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Nov 5, 2018 • Jen Pestana

A reminder that the SIAG/LA elections for new officers will close on November 20.


SIAG/LA Officer Election Open

Dear SIAG/LA Nonstudent Members:

There’s still time to vote!

The election for new SIAG officers of the started on October 12th and ends on November 20th. You should have received an email from [email protected] with instructions on how to access the ballot. If you did not receive that message, please let me know and I will assist you with accessing your ballot.

Thank you for your continued membership in SIAG/LA and for participating in the election! Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions!

(Students may disregard this message.)

Best regards,

Tim Fest
Membership Manager, SIAM
[email protected]

Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC19)

The Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) invites research paper submissions for PASC19, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and SIGHPC, which will be held at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, from June 12 to 14, 2019 (

PASC19 is the sixth edition of the PASC Conference series, an international platform for the exchange of competences in scientific computing and computational science, with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, application challenges, and novel techniques and usage of high performance computing.

As in previous years, the technical program of PASC19 is organized around eight scientific domains:

  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Climate and Weather
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Emerging Application Domains (incl. but not limited to social sciences, finance, …)
  • Engineering (incl. but not limited to CFD, computational mechanics, computational engineering materials, turbulent flow, …)
  • Life Sciences (incl. but not limited to biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, neuroscience and computational biology, …)
  • Physics (incl. but not limited to astrophysics, cosmology, plasma modelling, QCD, …)
  • Solid Earth Dynamics

PASC19 solicits high-quality contributions of original research related to scientific computing in all of these domains. Papers that engage with the theme of PASC19 - Exascale and Beyond - are particularly welcome, as are submissions that seek to define the state of the art in a particular application area.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme scalable methods in computational science and engineering, such as algorithms and software for scalable multi-scale, multi-physics, and high-fidelity computational science and engineering problems.
  • Numerical methods, algorithms, or large-scale simulations in computational fluid dynamics, computational mechanics, computational engineering materials, turbulent flow, and compuational cosmology.
  • Effective use of advanced computing systems for large-scale scientific applications, including modern multi- and many-core CPUs and accelerators with deep memory hierarchies, and energy-efficient architectures.
  • Best practices and tools for productive and sustainable scientific and engineering software development.
  • The integration of large-scale experimental and observational scientific data and high-performance data analytics and computing.
  • Reproducibility for computational science and engineering.
  • Verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification.
  • Domain specific languages; toolchains for source-to-source translation/adaption.
  • Runtime systems and middleware, such as task- and data-driven computation on heterogenous architectures.
  • Algorithms and strategies for effective use of machine learning, deep learning or AI to accelerate computational science.
  • Unstructured vs structured meshes for computational science applications at exascale.
  • Numerical algorithm development for exascale computing, including, but not limited to, communication avoiding algorithms, use of reduced or mixed precision, and integration of scalable numerical libraries in application software.

Papers accepted for PASC19 will be presented as talks, and published in the Proceedings of the PASC Conference, accessible via the ACM Digital Library. A selection of the highest quality papers may be given the opportunity of a plenary presentation. In selecting papers for plenary presentation, the Papers Committee will place particular weight on impact, interdisciplinarity and interest to a broad audience.

The goal of the PASC Conference Papers Program is to advance the quality of scientific communication between the various disciplines of computational science and engineering in the context of high performance computing. The program was built from an observation that the computer science community traditionally publishes in the proceedings of major international conferences, while domain science communities publish primarily in disciplinary journals - and neither of which is read regularly by the other. The PASC Conference provides a unique venue that enables interdisciplinary exchange in a manner that bridges the two scientific publishing cultures.


The PASC19 Papers Program Committee ( is responsible for the paper evaluation process. The committee is chaired by Sunita Chandrasekaran (University of Delaware) and Ümit V. Çatalyürek (Georgia Institute of Technology) and comprised of Domain Chairs who are specialists in their scientific fields. Papers will be evaluated on their significance, technical soundness, originality, and quality of communication.

We employ a rigorous academic peer-review process: most notably, we allow the possibility for provisional acceptance (revision and author rebuttal), and specialized reviewers are solicited for each submission (there is no pre-selected standing committee of reviewers). The paper selection process thus combines the strengths of conference and journal publication schemes to provide an effective, high-impact publication venue in large-scale computational science.

Contributions must be submitted through the PASC Conference online submission portal ( Submissions should include the following:

  • Title: Maximum 20 words.
  • Scientific Domain: Select a primary and optionally secondary scientific domain(s).
  • Author details: Full names and contact details of author(s).
  • Short Abstract: Maximum 200 words.
  • Paper: Maximum 10 pages including figures, tables, and appendices.

As submissions are evaluated double blind, authors should not be named in the paper itself (nor should their affiliations or funding bodies), and references to previous own work should be made in the third person. Papers must be submitted in the current ACM Article Template (sigconf proceedings) format [1].


This year the PASC Conference introduces a novel rolling submission and review process. There will be six submission deadlines every year, on the 15th day of odd numbered months (i.e., January, March, May, July, September and November). The first of these deadlines is November 15, 2018. The next deadline (and final deadline for PASC19) will be January 15, 2019. From March 15, 2019, submissions will be considered for PASC20. Deadlines are 11:59 pm anywhere on earth (‘AoE’ or ‘UTC-12’).

The submission system is open continuously throughout the year. Manuscripts will be assigned to reviewers at the date of the next submissions deadline; reviews will be returned to authors within 5 weeks with a decision of accept, reject or revision. Revisions will be due 4 weeks after notifications.

  • 15 November 2018: First rolling deadline for new submissions
  • 15 January 2019: Second (and final) rolling deadline for new submissions


Authors of papers that are accepted for PASC19 will be given 20-30 minute presentation slots at the conference, grouped in topically-focused parallel sessions. A selection of the highest quality papers may be given the opportunity of a plenary presentation. Papers that are presented at PASC19 will be published in the Proceedings of the PASC Conference, accessible via the ACM Digital Library. Please note that speakers must register for the conference and are subject to the corresponding registration fee.


Following the conference, authors will have the opportunity to develop their papers, and, where appropriate, associated open-source software, for publication in a relevant, computationally focused, domain-specific journal. The journal paper should be an expanded version of the conference paper (consistent with the ACM policy for major revisions [2]) presenting a more complete description of the work - a fuller introduction, deeper project description, additional results, etc. and may be accompanied by associated open-source software.

To facilitate post-conference journal publications, the PASC Conference has formed collaborative partnerships with a number of high-quality scientific journals, including Computer Physics Communications (CPC) [3], the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) [4], and ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (ACM TOMS) [5]. Members of the journals’ editorial boards will work with the Scientific Committee in reviewing PASC papers and in identifying papers to be extended and submitted to partner journals. Authors should communicate their interest in publishing with a partner journal during the submission process.


General Chairs

  • Ümit V. Çatalyürek (Georgia Institute of Technology, US)
  • Sunita Chandrasekaran (University of Delaware, US)

Chemistry and Materials

  • Edoardo Di Napoli (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
  • Zeila Zanolli (Institut Català de Nanociéncia i Nanotecnologia, Spain)

Climate and Weather

  • Katherine Evans (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US)
  • Nils Wedi (ECMWF, UK)

Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

  • Michael Heroux (Sandia National Laboratories, US)
  • Kathryn Mohror (Livermore National Laboratory, US)

Emerging Application Domains

  • Steve Aplin (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Germany)
  • Michael Bussmann (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany)


  • Richard Sandberg (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Philipp Schlatter (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Life Sciences

  • Dan Jacobson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US)
  • Eilif Muller (EPFL, Switzerland)


  • Stan Scott (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
  • Lucio Mayer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Solid Earth Dynamics

  • Felix Herrmann (Georgia Institute of Technology, US)
  • Gerard Gorman (Imperial College London, UK)

If you have any questions regarding the submission or reviewing process please email [email protected].


  2. To distinguish between a new derivative work and a minor revision, ACM uses, respectively, a rule of greater than or less than 25 percent changed

SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT19)

SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT19)
Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST)

Chengdu Cynn Hotel (also known as Xanadu Hotel)
Chengdu, China

June 19-21, 2019

General Conference Chair:
Jiliu Zhou, Chengdu University of Information Technology, China

Conference Co-Chairs:
William Levine, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.
Richard Stockbridge, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, U.S.

Organizing Committee:
Jean-Pierre Barbot, École Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et de ses Applications, France
Catherine Bonnet, Inria, France
Sören Christensen, University of Hamburg, Germany
Michael Demetriou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, U.S.
Daniel Ho, City University of Hong Kong, China
Zengguang Hou, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Matthew James, Australian National University, Australia
Tao Li, East China Normal University, China
Hideo Nagai, Kansai University, Japan
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, University of Kansas, U.S.
Shuenn-Jyi Sheu, National Central University, China
Amit Surana, United Technologies Research Center, U.S.
Shanjian Tang, Fudan University, China
Zhen Wu, Shandong University, China

The Call for Presentations for this conference is available at:


December 10, 2018: Minisymposium proposals
December 21, 2018: Travel Award
January 7, 2019: Abstracts for contributed and minisymposium speakers
January 7, 2019: Full Paper for Consideration in Proceedings (Conference participants have the option to submit a full paper for consideration in the conference proceedings.)

Please visit for detailed submission information.

For additional information, contact [email protected].

28th Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis

Registration will open shortly for the 28th Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis June 24-28, 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

This long established conference is open to all researchers in the field, and you are invited to contribute a talk on your current work. PhD students and young researchers will find the environment particularly welcoming. We will solicit proposals for mini-symposia to be submitted on-line.

The following distinguished researchers have accepted invitations for plenary lectures at the conference: Raymond Chan (CUHK), Paul Constantine (UC Boulder), Alistair Forbes (NPL), Vivette Girault (Paris VI), Des Higham (Strathclyde), Natalia Kopteva (Limerick), Gunilla Kreiss (Uppsala), Frances Kuo (UNSW), Ulrich Ruede (Erlangen), Carola-Bibiane Schoenlieb (Cambridge), Holger Wendland (Bayreuth), Margaret Wright (Courant Institute)

The A R Mitchell lecture will be given by Des Higham and the Fletcher-Powell lecture by Margaret Wright.

Further information may be found at

MAT TRIAD 2019 - The 8th International Conference on Matrix Analysis and its Applications


MAT TRIAD provides an opportunity to bring together researchers sharing an interest in a variety of aspects of matrix analysis and its applications in other areas of science. Researchers and graduate students interested in recent developments in matrix theory and computation, spectral problems, applications of linear algebra in statistics, statistical models, matrices and graphs as well as combinatorial matrix theory are particularly encouraged to attend. The format of the meeting will involve plenary sessions, special sessions and sessions with contributed talks posters. The conferences from MAT TRIAD series attract a number of international participants, provide a high quality scientific program as well as a friendly atmosphere for the discussion and exchange of ideas.


A special issue of Applications of Mathematics will be published after the meeting, with the papers related to the talks presented during the conference.


The deadline for special session proposals is January 31, 2019. The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is May 31, 2019.


The list of invited speakers with two winners of Young Scientists Award of MAT TRIAD 2017 held in Bedlewo, Poland:

  • Dario Bini, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Mirjam Dür, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Shmuel Friedland, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
  • Arnold Neumaier, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Martin Stoll, Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany
  • Zdeněk Strakoš, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

  • Álvaro Barreras, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain
  • Ryo Tabata, National Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan


  • Miro Rozložník, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • Milan Hladík, Charles University, Prague
  • Jan Bok, Charles University, Prague
  • David Hartman, Charles University and Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • Miroslav Tůma, Charles University, Prague
  • Petr Tichý, Charles University, Prague


e-mail to organizers: [email protected]

Two faculty positions in Applied Math at the University of Colorado Boulder

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2019.

One position is in the area of computational mathematics, with possible areas of emphasis including numerical analysis of differential equations, randomized numerical linear algebra, optimization and inverse problems, scientific computing, and related areas.

The other position is in the area of high dimensional data analysis (big data), with possible areas of emphasis including nonlinear optimization, analysis in high-dimensional spaces, randomized projections, probabilistic numerics, harmonic analysis, theoretical deep learning, and related areas.

For both positions, exceptional candidates in all fields of Applied Mathematics may be considered. Note that the most competitive candidates will have likely had postdoctoral training.

The candidate is expected to take an active role in undergraduate and graduate teaching, conduct a vigorous externally funded research program, advise graduate students, and participate in department and university governance.

For more details and to apply, please see (for the first and second positions, respectively):

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Stephen Becker, Daniel Appelo (chair of first search) or David Bortz (chair of second search) if you have any questions.

Postdoctoral Appointee - Solvers for Emerging Architectures, Sandia

Postdoctoral Appointee - Solvers for Emerging Architectures (Job ID: 663933) Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM

The Computational Mathematics Department is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee in HPC multigrid solvers. Responsibilities include: (1) Conduct leading-edge research/publish in Algebraic Multigrid (AMG) methods for advanced architectures to support coupled multi-physics applications, (2) Software development and numerical investigation, (3) Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and thrive in a fast-paced technical environment, (4) Collaborate with other staff members, (5) Travel as need to support ongoing projects

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

For more detailed information, go to and search for Job ID 663933. You can also click the following link directly:

Feel free to send Ray Tuminaro ([email protected]), email if you have any questions.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at Berkeley Lab

Computational Research Division (CRD) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has immediate openings for multiple postdoctoral fellow positions. We are looking for candidates with expertise and interest in parallel algorithm development and/or high-performance computing. The problem areas include Genomics, Graph Analytics, Randomized Algorithms, Sparse Matrices, and Machine Learning.

Applications are accepted until the position(s) are filled. More details and instructions to apply can be found here:

Postdoc position at the clinical informatics lab, University of Michigan

Postdoctoral position at
Biomedical and Clinical Informatics Lab
Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
University of Michigan

Job Summary:

The Biomedical and Clinical Informatics Lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow. Our laboratory specializes in designing computer-aided decision support systems for clinical applications, as well as developing novel signal/image processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.


The applicant will apply algebraic and numerical methods to tensor data. Applicants must have completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or other closely related fields and should have a strong mathematical background in algebra, optimization, computational mathematics and/or statistics. Fluency in English conversation and the team work skills necessary to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment will be important assets. Additional roles include leadership and active participation in project management activities, including the administration of research projects. This position will require initiative and the ability to work without close supervision.

How to Apply:

Please send your current CV, a research statement, and a list of relevant publications to [email protected].

1 year research post at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

A one year research contract (“assegno di ricerca”) in Numerical Linear Algebra is available under the direction of Prof. Michele Benzi at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. A PhD in mathematics or computer science is required. Preference will be given to candidates with some experience in applying large-scale linear algebra techniques to network analysis or quantum chemistry.

The deadline for applications is November 26, 2018, with a tentative starting date of February 1, 2019.

Please see

for details about the position and for instructions on how to apply.

Graduate Fellowships, Computational Mathematics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Emory University invites applications for Graduate Fellowships. The Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science offer M.Sc. and PhD tracks and a variety of possible research specializations. For PhD students in Mathematics, a number of five-year scholarships are available.

Graduate students receive scholarships that cover all tuition expenses, a stipend (minimum 31,000 USD per year), health insurance, and professional development support funds (minimum 2,500 USD) to support travel to conferences. Moreover, several special admissions scholarships are available. More info:

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing are among the departments’ key focus areas. Our graduate program focuses on numerical linear algebra, partial differential equations, and optimization and their application to computational fluid dynamics, inverse problems, and machine learning. Graduate students are offered 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 data science. More information about our research group can be found at:

International students are encouraged to apply, and successful candidates will need to obtain a US visa. More info:

The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is December 15, 2018. Application instructions and further information can be found at

Submissions for next SIAM-LA digest

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