July 18-20, 2018


Selim Esedoglu, University of Michigan
Giovanni Russo, University of Catania (Italy)

Recent Advances in Applied and Computational Mathematics:  A Workshop in Memory of Professor Peter Smereka

Peter Smereka was a leading applied mathematician who had tremendous impact on an unusually wide variety of topics in applied and computational mathematics. His work in multiphase flow and interfacial motion (e.g. the level set method) has been particularly influential and is considered among the classics of the field. Just as well known are his papers in material science, where he made many original contributions to the modeling and simulation of faceted crystal growth, epitaxial growth, and to the kinetic Monte Carlo method. In fluid dynamics, he worked on models for and analysis of bubbly flow. More recently, he had turned his attention to the semiclassical limit of the Schroedinger equation and on high frequency waves.

Underlying this diversity of Peter’s contributions is the common theme of novel computational algorithms based on ingenious mathematical observations, always with a very clear scientific application in mind, and often answering a poignant question thereof. This workshop will bring together some of the most prominent researchers working in areas where he played a pivotal role, and where his untimely passing away continues to be sorely felt.

Sponsored by

The James Van Loo Symposium Fund
Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (MCAIM)


All Events – 10th Floor Weiser Hall, 500 Church Street
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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One option is the Air Ride bus (http://www.theride.org/Services/Airport-Service), which costs about $12 each way between Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metro Airport. Its schedule is here: http://www.theride.org/services/airport-service/schedules. Another common option is to take a taxi from the airport, the cost will be around $60. There are also shuttle companies that require reservation in advance, but cost substantially less than a taxi.