Math to host workshop in partial differential equations

Nov 27th, 2013

Kelly Foss

Math to host workshop in partial differential equations

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be hosting a workshop and short course titled Adaptivity in the Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations.

Organized by the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) Collaborative Research Group in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, the workshop and short course will take place Aug. 17-22, 2014, in St. John's.

“The use of computational methods to treat mathematical models in science and engineering is widespread,” said Dr. Ronald Haynes, an associate professor with the department. “Such models are often described as partial differential equations or PDEs, and the efficiency and accuracy of these computations depend critically on the use of sophisticated numerical techniques which adapt the computation according to the behaviour of the solution.”

The aim of this workshop is to provide an introduction to the state-of-the art in theory and practical applications of adaptive methods for PDEs. The program will begin with a two-day short course given by Dr. Weizhang Huang of the University of Kansas.  The middle day of the five day event will focus on presentations by researchers whose simulations may benefit from the use of adaptive techniques for PDEs.

The final segment of the program will feature a workshop format in which breakout teams, consisting of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, led by experts on theoretical or computational aspects of adaptive methods for PDEs, will begin the process of introducing adaptive techniques into the numerical simulations that arise in the applications identified earlier in the workshop.  This segment will also include several talks by researchers working in adaptivity for PDEs.

“We’re inviting participation by researchers in adaptivity for PDEs, researchers working in applied PDEs whose work may benefit from the use of adaptive methods for PDEs, and associated graduate students and post docs to attend the workshop,” said Dr. Haynes. “The program will have room for five to eight talks by researchers in application domains. For experts in adaptive methods for PDEs, the primary form of participation will be through the collaborative workshop teams, but there will also be room for a limited number of talks.”

Registration for the workshop and short course will be required and some funding for graduate students will be available. Further details will be available on the CRG website at


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