International Conference to be Held in Honor of Computational Mathematican Yuri A. Kuznetsov

In honor of the August birthday of Dr. Yuri Kuznetsov, noted Russian computational mathematician and University of Houston M.D. Anderson Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, an international conference will be held in Moscow September 17-18, 2005.

The Institute of Numerical Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Mathematics of the University of Houston are co-hosting the event which will take place at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow. The conference will highlight recent advances in numerical and computational mathematics and the invited speakers will include many of the world’s leading numerical and computational mathematicians. Dr. William E. Fitzgibbon, professor of mathematics and dean of the College of Technology, will represent UH at the conference.

Kuznetsov is an expert in numerical analysis, in particular, numerical linear algebra. He is internationally acclaimed for his work on iterative methods and solvers, preconditioned conjugate gradient methods, domain decomposition, and fictitious domain methods and adaptive meshes.

Prior to accepting a permanent appointment at the University of Houston in 1997, Kuznetsov was one of the leading computational mathematicians of Russia. He was head of the Numerical Analysis Laboratory of the Institute of Numerical Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and held a professorship at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Additionally, he has held visiting appointments at many prominent institutions worldwide. This list includes Pavia, Rome, Stanford, UCLA, NYU, Heidelberg, Charles, Paris 6, Milan, Stuttgart, and Rice.

In 1997, Kuznetsov joined the faculty at UH as a professor of mathematics, and in 2000 he was awarded the prestigious M.D. Anderson Chair in Mathematics. Kuznetsov has worked incessantly to build UH’s effort in computational and applied mathematics. He has forged ties with national laboratories and the energy industry and brought a steady stream of prominent scientific visitors to Houston. The University of Houston is now recognized as an international center of scientific computation. Perhaps more importantly, he is establishing his legacy with superb Ph.D. graduates.

Over the course of his career, Kuznetsov has authored or co-authored four books, over 80 research papers, and delivered lectures across the world. He serves on the editorial boards of six leading scientific journals and four volumes of selected papers. He is very interested in the worldwide dissemination of scientific knowledge and serves on the organizing committees of many workshops and conferences annually.