Numerical Linear Algebra Group Activities 2018
The Numerical Linear Algebra Group, many of whom are in the October 2018 photo below, had a busy year. This post summarizes what we got up to. Publications are not included here, but many of them can be found on MIMS EPrints under the category Numerical Analysis.
As well as the new group members mentioned below, Stephanie Lai joined the group in September as Executive Assistant to Nick Higham. Stephanie, who holds an MMath degree from the University of Manchester, helps to maintain this website, which launched this autumn. Martin Lotz left the group in August 2018 and is now an Associate Professor at The University of Warwick.
Software
Together with Jack Dongarra’s team at the University of Tennessee the group is one of the two partners involved in the development of PLASMA: Parallel Linear Algebra Software for Multicore Architectures.
PhD students Weijian Zhang, Steven Elsworth and Jonathan Deakin continued to develop Etymo—a technology for developing knowledge graphs, including Etymo Scholar, a discovery engine for AI research.
We make our research codes available as open source, principally on GitHub; see the repositories of Connolly, Fasi, Higham, Liu, Pranesh, Relton, Sego, Tisseur, Zhang, Zounon.
We also put MATLAB software on MATLAB Central File Exchange and on our own web sites, e.g., the Rational Krylov Toolbox (RKToolbox).
PhD Students
We welcomed new PhD students Michael Connolly, Xiaobo Liu, and Conor Rogers.
Weijian Zhang successfully defended his PhD on Evolving Graphs and similaritybased Graphs with Applications in October 2018.
Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs)
Theo Mary joined us in January 2018 to work jointly on the ICONIC project.
Mawussi Zounon, who was working on the Parallel Numerical Linear Algebra for Extreme Scale Systems (NLAFET) project, moved over in November 2018 to the position of KTP Associate in a threeyear Knowledge Transfer Partnership with NAG.
Jakub Sistek returned to the Czech Academy of Sciences after the completion of the project Programming Model INTERoperability ToWards Exascale (INTERTWinE).
Prashanth Nadukandi completed his Marie SkłodowskaCurie Individual Fellowship in September 2018 and is now a Technical Advisor in Advanced Mathematics at the Repsol Technology Lab, Móstoles, Spain.
Maksims Abalenkovs completed his work on the EPSRC project SERT: Scalefree, Energyaware, Resilient and Transparent Adaptation of CSE Applications to Megacore Systems.
Presentations at Conferences and Workshops
UK and Republic of Ireland Section of SIAM Annual Meeting, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, January 11, 2018: Blanchard, Nadukandi.
Prashanth Nadukandi of @ManUniMaths at @SIAM_UKIE poster blitz pic.twitter.com/ggjZgkDBIY
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) January 11, 2018
Pierre Blanchard of @ManUniMaths at @SIAM_UKIE poster blitz pic.twitter.com/MFsheDbgjm
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) January 11, 2018
Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering Institute for Mathematical Science Kickoff Meeting, Waseda University, Tokyo, March 6, 2018: Higham.
SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, March 710, 2018: Hammarling, Higham, Mary, Zounon.
Conference on Scientific Computing and Approximation, Purdue University, March 3031, 2018: Higham.
SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra, May 48, 2018, Hong Kong Baptist University: Elsworth, Güttel, Zemaityte.
Structured Matrix Days 2018, May 1415, 2018, ENS Lyon, France: Mary, Tisseur.
Mathematical Modelling, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Kácov, Czech Republic, May 27June 1, 2018: Higham, Tisseur.
.@tisseurf speaking about nonlinear eigenvalue problems at the Mathematical Modelling, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing summer school, Kácov, Czech Republic pic.twitter.com/aWwiGUU7oW
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) May 29, 2018
International Conference on Approximation and Matrix Functions, May 31 and June 1, 2018, Université de Lille, France: Güttel.
Bohemian Matrices and Applications, University of Manchester, June 2022, 2018: Higham.
International Supercomputing conference (ISC18), Frankfurt, June 2428, 2018: Hammarling, Zounon.
10th International Workshop on Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications (PMAA18), June 2729, 2018, ETH Zurich: Zounon.
6th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization, June 2729 2018, University of Birmingham: Blanchard, Mary, Tisseur.
SIAM Annual Meeting, Portland, USA, July 913, 2018: Blanchard, Higham, Tisseur.
.@tisseurf and Yuqing Zhang from @ManUniMaths at the #SIAMAN18 poster session pic.twitter.com/vMG2fHoEXS
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) July 12, 2018
JuliaCon 2018, London, August 711, 2018: Higham.
Really excited to be listening to @nhigham keynote at #JuliaCon2018. pic.twitter.com/IWPm6YIFQa
— Viral B. Shah (@Viral_B_Shah) August 9, 2018
Sparse Day Meeting 2018, September 2627 2018, Toulouse, France: Mary.
Conference and Workshop Organization
 The Manchester SIAM Student Chapter organized their 7th Manchester SIAM Student Chapter Conference on April 20, 2018.
 Nick Higham and Rob Corless organized the workshop Bohemian Matrices and Applications at the University of Manchester, June 2022, 2018.
Participants at Bohemian matrices workshop at @ManUniMaths, organized with @corless_rob – https://t.co/RQMaVASWfo pic.twitter.com/DnKgYZT4QF
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) June 21, 2018
Visitors
 Ilse Ipsen from North Carolina State University in June 2018.
 Yuka Yanagisawa from Waseda University in November 2018.
 Kathryn Lund and Daniel Kressner from EPFL, Swirzerland in November 2018.
Recognition and Service
 Nick Higham completed the second year of his twoyear term as President of SIAM. He was a awarded a Royal Society Research Professorship in March 2018.
 Prashanth Nadukandi was selected to present a poster at the STEM for Britain 2018 competition, which took place at the House of Commons, London.
 Stefan Güttel was awarded a univeristy Teaching Excellence Award.
 Stefan Güttel and Nick Higham were selected as Turing Fellows at The Alan Turing Institute.
 Theo Mary won a Gilles Kahn prize for his PhD thesis.
 Steven Elsworth obtained a SIAM Student Travel Award to present his work at the 2018 SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra in Hong Kong.
 Mawussi Zounon won a Research Poster Award at the International Supercomputing Conference ISC18.
Research Poster award for Mawussi Zounon of @ManUniMaths and #NLAFET team at #ISC2018 https://t.co/m2YcOozb3P pic.twitter.com/HHl10larlA
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) June 28, 2018

 Nick Higham gave the Samuel D. Conte Distinguished Lecture at the Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, USA, in March 2018.
Here is @nhigham
giving the Conte lecture at @PurdueCS
and he shows a picture of his copy of Conte’s book. #meta
— David Gleich (@dgleich) March
 Massimilano Fasi was presented with the SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition 2018.
Manchester SIAMIMA Student Chapter @siam_manchester Secretary Massimilano Fasi presented with the SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition by chapter advisor @davidjsilvester @TheSIAMNews @IMAmaths @ManUniMaths pic.twitter.com/f8N6sQWrFX
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) May 5, 2018
Other Notable Tweets
PCAM awaiting loving owner at the University of Penn bookstore, Philadelphia @pennbookstore @PrincetonUPress @paglend pic.twitter.com/H9OtXZaxoF
— Companion_App_Math (@ThePCAM) November 4, 2018
Pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Python Coding Competition at @ManUniMaths — sponsored by @sabisu! Well done to all winners & participants 😎 https://t.co/w0PH3TVBvm pic.twitter.com/7TQpqbbD3M
— Stefan Güttel (@guettel) October 25, 2018
This metal gate to the Engineering Building of @ManMetUni is specifically designed to keep mathematicians away. Can you spot the flaw? 😉 @MMUEngage pic.twitter.com/ds7dPjS6uc
— Stefan Güttel (@guettel) October 17, 2018
Refers to ICONIC project https://t.co/H1tT9lfAIu led by @MarkGirolami, @DesHigham, Mike Giles and me. https://t.co/LiEfHtwvVl
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) September 11, 2018
In his latest @TheSIAMNews column, president @nhigham recaps a 2day strategic planning workshop SIAM held this spring to generate new ideas for future directions: https://t.co/QXZdAjdZLV #SIAMcommunity #SIAMadvances
— SIAM (@TheSIAMNews) July 23, 2018
Just released EvolvingGraphs.jl v0.2.0 for #JuliaLang .
Some major changes and improvements. Happy to hear your thoughts! https://t.co/p6F5Kk0qS0 pic.twitter.com/BbVTubMXMg
— Weijian Zhang (@zweijian) April 16, 2018
Checking out the Waseda University campus, Tokyo, which is going to be a great location for ICIAM2023 @TheSIAMNews @ICIAMnews @ICIAM2023 pic.twitter.com/qcG3t5M9xF
— Nick Higham (@nhigham) March 10, 2018
.@MaryAprahamian from @jaywingintel talking about real applications of networks and maths in marketing at the @RoyalStatSoc pic.twitter.com/4tced60JQw
— Stefan Güttel (@guettel) January 4, 2018