NA Digest Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Volume 15 : Issue 17

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

Submissions for NA Digest:


From: Dominique Orban
Date: April 23, 2015
Subject: Michael J. D. Powell Memorial Site

A memorial site in remembrance of Mike Powell has been set up and is
available at the address

If you click on the title of the post, you’ll be able to add a

All should feel free to recount stories about Mike, share memories, or
just say goodbye.

Please forward to all who could be interested.


From: Nick Gould
Date: April 26, 2015
Subject: Mike Powell software archives and the Fletcher-Powell Lecture

Mike Powell was particularly concerned that his optimization software
should be available for all to use. With Mike's permission, Zaikun
Zhang and I have established software archives

to support Mike's request.

On another note, readers of the digest may like to know that the
organisers of the Biennial Strathclyde Numerical Analysis Conference
( have agreed to have a
regular Fletcher-Powell Invited Lecture, starting from this year's
meeting (23rd to 26th June 2015). The lecture is intended to honour
Roger Fletcher and Mike Powell's contributions to numerical analysis
and particularly nonlinear optimization. This year's speaker will be
Michael Saunders (Stanford University).


From: George Anastassiou
Date: April 22, 2015
Subject: New Book, Numerical Analysis Using Sage

This is the first numerical analysis text to use Sage for the
implementation of algorithms and can be used in a one-semester course
for undergraduates in mathematics, math education, computer
science/information technology, engineering, and physical
sciences. The primary aim of this text is to simplify understanding of
the notions from a numerical analysis/numerical methods course via a
modern programming language like Sage. Aside from the presentation of
fundamental theoretical notions of numerical analysis throughout the
text, each chapter concludes with several exercises that are oriented
to real- world application. Answers may be verified using Sage. The
presented code, written in core components of Sage, are backward
compatible, i.e., easily applicable to other software systems such as
Mathematica®. Sage is open source software and uses Python-like
syntax. Previous Python programming experience is not a requirement
for the reader, though familiarity with any programming language is a
plus. Moreover, the code can be written using any web browser and is
therefore useful with Laptops, Tablets, iPhones, Smartphones, etc.
All Sage code that is presented in the text is openly available on .


From: Miloslav Feistauer
Date: April 22, 2015
Subject: European Finite Element Fair (EFEF), Czech Republic, Jun 2015

The 13th European Finite Element Fair will take place on 5-6 June 2015
in Prague at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles

The registration deadline is 15 May 2015. (There is no conference

For further details, see

Organizing Committee: Monika Balazsova, Miloslav Feistauer, Petr
Knobloch, Hana Orosova


From: Alf Gerisch
Date: April 27, 2015
Subject: Multiscale Models in Mechano and Tumor Biology, Germany, Sep 2015

The research group Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing at TU
Darmstadt is pleased to announce the international workshop

M3TB: Multiscale Models in Mechano and Tumor Biology:
Modeling, Homogenization, and Applications
Darmstadt (Germany), September 28-30, 2015.

The workshop is aimed at presenting and discussing the state of the
art and future perspectives in mathematical modeling and
homogenization techniques with the focus on addressing key
physiological issues in the context of multiphase healthy and
malignant biological materials. Part of the workshop is an
introductory course on asymptotic homogenization.

Invited Speaker: A. Grillo (Turin), Q. Grimal (Paris), A. Musesti
(Brescia), R. Penta (Darmstadt), K. Raum (Berlin), R. Shipley

Participants are invited to present a talk/poster. Submit abstract by
May 30.

Further information:

A. Gerisch, R. Penta, J. Lang (organizers)


From: Thomas Wick
Date: April 27, 2015
Subject: FSI Winter School/Conference, Austria, Jan 2016

We are pleased to announce a winter school plus conference on

Modeling, Adaptive Discretizations and Solvers for Fluid-Structure

at the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied
Mathematics (RICAM) from Jan 11-15, 2016 in Linz/Austria.

Preliminary information is gathered on

The winter school lectures will be given by
- Thomas Richter, Heidelberg University (Modeling of FSI)
- Simone Deparis, EPFL Lausanne (Solvers for FSI)
- David Nordsletten, King's College London (Applications).

As invited speakers for the conference, we could attract
- Miriam Mehl, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
- Annalisa Quaini, University of Houston (USA)
- Wim van Rees, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

The deadline for registration and abstract submission is Oct 1, 2015
but we encourage to register at earliest convenience in order to allow
for timely planning.

Participation in the winter school is free of charge. The fee for the
conference is 50€ for PhD and undergraduate students and 100€ for
PostDocs and professors and includes daily meal vouchers for lunch as
well as the conference dinner.


From: Esmond G. Ng
Date: April 28, 2015
Subject: Research Scientist Positions, Matrix Computation, Berkeley Lab

The Scalable Solvers Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
has two immediate job openings in matrix computation. Successful
candidates will join the group as career-track research scientists and
will have excellent opportunities in conducting research and
development in matrix computation, with an emphasis on
high-performance computing on forthcoming extreme-scale computer
architectures. The successful candidates will also have opportunities
to work in multi-disciplinary teams consisting of applied
mathematicians, computer scientists, and domain scientists to work on
the development and implementation of matrix algorithms that are
targeted at the solution of scientific problems of interest to the
U.S. Department of Energy.

The Scalable Solvers Group develops and implements state-of-the-art
algorithms for solving large-scale algebraic systems, including, but
not limiting to, systems of linear equations, systems of nonlinear
equations, and eigenvalue problems, on massively parallel computer
architectures. Many of the algorithms are available and have been
distributed in the form of software packages. By collaborating with
domain scientists, the group applies the algebraic solvers developed
to solve a variety of scientific problems that are central to the
mission of the U.S. Department of Energy. Information on the group is
available at

Full postings of the two positions can be found at


From: Johan Hoffman
Date: April 23, 2015
Subject: Assistant Professor Position, Big Data and eScience, KTH

KTH – Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for a
tenure-track faculty appointment in Big Data and eScience at the rank
of Assistant Professor. We seek individuals with outstanding potential
for research achievement, and a strong interest and commitment to
undergraduate and graduate teaching. We seek candidates that can add
to or extend the current research areas at KTH with more emphasis
being put on excellence than on candidates’ specific area of
expertise. The position comes with a significant start package that
will allow the successful candidate to quickly establish their own
research group. KTH carries out a wide range of internationally
renowned research related to Big Data and eScience.

Research groups working in high-performance computing, simulations,
visualization, computer vision, robotics, computational biology,
neuroinformatics, language technology, algorithms and software
security comprise part of the School of Computer Science and
Communication. The KTH super computer center – PDC Center for High
Performance Computing – with the largest computing infrastructure in
Scandinavia is also part of the school. For more information about
the school, see .

Research groups in computational fluid dynamics, biomolecular
simulations, numerical analysis, and mathematical statistics comprise
part of the School of Engineering Sciences. For more information
about the school, see

For further information and details on application procedure see

Application deadline is May 29, 2015.

Johan Hoffman (
Danica Kragic (


From: Prof Dr Gregor Tanner
Date: April 26, 2015
Subject: Postdoc Position, Wave Modelling, Univ of Nottingham

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term for 36 months)

Reference SCI099215
Closing Date: Tuesday, 26th May 2015
University of Nottingham, School of Mathematical Sciences
Salary: £28695 per annum with relevant PhD.

Applications are invited for the above post on an EU Horizon 2020
'Future Emerging Technology' project on “Noisy Electromagnetic Fields
– Chip-to- Chip Communication in the 21st Century”. This is an
interdisciplinary, collaboration between mathematicians, physicists
and electrical engineers from academia and industry.The central aim of
the project is to provide design tools for wireless Chip-to-Chip (C2C)
communication, an important future technology.

The successful applicant will specialise in developing theoretical and
computational approaches to the physical modelling of noisy EM fields
in complex environments using Wigner function techniques, transfer
operator methods and semiclassical approximations. Candidates must
hold or be near completion of a PhD, or equivalent, in a relevant
branch of applied mathematics, physics or engineering. A good
knowledge of theoretical and experimental approaches to dynamical
systems and wave propagation is essential. In addition, a background
in more than one of the following areas is highly desirable:
high-frequency wave asymptotics, quantum chaos, ray theory,
computational electromagnetic. This full-time position is available
from 1 October 2015 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a
period of 36 months. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Dr
Gregor Tanner, Associate Professor


From: Trond Steihaug
Date: April 23, 2015
Subject: PhD Positions, Computer Science/Optimization

The Department of Informatics of the University of Bergen, Norway is
recruiting up to three research fellows in informatics/computer
science including optimization. The Research Council of Norway ranked
the Department first in Norway with respect to the quality of
research. The fellowship positions are for a fixed term of four years,
of which 25% will comprise mandatory work such as teaching and/or
administrative tasks.

You must hold a Master's degree within the field of informatics or
mathematics (or achieved equivalent qualifications). Candidates
without a Master's degree have to complete the final exam not later
than September 15, 2015. You must have qualifications to complete a
PhD program within a field of research that is compatible with one of
the six research groups of the department. These are: Algorithms,
Bioinformatics, Optimization, Programming theory, Computer security
and Visualization. For further details see the Department web page You must be able to work independently in a
structured manner and to demonstrate good collaborative skills. You
must be proficient in both written and oral English.

For more information and an application link see (a link to the English
version is included):


From: Karen Veroy-Grepl
Date: April 24, 2015
Subject: PhD Positions, Thermal treatment of prostate cancer, Eindhoven/Aachen

Applications are invited for two doctoral positions on the following

“3D energy-tissue interaction models for thermal treatment modalities
in prostate cancer”

“Methodologies for enabling real time adaptive thermal therapy
planning and delivery in prostate cancer”

The positions are based at Philips Research Eindhoven (The
Netherlands) with secondment to UniKlinik RWTH Aachen and AICES
Graduate School (Germany). The positions are part of an EU Marie
Curie initial training network (EID). For more information please
contact veroy@aices.rwth- or visit

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