Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Partial Differential Equations (07w5506)


Bernardo Cockburn (University of Minnesota)

Dominik Schoetzau (University of British Columbia)

(Brown University)


Some of the world's most distinguished numerical analysts and researchers in Scientific Computation will meet at The Banff Centre in the week of November 25 - November 30, 2007, where the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) will be hosting the workshop "Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Partial Differential Equations". Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computation are the branch of Mathematics that is studying and developing computer methods for simulating complex phenomena in the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The discontinuous Galerkin method is one of those simulation methods. Originally devised in 1973, it experienced a significant development during the nineties which brought it to the mainstream of Computational Mathematics. Nowadays, it is being successfully used in applications as diverse as meteorology, weather-forecasting, oceanography, gas dynamics, aeroacoustics, turbomachinery, turbulent flows, granular flows, oil recovery simulation, modeling of shallow water, transport of contaminant in porous media, viscoelastic flows, semiconductor device simulation, magneto-hydrodynamics, and electro-magnetism, among many others.

The organizers of this workshop are Bernardo Cockburn (University of Minnesota), Dominik Schoetzau (University of British Columbia) and Chi-Wang Shu (Brown University). Cockburn and Shu are the founding fathers of discontinuous Galerkin methods and truly distinguished scholars in Numerical Mathematics. The workshop will focus on the hottest new research results and current developments in the analysis and application of the discontinuous Galerkin method, with the ultimate goal of designing faster, more reliable and efficient methods for computer simulations.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).