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May 2, 2016 • Jennifer Pestana

Conference season will soon be upon us, and this month the digest has reminders of a number of upcoming deadlines and meetings. I hope to see many of you this summer!


Submission deadlines approaching for CSC16

The submission deadline for papers and abstracts for SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing 2016 (CSC16) in Albuquerque, NM, USA, October 10-12, 2016, is fast approaching. Here are the important dates and workshop info:

Submission deadline for full papers and two-page extended abstracts (for talks): extended to May 9, 2016, 11:59PM PDT.
Notification of acceptance: July 5, 2016

Submission deadline for abstracts for poster presentation: June 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2016

Conference Information

With the continuing advances in high-performance computing, the role of computational science and engineering (CSE) has extensively grown in importance over the last decades. At the same time scientific simulations continue to face a number of challenges and generate massive amounts of data. Many of the underlying problems here are combinatorial in nature and unified by a common set of abstractions, data structures, and algorithms, often based on graphs and hypergraphs. On a related front, data science and analytics have emerged as powerful methods of inquiry across a broad range of domains and pose various fundamental challenges associated with size and complexity of data that would greatly benefit from combinatorial methods. CSC16 provides a forum for researchers interested in the interaction of combinatorial mathematics and algorithms with CSE and/or data science.

Conference Proceedings

CSC16 follows six successful CSC workshops held roughly biennially since 2004. A new feature of CSC16 is that there will be a peer-reviewed proceedings associated with the workshop. The proceedings will be published by SIAM and hosted at its platform The papers will be made permanently available with DOI links. SIAM proceedings are indexed by major scientific bibliography databases.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that present original unpublished research in all areas of combinatorial scientific computing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • Combinatorial (discrete) models in scientific computing
  • Graph and hypergraph algorithms in scientific computing
  • Sparse matrix computations
  • Combinatorial problems in data science and network science
  • Combinatorial problems in Algorithmic Differentiation
  • Combinatorial problems in optimization
  • Applications of combinatorial scientific computing

Types of Submissions

We invite two types of submissions for talks:

  1. Full Papers. Papers should not exceed ten (10) pages using double-column format and 11 pt font size. The SIAM macro to be used for paper preparation is available at Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings, which will be published electronically by SIAM at its proceedings platform. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop as talks.

  2. Extended Abstracts. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages using double-column format and 11 pt font size. Accepted abstracts will be presented as talks at the workshop, but will not be published in the proceedings.

Best Paper Award: There will be a Best Paper Award for one paper selected among submissions in the Full Papers category.

Submission Page

Submission will be handled through EasyChair.
Submission link:

Invited Speakers

Srinivas Aluru, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
John Gilbert, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Gary Miller, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Workshop Co-chairs

Erik Boman, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Assefaw Gebremedhin, Washington State University, USA

Program Committee

Cevdet Aykanat, Bilkent University, Turkey
Aydin Buluc, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Edmond Chow, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Seshadri Comandur, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
David Gleich, Purdue University, USA
Laura Grigori, INRIA, France
Mahantesh Halappanavar, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
Jonathan Hogg, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
Kamesh Madduri, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Siva Rajamanickam, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Ilya Safro, Clemson University, USA
Masha Sosonkina, Old Dominion University, USA
Sivan Toledo, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Miroslav Tuma, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Andrea Walther, Paderborn University, Germany
Stefan Wild, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Steering Committee

Rob Bisseling, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Bruce Hendrickson, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
X. Sherry Li, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Uwe Naumann, University of Aachen, Germany
Alex Pothen, Purdue University, USA
Bora Ucar, CNRS and ENS Lyon, France

Further Information

Further information about the workshop, including registration details and hotel information will be made available at the workshop’s website at

MOPTA 2016 (August 17-19, 2016) - Registration and Abstract Submission Opened

Dear Friends and Colleagues
With apologies for cross-postings.

We cordially invite you to contribute to the fourteenth annual “Modeling and OPtimization: Theory and Applications” (MOPTA) conference, organized at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, August 17-19, 2016.

MOPTA aims at bringing together a diverse group of people from both discrete and continuous optimization, working on both theoretical and applied aspects. There will be invited plenary talks from distinguished speakers as well as organized sessions and contributed talks, spread over three days. Our target is to provide a diverse set of exciting new developments from different areas of optimization research while at the same time providing a setting which will allow increased interaction among the participants. We aim to bring together researchers from both the theoretical and applied communities in the framework of a medium-scale event who do not usually have the chance to interact in larger meetings.

We welcome contributed talks, and we are also very interested in hearing from people who could organize a session centered around one of their topics of expertise. MOPTA sessions have 3 speakers, with 30 mins per presentation including Q&A’s. Speakers will be kindly asked to submit their abstract on the MOPTA website. The deadline for abstract submission is May 20.

Confirmed plenary speakers

  • Sem Borst (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)
  • Gerard P. Cornuejols (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Michael P. Friedlander (University of California, Davis)
  • Jacek Gondzio (The University of Edinburgh)
  • David Simchi-Levi (MIT)
  • Michael Pinedo (New York University)
  • Robert Shorten (University College Dublin)

Please contact Alexander Stolyar ( or Martin Takac (
if you would like to organize a session for MOPTA.

Alexander Stolyar, Martin Takac
Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

See more at

Submission deadlines approaching for CSC16Graduate Student Modeling Workshop (IMSM 2016), July 2016

The 22nd Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling (IMSM) Workshop for Graduate Students will take place at North Carolina State University, 17-27 July 2016. The workshop is sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Science Institute (SAMSI) together with the Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) and the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University.

The IMSM workshop exposes graduate students in mathematics, engineering, and statistics to exciting real-world problems from industry and government. Projects will be provided by:

  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pfizer
  • Rho, Inc.

The workshop also provides students with experience in a research team environment and exposure to possible career opportunities. On the first day, a Software Carpentry bootcamp will bring students up-to-date on their programming skills in Python/Matlab and R, and introduce them to version control systems and software repositories.

Local expenses and travel expenses will be covered for students at US institutions. The application deadline is 15 May 2016. Information is available at and questions can be directed to

With best regards, Ilse Ipsen, Pierre Gremaud, and Ralph Smith

5th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimisation

The success of modern codes for large-scale optimization is heavily dependent on the use of effective tools of numerical linear algebra. On the other hand, many problems in numerical linear algebra lead to linear, nonlinear or semidefinite optimization problems. The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers from both communities and to find and communicate points and topics of common interest.

Conference topics include any subject that could be of interest to both communities, such as:

  • Direct and iterative methods for large sparse linear systems.
  • Eigenvalue computation and optimization.
  • Large-scale nonlinear and semidefinite programming.
  • Effect of round-off errors, stopping criteria, embedded iterative procedures.
  • Optimization issues for matrix polynomials
  • Fast matrix computations.
  • Compressed/sparse sensing
  • PDE-constrained optimization
  • Distributed computing and optimization
  • Applications and real time optimization

Invited speakers

  • Tim Davis (Texas A&M University)
  • Anders Forsgren (KTH Stockholm)
  • Andreas Frommer (University of Wuppertal)
  • Jacek Gondzio (University of Edinburgh)
  • Laura Grigori (INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt)
  • Jennifer Scott (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
  • Lieven Vandenberghe (UCLA)

Organising committee

  • Michal Kocvara, University of Birmingham (co-chair)
  • Daniel Loghin, University of Birmingham (co-chair)
  • Iain Duff, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Nick Gould, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Julian Hall, University of Edinburgh
  • Francoise Tisseur, University of Manchester

Assistant Prof position in Mathematics of Data Science at University of Edinburgh

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We have a Lectureship (= Assistant Professorship) position available in “Mathematics of Data Science” the University of Edinburgh. This includes, among other fields, applicants working in the areas of Mathematical Optimization, Mathematics of Machine Learning, Operations Research, Statistics, Mathematics of Imaging, and Compressed Sensing.

Application deadline: May 9, 2016
Starting data: August 1, 2016 (or by mutual agreement)

More information and a link to the online application can be obtained via:

We are growing Data Science in Edinburgh; please encourage excellent people who might be suitable for those job to apply.

Thanks and kind regards,

Peter Richtarik

Faculty positions in Mathematics at the University of Otago

The department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Otago invites applications for two positions in Mathematics. The appointments are expected to be made at the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level. The U.S. equivalent level of appointment is Assistant Professor (Lecturer) and Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer).

We welcome applications from candidates with research expertise in any area of Mathematics. Research areas of current Mathematics staff include algebra, complex analysis, fractional calculus with applications, functional analysis, graph theory, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, operator algebra, polar-marine physics, ring theory and stochastic PDE. Our expectation is that one position will be offered in pure mathematics and the other in applied mathematics.

Otago has consistently been among the top-ranked research universities in New Zealand, with Pure and Applied Mathematics research at Otago topping the most recent national ranking assessment. The University values research and research-informed teaching, and teaching assignments and loads are structured accordingly. The University is located in the vibrant southern city of Dunedin, which is a gateway to the beautiful Otago region of New Zealand. We encourage academics to establish and maintain international research connections, and we support this with generous research/sabbatical and conference leave.

Candidates for this position should have a PhD in Mathematics or equivalent, a demonstrated commitment to ongoing mathematical research with a potential to develop a research program of international repute, and demonstrated success and/or aptitude in teaching Mathematics. The successful applicant will be capable of teaching the full range of our Mathematics courses at the undergraduate level, from first-year to Honours courses, and will supervise postgraduate research students.

The position is full time and permanent subject to the satisfactory completion of the confirmation-path objectives for new appointees. The confirmation-path process is similar to the process of gaining tenure but is entirely internal with predetermined objectives.

We welcome international candidates and provide financial assistance for relocation and visa applications. There is a wealth of practical information available for migrants considering a move to New Zealand and Dunedin.

Specific enquiries about this position may be directed to the Head of Department Professor Robert Aldred.

Applications quoting reference number 1600643 will close on Friday, 20 May 2016.

For contact details, applications forms, and further information, see

Submissions for next SIAM-LA digest

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