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2017 June 16                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2162
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
SUBJECT: ILAS 2017 Deadlines

This email contains information about deadlines for registration, banquet, and excursion.  Additional information can be found on the conference website https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/

Registration
Please note that all reduced rates, including student, postdoc, developing country, and ILAS member/Fields/IMA will end June 30.  All registrations after that date will be at the general rate of $300.   
All speakers and poster presenters are required to register. If you have not already registered for ILAS 2017 and wish to attend, you can register by going to the page
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/registration/
If you are not currently an ILAS member and want to use the member rate you should pay for your membership as part of the registration process. 

Banquet, and excursion
Tickets for the conference banquet and the excursion must be purchased by July 6 (and may run out before then).  They were supposed to be purchased during the registration process.  If you already registered and would like to add one or more of these items, please contact registrations@iastate.edu to update your registration  and make payment arrangements.  Note: 
* The banquet will be held Thursday July 27 at the ISU Memorial Union very close to the conference site.  The cost is $40.
* Information on the excursion may be found at
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/local/
(the first item Living History Farms).  The cost is $50.

Leslie Hogben, Chair, ILAS 2017 Organizing Committees



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2017 June 16                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2161
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Hugo Woerdenan
SUBJECT: 2017 ILAS Business Meeting


You are hereby invited to attend the

2017 ILAS BUSINESS MEETING

Wednesday July 26, 2017, 16:45-18:15,
Room 305, Carver Hall,
Iowa State University,
Ames, IA 50011,
USA.


Agenda:

A. Reading of Notice of Meeting.
B. Reading of the Minutes of Previous Meeting.
C. Report of President and Vice President.
D. Report of Secretary/Treasurer.
E. Reports of Committees.
    i)   Education Committee (David Strong)
    ii)  Institutional Membership Committee (Steve Butler)
    iii) Journal Committee (Rajendra Bhatia)
    iv)  Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (Bryan Shader/Michael Tsatsomeros)
    v)   IMAGE (Kevin Vander Meulen)
F. Transaction of Other Business.
    i)  Future ILAS meetings
    ii) Any other business
G. Adjournment.


Below are the minutes of the 2016 Business Meeting

_______________________________________________________


Minutes of the ILAS Business meeting held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in the Raadzaal, Building SW, Campus Sociale Wetenschappen, KU Leuven, Belgium.

President Semrl called the meeting to order at 12:45 p.m. About 50 ILAS members were in attendance.

A. Reading of notice of meeting.

President Semrl indicated that the notice of the meeting was recently posted on ILAS-net, and suggested to move the report of the Journal Committee after the report of the Institutional Membership Committee, so that the ELA and IMAGE report would follow directly after the Journal Committee report.  Members present had no objection and the meeting proceeded.

B. Reading of the minutes from the previous meeting.

Minutes of the previous Business Meeting on August 7, 2014 at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, were previously circulated on ILAS-net. A mistake, observed before the meeting by Michael Overton, was noted in section F(i): "2018 and 2019", should be "2019 and 2020". No other edits were suggested, and the minutes were approved.  President Semrl took the opportunity to encourage members to start thinking about possible ILAS Conference locations for 2022 and 2023, as for these years no conference proposals are in sight yet.

C. Report of President and Vice-President

Since 2014 ILAS Business Meeting in Seoul we had two regular elections, the first one in the fall of 2014 and the second one in the fall of 2015. Beatrice Meini and Henry Wolkowicz were elected to the Board of Directors in the first elections, and Ravindra Bapat and Helena Smigoc in the second one, all of them for a three year term. In the first elections Leslie Hogben was elected to be ILAS Secretary/Treasurer for a three year term beginning on March 1, 2015. Due to unforeseen family medical issues, Bryan Shader, who has been reelected for another three year term, resigned from his post as ILAS Vice-President on January 1, 2016. In the special elections in the spring of 2016, Hugo Woerdeman was elected to be ILAS Vice-President for a term May 1, 2016 - February 28, 2019. Thanks were expressed to all Nominating committees - Shaun Fallat (chair), Dario Bini, Marko Huhtanen, Rachel Quinlan, Xingzhi Zhan; Rachel Quinlan (chair), Pauline van den Driessche, Raf Vandebril, David Watkins, Hugo Woerdeman; and Pauline van den Driessche (chair), Harm Bart, Chi-Kwong Li, Francoise Tisseur, and Eugene Tyrtyshnikov. Peter Semrl expressed his thanks to outgoing Board members Dale Olesky, Eugene Tyrthisnikov, Avi Berman, and Volker Merhmann, and Vice-President Bryan Shader.

Based on recommendation of the ILAS Program Review Committee, the ILAS Board appointed Steve Kirkland as Second Vice President (for ILAS conferences) with term from January 1, 2015 to February 28, 2017. He serves as a connection between organizers of ILAS Conferences and the ILAS Executive Committee.

A September 30, 2016 deadline for requests for support to non-ILAS conferences was announced. Effective with proposals submitted in 2016 for conferences taking place in 2017, this support may take one of two forms (a conference may apply for only one of these two forms).
(1)	ILAS Lectureships at non-ILAS conferences. It is now 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 .
(2)	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.  This is a new program and you are welcome to consult the President  Peter Semrl  about what you may propose.
As this is a competitive process it is important to adhere to the deadlines.

Rajendra Bhatia and Paul Van Dooren are 2016 Hans Schneider prize recipients for lifetime contributions to linear algebra. Paul Van Dooren will be awarded the prize at the ILAS Conference in Leuven in 2016, and Rajendra Bhatia will be awarded the prize at the ILAS Conference in Ames in 2017. The Hans Schneider Prize Committee consisted of Richard Brualdi (chair), Shmuel Friedland, Ilse Ipsen, Thomas Laffey, Xingzhi Zhan, and Peter Semrl (ex-officio member).

Miklos Palfia has been selected to be the Taussky-Todd Lecturer at the ILAS Conference in Ames in 2017. The Taussky-Todd Lecturer Selection Committee consisted of Rajendra Bhatia, Shaun Fallat, Paul Van Dooren, and  Peter Semrl (ex-officio member).

President Semrl informed members about following change of by-laws, approved by the ILAS Board on July 12, 2016:

1.	Article 10 (3):
Previous version:
Elections for the Board of Directors (including the Executive Officers) shall be held between September 1 and December 31 for terms beginning March 1 of the following year.

New version
"Elections for the Board of Directors (including the Executive Officers) shall be held within the period November 1 of the given year and February 20 of the following year for terms beginning March 1 of the following year, and voting shall last a minimum of 30 days."

2.	Article 3 (1):
Previous version:
Section 1. Annual Meeting. A meeting of Members shall be held no later than one (1) year after the last annual meeting of Members. However, failure to hold an annual meeting timely shall in no way affect the terms of Officers or Directors of the Society or the validity of actions of the Society.

New Version:
Section 1. Annual Meeting. A meeting of Members shall be held at every ILAS Conference and at least once within every two (2) year period. However, failure to hold an annual meeting timely shall in no way affect the terms of Officers or Directors of the Society or the validity of actions of the Society.


D. Report of Secretary/Treasurer.

Treasurer Hogben presented the Treasurer's Report, which was published in IMAGE 56, and a financial summary that indicates that ILAS is in very good financial state with a current balance of ~180K. A newly introduced option to pay a one time fee for lifetime membership had generated funds that would not be expected to the same extent in the future. Members had no comments, and the meeting moved on.


E. Reports of Committees.

ii.   Education Committee

David Strong reported for the Education committee, which is composed of Avi Berman, Sang-Gu Lee, Steve Leon and David Strong (chair).

For each biannual issue of IMAGE, we have solicited and included an article related to the teaching of Linear Algebra.  Since our last ILAS meetings in 2014, there have been four articles that have been included. 
In those four articles:
.	Gil Strang (MIT) gives four different explanations and descriptions of why row rank is equal to column rank.
.	Jeremy Case (Taylor University) discusses how he uses journal articles that are useful in teaching Linear Algebra and shares several of his favorite articles that he uses in his own teaching.
.	David Strong (Pepperdine University) writes about the plethora of online resources and tools for teaching and doing linear algebra, and the ongoing efforts by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to locate and electronically gather these resources.
.	David Borland (RENCI, Univ. North Carolina), Tim Chartier (Davidson College) and Tabitha Peck (Davidson College) discuss some of the Linear Algebra ideas used by Pixar in its animation techniques.

Also since our 2014 meeting in Korea, at each of the 2015 and 2016 Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the MAA, we held two sessions on "Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach Linear Algebra."  At these sessions we enjoyed dozens of interesting and useful presentations on theoretical aspects of Linear Algebra and various interesting applications of Linear Algebra.  Many of these are available online at http://faculty.pepperdine.edu/dstrong/LinearAlgebra.

Third, the MAA is in the on-going process of collecting online resources for Linear Algebra as part of their Course Communities within the MAA website.  Two years ago, two of our Committee members, Steve Leon and David Strong, participated in a weekend meeting of a group of about ten mathematicians at the MAA headquarters in Washington DC to help put this collection together.  The collection is now online and available as part of the MAA's webpages:
http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/course-communities/browse?term_node_tid_depth=42292 

There is still a great need to better gather, organize and disseminate the many online resources available to teaching and doing linear algebra and other mathematics.

We encourage any suggestions other members of ILAS might have on furthering Linear Algebra education. Strong noted that a lot of the efforts of the Education Committee were based in the United States, and requested suggestions how to do the same in other countries.

iii. Institutional Membership Committee

The committee is composed of Steve Butler, Jason Grout, and Hugo Woerdeman (chair). Hugo Woerdeman reported for the committee.

There are currently six institutional members in addition to a special relationship that ILAS has formed with SIAM.  We offer institutional members two different levels of membership and we noted that all have joined at the higher level.  These institutional members are listed on the ILAS website and featured in IMAGE.  Some have gone further to give additional support beyond their dues.  In particular we recognize the significant support that Elsevier has made towards ILAS meetings.  We plan to continue having a working relationship with our institutional members moving forward and also look to expand to additional institutional members.  To this end we note that our current list of institutional members are all based in North America and are primarily related to support academic studies (through books, journals and/or software).  There is room to look into potential institutional members from other continents, as well as potential industrial sponsors who make extensive use of linear algebra. Douglas Farenick suggested that Mathematics Departments may be interested in a hardcopy subscription to IMAGE, an idea that will be explored. Finally, it was observed that a new chair of the committee will be appointed as the current chair has been elected to be Vice-President of ILAS.

i.  Journal Committee

Douglas Farenick reported for the Journal committee, which is comprised of Shmuel Friedland, Bryan Shader (ex-officio), Kevin Vander Meulen (ex-officio) and Ilse Ipsen (chair). He addressed the following four items:

(1)	IMAGE Editor-in-Chief, managing editor, and publishing modality: The Committee recommended to re-appoint Kevin Vander Meulen as EIC of Image for another 3-year term starting in January 2015; and also recommends to appoint a managing editor for Image. The Committee was divided on whether to abandon print copies of IMAGE and make it a completely electronic journal. Richard Brualdi asked how many people requested printed copies. This number is about 30 and declining. Treasurer Hogben interjected that those printed copies no longer affect the budget, as those who request printed copies pay an additional $20 per year. It was noted that if Mathematics Departments subscribe to IMAGE, as suggested under ii, the number may go up again.
(2)	ELA special issue: Francisco Carvalho submitted a request for an ELA special issue devoted to the MatTriad-2015 conference. However, the conference web page stated publication of a special issue with Springer. A request for clarification was left unanswered.
(3)	Plagiarism in ELA: Bryan Shader asked the ILAS Journal Committee to investigate a claim of plagiarism against the author of an ELA paper. The Committee concluded that this case did not constitute plagiarism, but merely ill-judged exposition, possibly due to author's inexperience. In response to a request for more details, Farenick reported that each member of the committee came to the same conclusion independently and that no feedback was given to the author.
(4)	Second Editor-in-Chief for ELA: The Committee reviewed and approved Bryan Shader's request to appoint Michael Tsatsomeros as a second EIC of ELA.

iv. ELA

Michael Tsatsomeros reported for ELA. He started out saying that Bryan Shader sends his regards, and expressed his regrets that he could not be present. Tsatsomeros addressed the following:

1. ELA publishes about 60 papers/year in normal issues, and about one special issue per year.

2. Due to increasing number of submissions, as well as desires to shorten time to acceptance and add new expertise, ELA added an additional E-I-C and 9 new board members.  About 50% of the papers are handled by an Associate Editor. Immediate rejections by an EIC are mostly due to the paper being out of scope.

3. ELA has broad, increasing readership.

4. ELA articles are increasingly cited, typically within 2 years of publication. ELA places in about the 30th percentile of Algebra/Number Theory journals and is consistent relative to LAA and LAMA.  Several graphs were shown comparing ELA to LAA and LAMA, which at this point perform better in the measures that were considered. The ELA board will be brainstorming how to enhance the reputation of ELA.

5. ELA operations depend greatly upon Editorial Board and community members, in particular, the Managing Editors and referees. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them.

6. ELA had 35,674 downloads from 2413 different institutions in 144 countries.

v. Report on IMAGE

Editor-in-chief, Kevin Vander Meulen, reported.

Bojan Kuzma was thanked for four-and-a-half years of excellent work as Problems Corner Editor. Bojan has had to take on additional administrative duties at his institution. Rajesh Periera was welcomed as the new Problems Corner Editor.

It was noted that ILAS website, thanks to Sarah Carnochan Naqvi, is now tracking the number of downloads of IMAGE. In a one-year period, issue 54 was downloaded over 800 times.

The rest of the editorial board was also thanked for their work: Minerva Catral, Michael Cavers, Louis Deaett, Douglas Farenick, Carlos Fonseca, David Strong, Naomi Shaked-Monderer, and Amy Wehe.


F. Transaction of other business

i) Future ILAS meetings

The 21st ILAS meeting will be held July 24-28, 2017, in Ames Iowa. Organizer Leslie Hogben gave a short pitch. "Connections" is the main theme of the conference.

The 22st ILAS meeting will be held July 21-26, 2019, in Rio de Janeiro. Organizer Nair Maria Maia de Abreu presented in some detail the proposal, which had just been approved by the board on July 12, 2016. She made the point that in Brazil there are many young students who could be encouraged to pursue Linear Algebra. President Semrl added that the organizers were experienced conference organizers, providing confidence that despite the somewhat more challenging political and public health situation in Brazil, the conference is still expected to be successful.

A proposal is in the making for 2020. After that 2022 and 2023 will need an ILAS meeting location, and those interested in pursuing this should contact ILAS 2nd President for ILAS Conferences Kirkland or a member of the ILAS Executive Committee.

ii) Other business

In light of the desire to raise the profile of Linear Algebra in the mathematical community, President Semrl encouraged members to submit proposals for Special Sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, held annually in the United States, and to pursue similar initiatives in other countries.

President Semrl noted that his first term will end next February. He added, that while presidents can serve two terms, Hans Schneider had told him that since the Linear Algebra community is growing it may be appropriate to change the existing culture and have presidents typically serve only one term. In such a scenario, to promote continuity, the outgoing president could serve one year as an additional Vice-President, if so desired. Further pursuit of this thought was left to the Nominating Committee. Michael Overton initiated a round of applause expressing gratitude to Peter Semrl, just in case a new president would take over.

G. Adjournment

President Semrl adjourned the meeting at 1:51 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by Hugo Woerdeman, Vice-President of ILAS.


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2017 June 01                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2160
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Kevin Vander Meulen
SUBJECT: IMAGE 58 Can Now Be Read Online

Issue 58 of IMAGE, the bulletin of ILAS,
can now be obtained online at
http://www.ilasic.org/IMAGE/ 

Issue 58 includes
interviews with Russ Merris and Heike
Fassbender, a couple Education articles,
a history of linear algebra in Korea,
notices of upcoming conferences,
interesting problem solutions,
new problems to try,
and more...

Enjoy!


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2017 June 01                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2159
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
SUBJECT:  ILAS 2017 Poster Session Deadline Extended


Poster session

The deadline for submitting a poster for presentation has been extended until 
June 14.  

On Monday evening July 24 there will be a poster presentation session as part 
of the reception.  To submit a poster, please send an email with "ILAS 2017 
poster" in the subject to ILAS2017@iastate.edu.  In the email state your name, 
affiliation, and poster title.  No abstract is necessary.  Posters will be 
accepted until June 14 or until the poster session is full.  


Leslie Hogben, Chair, ILAS 2017 Organizing Committees


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2017 May 09                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2158
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
SUBJECT:  ILAS 2017, Iowa State University


This message contains a lot of information on the ILAS 2017 conference.  If 
you plan to attend, please read the entire message.

Registration

If you have not already registered for ILAS 2017 and wish to attend, you can 
register by going to the page 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/registration/.  If you are not currently an 
ILAS member and want to use the member rate you should pay for your membership 
as part of the registration process.  If you have recently joined ILAS 
directly (and sent your payment), you may use the member rate to register even 
if you do not appear on the current list of ILAS members, because processing 
of ILAS memberships is slow in the late spring/summer.  All memberships 
received by July 1 will be processed before the conference and anyone who used 
the ILAS member rate who is not a member of ILAS (or at Fields or IMA) will be 
billed for the difference.

Please note that all reduced rates, including student, postdoc, developing 
country, and ILAS member/Fields/IMA will end June 30.  All registrations after 
that date will be at the general rate of $300.   

Abstracts

Abstracts of talks by speakers who have registered for ILAS 2017 are in the 
draft Book of Abstracts available at 

https://wp.las.iastate.edu/ilas-2017/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/05/ILA201
7abstracts.pdf

Please note that your abstract will not appear there until you register for 
the conference at

https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/registration/

This is a separate process from the Fields Institute online system 
registration used to submit the abstract.

Corrections to abstracts should be sent to ILAS2017@iastate.edu with "ILAS2017 
abstract correction" as the subject.  Please note: We will not correct? 
?non-mathematical errors? ?unless they were? ?caused by LaTeX issues or 
involve our processing of data from? the ?Fields Institute online system; in 
particular, we will not reword abstracts? ?nor? ?change titles? ?due to 
content changes you have made? ?since submitting the abstract. 

Program & Schedule

The summary schedule appears at
https://wp.las.iastate.edu/ilas-2017/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2014/07/ILAS20
17_Schedule.pdf
(it is linked from the program page).  The summary schedule is regularly 
updated with additional information and will soon have room numbers for 
parallel sessions.  

The draft schedule of contributed talks is linked from the program page
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/program/ 
(choose the schedule link on the Contributed Talks (Schedule) line above the 
Schedule link (which links to the summary schedule).  The session # refers to 
the parallel session # in the summary schedule.

The times for talks in mini-symposia are listed in the Program. A partial 
draft of the Program, including the time and place of all talks, will soon be 
linked to the program page
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/program/

Poster session

On Monday evening July 24 there will be a poster presentation session as part 
of the reception.  To submit a poster, please send an email with "ILAS 2017 
poster" in the subject to ILAS2017@iastate.edu.  In the email state your name, 
affiliation, and poster title.  No abstract is necessary.  Posters will be 
accepted until May 31 or until the poster session is full, whichever comes 
first.  Further information about the poster session will be e-mailed to 
presenters by mid-June.

Hotel booking

Hotels are filling fast and all participants who do not already have a booking 
are encouraged to reserve a room directly with a hotel as soon as possible.  See
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/hotels/

Box lunch, banquet, and excursion

Tickets for the Monday box lunch, the conference banquet, and the excursion 
must be purchased in advance.  They are supposed to be purchased during the 
registration process.  If you already registered and would like to add one or 
more of these items, please contact registrations@iastate.edu to update your 
registration  and make payment arrangements.  

The box lunch is provided on the first day of the conference (Monday July 24) 
for the convenience of participants.  The cost is $15.

The banquet will be held Thursday July 27 at the ISU Memorial Union very close 
to the conference site.  The cost is $40.

Information on the excursion may be found at 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/local/ 
(the first item Living History Farms).  The cost is $50.

Inquiries

All inquiries about ILAS 2017 should be directed to ILAS2017@iastate.edu 
rather than to any one individual.  During the summer many people travel 
without email access, including the ILAS2017 organizers.  The address 
ILAS2017@iastate.edu can read by several people, and on any business day at 
least one of these people is at Iowa State and will reply.


Leslie Hogben, Chair, ILAS 2017 Organizing Committees


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2017 May 08                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2157
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Peter Semrl
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 2017 for receipt of 
proposals for sponsorship  of ILAS Lectures at non-ILAS meetings and for 
general 
support of conferences taking place in 2018. 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 
link:
http://www.ilasic.org/misc/non_ilas_guidelines.html 



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2017 April 16                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2156
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
SUBJECT:  ILAS 2017 Deadlines


Early Registration

Early registration for ILAS 2017 ends April 30.  The price for every 
registration category increases by $50 on May 1.  In particular, registration 
for students is free only through April 30.  See 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/registration/.

Poster session

On Monday evening July 24 there will be a poster presentation session as part 
of the reception.  To submit a poster, please an email with "ILAS 2017 poster" 
in the title to ilas2017@iastate.edu.  In the email state your name, 
affiliation, and poster title.  No abstract is necessary.  Posters will be 
accepted until May 31 or the poster session is full, whichever comes first.  

Housing

Hotels are filling fast and all participants who do not already have a booking 
are encouraged to reserve a room as soon as possible.

We are no longer accepting applications for residence hall housing.  All 
participants who have applied for a room should have received one of the 
following replies:

1) We have booked a room for you and you are funded (so no payment is needed 
for your housing).

2) We have booked a room for you but you are not yet funded. If you are not 
funded when payment is due, we will send you payment instructions (some 
funding is not yet determined as we are still waiting to hear from some 
funding agencies).

3) We are unable to book a room for you.

If you applied for residence housing but did not receive a reply, please 
contact ilas2017@iastate.edu.  


Leslie Hogben, Chair, ILAS 2017 Organizing Committees



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2017 April 03                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2155
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Peter Semrl
SUBJECT:  SIAM 2017 Fellows

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has recently 
announced its 2017 SIAM Fellows, and among those named are (present or past) 
ILAS and/or SIAG/LA members:

Zhaojun Bai
Peter Benner
Angelika Bunse-Gerstner
Lieven De Lathauwer
Bart De Moor
Michael Kwok-Po Ng
Daniel B. Szyld

Zhaojun was recognized for contributions to numerical linear algebra, 
especially eigenvalue computation, and applications to computational science 
and engineering, Peter for contributions to numerical methods for optimal 
control and model reduction, Angelika for contributions in numerical linear 
algebra, control theory, and model reduction, Lieven for fundamental 
contributions to theory, computation, and application of tensor 
decompositions, Bart for contributions to concepts and algorithms in numerical 
multilinear algebra and applications in engineering, Michael for fundamental 
contributions to algorithms for structured linear systems and image 
processing, and Daniel for contributions to numerical algebra and matrix theory.

On behalf of ILAS, I extend congratulations to all of them for this 
well-deserved honour.



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2017 March 08                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2154
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Kevin Vander Meulen
SUBJECT:  Send News and Articles for IMAGE 58

The deadline for submission to the Spring issue of IMAGE is approaching. Items 
are due April 2, 2017.

IMAGE seeks to publish all news of interest to the linear algebra community. 
New problems for the problem section are always welcome. Also, if you hosted a 
conference, please consider submitting a conference report.

Send your items directly to the appropriate person:
- problems and solutions to Rajesh Pereira (pereirar@uoguelph.ca)
- feature articles to Michael Cavers (mcavers@ucalgary.ca)
- history of linear algebra to Naomi Shaked-Monderer (nomi@tx.technion.ac.il)
- book reviews to Douglas Farenick (Doug.Farenick@uregina.ca)
- linear algebra education news to David Strong (David.Strong@pepperdine.edu)
- announcements and reports of conferences, workshops and journals to Minerva 
Catral (catralm@xavier.edu)
- interviews of senior linear algebraists to Carlos Fonseca 
(carlos@sci.kuniv.edu.kw)
- advertisements to Amy Wehe (awehe@fitchburgstate.edu).

Send all other correspondence to Kevin N. Vander Meulen (kvanderm@redeemer.ca).

Deadline for submission is April 2, 2017.

IMAGE Issue 58 is scheduled to be published online June 1, 2017.

For past issues of IMAGE, please visit http://www.ilasic.org/IMAGE/


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2017 March 07                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2153
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: James Nagy
SUBJECT:  2020 Householder Symposium

The Householder Committee seeks a team to organize the 2020 Householder 
Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra.  The deadline for submitting a proposal 
is 1 April 2017.

Guidelines for preparing a proposal can be found at:
http://www.math.vt.edu/HHXX/HH_Meeting_Proposal_Guidelines.pdf 

Additional questions, and completed proposals can be sent to:

Jim Nagy
Chair, Householder Committee
jnagy@emory.edu 


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2017 March 07                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2152
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Mansoor Haider
SUBJECT:  Graduate Student Modeling Workshop (IMSM 2017), July 2017

The 23rd Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling (IMSM) Workshop for 
Graduate Students 
will take place at North Carolina State University, between 16-26 July 2017.  
The workshop is 
sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute 
(SAMSI) together with 
the Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) and the Department of 
Mathematics at 
North Carolina State University.

The IMSM workshop exposes graduate students in mathematics, engineering, and 
statistics 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. On 
the first day, a Software Carpentry bootcamp will bring students up-to-date on 
their 
programming skills in Python/Matlab and R, and introduce them to version 
control systems and 
software repositories.

Local expenses and travel expenses will be covered for students at US 
institutions.

The application deadline is April 15, 2017.  Information is available at 
http://www.samsi.info/IMSM17 and questions can be directed to grad@samsi.info 

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



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2017 March 02                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2151
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: John Gauci
SUBJECT:  Extension of deadlines for Malta 2MCGTC

2MCGTC 2017
Malta, 26-30 June 2017
www.um.edu.mt/events/2mcgtc2017/ 

Extension of deadlines


Submission of Abstracts for Contributed Talks:

After receiving several requests, the deadline for the submission of abstracts 
has been 
extended to 30th April 2017. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail on 
2mcgtc2017@um.edu.mt 
using the LaTeX template provided here:

http://www.um.edu.mt/events/2mcgtc2017/contributedTalks.html 


Registration for Early-Bird Package:

Due to the high demand for the Early-Bird Package, the Organising Committee 
was able to 
negotiate with the Conference venue an extension of the Early-Bird 
Registration period. It is 
thus with pleasure that we are able to announce that the closing date for the 
Early-Bird 
Package has been extended and this package will now be available until all 
such packages on 
offer last or until the 1st April 2017, whichever is the earliest. The 
registration form can 
be found on:

http://www.um.edu.mt/events/2mcgtc2017/registration.html 


Further information:

Website: www.um.edu.mt/events/2mcgtc2017/ 

e-mail:   2mcgtc2017@um.edu.mt 


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2017 March 02                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2150
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
SUBJECT:  Abstract submission ends March 3 for ILAS 2017


All abstracts for ILAS 2017 must be submitted through the online submission 
process described 
under Submissions https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/submissions/ using the 
Fields Institute.  

 Since some users have experienced difficulty with this process, the 
submission process will 
remain open through Friday March 3, but anyone who intends to submit an 
abstract  should do 
so as soon as possible if it has not already been done.  

 Talks invited by the organizers for a mini-symposium or plenary talk are 
automatically 
accepted.  On the next business day after an abstract for a contributed talk 
is submitted, it 
is reviewed and an email notification is sent by ILAS 2017 organizers (if the 
talk is 
accepted).  

 Leslie Hogben, Chair, ILAS 2017 Organizing Committees


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2017 February 20                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2149 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Michele Benzi
SUBJECT:  New Book Announcement


We are pleased to announce the publication of the volume

M. Benzi and V. Simoncini (Editors),
"Exploiting Hidden Structure in Matrix Computations:
Algorithms and Applications (Cetraro, Italy 2015)",
Lecture Notes in Mathematics vol. 2173, CIME Foundation Subseries,
Springer, 2016 (pp. ix + 406), ISBN 978-3-319-49886-7.

The volume collects the text of the lectures given at the CIME Summer Course of 
the same title in Cetraro (Italy) in June 2015.  The table of contents is as 
follows:

M. Benzi and V. Simoncini, Preface

C. F. Van Loan, Structured Matrix Problems from Tensors

D. A. Bini, Matrix Structures in Queuing Models

J. Ballani and D. Kressner, Matrices with Hierarchical Low-Rank Structures

M. Benzi, Localization in Matrix Computations: Theory and Applications

H. Z. Munthe-Kaas, Groups and Symmetries in Numerical Linear Algebra

The volume is also available as an eBook.

For further information, see

http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319498867 


Michele Benzi (Emory University)
Valeria Simoncini (Universita` di Bologna)


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2017 February 20                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2148 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Hugo J. Woerdeman
 SUBJECT:  ILAS Election Results 


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

 Peter Semrl has been re-elected to the position of President for a three-year 
term, beginning on March 1, 2017;

 and

 James Nagy and Rachel Quinlan have been elected to three-year terms as 
members of the ILAS Board, beginning on March 1, 2017.

 On behalf of ILAS, I take this opportunity to thank the members of the 
Nominating  Committee - Heike Fassbender (chair), Shmuel Friedland, Sang-Gu 
Lee, Chi-Kwong Li, Luis Verde Star  - for their efforts on behalf of ILAS, 
and also to thank all of the nominees for their participation in the election.

 Hugo J. Woerdeman
 
 
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2017 February 14                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2146 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Chen Greif
 SUBJECT: Registration is now open - Preconditioning 2017 

 Registration is now open for the International Conference on Preconditioning 
Techniques for Scientific and Industrial Applications, which will take place 
in Vancouver, Canada, on July 31 - August 2, 2017. Please point your browser 
to 
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~greif/precon17/index.html
and follow the links.

 Best wishes,
 The Organizing Committee: Chen Greif, Esmond Ng, Yousef Saad and Andy Wathen

 
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2017 February 11                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2145 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
 SUBJECT: ILAS 2017 

 This is a reminder that the abstract submission deadline for ILAS 2017 is 
March 1.  
This deadline applies to all talks, including plenary, mini-symposium, and 
contributed talks.  This is the only deadline for talks and no extension is 
planned.  
Please submit abstracts as directed on the website, 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/submissions/

 For students wishing to present posters there will be a deadline later in the 
spring 
for submission of a poster title, but the poster session is limited to students 
(undergraduate and graduate).

 People desiring to book hotel rooms for ILAS 2017 are encouraged to do so as 
soon as 
possible.  A number of events will be taking place in central Iowa in late 
July.  
While the three conference hotels have reserved blocks of rooms for ILAS 2017, 
when 
these are filled we may not be able to secure additional rooms in Ames.  

 Options for housing at ILAS 2017 are described the conference housing page 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/hotels/
Rates and more detailed information is given there.  

 There is some funding available for students accommodated in the residence 
halls but 
it is necessary to apply as described at 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/dorms/

 Leslie Hogben, Chair, ILAS 2017 Organizing Committees


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2017 January 30                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2144 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Ilse Ipsen
 SUBJECT: Live-streaming SAMSI WISO workshop 


Live-streaming SAMSI WISO workshop
 February 8-10, 2017

 The SAMSI Workshop on the Interface of Statistics and Optimization brings 
together 
 pioneers in statistics and optimization. In one-hour lectures they will 
discuss 
 the breadth and depth of advances, computational challenges, and cutting-edge 
 applications.

Speakers:
 Larry Biegler (CMU), John Burns (Virginia Tech), Jack Dongarra (Tennessee),
 Yonina Eldar (Technion), Jianqing Fan (Princeton), Michael Jordan (UC 
Berkeley),
 Arkadi Nemirovski (Georgia Tech), Alex Shapiro (Georgia Tech),
 Bernd Sturmfels (UC Berkeley & MPI Leipzig), Martin Wainwright (UC Berkeley),
 Margaret Wright (NYU Courant), Steve Wright (Wisconsin)

 The workshop will be live-streamed at http://www.samsi.info/opt-wiso
 The final schedule is still under construction.


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2017 January 18                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2143 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
 SUBJECT: Hotel Booking for ILAS 2017 

 People desiring to book hotel rooms for ILAS 2017 are encouraged to do so as 
soon 
as possible.  A number of events will be taking place in central Iowa in late 
July.  While the three conference hotels have reserved blocks of rooms for ILAS 
2017, when these are filled we may not be able to secure additional rooms in 
Ames.

 Options for housing at ILAS 2017 are described the conference housing page 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/hotels/
Rates and more detailed information is given there.

 The conference headquarters hotel is Quality Inn and Suites, 2601 East 13th 
Street, Ames, IA, 50010, US; 515-232-9260 (phone); 515-598-5293 (fax); 
http://www.qualityinn.com/ires/en-US/html/ArrivalInfo?hotel=IA102&srp=LILAS&pu=
no
If you will not have a car we recommend booking this hotel, as complementary 
shuttle service between this hotel and the conference will be provided.

 Two other hotels that also have ILAS room blocks are on the public bus system 
CyRide and are about 2.5 miles from campus.  These are good choices if you are 
comfortable using public transit or like long walks or have a car (if driving 
you 
will need to pay to park in the Memorial Union ramp):

 Gateway, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, Iowa, 50014, US; 515-292-8600 (phone); 
515-268-2224 (fax);  
http://gatewayames.com/

 Best Western Plus University Park, 2500 University Boulevard, Ames, Iowa, 
50010, 
US; 515-296-2500 (phone); 515-296-2874 (fax); 
http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/groupSearch.do?groupId=5X9UM8N4

 Residence Hall housing is also available to anyone and students and postdocs 
are 
encouraged to apply for funding (the page 
https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/hotels/ has a link).

 Leslie Hogben, Chair, ILAS 2017 Organizing Committees


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2017 January 16                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2142 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: James Nagy
 SUBJECT: 2017 Householder Prize Nomination Deadline 

 The sixteenth Householder Award for the best PhD thesis in numerical linear 
algebra (PhD earned between 1 January 2014, and 31 December 2016) will be 
presented at the Householder Symposium XX.  For more information about the 
Householder Symposium and the Householder Award, including nomination 
instructions, see: http://www.math.vt.edu/HHXX/

 Nominations for the Householder Award are due by 31 January 2017.

 
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2017 January 16                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2141 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Leslie Hogben
 SUBJECT: 2017 ILAS Election Voting Is Now Open 

 Each 2017 member of ILAS has been e-mailed (on January 12) an individual 
username 
and password and instructions for electronic voting, and voting is open.  If 
you 
have not yet voted, you may vote any time through 11:59 PM GMT February 16 but 
it 
is recommended to vote by Feb 15 (ILAS operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) 
and 
the election ends at 11:59 PM GMT  regardless of the time zone you are in.  So 
for many people the election ends early  in the day Feb 16).

 If you did not receive an e-mail and wish to vote, please verify that you are 
a 
2017 member (remember, receiving ILAS-Net messages does not imply you are an 
ILAS 
member).  You can determine whether or not you are a 2017 member of ILAS (as of 
January 11, 2017) by consulting the website:

http://www.ilasic.org/misc/membership.html

 If you are a member and did not receive an e-mail, please contact Leslie 
Hogben, 
ILAS Secretary Treasurer, at ilas@iastate.edu to obtain your username and 
password.


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2017 January 09                                     ILAS-NET Message No. 2140 
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Peter Semrl
 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 2017 for receipt 
of 
proposals for sponsorship  of ILAS Lectures at non-ILAS meetings and for 
general 
support of conferences taking place in 2018. 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 
link: 
http://www.ilasic.org/misc/non_ilas_guidelines.html

   
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