Entrance hall of the ICMS

Napier 400 - Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software Symposium

Apr 02, 2014

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

John Napier was born in Edinburgh and lived and worked there. Our meeting is part of a series of events in 2014 coordinated by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Napier's discovery/development of logarithms - Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio (1614) - and follows on from the last celebration held in 1914! The algorithms and computing devices that Napier produced and inspired were the state of the art in general scientific computing for the following centuries.


The aim of this NAIS one-day scientific symposium is to have presentations by and discussions with international experts on a broad range of topics of current interest in numerical analysis and scientific computing, that might also be interpreted as continuing the spirit of Napier's work of devising efficient algorithms and associated computing devices. However, the meeting will mainly focus on what is happening now and into the future, rather than looking backwards to Napier's time.

The meeting is sponsored by the Centre for Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software, a joint project of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde Universities and some support may be available for participants, particularly PhD and early career researchers, based in UK universities.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Martin Gander (Geneva)
  • Mike Giles (Oxford)
  • Nick Higham (Manchester)
  • Hilary Weller (Reading)
  • Jacek Gondzio (Edinburgh)


The workshop will be held at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. 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.


• Invited Speakers: accommodation will be arranged by ICMS and full details will be emailed nearer the time of the workshop.  Travel reimbursement details will be confirmed via email.

• Other Participants: there is limited funding to assist with travel/accommodation for post graduate students, early career and other researchers based in UK universities.  Should you wish to apply for this, please complete the relevant section in the registration/application form.

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.

Registration is now closed.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Dawn Wasley (Dawn.Wasley@icms.org.uk)







Mike Giles (University of Oxford)
Computing logarithms and other special functions




Jacek Gondzio (University of Edinburgh)
The Logarithmic Barrier Function and Interior Point Methods for Optimization




Martin Gander (University of Geneva)
From Lagrangian Mechanics to Optimal Control and PDE Constraints


Hilary Weller (University of Reading)
Numerics for Weather and Climate Forecasting on Modern Computers




Nick Higham (University of Manchester)
The Matrix Logarithm: from Theory to Computation

17.15 onwards



Name Institution
Adrian, Jackson EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Alqahtani, Aisha MACS
Banjai, Lehel Heriot-Watt University
Birkisson, Asgeir University of Oxford
Bochkina, Natalia University of Edinburgh
Bosy, Michal University of Strathclyde
Boulton, Lyonell Heriot-Watt University
Chumakova, Lyuba University of Edinburgh
Daniel, Stone Heriot-Watt
Davies, Penny University of Strathclyde
Duncan, Dugald Heriot-Watt University
Eilbeck, Chris Heriot-Watt University
Elsakout, Doaa Heriot-Watt University
Fercoq, Olivier University of Edinburgh
Fountoulakis, Kimon University of Edinburgh
Gander, Martin University of Geneva
Giles, Mike University of Oxford
Goddard, Ben University of Edinburgh
Gondzio, Jacek University of Edinburgh
Gonzalez Aguayo, Cheherazada University of Strathclyde
Hall, Julian University of Edinburgh
Higham, Des University of Strathclyde
Higham, Nick The University of Manchester
John, Pearson University of Edinburgh
Konečný, Jakub University of Edinburgh
Leimkuhler, Ben University of Edinburgh
Lord, Gabriel Heriot-Watt University
Melkonian, Houry Heriot-Watt University
Nguyen, Hieu Heriot-Watt University
Pospisil, Jan University of West Bohemia
Ruffert, Max University of Edinburgh
Sabanis, Sotirios The University of Edinburgh
Schmuck, Markus Heriot-Watt University
Tappenden, Rachael University of Edinburgh
Trucu, Dumitru University of Dundee
Tsardakas, Michael Heriot-Watt University
Wachtel, Andreas University of Strathclyde
Watson, Stephen University of Glasgow
Weller, Hilary University of Reading
ZHU, Shengxin(Jude)