Oberwolfach Seminar: Variational Inequalities - Analysis, Simulation, and Application

October 10th - 16th, 2004
Martin Brokate, TU Münchnen
Carsten Carstensen, HU Berlin
Ralf Kornhuber, FU Berlin
Rolf Krause, Universität Bonn
Since the pioneering papers of Fichera and Stampacchia in the early sixties, variational inequalities have become the mathematical formulation of a variety of nonlinear and non-smooth phenomena in mechanics, metallurgy, material science, soil mechanics, biology etc.. During the seventies and eighties many fundamental contributions provided safe grounds for their practical applicability. The ongoing development of efficient and reliable solution procedures opens new perspectives for modern applications. The aim of the seminar is first to provide a detailed introduction to the analysis and numerical analysis of variational inequalities. On this background we then shall focus on advanced solution techniques such as adaptive mesh refinement and multigrid methods. Practical applications together with some results and problems of actual and future research conclude the summer school.
The seminar addresses advanced students, PhD students and PostDocs with basic knowledge on analysis and numerical analysis of partial differential equations. It would help to be familiar with one or more of the key words like finite elements, multigrid, convexity, a priori and a posteriori error estimates, phase transitions or linear elasticity.
Deadline for applications:
August 27, 2004
The seminars take place at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. The number of participants is restricted to 24. Applications including

should be sent as hard copy or by e-mail (.ps or .pdf file) to:

Prof. Dr. Gert-Martin Greuel
Universität Kaiserslautern
Fachbereich Mathematik
Erwin Schrödingerstr.
67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach   updated: June 4th, 2004