ACMS host for Midwest Conference on Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Author: Melissa Ornat

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The Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) at the University of Notre Dame hosted the “Midwest Numerical Analysis Days 2012 on May 12 – 13, 2012. This two-day conference was organized to provide an opportunity for faculty, postdocs and graduate students in numerical analysis, scientific computing and modeling with applications to science and engineering to exchange ideas and promote new collaborations. The conference highlighted various active numerical analysis and scientific computing research programs in the Midwest and presented a broad spectrum of talks on current research and future prospects for applied and computational mathematics approaches and their applications. In addition, Ph.D. students were provided with a valuable learning experience in their research fields.

The Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) in Minneapolis funded by the National Science Foundation, The College of Science’s Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland Lecture Series, the ACMS department, and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity at the University of Notre Dame co-sponsored the event. Professor Robert Bernhard, Vice President for Research and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, opened the conference. He described different computational programs at Notre Dame and emphasized importance of numerical analysis, scientific computing and modeling in interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers in science and engineering.

The conference was comprised of three plenary talks and 53 contributed talks comprised into three parallel sessions. Plenary speakers were Suncica Canic (Cullen Distinguished Professor, University of Houston), Chi-Wang Shu (Theodore B. Stowell University Professor of Applied Mathematics, Brown University), and Eitan Tadmor (Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park). More than 100 researchers from the Midwest and across the US participated in the conference. Lecture topics included, amongst others, the design of novel numerical methods, algorithm analysis, high performance computing including implementation of algorithms on graphical processing umits (GPUs), computational modeling and applications in biological, physical and engineering areas. Each talked was followed by extended discussion.

The conference facilitated further collaborations between research institutions in the Midwest, nationally and worldwide in numerical analysis, scientific computing and modeling with applications in science and engineering.

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Originally published by Melissa Ornat at on July 10, 2012.