International Conference On Preconditioning Techniques For Scientific And Industrial Applications
July 31 - August 2, 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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The International Conference on Preconditioning Techniques for Scientific and Industrial Applications, Preconditioning 2017, is the tenth in a series of conferences that focus on preconditioning techniques in sparse matrix computation.

The goal of this series of conferences is to address the complex issues related to the solution of general sparse matrix problems in large-scale applications and in industrial settings.

We gratefully acknowledge financial and administrative support from PIMS and financial support from NSF, IAM and CGI.

Registration and most of the talks (except the morning sessions of Day 2) will take place at UBC Forestry (FSC), 2424 Main Mall. More details can be found in the map here. Tuesday (Day 2) morning sessions take place at UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHRM), 2405 Wesbrook Mall. If you do not want to walk alone to PHRM on Tuesday morning, we will meet at 8:10am sharp in front of FSC and walk together to the Pharmacy building.

Important Dates

Please note: payment of registration fee and submission of a talk/poster are done separately; see below.

Minisymposium proposals: April 30, 2017
Apply for a minisymposium here  
Contributed talks and posters: May 31, 2017
Apply for a contributed talk or a poster here  
Notification of acceptance: June 9, 2017
Early registration: until May 1, 2017;
Register here 4:00pm PST
(Scroll to the bottom of this page and select the LOGIN button. If you have a PIMS account, log into the account. Otherwise, create a new account.)  
  • Non-students: $300  
  • Graduate students: $200  
Late registration: after May 1, 2017;
Register here 4:00pm PST
(Scroll to the bottom of this page and select the LOGIN button. If you have a PIMS account, log into the account. Otherwise, create a new account.)  
  • Non-students: $350  
  • Graduate students: $250  

Cancellation policy: The registration fee is non-refundable after June 30.

The registration fee includes a reception on July 31 and a banquet dinner on August 1, free of charge for conference participants.

Guests may join the banquet dinner for a fee of $65.

Instructions for applying to minisymposia:

  • It is possible to have up to two minisymposium organizers.
  • Either one session of four speakers or two sessions of eight speakers (25 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes discussion per talk). For simplicity, there is only one form and one step: organizers should collect titles and abstracts from their prospective speakers and fill out the form by the deadline, once and for all. Please specify either four or eight speakers, and avoid applying for a minisymposium with an incomplete number of speakers.

Need a visa and/or letter of invitation:

  • Click here for information on obtaining a visa and letter of invitation.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  Michele Benzi Emory University, USA
  Jed Brown University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  Jie Chen IBM Research Center, USA
  Eric Darve Stanford University, USA
  Tom Jönsthövel Schlumberger Abingdon Technology Centre, UK
  Alison Ramage Strathclyde University, UK
  Sander Rhebergen University of Waterloo, Canada
  Nicole Spillane École Polytechnique, France

Program Committee

Conference Chairs

  Chen Greif (Chair) University of British Columbia, Canada
  Esmond G. Ng Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  Yousef Saad University of Minnesota, USA
  Andy Wathen University of Oxford, UK

Scientific Committee

  Zhong-Zhi Bai Chinese Academy of Science, China
  Edmond Chow Georgia Tech, USA
  Howard Elman University of Maryland, USA
  Martin Gander University of Geneva, Switzerland
  Scott MacLachlan Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  Jennifer Pestana University of Strathclyde, UK
  Wil Schilders Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
  Daniel Szyld Temple University, USA
  Raymond Tuminaro Sandia National Lab, USA
  Kees Vuik Technical University of Delft, Nethelands

Local Organizing Committee

  Jessica Bosch (Contact) University of British Columbia, Canada
  Susanne Bradley University of British Columbia, Canada
  Chen Greif (Chair) University of British Columbia, Canada
  Michael Wathen University of British Columbia, Canada
  Pacific Institute for the Mathematical
University of British Columbia, Canada

Past Preconditioning Conferences

  • Preconditioning 1999, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 10-12 1999.
  • Preconditioning 2001, The Granlibakken Conference Center, Tahoe City, April 29 - May 1, 2001.
  • Preconditioning 2003, Embassy Suites Napa Valley, Napa, October 27-29, 2003.
  • Preconditioning 2005, Emory University, Atlanta, May 19-21, 2005.
  • Preconditioning 2007, Météopole, Toulouse, France, July 9-12, 2007.
  • Preconditioning 2009, Hong-Kong Baptist University, Hong-Kong, August 24-26, 2009.
  • Preconditioning 2011, Domaine du Haut-Carré, Bordeaux, France, May 16-18, 2011.
  • Preconditioning 2013, St Anne's College, Oxford, United Kingdom, June 19-21, 2013.
  • Preconditioning 2015, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, June 17-19, 2015.

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