19 – 21 February 2018

Federation University Australia Room T127, T Building, Mt Helen Campus Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

An invitation is extended to all academics and students to the Variational Analysis Down Under Conference 2018, which will bring together mathematicians from around the world and locally to present their research on variational analysis and its applications to optimisation. The event is in honour of Professor Asen Dontchev’s 70th birthday. Asen has made significant contributions to optimisation and other fields of mathematics.

Keynote speakers:

•Prof Regina Burachik, University of South Australia

•Prof Asen Dontchev, University of Michigan

•Prof Alejandro Jofre, University of Chile

•Prof Ekaterina Kostina, Heidelberg University

•Prof Lyudmila Polyakova, St Petersburg State University

•Prof Terry Rockafellar, University of Washington


To register please go to

WoMBaT2017 is the Second Workshop on Metric Bounds and Transversality: 30 November – 2 December 2017, RMIT University

WoMBaT 2017

Dates and Location

30 November – 2 December 2017, RMIT University (AGR room 8.9.66), Melbourne, see Location tab for more information. Note that the dates have changed slightly.

About the workshop

WoMBaT2017 is the Second Workshop on Metric Bounds and Transversality.

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.


Please register here for catering and talk information.

The workshop is sponsored by RMIT University and is free of charge.


Prof. Andrew Eberhard (RMIT University)
Dr Joanne Hall (RMIT University)
A/Prof. Alex Kruger (Federation University Australia)
Prof. Asha Rao (RMIT University)
Dr Vera Roshchina (RMIT University and Federation University Australia)
Dr Julien Ugon (Federation University Australia)

Alex Rubinov Memorial Oration 2017

Alex Rubinov Memorial Oration 2017
Campus: Mount Helen Campus
The Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation (CIAO) extends an invitation to the annual Alex Rubinov Memorial Oration which will be held on Thursday 14 September 2017, 6.00pm in Y016 Lecture Theatre, Y Building, Mt Helen Campus.
This year’s speaker will be Professor John Croucher, AM FAustMS FRSA, a Professor of Statistics at Macquarie University, Sydney.  The title of the presentation is “The Romance of Numbers”.
As with all good love stories, John has a fascination for maths and is captivated by everything it does.  In this presentation he’ll share his passion with you, beginning with the way he was drawn into the world of mathematics.  He will then discuss the intriguing lives of his two favourite contemporary mathematicians and offer some intriguing examples of how maths can be applied to some very practical problems.  And the happy ever after ending?….A puzzle to solve of course!
See the attached flyer for more information on Prof. Croucher.
The presentation is suitable for staff and students of the university as well as members of the community and secondary students.  Following the presentation a light supper will be served.
RSVP your attendance to Helen Wade, 5327 6314 or for catering purposes.


“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)
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:

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.

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)