Conference Schedule

Each day a continental breakfast will be available from 8.30am on the sixth floor of PGH. Each talk should be 20 minutes long with up to 5 minutes for questions and discussions between talks. Talks will be in PGH 232 unless otherwise noted.

View Conference book of abstracts

Saturday March 28th
9:00 - 9:20am Ranadhir Roy, UTPA, “Sensitivity Analysis of Drug Distribution in a Brain Tumor using Simulated Mathematical Model”

9:25 - 9:45am Dambaru Bhatta, UTPA, “Computation of the vertical velocity components for a three dimensional convective flow in a mushy layer”

9:50 - 10:10am Natalie Hritonenko, Prairie View A&M U, “Optimal Control of Differential Equations Arising in Environmental Protection”

10:15 - 10:35am Youn-Sha Chan, UH Downtown, “Crack Problem Used as a Criterion for Examining Elasticity Theories”

+++ Coffee and Tea break 10:40am - 11:00am on sixth floor.

11:00 - 11:20am Katarina Jegdic, UH Downtown, “Semi-hyperbolic patches for the unsteady transonic small disturbance equation”

11:25 - 11:45am Goong Chen, Texas A & M U, “Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: A Modeling and Numerical Simulation Study of Airplane Crash and Water Landing ”

11:50 - 12:10pm Cong Gu, Texas A &M U, “Global Plastic Bending of Aircraft Fuselage”

12:15 - 12:35pm Lokenath Debnath, UTPA, “Cylindrical KdV Equations and Applications to Ocean Waves”

+++ Buffet Lunch will be provided on the sixth floor of PGH starting at 12:40pm

There will be parallel sessions for the next series of talks.
Parallel session 1: at PGH 232

1:35 - 1:55pm Yuliya Gorb, UH, “Approximation of Dirichlet-to Neumann Map in a High Contrast Conductivity Problem”

2:00 - 2:20pm Akif Ibragimov, Texas Tech, “Qualitative Properties of the solution of elliptic equation of second order in non-divergent form with respect to Zaremba type boundary problem”

2:25 - 2:45pm Pablo Raul Stinga, UT Austin, “Regularity theory for fractional equations ”

2:50 - 3:10pm Mauricio Rivas, Wake Forest U, “Linear Elliptic Eigenproblems and Observing Lyapunov Exponents of Infinite-Dimensional Dynamic

+++ Coffee and Tea break 3:15pm - 3:35pm on sixth floor.

3:35 - 3:55pm Ray Treinen, TSU, San Marcos, “On the classification and asymptotic behavior of the symmetric capillary surfaces”

4:00 - 4:20pm Xiaoqian Xu, Rice U, “Mixing of passive scalars advected by incompressible enstrophy-constrained flows”

4:25 - 4:45pm Zhijun Qiao, UTPA, “A synthetical two-component model with peakon solutions”

4:50 - 5:10pm Qiaoyi Hu, South China Agricultural U, Guangzhou, PRC, “Initial boundary value problem for a coupled Camassa-Holm system with peakons”

5:15- 5:35pm Eric Tovar, UTPA, “Peakon Solutions for
(2 + 1)-dimensional General Camassa-Holm Equation”
Parallel session 2: at PGH 646

1:35 - 1:55pm Ying Wang, U of Oklahoma, “A Fast Explicit Operator Splitting Method for Modified Buckley-Leverett Equations”

2:00 - 2:20pm Manki Cho, UH, “Steklov eigenproblems and approximations of harmonic functions ”

2:25 - 2:45pm Jianxin Zhou, Texas A&M U, “A Local Minimax Method Using Virtual Curves, Surfaces, etc.: Part I --- For Finding Saddles”

2:50 - 3:10pm Haicheng Gu, UTPA, “An Analysis of Financial Data with Wavelets and Fractal Function ”

+++ Coffee and Tea break
3:15pm - 3:35pm on sixth floor.

3:35 - 3:55pm Sara Pollock, TexasA&M U, “Adaptive regularization strategies for nonlinear PDE”

4:00 - 4:20pm Thanuka W. Pathiranage, “Texas Tech U, “Analysis of the Error in an Iterative Algorithm for Solution of the Regulator Equations for Linear Distributed Parameter Control Systems”.

4:25 - 4:45pm Zhidong Zhang, Texas A&M University, "An inverse problem for a Fractional Diffusion Process".

Sunday March 29th

9:00 - 9:20am Jahmario L. Williams, TSU, ”Positive Radial Solutions for a class of quasilinear boundary value problems in a ball”

9:25 - 9:45am Steve London, UHD, “Weakly Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Waves, Mean Flows and Instabilities in a Keplerian Accretion Disk ”

9:50 - 10:10am Eleftherios Gkioulekas, UTPA, “Revisiting the dissipation scales of the energy cascade of 3D turbulence as anomalous scaling functions”

10:15 - 10:35am Sergey Grigorian, UTPA, “Soliton solutions of the modified Laplacian coflow of G2-structures on manifolds with symmetry”

+++ Coffee and Tea break 10:40am - 11:00am on sixth floor.

11:00 - 11:20am Mark Hubenthal, UH, “Sensitivity analysis for active control of the Helmholtz equation”

11:25 - 11:45am Reza Ahangar, Texas A&MU, Kingsville, “Optimal Control Solution to Nonlinear Causal Operator Systems with Target State”

Registration and Meeting Information

The 38th annual Texas Partial Differential Equations Conference will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 in the PGH building of the University of Houston main campus. Talks will begin on Saturday morning and the conference will end early on Sunday afternoon. All talks will be in rooms in the PGH building that houses the department at UH. View conference schedule for more information.

In keeping with tradition, the conference will have no registration fee and no principal speakers. All talks will be 20 minutes in length. We particularly welcome speakers who are new to the Texas area and/or recent doctorates who may be seeking positions. Those wishing to speak should submit a title and short abstract by Friday, March 14th to The submissions deadline may close early if all the possible time slots are filled.

Information about the department may be found at: Information about faculty research interests in PDEs may be found at Research Areas. If you know of students with a masters degree in mathematics who may be interested in pursuing a doctorate in PDE or applied mathematics at the University of Houston, please let them know about this meeting and let us know about their interest.

Refreshments and Lunch

Coffee, drinks and some food will be available on the 6th floor of PGH each morning from 8.30am until the talks start. There will be coffee breaks each morning and afternoon. On Saturday a buffet lunch will be provided on the sixth floor of the PGH building. There are a number of restaurants and bars in walking distance from the department.

Local Information

The UH student association is hosting an event called "Frontier Fiesta" based around the New TDECU football stadium on the west side of the UH campus. We recommend that visitors to our conference park on the East side of campus near the engineering building or the Campus recreation center. It should be easier to enter and exit away from the Frontier Fiesta. You may park anywhere that has open gates and no handicapped or 24/7 no parking signs.

The University of Houston main campus is about two miles south of downtown Houston West of the Gulf Freeway I45. A map of campus may be found at The PGH building is in the center of campus opposite the M.D. Anderson library. Weekend visitors may park in any surface lot with an open gate - but avoid places that are marked reserved, handicapped etc. There also are parking garages that will charge for parking.

Visit city of Houston and local transportation using Metro for more information.

The University of Houston web-site is at It includes information about directions for getting to the university and the PGH building.

Travel and Accomodations

Airlines serve Houston via Bush Intercontinental Airport and the William P. Hobby Airport. Hobby Airport is smaller, closer to the meeting venue and to the hotels listed on our hotels page. We strongly recommend making your hotel reservations early. The weather in Houston is notoriously unstable (especially in the Spring), but it is not extreme. Normally, it should be between 60°F and 80°F. Here is up-to-date information about the weather in Houston.

We have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Wyndham Houston Medical Center for March 27 and 28. The rate is $99 per night + 17% tax for a Deluxe Suite with Kitchenette. To reserve a room call Jessica at 713-577-1235 and mention the Texas PDE Conference. You should do this by Thursday February 26.

Click here to download a Powerpoint that describes the hotel and the rooms.

Organizing Committee

Giles Auchmuty, University of Houston
Daniel Onofrei, University of Houston
David Wagner, University of Houston