Spring, 2005 Applied Mathematics Seminar:

Overview of Departmental Research

Official course number: 591-002

Organizer: R. Baker Kearfott, Department of Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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The past few years have seen our individual research programs blossom.  Working alone or with groups of one or two and with graduate students, we have made significant advances in computational methods for partial differential equations, applied functional analysis, biomathematics and biological modelling, global optimization, and software development.  However, faculty can benefit at this point from becoming more informed about  each others' activities, and graduate students with broader exposure, can become more well-rounded.  In particular, cross-fertilization and more joint projects will result in stronger, more meaningful research of interest to a wider audience, and will also result in  stronger, better-educated graduate students.

Furthermore, the seminar can be a good place to motivate graduate students to organize their work and practice presentations.  Graduate students will be able to register for one credit hour of Math. 591.


The seminar will meet once weekly.  I hope to initially schedule each faculty member to give an overview, and to schedule the graduate student talks either interspersed with the faculty talks or afterwords.


  1. January 10:
  2. January 24:
  3. January 31:
  4. February 7:
  5. February 14:Speaker: R. Baker Kearfott; Title: Optimal Interval Newton Preconditioners Revisited, or "This isn't your grandmother's simplex method"
  6. February 21:
  7. February 28:
  8. March 7:
  9. March 14:
  10. March 21: 
  11. April 4:  Hongtao Yang, title: Estimation of the optimal acoustic liner impedance factor for engine noise reduction
  12. Monday, April 11: William Dean, title: New techniques for robust ray tracing
  13. Monday, April 18: C. Y. Chan, title: Effects of a concentrated nonlinear source on blow-up and quenching phenomena.