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Aug 6, 2018 • Jen Pestana

In the digest this month are a number of conference and job announcements.


Sparse Days at CERFACS, France, September 27-28 2018

The annual Sparse Days meeting will be held at CERFACS in Toulouse on 27th and 28th September 2018.

Registration for the Sparse Days is free but we ask people who are coming to register as soon as possible although the deadline is August 26th. Please complete the form on the website

indicating whether you want to give a talk and whether you wish to attend the conference dinner. Although an emphasis will be on parallel aspects, any talk that has an association with sparsity is welcome. The length for a talk plus questions is 30 minutes although this is negotiable in either direction.

SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE19)

Dear All

As co-chairs of the SIAM CSE19 Conference, we’re writing to encourage you to submit proposals for minisymposia and minisymposteria, abstracts for minisymposium and contributed talks, and poster abstracts. We also encourage students, postdocs, and early career researchers to apply for travel grants. The deadlines are coming up soon!

See below for more information.

Best regards, SIAM CSE19 Co-Chairs

Suzanne Shontz, University of Kansas
Jeffrey Hittinger, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Luke Olson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Organizing Committee

  • Katherine J. Evans, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Hans Johansen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Matthew G. Knepley, University at Buffalo, USA
  • Tamara G. Kolda, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  • Alison Marsden, Stanford University, USA
  • Marie E. Rognes, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Robert Scheichl, University of Bath, United Kingdom
  • Andrea Walther, Paderborn University, Germany
  • Stefan Wild, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Rebecca Willett, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Rio Yokota, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Plenary Speakers

  • Alistair Adcroft, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Anima Anandkumar, Amazon and California Institute of Technology
  • Maryam Fazel, University of Washington
  • Michael C. Ferris, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Boyce E. Griffith, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Laura Grigori, INRIA Paris
  • Gianluigi Rozza, SISSA University
  • Rachel A. Ward, University of Texas at Austin and Facebook

Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations for this conference is available at

Twitter hashtag: #cse19

August 22, 2018: Contributed Lecture, Minisymposia, Poster and Minisymposteria Presentation Abstracts

August 8, 2018: SIAM Student Travel Award and Post-doc/Early Career Travel Award Applications

Please visit for detailed submission information.

For additional information, contact the SIAM Conference Department (

Faculty Position on Numerical Methods in Data Science

The research unit NUMA, Department of Computer Science, KU Leuven invites applications for a full-time faculty position. The research unit develops numerical methods, algorithms, and software for simulation and data analysis, with applications in many fields in science and engineering. Research topics include numerical linear algebra, numerical methods for data analytics, model order reduction, control and optimization methods, multi-scale modelling and simulation, high performance computing, and uncertainty propagation.

The new position will complement the existing expertise on numerical methods and its applications of the NUMA Section, and will focus on new application modelling techniques and on new numerical algorithms and computational mathematics for Data Science. The position will aim at translating real-world problems to mathematical engineering models, and will be driven by practical applications and data-sets from the industry.

For further details, contact information and a description of the application procedure follow the link:

For more information, please contact the department chair Ronald Cools or the head of the research unit Dirk Roose.

PhD Positions, Scientific Computing, Emory University, Atlanta

Several PhD positions in scientific computing are available in the Department of Mathematics at Emory University. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing are among the department’s key focus areas. Our graduate program focuses on numerical linear algebra, partial differential equations, optimization, inverse problems and offers excellent research opportunities in these areas and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with leading experts from a variety of disciplines including cardiology, radiology, biostatistics, biomedical engineering, geophysics, and machine learning.

For PhD students in Mathematics, a number of five-year scholarships are available. International students are encouraged to apply, and successful candidates will receive visa sponsorship. Incoming students are required to have a BSc degree in mathematics, computer science, or a related field. Applicants with MSc degrees are welcome to apply for admission as ‘advanced standing.’

More information can be found at

Interested candidates should contact
All applicants must submit an application package consisting of:

(1) curriculum vitae and transcripts
(2) statement of purpose
(3) a minimum of two letters of reference

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Anticipated start date is September 1, but other options, such as January 1, are possible.

PhD position - Preconditioners for time-harmonic heterogeneous electromagnetic problems (Univ. Strathclyde)

PDEs (partial differential equations) arise in the mathematical modelling of many physical phenomena as well as science and engineering problems (meteorology, structural analysis, fluid dynamics, electromagnetism, finance, etc.) Parallel solution schemes using state-of-the art computers allow scientists to obtain more representative and accurate solutions of the discretised equations faster. This increase in computational and modelling capabilities in turn encourages modelers and scientists to tackle harder problems, which need finer discretisations or more complex geometries. Among these problems, wave propagation in heterogeneous media and time harmonic regime (supposing an oscillatory behaviour in time of the solution) is particularly challenging and requires sophisticated methods. This project seeks to design, analyse, and implement fast, highly-parallel preconditioners for problems involving electromagnetic waves. The PhD researcher will have a substantial interaction with the postdoctoral researchers and scientists working in a recently awarded EPSRC grant between the Universities of Bath and Strathclyde, as well as with the industrial and academic international experts who are collaborating in this project.

Prerequisites: you should have (or expect to have) a UK Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics, or a closely related discipline with a high mathematical content. Knowledge of numerical methods for the solution of partial differential equations and programming in usual scientific programming languages is desirable.

The candidates must be a UK citizen, or a EU citizen fulfilling the EPSRC requirements. The starting date of the position should be on the 1st of October, 2018 or very soon after. Funding: 4 year EPSRC scholarship.

Informal inquiries can be made to the supervisor: V. Dolean (

Submissions for next SIAM-LA digest

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