“Mathematical and Computational Optimisation” session in the 2017 annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society

First Call for papers in the session “Mathematical and Computational Optimisation”

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society will take place at Macquarie University, Sydney, 12- 15 December 2017. A website for the conference is available at:

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the special session “Mathematical and Computational Optimisation” and hope that you will agree to present a 25-minutes’ talk.

This special session will focus on new mathematical and computational developments and their applications in continuous and discrete optimisation, as well as in optimal control and calculus of variations.

Our special session’s field aligns with that of the recently created special interest group, Mathematics of Computation and Optimisation (MoCaO) https://mocao.mathsig.org/
Hence, if you are a member of MoCaO, please consider presenting at our special session!

Please do encourage participation of postdocs and doctoral students at our special session. Student members of AustMS who are giving a conference talk at the meeting may be eligible for a travel costs subsidy.

Please let us know your interest by September 1st, 2017.

Best regards, and looking forward to meeting you at our special session.

Guoyin Li and Vera Roshchina (Session organisers)

The Joint Optimization Conferences 2017 (JOC 2017)

4 December – 10 December 2017, Perth, Australia

The Joint Optimization Conferences (JOC 2017) will be held in the beautiful capital city of Perth, West Australia from 4th December to 10th December 2017.

The confederation consists of the following three sequent conferences:

  1. The Eighth Australia-China Workshop on Optimization: Theory, Methods and Applications (ACWO 2017), being jointly organised by Chongqing Normal University, China, and Curtin University, Australia will be held on 4th December 2017.
  2. The Second Pacific Optimization Conference (POC 2017) will be held at the same venue from 5th December 2017 to 7th December 2017.
  3. Following POC 2017, the South Pacific Optimization Meeting in Western Australia 2017 (SPOM in WA 2017)will take place immediately after POC 2017, which will be held during 8-10 December 2017.

The POC 2017 and SPOM 2017 are jointly organised by Curtin University. Australia, Chongqing Normal University, China, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

Registrations now open for AMSI Optimise—a new event in 2017

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute is holding the inaugural AMSI Optimise workshop in Melbourne on the week of the 26th to the 30th of June at the Monash University conference centre, level 7, 30 Collins Street Melbourne.

This event is intended to become an annual event in the AMSI flagship event calendar and has attracted government funding. This event consists of a 3-day industrial outreach program, which will bring industrial practitioners, academics and students together to explore successful collaborations and to discuss future challenges. The 3-day program will be followed by a 2-day research workshop on optimisation.

The program, registration and information about travel grants is now available on the website: http://optimise.amsi.org.au/

The workshop will be attended by the following international speakers who will speak and attend both the 3-day outreach program and the 2-day research workshop:

Professor Stephen Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Professor Roberto Cominetti, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile
Professor Alejandro Jofré, Universidad de Chile, Chile

Application for workshop travel grants close on the 21st of May, abstract submission closes on the 27th of May and registration closes on the 16th of June.

Please encourage colleagues to participate and support this important event.

AMSI Winter School 2017—Applications Now Open!





Hosted by the Queensland University of Technology, AMSI Winter School is a two-week residential program for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers in the mathematical sciences and cognate disciplines.

This year the event will focus on computational foundations of data science, with the aim to develop the next generation of quantitative scientists who can thrive in tomorrow’s information age. Our impressive line-up of international and national speakers will build your knowledge in large-scale computational methods of data science, and introduce you to a range of topical applications.

This year, AMSI Winter School 2017 will feature courses on the following themes:

  • Bayesian Inference & Data Assimilation
  • High-Dimensional Statistics
  • Inverse Problems
  • Machine Learning
  • Nonlinear Optimisation
  • Numerical Linear Algebra

Apply now to develop skills and knowledge in the computational foundations of data science and tackle the fundamental challenge of “turning data into knowledge”.



Apply for a Grant

Two types of funding are available to help students attend AMSI Winter School 2017. AMSI Travel Grants and CHOOSEMATHS Grants are offered to eligible applicants from AMSI member institutions.

The grants provide full or partial support to students and early career researchers to help cover the cost of travel, accommodation, and care for family members or dependent children.

Grant Applications close on 21 May 2017


Professor Stephen Wright

Featured Course: Optimisation Techniques For Data Analysis

Professor Stephen Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Optimisation techniques have become a mainstay of data analysis and machine learning. Many problems in these domains can be formulated and solved naturally as optimisation problems.

The course will review basic optimisation techniques, their application to data analysis problems, and their fundamental theoretical properties.











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Election outcomes

Dear MoCaO members,

We now have the final results of the poll, regarding the change of status, and the elections of the group’s executive members for the upcoming two years.

1) Change of status:

Should the web administrator be added to the MoCaO executive:
Yes: 13 votes
No: 2 votes

Should the MoCaO executive committee include two co-chairs (one from Computational and one for Optimisation)
Yes : 14 votes
No: One vote

The status will therefore be changed in the following way:

“7. The Officers of the Group shall be a Chair, a co-Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Webmaster, all of whom shall be Dual Members of the Group. The positions of Chair and co-Chair must comprise of one representative from the optimisation community and one for the computational mathematics community.

21. Nominations for any or all of the Offices and Seats to be filled may be made by any two Members who are entitled to vote at the ensuing election, provided that the persons nominated are entitled to vote at the ensuing election and that the nominations are received by the Returning Officer no later than November 30. Persons seeking for election to the positions of chair and co-chair must nominate the community (optimisation or computational mathematics) that they are seeking to represent.

25. The member that receives the highest number of votes for the positions of Chair (optimisation) or Chair (computational mathematics) will be declared elected as Chair with the runner up declared elected co-Chair. The Member who receives the highest number of votes for each of the Offices of Secretary, Treasurer and a Webmaster shall be declared elected, and those members who receive the (up to) two highest number of votes for Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee shall be declared elected. If two or fewer nominations are received for Ordinary Members then they shall be automatically elected. If the votes indicate a tie between two or more Members, the Returning Officer conducts a new ballot for which only these Members are nominated.”

2) Elections:

Jerome Droniou (computational mathematics): 10 votes
Alex Kruger (optimisation): 5 votes

Ordinary Executive members:
Bishnu Lamichhane: 5 votes
Yalchin Kaya: 4 votes
Vera Roschchina: 12 votes
Ian Turner: 5 votes
Julien Ugon: 4 votes

(Since there was only one candidate for the position of Treasurer, and one candidate for the position of Secretary, these positions are automatically filled).

According to these results and to the change of status above, the new executive committee, for the term 1st February 2017 to 31st January 2019, is

Chair (computational mathematics): Jerome Droniou
Co-chair (optimisation): Alex Kruger
Treasurer: Andrew Eberhard
Secretary: Regina Burachik
Webmaster: Vera Roshchina
Ordinary members: Bishnu Lamichhane and Ian Turner.

Best regards
The interim executives (J. Droniou, A. Eberhard, R. Burachik)

Mathematics of Computation and Optimisation
(A special interest group of AustMS)

Associate Dean in Mathematical Sciences, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)

RMIT university is seeking to fill a position of Associate Dean in Mathematical Sciences. It is a rare and valuable opportunity for us to acquire an outstanding leader for our already strong department. The position is essentially permanent, at associate professor/full professor level.

More information about the position is available here:

Alex Rubinov Memorial Oration Thursday 3 November 6.00pm

Each year Federation University holds an oration to commemorate the life of Prof Alex Rubinov to celebrate his contribution to the University as the founding Director of the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation.

The annual Alex Rubinov Memorial Lecture 2016 will be held on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 6.00pm in the Y016 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Y Building, Mt Helen Campus. This year we are privileged to have Professor Nalini Joshi AO, from The University of Sydney presenting her oration titled “Symmetry from Geometry”.

All are welcome and please encourage any schools to send their students or staff. A light supper is served after the oration.
Please see the attached flyer for more information. RSVP to Helen Wade h.wade@federation.edu.au for catering purposes.

More information about Prof. Alex Rubinov

Posted on behalf of CIAO

Workshop on Metric Bounds and Transversality (WoMBaT 2016)

The meeting will be held in Melbourne (RMIT City Campus, room 8.9.66) on 24–25 November.

The topics of the workshop include error bounds, metric (sub) regularity, Aubin property and calmness, transversality of collections of sets, subdifferential characterisations and applications of these properties to estimating the convergence of fundamental optimisation algorithms. Our keynote speaker is Professor Marco López Cerdá from the University of Alicante, Spain, who is visiting Australia in November.

For more information and for the list of confirmed speakers please visit our web page http://www.wombat.rmitopt.org/ or contact the organisers directly.

Prof. Andrew Eberhard (RMIT University),
A/Prof. Alex Kruger (Federation University Australia),
Dr Vera Roshchina (RMIT University).

Constructive Nonsmooth Analysis and Related Topics

Dear Colleagues,

Euler International Mathematical Institute jointly with Saint Petersburg State University are planning to organize international conference “Constructive Nonsmooth Analysis and Related Topics” dedicated to the memory of worldwide known scientist Prof. Vladimir Fedorovich Demyanov.

For more information, see the attached file.

The Organizing committee of CNSA-2017

Tenure track position in optimisation, University of Chile

The Department of Mathematical Engineering (DIM) of the University of Chile is offering a tenure track position in Mathematics, starting preferably in March 2017. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree at the date of appointment, and preferably not before January 2008. Candidates are required to have a doctoral degree in mathematics, applied mathematics, operations research or a related field, and to be active in research in subjects related to the optimization and equilibrium area at DIM, see: http://www.dim.uchile.cl/mathematical-engineering-department/110764/research.

Our department is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty; in particular, female candidates or candidates from minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Candidates are expected to present evidence of an outstanding research record and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching. Duties include a moderate teaching load of five (5) one semester courses every two years at an undergraduate or graduate level. The official language for teaching is Spanish.

Applications should be submitted via email to search.committee2016@dim.uchile.cl and consist of the following documents (in PDF): curriculum vitae (in English or Spanish), a research statement (in English) including a selection of the three (3) most relevant publications and an outline of future research, and a teaching statement. Reception of applications will be acknowledged by email.

Applicants should also ensure that three (3) recommendation letters by senior researchers reach the committee. These letters are to be sent by email to search.committee2016@dim.uchile.cl, mentioning as subject: Recommendation Letter for (name of the candidate). To ensure full consideration, all documents and recommendation letters should be received no later than December 4th, 2016.


Additional Salary Information: Salary depends on the qualifications of the chosen candidate. At the level of Assistant Professor, the basic remuneration is approximately US$ 65.000 (before taxes and at current exchange rates). This salary does not include potential grants or research contracts. Members of the Department of Mathematical Engineering have access to a basal annual support for their research activities, of the order of US$ 10.000, including travel expenses and research collaborations.

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