New directions in applied linear algebra, numerical methods for PDEs, and applications


John Pearson, University of Edinburgh

9 - 11 April 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

The accurate numerical solution of partial differential equations and optimization problems, including through the use of linear algebra techniques for solving the resulting matrix systems, presents vast challenges for researchers in applied mathematics and engineering. In this workshop, we consider the fast and efficient discretization and solution of PDEs arising from a wide variety of scientific applications, including optimization problems where PDEs act as constraints.

This workshop will consist of presentations from a number of leading researchers, aimed to encourage an exchange of ideas to further advance the state of the art in the numerical solution of PDEs, applied linear algebra, and computational optimization.

Invited speakers:
Luca Bergamaschi, University of Padua
Dr Silvia Gazzola, University of Bath
Dr Ben Goddard, University of Edinburgh
Jacek Gondzio, University of Edinburgh
Dr Stefan Güttel, University of Manchester
Elias Jarlebring, KTH
Ben Leimkuhler,  University of Edinburgh
Robert Luce, École Polytechnique Fedérale de Lausanne
Dr John Pearson, University of Edinburgh
Dr Margherita Porcelli, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Dr Tyrone Rees, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Dr Carola Schönlieb, University of Cambridge
Prof Jennifer Scott, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory & University of Reading
Prof Zdenek Strakos, Charles University in Prague
Andy Wathen, University of Oxford
Prof Walter Zulehner, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Kostas Zygalakis, University of Edinburgh



If you would like to participate in this workshop please follow this link to register. It is expected that the workshop will start at lunchtime on Monday 9 April and finish at around 17.00 on Wednesday 11 April. Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day. Participants – other than invited speakers – are expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation in Edinburgh.


All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre. The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera. In addition, there are two blackboards. The projector and one board may be used simultaneously. We advise speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks. ICMS staff can help with this. It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment). If you use a Mac we expect you to bring your own adaptor.


If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visa Site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey. There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100. This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the workshop venue. Lothian Buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given. If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre. Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre. For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.