NA Digest Sunday, March 23, 2008 Volume 08 : Issue 12

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From: "Friedland, Shmuel" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 11:07:07 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Samuel Karlin

I would like to announce the sad news about Samuel Karlin:

Sam Karlin, 83, an influential Stanford math professor whose wide-ranging
pursuits included a significant contribution to DNA analysis,
Matrix Theory, Game Theory, Total Positivity, Stochastic Processes,
died Dec. 18 at Stanford Hospital after a massive heart attack.

See the webpage:

See also math genealogy of Karlin


From: Julie Haenisch <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 11:04:12 -0400
Subject: New books from Princeton Press

Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Control: A Lyapunov-Based Approach
Wassim M. Haddad & VijaySekhar Chellaboina
"An excellent textbook. This is an up-to-date, comprehensive, and extremely
well presented exposition of modern methods in nonlinear control systems. It
contains every topic I would like to see in such a book. The writing is
superb and the style is clear and lucid. This is a highly welcome addition
to the literature."--Frank L. Lewis, University of Texas, Arlington

Optimization Algorithms on Matrix Manifolds
P.-A. Absil, R. Mahony & R. Sepulchre
"The treatment strikes an appropriate balance between mathematical,
numerical, and algorithmic points of view. The quality of the writing is
quite high and very readable. The topic is very timely and is certainly of
interest to myself and my students."--Kyle A. Gallivan, Florida State

Feedback Systems: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers
Karl Johan Åström & Richard M. Murray
"This book is a significant contribution. It provides an accessible
treatment for a wide audience who would otherwise have to labor through
difficult mathematical or engineering treatments. The only prerequisite is a
basic understanding of differential equations and linear algebra."--Brian
Ingalls, University of Waterloo

How Round Is Your Circle?: Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet
John Bryant & Chris Sangwin
"The question posed by this book turns out to be a real toughie, but
nevertheless the authors urge you to answer it. This gem of a book tackles
several such questions, revealing why they are crucial to engineering and to
our understanding of our everyday world. With a nice emphasis on practical
experiments, the authors do a refreshing job of bringing out the mathematics
you learned in school but sadly never knew why. And they show just how
intuitive it can be."--Matthew Killeya, New Scientist
Read a sample chapter online, click here:

Digital Dice:
Computational Solutions to Practical Probability Problems
Paul J. Nahin
"Paul Nahin's Digital Dice is a marvelous book, one that is even better than
his Duelling Idiots. Nahin presents twenty-one great probability problems,
from George Gamow's famous elevator paradox (as corrected by Donald Knuth)
to a bewildering puzzle involving two rolls of toilet paper, and he solves
them all with the aid of Monte Carlo simulations and brilliant, impeccable
reasoning."--Martin Gardner
Read the Introduction online, click here:


From: Vincent Acary <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 03:16:17 -0500
Subject: New book. Numerical Methods for Nonsmooth Dynamical Systems.

Numerical Methods for Nonsmooth Dynamical Systems. Applications in Mechanics
and Electronics.
Series: Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics (Springer
Verlag). 2008, Approx. 550 p.
96 illus., Hardcover. ISBN: 978-3-540-75391-9

This book concerns the numerical simulation of dynamical systems whose
trajectories may not be differentiable everywhere. They are named nonsmooth
dynamical systems. They make an important
class of systems, firstly because of the many applications in which nonsmooth
models are useful, secondly because they give rise to new problems in various
fields of science. Usually nonsmooth dynamical systems are represented as
differential inclusions, complementarity systems, evolution variational
inequalities, each of these classes being itself split into several
subclasses. The simulation of Filippov's systems is presented in details.

With detailed examples of multibody systems with contact, impact and friction
and electrical circuits with piecewise linear and ideal components, the book
is is mainly intended for researchers in Mechanics and Electrical Engineering,
but it will be attractive to researchers from other scientific communities
like Systems and Control, Robotics, Physics of Granular Media, Civil
Engineering, Virtual Reality, Haptic Systems, Computer Graphics, etc.

More details at


From: Mario Pavone <>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 00:19:10 +0100
Subject: Modeling and Optimization in Micro- and Nano-Electronics, Italy, Jun 2008

Int. Summer School on Modelling and Optimization in Micro- and Nano-
Electronics - MOMINE'08
14-28 June 2008 Conference Centre Baia Samuele, Ragusa, Sicily - Italy.

*Modelling week*
Advanced Modelling Methods for the Design of Electronic Circuits and Devices
14-21 June 2008

*Optimization Week*
Advanced Optimization Methods and Algorithms for the Design of
Electronic Circuits and Devices
21-28 June 2008

Preliminary List of Seminars
There will be several seminars complementing the topics treated in the course.

DEADLINE for *Early* Registration: March 31, 2008

For any questions please send email to

Best Regards,
G. Nicosia, V. Romano, S. Rinaudo - School Directors
M. Pavone - Publicity Chair


From: Michail Todorov <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 20:55:24 -0500
Subject: Applications of Math in Engineering and Economics, Bulgaria, Jun 2008

34th International Conference
"Applications of Mathematics in Engineering and Economics" (AMEE'08)
organized by the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics,
Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
June 6 - 14, 2008, Sozopol, Bulgaria

The main goal of AMEE'08 is to bring together experts and young
talented scientists from Bulgaria and abroad to discuss the modern
trends and to ensure exchange of views in various applications of
mathematics and mathematical models in engineering, physics,
economics, biology, etc. Keeping the main topics of the previous AMEE
conferences and the big success of AMEE'07 the next issue of the
Conference will be subject again to the motto "Nonlinear Phenomena -
Mathematical Theory and Environmental Reality".

MAIN TOPICS: Mathematical Analysis and Applications; Differential
Equations and Differential Geometry; Operation Research and
Statistics; Numerical Methods in Mathematical Modeling; Algebraic
Methods in Informatics; Software Innovations in Scientific Computing.

C.I. Christov (USA) -Chairman, B. Dimitrov (USA), A. Dzhanoev (Spain),
M. Flikop (USA) - AIP representative, H. Kojouharov (USA), R. Lazarov
(USA), A. Loskutov (Russia), P. Minev (Canada), M. Paprzycki (Poland),
M.D. Todorov (Bulgaria)

visit URL: or contact
Michail Todorov, Chair of AMEE'08 at: or


From: "Hassan Safouhi" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 13:47:48 -0600
Subject: Molecular Electronic Structure Calculation, Canada, Jun 2008

International Conference "Odyssey of Mathematical and Computational Aspects
of Molecular Electronic Structure Calculation" at the beautiful Campus
Saint- Jean, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Alberta), Canada. June 2-5,

Call for Abstract Submission – Closes April 10, 2008.

Odyssey 2008 is an interdisciplinary international conference on the
application of advanced mathematical and computational techniques, as they
interface with theoretical chemistry.


From: Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 02:37:00 -0500
Subject: Intl Conference on Power Control Optimization (PCO'2008), Jul 2008

18-20 July 2008, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The vision of PCO-08 is to bring today's highly inspiring and
precision innovative research and resource development for tomorrow's
industry in power and control. It has the mission to highlight
innovative research and development of academics and industrial
experts in the area of power control and its optimization techniques,
and to provide a forum to disseminate the results to all industrial
sectors in power quality, automation, business, finance, economics and
management. Also, to bring all necessary information of the most
recent and relevant innovations in regard to the theories and
practices in industrial engineering and management, where a
constructive dialogues on theoretical concepts, practical ideas and
results of the state of the art will be developed.

Scope of the conference is contemporary and original research and
educational development in the area of electrical power engineering,
control systems and methods of optimization.

Important dates:
Paper Submission: 14/03/2008
Formal acceptance letter with peer review: 01/05/2008
Camera Ready Paper: 01/06/2008
Registration with full payment: 01/06/2008
Conference commencement: 18/07/2008


From: Walter Kraemer <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 10:40:43 -0500
Subject: Computer Algebra & Interval Computations @ ACA2008, Austria, Jul 2008

Interaction Between Computer Algebra and Interval Computations
special session at
14th International Conference on Applications of Computer Algebra
July 27-30, 2008,
RISC Institute, Castle of Hagenberg, Linz, Austria

For many years there is a considerable interaction between symbolic-
algebraic and result-verification methods. The usage of validated
computations at critical points of some algebraic algorithms improves
the stability of the complete solution. Several hybrid algorithms
using floating-point and/or interval arithmetic in intermediate
computations combine the speed of numerical computations with the
exactness of symbolic methods providing still guaranteed correct
results and a dramatic speed up of the corresponding algebraic
algorithm. Embedding of interval data structures, hybrid and result-
verification methods in computer algebra systems turn the latter into
valuable tool for reliable scientific computing while by applying
symbolic-algebraic methods interval computations expand the
methodology tools and get an increased efficiency.

If you are interested in participation, please send your name, email
and approximate title to <>
or <> or fill in the form
available at

Submission of talk title - April 15, 2008
Submission of abstract - May 15, 2008.


From: Nicola Mastronardi <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 08:59:43 -0500
Subject: Linear System Theory, Control and Matrix Computations, Italy, Sep 2008

Hotel Porto Giardino, Monopoli, September 8-12, 2008

Linear System Theory is basic in the study of dynamics, control, and signal
processing. The aim of this summer school is to provide a coherent set of
lectures that explain aspects of this theory, with special emphasis on recent
developments and computational methods.
The school is addressed to graduate students, PhD students, young researchers
in scientific disciplines (Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering,
Computer Science, ...).

A.C. Antoulas, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
I. Markovsky, University of Southampton, UK
P. Rapisarda, University of Southampton, UK
C.W. Scherer, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
J.C. Willems, K.U. Leuven, Belgium (coordinator)

List of lectures:
Linear state space systems (A.C. Antoulas).
Realization algorithms (J.C. Willems).
Least squares and the singular value decomposition (I. Markovsky).
Model reduction algorithms using SVD and Krylov methods (A.C. Antoulas).
Systems described by differential equations (P. Rapisarda).
Behavioral systems (J.C. Willems).
The most powerful unfalsified model (I. Markovsky)
Convex optimization and linear matrix inequalities (C. Scherer).
Approximate system identification (I. Markovsky).
H-infinity-control (C. Scherer).
State models and state construction (P. Rapisarda).
Modeling interconnected systems (J.C. Willems).
Model reduction from measurements} (A.C. Antoulas).
Dissipative systems (P. Rapisarda).
Robust control (C. Scherer).

Information on the school can be found at

Nicola Mastronardi


From: Felix Kramer <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:20:54 -0500
Subject: Workshop: Splitting Methods in Time Integration, Austria, Oct, 2008

Workshop: Splitting Methods in Time Integration
October 15-18, 2008
Innsbruck, Austria

The Department of the University of the University of Innsbruck organizes in
collaboration with the numerical analysis group of the Universitie of Trieste
the fifth workshop in series on numerical analysis and scientific computing.
This year, the topic will be time integration of evolution problems; in
particular, we will cover splitting methods in time integration.

The intention of the workshop is to provide a platform for exchanging new
ideas and results in the development of numerical methods for evolution
equations. The emphasis will be laid on splitting methods for PDEs. We try to
cover both, theoretical and practical aspects, and we want to bring together
numerical analysts working in the field as well as PhD students who want to
start in this area.

Further information is available on the Workshop Website
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send an e-mail to .

Please note that the number of participants is limited.

Alexander Ostermann, Mechthild Thalhammer, Felix Kramer (Innsbruck)
Alfredo Bellen (Trieste)


From: "Gajbe, Manisha Manohar" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 12:56:48 -0400
Subject: IEEE Intl Conf on High Performance Computing, India, Dec 2008

15th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing
(HiPC 2008)
December 17-20, 2008
Bangalore, India
Submission Deadline: May 12, 2008

The 15th annual IEEE International Conference on High Performance
Computing (HiPC 2008) will be held in Bangalore, India, during
December 17-20, 2008. It will serve as a forum to present the current
work by researchers from around the world, and act as a venue to
provide stimulating discussions and highlight high performance
computing (HPC) activities in Asia. The conference has a history of
attracting participation from reputed researchers from all over the

HiPC 2008 will focus on the design and analysis of high performance
computing and networking systems and their scientific, engineering,
and commercial applications. In addition to technical sessions
consisting of contributed papers, the conference will include invited
presentations, a poster session, tutorials, and vendor presentations.

May 12, 2008 Conference Paper Submission Ends
May 12, 2008 Workshop Proposals Due
May 19, 2008 Tutorial Proposals Due
November 07, 2008 Early Registration Deadline


From: Karol Mikula <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 08:43:13 -0500
Subject: ALGORITMY 2009 - Conf on Scientific Computing, Slovakia, Mar 2009

Conference on Scientific Computing
High Tatra Mountains, Podbanske, Slovakia
March 15-20, 2009

ALGORITMY (Algorithms) represents the oldest Central-European series of
international high level scientific meetings devoted to applied mathematics
and numerical methods in computational sciences and engineering. It has been
traditionally organized in the High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia by the
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in cooperation with Comenius
University in Bratislava and Slovak and Czech Academy of Sciences. Following
this old tradition, the 18th ALGORITMY conference will be devoted to
computational methods, their analysis, algorithmic realization and application
to real-world problems arising from, but not restricted to, natural sciences,
engineering, technology, medicine and finance.


From: George Biros <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 02:53:15 -0500
Subject: Postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania

Postdoctoral position in medical imaging at the University
of Pennsylvania.

A postdoctoral position is available on inverse problems in medical
imaging. The research focus will be on devising novel algorithms for
the estimation of unknown physiological parameters by combining
multimodality image information and biomechanical models. The target
applications are brain tumor growth and soft tissue mechanics.

The postdoctoral researcher will have excellent collaborative
opportunities with a diverse group of researchers in computational
science and engineering, applied mathematics, and image analysis. The
position is open for an initial duration of 12 months, starting
immediately, and it will be renewable. The ideal candidate should
have a strong background in partial differential equations and
scientific computing.

If you're interested, please send a curriculum vitae and the names of
two referees to

George Biros
Christos Davatzikos


From: Prieur <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 09:40:27 -0500
Subject: Postdoc position on control and numerical analysis, France

The goal of this project is to model the ferromagnetic materials for the
control of the magnetic moments and for the numerical simulation of
ferromagnetic bodies. The systems under study are composed of several
multi-materials systems, or of an assembly of domains for which at least one
direction asymptotically vanishes (nano-wires, thin films). The numerical
simulation of one magnetic particle is very expensive, then, in order to
consider the computation of complex assemblies, the domain decomposition and
the homogenization are two techniques which have been used to model and to
simulate such systems. We want now to describe their control properties, e.g.,
the way to inverse the magnetic moment in a ferromagnetic material (it is a
controllability problem example) or to avoid the destabilizing effect of
perturbations on the magnetic moment (it is a stabilization problem example).
We plan also to develop numerical tools and numerical schemes to illustrate
these results.

For more information, please consult


From: Stephane Lanteri <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 08:53:56 +0100
Subject: PhD position in high performance scientific computing, France

An opening for a PhD position is anticipated at INRIA Sophia Antipolis
to conduct research and development activities in relation with
high performance numerical modeling of plasma dynamics.
The focus will be on the study of some numerical and computational
aspects of the parallel simulation of the evolution of charged particles
in interaction with an electromagnetic field.

For more details on the position and the application procedure:
Deadline for applications: *15 May, 2008*.


From: William Hager <>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:58:47 -0400
Subject: PhD Research assistantship, University of Florida, Mathematics

Research assistantship(s) are available in support of the following
lightning research project:

Papers in connection with this ongoing work are at:

The research involves PDE/numerical PDE and numerical linear
algebra/MATLAB. Students with a Masters degree or equivalent
course preparation are preferred. Please send vita to:

William W. Hager (
Department of Mathematics
University of Florida


From: Liz Martin <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:02:22 +0000
Subject: Contents, Nonlinearity, volume 21, issue 4, April 2008


Volume 21, Issue 4, April 2008

Individual articles are free for 30 days following their publication on
the web. This issue is available at: URL:

Pages: T37--T60, 625--878

Open questions leading to a global perspective in dynamics
J Palis

Spatially localized structures in dissipative systems: open problems
E Knobloch

Bifurcation and branching of equilibria in reversible-equivariant vector
Pietro-Luciano Buono, Jeroen S W Lamb and Mark Roberts

Jump in adiabatic invariant at a transition between modes of motion for
systems with impacts
Igor Gorelyshev and Anatoly Neishtadt

Linear response formula for piecewise expanding unimodal maps
Viviane Baladi and Daniel Smania

On the extensible viscoelastic beam
Claudio Giorgi, Vittorino Pata and Elena Vuk

Bifurcations from homoclinic orbits to non-hyperbolic equilibria in
reversible lattice differential equations
Marc Georgi

Stability and instability analyses of the dissipative quasi-geostrophic
Zhi-Min Chen and W G Price

Uniform approximation for the overlap caustic of a quantum state with its
E Zambrano and A M Ozorio de Almeida

An averaging principle for a completely integrable stochastic Hamiltonian
Xue-Mei Li

Large time behaviour of solutions for the heat equation with
spatio-temporal delay
Chunhua Jin, Jingxue Yin and Chunpeng Wang

Bifurcation in weighted Sobolev spaces
Patrick J Rabier

Invariant metrics, contractions and nonlinear matrix equations
Hosoo Lee and Yongdo Lim


From: "Gladwell, Ian" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 13:57:50 -0500
Subject: Contents, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, Vol 34, No 2

Table of Contents
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, June 2008, Volume 34, Number 2

For more information, including abstracts and access to full text, see

Table of Contents

PyTrilinos: High-performance distributed-memory solvers for Python
Marzio Sala, W. F. Spotz, M. A. Heroux
Article No. 7, 33 pages

Parallel unsymmetric-pattern multifrontal sparse LU with column
Haim Avron, Gil Shklarski, Sivan Toledo
Article No. 8, 31 pages

On the design of interfaces to sparse direct solvers
Marzio Sala, Kendall S. Stanley, Michael A. Heroux
Article No. 9, 22 pages

Scalable parallelization of FLAME code via the workqueuing model
Field G. Van Zee, Paolo Bientinesi, Tze Meng Low, Robert A. van de Geijn
Article No. 10, 29 pages

Algorithm 873: LSTRS: MATLAB software for large-scale trust-region
subproblems and regularization
Marielba Rojas, Sandra A. Santos, Danny C. Sorensen
Article No. 11, 28 pages

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