Uri Ascher

Professor Emeritus

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Academic Information

B.Sc., Tel Aviv (1969); M.Sc., Tel Aviv (1971); Ph.D., Minnesota (1975); Assistant Scientist, MRC, Madison, Wis. (1975-6); Assistant Professor, UBC (1975-1981); Associate Professor, UBC (1981-1986); Professor, UBC (1986-); Director, Institute of Applied Mathematics, UBC (1993-1998)


The focus of my work is on the investigation and promotion of novel, efficient and reliable methods in scientific computation, particularly for approximation and optimization problems involving differential equations with constraints.

Thus, in addition to generally investigating properties of numerical methods I have been involved also in writing general-purpose mathematical software; investigating parallel algorithms and optimization techniques; solving inverse problems involving differential equations; and getting more specifically involved in particular application areas such as multibody systems simulation, robotics, data inversion in geophysics, 3D electromagnetic modeling, image reconstruction, cloth simulation and computational fluid dynamics.

Research Groups

SCL: Scientific Computing Laboratory
CAIDA: Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making & Action

Latest Courses

2016 Winter

CPSC 406 - Computational Optimization

2015 Winter

CPSC 302 - Numerical Computation for Algebraic Problems