Julia Olkin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

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Research: Math Education, Numerical Linear Algebra, Nonlinear Optimization


  • BA Mathematics, Pomona College
  • MA Mathematical Sciences, Rice University
  • PhD Mathematical Sciences, Rice University


Winter Quarter 2015
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
MATH 375001Numerical Analysis ITTH6:00PM7:50PMAE-0378Hayward Campus View Books
MATH 484201Adv Topics in OptimizationTTH4:00PM5:50PMAE-0378Hayward Campus View Books
MATH 684201Adv Topics in OptimizationTTH4:00PM5:50PMAE-0378Hayward Campus View Books
MATH 690001Independent StudyARR ARRHayward Campus View Books


(1998) Evaluation of an actuator placement method for active noise control applications (with K. Naghshineh, L.P. Heck, and J.W. Kamman), ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 120, No. 4, pp. 875-879.

(1998) Transducer placement for broadband active vibration control using a novel multi­dimensional QR factorization (with L.P. Heck and K. Naghshineh), ASME Jour­nal of Vibration and Acoustics, 120, No. 3, pp. 663-671.

(1997) Detection of ships with OTH radar using short integration times (with W.D. Nowlin and J. Barnum), Proceedings of IEEE National Radar Conference, Syra­cuse, NY pp. 1-6.

(1996) Evaluation of the multidimensional QR algorithm for automated actuator place­ment in active control applications (with L.P. Heck and K.Naghshineh) Proceed­ings of ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Expositions, Atlanta, GA, 22, pp. 15-19.

(1996) Using semi-definite programming for H2 controller design with multiple simulta­neous H2 constraints (with P.J. Titterton), Journal of VLSI Signal Processing, 14, No. 1, pp. 57-67.

(1996) Automated placement of transducers for active noise control: performance mea­sures (with L.P. Heck and K. Naghshineh), IEEE Proceedings of International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 2, pp. 969-972.

(1995) Control system design for the SPICES smart structure demonstrations (with  D.S. Flamm, L.P. Heck, P.J. Titterton, W.C. Nowlin, K.C. Chou), Proceedings of SPIE Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, 2447, pp. 237-248.

(1995) A practical method for constrained optimization controller design: H2 or H∞ optimization with H2 and/or H∞ constraints (with P.J. Titterton), Proceedings of the IEEE 29th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, 2, pp.1265-1269.

(1995) Semi-definite programming for quadratically constrained quadratic programs (with P.J. Titterton), Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Proceedings of SPIE Conference, San Diego, CA, 2563, No. 17, pp. 193-206.

(1993) Multiple-input, multiple-output, multiple-error adaptive feedforward control, using the filtered-X normalized LMS algorithm(with S.C. Douglas), Proceedings of the Second Conference of Recent Advances in Active Control of Sound and Vibration, pp. 743-755.

(1994) Circulant preconditioners for Toeplitz-block matrices (with T.F. Chan), Numer­ical Algorithms, 6, No. 1-2, pp. 89-101.

(1994) SRI weights algorithms and performance simulation (SWAPS) code (with M.S. Freed and P.D. Jungers), Technical Report, SRI International, pp. 1-59.

(1992) Solving quadratically constrained least squares using black box solvers (with T.F. Chan and D.W. Cooley), BIT, 32, pp. 481-494.


Dec. 2010 Asilomar Mathematics Conference, California Mathematics Council-North, 90 minute workshop on “What’s Holding This Up? Using Underlying Math Structures”

May. 2010 Presentation for Office of Faculty Development: “Engaging Students With a Few New Ideas: A Bright Ideas Roundtable”

Feb. 2010 Presentation on Introduction to Linear Programming to the CSUEB Math Club

Dec. 2009 -Feb. 2010 Taught 24 hours of professional development to Secondary School math teachers, in three 8-hour days. The curriculum is the Strengthen­ing Mathematics Instruction program, part of the Early Assessment Program training for CSUs.

1987-1997 Numerous presentations at professional conferences (SIAM -Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) and to clients such as Department of Defense, which employed at SRI.


Advising: Math

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