Conference on 50 years of ADI

September 15, 2005

Conference Announcement

50 Years of Alternating Direction Methods:

Celebrating the Contributions of Jim Douglas,

Don Peaceman, and Henry Rachford

November 4-5, 2005

Rice University

Houston, Texas

This year (2005) marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the seminal paper on the alternating direction implicit method (ADI) "The Numerical Solution of Parabolic and Elliptic Differential Equations" (Journal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 3, pages 28-41). The impact of this work on the oil industry was immediate; this new idea resulted in the development of more accurate and efficient computational methods for reservoir simulation. However, the theoretical and practical aspects of the ADI method led to extensions, generalizations, and ensuing applications far beyond the original application of reservoir simulation.

This conference will begin with two talks on the history and impact of the ADI method to past and current scientific and industrial problems. The conference will then feature approximately 20 invited 30 minute presentations on recent research activities in the area of numerical solution of partial differential applications that were influenced by the ADI method. In addition, an exciting banquet is planned for Saturday night (November 5, 2005).


All participants and attendees are required to register. However, due to the generosity of the conference sponsors, there will be no registration fee and no banquet fee for those who pre-register. We urge conference participants and attendees to pre-register as soon as possible. To pre-register, please follow the following link. Pre-registration deadline is September 30, 2005.

Organizing Committee:

Richard Tapia, Rice University, Chair

Clint Dawson, University of Texas-Austin

Amr El-Bakry, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

William Fitzgibbon, University of Houston

Roland Glowinski, University of Houston

William Symes, Rice University

Adam Usadi, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Mary Wheeler, University of Texas-Austin


ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Rice University

University of Houston

University of Texas-Austin

The conference is held in cooperation with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

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