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[2011. 12. 31] ILAS 1863 Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (ELA) 

Dear ILAS community, 

2011 was a great year for ELA-The Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. 
In 2011 ELA published 77 papers and received over 250 submissions. 
Two special conference issues are in the works: one for the 2011 Directions in Matrix Theory Conference, and the other for the MatTriad-2011 Conference. 

Much thanks goes to the editorial board and the referees for evaluating the papers in a thoughtful and timely fashion, and to the authors for sharing their mathematical insights through carefully prepared submissions and revisions. It is great to see the area of Linear Algebra continuing to prosper and evolve. 

Kudos to Panagiotis (Panos) Psarrakos, Michael Cavers, In-Jae Kim and Sarah Carnochan Naqvi for their efforts in copy-editing and typesetting that make published ELA paper something that the entire community can be proud of. 

As of New Year's eve, the ELA website ( has 
been given a new look. The next task is to develop a fresher ELA style for formatting papers. 

Looking forward to seeing the mathematics that you create this coming year. 

Happy New Year, 

Bryan Shader 


[2011. 12. 2] ILAS 1861 IMAGE 47 Can Now Be Read Online

Issue 47 of IMAGE can now be read online at: 

It has an interesting article by Chi-Kwong Li and Yiu-Tung Poon that begins with an ancient Chinese story about how to win a certain kind of horse race. That morphs into a card game and eventually the inertia of the difference of two Hermitian matrices is applied to develop an optimal strategy. There are also 3 book reviews, numerous conference announcements and reports, solutions of all the problems in issue 46, 7 new problems, ILAS news, including some new staff for IMAGE, and more.


[2011. 11. 22] ILAS 1860 2011 ILAS Election voting is now open 

Each member with an e-mail on file with ILAS was e-mailed an individual username 
and password and instructions for electronic voting on November 18, and voting 
was opened. If you have not yet voted, you may vote any time until January 22, 
2012. (Members with no e-mail were mailed paper ballots by postal mail.) 

If you did not receive an e-mail and wish to vote, please verify that you are a 2011 member (you can determine whether or not you are a 2011 member of ILAS (as of Nov. 11, 2011) by consulting the website:

If you are a member and did not receive an e-mail, please contact Leslie Hogben,ILAS Secretary Treasurer, to obtain your username and password.


[2011. 11.15] ILAS 1859  Linear Algebra and its Applications - Call for Papers



Recent years have witnessed an impressive research activity in the area of 
compressed sensing and sparse approximation. The basic mathematical problem
therein boils down to finding an (approximately) sparse solution of an
 underdetermined linear system. While the l_0-minimization approach to identifying such solutions turns out to be NP hard, it came as a surprise that efficient alternatives such as convex relaxation (l_1-minimization) and greedy algorithm are provably effective in identifying the sparsest solution, if one exists, under suitable assumptions on the matrix describing the linear system. In particular, it is possible to recover a suitably sparse vector from incomplete linear information. Recently, extensions to the recovery of low rank matrices from incomplete linear information were developed. Applications may be found in a wide range of areas including 
signal and image processing, and numerical analysis. 

This special issue is devoted to the mathematical aspects of sparsity in 
underdetermined linear systems. Its goals are to highlight recent advances
 and developments, outstanding open problems, and the many facets, techniques, and results of this field. This special issue is open to all papers with significant new results in the described area. Survey papers and research problems articles are also highly encouraged. 

Areas and topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to: 

* Compressed sensing 
* Sparse representations, sparse approximation 
* Redundant systems, frames 
* Sparse and low rank models (e.g. block sparsity, joint sparsity etc.) 
* Recovery and approximation algorithms, including l_1-minimization and greedy algorithms 
* Random matrices in connection with sparsity, in particular structured random matrices 
* Low rank recovery - algorithms and analysis 
* Applications of sparse recovery/sparse approximation/low rank recovery 
* Sublinear algorithms for sparse and low rank recovery 
* Sparsity and widths (Gelfand widths, Kolmogorov widths etc.) 

The deadline for submission of papers is July 31, 2012, and the special issue is expected to be published in 2013. Papers should be submitted to the responsible editor-in-chief V. Mehrmann, choosing the special issue "Sparse Approximate Solution of Linear Systems", through the electronic submission system of LAA at . They must meet the publication standards of LAA and will be refereed in the usual way. 

The editors for this special issue of LAA are: 

Gitta Kutyniok Allan Pinkus 
Institut fur Mathematik Department of Mathematics 
TU Berlin Technion 
10623 Berlin, Germany Haifa, 32000, Israel 

Holger Rauhut Vladimir Temlyakov 
Hausdorff Center for Mathematics Department of Mathematics 
University of Bonn University of South Carolina 
53115 Bonn, Germany Columbia, SC 29208, USA 

The responsible editor-in-chief for the special issue is Volker 
Mehrmann ( 

The call can be found at 
and the pdf-file containing this advertisement can be downloaded from 

Gitta Kutyniok 
Volker Mehrmann 
Allan Pinkus 
Holger Rauhut 
Vladimir Temlyakov


[2011. 11. 8] ILAS 1858 Postdoc Positions at Temple University

The Department of Mathematics at Temple University anticipates multiple non-tenure track openings in its Postdoctoral Research Assistant Professor program. These positions are for new or recent PhDs, each paired with a faculty mentor (or mentors) in their research area. Department researchers participate in a lively academic environment, and have access to high performance computing resources, including the recently established Owlsnest cluster. 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Professors will teach 1 to 2 courses per semester, and will receive teaching mentorship. The initial appointment is for two years, with the possibility of extension to a third. 

Information about our research groups can be found at

General departmental information can be found at 

Applications are only accepted through A complete application file will include a cover letter, a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement, and four letters of recommendation (one of which should address teaching). Applicants should identify (in the cover letter) one or more departmental faculty with compatible research interests. Applications received by December 15, 2011 will be assured full consideration.


[2011. 11. 8] ILAS 1857 Call for Proposals: Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2013

Call for Proposals: Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2013 

SIAM is calling for Letters of Intent proposing topics and organizers for the 2013 Gene Golub SIAM Summer School (G2S3). Preference will be given to a computational linear algebra theme, but Letters of Intent in all areas will be considered. 

It is expected that the program will run two weeks and accept approximately 40-50 graduate students in 2013. SIAM will contribute up to $65,000 towards the running of the summer school. 

Information about the G2S3 program, including the composition of the G2S3 committee can be found at . 

Information about earlier G2S3s can be found at . The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 31, 2012. For more information see


[2011. 11. 2] ILAS 1856  2012 Haifa Matrix Theory Conference

2012 Haifa Matrix Theory Conference 

Preliminary Announcement 

The 2012 Haifa Matrix Theory Conference will take place at the Technion, on 
November 12-15, 2012, under the auspices of the Technion's Center for
Mathematical Sciences.

This will be the sixteenth in a sequence of matrix theory conferences held at the 
Technion since 1984. The ILAS lecturer in the conference will be Prof. Thomas Laffey. 

As in the past, all talks will be of 30 minutes duration, and will cover a wide spectrum of theoretical and applied linear algebra. In particular, the conference will host a special session in memory of Prof. Michael (Miki) Neumann. 

Titles and abstracts of contributed talks should be sent, no later than May 31, 2012, to any member of the organizing committee:
Abraham Berman
 (, Raphael Loewy ( and Naomi Shaked-Monderer (


[2011. 11. 2] ILAS 1855 Send Announcements of Upcoming Meetings to IMAGE

If you are planning a linear algebra conference to be held in 2012 or later, send an announcement by November 11 to and it will appear in the upcoming issue of IMAGE. This issue 47 will appear online Dec. 1, 2011. 

Jane Day, Editor in Chief (


[2011. 10. 31] ILAS 1854 Voting in upcoming 2011 ILAS Elections 

In the upcoming ILAS elections, electronic voting will be implemented, using Votenet Solutions, the company used by SIAM to conduct its elections. 

Each member will be e-mailed an individual username and password and instructions 
for electronic voting. This e-mail will be sent between November 17 and November 22, 2011. You may vote as soon as you receive your username and password. Voting will conclude on January 22, 2012. 

A member with no e-mail address on file with ILAS will automatically receive a paper ballot. Any member with an e-mail on file who prefers to vote by paper ballot should e-mail the Secretary/Treasurer Leslie Hogben to request a paper ballot; such request must be received by November 16. 

You can determine whether or not you are a 2011 member of ILAS (as of Oct. 29, 2011) by consulting the website 

After November 16, it is no longer possible to add on-line voters, so anyone whose membership is processed after that date will receive a paper ballot (or a PDF ballot to be printed and returned like a paper ballot). Please note that it takes 1-2 weeks to process memberships, and no 2011 memberships will be accepted for processing after December 7, 2011 (2012 memberships will continue to be accepted but probably not processed before 2012).


[2011. 10. 21] ILAS 1853 Change to Bylaws 

The ILAS Board of Directors has recently amended the Society's bylaws in order to allow ILAS to implement electronic voting in its elections. The amended bylaws have been posted on the ILAS web site; the revised portions of the bylaws are Article 10, section 7 and Article 10, section 8. ILAS members that have questions or concerns regarding the amended bylaws should feel free to contact any member of the ILAS Executive. 

In the upcoming ILAS elections, electronic voting will be implemented, and further details of that process will be circulated on ILAS-Net in the coming weeks. Any member not wishing to vote electronically will have the option of requesting a paper ballot and voting by post. The ILAS Board anticipates that the implementation of electronic voting will make voting more convenient for the membership. 


[2011.10. 19] ILAS 1852 Upcoming 2011 ILAS Elections 

To: ILAS Members 
From: Steve Kirkland, ILAS President 

The Nominating Committee for the 2011 ILAS elections has completed its work. 

Nominated for a three year term, beginning March 1, 2012, as ILAS 
Secretary-Treasurer is: 

- Leslie Hogben, Ames USA 

Nominated for the two open three-year terms, beginning March 1, 2012, as 
"at-large" members of the ILAS Board of Directors are: 

- Dale Olesky, Victoria Canada 
- Peter Semrl, Ljubljana Slovenia 
- Valeria Simoncini, Bologna Italy 
- Ion Zaballa, Bilbao Spain 

According to ILAS By-Laws, additional nominations may be made by electronic or regular mail by any three members of ILAS; prior approval of the nominee is required. All such nominations should be sent to the chair of the Nominating Committee, Jeff Stuart , by 4 November, 2011. 

Many thanks to the Nominating Committee: 
Wayne Barrett 
Froilan Dopico 
Helena Smigoc 
Jeff Stuart (chair) 
Bit-Shun Tam 

for their important service to ILAS. 

Thanks also to the nominees for agreeing to stand for election. 


[2011. 10. 11] ILAS 1851 SIAG/Linear Algebra Prize - Call for Nominations - due Oct. 15 


SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Prize 

The SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Prize (SIAG/LA Prize) is awarded to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, on a topic in applicable linear algebra published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the three calendar years preceding the year of the award. For the 2012 award, this is the period January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2011. 
The paper must contain significant research contributions to the field of linear algebra, as commonly defined in the mathematical literature, with direct and potential applications. 

The SIAG/LA will present the award at the SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (LA12), to be held June 18-22, 2012, in Valencia, Spain. 
The award consists of a plaque and a certificate containing the
 citation. The awardee (in the case of multiple authors, at least one of the awardees) is expected to attend the award ceremony and to present the paper at the meeting. 

A letter of nomination should include a full bibliographic citation for the paper and a brief statement outlining the justification for the nomination in terms of its importance and impact. Nominations should be addressed to Professor Andreas Frommer, Chair, SIAG/LA Prize Committee, and sent by OCTOBER 15, 2011, to J. M. Littleton at 
Inquiries should be addressed to Complete calls for nominations for SIAM prizes can be found at 


[2011. 10. 11] ILAS 1850 SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (LA12) 

Conference Name: SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (LA12) 

Call for Papers Now Available! 

Location: Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain 

Dates: June 18-22, 2012 

The Call for Papers for this conference is now available. Please visit for more information. 

January 15, 2012: Abstracts for contributed talks 
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2012 

We remind that November 15, 2011 is the deadline for Minisymposia proposals. 

Contact the organizers at with any questions about the conference. 


[2011. 10. 5] ILAS 1849 Linear Algebra and Its Applications Special Issue


Special Issue In Honor of Harm Bart 

Linear Algebra and its Applications (LAA)is pleased to announce a special issue 
in honor of Professor Harm Bart in recognition of his many important contributions to matrix & operator theory and applications, and on the occasion of his 70th birthday in 2012. 

We solicit papers for the special issue within the entire scope of LAA or the research interests of Harm Bart. The deadline for submission of papers is 1 June 2012. Papers for submission will be subject to normal refereeing procedures according to the usual standards of LAA. They should be submitted via the Elsevier Editorial System (EES): 

choosing the special issue "In Honor of Harm Bart" and the responsible editor-in-chief Richard Brualdi. 

Authors will have the opportunity to suggest one of the following special editors 
for this issue to handle their submission: 

Albrecht Boettcher 
Technical University Chemnitz, Germany 

Harry Dym 
Weizmann Institute, Israel 

Rien Kaashoek 
Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands 

Andre Ran 
Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands. 


[2011.10. 3] ILAS 1848 Call for Proposals, Itnl. Summer School on Numerical Linear Algebra


Third International Summer School on 
Numerical Linear Algebra (ISSNLA) 

The SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra is soliciting proposals from prospective organizers of the Third ISSNLA, to take place during the Summer of 2013. 

The two previous schools took place in Castro Urdiales, Spain in 2008 and in Selva di Fasano, Italy, in 2010. The 2010 ISSNLA was also the 1st Gene Golub SIAM Summer School; see 

for additional information about the two past ISSNLAs. 

Guidelines for proposal submission can be found at 

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 23, 2011. 

Please send your proposals by email to 

Michele Benzi 
SIAG/LA ISSNLA Steering Committee Chair 


[2011. 9. 26] ILAS 1847 LAA moves to Web Submission on October 3, 2011

Contributed Announcement: LAA moves to Web Submission on October 3, 2011 

From: Richard Brualdi, Volker Mehrmann, Hans Schneider, and Peter Semrl 

After much planning and work, LAA will move to Web Submission using Elsevier's 
electronic editorial system EES on OCTOBER 3, 2011. Starting on that date, all LAA submissions and subsequent editorial work will go through EES. The web address will be: . 

Submissions under review and those received by editors before October 3 will be 
processed in the current way. 

We ask that authors who plan to submit papers for the LAA special issue devoted to the ILAS conference in Braunschweig in August to wait until October 15 to submit their papers. This is so that if any initial snags arise, they can be addressed before we launch the first special issue using web submission. The responsible editor-in-chief for this special issue is Peter Semrl. 

We have worked with an Elsevier web trainer to try to make this new system as 
user friendly and simple as possible--for editors, referees, and authors. 

Contrary to our current practice, all submissions will go through one of the editors-in-chief with authors having the possibility to suggest a handling editor different from the editor-in-chief selected. 

You can find information about EES on our webpage above, where, if needed, you 
can find interactive tutorials for authors and referees. 

Technical help is always available at for authors and referees. And, of course, we will help as necessary if difficulties arise. 

As always, we appreciate your LAA contributions as authors and referees and we 
hope that this transition to EES goes well for all. 


[2011. 9. 26] ILAS 1846 2011 ILAS Business Meeting Report

Minutes of the 2011 ILAS Business meeting held on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 at 
14:00 in Room PK 4.3, Altgebaude, TU Braunschweig 

President Kirkland called the meeting to order at 14:00 

About 40 members were in attendance. 

1. Reading of notice of meeting. 
Done by president Kirkland. 

2. Minutes of the previous meeting. 

Minutes of the previous Business Meeting on June 23, 2010 Auditorium of the Palazzo dei Congressi, Pisa Italy, were projected on the screen. The members in attendance had no questions, and the minutes were passed. 

3. Report of President (by Steve Kirkland) 

* The following were elected in the ILAS 2010 elections to offices with terms that began on March 1, 2011 and will end on February 28, 2014:
Board of Directors: Francoise Tisseur and David Watkins 
President: Steve Kirkland 

* The following continue in the ILAS offices to which they were previously elected: 
President: Chi-Kwong Li (term ends February 28, 2013) 
Secretary/Treasurer: Leslie Hogben (term ends February 29, 2012) 
Board of Directors: 
Dario Bini (term ends February 29, 2012) 
Shaun Fallat (term ends February 29, 2012) 
Christian Mehl (term ends February 28, 2013) 
T-Y Tam (term ends February 28, 2013) 

* Jim Weaver completed his appointment as Outreach Director on February 28, 2011. 
ILAS owes a deep debt of gratitude to Jim for his dedicated service to ILAS over 
many years. 

* Judi McDonald and Andre Ran completed their three-year terms on the ILAS Board 
of Directors on February 28, 2011. We thank Judi and Andre for their valuable 
contributions as Board members; their service to ILAS is most appreciated.

* We also thank the members of the Nominating Committee - Ravi Bapat, Avi Berman 
(Chair), Leiba Rodman, Valeria Simoncini and Hugo Woerdeman, - for their work on 
behalf of ILAS, and to all of the candidates that agreed to have their names stand for election. 

* The following ILAS-endorsed meetings have taken place since our last report: 
# Coimbra Meeting on 0-1 Matrix Theory and Related Topics Department of 
Mathematics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, June 17-19, 2010 
# Tenth workshop on Numerical Ranges and Numerical Radii Krakow, Poland, June 
27-29, 2010 
# 5th Workshop on Matrices and Operators (MAO2010) Taiyuan University of 
Technology, Taiyuan, China, July 12-15, 2010 
# IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimisation, University of 
Birmingham, UK, September 13-15, 2010 
# Directions in Matrix Theory 2011, University of Coimbra, Portugal, July 9-10, 
# MatTriad’2011, Tomar, Portugal, July 12-16, 2011 

* ILAS has endorsed the following conferences of interest to ILAS members: 
# International Workshop and Conference on Combinatorial Matrix Theory and 
Generalized Inverses of Matrices, Manipal University, Manipal, India, January 
2-7 and January 10-11, 2012 
# SIAM/ALA 2012 Conference, Valencia, Spain, June 18-22, 2012 
# 2012 Workshop on Matrices and Operators, Harbin Engineering University, July 
13-16, 2012. 
# The Eleventh Workshop on Numerical Ranges and Numerical Radii, National Sun 
Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. August 9-12, 2012. 

* The following ILAS Lectures at non-ILAS conference have been delivered since 
the last report. 
# Herbert S. Wilf Coimbra Meeting on 0-1 Matrix Theory and Related Topics, 
Coimbra, Portugal, June 17-19, 2010 
# Volker Mehrmann Second IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and 
Optimization, Birmingham, UK, Sept 12-15, 2010 
# Lars Elden, Householder Symposium, Tahoe City, USA, June 12-17, 2011 

* The selection committee for the next installment of the Hans Schnieder Prize 
has been formed. The committee members are: Shmuel Friedland, Steve Kirkland 
(ex-officio), Leiba Rodman (chair), Peter Semrl, Bryan Shader and Valeria 
Simoncini. Nominations for the prize are open until 31 December, 2011. 

4.Report of Secretary/Treasurer. 

Secretary/Treasurer Leslie Hogben delivered her report, which appeared in the 
spring/summer issue of IMAGE. The financial status of ILAS is healthy. 
There were no questions. 

5. Reports of Committees. 

A. Report on Image (by Jane Day) 

* Issue 45 of IMAGE was published online on December 1, 2010. It has 48 pages, 
including 6 full page advertisements that Jim Weaver solicited, and we mailed 50 
printed copies. The total cost for this issue was $394.27. 

* Issue 46 was published online on June 1, 2011. It has 48 pages, including 4 
full page advertisements solicited by Steve Kirkland, and we mailed 46 printed 
copies. The total cost for this issue was $342.80. Postage cost continues to 

* I (Day) will retire as Editor in Chief of IMAGE after the next issue 47 and am 
delighted that President Steve Kirkland has found someone to take over in January 
2012. I have enjoyed my tenure as EIC but decided it’s time for new energy. Kevin 
Van der Meulen, of Redeemer University in Ontario, Canada will be the new EIC and 
we are working together to make a smooth transition. Kevin will co-edit issue 47, 
which will appear December 1, 2011, and he has already recruited some new 
Consulting Editors so he can focus more on managing and developing new ideas for 
the newsletter. Also, ILAS has agreed to support the hiring of an assistant to do 
the layout of each issue. 

* Amy Wehe of Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, USA will be a new 
Consulting Editor, in charge of soliciting advertisements from ILAS sponsors. 

* Minnie Catral of Xavier University in Ohio, USA will be a new Consulting 
Editor, in charge of gathering announcements and reports about conferences and 

* Carlos Fonseca of the University of Coimbra in Portugal will become a new 
Consulting Editor in charge of soliciting interviews with senior linear algebraists. 

* Three of our current Consulting Editors will continue their excellent work: 
Peter Semrl, soliciting articles on the history of linear algebra in various 
parts of the world; Oskar Baksalary, soliciting book news and reviews; and Steve 
Leon, contributing articles about developments in linear algebra education. 

* Fuzhen Zhang, Editor for the Problems Section, has also done a wonderful job 
but has asked to be replaced after 2011, and Kevin is seeking a new person for 
that role. 

* We continue to welcome all contributions of interest to the linear algebra 
community: announcements about upcoming events and employment opportunities, 
reports about conferences, workshops and transitions, and articles about new 
developments in linear algebra and its applications. Tom Laffey contributed a 
very interesting article for issue 45, on striking new developments. 

* Please contribute specific suggestions in these areas or other matters related 
to IMAGE. All the editors want this newsletter to be as interesting as possible. 

* I (Day) wish to warmly thank all the editors for their support and 
contributions. It’s been very rewarding to get to know and work with such 
interesting, creative and enthusiastic people. I also thank the ILAS Board and 
the Journals Committee for unfailing support and advice, especially Steve 
Kirkland and Roger Horn who chaired those groups during much my tenure as EIC. 

B. Report of ELA (prepared by Bryan Shader, presented by Richard Brualdi) 

* Bryan Shader took over for Daniel Hershkowitz as editor in Chief in July 2010. 
* Panos Pssarrakos took over for Michael Tsatsomeros as Associate Managing Editor 
in November 2010. 
* Ludwig Elsner retired as editor in chief in January 2011. 
* Editorial board members added: 
Oskar Maria Baksalary, Roderick Gow, Leslie Hogben, Christian Mehl, 
James Nagy, Panos Pssarrakos, Tin-Yau Tam, Xingzhi Zhan. 
* Assistant managing editors added: 
Michael Cavers, In-Jae Kim, Sarah Carnochan Naqvi. 
* New Author declaration and consent to Publish form has been put in place. This 
form is completed at time of submission; leaves copyrights to authors, and 
streamlines the publication process. 
* 2010 Volumes 
Volume 21: Special volume on the occasion of the 3rd international workshop 
on matrix analysis and applications, Hangzhou, China. 
Editors: Roger Horn & Fuzhen Zhang, 13 papers. 
Volume 20, 54 papers, 759 pages; 2nd largest volume in ELA history 
* Current status 
Volume 22: 50 papers published, 16 in copy-editing stages, 89 papers in 
review process. 
Volume 23: Special volume for Proceedings of Directions in Matrix Theory 
Conference, Coimbra. 
Special editors: Oskar Maria Baksalary, C.M. da Fonseca, and 
Shmuel Friedland. 
Volume 24: Special volume for Proceedings of MatTriad 2011. 
Special editors: Oskar Maria Baksalary, Ljiljana Cvetkovic, Simo 
Puntanen, Natália Bebiano. 
* Health of ELA 
Expect ~220 submissions in 2011 (up about 20%) 
Acceptance rate: ~35% 
Citations of ELA papers: 
2010: 235 citations 
2009: 221 citations 
2008 : 121 citations 
2010 Impact Factor .808, 5-year impact factor .780. Places ELA in top-third 
of math journals 
* Thanks to authors, referees ILAS Publications Committee, Editorial Board. 
* Future plans 
Find mechanism to assign ELA papers DOI (digital object identification) 
Shore up Mirroring of ELA website 
Develop electronic interface for ELA submissions 
Develop and deliver ILAS workshops for graduate students focusing on 
writing mathematics, the role and responsibilities of the author, 
the referee, etc. 
New ELA website (which ultimately will allow searching of ELA papers, 
and tracking of downloads of ELA papers) ELA 2.0 

C. Education committee report (prepared by Steve Leon, delivered by Avi Berman) 

* The members of the ILAS Education committee are: 
Avi Berman, Sang-Gu Lee, Steven Leon (chair), and David Strong. 
* Our activities have focused mainly on organizing activities relating to linear 
algebra education at various mathematics conferences. 
* David Strong has been organizing the MAA sessions on linear algebra education 
at the annual Joint Meetings of the AMS and MAA. The session he organized in New 
Orleans, January, 2012 was highly successful and he is again organizing a session 
for the January, 2012 meetings in Boston. 
This session is scheduled for January 4, 2012. 
* The Education Committee put together a proposal for Discussion Group sessions on 
"Issues Surrounding Teaching Linear Algebra" 
at the 12th International Conference of Mathematics Education (ICME12) to be 
held in Seoul Korea, July 8 - 15, 2012. Sang-Gu Lee and Avi Berman will serve as 
leaders for the discussion group sessions. 
* The ILAS Education Committee maintains the ILAS Education Web site. The site is 
a valuable resource for information on linear algebra education and for tools for 
teaching linear algebra. The site is maintained by Sang-Gu Lee. 

D. Report on the Institutional Membership Committee (prepared by Hugo Woerdeman, 
delivered by Steve Kirkland) 

* Committee Members: Steve Butler; Jason Grout; Stephen Kirkland (ex-officio); 
Hugo J. Woerdeman (chair). 
* Current ILAS sponsors: Pearson, World Scientific, Taylor and Francis, Elsevier 
and SIAM. Each sponsor pays $200/yr, and receives two ads in IMAGE, and hard 
copies of IMAGE. 
* Potential targets for recruitment as new sponsors. 
Publishers: Springer, Cambridge, Princeton, Wiley, ELE-Math. 
Software companies: Maple, Wolfram, The Mathworks. 
Others: Google. 
# Are there additional sponsors we may pursue? (The above list mainly focuses 
on North America 
and Europe) 
# Does anyone have useful contacts at any of the sponsors? 
# Is anyone interested in heading an ATLAST 2.0 effort? This would be a way of 
reconnecting with Mathworks. 

6. Future ILAS conferences 

* 2012 will have no ILAS conference because of the SIAM Applied Linear Algebra 
* 2013 ILAS conference will be held at Providence, USA, June 3-7. Organizers: Tom 
Bella and Vadim Olshevsky. 
* 2014 ILAS conference will be held at Suwon, Korea, August 6-9. Organizer: 
Suk-Guen Hwang. 
* Proposals for future ILAS conferences were encouraged. 

7. AOB 
* Electronic voting. 
The board suggested using electronic voting for ILAS elections. 
To go to electronic voting, we have to amend the ILAS bylaws. 
The items that need amendment are in Article 10, sections 7, 8. They currently 
read as follows: 

7. Voting shall be done by hard mail, with proper precautions for the security 
of the ballots and the anonymity of voters. 

8. The votes will counted by the Chair of the Nominating Committee and another 
person, normally an ILAS member who holds no office in ILAS. 

# The following new wording for section 7 is proposed: 
"Voting shall be with proper precautions for the security of the ballots and 
the anonymity of voters." 

# Section may need to be modified, depending on the mechanics of the electronic 
voting system we use (i.e. whether the votes are tallied automatically by the 
system, or by hand; we need to look into this). If it turns out that the votes 
are not physically counted, then section 8 may be amended to: 
"The outcome of the voting will be verified by the Chair of the Nominating 
Committee and another person, normally an ILAS member who holds no office in ILAS." 

# There was no objection from the members who attended the meeting. 
The proposed change will be announced on ILAS-Net. 

8. President Kirkland adjourned the meeting at 14:40. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Chi-Kwong Li, Vice President 


[2011. 9.7] ILAS 1845 Send News for IMAGE Issue 47 

* October 1 for problems and solutions 
* October 15 for everything else 

IMAGE seeks to publish all news of interest to the linear algebra community. 
Photos are always welcome, as well as suggestions for improving the newsletter. 
Send send your items directly to the appropriate person: 

Problems and Solutions to Fuzhen Zhang, Associate Editor ( 
History of Linear Algebra to Peter Semrl, Associate Editor 
Book Reviews to Oskar Baksalary, Associate Editor ( 
Linear Algebra Education news to Steve Leon, Associate Editor ( 
Advertisements to Steve Kirkland ( 

All other news to Jane Day, Editor in Chief ( This includes: 
* Announcements and reports of conferences and workshops 
* Honors and awards, funding opportunities, job openings 
* Brief references to articles appearing elsewhere, of interest to the linear 
algebra community 
* Feature articles such as surveys 
* Transitions (new positions, deaths) 
* Letters to the Editor 
* Cartoons and other small items like clever proofs, historical tidbits, etc. 

Issue 47 will appear online December 1, 2011. 



* IMAGE - ILAS' Bulletin
* Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra
* Elsevier

Last News

ILAS Educational

Steve Leon (Chair)
Luz De Alba
Guershon Harel
David Lay
Sang-Gu Lee

ILAS Executive

* President
Stephen Kirkland
* Vice-President
Chi-Kwong Li
* Secretary/Treasurer
Leslie Hogben

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