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News Archive 2014/1 (Jan-Mar 2014)

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

CIMPA-Indonesia 2014, Mathematical Imaging Schools

March 31, 2014. Some scholarships are available for selected participants in limited seats. Warmly regards, On behalf of CIMPA-Indonesia 2014 School organizers, Agah D. Garnadi


CIMPA-Indonesia School 2014
Mathematical and Statistical Tools in Mathematical Imaging
25 August-5 September 2014

Deadline for Applications: 1 June 2014
For informations, please refer to:


  1. Scholarships are available for the applicant from developing countries in limited seats.
  2. Subject to DAAD approval, some scholarships for DAAD alumna/stipendiat are available.

[Please mentions it that you are DAAD alumna/stipendiat.]

March 25, 2014. Dear Colleage. Please note the “International Conference on Inverse Problems and Related Topics 2014” which takes place Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014, at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. The website address is:

CliMathNet Conference, University of Leeds, UK

March 13, 2014. Please note the next CliMathNet Conference, which takes place 14-18th July 2014 at the University of Leeds, UK.

CliMathNet is an EPSRC funded initiative in the UK to bring together researchers from all branches of mathematical sciences and climate sciences. The second annual CliMathNet conference will be held from 14-18th July at the University of Leeds, and will address key aims of the network, including understanding the climate system (dynamics, radiation, clouds, feedbacks, nonlinear processes), quantifying uncertainty in climate models, forecasting extreme events, and highlighting novel mathematical and statistical techniques with applications in climate sciences (e.g., numerical methods). The conference will be organised to ensure plenty of time for discussion and interaction across disciplinary boundaries. The confirmed plenary speakers are Brian Hoskins, Doug Maraun, Tim Palmer, Ted Shepherd, Jonathan Tawn, Claudia Tebaldi, John Thuburn, Laure Zanna, and Mary Lou Zeeman.

Contributed talks and posters are invited. Abstracts for oral presentations should be submitted by 30th April, and abstracts for posters should be submitted by 31st May. Early bird registration closes on 11th May.

Further details of abstract submission and registration, along with other updates, are available at the conference website

LMS Inverse Problems Workshop on Data Assimilation

March 6, 2014. The next LMS one day inverse problem workshop will be on 7th of May 2014 at the University of Bath on the topic “Data assimilation and numerical weather prediction”.

See the web site:

Feb 25, 2014. The 7th International Conference on Inverse Problems and Related Topics will take place at National Taiwan University, Taipei, from Dec 15 to Dec 19, 2014. This series of conferences were previously held in Hong Kong (2002), Shanghai (2004), Hokkaido (2006), Daejeon (2009), Hong Kong (2010), and Nanjing (2012). This conference features speakers from both theoretical (mathematics) and applied (engineering) aspects of inverse problems. It aims to strengthen the interaction and, most importantly, to nurture collaborations between two groups of scientists. In addition, one of the focuses of the conference is to promote young scholars in inverse problems in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information please visit

Workshop on Correlated Observation Errors

Jan 16, 2014. Workshop on Correlated Observation Errors, 23-25th April 2014 - University of Reading. As part of the European Space Agency funded programme of work on Advanced Data Assimilation Methods, the National Centre for Earth Observation is coordinating a workshop on Correlated Observation Errors in Data Assimilation. The workshop is aimed at experts in data assimilation and is open to all who would like to contribute.

Thanks to sponsorship by the European Space Agency there will be no registration fee but delegates will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation. Places are limited so please fill out and return the registration form by 1 March 2014.

Background: In practice, correlated observation errors are not currently used in data assimilation systems due to the difficulties in constructing the covariance matrices and in including the correlations efficiently in the assimilation system. Recent studies have shown, however, that using approximate observation error covariance matrices in data assimilation schemes gives more accurate analyses than using no error correlations and/or inflating the error variances.

Aims: This workshop is intended to bring together specialists to tackle the problems of incorporating observational error covariances in data assimilation systems. The aim will be to enable discussion and exchange of expertise between stakeholders on:

Methods for finding and approximating observation error covariance matrices Methods for efficiently implementing correlated observation errors in data assimilation systems

Dr Zofia Stott
Assimila Ltd
Suite B1-08
The Enterprise Centre
University of Reading
Earley Gate
Tel: +44 (0)118 935 7338
Mobile: +44 (0)7932 565822

International Symposium on Data Assimilation

Jan 13, 2014. Dear colleagues, This is a reminder that the deadline for registration and submission of abstracts for the 'International Symposium on Data Assimilation 2014' is January 15th, 2014.

We will award three Young Scientist Travel Awards for reimbursement of travel expenses up to 500 Euros. Applications are due January 23rd, 2014.

In case you haven’t booked your hotel yet: There is a block reservation for 30 rooms at Motel One Sendlinger Tor. These rooms can be booked by e-mail to referring to the group code ISDA2014. The rate for the rooms is 76.50 Euros including breakfast. You may need to be quick to get one of the remaining rooms.

Further information can be found on our website: Please forward this reminder to people who may be interested. Apologies in case you receive it multiple times.

Thanks to everybody who already registered for the symposium. There are already over 100 registered participants and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Munich!

Best regards Tijana Janjic Pfander On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Dr. Martin Weissmann
Dr. Tijana Janjic-Pfander
Prof. Roland Potthast
Dr. Andreas Rhodin
Prof. George C. Craig

Satellite Observations in Numerical Weather Prediction

Jan 8, 2014. ECMWF 2014 Annual Seminar: Seminar on Use of Satellite Observations in Numerical Weather Prediction. The 2014 Seminar will be held from September 8 (starting in the afternoon) to September 12 (finishing lunch time).

The Seminar will present a review of recent advances and future challenges in the use of satellite observations of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface for weather and environmental analysis and prediction. Topics to be covered will include a discussion of the value of current and forthcoming satellite observations, with particular foci both on new types of observation and on which variables are under-observed at present. The status of assimilation of cloud-affected observations and observations over land and sea ice will be represented and progress towards a fuller exploitation of the potential of the hyperspectral sounders will also be addressed.

IPTA 2014: Inverse Problems from Theory to Application Conference

IPTA 2014, hosted by the journal Inverse Problems, will be held in Bristol at the science museum At-Bristol on 26-28th August 2014. This conference represents a new forum to disseminate interdisciplinary inverse problems research and to facilitate increased engagement and collaboration within the international community.

The scientific committee, Professor Alfred K Louis, Professor Simon Arridge and Professor Bill Rundell, have organised a diverse scientific programme which combines mathematical and experimental work with theoretical, numerical and practical approaches to solving inverse problems. As well as supporting the applied mathematics community, the conference will also encompass a plethora of applications including the physical sciences, engineering, geophysics, optics, biology, acoustics, communication theory, signal processing and imaging. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Bristol in 2014!

Registration opens 2nd January 2014.

Gene Golub SIAM Summer School, Austria, Aug 2014

Jan 7, 2014. The fifth Gene Golub SIAM Summer School (G2S3) Simulation, Optimization, and Identification in Solid Mechanics will take place August 4-15, 2014 in the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM), located at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. It is intended for up to 40 qualified graduate students in mathematics and related areas.

Focus of the Summer School will be the topics - Identification of material parameters - Material- and topology optimization - Optimization subject to variational inequalities - Adaptive discretization

Further information is available on the website

Deadline for the Application: February 1, 2014

Applicants selected to participate pay no registration. Funding for local accommodations and meal expenses will be available for all participants. Limited travel funds are also available.

Numerical Methods for Optimal Control and Inverse Problems OCIP2014, Germany, Mar 2014

Jan 7, 2014. Numerical Methods for Optimal Control and Inverse Problems (OCIP2014), 2014, March 03 - 05

This workshop is organized by Dominik Meidner, Michael Ulbrich, Barbara Wohlmuth and Boris Vexler with support by the international research training group IGDK 1754, see

The workshop will take place at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The former workshops in this series (OCIP2011-2013) were with about 70 participants very successful.

The registration for the workshop via the webpage is already open. The deadline of the abstract submission is January 15, 2014.

Advanced COmputational Methods in ENgineering ACOMEN, Belgium, Jun 2014

Jan 7, 2014. The International Conference on Advanced COmputational Methods in ENgineering ACOMEN 2014, held in Ghent, Belgium in June 23-28, 2014, is the 6th event in a successful series of interdisciplinary international conferences devoted to applied mathematics and numerical methods in computational sciences and engineering.

The main topics of the ACOMEN 2014 conference include but are not limited to: applied mathematics, numerical analysis and computational mathematics, financial mathematics, optimization and optimal control, inverse problems, computational finance, computational electromagnetism, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and porous media flow, high-scale and parallel computing, software for scientific computations.

The aim of the conference is to bring together a diverse community of mathematicians, engineers and physicists involved in applied sciences, mathematics and developing advanced computational methods. More information can be found on the conference website:

May 1, 2013 - Registration is open
January 1, 2014 - Early bird fee ends
March 1, 2014 - Deadline submission extended abstracts
April 4, 2014 - Notification of acceptance
June 1, 2014 - Deadline registration (with podium, poster)
June 10, 2014 - Deadline registration (without podium)

Uncertainty in Computer Models 2014 - UCM 2014

Jan 6, 2014. In almost every field of science and technology, models are widely used to represent and predict the behaviour of complex real-world systems. These models, built in mathematics and implemented in computer programs, try to simulate reality using all the best current scientific knowledge. We call such models “computer models.” As computer models become more pervasive, and more important for making policy or decisions, there is a growing demand to know how accurate their predictions are. “Uncertainty in Computer Models 2014” will bring together international researchers who are trying to address this question and related problems.

The conference focuses on statistical methods to quantify and analyse the uncertainties in the predictions of computer models. Uncertainty in the model outputs as predictions of reality is induced partly by uncertainty concerning the appropriate values to use for the inputs or parameters in the model, and partly by the fact that all such models are inherently imperfect. We call the first of the sources of uncertainty “parameter uncertainty” and the second “model discrepancy.” Model discrepancy arises from incompleteness and imperfections in the science, as well as from inaccuracies in the computer implementation. Uncertainty in Computer Models 2014 will address all aspects of model uncertainty, both theoretical and practical.

This conference is an initiative of the MUCM (Managing Uncertainty in Complex Models - project. Research in MUCM is concerned with all aspects of uncertainty in computer models, including the propagation of parameter uncertainty, model discrepancy, validation, sensitivity analysis and the calibration of models. Uncertainty in computer models is an emerging and highly topical field of statistical research, with many challenges and an enormous range of applications.

This is the third conference to be organised as a result of the Managing Uncertainty in Complex Models (MUCM) project, being organised through the MUCM Community Steering Group, and follows on from UCM2010 and UCM2012.

Registration will open on16th December 2013. Abstract submissions are invited for contributed talks and poster presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is*14th March 2014*. For further information, registration and abstract submission details, please visit our website:

Three Young Researcher Travel Awards

Jan 6, 2014. Three Young Scientist Travel Awards for reimbursement of travel expenses up to 500 Euros will be available to students and early career scientists. Selection criteria are the interest of a submitted abstract for a poster presentation, candidate profile and references letter. Interested candidates should send an e-mail to including an abstract, a curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation by their supervisor in one single pdf-file before 15 January 2014.

Grad Student and Post-doc Summer Course: Assimilating long-term data into ecosystem models

Jan 4, 2014. Estimating the impact of global change on terrestrial ecosystems requires integrating long-term data into ecosystem models. The PaleoEcological Observatory Network (PalEON) team offers this hands-on course to 20 graduate students and researchers for training to collect and integrate paleoecological data into modern ecosystem models using Bayesian data assimilation techniques. Participants with statistical backgrounds will gain expertise in applying Bayesian methods in real scientific contexts and interact with experts in scientific areas including paleoecology, ecosystem modeling, and climate change. Course will be held at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center in Land O’Lakes, WI, USA, August 17-23, 2014. Course fees, room, & board funded through an NSF grant, but participants must provide travel to Chicago, IL, or Madison, WI. See for more details. Email Chris Paciorek ( with questions or Jody Peters ( for application information. Application deadline is February 15, 2014.

Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data

Jan 4, 2014. We would like to draw your attention to the following course on brain imaging: Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data.

In this course we will explore the intersection of statistics and functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which is a non-invasive technique for studying brain activity. We will discuss the analysis of fMRI data, from its acquisition to its use in locating brain activity, making inference about brain connectivity and predictions about psychological or disease states. A standard fMRI study gives rise to massive amounts of noisy data with a complicated spatio-temporal correlation structure. Statistics plays a crucial role in understanding the nature of the data and obtaining relevant results that can be used and interpreted by neuroscientists.

For more information see:

Special Issue: Recent Theory and Applications on Inverse Problems 2014

Jan 4, 2014. The aim of this special issue is to present recent developments in both theoretical and practical areas for the solution of inverse problems which appear in physical and engineering applications. The scope of the issue not only covers a broad range of new studies but also includes attractive review articles on recent investigations.

Finding causes from the knowledge of their effects which actually constitutes the idea of solving inverse problems is necessary for the identifications of important practical applications such as mine detection, medical imaging, nondestructive testing, and geophysical explorations. Therefore, related new results are always of interest in industry and scientific communities. In this issue, we provide an opportunity for the investigators to meet all their readers in a short time with an advantage of an open access journal.

The main focus of this issue will be on theoretical and numerical approaches which were introduced especially in recent decades related to the stable and rigorous solutions of inverse and ill-posed problems. Moreover, the special issue welcomes experimental contributions supported with theoretical and/or simulation results. According to the fast progress of related areas, potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Inversions in fundamental and applied sciences
Regularization theory
Computational methods for inverse problems
Imaging techniques
Data analysis
Data assimilation
Biomedical applications
Nondestructive testing
Inverse problems in seismology
Inverse problems in underwater acoustics
Remote sensing
Parameter estimation problem
Inverse design
Integrated theoretical and experimental studies
  • Manuscript Due Friday, 14 March 2014
  • First Round of Reviews Friday, 6 June 2014
  • Publication Date Friday, 1 August 2014

More Infos at Open Access is a great mode of publication, but it involves significant processing charges, here $1200 for each article, which needs to be raised by the author after acceptance of the manuscript.

Neuroscience: A head start for brain imaging

Jan 4, 2014. Neuroscience: A head start for brain imaging by Virginia Gewin Nature503,153-155(2013)doi:10.1038/nj7474-153a, Published online 06 November 2013 This article was originally published in the journal Nature. With several big data projects under way, there is growing demand for neuroimaging expertise.

Days of Diffraction 2014

Jan 4, 2014. Dear Colleague, We cordially invite you to participate in the international conference DAYS on DIFFRACTION 2014 which will take place in St.Petersburg, Russia on 26–30 May, 2014. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 7, 2014. For more information please visit our web site

With kind regards, Organizing Committee Days on Diffraction 2014

Sparse Regularisation for Inverse Problems

Jan 4, 2014. The organisers of the 2011 programme on Inverse Problems would like to bring your attention to a forthcoming workshop that is due to take place: LMS meeting on “Sparse Regularisation for Inverse Problems” (INV Follow-up Meeting) Workshop is due to take place on 7 February 2014 at the Isaac Newton Institute. Application deadline is 20 January 2014. Further details on this workshop can be found on the Institute’s website by following the link below: If you know of anyone who may be interested in applying, please can I kindly ask that you forward this email onto them?

Kind Regards

Almarie Ehlers
Programme and Visitor Officer
Isaac Newton Institute
20 Clarkson Road
Tel: + 44 1223 760992
Fax: + 44 1223 330508

Optimization and Inverse Problems in Electromag, The Netherlands, Sep 2014

Jan 3, 2014. We would like to announce that the 2014 edition of the International Workshop on 'Optimization and Inverse Problems in Electromagnetism' (OIPE) series will be held in the historical city of Delft, The Netherlands, on September 10th-12th, 2014.

The aim of this workshop is to inform and to exchange ideas on recent developments in optimization and inverse problems in computational electromagnetic fields. Emphasis lies on design and optimization of electromagnetic devices such as machines, transformers, actuators and measurement equipment used in various applications. The workshop offers a forum for engineers, mathematicians and physicists to meet and to discuss theoretical aspects, methodologies and industrial research activities in electromagnetism.

Plenary speakers are Ruth Sabriego (KU Leuven) and Mathias Stolpe (DTU).

Contributions in the form of talks or posters are very welcome with the deadline of May, 30th 2014.

For further details, in particular on the registration process and abstract submission, we would like to refer to the webpage:

19th International Conference Mathematical Modelling and Analysis (MMA2014)

Jan 2, 2014. Please note the “19th International Conference Mathematical Modelling and Analysis” (MMA2014), May 26–29 2014, Druskininkai, Lithuania

Basic Topics: Analysis of numerical methods for solving problems of mathematical physics; Application of numerical methods to industrial and engineering problems; Inverse and Ill-Posed Problems; Analysis and applications of ODE and PDE problems; Parallel algorithms and parallel computing; Scientific computation; Financial mathematics and mathematics in economics.

Authors are requested to send an abstract (1 page) before March 20, 2014 by e-mail:

The selected papers of the MMA2014 Conference will be published in Vol.20 of “Mathematical Modelling and Analysis” (The Baltic Journal on Mathematical Applications, Numerical Analysis and Differential Equations),

Registration and abstract submission: March 15, 2014. Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2014.

Email: Web:

The Mathematical Competitive Game 2013-2014

Jan 1, 2014. Dear Colleagues, The Mathematical Competitive Game 2013-2014, organized jointly by the French Federation of Mathematical Games and Societe de Calcul Mathematique SA, is now open.

It is endowed with 2,000 Euros of prizes. The topic for this year is: Checking an Industrial Process.

Please see: for a complete description of the game. Answers should be sent no later than April 30th, 2014. Please inform your students and colleagues. Thank you for your interest

Prof. Bernard Beauzamy
Chairman and CEO,
Societe de Calcul Mathematique SA
111 Faubourg St Honoré
75008 Paris - France
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