Special Session & Minisymposiums

There will be a General Session with speakers from different areas, as well as a number of Mini-Symposiums and Special Sessions. You can submit a paper to the general session or to any of the mini-Symposiums.


  1. High Performance Computing (HPC)
  2. New large-scale problems with growing computational demands continuosly arise in many scientific and engineering applications as, e.g., in bioinformatics, computational chemistry or astrophysics. Effectively solving these problems requires the development of sophisticated numerical methods as well as efficient use of current high-performance computers connection with the network pending of approval

    The purpose of this workshop is to bring together applied mathematicians, computer scientists, and in general researchers with costly applications or a fair knowledge/interest in high performance computing, to present, share and discuss their techniques, tools and ideas in the area of high performance computing applied to complex large-scale computational problems.

    A limited number of contributed talks will be selected for this minisymposium. Full papers should be submitted through the conference web site before May 10, 2013 and follow the instructions for authors for the general conference in their submissions. Best papers presented at the minisymposium will be considered for a special issue of The Journal of Supercomputing.

  3. Mathematically modeling the future Internet and developing future Internet security technology
  4. All aspects of the future Internet are welcome. Future Internet will involve a network with new structures that accept various requirements such as present and future broadband, scalability, security, quality, mobility, management, stability, ubiquity, and economical efficiency as the infrastructure with communication, broadcasting, computing, and sensors are united.

    Interested topics but not limited to: Performance Modeling / Formal evaluation / Modal logic / Model checking / Theorem proving / Definition or design of:

    • Scalability for future internet architectures.
    • Network models.
    • Services for the Future Internet.
    • Cloud Computing scalability, delay, quality, stability and management.
    • Sensor/human/vehicular mobility in wireless/mobile networks.
    • Mobility protocols used in wireless/mobile networks.
    • Location management and handover used in Future Internet and wireless/mobile networks.
    • Bandwidth allocation and resource scheduler used in Future Internet and wireless/mobile networks.
    • Security protocol and access control management used in Future Internet and wireless/mobile networks.
    • Signature and hashing techniques.
    • Green networks.
    • Connectivity and Communication Technology.
    • Middleware for Smart Spaces and PAN.
    • Multimedia Communication and Streaming.

  5. Computational Finance
  6. Financial markets are becoming more and more complex with trading not only of stocks, but also of numerous types of financial derivatives. Options and Derivative securities account for more than half the modern market and the basic tools for risk hedging in any portfolio management. The development of mathematical models to understand the relationship among complicated financial instruments has enabled the proliferation of these instruments which enhance the efficiency of worldwide capital markets. With the rapid increase in sophisticated quantitative models employed in financial firms, it then follows that development of advanced computational techniques for the accurate evaluation of complex financial models have considerable financial worth in addition to constituting cutting- edge research.

    The main focus of the mini-symposium is on the computational challenges facing the modern developments and to highlight recent advances on modeling and computation in quantitative finance. The mini-symposium will contain talks presenting current state of the art of research in topics including, but not limited to, computation of derivative securities in high dimensions, stochastic volatility, transaction costs, regime switching, credit risks, jumps, and exotic options using PDE and Monte Carlo approaches which provide powerful tools and consistent frameworks for pricing and hedging complex derivatives.

    Luis Ortiz-Gracia,Universitat de Barcelona, Spain (luis.ortiz-gracia@ub.edu)
    Iñigo Arregui, Universidade da Coruña, Spain(arregui@udc.es)

  7. New Educational Methodologies Supported by New Technologies
  8. This mini-symposium aims to offer a forum for discussion the interaction between educational methodologies and new technologies. Undoubtedly the use of new technologies has increased enormously the number of possibilities and teaching resources that professionals have at their disposal. Tools such as the digital briefcase, educational webs or the universally used social networks that only a few years ago were unthinkable, are nowadays usual and widely extended in education. However the use of these resources has also produced a great increasing in development of new tools and strategies giving rise to interesting technical developments and tools that enhance teaching and learning taks.

    Topics in this mini symposium include, but are not limited to:

    • Development of new tools for education.
    • E-learning.
    • Social networks and education.
    • PLE - Personal Learning Enviroment.
    • Cooperative and Collaborative Learning.
    • PBL - Problem Based Learning.

  9. Mathematical Models and Information-Intelligent Systems on Transport.
  10. Currently, the research in the field of flows modeling of particles with motivated behavior on complex network is actively developing. The activity in this field is caused on the one hand by the the importance of such research for the applied areas connected with human safety (traffic flows, pedestrian flows, ecology, etc.), on the other hand, with new technical facilities of obtaining actual data due to rapid development of hardware and algorithms in information technologies . As the Ninth International Conference on Traffic and Granular Flow 2011 held in Moscow showed, there is a need for collaboration of mathematicians and physicists in this area for purpose of solving of fundamental problems on modeling of these complex socio-technical systems. There is currently very required the development of exact mathematical formulation of problems for modeling of particles dynamics with motivated behaviour and information on networks and also in the strict analytical results peculiar to exact natural sciences. Novel means of intelligent monitoring, more than 80 years history of development of traffic flow theory and the scientific potential of world scientific community, multiplied by the increasing urgency of a subject “a man and a nature”, allow to count on fruitfulness of collective interaction.

    The mini-symposium is organized by:

    • Acad. of RAS, Valerii V. Kozlov, Steklov Mathematical Institute of RAS
    • Prof. Alexander P. Buslaev, Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University, Russia
    • Marina, Informatics University Moscow, Russia
    • Yashenia, Informatics University Moscow, Russia

  11. Computational Methods for Linear and Nonlinear Optimization.
  12. Optimization is an important tool in decision making and in the analysis of physical systems.

    Linear and Nonlinear Optimization Session emphasizes modeling, theory, study of computational algorithms and applications for linear and nonlinear optimization.

    This symposium aims to illustrate some recent optimization techniques, by presenting efficient methods to solve different type of optimization problems. Practical applications in engineering, economics, finance, biology and other sciences are welcome.

    The mini-symposium is organized by:

  13. Numerical Methods for Solving Nonlinear Problems
  14. Different problems in science and engineering involve the solution of nonlinear equations (the study of dynamical models of chemical reactors, radioactive transfer, preliminary orbit determination, discretization of integral or partial differential equations, etc). Iterative methods play an important role in order to obtain approximated solutions of these kinds of problems.

    During the last years, numerous papers devoted to the mentioned iterative methods have appeared in several journals. The existence of an extensive literature on these iterative methods reveals that this topic is a dynamic branch of the numerical studies with interesting and promising applications.

    The aim of this session is to share new trends in the field of iterative methods fornonlinear problems.

    Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

    • Multi-point iterative methods (with or without memory)
    • Steffensen-type methods
    • High-order methods
    • Iterative methods for singular problems
    • Iterative methods for Banach spaces
    • Dynamical studies of iterative methods
    • Optimization problems
    • Nonlinear wave problems
    • Digital image processing
    • Electromagnetic problems involving discretization of boundary problems, integral equations, initial value problems...

    This mini-symposium is organized by:

    • Prof. J.R. Torregrosa, Instituto de Matemáticas Multidisciplinar, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain: jrtorre@mat.upv.es
    • Dr A. Cordero, Instituto de Matemáticas Multidisciplinar, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain: acordero@mat.upv.es

  15. Bio-mathematics

  16. This symposium has both theoretical and practical applications and will cover reserach topics in:

    • population dynamics
    • eco-epidemiology
    • epidemiology of infectious diseases
    • molecular and antifenic evolution

    This mini-symposium is organized by:

  17. Mathematical Models for Computer Science

  18. Fundamental mathematical tools need to be developed in order to model interesting problems arisen in Computer Science. The purpose of this Special Session is to provide an international forum for presentation of recent results and advances in these important tools.
    The not exhaustive list of topics includes:
    - General operators useful in Computer Science
    - Aggregation functions
    - Aggregations for extensions of fuzzy sets
    - Fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic
    - Logic programming
    - Rough sets
    - Fuzzy rough sets
    - Interval-valued fuzzy sets
    - Formal concept analysis
    - Fuzzy measures and integrals

    Jesús Medina,University of Cádiz, Spain (jesus.medina@uca.es)
    Manuel Ojeda-Aciego, University of Málaga, Spain(aciego@ctima.uma.es)

  19. From clusters to the solid state – when mathematics meets chemistry

  20. Clusters often display structural and electronic properties that are very different from those of the bulk. Their properties can vary greatly in going from the smallest clusters of a few atoms to large sizes at the nanoscale. Obtaining a consistent description of the transition from small clusters to the liquid or solid state is a major challenge in computational chemistry and physics and will be addressed in this mini-symposium.


    Prof. Ian Hamilton, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. - ihamilton@wlu.ca

    Peter Schwerdtfeger - University in Auckland, New Zealand - p.a.schwerdtfeger@massey.ac.nz

    Ottorino Ori - Actinium Chemical Research, Rome (Italy) - ottorino.ori@gmail.com

    Istvan Laszlo - Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary)

  21. Hypercomplex methods in mathematics and Applied Sciences

  22. Hypercomplex methods are based on a theory of functions defined in higher dimensional Euclidean spaces with values in Clifford algebras in combination with geometric and other approaches. These function theories can be seen as extensions of the complex function theory to higher dimensions. At the same time hypercomplex methods are often understood as a refinement of harmonic analysis. These approaches are leading also to new numerical and computational tools.

    We invite Scientists and Engineers working with hypercomplex algebras (quaternions, bi-complex numbers, Clifford algebras, etc.) and their applications in mathematical physics, fluid mechanics, elasticity theory and other related fields. Furthermore, contributions to special topics in Fourier analysis, signal processing, interpolation and approximation, monogenic function theory, applications of geometric algebras, representation theoretic tools etc. are very welcome.


    • Irene Falcão (Braga, Portugal)
    • Sebastian Bock (Weimar, Germany)

  23. Fixed Point Theory in various abstract spaces and related applications
  24. Due to its possible applications, Fixed Point Theory in metric spaces has a key role in Nonlinear Analysis. In the last fifty years, discussing the existence and uniqueness of fixed points of single and multivalued operators in different kind of spaces (such as quasimetric spaces, pseudo-quasi-metric spaces, partial metric spaces, b-metric spaces and fuzzy metric spaces, among others) has attracted the attention of several researchers in the field of Nonlinear Analysis. The enormous potential of its applications to almost all quantitative sciences (such as Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Computer Science, and other sciences) justify the great interest in this area.

    The purpose of this workshop is to bring together Mathematicians, and also all researchers which might be interested in this topic, a forum to present, to share and to discuss their main advances in this area (ideas, techniques, possible results, proofs, etc.)

    Topics in this mini symposium include, but are not limited to:

    • Fixed Point theory in various abstract spaces
    • Existence and uniqueness of coupled/tripled/quadrupled fixed point
    • Coincidence point theory
    • Existence and uniqueness of common fixed points
    • Well-posedness of fixed point results
    • Advances on multivalued fixed point theorems
    • Fixed point methods for the equilibrium problems and applications
    • Iterative methods for the fixed points of the nonexpansive-type mappings
    • Picard operators on various abstract spaces
    • Applications to different areas

    This special sessions is organized by:

  25. Industrial Mathematics
  26. This special session will emphasize research in industrial mathematics. The session aims to provide an overview of mathematical and computational research focusing on corporate or government applications and problems arising from different economic sectors. Many research groups have contacts with industry, and participants will benefit from open exchange of problems and solutions.

  27. Computational methods for fluid flow
  28. Mathematicians and physicists believe that explanation and prediction of fluid flows can be made through an understanding of solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations. The analytical solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations are currently unavailable. Instead, we use the numerical solutions of Navier-Stokes equations to analyse and make predictions for fluid flow. Therefore, the research on computational methods for evaluating numerical solutions of mathematical models for fluid flow is very important. This session is to bring together scientists and engineers in the field of computational methods for fluid flow and provide a forum for discussion of current problems and recent advances in the area.

    Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

    • Mesh generation
    • Mesh refinement techniques
    • Computational methods and their performance
    • Practical applications of computational methods for fluid flow
    • Visualization techniques in fluid flow simulations
    • High performance computing techniques for fluid flow simulation

    This session is organized by:

    • Dr Zhenquan Li, School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, Albury-Wodonga campus, NSW 2640, Australia (jali@csu.edu.au)
    • Prof. Tiejin Wang, China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, Beijing, China (tiej701@sina.com)

  29. New Trends on Boundary Value Problems
  30. Boundary value problems composed by differential equations, difference equations, or equations on time scales, and some conditions on the boundary have emerged naturally from various fields of science. Given the diversity of applications and the variety of problems (nonlinear, nonlocal, functional, ...) that they cover they have received great attention of the international mathematical community. As a result of that, there is a wide range of methods and techniques that have been used to approach them.

    The aim of this Special Session is therefore to present and discuss new trends in related fields such as variational methods (critical point theory, linking theorems, min-max geometry ...), and topological methods (fixed points theory, lower and upper solutions, topological degree,...).

    The presented results may cover various forms of qualitative data of solutions, existence, uniqueness, multiplicity,..., in either a theoretical or applied perspective.

    Topics in this Special Session include, but are not limited to:

    • Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
    • Difference Equations
    • Nonlocal and functional boundary value problems on bounded or unbounded domains
    • Fractional Calculus and Applications
    • Calculus on Time Scales and Applications
    • Existence, uniqueness and multiplicity results by variational and/or topological methods
    • Qualitative and Fixed Point Theory
    • Applications to real world phenomena.

    This session is organized by:

    • Feliz Minhós, University of Évora, Portugal
    • João Fialho, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait

  31. Estimation and control for stochastic systems: theory and applications
  32. Theory and application of estimation and control for dynamic stochastic systems constitute an interesting research topic, which has experienced a great progress over the last few years, and still there are a great number of unexplored challenging problems related to this field. The aim of this special session is to discuss the most recent advances and latest approaches of all topics within the broad interface of the fundamental and applications of estimation and control for stochastic systems. In other words, this session aims to be a forum where researchers in this area of research expertise can exchange problems and solutions, from both theoretical and application sides.

    Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

    • Estimation for uncertain systems
    • Distributed fusion estimation
    • Consensus filtering
    • Fusion estimation for networked systems with incomplete information
    • Event-based estimation and control
    • Wavelet-based estimation
    • Inference in stochastic diffusion models
    • Control systems design
    • Process control
    • Analysis and control of fuzzy models
    • Robust control
    • Fault detection and isolation
    • Fault tolerant control

    This special session is organized by:

  33. Numerical Methods in Mathematics and Mechanics
  34. Advances in the study of numerical methods and software capabilities are leading to new challenges in computing and mechanical system modelling. The session should cover the use (and development) of numerical methods in mathematics and mechanical science including constitutive modelling for solid and structural mechanics, multi-body system dynamics and equations of motion, structural and nonlinear control and modern vibrational methods. Contributions to novel and efficient numerical algorithms for different mechanical tasks and non-standard engineering problems are welcomed.

    This special session is organized by:

    • Mihai Dupac, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Bournemouth University, UK

  35. Machine Learning Techniques in Bioinformatics
  36. Bioinformatics is both an umbrella term for the body of biological studies that use computer programming as part of their methodology, as well as a reference to specific analysis "pipelines" that are repeatedly used, particularly in the field of genomics. Common uses of bioinformatics include the identification of candidate genes and nucleotides (SNPs). Often, such identification is made with the aim of better understanding the genetic basis of disease, unique adaptations, desirable properties (esp. in agricultural species), or differences between populations. In a less formal way, bioinformatics also tries to understand the organisational principles within nucleic acid and protein sequences, called proteomics. Machine Learning (ML) techniques are increasingly being used to address problems in bioinformatics and computational biology. ML based methods (e.g., support vector machines, neural networks, markov models, graphical models) have been successful in analysing life science data due to their capabilities in handling randomness and uncertainty of data noise and in generalization.

    The goal of this session is to bring together professionals, researchers, and practitioners in the area of bioinformatics to present, discuss, and share the latest findings in the field, and exchange ideas that address real-world problems with real-world solutions.

    The special session opens to everybody as well as industrial partners to make contribution in this area. Topics for this session include, but are not limited to:

    • Biomedical image analysis/processing
    • Computer aided diagnosis/treatment of diseases
    • Treatment outcome modelling/analysis
    • Detection of cancer lesions in diagnostic images
    • Analysis of high through-put biotechnology data
    • Analysis and prediction of anatomical motion
    • Healthcare applications of mobile and pervasive technologies
    • Mobile solutions for sharing information in healthcare services
    • Modelling, simulation, and evaluation of healthcare services
    • Evaluation and use of information technology in healthcare
    • Industrial challenges in bioinformatics
    • Future directions and challenges in bioinformatics

    This special session is organized by:

  37. New advances in statistical methodologies
  38. Statistical methodologies have been changing and new procedures have been arising in the last years. These new methodologies take advantage of the increasing computer power available in our days, and try to solve new challenges related, for example, with big data or high dimensional scenarios which appear in a wide variety of applied fields such as economics, medicine, biology and natural sciences. Some of these new techniques are an interesting and powerful combination of new results in distribution theory, inference and advanced computational techniques.

    This session will focus on theoretical, applied or computational techniques, which separately or in combination, have made new and breakthrough contributions to a broad spectrum of statistical techniques and aims at highlighting these recent important methodologies.

    The main topics covered are:

    • Distribution theory
    • Asymptotic and near-exact distributions
    • Estimation, Inference and Testing related issues
    • Big data analysis
    • High dimensional data analysis
    • Extreme value theory
    • Bayesian statistics

    This special session is organized by:

    • Filipe J. Marques, Centro de Matemática e Aplicações, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    • Carlos A. Coelho, Centro de Matemática e Aplicações, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

  39. Homogenization of Partial Differential Equations. Micromechanics. Elasticity and conductivity of composite materials
  40. The determination of effective physical properties of heterogeneous materials obtained by mixing different phases, usually on a very small scale is a widely studied problem in the physical sciences. Motivation comes from a number of areas, e.g. prediction of the overall behavior of ceramics and superconducting fibre-reinforced or layered materials. Predicting exact fields is difficult due to the size of the microstructure. A number of different techniques have been devised to determine effective properties in both elasticity and conductivity contexts. Homogenization and micromechanic are some of them.

    This special session is organized by:

    • Carmen Calvo Jurado, Dpto. Matemáticas, Escuela Politécnica, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain

  41. Mathematical modelling of Man-made Natural disasters: forest fire & environmental pollution
  42. The increasing frequency and severity of natural and human-caused disasters affects stability, growth, and prosperity of an economy as well as the well being of society. These disasters are more significant when they are unexpected and uncertain. Regardless of whether this uncertainty has a random nature or is associated with inaccuracy in predictions, the consequences are costly and unavoidable. Minimizing the loss and costs of events or disasters is an ambition of both public and private decision makers and planners. Mathematical simulation and modelling disaster processes is the main procedure in forecasting or warning, as well as in impact assessment. The aim of this session is to present the new mathematical models of forest fires and environmental pollution. Considering that, experimental research of these problems is very expensive or sometimes impossible; methods of mathematical modeling are used in these cases. There are mainly two categories of numerical modelling activities related to disaster mitigation. One is the simulation of the phenomena itself, that can be used in scenario analysis to identify risk and the other is to forecast the future state of an extreme event currently taking place. Due to limitation of computational power and data availability, simulations are generally carried out at a scale much coarser than that is applicable in the day to day life.

    This special session is organized by:

  43. Recent trends in the analysis and computations of nonlinear partial differential equations and systems
  44. The aim of this session is to provide an opportunity for researchers to meet and discuss recent progresses in the analysis and computational simulation of nonlinear problems arising in the sciences, engineering and economics. Both the determination of the qualitative features of solutions of nonlinear models and the analysis of numerical methods to approximate their solutions are of special interest. Papers that study the existence and uniqueness of solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations, systems as well as relevant features of solution spaces are especially welcome. Works which emphasize the rigorous analysis of computational techniques to simulate the dynamics of complex models in the sciences, engineering and economics are solicited for this special session.

    The session will not make emphasis on particular mathematical modeling of nonlinear problems, but rather on the investigation of analytical features of the solutions of underlying problems and the analysis of approximation techniques to simulate them. Both deterministic and stochastic models arising in science, engineering and economics are considered, and pertinent applications to the resolution of practical problems are expected.

    Topics in this session include (but are not limited to):

    • Deterministic and stochastic models in sciences, engineering and economics.
    • Discrete and/or continuous nonlinear systems.
    • Existence and uniqueness of relevant solutions.
    • Approximation theory.
    • Numerical methods (finite differences, finite elements, finite volumes, quadrature methods, etc.)
    • Efficiency, accuracy, stability, convergence analyses.
    • Preservation of positivity, boundedness, convexity or monotonicity.
    • Multi-physical and/or engineering applications.

    This special session is organized by:

    • Matthias Ehrhardt, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
    • J. E. Macías-Díaz, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico
    • Tim Sheng, Baylor University, USA

  45. Rank structured matrices: recent developments and new perspectives
  46. Rank structured matrices are an emerging field of research in numerical linear algebra with an extremely broad area of possible applications including integral and differential equations, polynomial rootfinding, matrix equations, structured eigenvalue problems, system and control theory. In this minysimposium we present some recent theoretical and computational advances concerning the numerical treatment of rank structured matrices and their applications.

    This special session is organized by:

    • Aceto Lidia, Department of Mathematics, University of Pisa, Italy
    • Boito Paola, XLIM--DMI, UMR 7252 CNRS Université de Limoges, France
    • Gemignani Luca, Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy

  47. Dynamics and stability of nonlinear wave patterns
  48. This session is devoted to the resent results in the nonlinear wave theory. We pay a particular attention to the following topics.

    • Problem of arbitrary discontinuity disintegration in media with dispersion and dissipation. Formation of self-similar assymptotics and conditions of selection in the case of non-uniqueness of such an asymptotics.
    • Discontinuities with structure, their form and stability.
    • Dispersive and diffusive-dispersive shock waves.
    • Nonlinear wave patterns in fluid with elastic boundaries.
      • Standing and running solitary waves in elastic membrane fluid-filled tubes (modeling, in particular an aneurysm on human arteries), their stability.
      • Nonlinear solitary waves (solitary waves, envelope solitary waves, “dark solitons” , etc.) on the water-ice surface.
    • Nonlinear wave patterns on phase transition surfaces in filtration flows.
      • Flows in geothermal systems.
      • Flows with water evaporation.
    • Dynamics and stability of solitary waves and fronts in a quasi-neutral plasma.

    This session is organized by:

    • Andrej T. Il’ichev, Steklov Mathematical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Gubkina str. 8, Moscow, Russian Federation
    • Anna P. Chugainova, Steklov Mathematical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Gubkina str. 8, Moscow, Russian Federation

  49. Numerical Linear Algebra Methods for Large Scale Scientific Computing
  50. Mathematical modelling of a large variety of engineering applications gives raise to the solution of linear and non linear systems of equations as well as eigenvalue problems. The matrices involved are often sparse and of very large size.

    Development of linear algebra kernels is therefore crucial to efficiently address such problems both in sequential and parallel environments.

    The main purpose of this minisymposium is to collect the most recent improvements in iterative and/or direct methods for the solution of the above mentioned linear algebra problems which arise e.g. from the discretization of Partial Differential Equations as well as optimization problems.

    Topics in this mini symposium include, but are not limited to:

    • Iterative methods and preconditioners for general linear systems
    • Block preconditioners for saddle point linear systems
    • Low-rank updates of preconditioners in eigenvalue computation.
    • Algebraic multigrid methods
    • Efficient approximations of functions of large matrices

    The session is organized by:

    • Luca Bergamaschi, Department of Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padua (Italy)
    • Angeles Martinez, Department of Mathematics, University of Padua (Italy)

  51. Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education
  52. Education has changed along the years and new ICT-based teaching methods have gained visibility during the last two decades. Moreover, several online Universities have appeared in the last years and they are becoming more popular every day. As an example, just in Spain during the course 2013/2014, there were more than 220.000 online studies. This kind on online education is a new step in the evolution of Education but it needs new methodologies and different programs and tools to be developed. This fact is also affecting to primary and secondary education since teachers have to prepare young students to the new technologies. In the recent years, several programming languages and even different kind of robots for kids have been developed in order to allow them to learn this skills in an easier way.

    Topics in this mini symposium include, but are not limited to:

    • Use of robotics in primary and secondary Education
    • Use of innovative and original techniques on science education
    • Development of online tools for mathematics and engineering education
    • Massive Open Online Courses
    • Use of engineering techniques in primary and secondary Education
    • Teaching programming languages in Primary and Secondary Education

    The session is organized by:

    • Ángel Alberto Magreñán, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (Spain)
    • Lara Orcos, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (Spain)

  53. Recent trends in the development of meshless or meshfree methods and applications.
  54. These methods are very flexible numerical tools that have undergone substantial development since the mid 1990s. The aim of this session is to provide an opportunity for researchers to discuss recent progresses in the analysis of meshless methods and applications.

    While contributions in all aspects of meshless methods are invited, some of the key topics to be featured are :

    • Recent development and improvement of existent meshless methods techniques and algorithms
    • Presentation of new meshless approaches and/or application fields including error analysis, as well as examination of solution efficiency
    • Development and improvement of relevant mathematical analyses

    Successful discussions providing answers to the problems mentioned here, is the main objective of this special session.

    This special session is organized by:

    • Luis Gavete, Technical University Madrid (Spain)
    • Juan José Benito, National Distance Education University Madrid (Spain)
    • Francisco Ureña, Castilla la Mancha University (Spain)

  55. Contemporary Approaches In Multivariate Representations And Approximation Methods For Discrete And Conttinuous Mathematical Objects
  56. Even though this minisymposium is designed to focus on mostly multivariate problems encountered in science and engineering, univariate approaches are also welcome as long as they have expandabilities to multivariate cases or they give such impressions. Even though the following topics are at the foci of this minisymposium the other topics can also be accepted as long as the authors of the papers in those topics explain why they find their works fitting to this symposium:

    • Singular Value Decompisition Issues on Discrete Structures
    • Singular Value Decompisition Issues on Continuous Structures
    • Multivariate Taylor Series and Related Problems
    • Global and Discretized Multivariate Integration Methods
    • Mathematical Fluctuation Theory and its Applications
    • Kronecker Power Series and Related Issues
    • Probabilistic Evolution Theoretical (PREVTH) Applications
    • Monocular and Telescopic Matrix Related Issues, Squarification
    • High Dimensional Model Representation (HDMR) Varieties
    • Enhanced Multivariance Products Representation (EMPR) Varieties
    • Tridiagonalization and Block Tridiagonalization in EMPR Varieties
    • Rational Approximations in Multivariance

    Minisymposium organized by:

    • Metin Demiralp, İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey

  57. Lie Symmetry Analysis and Conservation Laws for Nonlinear Differential Equations and Applications
  58. Many real world problems are modelled by physically and mathematically interesting nonlinear differential equations which arise in various scientific fields such as economics, biology, fluid dynamics, physics, engineering, control theory, materials science, quantum mechanics, and in industry. The aim of this special session will be to report on recent developments in Lie symmetry analysis and conservation laws for solving such nonlinear differential equations. We are interested in high-quality presentations that contain original research results. The work presented in this session will form a base for a forum that provides services for graduate students, post docs, and researchers in their applications of nonlinear differential equations.


    • C. M. Khalique, International Institute for Symmetry Analysis and Mathematical Modelling, Department of Mathematical Sciences, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, Private Bag X 2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa
    • M. L. Gandarias, University of Cadiz, Spain
    • M. S. Bruzón, University of Cadiz, Spain

  59. Statistical Modeling and Applications
  60. Statistical modeling is a research in constant evolution. It involves new challenges arising from the real data which can turn up from a wide variety of applied fields The statistical techniques belonging to this topic take advantage of new results in distribution theory, inference and computing software. This session will focus on new theoretical steps on statistical modeling and on its applications.


  61. Complex Networks
  62. The last decades have witnessed birth of a new inter-disciplinary field of science under the name of Network Science. Many real-world phenomena can be modelled as networks where a number of individuals interact over a complex networked structure. This special session covers topics related to complex networks including but not limited to:

    • Modelling real systems as complex networks
    • Applications of network science
    • Dynamics of evolving networks
    • Dynamics on complex networks
    • Collective behaviour of dynamical networks
    • Community detection in networks
    • Temporal networks
    • Multilayer complex networks
    • Network of networks
    • Diffusion process on networks
    • Social networks analysis and mining


    • Mahdi Jalili, RMIT University, Melbourne Australia
    • Mostafa Salehi, University of Tehran, Iran
    • Matteo Magnani, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Reza Farahbakhsh, Telecom SudParis, France

  63. Processing, modelling, and describing time series
  64. Time series are present in many common situations in life. For such reason, there is a great effort on research of this topic. Sometimes time series are treated directly as raw data using mathematical methods to obtain information from then. But, other approaches develop mathematical models to represent then. Time series are modelled to find patterns and/or to study trends in the series. These representations allow to find patterns and trends. Another relevant line of research is the description of the series using natural language. The aim of this special session is to provide an international forum the presentation of recent results in the research of this field.

    The not exhaustive list of topics includes:

    • Methods for processing time series represented as raw data
    • Structures to represent time series
    • Efficient modelling of time series
    • Querying time series
    • Linguistic description of time series

    This Special Session is organized by:

  65. Data mining and engineering
  66. This symposium aims at joining the contemporary innovations about data mining and the related area of data engineering. Therefore, the presentation of works tackling theoretical issues and applications on data analytics is welcomed. The problem complexity is increasing and there is a wide variety of approaches to cope with it. A number of factors may also be considered for the suitable choice of a concrete machine learning model.

    The topics of interest for this session include, but are not limited to:

    • Computational intelligence
    • Machine learning
    • Databases and data mining
    • Fuzzy systems
    • Intelligent applications
    • Bioinformatics
    • Signal mining
    • Classification
    • Regression
    • Data fusion
    • Granular computing
    • Cloud computing
    • Web intelligence
    • Deep Learning
    • Hybrid intelligent systems
    • Complex and biological inspired systems


  67. Metaheuristics in science and engineering
  68. This minisymposium goals to collect contemporary approaches in the context of metaheuristics focusing on applications in real problems or simulated scenarios as a first step. It is very common in science and engineering the necessity of getting an approximated solution in a reasonable amount of time.

    The topics of interest for this minisymposium include, but are not limited to:

    • Metaheuristics: theory and foundations
    • Bio-Inspired computation
    • Memetic algorithms
    • Evolutionary computing
    • Genetic algorithms
    • Evolutionary programming
    • Evolutionary strategies
    • Swarm intelligence
    • Particle swarm optimization
    • Ant colony optimization
    • Stochastic diffusion search
    • Artificial immune systems
    • Bird flocking
    • Cultural algorithms
    • Artificial bee colony optimization
    • Harmony search


  69. Linear Algebra, Matrix Analysis and Applications
  70. The thematic network ALAMA (Linear Algebra, Matrix Analysis and Applications) aims to bring together scientists whose research is related to Linear Algebra, Matrix Analysis, Matrix Theory and/or its applications in diverse contexts.

    It pursues to cover a broad spectrum of interests, including purely algebraic or analytical aspects, as well as numerical, combinatorial, geometric, probabilistic, didactic or historical aspects, without neglecting the applications of Linear Algebra in areas such as (but not restricted to) the Theory of Control, Cryptology and Code Theory, Graph Theory, Structural Mechanics, Signal and Image Processing, or Data Mining.


    • Linear algebra applied to the digital processing of images and search engines on the internet and social networks.
    • High precision structured algorithms.
    • Numerical algorithms in multicriteria optimization
    • Applications of linear algebra and interpolation to CAGD problems.
    • Symbolic and numerical computation of systems of polynomial equations.
    • High performance matrix computing.
    • Cryptology and code theory. Cybersecurity
    • Geometric study of multivariable and large-scale linear control systems.
    • Numerical methods adapted to structured matrices.
    • Inverse spectral problems, matrix and digraphic realizations of spectra.
    • Theory of matrix disturbance. Structured matrices: structured spectral disturbance.
    • Control systems: mathematical theory, matrix analysis, geometry, etc.
    • Nonlinear eigenvalue problems.
    • Generalized inverses of matrices and applications.

    The session is organized by:

    • José Mas, Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada, Unisersitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
    • Pedro Alonso, Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad de Oviedo (Spain)

  71. Iterative methods for linear and nonlinear systems in large scale scientific computing
  72. Mathematical modelling of a large variety of engineering applications gives raise to the solution of linear and non linear systems of equations as well as eigenvalue problems. The matrices involved are often sparse and of very large size.

    Development of linear algebra kernels is therefore crucial to efficiently address such problems in both sequential and parallel environments.

    The main purpose of this minisymposium is to collect the most recent improvements in iterative and/or direct methods for the solution of the above mentioned linear algebra problems which arise e.g. from the discretization of Partial Differential Equations as well as optimization problems.

    Topics in this mini symposium include, but are not limited to:

    • Iterative methods and preconditioners for general linear systems
    • AMG and/or multilevel preconditioners
    • Block preconditioners for saddle point (KKT) linear systems
    • Low-rank updates of preconditioners in eigenvalue computation.
    • Least squares problems
    • Efficient approximations of functions of large matrices

    The session is organized by:

    • Luca Bergamaschi, Department of Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padua (Italy)
    • José Marín, Institute for Multidisciplinary Mathematics, Polythecnic University of Valencia (España)

  73. Uncertainty Quantification and Mathematical Modelling
  74. Difference, differential and integral equations governing real phenomena often contain some mathematical terms (e.g. initial/boundary condition, source term, coefficients), referred to as model parameters, that characterize physical features of the problem and its environment. In practice, these terms must be determined from sampling and/or experimentally. Hence, they contain errors coming from different sources such as the lack of accuracy in sampling and/or measurements and the inherent uncertainty usually met in complex physical phenomena. In that case, it is more convenient to treat constants and functions playing the role of model parameters as random variables and stochastic processes, respectively. This approach leads to the area of Random Equations whose main objective is to extend the results of its classical or deterministic counterpart. As difference, differential and integral equations play a main role when modelling real problems, also it is a major objective to identify, quantify and reduce uncertainties associated with models, numerical algorithms, experiments and predicted outcomes of quantities of interest.

    The aim of this mini symposium is to create a meeting forum where fresh and novel ideas related to uncertainty quantification in mathematical models can be presented and discussed.

    Topics in this mini symposium include, but are not limited to:

    • Random ordinary and partial differential equations
    • Random difference equations
    • Random fractional differential equations
    • Random integral equations
    • Random delay differential equations
    • L^p-random calculus
    • Numerical schemes for random differential equations (consistency, stability and convergence)
    • Uncertainty Quantification: Techniques for parameter estimation in random difference and differential equations
    • Mathematical Modelling with randomness in Finance, Biology, Medicine and Engineering

    The session is organized by:

    • Prof. J.C. Cortés, Instituto Universitario de Matemática Multidisciplinar (IMM), Universitat Politécnica de València (Spain)
    • Prof. R.J. Villanueva, Instituto Universitario de Matemática Multidisciplinar (IMM, Universitat Politécnica de València (Spain)

  75. Mathematics Education
  76. This mini-symposium is devoted to share and discuss the ideas on both theoretical and practical knowledge about approaches, problems, new trends, applications, technology, politics, proficiencies and standards in teaching and learning on Mathematics Education in primary school, high school and higher education.

    The scope of this special session includes, but is not limited, to the following topics:

    • Teaching and learning of arithmetic and number systems, learning of measurement, algebra and early algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, calculus, discrete mathematics, etc.
    • Reasoning and proof in Mathematics Education.
    • Problem solving in Mathematics Education.
    • Visualisation in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
    • Mathematical applications and modelling in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
    • Interdisciplinary mathematics education.
    • Mathematics and creativity.

    The session is organized by:

    • Antonio Francisco Roldán López de Hierro, Department of Mathematics Education, University of Granada (Spain)
    • María Magdalena Gea Serrano, Department of Mathematics Education, University of Granada (Spain)

  77. Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Geophysical Flows
  78. Modeling geophysical flows plays an important role in a wide range of problems in Geosciences. There is a growing need for advanced modeling and simulation in this field with endless applications, most of the times involving complex problems. These applications include lake, coastal and ocean flows, atmospheric flows, flooding, dam breaking, storm-surges or tsunamis, sediment transport, transport and dispersion of pollutant spills and many others. In the interdisciplinary enterprise of modeling such processes, mathematical modeling at appropriate scales is not possible without further developments in mathematical theory, probability and statistics, numerical approximations, and large-scale computational algorithms. This modeling effort involves many different types of mathematical models and numerical techniques. From 3D Navier- Stokes equations to shallow water models or multilayer approaches, including or not dispersion, turbulence, and other processes, solved by using finite volumes, finite elements, finite differences or DG methods, in structured or unstructured meshes or using mesh adaptation techniques, uncertainty quantification or data assimilation.

    The aim of the present session is to facilitate communication between scientists of varying backgrounds, as applied mathematicians, numerical analysts, modelers or geophysicists, facing several aspects centered around the mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of geophysical flows, providing a forum in which advances in parts of the larger modeling picture can become known to those working in other parts. In particular, this should enable an enhanced exchange between various branches of applied mathematics with the geosciences, to ensure the dissemination of appropriate tools and methods, and fostering useful fundamental research in applied mathematics. These kinds of interactions are needed for meaningful progress in understanding and predicting complex physical phenomena in the Geosciences. Contributions dealing with novel algorithmic approaches and efficient computational procedures used in challenging geophysical flow applications are welcomed.

    The session is organized by:

    • Manuel J. Castro, University of Málaga (Spain)
    • Jorge Macías, University of Málaga (Spain)

Regular Sessions:

  • Interpolation & Approximation
  • Mathematical Modeling and Computational PDE
  • Mathematics Models for Computer Science
  • Optimization
  • Analytical and Numerical solution of Differential Equations
  • Computational Algebra
  • Computational aspects of Dynamical Systems
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Computational Physics
  • Computational Engeneering.
  • Computational Statistics.
  • Numerical Linear Algebra.

Besides these sessions there will be a general session. If you are unsure of where to include your article please put it in the general session.