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SIAM names 2011 Fellows

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) today named 34 academics and professionals to its 2011 Class of Fellows for their outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and computational science through research in the field and service to the larger community. This distinguished group of individuals from wide-ranging areas was nominated by the SIAM community and will be recognized in July at the 7th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2011) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM names 2011 Fellows

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) today named 34 academics and professionals to its 2011 Class of Fellows for their outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and computational science through research in the field and service to the larger community. This distinguished group of individuals from wide-ranging areas was nominated by the SIAM community and will be recognized in July at the 7th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2011) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Please read details about their accomplishments and affiliations below: Read the rest of this entry »

International Conference on Mathematical Finance and Economics (ICMFE)

July 6–8, 2011
Istanbul Technical University
Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center
Istanbul, Turkey

The current wave of globalization along with the advances in information technologies and electronic trading creates challenging new phenomena in the fields of finance, economics, and computational science. This conference aims to foster multi-disciplinary scientific interactions and research collaborations to address these important topics. It provides a unique opportunity for researchers, experts, and students in mathematical finance and economics to further their knowledge of and increase their exposure to the emerging problems in one of the fastest growing financial centers in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Website of Test Problems for Nonlinear, Stochastic, Mixed-Integer Optimization

A new website that contains optimization test problems in various engineering areas is available at the following link: http://www.ise.ufl.edu/uryasev/testproblems. This library is posted for benchmarking purposes.

Optimization problems are based mostly on real-life projects. Each problem is presented with a problem description, input data, and calculation results in Portfolio Safeguard (PSG) format. PSG format was selected because all considered nonlinear functions are pre-coded and mathematically clearly specified (e.g., variance, maximum, VaR, CVaR, drawdown, cardinality, and relative entropy). Read the rest of this entry »

Numerical simulations of the Japan tsunami

A team of scientists from the University of Washington and New York University have created a Web page displaying numerical simulations of the catastrophic Japanese tsunami of March 11.

The page shows preliminary results and ongoing work in modeling tsunami propagation using GeoClaw, a freely available open source package specifically designed for geophysical flow problems, and for modeling long wave propagation, inundation, and other flooding problems.

The research is being done by Randy LeVeque, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington and his postdoctoral student, David George, in collaboration with Professor Marsha Berger of New York University.

The Geoclaw simulations, data comparison and a benchmarking wiki for the Honshu/Tohoku tsunami  can be found at:

http://kingkong.amath.washington.edu/clawpack/links/honshu2011/ Read the rest of this entry »

ODU SIAM Student Chapter Math Awareness Conference

The SIAM Student Chapter at Old Dominion University is organizing the Fourth Annual ODU SIAM Chapter Math Awareness Conference on April 9, 2011, in Norfolk, Virginia. The program features guest lecturer Tim Kelley of North Carolina State University and Wu Li of the NASA Langley Research Center, as well as presentations by students and other scientists doing research in mathematics, statistics, and various applications. For more information, go to http://sci.odu.edu/math/siam/.

NSF releases new solicitation for Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeship Program

Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases New IGERT Solicitation with a New Innovation Focus

On March 10, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a new solicitation for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT), which for 15 years has funded interdisciplinary graduate education programs that train students in frontier areas of research.  For the new competition, NSF is seeking to fund proposals that promote innovation among trainees and provide hands-on experience in translating research discoveries to solutions for societal challenges.  These experiences should be integrated into the interdisciplinary theme of the IGERT proposal. Read the rest of this entry »

Second Mid-Atlantic Student Conference organized by SIAM Student Chapters

The Second Mid-Atlantic Student Conference will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday April 16, 2011.  The conference is run in partnership with the SIAM Student Chapters at Shippensburg University, University of Delaware, George Mason University, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and University of Pittsburgh. The featured speaker will be Dr. Andrew Conn from IBM T.J. Watson Research Center who will speak on An Optimizer in an Industrial Research Environment. For more information, go to http://www.ship.edu/math/students/SIAM_Conference/.

Kick off event at new student chapter at Uppsala

The new SIAM Student Chapter at Uppsala University in Sweden is organizing its first event for the 6th of April, 2011. There will be two talks presented by distinguished speakers Bertil Gustafsson, Professor Emeritus in Numerical Analysis at Uppsala University, and Heinz-Otto Kreiss, Professor Emeritus in Applied Mathematics at California Institute of Technology. Prof Gustafsson was interviewed by Philip J. Davis as a part of his project “The history of Numerical Analysis and Scientifc Computing” http://history.siam.org/oralhistories/gustafsson.htm. Prof. Kreiss was awarded the Von Neumann Lecture in 2003 http://www.siam.org/news/news.php?id=348. For more information, go to the Uppsala chapter website at http://www.it.uu.se/grad/siam .

NSF solicits proposals for RCN-SEES

The Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (RCN-SEES) track represents an NSF-wide activity seeking to foster interdisciplinary research and education that advances sustainability science and engineering as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future.

Many questions in sustainability science and engineering are motivated by the need to solve problems and to predict and mitigate future risks. For example, how vulnerable are regional socio-economic systems to unpredictable natural events, altered hydrological regimes, and loss of biodiversity? What are the engineering options and costs for reconfiguring natural ecosystem services disrupted by expansion of urban centers? How do we develop effective modeling and simulations for improved knowledge of energy processes that can lead to design of affordable technologies, which consider social, environmental and economic implications, and can provide universal accessibility to sustainable energy sources? Read the rest of this entry »