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NA Digest, V. 20, # 19

NA Digest Sunday, May 17, 2020 Volume 20 : Issue 19

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Daniel M. Dunlavy
Sandia National Labs

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From: Yousef Saad saad@umn.edu
Date: May 15, 2020
Subject: Francoise Chatelin, 1941 - 2020

It is with deep sadness that I am announcing the passing away of
Francoise Chatelin on May 14, 2020. Francoise, who was born under the
name Laborde, earned the French Aggregation in Mathematics (1963)
while at the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure, and then the
'Doctorat d'Etat' in 1971. She began her academic career at the
Institut de Mathematiques Appliquees de Grenoble, which at the time
had a world-renown team in numerical analysis under the leadership of
Noel Gastinel, her Doctoral supervisor. For a while Francoise worked
on eigenvalue problems of linear operators. This effort culminated
with the publication of her book ``Spectral approximation of linear
operators" which appeared in 1983. Francoise became well-known for
her contributions on eigenvalue problems whether for infinite
dimensional operators or matrices. She published two volumes on the
computation of eigenvalues of matrices (one of them in French). She
later became interested in the impact of finite precision arithmetic
on computations and a number of other topics including mathematics in
economy, stability and chaos, and more recently the mathematics of
life. Francoise was a faculty member at the University of Grenoble
from 1971 to 1985, at the Universite Paris-Dauphine from 1993 to 1996,
and then at the university of Toulouse-1 from 1996 until she became
emeritus. She was also affiliated with CERFACS from its inception in
1987. Her career involved appointments with industry as well:
IBM-Paris (1985-1991) and then Thompson, a French company,

Francoise was characterized by an insatiable curiosity and openness to
new ideas and by a strong independent thinking. Her students will
remember her as a person who put immense efforts in helping those
among them who were from different backgrounds. She was a champion in
the cause of promoting female mathematicians and was quite successful
in this regard. Francoise is survived by her children Isabelle and
Laurent. Condolences to association@imag.fr who will transmit.

From: Michael Ferris ferris@cs.wisc.edu
Date: May 13, 2020
Subject: Olvi Mangasarian, 1934 - 2020

We are sad to report that Olvi L. Mangasarian, the John von Neumann
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison passed away on March 15 from
complications from a fall and subsequent stroke. He was a pioneer, a
leader, and an icon in the field of mathematical programming. With
more than 50 years of fundamental contributions to all aspects of
continuous optimization ranging from abstract theory to practical
applications, Professor Mangasarian's broad research impacted
generations of applied mathematicians and engineers, opened new
domains of opportunities for researchers, created excitement in
applied subjects, inspired numerous young minds, and provided the
impetus for the sustained advancement of the field.

Since the beginning, Olvi was a central figure in continuous
optimization. Perhaps his best-known contribution, the
ground-breaking Mangasarian-Fromovitz constraint qualification (MFCQ)
for nonlinear programming published in 1967, lies at the heart of the
entire field of constrained optimization. Olvi also wrote a seminal
paper on linear and nonlinear separation of patterns by linear
programming published in 1965 that provided the foundation of the
mathematical programming approach to data mining and knowledge
discovery. These two pioneering articles were followed by the
publication in 1969 of the classic monograph Nonlinear Programming,
which was appropriately reproduced in 1994 as the 10th volume in the
series "SIAM Classics in Applied Mathematics." This book remains an
invaluable textbook for students and a basic reference for expert

Throughout his career, Olvi obtained numerous fundamental results,
most notably in the areas of linear and nonlinear programming,
complementarity problems, variational inequalities and methods for
data mining and analytics. Outstanding characteristics of his results
are their elegance, their enormous impact, and their foundational role
in many subsequent extensions. He and colleagues at Wisconsin also
organized a series of conferences in Madison, first on nonlinear
programming and later on parallel optimization that were highly
influential. Olvi was truly an inspirational person and will be sadly
missed by the whole optimization community.

From: Alfio Borzi alfio.borzi@mathematik.uni-wuerzburg.de
Date: May 12, 2020
Subject: New Book, Modelling with ODEs: A Comprehensive Approach

Modelling with Ordinary Differential Equations: A Comprehensive
Approach by Alfio Borzi (Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, 2020 388 Pages -
57 B/W Illustrations ISBN 9780815392613)

This book should represent a new paradigm in the usual understanding
and teaching of modelling with ordinary differential equations (ODEs).
In fact, in addition to addressing different topics ranging from the
general theory of ODEs, stability properties of solutions, limit
cycles and synchronisation, and the fundamental topic of the calculus
of variation, the book discusses the solution of inverse problems with
ODEs that appear in the calibration of differential
models. Furthermore, assuming that an adequate model of a given
phenomenon is available, the book provides an introduction to optimal
control tools that are required to design control mechanisms for the
model to perform a given task. These tools are further extended to
address problems of competition and cooperation that are modelled in
the framework of differential games. The book is completed with a
chapter on different stochastic processes and stochastic differential
equations, and a final chapter on neural networks to solve ODE
problems and related parameter identification problems. As far as
possible, the book aims to be self-contained, presenting a large
variety of topics related to modelling with ODEs together and in a
unified manner. For this purpose, many theoretical results are proved,
many illustrative examples complement the text, and numerical methods
are discussed to solve problems arising in the different chapters (a
suite of codes is available online).

Please, for more details, see

From: Daniele Di Pietro daniele.di-pietro@umontpellier.fr
Date: May 12, 2020
Subject: New Book, The Hybrid High-Order Method for Polytopal Meshes

Daniele A. Di Pietro and Jerome Droniou, "The Hybrid High-Order Method
for Polytopal Meshes: Design, Analysis, and Applications", MS&A Series
Vol. 19, Springer International Publishing, 2020.

This monograph provides an introduction to the design and analysis of
Hybrid High-Order methods for diffusive problems, along with a panel
of applications to advanced models in computational mechanics. Hybrid
High-Order methods are new-generation numerical methods for partial
differential equations with features that set them apart from
traditional ones. These include: the support of polytopal meshes,
including non-star- shaped elements and hanging nodes; the possibility
of having arbitrary approximation orders in any space dimension; an
enhanced compliance with the physics; and a reduced computational cost
thanks to compact stencil and static condensation.

The first part of the monograph lays the foundations of the method,
considering linear scalar second-order models, including scalar
diffusion - possibly heterogeneous and anisotropic - and
diffusion-advection-reaction. The second part addresses applications
to more complex models from the engineering sciences: non-linear
Leray-Lions problems, elasticity, and incompressible fluid flows. This
book is primarily intended for graduate students and researchers in
applied mathematics and numerical analysis, who will find here
valuable analysis tools of general scope.

From: Michail Todorov mtodorov@sdsu.edu
Date: May 14, 2020
Subject: AMiTaNS'20 To Be Held Online, Jun 2020

Please find the last updates concerning AMiTaNS'20 conference to be
held 24-29 June 2020 published on the website
http://2020.eac4amitans.eu. The conference will be held on- line.

From: Marcin Paprzycki marcin.paprzycki@ibspan.waw.pl
Date: May 11, 2020
Subject: Scalable Computing (WSC'20), Bulgaria, Sep 2020

11th Workshop on Scalable Computing (WSC'20)

Organized within the framework of the Federated Conference on Computer
Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2020), Track 2

Sofia, Bulgaria, 6-9 September, 2020

COVID-19 Information

We would like to assure everybody that FedCSIS 2020 will take place,
the submitted and accepted papers will be published and sent for
indexations as usual. In case the conference cannot be staged in real
setting of beautiful Sofia, we will provide a virtual web-based avenue for
it. We look forward to receiving your contributions as usual and
guarantee that FedCSIS 2020 will be another memorable and rewarding

Nevertheless, we would like to stress that in case of inability to be
physically present at the FedCSIS Conference, due to travel restrictions,
the FedCSIS paper authors will be allowed to remotely present their

For paper submission instructions, please visit:

Paper submission (sharp/no extension): May 29, 2020
Position paper submission: June 23, 2020

From: Peter O'Sullivan posullivan@nationaltransport.ie
Date: May 15, 2020
Subject: Engineer Position, Transport Modelling, Ireland

See https://www.nationaltransport.ie/careers/

Transport Modeller: Engineer Grade II, Permanent Contract
Salary Scale: 62,034 - 75,399 Euro

How to Apply:

Please submit your application in one single word document or PDF
referencing the title of the role you wish to apply for in the subject
of the email to Careers@nationaltransport.ie with the following:
1. A cover letter/personal statement outlining why you wish to be
considered for the post and where you believe your skills and
experience meet the requirements for the role of Transport Modeller
Grade II (Panel)
2. A comprehensive CV (not to exceed 3 pages);
3. A fully completed Key Achievements Form (attached).

The closing date and time for applications is strictly 12pm (noon) on
Friday 5th June 2020.

From: Fernando Chirigati fernando.chirigati@us.nature.com
Date: May 14, 2020
Subject: Editor Position, Applied Math/Physics, Nature Computational Science

Nature Computational Science, a new journal from Nature Research
launching January 2021, is currently looking for an Associate or
Senior Editor with expertise in Applied Mathematics and/or Physics to
join the editorial team.

For more information about the job position, you can access the
following link: https://bit.ly/2LmFDeC

For more information about the journal, you can access our website
(https://www.nature.com/natcomputsci) or follow our Twitter

From: Michele Benzi michele.benzi@sns.it
Date: May 13, 2020
Subject: Professor Position, Computer Science, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

The Scuola Normale Superiore is issuing a call for applications for a
Full Professorship in Computer Science, with an emphasis on the
fundamental aspects of Machine Learning including mathematical
foundations, computational aspects, and applications. The appointment
will be made within the framework of the "Department of Excellence"
initiative in the Faculty of Science, which puts a strong emphasis on
interdisciplinary collaboration among the existing groups in
mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

The ideal candidate is expected to have an outstanding research and
teaching record, with a high profile at the international level, and
to be able to fruitfully interact with the existing research groups at
the Scuola Normale.

The Scuola Normale Superiore has a long tradition of excellence in the
exact sciences. Its students are selected through an extremely
rigorous, strictly merit-based admission process and are among the
best anywhere in the world. Complementing its traditional strength in
pure mathematics, the Scuola Normale Superiore has recently opened up
new research directions in fields like Quantitative Finance,
Probability Theory, and Numerical Analysis. There is also significant
activity in the development of computational methods for the Physical
and Life Sciences. The successful candidate will also have the
opportunity to interact closely with researchers at the nearby
University of Pisa (which has a strong tradition in Computer Science
and was the first university in Italy to pioneer Computer Science as
an academic discipline) and at the Scuola di Studi Superiori
Sant'Anna, as well as with various research groups working in the
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.

The application deadline is June 19, 2020. For additional information
and instructions on how to apply, see the following link, both in
Italian and English:


From: Simone Scacchi simone.scacchi@unimi.it
Date: May 12, 2020
Subject: Postdoc Position, Computational Mathematics, Univ of Milan

The group of Numerical Analysis at the Department of Mathematics,
University of Milan, invites applications for a PostDoc position (12
months) in the area of computational mathematics, with deadline June
10, 2020 at 11:59 PM (Rome time):

The position is in the framework of the PRIN 2017 project "Modeling
the heart across the scales: from cardiac cells to the whole organ",
coordinated by Alfio Quarteroni.

Objectives of research activity:
- Development of Domain Decomposition (DD) preconditioners for cardiac
electro-mechanical coupling models;
- Implementation of DD preconditioners in a deal.II-based parallel
- Generation of patient specific cardiac computational meshes from MRI
- Numerical simulation of the cardiac electrical and mechanical
activity on realistic ventricular geometries.

- Mathematical modeling;
- Numerical analysis and scientific computing;
- Numerical methods for partial differential equations;
- Parallel programming in C++.

From: Wenbin Li liwenbin@hit.edu.cn
Date: May 12, 2020
Subject: Postdoc Position, Computational and Applied Mathematics, China

The School of Science in Harbin Institute of Technology at Shenzhen
invites applications for two-year postdoc positions in computational
and applied mathematics.

The qualifications for these two-year postdoc positions include a PhD
degree in mathematics or related sciences at the time of hiring and
experiences in at least one of the following research areas: inverse
problems (theories, computations, or applications); geophysical
imaging; medical imaging; numerical PDEs; numerical optimization; deep
neural networks and machine learning.

The annual salary is in the range from CNY250,000 to CNY350,000, and
the exact amount will be determined according to qualifications. These
positions have no associated teaching duties.

Harbin Institute of Technology at Shenzhen is one of the three
campuses of the Harbin Institute of Technology. Shenzhen, located in
the southern China, is a metropolitan city next to Hong Kong.

An interested applicant should send inquiry, CV, and research
statement to Dr. Wenbin Li via email: liwenbin@hit.edu.cn. In
addition, an applicant should also arrange three reference letters to
be sent directly to Dr. Wenbin Li via email.

Reviews of applications will continue until all positions are filled.

From: Lieven De Lathauwer lieven.delathauwer@kuleuven.be
Date: May 15, 2020
Subject: PhD/Postdoc Positions, EOS Project, KULeuven/VUB/UCL/UMons

We are advertising several PhD and postdoctoral positions for an EOS
project on "Structured Low-Rank Matrix/Tensor Approximation: Numerical
Optimization-Based Algorithms and Applications" (2018-2021). This
excellence-of-science project involves a consortium of four Belgian
universities: KULeuven (L. De Lathauwer, B. De Moor, P. Patrinos,
M. Van Barel), VUB (I. Markovsky, M. Ishteva), UCL (P.A. Absil,
F. Glineur) and UMons (N. Gillis).

We are seeking outstanding candidates who have obtained a master's or
doctoral degree in mathematical engineering, computer science,
electrical engineering, mathematics or physics. Strong candidates have
a proven record in numerical mathematics, optimization, systems &
control, machine learning and/or signal processing. A good knowledge
of linear algebra is mandatory but experience with tensor techniques
is not required. Candidates must be fluent in English.

Further information and application form are available from
https://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/selma/ .

From: Craig Lucas craig.lucas@nag.co.uk
Date: May 12, 2020
Subject: Graduate Position, HPC Application Analyst

This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate or early career
individual looking to further their skills in High Performance
Computing. The post has an emphasis on application performance
analysis, and code optimization. You'll initially work as part of a
small supportive team contributing to the EU Centre of Excellence POP
(www.pop-coe.eu) but will also have the opportunity to work on a range
of commercial and software development projects in our Manchester
office. The team will be around you to bounce ideas off, but you'll
also be allowed autonomy to apply your growing expertise. The project
has many different technical components and we'll give you the freedom
to find your niche.

The ideal candidate would have:
- A BSc or MSc (or equivalent) in an applied science;
- Experience programming with at least one of Fortran, C, C++ or
- Some experience with one of MPI, OpenMP, CUDA or another parallel
programming language.

Key Responsibilities:
- Working directly with users of the POP service to help them
understand how well their software performs;
- Making improvements to user's code;
- Contributing to business development in POP including finding new
user and promoting the project through blog posts and webinars;
- Travel within Europe to collaborate with users and POP colleagues
outside of NAG.

For further detials and how to apply see:

Closing date: Friday 5th June

From: Gianluigi Rozza gianluigi.rozza@sissa.it
Date: May 17, 2020
Subject: PhD Positions, Mathematical Analysis, SISSA, Italy

Call for 8 phd grants in Mathematical Analysis, Modelling and
Applications at SISSA, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi
Avanzati Trieste, Italy. First deadline is May 28, 2020 at noon (Rome
time), second deadline is July 15, 2020. Applied mathematics research
activities (numerical analysis, computational mechanics) are carried
out within SISSA mathLab: mathlab.sissa.it

Info about Phd programme:
and https://www.sissa.it/sites/default/files/Scheda%20AMMA.pdf

(Admission exams: first session on June 9-10, 2020 with online written
and oral examination, second session on September 10-11, 2020).

To apply: https://www.sissa.it/it/bandi/concorso-lammissione-ai-corsi-di-phd-della-sissa-

From: Francesco CalabrĂ² calabro@unina.it
Date: May 15, 2020
Subject: PhD Positions, SSM, Italy

The SSM "Scuola Superiore Meridionale" in Naples (Italy) offers 6
positions for the doctoral program "MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
position is 4 years: the first one is spent in Naples, and students
are involved in some courses, later if they want they can choose to do
the thesis in any university or research center in Italy or abroad
after committee authorization. The positions are fully granted, and
the scholarship amount is 1,500 euros net per month, which is
increased by 50% for time spent abroad. Moreover, each PhD student
has a personal research fund of 3,800 euros per year.

Further informations are available at the following URL:

The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2020.

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