Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Boundary Integral Equations Analysis and Computation

May 27, 2014 - May 29, 2014

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA


  • Lehel Banjai (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Penny Davies (Strathclyde University)
  • Dugald Duncan (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Heiko Gimperlein (Heriot-Watt University 

 Numerical methods based on boundary integral equations are powerful tools in a number of engineering applications, in particular in problems posed in unbounded domains, e.g., acoustic and electromagnetic direct and inverse scattering.

In recent years ground-breaking work has been done on high-frequency problems, on time-domain boundary integral equations, stochastic integral equations, etc. The resulting numerical methods are usually intrinsically highly accurate, but require deep analysis, refined algorithms, and the power of high performance computing to make them competitive in applications.

This conference will bring together a mix of renowned UK and international speakers and young UK researchers from the fields of numerical analysis and engineering.

Summary of Objectives
• To foster mathematical and computational research on boundary integral operators for elliptic and hyperbolic PDE
• To expose academic research in algorithm development and analysis to interested parties outside academia
• To enhance interactions between mathematicians and practitioners, e.g. in engineering
• To promote collaboration between academics

This workshop is sponsored by NAIS (the Centre for Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software)  


The workshop will be held at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. You may also find this map useful for the workshop. All lectures will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre. The Lecture Theatre is equipped with a data projector, computer, visualiser and two blackboards. The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 16.00 to 20.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey. There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 3.50 single or 6.00 GBP return - the Airlink 100. This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, close to the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above).
Lothian buses charge £1.50 for a single, £3.50 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.
If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has two railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.
Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.

• Invited Speakers: accommodation will be arranged by ICMS and full details will be emailed nearer the time of the workshop.
• Other Participants: unless you hear otherwise you will be expected to arrange your own accommodation. You can find suggestions of suitable local accommodation here

Wireless Access
The workshop venue, 15 South College Street, has wireless access throughout, both Eduroam and another network. On arrival at Registration you will be given instructions and a code for accessing the wireless network. For those without laptops, there will also be a couple of computers available for you to check your emails.

To request a place at this workshop please complete the Registration/Application Form.  (Please note:  Speakers will be sent links to a separate registration form).



Tuesday 27 May 2014


Lunch and Registration in the Chapterhouse (Level 1)


Ivan Graham (University of Bath)
When is the error in the h BEM for solving the Helmholtz equation bounded independently of k?


Jon Trevelyan (Durham University )
Enrichment of boundary element computations using non-polynomial functions


Coffee/tea break


Toufic Abboud (IMACS)
Applications of retarded potentials


Martin Schanz (Graz University of Technology )
Convolution Quadrature based BEM in elastodynamics: Efficient computation of the integration weights


Maria Lopez Fernandez (University of Zurich)
Runge-Kutta Generalized Convolution Quadrature




Wine Reception


Wednesday 28 May 2014


Olaf Steinbach (Institute of Computational Mathematics, TU Graz )

Schur complement preconditioners for the biharmonic Dirichlet boundary value problem


Matthias Maischak ( Brunel University )
Exact and numerical quadrature in 3d BEM, new developments




Ralf Hiptmair (ETH Zurich)
Operator Preconditioning for BEM on Curves


Jens Melenk (Vienna University of Technology)
Convolution Quadrature for the Schrodinger Equation


Stephen Langdon (University of Reading)
Boundary element methods for high frequency scattering by screens




Isabelle Terrasse (Airbus Group)
Applications of Accelerated BEM in Aeronautics


Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading)
Boundary integral equations on fractals and pre-fractals




Ernst Stephan (Leibniz Universität Hannover,)
Residual a posteriori error estimates for TDBEM


Heiko Gimperlein (Heriot Watt University)
Residual A Posteriori Error Estimates for TDBEM II


Discussion + 5 minute talks


Conference Dinner


Thursday 29 May 2014


Stefan Sauter (University of Zurich)
Adaptive Time Discretization for Retarded Potentials


Alexey Chernov (University of Reading )
Space-time Galerkin BEM for the heat equation




Peter Monk (University of Delaware)
Time Domain Volume Integral Equations and Convolution Quadrature


Francisco-Javier Sayas (University of Delaware)
Acoustic transmission problem in the time domain


Nicolas Salles (University College London)
Exponentially convergent convolution quadrature schemes for time-domain problems


Closing Remarks


Name Institution
Abboud, Toufic IMACS
Bajars, Janis University of Edinburgh
Banjai, Lehel Heriot-Watt University
Brunner, Hermann Hong Kong Baptist University
Chandler-Wilde, Simon University of Reading
Chernov, Alexey University of Reading
Christodoulou, Konstantinos Heriot Watt University
Cools, Kristof University of Nottingham
Davies, Penny University of Strathclyde
Dimitris, Kamilis University of Edinburgh
Drolia, Mayank Heriot Watt University
Duncan, Dugald Heriot-Watt University
Fernandez, Maria University of Zurich
Gimperlein, Heiko Heriot-Watt University/University of Paderborn
Graham, Ivan University of Bath
Hewett, David University of Oxford
Hiptmair, Ralf ETH Zurich
Kursungecmez, Hatice University of Edinburgh
Langdon, Stephen University of Reading
Mahmood, Mohammed Heriot-Watt university
Maischak, Matthias Brunel University
Melenk, Jens Vienna University of Technology
Mohamed, M Shadi Heriot Watt University
Monk, Peter University of Delaware
Omar, Laghrouche Heriot-Watt University
SALLES, Nicolas University College London
Sauter, Stefan University of Zurich
Sayas, Francisco-Javier University of Delaware
Schanz, Martin Graz University of Technology
Spence, Euan University of Bath
Steinbach, Olaf Institute of Computational Mathematics, TU Graz
Stephan, Ernst Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover, Institute for Applied Mathematics
Terrasse, Isabelle Airbus Group
Trevelyan, Jon Durham University
Tsardakas, Michael Heriot-Watt University
van 't Wout, Elwin University College London
Yorston, Heather University of Strathclyde