NA Digest Sunday, December 7, 2003 Volume 03 : Issue 49

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From: Gaetano Continillo <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 13:39:31 +0100
Subject: Riccati/Ricatti: A Frequent Misspelling

Riccati was far more able and important than his virtually complete
neglect in the English speaking world suggests. The rather frequent typo
(Ricatti) in referring to the differential equations named after him is
annoying, since "ricatti" is "blackmail" in Italian.

Jacopo Francesco Riccati was born in Venice in 1676 and died in Treviso
in 1754. Riccati came from a noble family who held land near Venice. He
received his early education in Brescia, then entered the University of
Padua in 1693 to study law, where he earned the doctorate in 1696.
Encouraged later to pursue mathematics, he studied recent methods of
mathematical analysis. His extensive set of mathematical publications
brought Riccati contemporary fame. His work dealt mainly with analysis
and, in particular, with differential equations. He achieved notable
results in lowering the order of equations and in the separation of
variables. Riccati also published quite a bit on optics, and on
elasticity and the vibration of cords. This wealthy noble man declined
various academical offers, including one from Peter the Great who had
invited him to go to Russia as president of the St. Petersburg Academy
of Sciences.

This information is extracted from a more comprehensive note compiled by
Richard S. Westfall, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University, available on the web at

Gaetano Continillo


From: Jack Dongarra <>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 12:43:15 -0500
Subject: A Fault Tolerant Version of MPI

A Fault Tolerant version of MPI (FT-MPI)

Fault Tolerant MPI (FT-MPI) is an independent implementation of the MPI 1.2
message passing standard that has been built from the ground up offering
both user and system level fault tolerance. The FT-MPI library gives
application developers the ability to build fault tolerant or survivable
applications that do not immediately exit due to the failure of a processor,
node, or MPI task. To reach this goal, FT-MPI extends the current MPI
specification, playing a leading role in current world-wide efforts to
improve the error-handling of MPI applications.

FT-MPI is an efficient MPI implementation of the MPI standard and its
performance is comparable to other public MPI implementations. This has been
achieved though the use of optimized data type handling, an efficient point
to point communications progress engine and highly tuned and configurable
collective communications.

The first full FT-MPI release was announced at the SC2003 Conference in
Phoenix November 2003. This release included all the functions defined in
the MPI 1.2 document as well as several sections of the MPI 2
specifications. The release was validated by the IBM, Intel, PACX, MPICH,
BLACS and ScaLAPACK test suites. Performance comparisons have been made
using the HPC Challenge Benchmarks ( . A number
of fault survivable numeric applications have also been developed and are
distributed as user modifiable examples.

Further information about FT-MPI is available from

Jack Dongarra; Innovative Computing Laboratory; Computer Science Dept;
1122 Volunteer Blvd; University of Tennessee; Knoxville TN, 37996-3450


From: Leonid Lebedev <>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2003 15:44:27 -0500
Subject: New Book, The Calculus of Variations and Functional Analysis

New from World Scientific
Series on Stability, Vibration and Control of Systems,
Series A - Vol. 12

The Calculus of Variations and Functional Analysis
With Optimal Control and Applications in Mechanics

Leonid P. Lebedev (National University of Colombia,
Colombia & Rostov State University, Russia) & Michael J. Cloud
(Lawrence Technological University, USA)

Readership: Undergraduates in engineering or physics


From: Stephen Boyd <>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2003 19:21:35 -0800
Subject: New Book, Convex Optimization, Available Online

Our new book Convex Optimization is now available online at

(Cambridge University Press has kindly allowed us to keep the entire
book posted on our web sites; the URL above also has links to sites from
which you can order the book.)

Stephen Boyd and Lieven Vandenberghe


From: Ron Kimmel <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 23:20:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: New Book on Numerical Geometry of Images

I'd like to refer your readers to,
Ron Kimmel, Numerical Geometry of Images: Theory, Algorithms, and
Applications Springer, November 2003.
A course on the topic will be given Winter Semester at Stanford (CS Dept.).

All the best,
Ron Kimmel


From: Romas Baronas <>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 17:21:10 +0100
Subject: Call for Papers from Lithuanian Journal

Call for Papers from Journal "Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control"

The journal of the Lithuanian Association of Nonlinear Analysts
"Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control" (NAMC) increases in
frequency to four annual issues.

Scientists, researchers and engineers are kindly invited to contribute
manuscripts for publication in the journal.
NAMC (ISSN 1392-5113) is a peer-reviewed journal featuring high quality
original papers, review articles and comments on previously published
The journal accepts contributions on nonlinear phenomena and processes
in any field of science and technology.

For additional information and unlimited access to tables of contents
and papers, visit the journal homepage:

Because it is a FREE online journal, papers rapidly published in NAMC
will receive very high publicity.
In the case of acceptance, the paper(s) will be published in 2-3 months.
The reference period is 2-3 weeks.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,
Dr. Romas Baronas,
Secretary of "Nonlinear Analysis: Modelling and Control".


From: Eldad Haber <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 15:11:22 -0500
Subject: Summer School in Colorado on Mathematical Geophysics

Mathematical Geophysics & Uncertainty in Earth Models

June 14-25 , 2004
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado

Scope of the School
The goal of this interdisciplinary school is to expose graduate students
and researchers from mathematics and geophysics to key issues in
mathematical modeling and uncertainty analysis in geophysics. The
program includes tutorials as well as presentations on current research
that are of academic and industrial interest.
The school will also define collaborative research directions between
mathematics and the geosciences in the quantification of uncertainty in
geophysical imaging and inversion. The summer school is financially
supported by the program for Collaborations in Mathematical Geosciences
(CMG) of the National Science Foundation.

Topics of the School
Lectures on inverse problems, statistical inference, optimization,
numerical modeling in geophysics, wave propagation, seismological
imaging, and reservoir simulation. Presentations include current
research in regularization of inverse problems, theory and applications
of optimization, uncertainty analysis in seismological imaging, and
physical constraints on inverse problems. A visit to the visualization
center of the National Center of Atmospheric Research and a local
geological field trip are part of the program.

Target Audience
The school will bring together graduate students, post-docs, and senior
researchers in mathematics or the geosciences. For logistic reasons the
number of participants is limited. About 40 students may receive
financial support to attend the school. Speakers will be by invitation
only. There will be an opportunity to present research through poster

Organizing Committee
Roel Snieder, Dept. of Geophysics and Center for Wave Phenomena,
Colorado School of Mines
Luis Tenorio, Dept. of Mathematical and Computer Science, Colorado
School of Mines
Eldad Haber, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University
Alberto Malinverno, Schlumberger-Doll Research
Mike Ritzwoller, Dept. of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Partial list of Speakers
Brian Borchers (New Mexico Tech)
Chris Farmer (Schlumberger Abingdon Technology Centre)
Omar Ghattas (Carnegie Mellon University)
Alexandra Newman (Colorado School of Mines)
Doug Oldenburg (University of British Columbia)
Malcolm Sambridge (Australian National University)
Philip Stark (University of California at Berkeley)
Terry Young (Colorado School of Mines)
Brian Kennett (Australian National University)
Anthony Dahlen (Princeton University)
Alan Levander (Rice University)
Henning Omre (Norwegian University for Science and Technology)
George Papanicolaou (Stanford University)
John Scales (Colorado School of Mines)
Bill Symes (Rice University)
Jeannot Trampert (Utrecht University)

Registration Information
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2004.
Notification: March 5, 2004

For further registration information, please contact:
Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE)
Colorado School of Mines
Golden CO 80401 USA
Phone: 303/273-3321
Fax: 303/273-3314

see also


From: Zahari Zlatev <>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 09:27:39 +0100
Subject: Mini-symposium at PARA04 in Lyngby, Denmark

Dear Colleagues,

We are cordially inviting you to attend and/or to present a talk at a
special session on "Treatment of Large Scientific Models". Some details
about this event are given below.

Special session on "Treatment of Large Scientific Models"

at PARA04
to be held in Lyngby (Denmark) June 20-23, 2004
see more details about PARA04 in

The computers are becoming faster and faster. Problems that require a lot of
computing time and rely on the use of huge files of input data can now be
treated on powerful work-stations and PCs. On the other hand, the modern
high-speed computers can successfully be used to remove some non-physical
assumptions which were commonly made several years ago only in order to make
the models tractable at the computers, which were available at that time.
However, the removal of simplifying assumptions will normally lead to huge
computational tasks. The new high-speed computers are to be used in order to
treat successfully such tasks by applying parallel computations and a
careful utilization of the cache memory of the computers.

The exploitation of the new fast computers in the efforts to avoid
non-physical assuptions and, thus, to develop and run more reliable and more
robust large scientific models will be the major topic of a special session
on "Treatment of Large Scientific Models". The session is organized by
Krassimir Georgiev from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia, Bulgaria)
and Zahari Zlatev from the National Environmental Research Institute
(Roskilde, Denmark).

Candidates to present a talk at the special session should send a one-page
abstract by e-mail to any of the organizers ( or before January 1 2004. Papers presented at this special session
will be published in the conference proceedings. We are negotiating to
publish a special issue of some appropriate journal, which will contain
selected papers (after a referee procedure) from the session on "Treatment
of Large Scientific Models".

Zahari Zlatev


From: Roderick Melnik <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 20:12:22 +0100
Subject: Workshop in Orlando on Coupled Problems


The 2004 Workshop on Coupled Problems, Processes, and Phenomena is an
embedded special session at the Fourth World Congress of Nonlinear Analysis
which will be held in Orlando (Florida), USA from June 30, 2004 till
July 7, 2004.

This workshop will concentrate on problems related to modelling, full and
reduced-order approximations, control, and analysis of coupled nonlinear
systems, phenomena, and processes. Many applied and engineering problems
require dealing with coupled effects which are essential to a better
understanding of complex systems behaviour. Appropriate tools to study
such systems are based on systems of partial (deterministic and stochastic)
differential equations expressing fundamental laws of physics. The workshop
will focus on both physical coupling and algorithmic coupling, as well as on
hybrid systems where continuous and discrete dynamics have to be treated

In many cases coupling requires dealing with interacting components which
could be structures, fluids or solid media, while in other cases such
interacting components could be given by several different fields such as
mechanical and thermal, or electrical and mechanical, invoking a unification
of two or more physical theories that have been considered separately before.
Some such examples are provided by smart materials and structures technology
based on new materials such as shape memory alloys, piezoelectrics, magneto-
and electrorheological fluids, and magnetostrictive materials.

We are interested in contributions dealing with modelling, numerical
approximation, and analysis of such materials and structures. Many control
systems, including those used in smart materials and structures technology,
require dealing with coupled effects, and we are interested in contributions
related to these issues which include control of distributed parameter systems.
Papers on non-engineering applications of coupled systems (e.g., in biology,
physics, and life sciences) as well as papers on the mathematical analysis of
coupled systems, processes, and phenomena are equally welcome.

Abstracts of talks to be presented at the CPPP-2004 are due by December 29,
2003. They should be submitted electronically to either Professor Roderick
Melnik (at or Professor Ralph Smith (at

Further information about the workshop can be found at the CPPP Workshop web


From: Bette Byrne <>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2003 12:02:51 +0000
Subject: Workshop at Oxford on Stochastic PDEs and CFD




Most differential equations and fluids problems are regarded in the
deterministic context. Thus the random (Brownian) motion of cells or
molecules is usually for computational purposes modelled by diffusion for
example. There are many problems however where structure on the required
length or time scale necessarily requires an eplicit description of some
stochastic input. There are other problems where uncertainty in initial
conditions for example leads to explicit use of stochastics in simulation.
A further class of problems is those which are deterministic but extremely
complex and simpler stochastic descriptions are sought.

This one-day workshop is designed to bring together mathematicians working on
Stochastic Differential Equations and applications scientists working in
different fields and on different problems where computational modelling and
understanding of relevant processes requires at least some stochastic aspect.
Applications certainly arise in many areas - we are pleased to have speakers
from weather/atmospheric modelling, hydrology and from the financial sector
where stochastic descriptions are more prevalent - and we hope this workshop
will enable cross-fertilisation of approaches and ideas both between
applications and between theoreticians and practitioners.

The workshop will take place at Oxford University Computing Laboratory,
Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford, starting at 10.00 am with coffee.

Invited Speakers include:

Roberto Buizza (ECMWF)
Stochastic simulation of model uncertainty in probabilistic weather prediction

Ian Cluckie (Bristol)
Stochastic Hydrology and Uncertainty!?

Ian Davies (University of Wales, Swansea)
Stochastic heat and Burgers equations

Allan Lane (Royal Bank of Scotland)
The quest for better models when valuing Derivative Contracts in the
Financial Markets

Tony Shardlow (Manchester)
Stochastic PDEs and spirals

Andrew Stuart (Warwick)
Homogenization for Inertial Particles.


From: John Mitchell <>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 16:57:34 -0500
Subject: Conference at RPI on Continuous Optimization

First Announcement:

The inaugural triennial International Conference on Continuous
Optimization will take place on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, Troy, New York, August 2-4, 2004; a website for the
Conference is available at:

The Conference is sponsored in part by the Mathematical Programming
Society. It is organized in cooperation with the Society for
Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the SIAM Activity
Group on Optimization.

The scientific program of ICCOPT will cover all major aspects of
continuous optimization: theory, algorithms, applications, and
related problems. A partial list of topics includes

* linear, nonlinear, and convex programming
* equilibrium programming
* semidefinite and conic programming
* stochastic programming
* complementarity and variational inequalities
* nonsmooth and variational analysis
* nonconvex and global optimization
* optimization of partial differential systems
* applications in engineering, economics, finance, statistics, game
theory, and bioinformatics
* energy modeling and electric power market modeling
* optimization over computing grids
* modeling languages and web-based optimization systems.

The Conference will consist of a mixture of plenary, semiplenary,
invited, and contributed talks. It is anticipated that at most
four sessions will be scheduled in parallel. Selected papers
will appear in a special issue of Mathematical Programming Series B.

A dedicated session will be devoted to papers by young colleagues,
to be chosen by a panel of reviewers. See the separate Call for
Papers by Young Researchers for details, including guidelines and
submission information. Naturally, submission of papers by
these researchers to the general conference is also highly


Jong-Shi Pang, Program chair
Roberto Cominetti
Nick Gould
Florian Jarre
Tim Kelley
Masakazu Kojima
Jie Sun
Andre Tits


The Conference will be preceded by a summer school for graduate
students, junior faculty, and other interested participants,
which will describe some of the recent exciting developments
in continuous optimization. See separate announcement.

The Local Organizers of ICCOPT I,

Jong-Shi Pang, Co-Chair
John Mitchell, Co-Chair (SIAM Representative)
Kristin Bennett, Member
Joe Ecker Member


From: Yoshio Oyanagi <>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 11:41:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Conference in Tokyo on High Performance Computing


The 7th International Conference on High Performance Computing and
Grid in Asia Pacific Region

Omiya Sonic City, Tokyo, Japan
July 20-22, 2004

Submission deadline : January 31, 2004
Acceptance notification : March 31, 2004
Camera ready deadline : May 7, 2004


From: Paul Hovland <>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 15:51:56 -0600
Subject: Conference in Chicago on Automatic Differentiation

Fourth International Conference on Automatic Differentiation (AD2004)
July 19-23, 2004
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
Chicago, IL, USA

The Fourth International Conference on Automatic Differentiation (AD2004)
will be held July 20-23, 2004 in downtown Chicago. It will be preceded by a
short course on automatic differentiation on July 19. Submissions are
requested in all areas of automatic differentiation theory, tools, and
applications. Reports on novel applications of automatic differentiation
and on the interface between automatic differentiation and other areas of
computer science and mathematics are especially welcome. Extended abstracts
of approximately two pages are requested by March 29, 2004. See for more details.


From: ICNAAM <>
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2003 04:16:44 +0200
Subject: Conference in Greece on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics


URL address:

The aim of ICNAAM 2004 is to bring together leading scientists of the
international Numerical & Applied Mathematics community and to attract
original research papers of very high quality. The topics to be covered
include (but are not limited to): All the research areas of Numerical
Analysis and Computational Mathematics and all the research areas of
Applied Mathematics (see

Chairmen and Organisers
Dr. T.E. Simos, Active Member of the European Academy of Sciences and
Arts and Corresponding Member of the European Academy of Sciences,
Department of Computer Science and Technology, Faculty of Sciences and
Technology, University of Peloponnese, Greece and Dr. Ch. Tsitouras ,
Technological Educational Institute of Chalkis, Greece .
Dr. G. Psihoyios, Anglia Polytechnic University , Cambridge , UK .
Scientific Committee
Prof. G. vanden Berghe, Belgium, Prof. P. E. Bjorstad, Norway, Prof. J.
Cash, UK, Prof. R. Cools, Belgium, Prof. A. Cuyt, Belgium, Prof. B.
Fischer, Germany, Prof. R. W. Freund, USA, Prof. I. Gladwell, USA, Prof.
B. Hendrickson, USA, Prof. A. Klar, Germany, Prof. W. F. Mitchell, USA,
Dr. T.E. Simos, Greece, Prof. W.Sproessig, Germany, Dr. Ch. Tsitouras,
Greece, Prof. G. Alistair Watson, UK.

Proceedings: Extended abstracts will be published in a Special Volume
of Wiley-VCH. The journals in which selected Proceedings of ICNAAM 2004
will be published are: (i) Applied Numerical Analysis and Computational
Mathematics (ANACM) (Wiley-VCH). This is the official journal of
European Academy of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering
and (ii) Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences (Wiley & Sons).

Call for Sessions Workshops and Minisymposia: We invite proposals for
Sessions, Workshops or Minisymposia. Each session should have at least 6
paper presentations. For this session the organiser or his team can have
at most 2 papers. Each workshop or minisymposium should have at least 8
paper presentations. For this workshop or minisymposium the organiser or
his team can have at most 2 papers. The Session, Workshop or
Minisymposium organizer will be responsible for advertising the
workshop, reviewing and selecting the papers. The Session organisers
will have free registration in ICNAAM 2004. The Workshop or
Minisymposium organizers will have free registration and a participation
in the Accommodation. Papers accepted for Sessions, Workshops or
Minisymposia will be published in the Proceedings of ICNAAM 2004. After
the Conference the papers presented at the Sessions, Workshops or
Minisymposia will be considered for publication in the appropriate

Submission of Proposals
Proposals to organize Sessions, Workshops or Minisymposia should include
the following information: Title of the workshop
name, affiliation, mailing address and e-mail address of the proposer(s)
description of the topic of the session (not exceeding 100 words) a
short description on how the session will be advertised. The deadline
for proposal submission is January 15, 2004. Please send your proposal

Contact information: Secretary ICNAAM, E-mail:, Postal
Address: 26 Menelaou Street, Amfithea Paleon Faliron, GR-175 64, Athens,
Greece, Fax: +30210 94 20 091


From: Robert Skeel <>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 08:03:28 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at University of Illinois, Urbana

The Department of Computer Science has again this year
a number of openings:
All areas of computer science research will be considered
including scientific computing. The department and
campus offer an environment very supportive of a strong
research program.


From: William Hager <>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2003 13:00:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Faculty Positions at University of Florida

Funding is anticipated for two tenure track positions in
Applied Mathematics. One position is targeted for Biomath while
the other position is in any area of Applied Mathematics.


Send curriculum vita and list of publications to:

Chair of Search Committee
Department of Mathematics
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-8105

Applicants must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be
sent directly to the above address.


From: Bruce Long <>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 08:30:58 -0700
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Arizona State University

A Neuroimaging Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Research Associate position
are available in the research group of Dr. Rosemary Renaut at Arizona State
University. AA/EOE. For more details see


From: Bill Hart <>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 19:27:49 -0700
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is one of the countrys largest research facilities employing nearly
8,400 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore,
California. Please visit our website at
The Computational Sciences, Computer Sciences and Mathematics Center and the
Distributed Information Systems Center at Sandia National Laboratories
invite outstanding candidates to apply for the 2004 John Von Neumann
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Computational Science. The Fellowship
is supported by the Mathematical, Information, and Computational Sciences
Division at the U.S. Department of Energy and provides an exceptional
opportunity for innovative research in scientific computing on advanced
computing and software architectures. This appointment is for a period of
one year with a possible renewal for a second year and includes a highly
competitive salary, moving expenses and a generous professional travel

Sandia maintains research programs in a variety of areas, including
computational and discrete mathematics, computational physics and
engineering, systems software and tools. Sandia is a world leader in
large-scale parallel computer systems, algorithms, software and
applications, and provides a collaborative and highly multidisciplinary
environment tasked with solving state-of-the-art computational problems.
Sandia has a state-of-the-art parallel-computing environment, including the
4500-node Intel Teraflops machine and numerous workstation clusters.

Applicants from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a resume, statement of research goals, and three letters of
recommendation to: William E. Hart, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box
5800 MS: 1110, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-1110, or email Please reference ad: EX-Von Neumann. All applications
received before January 5, 2004 will be considered; the position will remain
open until filled.

U.S. Citizenship Normally Required. Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.



From: Achi Brandt <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 12:29:32 +0200 (IST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at UCLA


This is a call for applications to a postdoctoral position at
UCLA involving a well defined research in scientific computation.

The research, entitled "Numerical Coarsening and Upscaling for
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics", is led by Prof. Achi Brandt, in the
Department of Mathematics, and by James C. McWilliams in the
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

A full technical description of the project can be viewed in (McW.pdf). In essence, the
project involves the development of new, highly innovative methods
of scientific computation. At the minimum it requires background
in numerical solution of partial differential equations. Very
desired is knowledge and experience more specifically in computational
fluid dynamics and/or in multiscale (e.g., multigrid) methods.

The research project is part of a broader activity aimed at the
development of multiscale methods in general (see a review in (review.pdf)) and the
methodology of systematic upscaling in particular
(see (UPSCALE-B1.pdf)).
These modern approaches have far reaching implications in most
fields of scientific computation, so the involved researcher can
expect to gain highly valuable advanced knowledge and experience.

Interested candidates should write to both and In your letter please state what is the background
that makes you capable and interested in this project.

Achi Brandt
Jim McWilliams


From: Curt Vogel <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 18:19:55 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Montana State University

Postdoctoral Research Position at Montana State University

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University
invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in
computational and applied mathematics with applications to adaptive
optics. Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of
extension to a second year according to mutual agreement. The position
is grant-funded, and funding is secure for the position for a term
of two years.

Salary is $41,000 per year, plus benefits and travel. Screening
begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The starting date is negotiable, but the preferred date is June 1,
2004, or sooner.

The position requires a PhD in Applied or Computational Mathematics,
Optical Sciences, or a related field, to be completed by the start date.
Experience programming in MATLAB or C++ is also required. A working
knowledge of Fourier optics, adaptive optics, atmospheric wave
propagation, and mathematical imaging is highly desirable. Familiarity
with control theory and numerical solution methods for partial
differential equations is also desired.

The goals of the research project include development of analytical
tools and computational algorithms for modeling, simulation, and
control in extreme adaptive optics, in multiconjugate adaptive
optics, and also possibly in vision science. For more information
on the position, consult the web at

Montana State University has an enrollment of 12,000 students. It
is located in Bozeman, a town of 30,000 located in the mountains of
southwestern Montana. Outdoor activities like downhill and cross
country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and trout fishing are within
a few minutes from town, and Yellowstone National Park is only 90 miles
away. The Mathematical Sciences Department has active research groups
in the areas of computational mathematics, applied mathematics,
mathematical biology, statistics, and dynamical systems. Faculty
members actively participate in interdisciplinary research
efforts with engineering and physical science departments across the

Screening of applications begins immediately, and will continue
until the position is filled. Send curriculum vita, a detailed
description of qualifications and research interests, and three
letters of recommendation to: Curtis R. Vogel, Dept. of Mathematical
Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-2400, E-mail applications are prefered.
ADA/AA/EO/Vet. Pref.


From: Bernard Deconinck <>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 08:46:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at University of Washington

Postdoctoral fellowship in Applied Mathematics

Hosting Institution: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Department: Applied Mathematics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship, to start
September 16, 2004. Applicants are required to have earned a Ph.D. degree
before the start date.

The National Science Foundation has recently awarded a Focused Research
Group (FRG) Grant to investigate nonlinear, three-dimensional waves in
water of arbitrary depth to investigators at Seattle University
(Mathematics, John Carter), the University of Washington (Applied
Mathematics, Bernard Deconinck), Penn State University (Mathematics, Joe
Hammack and Diane Henderson), Notre Dame University (Mathematics, David
Nicholls), and the University of Colorado (Applied Mathematics, Harvey
Segur). Researchers from McMaster University (Walter Craig) and the
University of Toronto (Catherine Sulem) are also directly involved in
this effort. More information on the grant and its participants is found

The Postdoctoral fellow will be based at the University of Washington,
but can spend significant time at any of the institutions mentioned
above. The fellow is expected to work on projects related to the FRG
grant. These can include analytical and numerical work, as well as
comparison with experimental data. Other duties include half-time
teaching (two courses per year in the quarter system). This is initially
a one-year position, with renewal for up to two additional years
contingent on anticipated funding and on satisfactory performance in
research and teaching. In addition to salary and benefits, the grant
budget provides for equipment and travel reimbursement.

Applicants should send a cover letter, AMS cover sheet, current CV,
statement of research interest, and three letters of recommendation to

Bernard Deconinck
Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Washington
Campus Box 352420
Seattle, WA 98195

Please include an explicit statement allowing all PIs mentioned above to
access and view the application materials. Review of Applications will
begin on 1/19/04. Please e-mail questions to Bernard Deconinck at

All institutions on the grant encourage applications from
underrepresented groups in Applied Mathematics. Women, minorities,
veterans and disabled persons are strongly encouraged to apply.


From: Donald Estep
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 10:35:51 -0700
Subject: Postdoctoral Positions at Colorado State University

Colorado State University
Department of Mathematics
Department of Statistics
Program for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Ecology, and Statistics

Postdoctoral Positions

The PRogram for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Ecology,
and Statistics (PRIMES) is seeking to hire two postdocs
to begin in the 2004 academic year. PRIMES
( is a new graduate program in
quantitative ecology supported by an Integrative
Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) grant
from the National Science Foundation.

Post-Doctoral position in population/quantitative
genetics: This position will be associated with the
Department of Mathematics and the United States
Department of Agriculture ARS National Center for
Genetic Resources Preservation on a project to develop
optimization algorithms for use in maintaining plant
genetic diversity. The successful applicant should
have either a background in population genetics and
conservation with at least some experience in
computational methods or should come from a
quantitative field and have a strong interest in
biology. A Ph.D. in a related field and good computing
skills are required.

Post-Doctoral position in the Department of Statistics:
This position will be associated with the Department of
Statistics. The successful candidate should have
experience or interest in the area of quantitative
ecology. Research interest in spatial statistics,
Bayesian statistics, time series, or sampling is
preferred. A Ph.D. in statistics or a related field is

Applications and guidelines may be obtained at:
PRIMES funding requires postdoctoral applicants be U.S.
citizens or permanent residents. Applications should
include a CV, statement of research interests, and
copies of relevant publications. In addition,
candidates should request 2-3 letters of recommendation
to be sent separately to: Don Estep, Co-Director,
PRIMES, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State
University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1874. For full
consideration, applications should be received no later
than January 12, 2004. However, applications will
continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.
Colorado State University is an EO/AA employer.


From: Tomasz Plewa <>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 13:04:46 -0600
Subject: Postdoctoral Positions at University of Chicago

Announcing two different postdoctoral positions at the Univeristy
of Chicago FLASH Center.

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics/Interface Modeling

The DOE-funded ASCI/Alliances Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear
Flashes at the University of Chicago, the FLASH Center, invites
applications for a postdoctoral research position in computational
physics/interface modeling.

The Center's purpose is to develop and apply a general-purpose
multi-physics adaptive mesh refinement code, FLASH. The primary
applications of the FLASH code are modeling of astrophysical
thermonuclear explosions and laboratory experiments for code
validation. The Center's vigorous scientific program involves frequent
interactions with theorists and experimentalists from the National
Laboratories, and collaborations with leading academic centers in the
US and Europe.

Research activities will include:

* Design, implementation, and rigorous verification of appropriate
numerical algorithms for studying evolution of thin interfaces (e.g.
volume-of-fluid algorithms, level set methods) within the framework of
adaptive mesh refinement methods.
* Validation of numerical models against experiments involving
complex hydrodynamic flows and combustion processes.
* Close interaction with other members of the Center, sharing and
exchanging scientific ideas with wide scientific community through
participation in meetings, workshops, and conferences.
* Publication of results in conference materials and scientific

The successful candidate will develop physics models and numerical
algorithms needed for simulations of multidimensional reactive flows
characteristic for astrophysical phenomena (Type Ia supernovae,
classical novae, x-ray bursts).

A PhD in one of the computational sciences is required. Strong
background in computational physics and computational fluid dynamics,
and experience with high performance parallel computing is essential.
Interest in theoretical astrophysics and validation of scientific codes
is highly desirable. Good communication skills and the ability to work
in a team environment are also needed.

More information about the ASCI FLASH Center and the Computational
Physics and Validation Group can be found at:

The position is for a period of two years with the possibility of
renewal. The expected start date of the appointment is April 1, 2004.

To apply, please submit to the above address a curriculum vitae, a list
of publications, a brief description of research interests, and the
names and contact information for three references. Please refer to
"Position in Interface Modeling" when applying. Applications received
prior to February 1, 2004 will receive first consideration.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics/Code Validation

The DOE-funded ASCI/Alliances Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear
Flashes at the University of Chicago, the FLASH Center, invites
applications for a postdoctoral research position in computational
physics/code validation.

The Center's purpose is to develop and apply a general-purpose
multi-physics adaptive mesh refinement code, FLASH. The primary
applications of the FLASH code are modeling of astrophysical
thermonuclear explosions and laboratory experiment for code validation.
The Center's vigorous scientific program involves frequent interactions
with theorists and experimentalists from the National
Laboratories, and collaborations with leading academic centers in the
US and Europe.

Research activities will include:

* Construction of detailed physics models representing laboratory
experiments. Critical assessment of experimental uncertainties,
including initial conditions, material properties, and experimental
* Identification of essential physical processes, implementation and
verification of corresponding computational modules within the
framework of adaptive mesh refinement methods, and comparison of
simulation results with experimental data using physics-motivated
* Providing feedback to experimentalist and actively aiding design
of the next generation experiments, especially high-energy-density
experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF).
* Close interaction with other members of the Center, sharing and
exchanging scientific ideas with the wide scientific community through
participation in meetings, workshops, and conferences.
* Publication of results in conference materials and scientific

The successful candidate will develop mathematical and computational
models required for simulations of flows with strong shocks typical of
explosive astrophysical phenomena (core collapse and thermonuclear
supernovae, supernova remnants). Studies will focus on classical
shock-tube experiments and high-energy-density plasma laser experiments
in collaboration with experimentalists from the National Laboratories
and academia.

A PhD in one of the computational sciences is required. Experience in
computational fluid dynamics and high performance parallel computing is
essential. Knowledge of problems of code verification and validation
and interest in theoretical astrophysics is highly desirable. Good
communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are
also needed.

More information about the ASCI FLASH Center and the Computational
Physics and Validation Group can be found at:

The position is for a period of two years with the possibility of
renewal. The expected date of the appointment is April 1, 2004.

To apply, please submit to the above address a curriculum vitae, a list
of publications, a brief description of research interests, and the
names and contact information for three references. Please refer to
"Position in Code Validation" when applying. Applications received
prior to February 1, 2004 will receive first consideration.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity


From: Oleg Burdakov <>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 20:21:34 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Contents, Optimization Methods and Software

Table of Contents
Optimization Methods and Software (OMS), Volume 18, Number 6 (December, 2003)
Special Issue. The First International Conference on Optimization
Methods and Software December 15-18, 2002 Hangzhou, China
Guest Editors: Cornelis Roos and Jian-Zhong Zhang

Y.Q. Bai and C. Roos
A plynomial-time algorithm for linear optimization based
on a new simple kernel function

Yong He and Ting Chen
Optimal algorithms for recombination distance problem

Ying-Jun Jiang, Dong-Hui Li, Jin-Ping Zeng
Weighted max-norm estimate of additive Schwarz
methods for solving nonlinear complementarity problems

A. Ismael Vaz, E. Fernandes, M. Gomes
A quasi-Newton interior point method for semi-infinite programming

Vladmir M. Veliov
Newton's method for problems of optimal control of
heterogeneous systems

Dachuan Xu, Yinyu Ye, Jiawei Zhang
Approximate the 2-catalog segmentation problem using semidefinite
programming relaxations

Jinghao Zhu and Kangdi Li
An iterative method for solving stochastic Riccati differential
equations for the stochastic LQR problem

Forthcoming papers and complete table of contents for the journal OMS:

Online sample copy and Instructions for Authors :


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