This project supports the participation of U.S.-based early career scientists and Ph.D. students at the Householder Symposium XVIII on Numerical Linear Algebra, June 12-17, 2011, at the Granlibakken Conference Center in Tahoe City, California. The Symposium is very informal, with the intermingling of early career and established researchers a high priority. Participants are expected to attend the entire meeting. The Householder Prize for the best thesis in numerical linear algebra since January 1, 2008 is awarded at the meeting. Numerical linear algebra plays a central role in scientific computing. For the 2011 Symposium the Householder Program Committee aims for a healthy balance of theoretical, computational and applied presentations. There is an emphasis on broad relevance, in contrast to results that are of interest only in a narrow subfield. Since abstract submission is only 6 months in advance of the meeting date, the Symposium always features hot research topics and emerging areas. The organizers anticipate a large number of submissions on the following topics: Nonlinear eigenvalue problems, tensor algorithms and analysis, domain decomposition and multilevel methods, Krylov space methods for linear systems and eigenvalue problems, algorithms for structured matrices, computation of matrix functions, randomized algorithms, as well as application to optimization, differential equations, signal and image processing, control, electronic structure calculations, data analysis, information retrieval, bioinformatics, and structural, mechanical and aerospace engineering.
The support of this project ensures the attendance at the meeting of well qualified applied mathematics U.S. Ph.D. students from U.S. institutions, as well as early U.S. career scientists who received their Ph.D.'s after January 1, 2008. Support of this group will have a positive impact on the continued strong competitiveness of the U.S. in this crucial discipline, with its connections to a large number of scientific computing topics. Individual benefits for early career researchers who have attended a Householder Symposium include: career advice from established researchers, enhanced visibility in the community, ideas for REU programs, and several NSF funded research projects that arose directly from collaborations established or advice received at the Householder Symposium. Funding for participants takes into consideration the participant diversity at the meeting.
The NSF funding made it possible for thirteen students and early-career researchers from US institutions to participate in the Householder Symposium VIII on Numerical Linear Algebra, in Lake Tahoe, 12-17 June 2011. The Householder Symposia, which now take place every three years, originated in 1961. They were first organized by Alston Householder, Director of the Mathematics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Ford Professor at the University of Tennessee. The Symposia distinguish themselves from other scientific meetings in two aspects: First, they continue a strong tradition of fostering interaction between established and junior-career researchers. Second, they take place at a remote location to establish an undisturbed and intense working atmosphere that is shielded from distracting outside disturbances. The 2011 Householder Symposium was the largest ever, with 166 participants from 19 different countries, including 74 from the US. Allocation of the NSF funds to junior-career researchers was based on scientific merit, financial need, and diversity, with an emphasis on participation by members of underrepresented groups. In terms of intellectual merit, the Householder Symposia are recognized as the cutting-edge meeting series in the area of Numerical Linear Algebra. Numerical Linear Algebra plays a central, indispensable role in scientific computing. It advances the design and development of reliable, efficient computational methods and software for a wide range of areas: signal and image processing, electronic structure calculations, data analysis, information retrieval, bioinformatics, and structural, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and many more. In terms of broader impact, support of junior-career researchers will strengthen the competitiveness of the US in this crucial discipline, with its myriad connections to all science and engineering disciplines. Individual benefits for early-career researchers include: career advice from established researchers, enhanced visibility in the community, ideas for undergraduate research projects, and NSF funded research projects that can arise directly from collaborations established or advice received at the Householder Symposium.