Before the Symposium

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 31 October 2016

Householder Prize Nomination Deadline: 31 January 2017

Invitations issued approximately 15 February 2017

Proposals for hosting 2020 Symposium due by 1 April 2017

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Applications are closed. The decisions and invitations are expected to be made in early 2017.


The Householder Prize

Nominations are solicited for the Alston S. Householder Prize XX (2017). The award will be presented to the author of the best dissertation in numerical linear algebra submitted by the recipient of a PhD earned between 1 January 2014, and 31 December 2016. Nominations are due by 31 January 2017.

The term numerical linear algebra is intended to describe those parts of mathematical research that have both linear algebraic aspects and numerical content or implications. Thus, for example, a dissertation concerned with the numerical solution of differential equations or the numerical solution of an optimization problem would be eligible if linear algebra is central to the research contribution. To qualify, the dissertation must have been submitted to fulfil requirements for a PhD degree or equivalent. Candidates from countries in which a formal dissertation is not normally written at that level may submit an equivalent piece of work. The Householder Prize, given every three years, was established at the 1969 Gatlinburg Symposium (now renamed the Householder Symposium) to recognize the outstanding contributions of Alston S. Householder, 1904-1993, to numerical analysis and linear algebra. Entries will be assessed by an international committee consisting of:

To nominate a dissertation for the prize, the candidate's research supervisor (or sponsor) should follow these instructions.

  1. Go to the conference EasyChair website.
  2. If you do not already have an EasyChair account, you will be asked to create one now. Please set up an account; your account information will only be used for communication about the Householder Symposium.
  3. Log in to your EasyChair account via this link.
  4. Click "New Submission" on the menu bar at the top.
  5. Select "Nominate a dissertation for the Householder Prize" click "Continue".
  6. Complete the form, listing the nominator's name (i.e. your name) and contact information in the "Author" field, the title of the dissertation in the "Title" field, and giving keywords identifying the subject of the dissertation. Specify the nominee's name and email address; then upload the thesis, the nominator's letter of endorsement, and at least one letter of support from another colleague.  Additional letters of support can be uploaded or sent directly to by 31 January 2017.
  7. Click "Submit" to submit your nomination to the Householder Prize Committee.
    If you do not receive a confirmation email, or have any other questions, please contact the Local Organizing Committee at

The award will be presented at the Householder Symposium XX, to be held 18-23 June 2017 in Blacksburg, USA.

Candidates on the short list will receive invitations to the meeting.

Previous Householder Prize winners were:

  • 1971 F. Robert (Grenoble)
  • 1974 Ole Hald (New York University)
  • 1977 Daniel D. Warner (University of California, San Diego)
  • 1981 E. Marques de Sa' (Coimbra) and Paul Van Dooren (K. U. Leuven) (shared)
  • 1984 Ralph Byers (Cornell University) and James M. Demmel (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 1987 Nicholas J. Higham (University of Manchester)
  • 1990 Alan Edelman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Maria Beth Ong (University of Washington) (shared)
  • 1993 Hong-Guo Xu (Fudan University) and Barry Smith (New York University) (shared)
  • 1996 Ming Gu (Yale University)
  • 1999 Jörg Liesen (Bielefeld)
  • 2002 Jing-Rebecca Li (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • 2005 Jasper van den Eshof (Utrecht University)
  • 2008 David Bindel (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 2011 Bart Vandereycken (KU Leuven) and Paul Willems (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) (shared)
  • 2014 Nicolas Gillis (UC Louvain) and Yuji Nakatsukasa (UC Davis) (shared)

Proposals for the 2020 Householder Symposium

The Householder Committee seeks a team to organize the 2020 Householder Symposium. Please take into account these proposal guidelines. All proposals should be emailed to Householder Committee chair Jim Nagy by 1 April 2017.

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