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ILAS-Net Archive 2020

2020 March 14                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2285
SUBJECT: ILAS 2020 conference cancelled (or postponed)

It is with sadness that I have to announce that the 23rd ILAS Conference 
scheduled to be held at NUI Galway 22-26 June 2020 has been cancelled. The local 
organizers together with the ILAS Board reached the conclusion that we could not 
hold on making a decision any longer, and given the pattern of the Covid-19 
pandemic, and the measures being taken by NUI, it would be very unlikely that we 
will be able to hold the meeting in June.

We will try to reschedule an ILAS Conference for NUI Galway for a future date, 
and "you will be the first to know."

Everyone who registered will be contacted by NUI and receive a refund (though 
this may take some time). If you made your  own hotel arrangements, please cancel 
your reservation directly with the hotel. Most airlines are waiving cancellation 
fees, so hopefully not many people will be hit financially for this cancellation.

Some details will be posted on the conference website, when available. 

We were all very much looking forward to the conference, and it is so unfortunate 
that we need to cancel it at this time.

Let me publicly thank Rachel Quinlan and Helena Smigoc who co-chaired the 
organization of this conference, and all members of the local organizing, and the 
scientific committees for their hard work. We are all disappointed, but I know 
they are especially so. They should know that the whole ILAS community 
appreciates their efforts. We shall have the chance to thank them in person when 
we can reschedule.

2020 March 13                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2284
SUBJECT:  Message from the new President of ILAS

I want to thank the ILAS membership for the trust you have put in me to usher the 
Society through the next three years. I have very big shoes to fill, following 
the tenure of Peter Semrl, and earlier Steve Kirkland, Danni Heshkowitz, Richard 
Brualdi, and Hans Schneider. The Society is in good health thanks to them, and 
all the officers who work hard to promote and advance Linear Algebra.

Since March 1st (and even before then), I have been working with Peter Semrl 
towards a smooth transition, and with the other members of the Executive Board 
(Hugo Woerdeman, Leslie Hogben, Steve Kirkland). I am setting up the appointed 
committees, and you will be able to read about their constitution in the 
forthcoming report of the President and the Vice-President.

Please do write to me, or to any of the officers, with ideas, issues, suggestions 
(or complaints). I want to continue to serve you, the members. Thank you again 
for this honor, and this opportunity.

2020 March 08                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2283
SUBJECT:  2020 Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling (IMSM) Workshop 

The 26th Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling (IMSM) Workshop for 
Graduate Students will take place at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, 
NC, between July 12-22, 2020.  The workshop is sponsored by the Statistical and 
Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) along with the Center for 
Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC), and the Dept. of Mathematics at North 
Carolina State University.

The IMSM workshop exposes graduate students in mathematics, statistics and 
engineering to exciting real-world problems from industry and government. The 
workshop provides  students with experience in a research team environment and 
exposure to possible career opportunities.

Local expenses and travel support will be covered for graduate students at US 
institutions that are admitted to the workshop

The official application deadline is April 2, 2020, but full consideration will 
be given to all applications received prior to April 15, 2020.

Further Information is available at: and questions 
can be directed to 

With best regards,
Mansoor Haider (Chair), Ilse Ipsen, Pierre Gremaud, and Ralph Smith

2020 February 29                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2282
SUBJECT:  Message from the Outgoing ILAS President 

Today is the last day of my second term as ILAS President. It has been a great 
honour to serve our society. The best realisation I've had over these past six 
years was that there are so many members willing to dedicate their time and 
energy to ILAS. It is people like this that make the society successful. At the 
end of my term I would like to thank all of them for their hard work. It was a 
pleasure to be a part of this group of dedicated people.

Our discipline, linear algebra, is doing very well, at least in part due to the 
activities of ILAS. From tomorrow on the society will have a new President 
Daniel Szyld. I am confident that both, linear algebra and our society, will 
continue to flourish under his leadership.

2020 February 28                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2281
SUBJECT:  Article about Olga Taussky-Todd

There is a nice piece on the life of Olga Taussky-Todd in the March issue
of the AMS Notices, which can be found in this link:


Daniel B Szyld

2020 February 28                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2280
SUBJECT: ILAS 2020 in Galway - registration and abstract submission now open

Dear ILAS Community,

The 23rd ILAS Conference will take place in Galway, Ireland, June 22-26 2020.

Registration ( and abstract submission 
( are now open at
where you can also find information about the conference programme and about 
travel and accommodation options.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Galway in June.

With best wishes,
Rachel, Helena and Niall.

Rachel Quinlan, Helena Smigoc and Niall Madden
on behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committees

2020 February 22                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2279
SUBJECT: Second announcement of ALAMA2020-ALN2gg

Dear colleagues,

This is the second announcement of the *ALAMA2020-ALN2gg* Meeting that will 
be held at Universidad de Alcalá (Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain) *from 
3rd to 5th June 2020.*

The important dates are:

*1.-   Abstracts submission and acceptance:*     ?   Abstract's submission:
from 01 December 2019 until 01 March 2020 (included).  Extended until 15
March 2020 (included)!
     ?   Acceptance date: until 23 March 2020

*2.-  Early bird registration:*     ?   Until 12 April 2020

*3.-  Last day for registration:*     ?   Until 31 May 2020

In the web page you can find all the information related 
to the Meeting.

We are pleased to inform you that the journal Linear and Multilinear Algebra 
( will publish a special 
issue of original articles presented at the Meeting. This special number is 
subject to the standard peer review process of the journal.

This edition is celebrated in the honour of *Ion Zaballa*, professor at 
Universidad del País Vasco, and of *Dario A. Bini*, professor at Università 
di Pisa.

We hope the Meeting will be of your interest.

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee.

2020 February 04                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2278
SUBJECT: Workshop on Spectral Graph Theory 2020

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Workshop on Spectral Graph Theory 2020. 
On this occasion, we will celebrate the 70th birthday of Professor Nair Abreu. 
The workshop will be held in Niterói, RJ, Brazil, September 23-25, 2020.

The abstract submission deadline is May, 31st.

For more information, please visit the website: 

With our best regards,
Organizing Committee

2020 January 20                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2277
SUBJECT: ILAS Election Results

The ballots for this year's ILAS elections have now been counted, with the 
following results:

Daniel Szyld has been elected to the position of President for a three-year 
term, beginning on March 1, 2020;


Sebastian Cioaba and Dragana Cvetkovic-Ilic have been elected to three-year 
terms as members of the ILAS Board, beginning on March 1, 2020.

On behalf of ILAS, I take this opportunity to thank the members of the 
Nominating Committee - Richard Brualdi (chair), Nair Abreu, Ravi Bapat, Steve 
Kirkland, Naomi Shaked-Monderer - for their efforts on behalf of ILAS, and also 
to thank all of the nominees for their participation in the election.

Peter Semrl
ILAS President

2020 January 13                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2276
SUBJECT: ILAS Lectures at Non-ILAS Conferences and a General Support of Non-ILAS Conferences

As part of ILAS's commitment to supporting activities in Linear Algebra, the 
Society maintains a program of providing some support to non-ILAS 
conferences. This support may take one of two forms (a conference may apply 
for only one of these two forms). 

ILAS Lectureships at non-ILAS conferences. It is expected that ILAS lecturers 
will be of the stature of plenary speakers at ILAS conferences, and may be 
supported by up to US$1000 for expenses, or in the case of a Hans Schneider 
Lecturer, US$1500. Reimbursement guidelines may be obtained from the 
Secretary/Treasurer Leslie Hogben.
General support of conferences of up to $750.  Such support could be used for 
support of student expenses, expenses for participants from developing 
countries, or plenary speakers. Refreshment costs are not eligible. You are 
welcome to consult the President Peter Semrl about what you may propose.
This is a reminder that there is a deadline of 30 September 2020 for receipt 
of proposals for sponsorship  of ILAS Lectures at non-ILAS meetings and for 
general support of conferences taking place in 2021. Please note that we will 
not be able to consider applications submitted after the deadline as it is 
important to rank all applications in one go. Each proposal is automatically 
assumed to be also a request for the ILAS endorsement of the conference.
Further details on the guidelines for proposals can be found at the following 

2020 January 12                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2275
SUBJECT: New ELA url and management system

Dear ILAS Community,

We are writing to inform you that ELA will be moving to a new location and a 
new management system on January 10, 2020.

Previously, ELA had been hosted by BePress through an arrangement with the 
University of Wyoming. BePress was a non-profit based out of UC Berkeley and 
one of the first champions of open journals.  Recently, BePress was acquired by 
Elsevier.  The University of Wyoming was faced with a decision on whether or 
not to stay with BePress but under a new financial arrangement. They elected to 
join a consortium of universities in the Rocky Mountains and select the Open 
Journal Systems  (OJS) as its platform for on-line journals.  OJS is part of 
the Public Knowledge Project ( which is "an initiative 
developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the 
quality and reach of scholarly publishing."  PKP was started in 1998 at the 
University of British Columbia.  Over 10,000 journals use the OJS system.

The new website for ELA is located at 
Please take a look at it. If you see anything that needs to be changed please 
email with the subject: ELA website suggestion.

For those of you who currently have an article that is being considered for 
submission to the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. This platform, like the 
previous platform, is hosted by the University of Wyoming Libraries. Your 
article has been uploaded into the new platform and an account has been created 
for you.  You will soon receive an email to the email associated with your 
submission with your new log-in name and temporary password.  Additionally, you 
will receive some emails as the submission is moved to the correct status in 
the management system.

For more information about how to access reviews and resubmit edits on the new 
platform, please follow this link: 

The move will necessitate some changes in how you interface with ELA.

*   If you don't have a paper in the review process, the next time you submit a 
paper, you need to create an account on the management system. You will have 
the option providing your ORCID; we strongly encourage this.
*   All submissions and revisions will be done through the portal at  Acknowledgements and updates on 
submissions will be sent from noreply@journals.uwyo.
*   You will be able to track the status of your papers by logging into the 
management system; and referee reports and decision letters will be posted 
there.  Whenever an action is taken on a paper, an e-mail will also be sent.
*   After acceptance of a paper, you will be asked to provide source files of 
the paper. This,  as well as the final approval of page proofs, will be done 
through the portal.

For more information about how to access reviews and re-submit on the new 
platform, please follow this link: 

If you have any questions about the new platform or your account, please contact:

Froilan Dopico (
Michael Tsatsomeros (
Bryan Shader (

2020 January 09                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2274
SUBJECT: 7th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization

7th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization
24-26 June 2020, Birmingham 

The IMA is pleased to announce the Seventh Biennial IMA Conference on 
Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization.

The success of modern codes for large-scale optimization is heavily dependent 
on the use of effective tools of numerical linear algebra. On the other hand, 
many problems in numerical linear algebra lead to linear, nonlinear or 
semidefinite optimization problems. The purpose of the conference is to bring 
together researchers from both communities and to find and communicate points 
and topics of common interest. This Conference has been organised in 
cooperation with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Conference topics include any subject that could be of interest to both 
communities, such as:

  *   Direct and iterative methods for large sparse linear systems.
  *   Eigenvalue computation and optimization.
  *   Large-scale nonlinear and semidefinite programming.
  *   Effect of round-off errors, stopping criteria, embedded iterative 
  *   Optimization issues for matrix polynomials
  *   Fast matrix computations.
  *   Compressed/sparse sensing
  *   PDE-constrained optimization
  *   Distributed computing and optimization
  *   Applications and real time optimization
Invited speakers

Pierre-Antoine Absil (University of Louvain)
Frank E. Curtis (Lehigh University)
Moritz Diehl (University of Freiburg)
Zlatko Drmac (University of Zagreb)
Gabriele Eichfelder (Technical University of Ilmenau)
Melina Freitag (University of Bath)
David Silvester (University of Manchester)


Registration is currently open at 

If you are an IMA Member or you have previously registered for an IMA 
conference, then you are already on our database. Please "request a new 
password" using the email address previously used, to log in.

Call for Papers

Mini-symposium proposals and contributed talks are invited on all aspects of 
numerical linear algebra and optimization. Mini-symposium proposals should be 
submitted to by 31 January 2020. A mini-symposium 
consists of up to four speakers. For emerging topics the mini-symposium can 
be extended to at most two sessions on a single topic (maximum eight speakers).

Organisers will be advised of acceptance by 14 February 2020. Contributed 
talks and mini-symposia talks will be accepted on the basis of a one page 
extended abstract which should be submitted by 28 February 2020 online at or by e-mail to Authors will 
be advised of acceptance by 31 March 2020. A book of abstracts will be made 
available to delegates at the conference.

Key deadlines

Mini-symposia proposals: 31 January 2020
Notification of acceptance of mini-symposia: 14 February 2020
Abstract submission: 28 February 2020
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 31 March 2020
Conference: 24-26 June 2020
Early Bird Conference Fees
IMA/SIAM Member - £395.00
Non IMA/SIAM Member - £450.00
IMA/SIAM Student - £215.00
Non IMA/SIAM Student - £225.00
Conference Fees will increase by £20 on 22 May 2020


If you would like accommodation on the 23, 24th or 25 June 2020 you can 
secure a rate of £90 per night (Single Occupancy) at Edgbaston Park Hotel on 
a first come first serve basis up to 45 days prior to the event.

Please arrange your accommodation directly with the hotel. If you wish to 
stay at the Edgbaston Park Hotel please contact the conferences department 
for a code to access the set rate of £90 per night.

Contact information

For general conference queries please contact the Conferences Department, 
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 
Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.
E-mail:   +44 (0) 1702 354 020(0) 1702 354 020