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News Archive 2013/3

A chronological list of workshops and conferences can be found at events! New Positions are announced under Researchers and Groups.

April is Math Awareness Month: “Math and Sustainability”

March 25, 2013. More than 100 scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and organizations all over the world have banded together to dedicate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth.

Our planet is the setting for dynamic processes of all sorts, including the geophysical processes in the mantle, the continents, and the oceans, the atmospheric processes that determine our weather and climates, the biological processes involving living species and their interactions, and the human processes of finance, agriculture, water, transportation, and energy. The challenges facing our planet and our civilization are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and the mathematical sciences play a central role in the scientific effort to understand and to deal with these challenges.

Mathematical Paradigms of Climate Science

March 25, 2013. The aim of this meeting is to foster interaction between climate scientists and mathematicians that are active in various fields of interest for climate science, such as dynamical systems, partial differential equations, control theory, stochastic systems, and numerical analysis.

Traditionally, climate science is strongly interwoven with remote sensing and inverse problems techniques, which are needed both for climate monitoring as well as for data assimilation to start projections and forecasts. For more information see

Numerical methods for seismic inverse problem

March 25, 2013. This is a call for participation of the upcoming conference on the numerical methods for seismic inverse problem, which will be held at University of Calgary, Canada. You are cordially invited to participate on July 16-18, 2013. Although the theme of the conference is numerical methods for seismic inversion problem, any topic in the broadly defined areas of numerical analysis, inverse problem, scientific computing are welcome. The deadline for submitting an abstract is May 6, 2013. Please note that there is NO registation fee but registration is required for the purpose of event planning. Travel support is available for graduate students and Postdoctral fellows. For details about the conference, please visit our website at

Summer School on Remote Sensing of Clouds and Precipitation

March 25, 2013. This is the first announcement of the Summer School on Remote Sensing of Clouds and Precipitation. It will take place at the Meteorological Institute, University Bonn, Germany, during the week July 15-19, 2013, and will be organized by the Hans-Ertel-Center for Weather Research (HErZ), Atmospheric Dynamics and Predictability Branch.

The summer school will introduce the basics and applications of state-of-the-art remote sensing instruments for clouds and precipitation and concentrate on cloud radars, polarimetric weather radars and satellite-based sensors, which enable us to monitor the entire cloud and precipitation generating process chain. The summer school will focus on deep convective clouds because of their potential for causing extreme weather events.

Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing

March 25, 2013. Please find below the 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS for the Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (MEDICON 2013), which takes place 25-28 September, 2013. Seville (Spain). The conference includes sessions on medical imaging, strongly linked to inverse problems techniques.

Please download the 2nd Call for Papers from this link:, website Authors are invited to submit papers before April 26th 2013 about the following themes:

  Biomedical Signal Processing
  Biomedical Imaging and Processing
  Medical Devices and Sensors
  Bio-Micro and Bio-Nano Technologies
  Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
  Neural and Rehabilitation Engineering
  Biomechanics, Robotics And Minimal Invasive Surgery
  Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Endocrine Systems Engineering
  Clinical Engineering
  Health Informatics, E-Health, Telemedicine and 
  Information Technology in Medicine, Bioinformatics 

5th Anniversary Workshop of the GAMM "Applied Operator Theory" Group in Berlin

March 21, 2013. We would like to provide you with some updated information on the

                5th Anniversary WORKSHOP
               May 30-31, 2013, TU Berlin
  of the GAMM Activity Group "Applied Operator Theory"

The official Workshop homepage can be found at

If you wish to participate at the workshop please register by sending an email to before April 30, 2013. There is a limited number of contributed talks. If you plan to give a talk please send us a title and a short abstract.

Fourth Computational Electromagnetics Workshop

March 19, 2013. Bilkent University Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) is organizing the Fourth Computational Electromagnetics Workshop on August 02-05, 2013, in Izmir,Turkey

Topics of Interest. Methods: Fast solvers, Integral equations, Iterative solvers and preconditioning, Parallel computing, Frequency-domain methods, Time-domain methods, Direct solvers, Recursive solvers, Optimization methods , FDTD methods, FEM methods, High-frequency methods

Applications: Hybrid methods, Numerical linear algebra, Large-scale problems, Scattering and RCS, Antennas, Radars, Metamaterials, Optics, Imaging, Remote sensing, Inverse problems, Biomedical applications, Wireless and propagation, EMC/EMI, Chips, packages, and interconnects, Terahertz,

Important Dates: Indication of intent (Please reply to this email at your earliest convenience and let us know about your intention to attend the workshop, without a firm commitment.)
May 30, 2013: Submission of one-page abstracts
June 15, 2013: Notification of acceptance
June 30, 2013: Submission of two-page summaries
July 05, 2013: Registration deadline

High-Dimensional Inference with Applications: Workshop June 24-25, 2013, Canterbury

March 19, 2013. With financial support from the London Mathematical Society, the workshop will explore theory and practice for high-dimensional statistical inference by bringing together applied mathematicians, statisticians and bioinformaticians from the UK and internationally, with a focus on the future direction of the topics. A number of distinguished invited speakers will contribute talks on subjects including Bayesian nonparametric statistics, wavelet based functional data analysis, regression and calibration with many covariates, Bayesian experimental design, classification and discrimination in high dimensions, and work which connects with innovative non-Bayesian and classical approaches. Practical applications may range from Election night forecasting to forensics, proteomics, genomics, and chemometrics. The areas of research and researchers are those with whom Professor Phil Brown has had close contact and the workshop is conceived in his honour. There will be a dinner on the Monday evening at which Sir Adrian Smith has agreed to give the after dinner speech. Please visit the event web page at for details.

Venue: School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NF, UK. Important dates and registration fee

  • On-line registration: March 25—June 12, 2013
  • Registration fee: £90 (covering tea, coffee and simple lunches)
  • Poster submission: February 22—March 18, 2013 at
  • Notification of acceptance for the posters: March 22, 2013

Contacts: If you have any queries then please don't hesitate to contact Professor Jian Zhang via email: or Tel: +44 1227 823648.

6th WMO Data Assimilation Symposium

March 19, 2013. The 6th WMO Data Assimilation Symposium will take place from October 7-11th 2013 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park Maryland. All aspects of data assimilation will be covered under various themes which are:

  Global and regional atmospheric  DA
  Convective scale DA
  Atmospheric constituent DA
  Coupled DA
  Global and regional ocean DA
  Assimilation of observations for the land surface
  Assimilation of satellite, in-situ, and radar observations
  Diagnostic tools 

More details on the Symposium will be made available on the symposium website . Abstracts for oral and poster presentations can now be submitted to any of the above themes by following the instructions at the website below:

8th Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) Workshop in Norway

March 14, 2013. The registration for the 8th EnKF workshop is now open. To register, go to the web page and click on the red registration link. You will be requested to pay registration fee online by credit card. Also, please notice the abstract deadline is March 21.

The ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) and its many variants have been proven effective for data assimilation in large models, including those in atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, and petroleum reservoir systems. By bringing together technical experts, practitioners, researchers and students for presentations and informal interchange of information, we aim to share research results and suggest important challenges that have yet to be addressed.

The 8th International EnKF workshop is arranged by IRIS in collaboration with the Nansen Center (NERSC) and the Uni Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research (CIPR).

Signal Processing and Inference

March 14, 2013. We have just published Signal processing and Inference for the Physical Sciences, organized and edited by Nick S Jones and Thomas J Maccarone. See – for further details or you can go straight to the issue contents at

Predictive Control for Power Converters and Drives

March 14, 2013. It is a pleasure for us to invite you to participate to the Special Session entitled “SS17: Predictive Control for Power Converters and Drives” to be held in the next 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON'13), 10-13 November,2013, Vienna, Austria.

Topics of the Special Session include:

  1. Current control of three-phase Inverters using predictive control
  2. Current control for Shunt Active Power Filters using predictive control
  3. Current control of AC/DC or AC/DC/AC Converters using predictive control
  4. Current control of three-phase Source Rectifiers using predictive control
  5. Predictive modulation in multi-switching systems
  6. Model predictive control in Industrial Electronics
  7. Efficient predictive control strategies
  8. Predictive control for multilevel power converters
  9. New applications of predictive control for power converters
  10. Predictive control for High-Power applications
  11. Predictive control for drives applications

The call for papers of this Special Session can be found at IECON'13 website:

The submission procedure can be found at:

This session provides an excellent opportunity for researchers to learn and share the recent advances about predictive control applied to the field of power converters. The submission deadline of the IECON'13 Conference is 1st April 2013. We think that you can contribute to improve the quality of the session by submitting a paper. In this sense, we are looking forward to receiving your important contribution.

Special Issue on Observational Healthcare Data

March 14, 2013. ASA's Statistical Analysis and Data Mining journal will have a special issue on observational healthcare data, details below. Would this be of interest to ISBA membership?

Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, An American Statistical Association Journal
Call for Papers
Special Issue on Observational Healthcare Data
Guest Editors: Patrick Ryan, J&J and Marc Suchard, UCLA
Due date: July 1, 2013

Data sciences is the rapidly evolving field that integrates mathematical and statistical knowledge, software engineering and large-scale data management skills, and domain expertise to tackle difficult problems that typically cannot be solved by any one discipline alone. Some of the most difficult, and arguably most important, problems exist in healthcare. Knowledge about human biology has exponentially advanced in the past two decades with exciting progress in genetics, biophysics, and pharmacology. However, substantial opportunities exist to extend the evidence base about human disease, patient health and effects of medical interventions and translate knowledge into actions that can directly impact clinical care. The emerging availability of 'big data' in healthcare, ranging from prospective research with aggregated genomics and clinical trials to observational data from administrative claims and electronic health records through social media, offer unprecedented opportunities for data scientists to contribute to advancing healthcare through the development, evaluation, and application of novel analytical solutions to explore these data to generate evidence at both the patient and population level. Statistical and computational challenges abound and methodological progress will draw on fields such as data mining, epidemiology, medical informatics, and biostatistics to name but a few. This special issue of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining seeks to capture the current state of the art in healthcare data sciences. We welcome contributions that focus on methodology for healthcare data and original research that demonstrates the application of data sciences to problems in public health.

CliMathNet Conference Registration Open

March 12, 2013. United Kingdom. This is the first conference of CliMathNet, an EPSRC-funded network that aims to break down barriers between researchers in Mathematics, Statistics and Climate Sciences. The Conference will take place in Exeter on 1st to 5th July 2013 and will bring together climate scientists with mathematicians and statisticians to address key questions around Climate modelling. Topics will include Quantifying uncertainty of climate models; Comprehensive climate risk analysis; Forecasting climate tipping points; Improving projections of extreme events; and Engaging with policy. Plenary speakers will include:

  Stephen Belcher (Met Office)
  Mat Collins (Exeter)
  Henk Dijkstra (Utrecht)
  Peter Guttorp (Washington)
  Michael Goldstein (Durham)
  Peter Haynes (Cambridge)
  Chris Jones (Chapel Hill)
  Valerio Lucarini (Hamburg)
  Tim Palmer (Oxford)

We are currently inviting researchers to offer abstracts for talks and poster presentations. These may be on mathematical or statistical topics that could be of relevance to climate sciences (e.g. applied analysis, environmental statistics, stochastic differential equations, numerical methods), as well as on applications to climate and weather.

For more information please see the Conference website, and to submit an abstract or request more information, please email Emily Paremain

NCOF (National Centre for Ocean Forecasting) workshop 2013

March 11, 2013. The NCOF 2013 workshop will be held at the University of Reading on 10-12 July 2013 starting on the afternoon of the 10th. The plan for the workshop currently includes sessions on:

  • The impact of NCOF science
  • Uses of the NCOF shelf-sea prediction capabilities on all time-scales
  • Developing NCOF contributions to UK-IMON (the UK Integrated Marine Observing Network)
  • Making the most of data assimilation within NCOF.

The workshop will also be seeking short science talks and will run a poster session. More details and a call for abstracts will be issued shortly.

Dr Mike Bell, Head (National Centre for Ocean Forecasting), Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom, Tel: +44 (0)1392 886434 Fax: +44 (0)1392 885681,

8th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA 2013)

March 5, 2013. We are very pleased to announce the start of the Abstract submission for the 8th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA 2013), 04 -06 September 2013, Trieste, Italy. You are cordially invited to submit your scientific works to our session: Recent advances in signal processing and pattern recognition in geosciences Link:

The aim of this special session is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested on digital signal processing and applications in the context of geosciences, including theory and practice in the different fields of earth sciences.

This session covers, but not limited to, the following topics: linear/nonlinear time-series analysis, statistical methods, fractal analysis, neural algorithms, etc.

Scientists are encouraged to submit their researches related to the application of these techniques in the different areas of geosciences: geophysics (seismic, gravity/magnetic, electromagnetism/magnetotelluric, etc.), geology, hydrogeology, geodesy, etc. The deadline for the receipt of Abstracts is 01 April 2013.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. All accepted papers will be published in ISPA symposium proceedings, which will be distributed during the meeting. The ISPA proceedings book will be available through IEEE Xplore digital library. All accepted papers must be presented at the symposium.

MIRAN workshop on Inverse Transport Problems

March 5, 2013. Please not that on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 the MIRAN workshop on Inverse Transport Problems is taking place at the School of Mathematics, The University of Manchester.

Inverse transport problems are well-known to have important
applications in biomedical imaging, geophysical tomography,
atmospheric imaging, and nondestructive testing. Examples are X-ray
tomography with scattering, SPECT, PET, waves in random media,
earthquake coda analysis, and the classical radiative transfer problem
for analyzing remote stars. Numerically, the 'direct' transport
problem has been investigated during the last 50 years in different
scientific communities with good results. The inverse transport
problem, on the other hand, has often been substituted by an inverse
problem for some approximate model. Various models have been discussed
here, amongst them the diffusion approximation, the damped wave
equation, the Radon and attenuated Radon transform, or low-dimensional
versions of radiative transfer. Due to recent progress in computing
resources and in mathematical concepts which can help to address the
inverse problem of the full transport equation itself, interest in
this more accurate model has risen and is discussed now actively in
the scientific community. This one-day workshop brings together
international experts on this field in order to discuss recent
activities in direct and inverse transport problems as well as related
practical applications.

Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2013, 9:45-16:15.
Venue: The workshop will take place in the School of Mathematics, Alan Turing Building, Frank Adams room (1st floor).

Confirmed invited Speakers: Herbert Egger, University of Darmstadt, Germany, Pedro Gonzalez, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, Alexandre Jollivet, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, Ville Kolehmainen, University of Eastern Finland, Carlos Rautenberg, University of Graz, Austria, Matthias Schlottbom, University of Darmstadt, Germany, Tanja Tarvainen, University of Eastern Finland, Marko Vauhkonen, University of Eastern Finland

Everybody interested in this exciting research field and its potential practical applications is invited to attend the workshop. No registration fee is charged.

Registration: If you would like to register for this event then please email Sebastian Rees, , by Friday March 8th, stating your name, institution, any dietary requirements or any other requirements. Updated information regarding the workshop, including the detailed programme, will be posted on the MIRAN webpage

Third Summer School on Data Assimilation and Applications in Engineering

March 4, 2013. The “Third Summer School on Data Assimilation and Applications in Engineering” will take place 29 July - 9 August, 2013 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. For more information see

Topics range from classical statistical inversion methods to more sophisticated approaches and from toy examples to operational systems. The school is organized by Remus Hanea (TNO, TU Delft), Arnold Heemink (TU Delft) and Alin G. Chitu (TNO) and Octavian Agratini (Babes – Bolyai University).

Aachen Conference on Computational Engineering Science (AC.CES)

March 3, 2013. The Aachen Conference on Computational Engineering Science (AC.CES) will take place from September 09-11, 2013 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

AC.CES will bring together leading experts in theory, method development, and applications in computational engineering. The main objectives of the conference are to present cutting-edge research and to foster the growth of a stronger CES community, as well as to facilitate collaborations and cross-fertilization of ideas across the different CES disciplines.

Among the topics to be discussed at the conference are: uncertainty quantification; inverse problems in materials science; computational biology; model order reduction; optimization and control; imaging/tomographic inversion

For a list of invited speakers, please visit:

Call for Posters: Participants are encouraged to present posters at the conference. A one-page abstract related to the topics of the conference should be submitted via the conference website by June 15, 2013. Full instructions for writing and submitting the abstract are available on the conference website. Notification of acceptance will be given by June 30, 2013.

For more information on dates, registration, accommodation and travel you may want to visit the conference website If you have specific questions contact the organizers at

Opening of the UCL Centre for Inverse Problems

March 3, 2013. To celebrate the opening of the UCL Centre for Inverse Problems we are holding a workshop from 18-21 March 2013 at University College London.

The workshop schedule is available at If you would like to attend the workshop please register at

A special evening lecture will be given by Per Christian Hansen, Technical University Denmark

Confirmed invited speakers include: Peter Monk, University of Delaware, USA; Laurent Demanet, MIT, USA; Samuli Siltanen, University of Helsinki, Finland; Otmar Scherzer, University of Vienna, Austria; Martin Burger, University of Münster, Germany; Matti Lassas, University of Helsinki, Finland; Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington, USA; Bill Lionheart, University of Manchester, UK; Olaf Steinbach, TU Graz, Austria; Victor Panaretos, EPFL, Switzerland; Ian Dryden, University of Nottingham, UK; Christine De Mol, University Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Marc Bonnet, ENSTA, Paris; Maarteen van der Hoop, Purdue University, USA; Lassi Paivarinta, University of Helsinki, Finland; Alberto Ruiz, Autonoma University Madrid, Spain; Lauri Oksanen, University of Washington, USA; Lothar Reichel, Kent State University, USA; Will Penny, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL, UK; Mark Girolami, University College London, UK; Ingo Waldman, University College London, UK; Ben Cox, University College London, UK; Ian Robinson, University College London, UK; Massimiliano Pontil, University College London, UK

Inverse Problems in Mechanics of Structures and Materials

March 1, 2013. 3rd International ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Inverse Problems in Mechanics of Structures and Materials, IPM 2013 (Rzeszow – Baranow Sandomierski, Poland, April 24 – 27, 2013)

We extend the deadline for submitting a two-page abstract to February 28, 2013. The conference will include plenary invited lectures, keynote lectures, minisymposia, and special technological sessions (STS) and contributed papers.

NEW! Deadline for submitting a two-page abstract: February 28, 2013
Notification of acceptance of the paper: March 8, 2013
Early payment: March 29, 2013
Final announcement: April 4, 2013
Beginning of IPM 2013: April 24, 2013

Full information is available at:

WMO/WWRP/THORPEX Workshop "Improving the Prediction of High Impact Weather"

March 1, 2013. To define a High Impact Weather project as legacy to THORPEX emphasizing the improvement of the predictions of high impact weather on the hours-to-weeks timescales with a stronger focus on shorter time and space scales. It will profit from the international experience gained in THORPEX and which will again take take advantage from international collaboration. The project will contain elements of THORPEX that need to be continued and developed further as well as new requirements and drivers beyond the scope of THORPEX. It will link to the THORPEX follow-on-projects sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) and polar prediction (PPP).


Improvement of the predictive skill in the time range hours to weeks in the 
context of a changing climate with the aim of providing enhanced decision-level 
information and thus increasing the resilience of society to high-impact weather.


  Basic research on the limits of predictability of high impact weather
  Field campaigns, with a focus on understanding predictability
  A focus on the observing system, ensuring a sustainable network that 
  is fit for purpose. Scientific exchange – particularly between 
  operational centres and universities. Forecasting the impacts of weather 
  to address the requirements of users. Formulating improved ways of 
  communicating forecast information for the benefit of users
  Studies to quantify the societal benefits of improved forecast 

Data and tools:

  Data from major field campaigns such as T-PARC and HYMEX
  Ensembles and development of probabilistic forecast products; TIGGE and TIGGE-LAM
  Experiments on observing system optimization, including the use of adaptive 
  observations and the exploitation of new observations.
  Forecast demonstration projects

For more information and registration (ignore the deadline!) see:

Inverse Problems (IOP) Journal Highlight Selection

March 1, 2013. The Editorial Board have selected their highlights from Inverse Problems in 2012

This is intended not as a list of the 'best' articles, but as an interesting and stimulating reading list. Articles were selected for many reasons, some contain outstanding research and breakthroughs, some may have an especially clear exposition and are beautifully presented, others are instructive, containing results and tools useful to many readers. Whether you are reading these articles for the first time or from renewed interest, we very much hope that you will enjoy reading them.

2013 Inverse Problems Symposium - Abstract Deadline Extended

March 1, 2013. The abstract deadline has been extended for the 2013 Inverse 
Problems Symposium that will be held June 9-11 in Huntsville, Alabama.  
This symposium is the 26th in the series of national and international 
meetings on Inverse Problems that were  initiated at MSU in 1988 by 
Dr. James Beck.  The last symposia were held at the 
University of Central Florida and Michigan State University in 2011 and 2012, 
respectively.  The 2013 symposium in Huntsville, Alabama will retain the single 
session format of these symposia, and will have sessions addressing both the 
theoretical and applied aspects of inverse problems.  We are actively seeking 
session organizers, so please let us know if you are interested.

For more information see

Computational Analysis of Inverse Problems and Partial Differential Equations

March 1, 2013. The international conference “Computational Analysis of Inverse Problems and Partial Differential Equations”, dedicated to John Cannon and Zuhair Nashed, will be held in May 9—11, 2013 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA.

You are cordially invited to participate in the conference. The theme of the conference is on computation and analysis of inverse problems and partial differential equations. The aim of the conference is to bring together top experts from USA and overseas to disseminate the most recent progress on Inverse Problems and PDE.

The organizers are Yanping Lin, Piotr Mikusinski, Yuanwei Qi, Qiyu Sun, Alexandru Tamasan, Hongming Yin and Jiongmin Yong.

Registration, title and abstracts of your presentation should be sent to Qiyu Sun ( The deadline for the registration is the last weekend of March (March 30 2013), and the deadline for title and abstract is the first weekend of April (April 6, 2013). However, it will help greatly with our planning if you can let us know in advance of that deadline if you plan to come.

Travel support is available, pending the funding approval. Priority is given to students, postdocs and young researchers. Participants who wish to apply for travel support should submit your application with your registration by March 30, 2013.

For further information, please visit the conference webpage:

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