SIAM UKIE awards prizes for the best posters at SciCADE 2017

The biennial Scientific Computing and Differential Equations conference, known as SciCADE, took place at the University of Bath on the week September 11-15 (2017), featuring seven plenary talks and forty-two mini-symposia. As part of the meeting, SIAM UKIE sponsored the conference poster session with prizes for the best poster, alongside Cambridge University Press, who provided the wine in generous quantities. Jack Betteridge was awarded second prize and Ibrahim Almuslimani awarded first prize.

Jack Betteridge is a PhD student at the University of Bath, coming to the end of his first year of research. He works with Dr Eike Müller and Prof Ivan Graham on finding numerical solutions to PDEs using higher-order discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods. The poster summarised his first six months of research on an advection problem, including the implementation (C++ code as part of the DUNE framework) of the DG method, the structure of the discrete operators and the scalability of the problem to high-performance computing architectures. You can see the poster here.

Ibrahim Almuslimani is a PhD student and doctoral assistant at University of Geneva, Section of Mathematics, working with Prof Gilles Vilmart. He obtained his masters in mathematics in 2016 from Lebanese University. His current research interests focus on multiscale numerical integrators for stochastic and partial differential equations. His poster proposes a novel optimal explicit stabilized method for stiff stochastic problems that mix slow and fast scales. Applications include molecular dynamics simulations and stochastic diffusion problems. You can see the poster here.


Poster prize winners: Ibrahim Almuslimani (left) and Jack Betteridge (right).

The next round of SciCADE will take place in Innsbruck in 2019.

Young Researchers in Mathematics 2017 summary

This year, between the 1st and 4th August, the University of Kent hosted the annual Young Researchers in Mathematics (YRM) conference. Around 40 PhD students and post-docs attended from a variety of home and international institutions, some coming from as far as India to attend. True to the nature of the YRM, students gave talks in a wide range of mathematical areas, including differential geometry, mathematical physics, functional analysis, combinatorics, and algebra. These talks were organised into sessions and run in parallel.

The participants also had the opportunity to present their work at the poster competition for a chance to win a Maple licence and a £100 Springer book voucher. The judging panel, consisting of Keith Ball (Warwick), Jocelyne Ishak (PhD student, Kent), Steffen Krusch (Kent), and Fenny Smith (The British Society for the History of Mathematics), chose the three winners: Nick Rome (Bristol), Marina Jimenez-Muñoz (Kent), and Jonathan Hoseana (Queen Mary, London). The prizes were handed out during the conference dinner, which was held in a stunning location within the Cathedral grounds.


There were also 12 plenary and key note talks throughout the week from distinguished researchers across all areas of maths, as well as a very engaging public lecture given by Paul Sutcliffe (Durham) on the topic of “Tying Tornadoes in Knots” which provided links to physics, biology and chemistry. The public lecture attracted audience members from outside the mathematics department and invited some lively discussion afterwards.

As this conference is aimed at PhD and post-doc students, in addition to the academic talks there were also several general interest talks and workshops aimed at developing relevant skills and addressing other aspects of a young researcher’s career. Kelly Kuan (Kent) gave a workshop on how to navigate the different career options a finishing PhD student or post-doc student faces and Surak Perera (Maple) gave an interactive workshop on Maple. Fenny Smith (The British Society for the History of Mathematics) gave one of the general interest talks tracing the history of where our numbers come from and another general interest talk was given by PhD students Ellen Dowie, Marina Jimenez-Muñoz, and Ana Rojo-Echeburúa (Kent) who talked about the statistics of inequality in STEM with their presentation entitled: “Why do men get served beer while women get served wine?”.

The organising committee would like to thank all of the invited speakers and participants of the YRM2017 who made this event a success, as well as the supporters of this event: SIAM, LMS, Heilbronn Institute, NAG, EMS, ThinkTank Maths, IMA, Oxford University Press, and Kent Graduate School.



SIAM UKIE Annual Meeting 2018

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the SIAM UKIE Section will be hosted by the University of Southampton, on Thursday, 11th of January 2018. 

The meeting features five invited speakers and a poster session. We are also planning to have a “poster blitz” session. Travel support will be available for PhD students and postdocs with an accepted poster presentation, and a Best Poster prizes will be awarded.

Registration is open until December 1st, 2017, and free of charge.



Student Chapter Certificates of Recognition

In 2017, SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 97 students who have made outstanding contributions to their SIAM Student Chapters. See here for the complete list. We congratulate all recipients and in particular the following UK/IE based students:

Scott Morgan, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Christine Marshall, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Benjamin Robinson, University of Bath, England, UK

Gabriele De Canio, University of Cambridge, England, UK

Mante Zemaityte, University of Manchester, England, UK

James Jackaman, University of Reading, UK

Michał Bosy, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Neil Chada, University of Warwick, England, UK


Postdoc in Numerical Linear Algebra on Extreme-scale Computers at RAL

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral position in the Computational Mathematics Group at STFC-RAL in Oxfordshire, UK.

The successful candidate will join the Numerical Linear Algebra for Future and Emerging Technologies (NLAFET) project funded by the European Commission involving Inria, Umea University, University of Manchester and STFC-RAL. The position will focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of parallel algorithms for numerical linear algebra with regards to extreme-scale challenges. The research at RAL will principally be on sparse direct solvers that are highly scalable and thus suitable for future and emerging large scale computers. The algorithms developed will be validated on several applications targeted by NLAFET, such as power systems, computational fluid dynamics, and astrophysics. The research will be done in close collaboration with established researchers in the Computational Mathematics Group as well as with other partners in NLAFET.

Candidates should have a PhD in applied mathematics or computer science and expertise in numerical linear algebra and high performance computing. The candidate must have a visa to work in the UK which automatically includes any UK or EU citizen.

This post offers a full-time research appointment until the end of the project on 31 October 2018.

Informal enquiries may be made to: Iain Duff <>.

To apply or to find out more details about the position, please go to the STFC recruitment portal at:

The deadline for applications is 24th September 2017 but I encourage people to
apply well before that date. The appointment can begin at any time after
the job offer and ideally the post should start on or before 1st November 2017.

[Posted on behalf of Iain Duff.]

Research Posts in Inverse Problems+Computational PDEs+U.Q.

Fixed term position for 12 months (2 posts available)

Applications are invited for a number of postdoctoral research fellow positions to work on the £2.6m EPSRC-funded Programme Grant EQUIP (Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty for Inverse Problems). Posts will be based at the University of Warwick or at Imperial College.

EQUIP tackles a number of key methodological and theoretical challenges arising in the solution of statistical inverse problems, primarily driven by applications in subsurface inversion such as groundwater flow, oil and gas reservoirs and carbon sequestration but researchers with interest in the solution of inverse problems arising in other application domains, such as biology, medicine and the social sciences are also encouraged to apply.

The EQUIP team comprises Charlie Elliott (Mathematics, Warwick), Mark Girolami (Statistics/Mathematics, Imperial College), Gareth Roberts (Statistics, Warwick). There is also the possibility of spending part of the postdoctoral appointment at Caltech working with Andrew Stuart who is a co-investigator on the grant. Applicants with expertise in the areas of inverse problems, numerical analysis, computational partial differential equations, computational statistics and theoretical statistics are encouraged to apply.

You should apply directly to the institution where you wish to be based, although if you are flexible you are strongly encouraged to apply to both Imperial College and Warwick.

Your application should include a CV and list of publications. You should also send a research statement by email to Ann Hume, Departmental Secretary, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick at and ensure that your 3 referees send their references to the same email address by the closing date.

Interviews for all posts are expected to be conducted at the University of Warwick during September 2017 (date to be confirmed).

The 27th Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis

The 27th Biennial Conference in Numerical Analysis took place at the University of Strathclyde, 27-30 June.

The series began at St. Andrews University in 1965, then spent many happy years at the University of Dundee, and finally moved to Glasgow in 2009. A full history, up to 2005, can be found on Alistair Watson’s website, and comments on the 50th Anniversary Meeting can be found on Nick Higham’s blog.

Numerical Analysis pens
Pens from the 20th, 21st, and 22nd biennial conferences on Numerical Analysis.

The conference has a traditional feel in that, whereas many meetings of its scale are held at hotels and conference centres, this one is entirely organised by academics, and hosted on a university campus. This traditional feel contrasts with a modern focus: through its twelve plenary talks, fifteen mini-symposia, and numerous contributed talks, the Biennial Conference reflects the many recent innovations in numerical analysis.

The plenary talks are at the core of this meeting, which opened with Christian Lubich (Tubingen) presenting recent developments in dynamic low-rank approximation, and Valeria Simoncini’s talk on methods for large-scale Sylvester equations (and related problems). David Keyes kept the focus on (extremely) large-scale problems, exhorting the numerical analysis community to develop algorithms that keep pace with modern hardware. The (now) classical roots of numerical analysis, and their influence on current trends were the focus of, for example, the Fletcher-Powell lecture, given by Philip Gill (San Diego). And that was all on Day 1, which concluded with a civic reception hosted by The City of Glasgow in the spectacular City Chambers.


Donald Estep (Colorado) making the case for computational measure theory

Wednesday’s plenaries were delivered by Donald Estep (Colorado), Ilaria Perugia (Vienna), and Gerlind Plonka-Hoch on, respectively, “computational measure theory” (with applications to modelling extreme weather events), completely discontinuous finite elements, and sublinear sparse FFT methods.

Anna-Karin Tornberg (KTH) on Quadrature by expansion (source: Heather Yorston)

Anna-Karin Tornberg (KTH; above) opened Thursday’s sessions. She was followed by Endre Suli (Oxford) who married the classical and modern, where he outlined the analysis of finite element approximations for viscous incompressible fluids, accompanied by a live demonstration with tooth-paste.

Through out the meeting, it is clear that the distinctions between numerical analysis and computer science are becoming increasingly blurred, particularly in the field of networks, where algorithms for graphs and matrices are of core importance. This featured in the A.R. Mitchell lecture, delivered by Andrew Stuart (Caltech). He discussed machine learning and for classification algorithms applied on large graphs.

That evening the conference dinner was hosted in the remarkable Trades Hall, which was designed and built between 1791 and 1794. The after dinner speech, which was both humorous and thoughtful,  was given by Ivan Graham (Bath).

View from the top table (source: David Gleich)

Arguably, the best was saved until last. In Friday morning’s first plenary lecture, Francoise Tisseur (Manchester) made a compelling case for the use of tropical algebra in
numerical analysis, with the applications to incomplete factorisations being particularly compelling. She was followed by David Gleich (Purdue), who explained the motivation and methods for locating motifs (such as triangles) in networks.

Of course, there was much more to the conference than the plenary talks and receptions. There were 15 minisymposia on topics ranging from “M1” on non-local problems (such as the en vogue fractional differential equations) to “M15” on Chebfun, as well as contributed talks. In particular, there were numerous presentations by student participants. Three of these were awarded prizes by the UK and Ireland section of SIAM:

  • Denis Devaud, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, “Exponential convergence in
    H^1/2 of hp-approximation for parabolic equations”
  • James Rynn, University of Manchester, UK, “Using Surrogate Models to
    Accelerate Bayesian Inverse Uncertainty Quantification”
  • Florian Wechsung, University of Oxford, UK, “Shape Optimization with
    Geometric Constraints Using Moreau-Yosida Regularization”

The judging panel was Ivan Graham (Bath), Natalia Kopteva  (Limerick) and John Mackenzie (Strathclyde).

To conclude, the 27th conference was at least as successful as the previous 26. For that, the numerical analysis community owes its gratitude to the University of Strathclyde’s Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Group and, in particular, Philip Knight, John Mackenzie and Alison Ramage.

The conference dinner took place in one of Glasgow’s historic buildings: the Glasgow Trades Hall.