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:

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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2017 CIAO showcase and workshop

The 2017 Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation (CIAO) showcase and workshop are scheduled for Thursday 27 April. At Federation University Australia this is during the second week of the Easter break. The structure is going to be similar to the last year’s one.

The workshop is going to start at 9 am and run until 5 pm in T127, Mount Helen Campus, as previously. It is not going to be limited to optimisation. The idea is for various groups/directions within CIAO to present. If you are going to give a talk, please send the topic to me and Helen.

The showcase is scheduled in the Airport Lounge, T building during a one hour break in the workshop at 11 am. It is going to be launched by Leigh Sullivan, DVC RI. We are going to focus on the achievements in 2016. I hope to have the CIAO annual report printed by that time. CIAO groups/labs and individual researchers are going to bring their 2016 publications and also posters.

Please confirm your participation and bring your friends and colleagues.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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 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 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

Special session “Mathematical and Computational Optimisation” in 60th AustMS meeting

Dear Colleagues,

The 60th annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society will be held by the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Australian National University from the 5–8 December 2016. 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 20-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)

Hence, if you are a member of MoCaO, please consider presenting at our special session!

Please do encourage participation of your 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. An online form for claiming travel expenses is available at the link

Please let us know your interest by September 1st, 2016.

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

Regina Burachik

Jeya Jeyakumar

Guoyin Li (primary contact)

(Session organisers)

Posted on behalf of Regina Burachik

The 7th Workshop on High-Dimensional Approximation

The 7th Workshop on High-Dimensional Approximation will be held at UNSW in Sydney, Australia, on February 13–17, 2017. See the website

The High-Dimensional Approximation (HDA) Workshop is a series of biennial international meetings covering current research on all numerical aspects of high-dimensional problems. This seventh workshop will be held at UNSW in Sydney (HDA2017), with participants again welcomed from all around the world.

The scope of the seventh workshop ranges from high-dimensional approximation theory over computational methods to engineering and scientific applications. Topics include, but are not limited to,

  • Sparse grid methods
  • Quasi-Monte Carlo methods
  • Tensor decompositions
  • Polynomial chaos expansions
  • Sparse approximations
  • Reduced basis methods
  • Multi-level methods
  • Bayesian inversion
  • Uncertainty quantification

Participation is open to all interested in high-dimensional computational mathematics and science.

A key feature of this workshop is that there are no parallel sessions and generally all talks will be of equal length. Participants are welcome to present work in progress and there will be time set aside for informal discussions. The number of talks will be limited. It is not essential that everyone gives a talk. Collaborators are encouraged to coordinate and elect a representative to present joint work.

In this workshop we will honour and celebrate the 65th birthday of Professor Markus Hegland. Markus is a founding member of the HDA workshop series. He is also a well respected leader in computational mathematics and optimization in Australia. We hope to take this opportunity to engage the HDA global community with other computational mathematics groups in Australia.

To assist us with planning, please go to the website at your earliest convenience to register especially if you are interested in giving a talk. Travel, visa and accommodation information is already available. More information about registration fee payment and abstract submission will be available on the website later in the year.

We look forward to welcoming you in Sydney!

Josef Dick, Frances Kuo, Dirk Nuyens
HDA2017 Organizers

Download the poster

AustMS Special Session – Computational Mathematics (First Call)

Dear Colleagues,

The 60th annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society will be held by the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Australian National University from the 5–8 December 2016. A website for the conference is available at:

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the special session “Computational Mathematics” and hope that you will agree to present a 20-minutes’ talk. The focus of this special session will be on numerical analysis and approximation theory and includes numerical techniques for partial differential equations, inverse problems and regularisation and parallel numerical algorithms.

This year it will be 10 years since the joint minisymposium on computational mathematics and optimisation (Macquarie University 2006) and one year since the establishment of the AustMS special interest group in mathematics of computation and optimisation (MoCaO). Corresponding to the two core focus areas of MoCaO we do have two special sessions as we did since 2007:

* Mathematics of Computation: special session in Computational Mathematics
* Mathematics of Optimisation: special session in Mathematical and Computational Optimisation

We encourage members of MoCaO to participate in these two sessions! AMSI support for student members is available, see

For more information about MoCaO see

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

Linda Stals
Steve Roberts
Qinian Jin
Markus Hegland

Re-posted on behalf of Markus Hegland

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