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Hans De Sterck is a Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, doing research in numerical methods for computational science and data science at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada. 

He did his PhD research at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA. He took up an academic position at the Applied Mathematics department of the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 2004, after post-doctoral positions at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium, and in Tom Manteuffel's and Steve McCormick's Multilevel Computation group at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Between 2015 and 2018, he worked at the School of Mathematical Sciences of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Areas of research:
(1) Numerical methods for scientific computing: numerical linear algebra, numerical optimization, numerical methods for PDEs, multilevel methods, hyperbolic conservation laws, parallel computing. Applications in computational fluid dynamics, space physics, image analysis, Markov chains.

(2) Data science: social network analysis, social media, tensor decomposition, algorithms for distributed big data analytics, cloud computing, recommendation, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, computational social science, health science.

Prof. De Sterck is always interested in exploring new interdisciplinary collaborations with application specialists in science, engineering and technology. His group contributes fast, accurate and scalable computational methods to these collaborations.

Professional activities:
Prof. De Sterck is a member of the senior editorial team of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, serving as the section editor for the "Methods and Algorithms for Scientific Computing" section. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the SIAM activity group on Data Mining and Analytics (SIAG DMA) (2018-2019), and previously served as Chair of the SIAM activity group on Computational Science and Engineering (SIAG CSE) (2017-2018). He co-chaired the 2015 SIAM conference on Computational Science and Engineering, which, with 1700 attendees, was the largest SIAM conference to that date.

Impressions from the 2015 SIAM CSE conference - co-chaired by Hans De Sterck

Recent News

  • Article Featuring Hans' ICIAM-Presented Research In Spanish News Magazine Hans' research on parallel-in-time methods applied to computational science and data science problems was featured in an article that appeared in the Spanish national-scale Sunday news magazine ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2019, 6:23 AM by Hans De Sterck
  • Panel on Mathematics and Machine Learning at ICIAM2019 Hans De Sterck will be a panelist at the Special Panel on "The Future of Mathematics in the Age of Machine Learning" at the ICIAM2019 conference in Valencia, Spain, on ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 4:15 AM by Hans De Sterck
  • Invited Lecture at ICIAM 2019 Hans De Sterck gives an Invited Lecture at the ICIAM 2019 conference on "Scalable Solvers for Computational Science and Data Science: Multilevel, Nonlinearly Preconditioned, and Parallel-in-Time", 17 July ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 4:11 AM by Hans De Sterck
  • Alexander Howse defends his PhD thesis (September 29, 2017) Waterloo PhD student Alexander Howse defended his PhD thesis on "Nonlinear Preconditioning Methods for Optimization and Parallel-In-Time Methods for 1D Scalar Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations" on September 29 ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 7:20 PM by Hans De Sterck
  • John Lang defends his PhD thesis (July 8, 2016) Waterloo PhD student John Lang successfully defended his PhD thesis "Mathematical Modelling of Social Factors in Decision Making Processes at the Individual and Population Levels" on July 8, 2016. Congrats ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2016, 4:11 PM by Hans De Sterck
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