VII ITLA 2012 (English Version)

VII Italian-Latin American Conference on Industrial and Applied Mathematics

The VII Italian-Latin American Conference on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (VII ITLA 2012) will be held in the city of Rosario (Argentina) from 17 to 21 December 2012.


  1.  To provide a forum for the discussion and enhancement of Applied Mathematics in the Latin American region.
  2. To promote the application of Mathematics in Science, Engineering, Computational Science, Industry and Technology.
  3. To provide media for the exchange of information and ideas between latinamerican and Italian mathematicians.
  4. To promote interdisciplinary research between different disciplines of Science and Engineering in areas involving Mathematics.
  5. To encourage and endorse activities for the enhancement and promotion of the education of Applied Mathematics at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  6. To promote the interest in Applied Mathematics among all disciplines of Science and Engineering.

 All researchers, academics, graduate students, senior undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows studying Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Finance and Engineering and other branches of Science are invited to participate in this conference.



 Depto. de Matemática, FCE, Univ. Austral, Paraguay 1950, (S2000FZF) Rosario, Argentina.

  • Tel: +54 – 341 - 522-3090/93, Fax: +54 – 341 - 522-3001.
  • ASAMACI (Asociación Argentina de Matemática Aplicada, Computacional e Industrial).
  • AR-SIAM (Sección Argentina de SIAM - Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics – EE.UU.).
  • SIMAI (Società Italiana di Matematica Applicata e Industriale, Italia).



 AR-SIAM (Argentinean Section of SIAM - Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, USA) was accepted by the SIAM’s “Board of Trustees” on July 2006, and started on January 2007.

On October 31, 2008, ASAMACI (Asociación Argentina de Matemática Aplicada, Computacional e Industrial) was created to provide a forum for the discussion and enhancement of applied mathematics in Argentina and to promote the application of mathematics to science, engineering, computational science, industry, and technology.

 Both institutions have organized: 

  1. Primer Congreso de Matemática Aplicada Computacional e Industrial (I MACI 2007), Córdoba, 2-5/10/2007;
  2. Segundo Congreso de Matemática Aplicada Computacional e Industrial (II MACI 2009), Rosario, 14-16/12/2009;
  3. Taller Argentino de Matemática Industrial (TAMI 2010), Buenos Aires, 1-6/3/2010;
  4. Tercer Congreso de Matemática Aplicada Computacional e Industrial (III MACI 2011), Bahía Blanca, 9-11/5/2011.

Plus, the members of the Department of Mathematics of FCE, Univ. Austral (Rosario) have a wide experience in scientific meeting organization: 

  1. Seminario sobre el Problema de Stefan y sus Aplicaciones, Rosario, 04-08/07/1983;
  2. II Seminario sobre el Problema de Stefan y sus Aplicaciones, Rosario, 13-18/10/1986;
  3. III Seminario sobre Problemas de Frontera Libre y sus Aplicaciones, Rosario, 11-15/10/1988;
  4. IV Seminario sobre Problemas de Frontera Libre y sus Aplicaciones, Rosario, 14-18/12/1992;
  5. V Seminario sobre Problemas de Frontera Libre y sus Aplicaciones, Rosario, 19-21/12/1994;
  6. VI Seminario sobre Problemas de Frontera Libre y sus Aplicaciones, Rosario, 16-18/12/1998;
  7. Primeras Jornadas sobre Ecuaciones Diferenciales, Análisis Numérico y Optimización, Rosario, 11-12/03/2004;
  8. VII School on Energy and Mass Transfer, Free Boundary Problems, and Applications, Rosario, 28/11 - 03/12/2005;
  9. Workshop on Mathematical Modelling of Energy and Mass Transfer Processes, and Applications, Rosario, 05-07/12/2005;
  10. Minisimposium IC/MP260/015 “Applied Mathematics in Latin America, Part I”, 6th ICIAM 07, Zurich, 16-20/07/2007;
  11. Minisimposium IC/MP262/015 “Applied Mathematics in Latin America, Part II”, 6th ICIAM 07, Zurich, 16-20/07/2007;
  12. II MACI 2009, Rosario, 14-16/12/2009.




ITLA is a periodic meeting between Latin American and Italian researchers since 1995, serving as a bridge between European and Latin American scenarios. In the course of successive editions, these meetings have allowed the discussion of new researches in Industrial and Applied Mathematics. On this occasion we hope to prolifically continue that tradition, being the first meeting to be held in Argentina:

 I ITLA: Porto Alegre (Brazil, January 1995)

II ITLA: Rome (Italy, January 1997)

III ITLA: Río de Janeiro (Brazil, November 1999)

IV ITLA: Trujillo (Peru, December 2004)

V ITLA: Florence (Italy, July 2007)

VI ITLA: Quito (Ecuador, September 2009)


The main areas addressed by the conference include: 

  • Nonlinear Analysis and Applications
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Biomathematics
  • Computational Methods
  • Ordinary Differential Equations and Applications
  • Partial Differential Equations and Applications
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Continuous Mechanics and Applications
  • Variational Methods and Applications
  • Optimization, Optimal Control and Applications
  • Inverse Problems and Applications
Scientific Committee


  • Nicola Bellomo (Italy)
  • Mario Primicerio (Italy)
  • Marco Calahorrano (Ecuador)
  • José A. Cuminato (Brazil)
  • Fabián Flores-Bazán (Chile)
  • Obidio Rubio (Peru)
  • Julio Ruiz Claeyssen (Brazil)
  • Rubén D. Spies (Argentina)
  • Domingo Tarzia (Argentina)


  • Carlos D’Attellis (Univ. Favaloro, UNSAM, Buenos Aires)
  • Javier I. Etcheverry (Tenaris - UBA, Campana - Buenos Aires)
  • Pablo Jacovkis (UNTREF-UBA, Buenos Aires)
  • Cristina Maciel (UNS, Bahía Blanca)
  • Sergio Preidikman (CONICET-UNC, Córdoba)
  • Diana Rubio (UNSAM, Buenos Aires)
  • Rubén D. Spies  (IMAL (CONICET-UNL), Santa Fe)
  • Domingo A. Tarzia (CONICET-UA, Rosario), (Chairman)
  • Cristina V. Turner (CONICET-UNC, Córdoba)
Organizing Committee


  • Julieta Bollati
  • Adriana C. Briozzo
  • Mariela Cirelli
  • Ma. Fernanda Natale
  • Sabrina Roscani
  • Eduardo A. Santillan Marcus
  • José Semitiel
  • Domingo Tarzia
  • Ma. Candelaria Uria 


We are pleased that the following plenary and semi-plenary speakers have accepted our invitation:

Nicola Bellomo (Italy), Marco Calahorrano (Ecuador), José M. Carcione (Italia), José A. Cuminato (Brazil), Alain Damlamian (France), Fabián Flores-Bazán (Chile), Rolf Jeltsch (Switzerland), Barbara Keyfitz (USA), Roxana López Cruz (Perú), Paolo Marcellini (Italy), Elvira Mascolo (Italy), José Luis Menaldi (USA), Fabio Milner (USA), Jaime Ortega (Chile), Paolo Podio-Guidugli (Italy), Giovanni Porru (Italy), Mario Primicerio (Italy), Héctor Ramirez Cabrera (Chile), Fabio Rosso (Italy), Obidio Rubio (Perú), Julio Ruiz Claeyssen (Brazil), Geraldo Nunes Silva (Brazil), Stella Venier Piro (Italy), Vincenzo Vespri (Italy).

 From Argentina: Laura Aragone, Carlos D’Attellis, Adriana C. Briozzo, Alberto Cardona, Elsa Cortina, Guillermo Durán, Javier Etcheverry, Analía Gastón, Pablo Jacovkis, Pablo Lotito, Cristina Maciel, Elina Mancinelli, Ma. Fernanda Natale, Rodolfo Oviedo, Lisandro Parente, Sergio Preidikman, Juan Carlos Reginato, Diana Rubio, Eduardo A. Santillan Marcus, Juan Santos, Eduardo Serrano, Rubén D. Spies, Domingo A. Tarzia, Cristina V. Turner, Adrián Will.



Contributed presentations in lectures are invited in all areas consistent with the conference themes. An abstract of the proposal should be submitted up to August 31th, 2012, in LaTex and pdf format.

Following the conference, authors interested in publishing their work in the journal MAT - Serie A ( may send the work in Latex or Word format with its corresponding pdf before February 28, 2013 (communications: maximum 8 pages, invited lectures: maximum 16 pages).


Short Courses:

1) Alain Damlamian (Laboratoire d'Analyse et de Mathématiques Appliquées, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Val de Marne (UPEC), 94010 Créteil Cedex, France)“An introduction to the Periodic Unfolding Method and its applications to periodic homogenization”Abstract

        : The periodic unfolding method introduced in 2002 is a simple way to treat periodic homogenization problems. In this course, I will introduce the model problem for periodic homogenization and explain the key questions concerning it. Then, I will introduce the periodic unfolding method, give the proofs of its main results and finally show how it applies to the model homogenization problem. If there is enough time, I will also give some more complex examples of applications.
    • References:
      1. [1] D. Cioranescu, A. Damlamian and G. Griso, Periodic unfolding and homogenization, C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris, Série 1, 335 (2002), 99–104.
      2. [2] D. Cioranescu, A. Damlamian and G. Griso, The periodic unfolding method in homoge- nization, SIAM J. Math. Anal., Vol. 40, 4 (2008), 1585–1620.
      3. [3] D. Cioranescu, A. Damlamian, P. Donato, G. Griso, and R. Zaki, The periodic unfolding method in domains with holes, SIAM J. Math. Anal. ,Vol. 44, 2 (2012), 718-760.
      4. [4] Multiscale Problems: Theory, Numerical Approximation and Applications, Series in Contemporary Applied Mathematics vol 16, Higher Education Press, Beijing/ World Scientific publishing, Singapore.

2) Paolo Marcellini (University of Firenze, Italy)“Regularity and existence for elliptic equations under general and p,q growth conditions”,Abstract

        : Although in studying optimization problems of the Calculus of Variations, at least in the scalar convex case, we do not find special difficulties in the existence of minimizers, still existence for partial differential equations, under general and p,q growth conditions, is not completely solved, being not well defined - in that context - pairings for weak solutions. As usual, a-priori estimates are a main tool to get existence and they have an intrinsic interest for regularity. We will prove some a-priori estimates in the context of general and p,q growth. We will also describe the interest of this subject - specifically Optimization Theory and Calculus of Variations - in Applied Mathematics and in other Disciplines of Science and Engineering.

3) Paolo Podio-Guidugli (Roma TorVergata)“Models of phase segregation by atom rearrangement: beyond Allen-Cahn and Cahn-Hilliard equations” Abstract

        : The classic phase-field models for phase segregation are Allen-Cahn’s and Cahn-Hilliard’s: the first does not account for diffusion, the second does; both involve a nonlinear parabolic PDE for the space and time evolution of a scalar order parameter; in the absence of volume sources, stationary solutions are harmonic in the first case, biharmonic in the second. These classic models have many merits and have been studied thoroughly. However, their derivation is not completely satisfactory; in particular, their consistency with continuum thermodynamics is in the need of careful scrutiny. This will be done, in the light of two papers by Fried & Gurtin [1] and Gurtin [2]. Then, an alternative model proposed in [3] will be discussed. Recently, this model has been the subject of an intense analytical study [4-11]; a abridged account of the main results will be given.
    • References:
      1. [1] E. Fried and M.E. Gurtin, Continuum theory of thermally induced phase transition based on an order parameter. Physica D 68 (1993).
      2. [2] M.E. Gurtin, Generalized Ginzburg-Landau and Cahn-Hilliard equations based on a microforce balance. Physica D 92 (1996).
      3. [3] P. Podio-Guidugli, Models of phase segregation and diffusion of atomic species on a lattice. Ricerche di Matematica 55(1) (2006).
      4. [4] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, Existence and uniqueness of a global-in-time solution to a phase segregation problem of the Allen-Cahn type. Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences 20(4) (2010).
      5. [5] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, Global solution to a phase transition problem of the Allen-Cahn type. Pp. 104-110 of Nonlinear Evolution Equations and Mathematical Modeling, Proc. RIMS Symp., Kyoto 2010.
      6. [6] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, A temperature-dependent phase segregation problem of the Allen-Cahn type. Advances in Mathematical Sciences and Applications 20 (2010).
      7. [7] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, Well-posedness and long-time behavior for a nonstandard viscous Cahn-Hilliard system. SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics 71 (2011).
      8. [8] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, An asymptotic analysis for a nonstandard Cahn-Hilliard system with viscosity. arXiv:1109.3303v1; to appear in Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 2011.
      9. [9] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, Distributed optimal control of a nonstandard system of phase field equations. arXiv:1106.3668v1; to appear in Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 2011.
      10. [10] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, Global existence for a strongly coupled Cahn-Hilliard system with viscosity. arXiv:1202.5210v1; to appear in Bollettino Unione Matematica Italiana, 2012.
      11. [11] P. Colli, G. Gilardi, P. Podio-Guidugli, and J. Sprekels, Global existence and uniqueness for a singular/degenerate Cahn-Hilliard system with viscosity. arXiv:1205.4979v1, preprint WIAS-Berlin n. 1713 (2012).

4) Mario Primicerio (University of Firenze, Italy) “Mathematical Models for Social Changes and Criminology”Abstract

      : Mathematical models and methods are currently used in several countries for planning strategies aimed at contrasting and controlling criminality. Since the transition from law-abiding to criminal behaviour is tightly related to the social dynamics of the population, the starting point (1st lecture) will be the modellization of the latter, either through compartmental models or by means of integro-differential equations. The dependence on age will be also taken in consideration. There are three main branches of "mathematical criminology": agent-based models, game theory, population dynamics. We will give (2nd lecture) an introductory description of the use of mathematical methods, with particular emphasis on population dynamics. Some mathematical aspects will be discussed, together with numerical simulations: the case of a typical “triangle model” (criminals, targets, guards) and the different use of contrast policies (social promotion and repression) will be briefly discussed. The 3rd lecture will be devoted to the discussion of space-dependent problems. In this context, a model based on simulation by means of cellular automata will be presented and its particular application to the case of contrasting tax evasion and to the case of inspections will be analyzed. In summary, this overview will show that mathematics can be instrumental in describing the possible scenarios associated with given policies, in simulating the effects of different choices, and thus in giving the public authorities important tools for implementing suitable choices in terms of social measures and in terms of police forces deployment. Another aim of this elementary mini-course is to show that these topics can open a rather new and interesting area of investigation to applied mathematicians.

Download the VII ITLA 2012 Program


The structure of the event will be:

  1. Plenary and semi-plenary conferences;
  2. Contributed presentations;
  3. Industrial cases presentations;
  4. Short courses.


Spanish, Italian, Portughese, English.

Important Dates

31 Agosto 2012: Para enviar un resumen del trabajo, en formato LaTex o Word con su correspondiente pdf a la dirección de E-mail:

31 Agosto 2012: Para solicitar ayuda económica parcial para participar del evento (Ver ayuda económica).

17-21 Diciembre 2012: Realización del evento en la ciudad de Rosario (Argentina) en la sede de la Universidad Austral, Paraguay 1950.

28 Febrero 2013: Los autores interesados en publicar sus trabajos en la revista MAT-Serie A ( podrán enviar el trabajo en formato Latex o Word con su correspondiente pdf (Comunicaciones: máximo 8 páginas; conferencias invitadas: máximo 16 páginas) a la dirección de E-mail:

Author’s area (for sending contribution)

To write your Abstract or Paper you must use:

 Formato LaTeX: ITLA-Formato LaTeX

 Formato Word: ITLA-Formato Word

Send your work to the E-mail address:

Registration and Fees


  1. Undergraduate students - Argentinos: AR$ 50; Foreigners: AR$ 100;
  2. Graduate students - Argentinos: AR$ 200; Foreigners: AR$ 400;
  3. Professionals - Argentinos: AR$ 300; Foreigners: AR$ 600.

Registration includes event program with the corresponding papers abstracts, event extra material, coffee breaks.

Financial Aid

Los interesados en recibir una ayuda parcial para participar del evento,a quienes se le ha aceptado su trabajo, deben escribir a la dirección de E-mail a más tardar el 31 de agosto de 2012 indicando su solicitud e incluyendo su curriculum vitae en formato pdf.



Please remember that the congress fees do not include any accommodation. Choosing accommodation will be up to you. We suggest that you try the following websites where you may be able to find accommodation:


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Depto. de Matemática, FCE, Univ. Austral, Paraguay 1950, (S2000FZF) Rosario, Argentina.

Tel: +54 – 341 - 522-3090/93, Fax: +54 – 341 - 522-3001.


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How to get to Rosario:


Official Webpage of Rosario City


  • The distance between Buenos Aires and Rosario is 300 km (a 45 minute flight or 4 hours by bus).
  • Buenos Aires has two airports: Ezeiza (international) and Aeroparque (for flights within the country) that are 40 km one from each other (you must have at least an hour to travel either by bus, taxi, etc.).
  • Rosario Airport is located about 20 km from downtown. The transfer to downtown is done by taxi or rental car.
  • There are only one flight by day from Ezeiza to Rosario, from Aerolineas Argentinas (AR). It departs early in the morning (between 7 and 8 pm). This flight connects AR international flights coming from Europe and USA.
  • From Aeroparque to Rosario, AR company has one flight per day in the afternoon. The company SOL Airlines has several flights per day.
  • The transfer company "Manuel Tienda Leon" makes the journey from Ezeiza to Rosario (door to door). There are buses every 2 hours for 24 hours a day. This passage can be purchased directly at the airport of Ezeiza.


  • Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica (Argentina);
  • Embajada de Italia en Buenos Aires;
  • Embajada de Italia – Istituto Italiano di Cultura;
  • International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM);
  • Unión Matemática de América Latina y el Caribe (UMALCA).
  • Sociedad Peruana de Matemática Aplicada y Computacional
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática Aplicada e Computacional
  • Secretaría de Estado de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación - Gobierno de Santa Fe