount of teaching. The focus of this industry-cofunded position will
be research on mathematical and computational modelling of
nonequilibrium electrochemical and thermodynamic processes occurring
in Li-ion batteries. This position is intended for an applied
mathematician interested in exploring a rapidly developing application
area, or for a mathematically-minded chemist with a solid background
in theoretical and computational chemistry. In either case, knowledge
of multiscale modelling (especially homogenization), electrochemistry,
PDEs and scientific computing will be an asset. This research project
also involves close collaboration with chemists and material
scientists as well as research scientists with our Industrial
Partner. The duration of the position will be initially one year with
extension for the second year contingent on satisfactory performance
and availability of funding.

The fellowship is open to candidates of any nationality and selection
will be based on the candidate's research potential and fit with
Dr. Protas' research group. The fellowship starts on September 1, 2016
or earlier, and provides an annual stipend salary of $42,000
CAD. Candidates are required to apply for this fellowship by using the
MathJobs website (see our advertisement with ID McMaster-PDFMMSC
[#8225] at We will begin reviewing applications on
January 11, 2016. Applications received after this date will be
accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full
consideration applicants are advised to submit all supporting
materials by the above deadline.


From: Marie E. Rognes
Date: December 17, 2015
Subject: Postdoc Position, Scientific Computing, Simula Research Laboratory

Applications are invited for a Postdoc position in the Biomedical
Computing Department at Simula Research Laboratory, with the Automated
Uncertainty Quantification for Numerical Solutions of Partial
Differential Equations (AUQ-PDE) project. The position is initially
for 2 years. The official announcement with full details of the
position and online application instructions can be found here:

The AUQ-PDE project aims to develop and integrate generic software
featuring a high degree of automation for uncertainty quantification
in computational models governed by partial differential equations and
to apply the developed tools to a select set of research questions
stemming from the in silico study of physiological processes. For more
details on the AUQ-PDE project, see

The application deadline is January 15 2016, and starting date as
early as appropriate in 2016.


From: Pablo Seleson
Date: December 30, 2015
Subject: Postdoc Position, UQ for Nonlocal Mechanics, ORNL

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Uncertainty Quantification Methods
for Nonlocal Mechanics

The Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory is seeking an applied mathematician and computational
scientist to aid in the development of uncertainty quantification
methods within the context of nonlocal theories (particularly,
peridynamics). Important to this position is also the implementation
of such methods to fracture dynamics and multiscale problems,
including applications in corrosion, fatigue, and impact. The position
requires collaboration within a multi-disciplinary research
environment consisting of mathematicians, computational scientists,
computer scientists, experimentalists, and engineers/physicists
conducting basic and applied research in support of the Laboratory's
missions. Specific responsibilities include participating in the
development of uncertainty quantification tools for nonlocal theories,
design and implementation of multiscale algorithms for uncertainty
propagation across materials scales, and numerical simulation of
fracture dynamics problems. The applicant is also expected to
collaborate with experts from various disciplines, and follow team
planning, goals, and quality processes. Application areas of
particular interest include computational mechanics and computational
materials science, specifically with connections to impact, fatigue,
and corrosion processes. The minimum required education is a Ph.D., in
applied mathematics and/or computational science, or a related field.
U.S. citizenship is not required.

Technical Questions: Contact Clayton Webster
( Please reference the position title and number
(NB50533731) when corresponding about this position.

Applications can be submitted through MathJobs (including letters of
recommendation) at

To be considered for the position, applicants must also fill an application
directly at the ORNL website. A direct link to the job posting is:


From: Robert McLachlan
Date: December 15, 2015
Subject: PhD Position, Geometric Integration

PhD Scholarship in Mathematics
Massey University, New Zealand

The Institute of Fundamental Sciences of Massey University, Palmerston
North, New Zealand, invites applications for a PhD scholarship in
mathematics in the applied dynamics group. Research will be concerned
with geometric numerical integration, supervised by Professor Robert
McLachlan. The scholarship covers all tuition fees for international
and domestic students and includes a tax-free stipend of NZ$25,000
p.a. A branch of numerical analysis that emerged in the 1990s,
geometric numerical integration is a way of simulating dynamical
systems that preserves key properties of the system exactly; sometimes
this leads to startling improvements in performance. The research
combines a study of the geometric properties of the system with
numerical analysis and simulation, and the methods are widely used in
computational physics and chemistry. For example, modern geometric
integrators were used in 2004 in a large simulation of the solar
system that resulted in a major re- calibration of the geological
epochs of the Earth. See web site for further

Applicants should have or expect to receive a BSc(Hons) or MSc degree
or equivalent in mathematics; coursework and project work in numerical
analysis or computational science is highly desirable. Starting date
to be determined. Applications including a CV, academic transcript,
and cover letter should be sent to Professor Robert McLachlan,
Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston
North, New Zealand or by email to


From: Heiko Gimperlein
Date: December 26, 2015
Subject: PhD Position, NA or Computational Engineering, Edinburgh

The Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Infrastructure and
the Environment at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, are looking for
a Ph.D. candidate for a fully funded IIE scholarship at the interface
of numerical analysis and computational engineering.

The proposed project will investigate generalized space-time and
spectral stochastic finite element methods for the wave equation in
the presence of uncertainties, such as an unknown wave speed.

Engineering applications include the environmental impact of ground
vibrations caused by high-speed trains or vibration-based subsurface
imaging to detect oil reservoirs.

Depending on interests of the applicant, the emphasis could be either
on the numerical analysis of finite element methods, computational
aspects or on applications. The student will join an ambitious
research group between the mathematics and engineering of generalized
finite element methods in time and frequency domain.

Applications are invited at
See also the project description of "Simulation of ground borne
vibrations using efficient finite element methods" there.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heiko Gimperlein
(, mathematics) or Dr. Shadi Mohamed
(, computational engineering).


From: Sam Subbey
Date: December 16, 2015
Subject: PhD Positions, Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing

There are two PhD openings to work on a cross-disciplinary,
collaborative research project between the Bergen University College
(BUC) and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Bergen, Norway. The
principal area of research will include mathematical modeling, and the
development of numerical algorithms to space-time ordinary (ODEs) and
partial differential equations (PDEs), with specific application in
marine science.

Applicants must have excellent grades in any field of numerical
computations (mathematics, applied/industrial
mathematics/computational biology). Familiarity with numerical
solutions to ODEs and PDEs is a requirement, as well as good
mathematical programming skills, preferably in Matlab, C or Python.
Experience with predictive modeling and computational simulation
techniques will be advantageous. For more information contact: Talal
Rahman (, or Sam Subbey (


From: Stefan Engblom
Date: December 26, 2015
Subject: PhD Positions, Scientific Computing, Uppsala Univ

The Division of Scientific Computing at Uppsala University is a
leading center for research and education in Scientific Computing. The
research has a broad scope, ranging from numerical analysis over
software development and high-performance computing to collaborative
projects in Computational Science and Engineering, and industrial
applications. The research is organized in two research programs
(Computational Science and Numerical Analysis) with a common, rather
extensive graduate (PhD) education program in Scientific
Computing. Many of the PhD student projects include collaboration and
joint supervision with other partners, both at Uppsala Univesity and
e.g. at Stanford University, USA and ETH, Zürich. More information on
the research at the Division is found at

The Division hereby announces up to two new PhD student positions. The
application should include a letter with a description of the
candidate's research interests and earlier experience. Candidates are
encouraged to indicate which project(s) that interests them. Please
see for more

Apply via the web interface found at us/details/?positionId=85255
Application deadline the 28th of February 2016.


From: Lars Elden
Date: December 21, 2015
Subject: Contents, BIT Numerical Mathematics, 55 (4)

Volume 55, Issue 4, December 2015

Preface to BIT 55:4
Lars Elden

Spectral method for solving high order nonlinear boundary value
problems via operational matrices, Mahmoud Behroozifar

Order conditions for G-symplectic methods, John C. Butcher, Gulshad

Fast computation of orthonormal basis for RBF spaces through Krylov
space methods, Stefano De Marchi, Gabriele Santin

Local discontinuous Galerkin methods for fractional ordinary
differential equations, Weihua Deng, Jan S. Hesthaven

One-sided direct event location techniques in the numerical solution
of discontinuous differential systems, Luca Dieci, Luciano Lopez

On the relation between the randomized extended Kaczmarz algorithm and
coordinate descent, Bogdan Dumitrescu

A posteriori error analysis for finite element methods with projection
operators as applied to explicit time integration techniques,
J. B. Collins, D. Estep, S. Tavener

The multivariate Horner scheme revisited, Johannes Czekansky, Tomas

Weak backward error analysis for Langevin process, Marie Kopec

An efficient collocation method for a Caputo two-point boundary value
problem, Natalia Kopteva, Martin Stynes

Multilevel Monte Carlo for the Feynman-Kac formula for the Laplace
equation, Stefan Pauli, Robert Nicholas Gantner, Peter Arbenz

Tikhonov regularization via flexible Arnoldi reduction, Lothar
Reichel, Xuebo Yu

An optimal a priori error estimate in the maximum norm for the Il´in
scheme in 2D, H.-G. Roos, M. Schopf

A compact finite difference method for solving a class of time
fractional convection-subdiffusion equations, Yuan-Ming Wang

Faster SDC convergence on non-equidistant grids by DIRK sweeps, Martin

A type of multi-level correction scheme for eigenvalue problems by
nonconforming finite element methods, Hehu Xie


From: Stefano De Marchi
Date: December 30, 2015
Subject: Contents, Dolomites Res Notes on Approx, 8

Research Articles

André Camargo, Stefano De Marchi, A few remarks on "On certain
Vandermonde determinants whose variables separate"

Special Issue for the "10 years of the Padua points"

Jesús Carnicer, Carmen Godé, Lagrange polynomials of lower sets

Jean-Paul Calvi, Phung Van Manh, On the approximation of multivariate
entire functions by Lagrange interpolation polynomials

László Szili, Péter Vértesi,tesi On polynomial and barycentric

Wolfgang Erb, Christian Kaethner, Peter Dencker, Mandy Ahlborg, A
survey on bivariate Lagrange interpolation on Lissajous nodes

Marc Van Barel, Matthias Humet, Good point sets and corresponding
weights for bivariate discrete least squares approximation

P. G. Boyvalenkov, P. D. Dragnev, D. P. Hardin, E. B. Saff, M. M.
Stoyanova, Universal upper and lower bounds on energy of spherical

Len Bos, Marco Caliari, Application of modified Leja sequences to
polynomial interpolation

Thomas Bloom, Norman Levenberg, Federico Piazzon, Franck Wielonsky,
Bernstein-Markov: a survey

Gowri Suryanarayana, Ronald Cools, Dirk Nuyens, Integration and
Approximation with Fibonacci lattice points

Mirosław Baran, Agnieszka Kowalska, Beata Milówka, Paweł Ozorka,
Identities for a derivation operator and their applications


From: Suzanne Eves
Date: December 14, 2015
Subject: Contents, Information and Inference: A Journal of the IMA, 04 (4)

Contents, Information and Inference: A Journal of the IMA, 04(4)

Information and Inference: A Journal of the IMA
All Content Free in 2015

For articles in this issue and in our archive:

CGIHT: conjugate gradient iterative hard thresholding for compressed
sensing and matrix completion, Jeffrey D. Blanchard, Jared Tanner, and
Ke Wei

Jian-Feng Cai and Weiyu Xu, Guarantees of total variation minimization
for signal recovery

Laurent Gilquin, Clémentine Prieur, and Elise Arnaud, Replication
procedure for grouped Sobol' indices estimation in dependent
uncertainty spaces

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