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2022 December 22                                         
ILAS-NET Message No. 2453
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Fernando De Terán
SUBJECT: ILAS2023: Call for Contributed Talks and LAA Special Issue

We are pleased to announce that the period for submitting contributed talks at the ILAS 2023 meeting (Madrid, June 12–16) is open. To submit the abstract of a talk, please follow the guidelines indicated at the webpage: 

https://ilas2023.es/submissions/

The deadline for submitting contributed talks is February 1st, 2023.

The journal Linear Algebra and its Applications (LAA) is also pleased to announce a special issue on the occasion of this conference. Papers corresponding to talks given at the conference should be submitted by December 1st 2023 via the Elsevier Editorial System. Detailed instructions will be given later.
Special editors for this ILAS 2023 issue are:

• Erin Carson, Charles University
• Fernando De Terán, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
• Vanni Noferini, Aalto University
• João Queiró, Universidade de Coimbra
• Volker Mehrmann (TU Berlin) is the responsible Editor-in-Chief of LAA for this special issue.  

I wish you a wonderful Christmas break and the best for the next year.

Fernando De Terán
2022 December 20
ILAS-NET Message No. 2452
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: End-of-the-year, JMM, and ILAS conferences

Dear ILAS members and friends:

As the year 2022 comes to a close let me wish all of you a nice celebratory Holiday Season, and a wonderful beginning of the New Year!

I will see many of you at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in January. We have the ILAS Invited Address on Wednesday January 4 at 9 AM (Apoorva Khare will talk on "Analysis applications of Schur polynomials") and four special sessions (see https://www.jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2023/2270_ilaspss.html). You are all invited to the Grand Opening Reception the same day 6:15 pm–8:00 pm.

We will have ILAS buttons for you to wear (and show the community who we are) as well as stickers for your name tag. Please ask me, Hugo Woerderman (past Vice-President), or Minnie Catral (Secretary/Treasurer) for one or both.

We look forward to seeing you in Madrid in June at the 25th ILAS Conference: https://ilas2023.es/.

I am happy to announce that the ILAS Board approved a proposal to hold the 26th ILAS Conference in Kaohsiung, in the South of the island of Taiwan, during the week of June 23–27, 2025. The main organizers are Jephian C.-H. Lin (National Sun Yat-sen University) and Matthew M. Lin
(National Cheng Kung University). Please mark your calendars.
2022 December 03                                       
ILAS-NET Message No. 2451
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Louis Deaett
SUBJECT: Newest ILAS bulletin—IMAGE 69—online now!

I want to apologize to IMAGE readers that our Fall issue is a couple of days late—mea culpa!

In preparing the issue, I was heartened to see the wealth of reports from conferences around the world, all of them in-person, and many explicitly mentioning what a joy it was to gather in the same physical space to share, learn and celebrate together again. Among the many good things that came from bringing us together was some clever solutions in the IMAGE Problem Corner, including from the collaboration of attendees at ILAS 2022!

Headlining our issue, in the Linear Algebra Education section, is the start of a new project to gather and share lesson plans for topics in linear algebra. Frank Uhlig presents the first such plan along with our issue.

Find all of that along with the latest ILAS news, info on future conferences, etc., in IMAGE 69: https://31g343.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/image69.pdf.

Louis Deaett
IMAGE Editor-in-Chief
2022 December 02                                         
ILAS-NET Message No. 2450
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: ILAS Taussky–Todd Prize and Elections Results

Dear ILAS members:

It is my pleasure to announce that Stefan Güttel is the winner of the 2023 ILAS Taussky–Todd Prize.

The Selection Committee, consisting of Nair Abreu, Ilse Ipsen (chair), Joseph Landsberg, Pauline van den Driessche, and myself, awarded this prize to Stefan Güttel "for deep and impactful work on rational Krylov methods for nonlinear eigenvalue problems and matrix functions, in all aspects: analysis, software development, and applications."

He will deliver his prize lecture at the ILAS Conference in Madrid, 12–16 June 2023.

I take this opportunity to thank the committee for their hard work.

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The elections have concluded.

Two new members of the ILAS Board of Directors were elected for three-year terms starting 1 March 2023. They are Chi-Kwong Li (College of William and Mary) and Fernando De Terán (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid).

I was re-elected, and I am happy to serve the Society for another term. 

Daniel Szyld
ILAS President
2022 December 01                                         
ILAS-NET Message No. 2449
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Fernando De Terán
SUBJECT: ILAS2023: Plenary speakers and deadline extension for contributed MS

Dear all,

The full list of plenary speakers at ILAS 2023 (Madrid, June 12-16) is now available. The list consists of:
• Carlos Beltrán. Universidad de Cantabria.
• Erin C. Carson. Charles University. 
• Stefan Guettel. University of Manchester (Taussky Todd Prize). 
• Nicholas J. Higham. University of Manchester (Hans Schneider Prize).
• Elias Jarlebring. KHT Stockholm (SIAG-LA speaker).
• Shahla Nasserasr. Rochester Institute of Technology.
• Vanni Noferini. Aalto University (LAMA speaker).
• Rachel Quinlan. NU Galway. 
• Michael Tait. Villanova University (Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize).
• Cynthia Vinzant. University of Washington.

I sincerely thank the Scientific Organizing Committee and the other committees of the prizes and the SIAG-LA speaker for all their effort in selecting such an excellent list of speakers. I also thank SIAM and LAMA for their support.

Besides this, the deadline for submitting proposals for contributed MS is extended to December 15, 2022. You can submit proposals using the submission system at the webpage of the meeting: https://ilas2023.es/submissions/.

According to this extension, we plan to launch the call for submitting contributed talks on December 16.

All this information will be available at the webpage soon.

Best wishes,
Fernando De Terán (on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee)
2022 November 28                                         
ILAS-NET Message No. 2448
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: Linear Algebra Education Seminar (29-Nov-2022)

The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar. We meet virtually on the last Tuesday of every month at 8 am (Pacific Time). Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at JMcDonald1@wsu.edu.
 
To join the seminar at 8 am PST on November 29, 2022, follow the link at 
https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar-2022-2023/.
Maribel Bueno Cachadina from UC Santa Barbara will speak on

Distance Between Vectors and Big Data

Data Science and Machine learning are topics in trend right now. Most math departments are introducing courses in their catalogs related with these topics. Linear Algebra is one of the main pillars of these theories. In this talk we will illustrate how to discuss the concept of distance between vectors in light of the applications of this concept in Machine Learning. In particular, we will make a distinction between distance-based metrics and similarity-based metrics. The first ones include the well-know Euclidean distance and Taxicab distance. The second ones include maybe less known measures such as cosine similarity and Jaccard similarity. The talk includes numerous applications. In particular, we will discuss the use of the knn-algorithm in classification problems, and the use of the k-means algorithm in clustering problems. We will show how to use these algorithms in classification of handwritten digits or to analyze traffic patterns, for example.

To view videos and slides from the 2021-2022 seminar, visit the link:
https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/.
I hope to see you at our seminar.
2022 November 23                                         
ILAS-NET Message No. 2447
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Fernando De Terán
SUBJECT: Deadline for contributed MS proposals ILAS2023

Dear ILAS community:

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting proposals for contributed minisymposia at the 25th Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS2023) is next Wednesday, November 30th.

You can submit a proposal through the webpage https://ilas2023.es/submissions/ following the guidelines indicated there.

You can find more information about the meeting at the webpage https://ilas2023.es/.

Let me remind you that the conference format is on-site only.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Madrid!

Best wishes,

Fernando De Terán, on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee of ILAS203
2022 November 07                                         
ILAS-NET Message No. 2446
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Minerva Catral
SUBJECT: ILAS Election Voting Is Now Open

On November 1st, 2022, each current member of ILAS was e-mailed an individual link, username, password and instructions for electronic voting, and voting is open.  

The ballot is self-explanatory, with instructions. You may vote for President (one) and members of the Board of Directors (two). Biographical information about each candidate can be viewed by clicking a Details button near their name. 

If you did not receive an e-mail and believe you are a member, please verify that you are indeed an ILAS member by checking the updated membership list (as of October 31, 2022) on the ILAS website: https://ilasic.org/current-members/.

If you are a member and did not receive an e-mail, please contact Minerva Catral, ILAS Secretary/Treasurer, at catralm@xavier.edu to obtain your username and password.   

If you have received your instructions but have not yet voted, you may vote any time through 11:59 PM GMT November 30 (ILAS operates on Greenwich Mean Time), but it is recommended to vote by November 29 because the election ends at 11:59 PM GMT regardless of the time zone you are in.
2022 October 24
ILAS-NET Message No. 2445
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: First ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize Awarded

The inaugural ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize was awarded to Michael Tait of Villanova University.

The citation reads: "For outstanding contributions to spectral theory of graphs, developing new techniques, and settling several long-standing open problems in that area."

Michael will present the prize lecture at the ILAS Conference in June 2023 in Madrid.

The committee consisted of: Marina Arav, Volker Mehrmann, Shmuel Friedland (chair), and Daniel B. Szyld.
2022 October 24
ILAS-NET Message No. 2444
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: ILAS Bylaws Amended

Dear ILAS members:

During the October 20th, 2022 meeting of the ILAS Board of Directors, changes of the ILAS bylaws were approved.

The changes refer to the way the Nominating Committee is appointed during the years that the President may run for re-election, and it
was prompted by the desire to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.

The new bylaws were posted on the ILAS website.

We thank Minnie Catral, Froilán Dopico, and Hugo Woerdeman, who brought up the issue and drafted these revisions.

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 October 24
ILAS-NET Message No. 2443
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Ilse Ipsen
SUBJECT: Call for nominations for the 2023 ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize

Dear ILAS members:

We are now soliciting suggestions for the 2023 ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize.

The recipient should have received a Ph.D. degree within about fifteen years from the award of the prize, and should have made significant contributions to linear algebra and matrix theory. The prize lecture is to be delivered at the 25th ILAS Conference in Madrid, 12-16 June 2023.

Please send your suggestions for candidates directly to me (ipsen@ncsu.edu) by 5 November 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you.

With best regards on behalf of the prize committee (Nair Abreu, Joseph Landsberg, Pauline van den Driessche, and Daniel Szyld),

Ilse Ipsen (chair)

Olga Taussky and John Todd have had a decisive impact on the development of theoretical and numerical linear algebra for over half a century. This prize honors them for their many and varied mathematical achievements and for their efforts in promoting linear algebra and matrix theory.

The ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize is awarded once every three to four years at an ILAS meeting designated by the ILAS executive committee.

The recipient should be a person who has received the Ph.D. degree within about fifteen years of receiving the prize, and who has made significant contributions to linear algebra and matrix theory. The recipient is expected to deliver a principal lecture at the ILAS meeting accepting the award.

The list of previous recipients can be found at https://ilasic.org/taussky-todd-lecturers/.
2022 October 19
ILAS-NET Message No. 2442
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: Linear Algebra Education Seminar (25-Oct-2022)

The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar. We meet virtually on the last Tuesday of every month at 8 am (Pacific Time). Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at jmcdonald1@wsu.edu.

To join the seminar at 8 am on October 25, 2022, follow the link at https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar-2022-2023/.

Sheldon Axler from San Francisco State University will speak on

The Marvelous Minimal Polynomial

For each operator T on a finite-dimensional vector space, there is a unique monic polynomial p of smallest degree such that p(T) = 0 (here monic means that the coefficient of the highest order term equals 1). This polynomial p is called the minimal polynomial of T. The minimal polynomial should make a more important appearance in upper-division linear algebra courses than is usually the case.

As will be discussed in this talk, the minimal polynomial is easily computable, and its zeros are exactly the eigenvalues of T. Furthermore, the minimal polynomial of T tells us whether or not T is diagonalizable. The minimal polynomial of T also tells us whether or not there exists a basis of V with respect to which T has an upper-triangular matrix. In addition, we will see that consideration of the minimal polynomial leads to an easy proof of the finite-dimensional spectral theorem.

To view videos and slides from the 2021–2022 seminar, visit the link: https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/.

I hope to see you at our next seminar.
2022 October 19                                             
ILAS-NET Message No. 2441
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Fernando De Terán
SUBJECT: Call for Contributed Minisymposia at ILAS2023

Dear ILAS community:

The 25th Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS2023) will be held at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Escuela de Ingeniería de Montes, Forestales y del Medio Natural), on June 12-16, 2023: https://ilas2023.es/. 

The call for contributed minisymposia has been announced. You can submit a proposal through the webpage https://ilas2023.es/submissions/ following the guidelines indicated there.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 30th, 2022.

Let me remind you that the conference format is on-site only.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Madrid!

Best wishes,

Fernando De Terán, on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee of ILAS203
2022 October 13                                             
ILAS-NET Message No. 2440
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Richard A. Brualdi
SUBJECT: LAA Special Issue in honor of Albrecht Böttcher

Linear Algebra and its Applications (LAA) is pleased to announce a special issue in honor of Albrecht Böttcher on the occasion of his 70th birthday in 2024. Guest editors for this special issue are: Harm Bart (bart@ese.eur.nl); Torsten Ehrhardt (tehrhard@ucsc.edu);  Andre Ran (a.c.m.ran@vu.nl); and Ilya Spitkovsky (spitkovsky@gmail.com).

Papers intended for this special issue should be submitted by June 1, 2023 via the Editorial Manager (https://www.editorialmanager.com/laa) by selecting SI: Albrecht Böttcher as Article Type and Richard A. Brualdi as the handling editor-in-chief. 

Authors will have the opportunity to suggest one of the guest editors to handle their submission. Papers will be refereed according to the usual standard of LAA.
2022 October 5                                               
ILAS-NET Message No. 2439
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Jephian C.-H. Lin
SUBJECT: Conference announcements and reports in IMAGE

Dear ILAS members:

IMAGE—the ILAS' bulletin—will release its next issue in December. If you are organizing or have organized an event, you are encouraged to submit the announcement or the report for it, and we would be happy to include them in the "Upcoming Conferences and Workshops" or the "Conference Reports" sections of IMAGE.  

If you are interested in doing so, please send your announcement/report to jephianlin [at] gmail [dot] com by October 25. And please feel free to let me know if you have any questions through the same email address.

Many thanks,
Jephian C.-H. Lin
Conference Editor of ILAS IMAGE
2022 September 28                                       
ILAS-NET Message No. 2438
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Chandler Davis (1926–2022)

With great sadness I share the news of the passing of Chandler Davis, an ILAS member for many years and an influential figure in Linear Algebra and Operator Theory. He died last Saturday, September 24 in Toronto.

For more details about his mathematical career, see the review of some of his work by Man-Duen Choi and Peter Rosenthal in LAA vol 208/209 (1994), pp. 3–18: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/002437959490426X (Special issue dedicated to Chandler Davis edited by Rajendra Bhatia, Shmuel Friedland, and Peter Rosenthal).

Other details about his life can be found on his Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandler_Davis

A nice memorial tribute including a statement from Chandler from last July can be found at: https://caseazatmiftakhov.org/2022/09/28/chandler-davis-in-memoriam/. 

We mourn his death, and we honor his rich life and his many contributions.
2022 September 20
ILAS-NET Message No. 2437
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Raf Vandebril
SUBJECT: JMM 2023—Registration, Invited Lecture, And Special Sessions

ILAS is a partner with the AMS for the annual Joint Mathematical Meetings (JMM) in Boston, MA from Jan 4–7, 2023.

We are pleased to announce the invited lecture and special sessions. We encourage ILAS members to attend (registration: https://www.jointmathematicsmeetings.org//jmm[jointmathematicsmeetings.org]).

We have the ILAS Lecture by Apoorva Khare on Wednesday January 4, 2023, from 9:00 am–9:50 am. Analysis applications of Schur polynomials.
https://www.jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2023/2270_invited.html [jointmathematicsmeetings.org]
https://www.jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2023/2270_invspeakers [jointmathematicsmeetings.org]

We have four ILAS special sessions: https://www.jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2023/2270_ilaspss.html [jointmathematicsmeetings.org]
• ILAS Special Session on Matrix Analysis and Applications (Organizers: Hugo Woerdeman, Edward Poon).
• ILAS Special Session on Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach Linear Algebra (Organizers: David M. Strong, Gil Strang, Sepideh Stewart, Megan Wawro).
• ILAS Special Session on Matrices and Operators (Organizers: Mohsen Aliabadi, Tin-Yau Tam, Pan-Shun Lau).
• ILAS-AIM Special Session on the Inverse Eigenvalue Problem for a Graph and Zero Forcing (Organizers: Mary Flagg, Bryan A Curtis).
2022 September 15                                       
ILAS-NET Message No. 2436
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Minerva Catral
SUBJECT: ILAS Election Announcement 

Voting in the next ILAS election (for terms starting March 1, 2023) will take place November 1, 2022–November 30, 2022.  Members will be e-mailed their voting instructions on November 1. 

In order to vote you need to be a current member of ILAS when the election begins. The official ILAS membership list at https://ilasic.org/current-members/[nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] (scroll down to see the list) lists all current members and is updated periodically (most recently September 12).  If you are not yet a member, sign up at https://ilasic.org/join-ilas/[nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] no later than October 25, 2022 so your membership can be processed before the election begins. 

To verify your ILAS membership status: 

1) If you are listed on the current online list of members at https://ilasic.org/current-members/[nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com], then you are a member and will be sent the voting instructions email on November 1. 
2) If you are not listed on the current online list of members at https://ilasic.org/current-members/[nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com], and believe you are a member, please email the Secretary/Treasurer Minerva Catral and/or the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Mike Tait at (ILASsecretarytreasurer@gmail.com). Please state when you joined or last renewed and your type of membership (student, early career, standard, life, or fee waiver).  If you have an e-mail confirmation of payment it would help to forward that, but it is not necessary. 
3) Receiving ILAS-net messages, including this one, does not imply you are an ILAS member. 
2022 September 13                                       
ILAS-NET Message No. 2435
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: Linear Algebra Education Seminar (27-Sep-2022)

The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar. We meet virtually on the last Tuesday of every month at 8 am (Pacific Time). Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at JMcDonald1@WSU.edu.
 
To join the seminar at 8 am on September 27, 2022, follow the link at https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar-2022-2023/ [la-education.oucreate.com].

Damjan Kobal from University of Ljubljana will speak on (Matrix) zeros of Polynomials.

The concepts of polynomials and matrices are educationally very interesting because they essentially expand and enhance the elementary arithmetic of numbers. But as it is true for all mathematical concepts polynomials and matrices also open up new interesting mathematical challenges which extend to new fields of mathematical explorations within university mathematics. We present an aspect of a rather elementary exploration of polynomials and matrices, which offers a new perspective and an interesting matrix analog to the concept of a zero of a polynomial. The discussion offers an opportunity for better comprehension of the fundamental concepts of polynomials and matrices. As an application we are lead to the meaningful questions of linear algebra and to an easy proof of otherwise advanced and abstract Cayley–Hamilton theorem.
 
To view videos and slides from the 2021–2022 seminar, visit the link: https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/ [la-education.oucreate.com]
 
I hope to see you at our next seminar!
2022 September 13                                       
ILAS-NET Message No. 2434
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Sepideh Stewart
SUBJECT: Call for papers for PRIMUS special issue

Dear All:

The ILAS education committee is pleased to announce a new special issue of PRIMUS titled Teaching Linear Algebra: an International Perspective.

The call-for-papers can be found here: https://primusmath.com/2022/09/12/call-for-papers-teaching-linear-algebra-an-international-perspective/.

The issue will be guest edited by the ILAS Education Committee Members: Anthony Cronin (University College Dublin), Judith McDonald (Washington State University), Rachel Quinlan (National University of Ireland, Galway), Sepideh Stewart (University of Oklahoma), and David Strong (Pepperdine University).

We would like to invite you to submit a paper on teaching linear algebra.

Papers for this special issue should be approximately 10-15 pages long. Submissions will be accepted until 28-February-2023.

Sepideh Stewart
ILAS Education Committee (Chair)
2022 September 13                                       
ILAS-NET Message No. 2433
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Sebastian Cioabă
SUBJECT: Tenure-track Positions at the University of Delaware

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware is seeking to hire two tenure-track faculty members. We are especially interested in candidates in Discrete Mathematics and/or Data Science, but other specialties that enhance and extend departmental research strengths will be considered. The appointments will be at the Assistant Professor level.

For full details see https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/20446 [mathjobs.org].
2022 September 08
ILAS-NET Message No. 2432
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Pan Shun Lau and Tin-Yau Tam
SUBJECT: 2022 Fall Biweekly Matrix Seminar on Zoom at UNR

The 2022 Fall Biweekly Matrix Seminar at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA will be held via Zoom at UNR at 4:00–4:50 on Fridays (US Pacific Time). All are welcome to join. For talk schedule see

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MswSd16JqsZE294kYCXujLio4cnAiuYv6QKRc6BxvI0/edit# [docs.google.com]

and the Zoom link is https://unr.zoom.us/j/82220181027 [unr.zoom.us]

Please contact Pan Shun Lau at plau@unr.edu if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Pan Shun Lau and Tin-Yau Tam
2022 September 07                                       
ILAS-NET Message No. 2431
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Keiichi Morkuni
SUBJECT: ICIAM 2023, August 20–25, 2023, Tokyo, Japan

ICIAM 2023, the 10th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, will be held in a hybrid conference format, organized by the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (JSIAM) and The Mathematical Society of Japan (MSJ).

ICIAM 2023
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan,
August 20–25, 2023
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://iciam2023.org__;!!K-Hz7m0Vt54!gdOCY_UpG1sVmiPwsR6W31t9VCpTQWYYFNTYQyjw0t4AV2Ba9JWOdhknb1ciTPkqO335cU6owP5CbLLvT9ujHfiJ60I0KMPcIw$ 

Submission deadlines:
• Minisymposium proposals: December 23, 2022
• Contributed Talks: December 23, 2022
• Submissions of abstracts: March 15, 2023

Best regards,

Keiichi Morkuni
2022 September 07
ILAS-NET Message No. 2430
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Hermie Monterde
SUBJECT: Invitation to attend 05C50 online

Dear ILAS members:

Good day! Hope this email finds you well.

I am Hermie Monterde, a PhD student from the University of Manitoba. My supervisor, Dr. Steve Kirkland, and I cordially invite you to attend 05C50 Online, an online international seminar whose aim is to showcase current research trends in Graphs and Matrices and make them accessible to a large audience outside North America. (05C50 refers to the Mathematical Reviews classification number for Graphs and Linear Algebra.) This seminar will run once every two weeks on a Friday, 10 am to 11:30 am Central Time starting with a talk on September 23 by RB Bapat. The speakers for the next three seminars are Pauline van den Driessche, Richard Brualdi, and Jane Breen.

To subscribe and receive zoom links for this seminar, please fill out the following form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQ98fh58cgeSWzbFe3t77i28FXDck1gYuX9jv_qd4kEf5l_Q/viewform?usp=sf_link [docs.google.com].

For more information, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/view/05c50online/home [sites.google.com].

If you have inquiries about the seminar, then please contact Hermie Monterde (email is given below). Thank you and hope to see you all there! 🙂

Best,

Hermie Monterde (she/her)
monterdh@myumanitoba.ca
2022 July 22
ILAS-NET Message No. 2429
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Fernando De Terán
SUBJECT: Call for papers: LAMA special issue for ALAMA2022-ALN2gg

A special issue of Linear and Multilinear Algebra is in progress, devoted to the ALAMA2022-ALN2gg meeting, held at Universidad de Alcalá (in the town of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid region) from June 1 to June 3, 2022:

https://congresosalcala.fgua.es/alama2022?idioma=en

The special editors of this issue are:

Steve Kirkland, University of Manitoba (Editor in Chief);
Fernando De Terán, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid;
Beatrice Meini, Università di Pisa; and
Federico Poloni, Università di Pisa.
Papers for this special issue, corresponding to talks given at the meeting, should be submitted using the submission system (https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/glma20) and will follow the standard review process of the journal. The corresponding author should explicitly indicate that the submission is intended to be published in a special issue, and select the special issue ALAMA2022-ALN2gg from the drop-down menu. Steve Kirkland should be chosen as Editor-in-Chief.

The deadline for submissions to this special issue is December 30th, 2022.
2022 July 19
ILAS-NET Message No. 2428
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: New ILAS membership dues structure

Dear ILAS members, and friends of ILAS:

At its meeting on 21 June 2022, the ILAS Board of Directors approved a new dues structure for the Society. It was decided to maintain the current dues of $40 per year for the "standard" membership. A new category of Early Career Member was established and defined as within five years of receiving a PhD degree. The dues for Early Career members is at 50% of the standard membership, that is, $20 per year. As in the past, any member can request that their dues be waived for financial hardship. Current student members continue to enjoy free membership.

This dues structure is already reflected in the ILAS website at https://ilasic.org/join-ilas/.

Lifetime membership continues to be available. Paying for more than one year at a time is also possible.

If you are reading this message and want to join ILAS, or renew your membership, please go to the above-mentioned page. If you have students who may want to be ILAS members, please encourage them to join (for free).

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 July 12                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2427
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: ILAS Lectures at Non-ILAS Conferences and General Support of Non-ILAS Conferences and Seminars

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 financial 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.

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 of ILAS about what you may propose.

This is a reminder that there is a deadline of 30 September 2022 for receipt of proposals for sponsorship of ILAS Lectures at non-ILAS meetings and for general support of conferences taking place in 2023. 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.

A statement whether the conference will adhere to the ILAS Welcoming and Inclusiveness Statement should be included in the proposal. Further details on the guidelines for proposals can be found at the following link: https://ilasic.org/non-ilas-guidelines/.

In addition, ILAS may endorse a Non-ILAS conference, without financial support. Such endorsed meetings can list ILAS' endorsement on their website, and in turn, the conferences are listed on the website of ILAS-Endorsed Meetings: https://ilasic.org/conferences/#ilas-endorsed-meetings

During the Covid-19 pandemic, ILAS is also endorsing online global seminars of interest to the Linear Algebra Community.
Application for such endorsement can be done following the same guidelines as for conference endorsements.

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 July 12
ILAS-NET Message No. 2426
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Slate for 2022 ILAS elections

Dear ILAS members:

I am happy to report that the Nominating Committee has completed its work this year. The slate of candidates for the forthcoming election is as follows.

President:
Daniel Szyld (Temple University)

Board of Directors:
Orly Alter (University of Utah)
Fernando De Teran (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Chi-Kwong Li (College of William and Mary)
Polona Oblak (University of Ljubljana).

Those elected will serve three-year terms commencing on 1 March 2023.

In accordance with the ILAS Bylaws, I am inviting the membership to submit further nominations by petition for these positions. The proposed nominee must have agreed to run. Three members have to support the petition. An email to this effect should be sent to me at szyld@temple.edu no later than 29 July 2022.

I would like to thank the Nominating Committee for their excellent work. The committee consisted of
Raymond Chan (City University of Hong Kong),
Stephen Kirkland (University of Manitoba, chair),
Beatrice Meini (University of Pisa),
Brian Shader (University of Wyoming), and
Helena Šmigoc (University College Dublin).

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 July 6
ILAS-NET Message No. 2425
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Froilán Dopico
SUBJECT: Minutes of the 2022 ILAS Business Meeting

2022 ILAS BUSINESS MEETING

Thursday June 23, 2022
O'Flaherty Lecture Theatre
Campus of the National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland



Agenda:

A. Reading of Notice of Meeting.
B. Review 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 (chair: Sepideh Stewart)
ii) Outreach and Membership Committee (chair: David Watkins replaced in the meeting by Andrii Dmytryshyn)
iii) Journals Committee (chair: Beatrice Meini replaced in the meeting by Froilán Dopico)
iv) Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (Editor: Froilán Dopico)
v) IMAGE (Editor: Louis Deaett)
F. Transaction of Other Business.
i) Future ILAS meetings
ii) Any other business
G. Adjournment.



President Szyld called the meeting to order at 17:00 GMT+1. Vice-President Dopico observed that about 38 ILAS members were in attendance and that the quorum was met, as stated by ILAS Bylaws.

A. Reading of Notice of Meeting

President Szyld read the notice of the meeting.

B. Review of the minutes of previous meeting

Minutes of the 2021 Business Meeting held virtually on Friday May 14, 2021, were approved.

C. Report of President and Vice President

President Szyld started by reporting that the state of ILAS is strong and that this statement would be supported by the reports of the different committees that will be presented during the meeting. President Szyld reminded that the detailed annual report prepared by Vice-President Dopico and President Szyld was published in the last issue of IMAGE, the biannual bulletin of ILAS, with Louis Deaett as Editor-in-Chief.

President Szyld emphasized that 2022 is the third year of his presidency of ILAS, but that the 24th ILAS Conference in Galway is the first in-person conference since he is serving as president. Therefore, President Szyld reported on the following few highlights from the last three years, all of which came, according to President Szyld, from the excellent work made by the Board of Directors and other members of the society.
An agreement with the American Mathematical Society was established so that ILAS is a partner with full participation at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) held every January. In each JMM, ILAS has a plenary speaker and several minisymposia identified with the acronym ILAS. At the next JMM, which will take place in Boston in January 4-7, 2023, the ILAS member Apoorva Khare (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) will deliver the ILAS plenary lecture and several minisymposia organized by ILAS members have been approved by the ILAS Vice-President for Conferences Raf Vandebril. President Szyld encouraged the ILAS members to start thinking on proposing minisymposia for the 2024 JMM.
The Board of Directors approved the “ILAS Welcoming and Inclusiveness Statement”, which can be found at ILAS Web-site, and could be read in the back of the conference schedule.
The Board approved the new “ILAS Grant Program in support of Mathematicians working in Linear Algebra affected by conflicts”, a program of small grants for mathematicians working in linear algebra who are refugees or are fleeing situations of conflict.
The society established the ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize, which completes and complements the ILAS set of research prizes. The first ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Prize will be awarded in June 2023 at the 25th ILAS Conference to be held in Madrid. President Szyld reported that the committee for the first prize has been appointed and that the members are Shmuel Friedland (Chair), Marina Arav, and Volker Mehrmann. President Szyld encouraged to read the guidelines of the prize at ILAS Web-site and to nominate strong candidates.
President Szyld reported that like every year there will be elections in 2023 and that the nominating committee has been set up with the following members: Raymond Chan, Steve Kirkland (Chair), Beatrice Meini, Bryan Shader and Helena Smigoc.
The Board of Directors has approved at its meeting on Tuesday June 21 the membership fees for the next year: For standard members the fee continues to be $40; for Early career members (within 5 years after the PhD) it is $20, which represents a 50% discount. In both cases, the fees can be waived annually for people undergoing financial hardship upon request. Students have free membership.
D. Report of Secretary/Treasurer

Treasurer Catral briefly presented the Treasurer’s Report, which was published in IMAGE 68. She remarked that ILAS is in good financial state with a balance of ~220K on March 31, 2022. Treasurer Catral highlighted the generous donation of 60K received recently from Taylor & Francis, the publisher of LAMA, and that was negotiated by Steve Kirkland.

Michael Tsatsomeros asked for the reasons of the donation from Taylor & Francis. President Szyld explained that Taylor & Francis had funded since 2005 the LAMA Lecture at each ILAS Conference and that to ask Taylor & Francis for the funds every time an ILAS Conference was held was time consuming. Thus, Steve Kirkland had the idea of asking Taylor & Francis for a reasonable amount of money whose interests would allow ILAS to fund the LAMA Lectures for the years to come.

E. Reports of Committees.

i. Education Committee

The Education Committee is composed of Anthony Cronin (Ireland), Judi McDonald (USA), Rachel Quinlan (Ireland), Sepideh Stewart (Chair) (USA), and David Strong (USA). The new ILAS Education Committee was appointed and formed in February 2021 and meets monthly.

Sepideh Stewart started by reporting on the ILAS-Education Webpages. A proposal for having ILAS-Education Webpages inside the ILAS Web site was accepted by the Executive Board of ILAS. A new Education page was launched in Fall 2021 on the ILAS website. Currently, the only active tab is for Seminars, Conferences, and Workshops, to hold the Monthly Seminars via Zoom. The talks of these seminars are recorded, and links to the recorded seminars and slides are posted on the site. So far, the Education Committee has organized nine seminars. Although the talks have been highly engaging, the attendance at these seminars is lower than anticipated. Sepideh Stewart encouraged the ILAS community to participate in these seminars and contact the committee if some person would like to give a talk.

Sepideh Stewart reported that the next ILAS-Education page under construction is “Teacher’s Resources”. The members of the Education Committee are focusing on creating Lesson Plans for teaching linear algebra concepts (at all levels). The success of this page depends on the ILAS communities’ contributions. Sepideh Stewart encouraged the community to write lesson plans and share their ideas and thoughts about teaching various topics. Creating and preserving a record of teaching ideas and experiences will benefit the entire international community of linear algebra. The Education Committee hopes to make this page available this coming Fall. More information will be available soon.

Next, Sepideh Stewart reported on education publications. During the past year, IMAGE published three education articles. Anthony Cronin is the education editor of IMAGE. Sepideh Stewart encouraged the ILAS Community to approach him if some person would like to contribute an article. The Education Commitee submitted a proposal to PRIMUS in early June, and it got accepted on June 24, 2022 (one day after this business meeting was held). Established in 1991, Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (PRIMUS) is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering the teaching of undergraduate mathematics. The members of the Education Committee will act as the guest editors of a special issue of PRIMUS. The Committee will send a call and invite ILAS members to submit linear algebra education papers soon.

Sepideh Stewart reported that after hearing Helena Smigoc’s seminar on Modern Linear Algebra Applications, in Spring 2022, the Education Committee met monthly to plan the writing of a Modern Applied Linear Algebra book. The Committee would like to invite all ILAS members to join in with this initiative and send their ideas to the Committee.

Sepideh Stewart informed on Conferences as follows. The Education Committee had three sessions (12 talks) at this year’s ILAS conference. The Education Committee organized two sessions in SIAM/LA21 titled Linear Algebra Education for the Modern World (May 17 &18, 2021). These were well attended, and good discussions took place. Sepideh Stewart, Judi McDonald, and Anthony Cronin organized a Linear Algebra Workshop at the Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference in Boston, USA (February 2022). Judi McDonald and Anthony Cronin discussed parts of their research in linear algebra. For upcoming Conferences, the Committee plans to organize a JMM 2023 – ILAS Education session, and a possible ILAS Education Workshop at the ILAS conference 2023.

Sepideh Stewart finished her report by emphasizing that the Education Committee is dedicated to focusing on ILAS and its goals and finding ways of serving the ILAS community.

ii. Outreach and Membership Committee

The Outreach and Membership Committee is composed of Minerva Catral, Andrii Dmytryshyn, Federico Poloni, and David Watkins (Chair). Andrii Dmytryshyn reported for the committee.
The Committee is actively inviting people to join ILAS. A total of 1140 invitation letters have been sent, some to persons suggested by ILAS Members.
The ILAS Corporate sponsors (Silver US $200/yr; Gold US $ 300/yr; Diamond more) are
Birkhäuser/Springer (Gold)
Elsevier Science, Inc. (Diamond)
Taylor & Francis Group - Informa UK Ltd. (Diamond)
MathWorks is a new corporate sponsor (Gold)
World Scientific Publishing Co. (Gold)
Maplesoft (Silver)
The Committee created, and is maintaining, Wikipedia pages for ILAS and ELA, in a joint effort with other committees and individuals.
The Committee handles the social media presence of ILAS in Facebook and Twitter.
Andrii Dmytryshyn finished his report by encouraging the audience to contact the Committee with suggestions of people that might want to join ILAS and asking the audience for encouraging their students to join ILAS (for free)!

iii. Journals Committee

The Journals Committee (JC) is composed of Louis Deaett (for IMAGE), Froilán Dopico (for ELA), Chi-Kwong Li, Beatrice Meini (Chair), and Peter Šemrl. Froilán Dopico reported for the committee.
The new ILAS Bylaws approved on April 2, 2021, were implemented. In details, concerning ELA, they imply that
Editors term is from January 1st, YEAR to December 31, YEAR+2. Four months before the term ends, the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) proposes to the JC renewal/termination.
Editors who started the service before the new ILAS Bylaws were asked if they were willing to continue the service till December 31, 2023. All accepted except one.
The annual report is submitted each year by the EiC in February to the Chair of the JC.
Concerning ELA EiC:
Michael Tsatsomeros finished his second term as EiC on February 28, 2022 and now he is an Advisory Editor. President Szyld initiated a round of applause in recognition of Michael Tsatsomeros’s dedicated service to ELA and ILAS. Froilán Dopico emphasized that the services of Michael Tsatsomeros to ELA started at least in 2003 as Associate Managing Editor and sincerely thanked Michael for his great work for ELA.
Froilán Dopico is now the only EiC. The JC Chair (Beatrice Meini) has the credentials to act as EiC in case it is needed.
The JC is working to raise the quality of ELA to high standards. In this line, the JC plans to advertise ELA to attract good authors (at ILAS endorsed conferences, in IMAGE...), and to invite survey papers from selected authors and to discuss other proposals.
On December 2023 most of the ELA Editors will finish their term, a renewal is planned. It will be organized by the EiC and the JC. Suggestions of new editors from the Editorial Board of ELA will be considered.
Concerning IMAGE, some editors are finishing their term, a renewal of the editorial board is planned; a Book Reviews editor would be advisable.
An online meeting of the ILAS JC will be scheduled in the Fall
iv. Report on the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra

The EiC of ELA, Froilán Dopico, started by recalling that ELA’s primary goals are to publish high-quality papers that support and catalyze linear algebra research and to reach prompt decisions on submissions. The EiC remarked that the Editorial Board’s efforts to raise the quality of papers that appear in ELA continue, as are the efforts to speed up the handling of submissions.

Next the EiC reported on the following data of the year 2021:
ELA received 234 new submissions of which: 7 are still under review (as of 06/20/2022), 31 are already accepted or published, 162 were rejected outright by the EICs, i.e., without sending them to reviewers (often in collaboration with Advisory and Associate Editors), and 34 were rejected after review.
This amounts to a 69.2 % of outright rejections and 83.8 % of total rejections.
These data are like those of 2020.
The EiC presented detailed data on rankings and impact factors taken from the Journal Citations Reports (JCR)-Clarivate (2020 edition) on ELA and, for the sake of comparison, on other linear algebra related journals. These journals were LAA, LAMA, SIMAX and Operators & Matrices.

The EiC concluded from these and other data that ELA is ranked at a level comparable to Operators & Matrices and Special Matrices, and clearly below SIMAX, LAMA and LAA. With respect to the evolution of ELA’s Impact Factor, the EiC emphasized that a clear improvement was observed in the last four years (2017-20) with respect to the four previous ones (2013-16). Except for the year 2017, ELA is ranked in the third quartile (Q3) in the category Mathematics of JCR since 2013 and the percentile in the category has not improved despite the improvement in the Impact Factor. An effort is needed to improve the quartile of ELA, which is very relevant to several evaluation procedures (research grant proposals, faculty hiring, etc.) in Europe. It would be desirable to reach a level closer to LAA and LAMA in terms of impact factor and percentile, since these two journals have very similar scopes to ELA.

The EiC emphasized that a priority of ELA for the next years is to attract greater participation in the content of ELA by ILAS members, since this participation is currently very limited. The EiC strongly encouraged the people in the audience to submit good papers to ELA since it is the research journal of ILAS. Finally, the EiC sincerely thanked all the editors of ELA, all the referees of ELA, all the authors of ELA, and the librarians of the University of Wyoming (hosting ELA) for making ELA possible.

Franklin Kenter commented that according to the information in the web, ELA was Q2 not Q3 in the category “Algebra and Number Theory”. The EiC explained that this is the ranking provided by Scopus (not by JCR) and that the number of journals in this category is small (around 100). Franklin Kenter commented that, in his opinion, ILAS should not be worried by the JCR ranking since ELA is doing well with respect to the journals in the “Algebra and Number Theory” category of Scopus. The EiC remarked that, in his opinion, the fact that other linear algebra-oriented journals, as LAA, LAMA and SIMAX, are highly ranked in JCR indicates that the linear algebra community is doing very well in general terms and that ELA should be at the same level of these journals, since they have similar scopes, and at the level of the linear algebra community. Moreover, the EiC emphasized again that ELA is the journal of ILAS and that the reputation of ELA can be seen as an indicator of the reputation of ILAS, which is another reason for improving ELA’s reputation and rankings.

Richard Hollister expressed concerns about whether young researchers without permanent positions should submit papers to ELA since the reputation of the journals has an influence in hiring processes. Leslie Hogben commented that the main idea of ELA’s EiC is to attract papers from established researchers in the community. The EiC thanked Leslie Hogben for the clear and adequate remark.

v. Report on IMAGE

The Editor in Chief of IMAGE, Louis Deaett, started by reporting that IMAGE published a significant volume of content in the three issues from Spring 2021 to Spring 2022. Google web analytics indicated that IMAGE was driving a significant portion of traffic to the ILAS web site during that period.

Louis Deaett emphasized that one priority for the next year is to work to ensure that Google is properly indexing individual articles and other pieces of content in IMAGE. Right now, this seems not to be happening, and it is imperative that this is fixed. IMAGE content not being discoverable via Google is a serious problem that hampers the visibility of IMAGE and, by extension, of ILAS. As part of a related initiative, an index of individual articles/interviews/book reviews/etc. should be compiled for the ILAS web site.

Louis Deaett presented other plans for IMAGE, which included renewing editorial positions (especially for articles and book reviews) and possibly creating new positions, e.g., for news items. Other planned initiatives included highlighting more mini-symposia related to linear algebra that occur within other conferences and introducing a brief interview Q&A feature to highlight a new or early-career member of ILAS with each issue. A revival of the History of Linear Algebra section may also be considered.

F. Transaction of Other Business

i. Future ILAS meetings

Report by the Vice-President for Conferences, Raf Vandebril

Raf Vandebril presented an overview of the ILAS Conferences in the past and future few years. The ILAS 2020 Conference at Galway had to be unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID pandemic and after some discussions it was moved to 2022 to guarantee as much as possible its celebration. This movement also affected the next ILAS Conference originally planned in Madrid for 2022, which will be held in 2023. Vice-President Vandebril thanked the organizers of the Madrid Conference for their flexibility for moving the conference.

In 2021 an ILAS embedded conference was held inside the SIAG/LA Applied Linear Algebra Conference, originally to be held in person in New Orleans, but finally held totally virtual, again due to the COVID pandemic.

In 2022 the first JMM with ILAS as partner was held, with Pauline van den Driessche as ILAS-speaker and four special ILAS sessions. This meeting was planned in person, but finally was held totally virtual again due to the COVID pandemic.

In 2022, the ILAS Conference at Galway was being held at the time of this business meeting. Vice-President Vandebril thanked very much the organizers for their excellent work and, in particular, the Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Rachel Quinlan, who could not attend in person during the first four days of the conference due to COVID. Vice-President Vandebril initiated a round of applause in recognition of the local organizers of the ILAS Conference at Galway.

In 2023 the second JMM with ILAS as partner will be held, with Apoorva Khare as ILAS-speaker, and again four special ILAS sessions.

In 2023, the 25th ILAS Conference will be held in Madrid and the organization is progressing well.

In 2024, the SIAG/LA Applied Linear Algebra Conference will be held but the location is not yet confirmed.

Raf Vandebril informed that ILAS is soliciting proposals for organizing the 2025 and 2026 ILAS Conferences and encouraged the people in the audience to contact him with proposals.

Presentation of the 2023 ILAS Conference at Madrid by Fernando De Terán (Chair of the Organizing and Scientific Committees)

Fernando De Terán started by showing some pictures of the venue, the School of Forest Engineers of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, which is a very nice building surrounded by trees and green areas. Next, he listed the members of the organizing and scientific committees and commented that the web page of the conference is already working.

The registration fees will be similar to those of the ILAS 2022 Conference at Galway and some relevant dates (expected) will be: (1) September 2022: call for contributed Minisymposia; (2) December 2022: call for contributed talks and posters; and (3) February 2023: call for registration and abstract submission.

Fernando De Terán informed that the plenary speakers were being selected and that the next immediate tasks were the selection of the invited Minisymposia and the complete development of the webpage.

President Szyld asked about hotels in Madrid. Fernando De Terán answered that Madrid is a big city with many hotels and that the organization is working for recommending some of them in the webpage.

ii. Any other business

President Szyld asked if somebody wanted to discuss any other issue. No other issues were discussed.

G. Adjournment

President Szyld thanked the committees' chairs or their representatives for their presentations, which illustrate the breadth and depth of the Society's activities. He also commented on the breadth of the plenary talks at the meeting and commended the Scientific Committee for that. Finally, he thanked the Local organizers for a great meeting.

President Szyld adjourned the meeting at 18:05 GMT+1


Respectfully submitted by Froilán Dopico, Vice-President of ILAS.
2022 June 27
ILAS-NET Message No. 2424
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Françoise Tisseur
SUBJECT: 2022 Householder Prize Winner

The 2022 Alston S. Householder Prize for the best PhD thesis in numerical linear algebra earned between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was awarded to Heather Wilber for the thesis "Computing Numerically with Rational Functions" (Cornell University).

Honorable mentions were awarded to:
• Sungwoo Jeong for the thesis "Linear Algebra, Random Matrices and Lie Theory" (MIT); and
• Maria del Carmen Quintana Ponce for the thesis "Linearizations of Rational Matrices" (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid).

Françoise Tisseur
Chair of the 2022 Householder Prize Committee
2022 June 13
ILAS-NET Message No. 2423
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Apoorva Khare
SUBJECT: Matrix Analysis and Entrywise Positivity Preservers

Matrix Analysis and Entrywise Positivity Preservers (London Math Society Lecture Notes / TRIM)
Apoorva Khare (2022)
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108867122

Consider this new title for your personal collection and recommend it to your institutional library.

Available in Paperback or eBook format, on CUP (and other sites e.g. Amazon):
https://www.cambridge.org/in/academic/subjects/mathematics/algebra/matrix-analysis-and-entrywise-positivity-preservers?format=PB

Book description
Matrices and kernels with positivity structures, and the question of entrywise functions preserving them, have been studied throughout the 20th century, attracting recent interest in connection to high-dimensional covariance estimation. This is the first book to systematically develop the theoretical foundations of the entrywise calculus, focusing on entrywise operations - or transforms - of matrices and kernels with additional structure, which preserve positive semidefiniteness. Designed as an introduction for students, it presents an in-depth and comprehensive view of the subject, from early results to recent progress. Topics include: structural results about, and classifying the preservers of positive semidefiniteness and other Loewner properties (monotonicity, convexity, super-additivity); historical connections to metric geometry; classical connections to moment problems; and recent connections to combinatorics and Schur polynomials. Based on the author's course, the book is structured for use as lecture notes, including exercises for students, yet can also function as a comprehensive reference text for experts.

Reviews
"Positive definite matrices, kernels, sequences and functions, and operations on them that preserve their positivity, have been studied intensely for over a century. The techniques involved in their analysis and the variety of their applications both continue to grow. This book is an admirably comprehensive and lucid account of the topic. It includes some very recent developments in which the author has played a major role. This will be a valuable resource for researchers and an excellent text for a graduate course."—Rajendra Bhatia, Ashoka University

"Khare demonstrates an extensive knowledge of this material and has taken considerable responsibility in presenting a blend of classical and contemporary topics in an appealing style opening the text to a broad readership with an interest in matrix positivity and their associated preservers. I expect this reference will be indispensable for both new and active researchers in this subject area."—Shaun Fallat, University of Regina

"The opening notes of this symphony of ideas were written by Schur in 1911. Schoenberg, Loewner, Rudin, Herz, Hiai, FitzGerald, Jain, Guillot, Rajaratnam, Belton, Putinar, and others composed new themes and variations. Now, Khare has orchestrated a masterwork that includes his own harmonies in an elegant synthesis. This is a work of impressive scholarship."—Roger Horn, University of Utah (Retired)

"Classical chapters of matrix analysis and function theory are masterfully interlaced by the author with very recent advances. The resulting journey is distinguished by a careful balance between technical detail and historical notes. Relevant exercises and open problems challenge the reader. The joy of fresh discovery permeates every page of the book."—Mihai Putinar, University of California, Santa Barbara and Newcastle University

"It has been known since the classical product theorem of Schur that the positivity properties of matrices can interact well with entrywise transformations. This monograph systematically explores this surprisingly rich interaction and its connections to such topics as metric geometry or the theory of Schur polynomials; it will be a useful resource for researchers in this area."—Terence Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
2022 June 01
ILAS-NET Message No. 2422
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Louis Deaett
SUBJECT: IMAGE 68—Latest bulletin of ILAS online now

Spring is here, and so is the latest issue of ILAS IMAGE! Read an interview with Leslie Hogben and a retrospective on 25 years of the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. Our feature article surveys the problem of constructing combinatorial matrix designs for pooled testing for COVID-19, but try not to think about COVID-19 as you read about upcoming conferences, including the first in-person ILAS meeting since 2019! Learn about ways to help students conceptualize eigenvectors as tools for solving real problems in this issue's education article. Try to wrap your own mind around four new problems in this issue's Problem Corner—or make a heroic quest out of one of the 9 problems that remain unsolved from our previous five issues. Or just lose yourself in the Treasurer's Report. It's all there and much more too, in issue 68 of IMAGE! Find it here:

https://secureservercdn.net/72.167.241.46/31g.343.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/IMAGE/image68.pdf

Louis Deaett
IMAGE Editor-in-Chief
2022 May 31
ILAS-NET Message No. 2421
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: Linear Algebra Education Seminar (June 2022)

The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar. We meet virtually on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 am (Pacific Time). Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at JudiJMcDonald@gmail.com.

To join the seminar at 8 am on June 7, 2022, follow the link at
https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/.
Mike Michailidis from MATLAB will share with us some ideas about linear algebra from an industry perspective:
How relevant is linear algebra in the industry world? How are fundamental linear algebra concepts perceived and applied in practical applications? Can cutting-edge, industry-oriented research be linear algebraic in nature? In this talk, we will demonstrate the importance and relevance of the subject for (i) hardware-efficient implementation in communication systems and (ii) cyber-security. For the first, we will showcase the value of linear systems solvers whereas for the second, we will explore the realm of matrix decompositions.
2022 May 27                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2420
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Shmuel Friedland
SUBJECT: ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize Madrid 2023

First announcement for the ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize

The ILAS Richard A. Brualdi early career award committee is soliciting nominations for the ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize. 

The prize is awarded to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of linear algebra who is within seven (7) years of receiving the PhD (or equivalent degree) as of October 1 of the year before the award, for distinguished contributions to the field. The prize committee may consider exceptions to the seven-year rule in the case of career interruptions.

The deadline for submissions is  October 1st 2022.

The prize will be awarded at the ILAS meeting in Madrid, Spain, June 12-16, 2023. The complete guidelines are available at https://ilasic.org/brualdi-guidelines/. 

The Committee members are: Marina Arav, Shmuel Friedland, Volker Mehrmann, Daniel Szyld
2022 May 27                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2419
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM:  Heike Faßbender
SUBJECT: Call for Proposals to Organize the 2025 Householder Symposium

The Householder Committee seeks a team to organize the 2025 Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra. The deadline for submitting a proposal is June 10, 2022.

Guidelines for preparing a proposal can be found at https://users.ba.cnr.it/iac/irmanm21/HHXXI/HH25.html.

Complete proposals as well as any questions that may arise can be emailed to the Chair of the Householder Committee, Heike Faßbender (h.fassbender@tu-bs.de).

Please note: Proposals by professional congress and convention bureaus will not be considered. No contact information about local members of our community will be provided.
2022 May 25
ILAS-NET Message No. 2418
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Helena Šmigoc
SUBJECT: 2022 ILAS Conference Posters

The deadline for registration and abstract submission for posters for the 2022 ILAS Conference in Galway is June 10. Research graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit a poster to the conference. Please note that registered participants can present a poster in addition to giving a talk. The abstract submission for talks is now closed.

For up-to-date information on the conference please refer to the conference website: ilas2020.ie.

Best wishes,

Helena Šmigoc (on behalf of the local organising committee)
2022 May 19                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2417
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Froilán Dopico
SUBJECT: ILAS 2022 Business Meeting at Galway Conference

Dear ILAS Members,

You are hereby invited to attend the

2022 ILAS BUSINESS MEETING

Thursday June 23, 2022, 17:00-18:30
O'Flaherty Lecture Theatre
Campus of the National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland


Agenda:

A. Reading of Notice of Meeting.
B. Review 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 (chair: Sepideh Stewart)
     ii) Outreach and Membership Committee (chair: David Watkins replaced in the meeting by Andrii Dmytryshyn)
    iii) Journals Committee (chair: Beatrice Meini replaced in the meeting by Froilán Dopico)
    iv) Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (Editor: Froilán Dopico)
     v) IMAGE (Editor: Louis Deaett)
 F. Transaction of Other Business.
      i) Future ILAS meetings
     ii) Any other business
G. Adjournment.


Below are the minutes of the 2021 Business Meeting
2021 ILAS BUSINESS MEETING. Friday May 14, 2021. Virtual via Zoom

Agenda:
A. Reading of Notice of Meeting.
B. Review 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 (chair: Sepideh Stewart)
    ii) Outreach and Membership Committee (chair: David Watkins)
   iii) Journal Committee (chair: Beatrice Meini)
   iv) Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (Editors: Froilán Dopico & Michael Tsatsomeros)
    v) IMAGE (Editor: Louis Deaett)
F. Transaction of Other Business.
    i) Future ILAS meetings
   ii) Any other business
G. Adjournment.

President Szyld called the meeting to order at 11:01 am EDT. President Szyld observed that we met the quorum, as stated in the revised bylaws. These revisions were prepared by a committee with members Leslie Hogben, Peter Šemrl, and Hugo Woerdeman. The attendance during the meeting ranged between 51 to 56 ILAS members.

A. Reading of notice of meeting.

B. Review of the minutes from the previous meeting.

Minutes of the 2019 Business Meeting held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were approved.

C. Report of President and Vice-President

President Szyld started by thanking (i) Former President Peter Šemrl for leaving ILAS in wonderful shape and keeping him on track; (ii) Vice President Hugo Woerdeman for being a fantastic partner; and (iii) Former Secretary/Treasurer Leslie Hogben for providing a steady hand, a well of knowledge, and a source of sage advice.

Next, President Szyld highlighted the Wikipedia page and the newly designed webpages. He pointed out that the new webpages were the results of a big effort with Dominique Guillot providing instrumental help with the overall design and implementation, with Vice-President Hugo Woerdeman masterminding the effort, and with continued strong support by ILAS-NET and ILAS Website Manager Sarah Carnochan Naqvi. Dominique Guillot and Pietro Paparella joined the ILAS-NET/Website team as Assistant Managers.

President Szyld also highlighted the newly introduced Facebook and Twitter pages, which Outreach and Membership Director David Watkins would discuss later on.

President Szyld announced that the board approved a new prize, the ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize, which will be awarded to someone within 7 years of their PhD. For the first installment it will be someone who received their PhD between 2015 and 2022, and he encouraged members to start thinking about possible nominations. In addition, the Board approved the proposal to change the Taussky-Todd Lecture to the ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize. Together with the ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize and the Hans Schneider Prize, ILAS now has a triplet of prizes.

President Szyld continued to discuss the upcoming conferences, with the ILAS 23/SIAM-LA21 meeting next week, the ILAS 24 Galway meeting in June 2022, and the ILAS 25 Madrid meeting in June 2023. For 2025 Szyld and Vice-President for Conferences Raf Vandebril are starting to consider options, and the membership is welcome to put forward ideas and proposals.

Next, President Szyld mentioned that ILAS is now a partner at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). For JMM 2022 the board chose Pauline van den Driessche as the first ILAS Lecturer at the JMM, and in addition there will be ILAS Special Sessions. In response to Kevin vander Meulen’s question what the financial commitment is, President Szyld answered that ILAS will contribute $1000 to the meeting as well as cover the expenses of the ILAS Lecturer.

D. Report of Secretary/Treasurer.

Former Secretary/Treasurer Hogben mentioned that this will be a shared presentation with Secretary/Treasurer Catral as the transition to the new Secretary/Treasurer was very recent. Hogben continued to present the Treasurer’s Report, which will be published in IMAGE 66, and indicated that ILAS is in good financial state that grew in the last year from about $200K to the current balance of about $210K. It was reiterated that as a general rule ILAS is aiming to spend what comes in, as a non-profit organization should. This past year, however, the expenses were close to zero as conferences were cancelled or went virtual. A new expense is the copy-editing of ELA.

Secretary/Treasurer Catral continued and mentioned that:

- ELA started to use a private company Lumina to do the copy-editing.

- The payment options for members now include PayPal and credit card payments via PayPal.

- Processing new members takes time and is typically done once a month. Thus it takes some time before new members show up on the webpages. Secretary/Treasurer Catral asks the membership to keep this in mind, and to please be patient.

Secretary/Treasurer Catral expressed appreciation for donations that were received, and mentioned that the ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize Fund is a new addition to the list of funds.

E. Reports of Committees.

i.   Education Committee

The Education Committee is composed of Anthony Cronin, Judith McDonald, Rachel Quinlan, Sepideh Stewart (chair), and David Strong.

Chair Stewart reported for the committee mentioning that (i) The new Education Committee was appointed in February 2021 and that they had monthly committee meetings since as well as other discussions. (ii) Anthony Cronin is now the editor in charge of the education portion of the IMAGE bulletin. (iii) They are in the process of designing education pages for ILAS website, which will be forwarded to the Board.
(iv) Weekly seminars are being planned starting Fall 2021. (v) The committee is involved in organizing workshops, including a  Mini-Symposium at ILAS 23/SIAM-LA21 (“Linear Algebra Education for the Modern World”) and a Mini-Symposium at ILAS 2022 (Anthony Cronin and Sepideh Stewart are co-organizers of this session, and currently, 12 speakers are invited to present at the conference).

The committee is excited and dedicated to focus on ILAS and its goals and find ways of serving the ILAS community. The committee encourages comments and suggestions from ILAS.

ii. Outreach and Membership Committee

The committee is composed of Minerva Catral, Andrii Dmytryshyn, Federico Poloni, and David Watkins (chair).

Outreach Director Watkins reported for the committee, and mentioned that (i) in Summer 2020 the committee started a membership drive, sending out nearly 1000 letters to Linear Algebraists who are not current members of ILAS, inviting them to join. The ILAS-Net mailing list was a good resource for identifying potential members. Former Secretary/Treasurer Hogben observed that the membership drive led to several new members. The committee is currently collecting names of potential new members by, for instance, going through Linear Algebra journals. Outreach Director Watkins encouraged ILAS members to inform the committee of potential new members the committee could contact.
Watkins continued reporting that the committee started a Facebook page and a Twitter account, and he encourages ILAS members to be a follower via Facebook and Twitter, and contribute posts and send retweets with comments. In addition, he hopes that after Galway there will be new pictures to post.

The committee is also in the process of extending our presence on Wikipedia, and collaborate with Beatrice Meini, chair of the Journals Committee, to make an ELA page on Wikipedia. It was mentioned that Linear Algebra and its Applications has a Wikipedia page.

Finally, the committee is always looking for new corporate sponsors, and hopes to score the MathWorks as a new sponsor. The ILAS members are encouraged to let the committee know of potential sponsors.

Vice-President Woerdeman mentioned that he noticed that a Wikipedia page on the Hans Schneider Prize predated the ILAS Wikipedia page, and wondered if anyone knew who initiated this. Federico Poloni noticed that the initiator wrote several other Wikipedia pages on prizes in Mathematics.

iii.  Journals Committee

The Journals Committee is composed of Louis Deaett (for IMAGE), Froilán Dopico (for ELA), Chi-Kwong Li, Beatrice Meini (chair), and Peter Šemrl.

Chair Meini reported for the committee, starting off with mentioning that the ILAS bulletin IMAGE has interesting articles on activities, interviews, reports, and other items, and that it is doing well. At the moment no new actions are planned regarding IMAGE.

Chair Meini continued, discussing the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (ELA) - the ILAS research journal, and our flagship publication. It is fully open access (no charges for authors/readers). The goal is to make the journal more attractive for authors and to continue to raise the quality of the journal.

The actions that are planned are: (i) advertise the journal, for instance, by creating a Wikipedia page for the journal. (ii) to improve the editorial process (e.g., faster publication times – professional copy-editing supported by ILAS and voluntary donations). In addition, the following actions were taken regarding the editorial board, allowing for a continuous change in editors as well as bringing in younger researchers to the editorial process:

- The President shall appoint at the direction of the Board of Directors and after consultation with the Journal Committee not more than 2 Editors-in-Chiefs (EiCs) for 3-year terms. The EiCs may not serve more than 2 consecutive terms.

- The EiCs shall appoint Advisory Editors for 3-year terms after consultation with the Journal Committee. The Advisory Editors should normally not serve for more than 3 terms. Appointments, renewals, as well as exceptions to the term limit rule, must be approved by the Journal Committee.

- The EiCs shall appoint Associate Editors for 3-year terms after consultation with the Journal Committee. The Associate Editors should normally not serve for more than 2 terms. Appointments, renewals, as well as exceptions to the term limit rule, must be approved by the Journal Committee.

- Once a year, the EiCs shall present a report to the Board of Directors (to be discussed with the Journal Committee) on the operation of the journal since the last such report.

Chair Meini encouraged all ILAS members to submit their papers to ELA, and added that the journal has great editors.

ILAS member Nair Abreu noted that in Brazil open access journals are perceived as having low quality. President Szyld responded that those journals that have page charges are perceived in that way, but that ELA does not have page charges.

iv. ELA


Editor-in-Chief Michael Tsatsomeros reported for ELA. He started out by saying that since the beginning of 2020 ELA has moved online editorial platforms from BePress to Open Journal Systems (OJS). It required a significant effort from all members of the Editorial Board in order to transfer records and adapt to the new environment. Tsatsomeros thanks everyone for their efforts.

Next, he wants to express that ELA must prioritize and strive toward the following goals:


-  Seek greater quality of papers and journal reputation as measured by citations, journal metrics and ranking. Currently, the manuscripts received vary widely in quality as well as in classification. Increasingly, received manuscripts do not fit well in the journal.


- Steer ELA to better reflect and influence the research trends in linear algebra and its applications.

- Attract greater participation in the content of ELA by ILAS members.

Tsatsomeros expressed that the Editors-in-Chief along with the editors aim to be more selective, focusing on modern research and try to improve citations. It continues to be important to receive good papers, which will increase the quality, resulting in more good papers, etc. Tsatsomeros appealed to the membership to trust the direction of ELA and to submit strong papers. He acknowledged that compared to LAA, LAMA and SIMAX, the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra does have some disadvantage as it does not have the recognition of a well-known publisher behind it. In addition, Tsatsomeros mentioned the pursuit of the CNKI (Chinese scholar indexing), which may help to increase ELA’s exposure in the Chinese research community.

Tsatsomeros’s term limit as EIC will end in February 2022, but he will stay available to continue to help with ELA’s development, and asks the ILAS membership for help in supporting ELA.

President Szyld asked what the percentage of papers is that is rejected outright. In 2020 there were 138 out of 219 papers that were rejected outright, which represents a percentage of 63%. The overall rejection rate is about 70%. Vice-President Woerdeman offered that having made ELA more prominent on the new webpages will hopefully also help ELA.

Tsatsomeros finished by thanking all the editors for their service. President Szyld reiterated this sentiment and also thanked Editors-in-Chief Froilán Dopico and Michael Tsatsomeros for all their hard work.

 
v. There was no separate report on IMAGE.

 
F. Transaction of other business

i) Future ILAS meetings

Vice-President for Conferences Vandebril started out by mentioning that the Galway meeting was postponed from 2020 to 2022, and that the Madrid meeting was moved from 2022 to 2023. He thanked the organizers for handling these changes. He continued, mentioning that next week the combined ILAS 23/SIAM-LA21 will take place, and that (i) out of the 88 minisymposia, 11 are designated as ILAS ones; (ii) out of the 72 contributed talks, 8 are designated as ILAS ones; (iii) out of the 14 plenary talks, 4 are designated as ILAS ones. In addition, many participants are identified as ILAS participants. At the time of this writing, it was additionally reported that out of the 324 minisymposia talks, 47 were designated as ILAS.

Next, he introduced Rachel Quinlan, organizer of the 24th ILAS meeting, which will be held at National University of Ireland, Galway, June 20-24, 2022. Quinlan expressed gratitude to many of the main speakers who were flexible in moving their talk to 2022. There will be some changes, though, especially regarding the special lectures as some will happen at ILAS 23/SIAM-LA21. Many minisymposia will also be moved from 2020 to 2022, and there will be a call for contributed minisymposia. She also mentioned some favorable features of the town and the conference site, and encourages ILAS members to check the conference website, ilas2020.ie, where also pandemic related and/or potential virtual component announcements will appear. She expressed the hope to see many in person in Galway. Board member Sebastian Cioabă and ILAS member Nair Abreu subsequently expressed similar sentiments.

To discuss the 25th ILAS meeting Organizer Fernando De Terán was given the floor. ILAS 25 will be held at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain, June 5-9, 2023, a time when the temperatures are typically still pleasant. The location is on the west side of the side of the city, easily accessible from the center of Madrid by public transportation. Support from local government has been promised including a special venue for the banquet and/or the reception: Cecilio Rodríguez Pavillion (Retiro Garden). Next, the local and scientific organizing committees were introduced. They will be working on the webpage, the selection of plenary speakers, and the invited minisymposia.

G. Adjournment

After wishing everybody a good conference the following week, President Szyld adjourned the meeting at 12:07 pm EDT.

Respectfully submitted by Hugo Woerdeman, Vice-President of ILAS.
2022 May 14
ILAS-NET Message No. 2416
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Memorial for Richard S. Varga

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 pm (EDT), there will be a memorial service celebrating the life of RIchard S. Varga at the Fairchild Chapel in Oberlin College, near Cleveland, Ohio. You can attend if you are in the area.

You can also watch the livestream at https://facebook.com/events/s/after-math-a-celebration-of-th/421750369335588/.
2022 May 10
ILAS-NET Message No. 2415
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld & Froilán Dopico
SUBJECT: ILAS President and Vice-President Annual Report (1 May 2022)

ILAS President/Vice President Annual Report: May 1, 2022

Respectfully submitted by Daniel B. Szyld, ILAS President, szyld@temple.edu and Froilán M. Dopico, ILAS Vice President, dopico@math.uc3m.es.

The past year has been another momentous year for ILAS. Among the highlights is the first participation of ILAS as a partner in the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) 2022, thanks to a partnership between ILAS and the American Mathematical Society approved by the ILAS Board in October 2020; a new Welcoming and Inclusiveness Statement; and a new grant program for mathematicians working in Linear Algebra fleeing situations of war or other similar circumstances.

1. Board-approved actions since the last report include:
- The Board approved that ILAS signed an agreement with CNKI (Chinese Journal aggregator online) to post a list of ELA papers, as well as links to the abstracts and the papers themselves. The Board expects that this will increase the visibility of ELA in China.
- The Board approved the “ILAS Welcoming and Inclusiveness Statement”, which can be found at https://ilasic.org/inclusiveness-statement/. If somebody feels harassed or unsafe in any way because of the actions, words, pictures, or expression of any member of ILAS or any participant in any ILAS conference or activity, the contact persons are the Executive Board, the Organizers of the conference or activity, and the following three respected former officers of ILAS (Leslie Hogben, Stephen Kirkland, and Chi-Kwong Li).
- President Szyld informed the board of an impending major gift from Taylor and Francis, of approximately $60K which will endow the LAMA lecture, and possibly other ILAS activities and programs. This gift was negotiated by the ILAS member and co-Editor-in-Chief of LAMA Stephen Kirkland. We extend sincere thanks to Stephen and Taylor and Francis for making this donation possible.
- The Board approved the institution of an investment oversight committee consisting of the ILAS President, the Secretary/Treasurer team, and an additional ILAS member. Michael Tsatsomeros will serve as the additional ILAS member until the end of President Szyld's term, which is February 28, 2023. Since then, an account with Vanguard has been opened, and initial investments in index funds were made. Funds needed to run the Society for six years are kept in cash.
- The Board approved the new “ILAS Grant Program in support of Mathematicians working in Linear Algebra affected by conflicts” as a pilot program to be reassessed after two years, at which point the Board will decide to continue or adjust the program based on how it performed. The guidelines of the program can be found at https://ilasic.org/grants-conflict/.

2. Other news:
• There were two recipients of the 2022 Hans Schneider Prize. (1) Pauline van den Driessche from the University of Victoria (Canada) was cited for her influential contributions in combinatorial matrix theory, in mathematical biology and the interaction between these two areas. She will present her lecture at the 24th ILAS Conference in Galway, Ireland, June 20-24, 2022; (2) Nicholas J. Higham from the University of Manchester (UK) was cited for his fundamental contributions in the analysis of a wide range of numerical linear algebra problems and matrix functions. He will present his lecture at the 25th ILAS Conference in Madrid, Spain, June 12-16, 2023.

● The Joint Mathematics Meetings 2022 (an ILAS partner conference) originally scheduled to take place in January 2022 in person in Seattle, was postponed until April 2022 due to the COVID pandemic and the modality was changed to virtual. The first ILAS Lecture at the JMM was delivered by Pauline van den Driessche, and there were three ILAS Special Sessions.

● The Executive Board chose, by recommendation of the JMM Committee, Apoorva Khare (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) to be the ILAS Lecturer at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, January 4-7, 2023. In addition to this ILAS Lecture, there are four ILAS Special Sessions scheduled at JMM 2023, three on research topics and one on education.

● A Wikipedia page was created for ELA. The ILAS member Federico Poloni (Universita di Pisa) did a great volunteer job in creating and attending this page. We express our sincere gratitude to Federico for his excellent work from which ELA and ILAS will benefit for many years to come.

3. ILAS elections ran January 5, 2022–January 25, 2022, and proceeded via electronic voting. The following were elected to offices with three-year terms that began on March 1, 2022:
● Vice President: Froilán M. Dopico
● Board of Directors: Paola Boito and Lek-Heng Lim
The following continue in the ILAS offices which they currently hold:
- President: Daniel Szyld (term ends February 28, 2023)
- Secretary/Treasurer: Minerva Catral (term ends February 29, 2024)
- Second Vice President (for ILAS conferences): Raf Vandebril (term ends June 30, 2023)
- Assistant Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Tait (term ends February 28, 2023)
- Board of Directors: Sebastian Cioabă (term ends February 28, 2023), Dragana Cvetković Ilić (term ends February 28, 2023), Melina Freitag (term ends February 29, 2024), and Apoorva Khare (term ends February 29, 2024).

On February 28, 2022, Hugo Woerdeman completed two consecutive terms as ILAS Vice President, for a total of six years on the ILAS Executive Board. Hugo Woerdeman will now serve a one-year term on the Executive Board and on the Board of Directors as Past Vice President until February 28, 2023. We extend sincere thanks to Hugo for his dedicated service to the Society.

On February 28, 2022, Leslie Hogben completed her one-year term on the Executive Board and on the Board of Directors as Past Secretary/Treasurer. We extend sincere thanks to Leslie for her very long and dedicated service to the Society.

Valeria Simoncini and Michael Tsatsomeros completed their terms on the ILAS Board of Directors on February 28, 2022. We thank them for their valuable contributions as Board members; their service to ILAS is most appreciated.

We also thank the members of the Nominating Committee –Gianna Maria Del Corso, Stephen Kirkland, Michael Overton, Peter Šemrl (chair) and Vilmar Trevisan– for their efforts on behalf of ILAS, and all of the nominees for their participation in the elections.

4. New appointments:
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Michael Tait
ILAS Website Manager
Dominique Guillot
ILAS-NET Manager
Pietro Paparella
Investment Oversight Committee
Minerva Catral
Daniel Szyld
Michael Tait
Michael Tsatsomeros

5. ILAS has endorsed the following conferences and seminar series of interest to ILAS members that have taken place since the last President/Vice President annual report:
- Online seminar series on Numerical Linear Algebra, Alternating Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. CET (Central European Time). https://sites.google.com/view/e-nla/home
- Online seminar series ‘Communications in Numerical Linear Algebra’, Weekly Seminar Series Mondays at 3:00 p.m. CET (Central European Time) https://sites.google.com/view/commnla/home
- SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (LA21), held virtually, originally scheduled in New Orleans, LA, USA, May 17-21, 2021. ILAS 2021 conference was embedded in this conference. Bryan Shader was the ILAS-ELA 25th Anniversary Lecturer, Paola Boito was an ILAS Lecturer, Raf Vandebril was the ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize lecturer, and Lek-Heng Lim was a Hans Schneider Prize Lecturer. https://www. siam.org/conferences/cm/conference/la21
- Western Canada Linear Algebra Meeting, held virtually. Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada, May 29-30, 2021. https://www.brandonu.ca/wclam/
- Applied Matrix Positivity, held virtually. International Centre for Mathematical Science, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 19-23, 2021. https://www.icms.org.uk/events/workshops/amp
- International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications (IWOTA 2021) held virtually. Lancaster, England, UK, August 16-20, 2021. Vern Paulsen was an Israel Gohberg ILAS-IWOTA Lecturer. https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/maths/iwotauk2021/ - Matrix Equations and Tensor Techniques Workshop, Perugia, Italy, September 9-10, 2021, held in a hybrid format. https://indico.cs.dm.unipi.it/event/7/
- International Conference on Linear Algebra and its Applications (ICLAA 2021) CARAMS, MAHE, Manipal, India, December 15-17, 2021, held virtually. Stephen Kirkland was a Hans Schneider ILAS Lecturer. https://carams.in/events/iclaa2021/
- Latest trends and insights into matrix theory, iterative methods, and preconditioning. Conference celebrating Daniel Szyld’s 65th birthday. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 24-26, 2022. https://www.maths.tcd.ie/~ksoodha/szyld2022/

6. ILAS endorsed the following conferences of interest to ILAS members that will take place in the next months:
● A joint meeting of ALAMA and "Due giorni di algebra lineare numerica" (ALAMA 2022-ALN2gg). Universidad de Alcal (University of Alcala, UAH), Alcala de Henares, Spain, June 1-3, 2022. Francoise Tisseur will be an ILAS Lecturer. https://congresosalcala.fgua.es/alama2020/
● The 16th Workshop on Numerical Ranges and Numerical Radii (WONRA 2022). Hotel Termas da Curia, Portugal, June 12-15, 2022. http://www.mat.uc.pt/~wonra2022/
● XXI Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra. Selva di Fasano, Italy, June 12-17, 2022. https://users.ba.cnr.it//iac/irmanm21/HHXXI/index.html
● 9th International Conference on Matrix Analysis and Applications (ICMAA 2022). University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, June 15-17, 2022. https://sites.google.com/view/icmaa-2022
● International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications (IWOTA 2022) Krak w, Poland, September 6-10, 2022. Hugo J. Woerdeman will be a Hans Schneider ILAS Lecturer. https://iwota2022.urk.edu.pl

7. The following ILAS conferences are scheduled:
● The 24th ILAS Conference is scheduled to be held at National University of Ireland, Galway, June 20–24, 2022. The co-chairs of the organizing committee are Rachel Quinlan and Helena Šmigoc. Ilse Ipsen was chosen to deliver the LAA Lecture, Shmuel Friedland the LAMA Lecture, Misha Kilmer the SIAG/LA Lecture, Pauline van den Driessche the Hans Schneider Prize Lecture, and Paul van Dooren the Israel Gohberg ILAS-IWOTA Lecture. http://ilas2020.ie/
● The 25th ILAS Conference is scheduled to be held at Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural (The School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources), of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, June 12-16, 2023. The chair of the organizing committee is Fernando De Terán.

8. The Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (ELA) is now in its 38th volume. ELA’s URL is https://journals.uwyo.edu/index.php/ela.

Volume 37 was published in 2021 and contains 46 papers. ELA receives over 210 papers every year. Its acceptance rate is less than 25%. In 2021, 24193 downloads and 66177 abstract views of ELA papers occurred.

Froilán M. Dopico (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) is the Editor-in-Chief.

On February 28, 2022, Michael Tsatsomeros (Washington State University) completed two consecutive terms as Editor-in-Chief of ELA, for a total of six years as Editor-in-Chief, which is the maximum period currently allowed by ILAS Bylaws. Michael will continue serving on ELA Editorial Board as Advisory Editor. We sincerely thank Michael very much for his many years of great service to ELA, which started in 2003 as Associate Managing Editor.

ILAS members are strongly encouraged to submit their work to ELA, the flagship research journal of our society.

9. IMAGE is the semi-annual bulletin for ILAS, available online at https://ilasic.org/image/ . The Editor-in-Chief is Louis Deaett (Quinnipiac University). In 2021, the website of IMAGE received 759 visits.

10. ILAS-NET is a moderated electronic newsletter for mathematicians worldwide, with a focus on linear algebra; until December 2021 it was managed by Sarah Carnochan Naqvi (University of Regina). Currently it is managed by Pietro Paparella (University of Washington Bothell). We sincerely thank Sarah for her fourteen years of excellent service to our society. An archive of ILAS-NET messages is available at https://ilasic.org/ilas-net/ . To send a message to ILAS-NET, please send the message (preferably in text format) in an email to pietrop@uw.edu indicating that you would like it to be posted on ILAS-NET. If the message is approved, it will be posted soon afterwards. To subscribe to ILAS-NET, please go to https://www.ilasic.org/ilas-net/. By April 11, 2022, there were 1093 contacts in the ILAS-NET "audience", of which 965 were subscribers. In 2021, the website of ILAS-NET received 182 visits.

11. ILAS’s website is located at https://ilasic.org/ and highlights the main activities of ILAS: the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (ELA), the conferences, IMAGE, ILAS-NET, and other activities. In addition, the website provides general information about ILAS (e.g., ILAS officers, bylaws, special lecturers, ILAS prizes) as well as links to pages of interest to the ILAS community. Currently it is managed by Dominique Guillot (University of Delaware). In 2021, the website of ILAS received 9971 pageviews, from users from 96 different countries. The front page received 4480 of these pageviews, the conference page 865, and the IMAGE page 759.

Finally, we want to express our great gratitude to all the officers of ILAS who all show wonderful dedication to the society, as well as to all the individual members of ILAS and our corporate sponsors. Without any of them ILAS would not be what it is today.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel B. Szyld, ILAS President (szyld@temple.edu); and
Froilán M. Dopico, ILAS Vice President (dopico@math.uc3m.es)
2022 May 06                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2414
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Ilse Ipsen to deliver Olga Tausky-Todd Lecture at ICIAM 2023

Please join me in congratulating ILAS member Ilse Ipsen from North Carolina State University who was chosen to deliver the Olga Tausky-Todd Lecture at ICIAM 2023, the International Conference of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, to be held in Tokyo in August 2023.

See the announcement at https://iciam2023.org/1368.

Daniel Szyld
ILAS President
2022 May 5
ILAS-NET Message No. 2413
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Rachel Quinlan
SUBJECT: Early-bird Registration Deadline Extension

Dear All:

The deadline for registration for the 2022 ILAS Conference in Galway (www.ilas2020.ie) at the early bird rate, and also at the student rate, has been extended to May 13. The deadline for booking of conference accommodation on campus, through the conference website, is also May 13. Advice on how to arrange accommodation after that (on campus or elsewhere) will be posted at http://ilas2020.ie/accommodation. The conference organisers will not be in a position to make accommodation bookings for participants. Prospective participants are advised to make arrangements as early as feasible, as June is a busy time for tourism.

Looking forward to seeing you in Galway.

Best wishes,
Rachel Quinlan (on behalf of the local organising committee)
2022 April 27                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2412
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar

We meet virtually on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 am (PST). Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at JudiJMcDonald@gmail.com.
 
To join the seminar at 8 am on May 3, 2022, follow the link at 
https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/.
Sepideh Stewart will share with us:

Blending embodied, symbolic, and formal thinking in linear algebra: The experiences of a mathematician and his students     
Sepideh Stewart
University of Oklahoma

A deep understanding of linear algebra concepts requires recognizing and grasping many different representations of the concepts. Mathematicians often move fluently between various representations and modes of thinking while solving problems or explaining ideas. Employing Tall’s (2008; 2013) three-world model of the embodied, symbolic, and formal worlds of mathematical thinking, as both a theoretical perspective and a pedagogical tool and the notion of blending (Fauconnier & Turner, 2002), we studied a mathematician (instructor and co-researcher) and his linear algebra students over a semester. The results of this study are based on the analysis of the mathematician’s teaching journals, two student surveys, and a student interview. Our working hypothesis is that blending the embodied, symbolic, and formal worlds encourage a richer conceptual understanding of linear algebra. Our study revealed the instructor, and his students valued the unique advantages each world gives; however, only the mathematician strategically utilized blends of the various worlds.

This is joint work with Jonathan Epstein, Jonathan Troup and Aidan Powers.
2022 April 22                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2411
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Stefan Güttel
SUBJECT: Advances in Numerical Linear Algebra: Celebrating the 60th birthday of Nick Higham

Registration is now open for the Advances in Numerical Linear Algebra workshop taking place at the University of Manchester (UK) from 6th to 8th of July 2022: https://nla-group.org/njh60/. 

The workshop celebrates the 60th birthday of Nick Higham and features more than 30 invited speakers and a poster session. The workshop will bring together researchers to discuss current developments in numerical linear algebra, challenges in the light of evolving computer hardware and the changing needs of applications.

Registration is open until 6th of June at the latest, but places are strictly limited and early registration is advisable. Further details can be found on https://nla-group.org/njh60/.
2022 April 14                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2410
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: ILAS launches program to aid mathematicians affected by conflicts

The Board of Directors of the International Linear Algebra Society launched a program to offer financial help to researchers in Mathematics with connections to Linear Algebra around the world who are affected by wars, oppression, or persecution.

The program is named "ILAS Grant Program in support of Mathematicians working in Linear Algebra affected by conflicts" and calls for applications of affected persons for a grant of up to $1,000.

Guidelines and more details can be found at: https://ilasic.org/grants-conflict/.

Inquiries can be sent to ILAS President Daniel Szyld
2022 April 14
ILAS-NET Message No. 2409
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Major gift from Taylor and Francis (LAMA)

Taylor and Francis, the publishers of Linear and Multilinear Algebra (LAMA), made a major gift to ILAS. They donated $60K which will endow the LAMA lecture at each of the ILAS conferences (and possibly other ILAS activities or programs).

We are grateful to Taylor and Francis for this donation, and for their continuous support of ILAS conferences.

We thank ILAS member Stephen Kirkland, a co-editor-in-chief of LAMA, who made this donation possible.

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 April 12                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2408
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: ILAS Secretary/Treasurer
SUBJECT: ILAS membership list updated

The ILAS membership list on the ILAS website has been updated (https://ilasic.org/current-members/) and now includes only 2022 members.   

If you are not a member or was a former member, I encourage you to join ILAS using the online form at https://ilasic.org/join-ilas/. 

If you believe your name should be on the list, and you cannot find it there, please contact the ILAS Secretary-Treasurer, Minerva Catral (ILASsecretarytreasurer@gmail.com).   
2022 April 12                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2407
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Lek-Heng Lim receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Please join me in congratulating ILAS member Lek-Heng Lim (and recent Hans Schneider Prize recipient), who has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2022.

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 April 8                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2406
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Helena Šmigoc
SUBJECT: 24th ILAS Conference—deadline for abstract-submission extended

The 24th ILAS Conference will take place from June 20–24 this year in Galway, Ireland.

Abstract submission is open for mini-symposium and contributed talks, and for posters. The deadline for submitting an abstract has been extended to 11:59 pm (IST) on April 22. To submit your abstract, please visit ilas2020.ie/abstracts, download the template there and upload your completed .tex file according to the advice on the website. 

Each speaker is limited to one abstract for a talk, with the exception of speakers in the Education and History mini-symposia. The same template can be used for talks and posters, and participants are welcome to submit one abstract for a talk and one for a poster.

Registration for the conference is open at ilas2020.ie/registration. The deadline for registering is May 6. 

Information about travel to Galway and accommodation options can be found at the conference website ilas2020.ie, which will be updated frequently in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you in June.
2022 March 31                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2405
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: ILAS members named as 2022 SIAM Fellows

Congratulations to the following four ILAS members who were named as Class of 2022 SIAM Fellows:

Zlatko Drmač
Chen Greif
Daniel Kressner
Lek-Heng Lim

Very proud of having them in our midst!

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 March 31
ILAS-NET Message No. 2404
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: Linear Algebra Education Seminar (Raf Vandebril)

The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar. We meet virtually on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 am (PST). Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at JudiJMcDonald@gmail.com.

To join the seminar at 8 am on April 5, 2022, follow the link at https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/. Raf Vandebril will share with us his ideas and experience on the following:

Linear Algebra in its abstract setting is a powerful tool with many applications at hand. To make our mathematics tangible to the students we need to take their interests into account when selecting demonstrations. In this lecture we illustrate how we were able to make the course attractive and reveal that it is an essential part in the educational program for students civil engineering. We illustrate how we redesigned the course with hands-on sessions to enhance the interactions and we focus especially on the practicum. Here we link the courses mechanics, analysis, informatics, and linear algebra by executing a vibration analysis of a shear building. From the mechanical interactions, differential equations are deduced leading to an eigenvalue problem, solved with a python toolbox. Students will then see how the computed eigenvectors and eigenvalues link back to the physical scale model of the shear building that will be excited.

Recordings of the seminars, and slides where appropriate, are available on the ILAS-ED webpage You can view the recordings or download the slides of past seminars at the ILAS-ED webpage: https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/.
2022 March 22
ILAS-NET Message No. 2403
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Heike Faßbender
SUBJECT: Call for Proposals to Organize the 2025 Householder Symposium

The Householder Committee seeks a team to organize the 2025 Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra. The deadline for submitting a proposal is June 1, 2022.

Guidelines for preparing a proposal can be found at https://users.ba.cnr.it/iac/irmanm21/HHXXI/HH25.html.

Complete proposals as well as any questions that may arise can be emailed to the Chair of the Householder Committee, Heike Faßbender (h.fassbender@tu-bs.de).

Please note: Proposals by professional congress and convention bureaus will not be considered. No contact information about local members of our community will be provided.
2022 March 21                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2402
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Anne Greenbaum named AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer

Congratulations to ILAS member Anne Greenbaum who was named AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer.

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) have announced that Anne Greenbaum has been selected as the 2022 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer. Her lecture “Two of my Favorite Problems” will be delivered at the hybrid SIAM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 11–15, 2022.
2022 March 18
ILAS-NET Message No. 2401
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Joseph Brennan
SUBJECT: CBMS Conference "Interface of Mathematical Biology and Linear Algebra"

We are delighted to announce that the CBMS conference "Interface of Mathematical Biology and Linear Algebra" will be held (in person) on May 23–27, 2022, at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

This CBMS conference focuses on the cutting-edge studies at the interface of these two long-time interacting mathematical branches, which has witnessed significant new advances at a higher level. Specifically, recent advances of new algebraic theories and novel applications of classic matrix results have helped to resolve many challenges in mathematical biology, while biologically driven research problems have also attracted an increasing number of researchers in the field of linear algebra.

The conference features ten main lectures co-delivered by three principal lecturers: Pauline van den Driessche (University of Victoria), Stephen Kirkland (University of Manitoba), and Mark Lewis (University of Alberta). In addition, participants will form 6–8 groups and work on a selected research project under the supervision of a principal lecturer or a senior speaker. [Thus, we welcome submissions of research projects related to the conference focus.] A poster session will be held to include contributed presentations.

Detailed information regarding conference registration, financial support, accommodation, and travel can be found at the conference website: https://sciences.ucf.edu/math/cbms.

Please feel free to contact us via the conference email address (2022cbms@gmail.com) if you have any questions. We hope to see you in Orlando this May!

CBMS Local Organizing Committee
Joseph Brennan, Deguang Han, Andrew Nevai, Yuanwei Qi, and Zhisheng Shuai
University of Central Florida
2022 March 15
ILAS-NET Message No. 2400
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Rachel Quinlan
SUBJECT: 24th ILAS Conference: Abstract Submission Now Open

Dear All:

Abstract submission is now open for minisymposium and contributed talks, and for posters, at the 24th ILAS Conference. The conference will take place from June 20-24 this year in Galway, Ireland. To submit your abstract, please visit ilas2020.ie/abstracts, download the template there and upload your completed .tex file according to the advice on the website. Each speaker is limited to one abstract for a talk, with the exception of speakers in the Education and History minisymposia. The same template can be used for talks and posters, and participants are welcome to submit one abstract for a talk and one for a poster.

Registration for the conference will open on March 31 at ilas2020.ie/registration.

Information about travel to Galway and accommodation options can be found at the conference website ilas2020.ie, which will be updated frequently in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you in June.

With best wishes,

Rachel Quinlan (on behalf of the local organizing committee)
2022 March 13                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2399
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: ILAS Lectures at Non-ILAS Conferences and General Support of Non-ILAS Conferences and Seminars

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 financial 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.
• 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 of ILAS about what you may propose.

This is a reminder that there is a deadline of 30 September 2022 for receipt of proposals for sponsorship of ILAS Lectures at non-ILAS meetings and for general support of conferences taking place in 2023. 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.

A statement whether the conference will adhere to the ILAS Welcoming and Inclusiveness Statement should be included in the proposal. Further details on the guidelines for proposals can be found at the following link: https://ilasic.org/non-ilas-guidelines/.

In addition, ILAS may endorse a Non-ILAS conference, without financial support. Such endorsed meetings can list ILAS' endorsement on their website, and in turn, the conferences are listed on the website of ILAS-Endorsed Meetings: https://ilasic.org/conferences/#ilas-endorsed-meetings

During the Covid-19 pandemic, ILAS is also endorsing online global seminars of interest to the Linear Algebra Community. Application for such endorsement can be done following the same guidelines as for conference endorsements.
2022 March 13                                                   
ILAS-NET Message No. 2398
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Raf Vandebril
SUBJECT: Special Sessions for the JMM 2023

Gentle Reminder, the deadline March 31 is approaching.

As ILAS has become a partner with the AMS for the annual Joint Mathematical Meetings (JMM), we are again soliciting proposals for ILAS Special Sessions for the JMM meeting in Boston, Jan 4–7, 2023.

If you want to organize a Special Session please send a short proposal with the title of the session (and possible speakers) to our Vice-President for Conferences Raf Vandebril (raf.vandebril@kuleuven.be) as soon as you can, but no later than March 21, as the JMM deadline for submissions is March 31, 2022.
2022 March 11
ILAS-NET Message No. 2397
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Heike Faßbender
SUBJECT: Householder Symposium XXI, June 2022 (Deadline approaching)

The Householder Symposium XXI on Numerical Linear Algebra has been rescheduled to be held at Hotel Sierra Silvana, Selva di Fasano (Br), Italy, 12-17 June 2022. The Symposium will be in person, no hybrid form will be offered.

Web page: https://users.ba.cnr.it//iac/irmanm21/HHXXI/index.html.

The deadline for resubmissions and new applications is 15 March 2022.
2022 March 11
ILAS-NET Message No. 2396
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Richard Brualdi, Leslie Hogben, and Carolyn Reinhart are featured in Quanta Magazine.

Kudos to ILAS members Richard Brualdi, Leslie Hogben, and Carolyn Reinhart who are featured in an article in Quanta Magazine: https://www.quantamagazine.org/in-new-math-proofs-artificial-intelligence-plays-to-win-20220307/.
2022 March 07
ILAS-NET Message No. 2395
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Hugo Woerdeman
SUBJECT: JMM 2022 to take place virtually April 6-9.

Dear Colleagues:

The Joint Mathematics Meetings 2022 will now take place virtually April 6-9, and the program includes many lectures by ILAS members. Here is the information we sent in an earlier ILAS-Net message:

Please check out the Joint Mathematics Meetings program that includes ILAS-JMM lecturer Pauline van den Driessche, as well as special session speakers Marina Arav, Boris Brimkov, Minerva Catral, Bryan A. Curtis, Raúl Curto, Shaun M. Fallat, Mary Flagg, Luyining Gan, Anne Greenbaum, Jamie Haddock, H. Tracy Hall, Leslie Hogben, Franklin Kenter, Pan-Shun Lau, Chi-Kwong Li, Jephian C.-H. Lin, Judi J. McDonald, Michael Overton, Linda Patton, Carolyn Reinhart, Bryan L. Shader, Ilya M. Spitkovsky, Sepideh Stewart, Jeffrey Stuart, Michael Tait, Michael J. Tsatsomeros, Frank Uhlig, Hein Van Der Holst, Henry Wolkowicz, Derek Young, Paul F. Zachlin, and many others.

Below are some sessions that we would like to highlight. Hope to see you online, April 6-9!

ILAS lecturer Pauline van den Driessche: Sign patterns meet dynamical systems:

https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/5206.

ILAS Special Sessions can be found on the following page:

https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Program/1051.

1/ The Inverse Eigenvalue Problem for a Graph, Zero Forcing, Throttling and Related Topics, organized by Mary Flagg and Hein Van der Holst:

https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3544
https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3557

2/ Matrix Analysis and Applications, organized by Luyining Gan, Tin-Yau Tam, and Mohsen Aliabadi:

https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3587
https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3629

3/ The Interplay of Matrix Analysis and Operator Theory, organized by Kelly Bickel, Hugo J Woerdeman, Ryan K. Tully-Doyle, and Meredith Sargent:

https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3667
https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3711
https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3747

AMS Special Sessions organized by ILAS members:

1/ Finding Needles in Haystacks: Approaches to Inverse Problems Using Combinatorics and Linear Algebra (a Mathematics Research Communities Session), organized by Shahla Nasserasr, Sam Spiro, and Emily J Olson:

https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3571
https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3614

2/ Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach Linear Algebra, organized by David M. Strong, Sepideh Stewart, Megan Wawro, and Gil Strang:

https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3732
https://meetings.ams.org/math/jmm2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3781
2022 March 04
ILAS-NET Message No. 2394
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Pamela Bye
SUBJECT: 7th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization

7th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization
29 June–1 July 2022, University of Birmingham, UK
https://ima.org.uk/12530/7th-ima-conference-on-numerical-linear-algebra-and-optimization/

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 procedures.
• 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
• Gabriele Eichfelder (TU Ilmenau)
• Pierre Antoine Absil (University of Louvain)
• Zlatko Drmac (University of Zagreb)
• Moritz Diehl (University of Freiburg)
• David Silvester (University of Manchester)
• Frank Curtis (Lehigh University)

Registration

Registration is currently open at https://my.ima.org.uk/. 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 and Mini-Symposiums

Mini-symposium proposals and contributed talks are invited on all aspects of numerical linear algebra and optimization. Mini-symposium proposals should be submitted to conferences@ima.org.uk by 27 March 2022. 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 10 April 2022. Contributed talks and mini-symposia talks will be accepted on the basis of a one page extended abstract which should be submitted by 27 March 2022 online at https://my.ima.org.uk/ or by e-mail to conferences@ima.org.uk. Authors will be advised of acceptance by 10 April 2022. A book of abstracts will be made available to delegates at the conference.

Key deadlines
Mini-symposia proposals: 27 March 2022
Notification of acceptance of mini-symposia: 10 April 2022
Abstract submission: 27 March 2022
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 10 April 2022

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 2022
Conference fees include refreshments and lunches throughout the conference.

Day Delegate rate:
A Day Delegate rate is also available for this Conference if you would like to attend one of the scheduled Conference days. If you would like to find out more information about our Day Delegate rate, please contact us at conferences@ima.org.uk.

Accommodation
The IMA have booked accommodation at Edgbaston Park Hotel on hold for delegates on a first-come, first-serve basis. The room is £90 Single occupancy, B&B which will be available to book until 16 June 2022.

If you are interested in booking at this rate, please contact the Conferences Department for the booking code.

Organising Committee:
Michal Kocvara, University of Birmingham (co-chair)
Daniel Loghin, University of Birmingham (co-chair)
Coralia Cartis, University of Oxford
Nick Gould, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Philip Knight, University of Strathclyde
Jennifer Scott, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Valeria Simoncini, University of Bologna

COVID
We plan to run conferences in person as advertised; however, if government guidance changes then we will consider holding affected events online using Zoom.

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.

Email: conferences@ima.org.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020.
2022 March 1                                                 
ILAS-NET Message No. 2393
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Renewal of ILAS leadership

Dear ILAS members:

Every March 1st there is some rotation and renewal of the ILAS leadership.

Hugo Woerdeman has completed two terms as ILAS Vice-President. Leslie Hogben has completed a year as past-Secretary-Treasurer.

I will miss their sage advise, unparalleled organizational skills, and eye for detail.

Valeria Simoncini and Michael Tsatsomeros completed their terms on the ILAS Board of Directors.

Please join me in thanking all four for their dedication to our Society.

Michael Tsatsomeros also is ending his second term as co-editor-in-chief of ELA, the Electronic Journal on Linear Algebra, our flagship research journal. He will continue as Advisory Editor.

We appreciate tremendously Michael's work.  He has been contributing to the functioning of ELA for almost two decades.

The new ILAS VP is Froilán Dopico. The two new members of the ILAS Board are Paola Boito and Lek-Heng Lim. Froilán Dopico is now the Editor-in-Chief of ELA.

Please join me in welcoming them!

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 February 27
ILAS-NET Message No. 2392
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: Richard S. Varga (1928–2022)

It is with great sadness that I write about long-time ILAS member, and Hans Schneider prize recipient Richard S. Varga, a giant of our community, who died peacefully in the early hours of February 25, 2022. He was 93.

Richard made his mark in the profession in multiple ways across several areas: Matrix Analysis, Numerical Methods, Approximation Theory, and more.

His first book, Iterative Matrix Analysis, completed when he was 32 years old, became a classic. He published a total of seven books, over 230 research papers, directed 25 PhD dissertations, and mentored many younger colleagues.

He received many honors and awards in addition to the Hans Schneider prize, including a senior von Humboldt prize, two honorary degrees (Karlsruhe and Lille), and becoming a SIAM Fellow and an AMS Fellow.

But these numbers are only part of the story. He was a gentleman with a sense of humor, and a generous man. He serviced the community in many ways. He was editor-in-chief of Numerische Mathematik for fourteen years, co-founding editor of ETNA, the Electronic Transactions of Numerical Analysis, serving as co-editor-in-chief for sixteen years, and editor of many important journals in Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis, and Approximation Theory.

Many of us have been inspired by his work and his service ethic. We honor his career and his life.

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 February 25
ILAS-NET Message No. 2391
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Helena Šmigoc
SUBJECT: 24th conference of the International Linear Algebra Society

The 24th conference of the International Linear Algebra Society will be held 20–24 June, 2022, at the National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.

After a long break we are excited at the prospect of holding this ILAS conference in person, and provide a venue not only for excellent talks, but also to reunite with old friends, make new ones, and once again see collaborations develop naturally by chance conversations over coffee.

Foundations of an attractive Scientific Programme are already lined up, with 22 invited mini-symposia and 10 plenary talks, including the Hans Schneider Prize lecture by Pauline van den Driessche.

To complete the programme we will be welcoming contributed talks and posters.

We expect to open abstract submission at the beginning of March and registration soon afterwards. As usual in ILAS conferences, each participant can give only one talk (with exceptions for speakers in the Education and History minisymposia). For up-to-date information (including on accommodation and other practicalities), please refer to the conference website: http://ilas2020.ie/.

Neither the organizers nor the hotels will contact you directly. If you receive any solicitation about accommodations, please ignore it.

Most public health restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic have now been lifted in Ireland, and we expect that few restrictions on everyday activity will remain in place in June. Up-to-date regulations for travel to Ireland can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/#travelling-to-ireland.
2022 February 23
ILAS-NET Message No. 2390
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: Linear Algebra Education Seminar

The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar. We meet virtually on the first Tuesday of every month at 8am Pacific Time. Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at JudiJMcDonald@gmail.com.

To join the seminar at 8am on March 1, 2022, follow the link at https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/. John Sheekey is our speaker and his topic is as follows:

Tensors: Old and New Motivations from Linear Algebra

Tensors are fundamental mathematical objects that arise in a variety of areas of mathematics and physics. In finite dimensions they can be seen as a natural extension of matrices to higher dimensional arrays, or more generally as multilinear maps and forms. Students often first encounter tensors in courses on differential geometry or applied mathematics. However, there are many interesting and accessible applications of tensors in the realm of linear algebra.

In this talk we will share some ideas for motivating the study of tensors in an advanced linear algebra course. We will discuss classical applications such as the complexity of multiplication in an algebra, as well as more recent applications arising from quantum information theory and post-quantum cryptography.

Recordings of the seminar, and slides where appropriate, are available on the ILAS-ED webpage. Our inaugural speaker was Guershon Harel, who spoke On the Complexity of "Simple" Linear‑Algebraic Concepts. Our second talk was given by David Plaxco, who discussed joint work with Christine Andrews-Larson, Megan Wawro, and Michelle Zandieh on Current Work in the Inquiry-Oriented Linear Algebra (IOLA) Project. Our third seminar featured Leslie Hogben and Maria Trigueros discussing mentoring graduate students. Helena Smigoc presented our fourth seminar and used nonnegative matrix factorizations as a motivation example for teaching and learning linear algebra. Minerva Catral, Colin Garnett, and Amy Yielding lead an interesting discussion on undergraduate research during our February seminar. You can view the recordings or download the slides at the ILAS-ED seminar page: https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/.

Judi McDonald, PhD
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Washington State University
2022 February 23
ILAS-NET Message No. 2389
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judi McDonald
SUBJECT: RUME Linear Algebra Workshop

The ILAS Education Committee would like to remind everyone that the Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference will occur later this week. You can find further information and register at https://sites.bu.edu/sigmaa-rume/.

There is a workshop at the beginning of the conference focusing on educational ideas specific to Linear Algebra:

The Process of Creating Mathematical ideas: A Linear Algebra Perspective

Working Group Session

Primary Organizers:
1. Sepideh Stewart: sepidehstewart@ou.edu
2. Judi McDonald: JMcDonald1@wsu.edu
3. Anthony Cronin: anthony.cronin@ucd.ie

Working Group Abstract:
Linear Algebra is an important area of study for STEM majors. It consists of many languages and representations. Instructors often move between these languages and modes fluently and expect students to follow along. Employing Tall’s (2013) worlds of mathematical thinking, the goal of this working group is to experience moving between the three worlds of mathematical thinking organically while working on a selection of linear algebra tasks provided by organizers. In addition, during the workshop, the participants will listen to two of the organizers who have done research on the inverse eigenvalue problem but never discussed it. One of the organizers will pose some interesting recent observations on the inverse eigenvalue problem. The audience will have an opportunity to analyze this discussion during the workshop. We believe that collaboration between mathematicians and mathematics educators is a critical factor in shifting the field forward. Ultimately, this working group aims to empower linear algebra students to grasp new concepts, conjecture, and make sense of proof.
2022 February 23
ILAS-NET Message No. 2388
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Heike Faßbender
SUBJECT: XXI Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra

The Householder Symposium XXI on Numerical Linear Algebra has been rescheduled to be held at Hotel Sierra Silvana, Selva di Fasano (Br), Italy, 12–17 June 2022. The Symposium will be in person, no hybrid form will be offered.

The Symposium is very informal, with the intermingling of young and established researchers a priority. Attendance is by invitation only. Each attendee will be given the opportunity to present a talk or a poster. Some talks will be plenary lectures, while others will be shorter presentations arranged in parallel sessions. Participants are expected to attend the entire meeting.

Starting February 22, 2022:

•all those invited to the 2020 Householder Symposium are asked to confirm their interest in attending the June 2022 meeting and to submit a new abstract if appropriate; and
•new applications may be submitted to fill vacancies that will occur as a result of possible cancellations due to the postponement and the current Covid 19 situation. Applications are welcome from researchers in numerical linear algebra, matrix theory, and related areas such as optimization, differential equations, signal processing, control, and data science.

Web page: https://users.ba.cnr.it//iac/irmanm21/HHXXI/index.html.
Resubmission/Application deadline: 15 March 2022.
Notification of acceptance for new applications: first week of April 2022.
2022 February 17
ILAS-NET Message No. 2387
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel Szyld
SUBJECT: Volker Mehrmann AMS Fellow class of 2022

Please join me in congratulating Volker Merhmann, and ILAS member
who is one of the new AMS Fellows, class of 2022.


Daniel Szyld
ILAS President
2022 February 17
ILAS-NET Message No. 2386
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel Szyld
SUBJECT: New dates and venue for ILAS 2023 in Madrid

Dear ILAS members and friends:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we changed the dates and venue of the 25th ILAS Conference. It will be held at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural (The School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources), of the Polytechnic University of Madrid
https://www.montes.upm.es/English

During the week of 12-16 June 2023. Please mark your calendar!
2022 February 07
ILAS-NET Message No. 2378
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Raf Vandebril
SUBJECT: Special Sessions for the JMM 2023

As ILAS has become a partner with the AMS for the annual Joint Mathematical Meetings (JMM), we are again soliciting proposals for ILAS Special Sessions for the JMM meeting in Boston, Jan 4-7, 2023.

If you want to organize a Special Session please send a short proposal with the title of the session (and possible speakers) to our Vice-President for Conferences Raf Vandebril (raf.vandebril@kuleuven.be) as soon as you can, but no later than March 21, as the JMM deadline for submissions is March 31, 2022.
2022 January 31
ILAS-NET Message No. 2384
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Françoise Tisseur
SUBJECT: Call for Nominations, Householder Prize for Best PhD Thesis

The 2022 Householder Award for the best PhD thesis in numerical linear algebra, for a PhD earned between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021, will be presented at the XXI Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra held from 12-17 June 2022 at hotel Sierra Silvana, Selva di Fasano, Italy. The deadline for nominations has been extended to February 28, 2022. The PhD supervisor must submit the PhD dissertation, an appraisal and one or more external letters of recommendation supporting the nomination.

For more information see https://users.ba.cnr.it/iac/irmanm21/HHXXI/hhprize.html.
2022 January 27
ILAS-NET Message No. 2383
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Judith J. McDonald
SUBJECT: Linear Algebra Education Seminar

The ILAS Education Committee (ILAS‑ED) is hosting a Linear Algebra Education Seminar. We meet virtually on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 am PST. Normally, each event will feature about a 45‑minute presentation followed by a social half‑hour where participants can ask the speaker(s) questions and visit with other participants. Join us for the opportunity to network and discuss best practices for teaching linear algebra. To suggest a speaker or request a topic, or for more information, please email Judi McDonald at JudiJMcDonald@gmail.com.

To join the seminar at 8am on February 1, 2022, follow the link at
https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/
and engage with our panel to discuss working on research with undergraduates.

● Have you ever thought about doing research with undergraduate students, but have no idea where to start?
● Are you facing mounting pressure from your administration to include more undergraduates in your research?
● Would you like to share your own experience researching with undergraduates?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", then this is the panel discussion for you. Amy Yielding, Minnie Catral, and Colin Garnett will be facilitating a discussion about undergraduate research, best practices. We will be sharing our own experiences and giving tips and tricks to get students engaged in your research.

Recording of the seminar, and slides where appropriate, are available on the ILAS-ED webpage. Our inaugural speaker was Guershon Harel, who spoke On the Complexity of "Simple" Linear‑Algebraic Concepts. Our second talk was given by David Plaxco, who discussed joint work with Christine Andrews-Larson, Megan Wawro, and Michelle Zandieh on Current Work in the Inquiry-Oriented Linear Algebra (IOLA) Project. Our third seminar featured Leslie Hogben and Maria Trigueros discussing mentoring graduate students. Helena Šmigoc presented our fourth seminar and used nonnegative matrix factorizations as a motivation example for teaching and learning linear algebra. You can view the recordings or download the slides at the ILAS-ED seminar page:
https://la-education.oucreate.com/monthly-seminar/
2022 January 27
ILAS-NET Message No. 2382
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: ILAS Election Results

Dear ILAS members:

The vote has been counted.

Froilán Dopico was elected to be the next ILAS Vice-President. Paola Boito and Lek-Hen Lim were elected to the ILAS Board of Directors.

Their three-year term will commence on 1 March 2022.

We thank all the candidates who agreed to run, as well as all the members who participated in the election process.

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 January 16
ILAS-NET Message No. 2381
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Daniel B. Szyld
SUBJECT: New ILAS Assistant Secretary-Treasurer


Dear ILAS members:

We have appointed Michael Tait from Villanova University to the position of Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. He will be working with Minnie Catral on all aspects of ILAS membership and financial matters.

Please join me in welcoming him to this important post, working for the community.

Daniel B. Szyld
ILAS President
2022 January 12
ILAS-NET Message No. 2380
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Francoise Tisseur
SUBJECT: Call for Nominations, Householder Prize for Best PhD Thesis

The 2022 Householder Award for the best PhD thesis in numerical linear algebra, for a PhD earned between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021, will be presented at the XXI Householder Symposium on Numerical Linear Algebra held from 12-17 June 2022 at hotel Sierra Silvana, Selva di Fasano, Italy. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2022. The PhD supervisor must submit the PhD dissertation, an appraisal and one or more external letters of recommendation supporting the nomination. For more information, see https://users.ba.cnr.it/iac/irmanm21/HHXXI/hhprize.html.
2022 January 05
ILAS-NET Message No. 2379
CONTRIBUTED ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: Minerva Catral
SUBJECT: ILAS Election Voting Is Now Open

On January 5th, 2022, each current member of ILAS was e-mailed an individual link, username, password and instructions for electronic voting, and voting is open.

The ballot is self-explanatory, with instructions. You may vote for Vice President (one) and members of the Board of Directors (two). Note that all candidates on the ballot were nominated by the ILAS Nominating Committee but there has been a slate change since the prior ILAS-Net announcement.

If you did not receive an e-mail and think you are a member, please verify that you are indeed an ILAS member (remember, receiving ILAS-Net messages does not imply you are an ILAS member). You can determine whether or not you are a member of ILAS by consulting the website: https://ilasic.org/current-members/.

If you are a member and did not receive an e-mail, please contact Minerva Catral, ILAS Secretary/Treasurer, at catralm@xavier.edu to obtain your username and password.

If you have received your instructions but have not yet voted, you may vote any time through 11:59 PM GMT January 25, 2021 (ILAS operates on Greenwich Mean Time) but it is recommended to vote by January 24 because the election ends at 11:59 PM GMT regardless of the time zone you are in.