Each year AMSI funds around 50 university students from AMSI Member universities across Australia to spend their summer holidays working on a research project with a supervisor.

Each Vacation Research Scholar experiences life as a researcher as they complete a project, write up their results and present to peers and supervisors at the VRS student conference AMSIConnect, held in Melbourne at the end of the summer.

Many universities encourage their students to participate in the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship program to prepare for honours or PhD coursework.

For more information:


1 August – 14 September 2018

AMSI Summer School 2019

The AMSI Summer School 2019 program enables students to take up to 2 intensive honours-level subjects during the four-week residential school; however, it is highly recommended that students only nominate one course for credit/assessment. AMSI and The University of New South Wales are pleased to offer the following eight subjects.

Course Lecturer/s
An introduction on non-commutative functional analysis: Quantised Calculus Professor Fedor Sukochev, The University of New South Wales
Dr Galina Levitina, The University of New South Wales
Analytic Number Theory Dr Michael Coons, The University of Newcastle
Dynamical System: Models of Chaotic Dynamics Dr Andy Hammerlindl, Monash University
Optimisation Associate Professor Regina Burachik, The University of South Australia
Mathematics of Planet Earth Dr Shane Keating, The University of New South Wales
Associate Professor Lisa Alexander, The University of New South Wales
Models in Mathematical Biology Associate Professor Peter Kim, The University of Sydney
Mathematical Methods for Machine Learning Dr Zdravko Botev, The University of New South Wales
Stochastic Modelling Dr Giang Nguyen, The University of Adelaide
For more information, please visit

AVOCADO: August 25-26

Analysis of Variations, Optimal Control, and Applications to Design and Operations
in Newcastle, sponsored by CARMA
August 25-26
Registration deadline August 10th
All are welcome to attend.
Register at
AVOCADO will bring together a diverse group of mathematicians working on problems
involving convex and nonconvex optimization, optimal control, operations research, fixed
point problems, dynamical systems, transversality, and everything in between!
Email abstracts to:

Computational Techniques and Applications Conference (CTAC) 2018 is now open for registration

The  Computational Techniques and Applications Conference (CTAC) 2018 
will be held at Newcastle City Hall from  the 27th to 30th of  November 2018. 
It is now open for the registration and abstract submission.

Important dates:
  • Early bird registration opening date: 8 May 2018
  • Early bird registration closing date: 27 October 2018
  • Registration closing date: 18 November 2018
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 4 November 2018
  • Conference welcome reception: Tuesday, 27 November (evening)
  • Conference: Wednesday, 28 November — Friday, 30 November
See the conference website for more information (invited speakers, etc.):


China-Australia Collaboration in Applied Optimization (CACAO)

The new China-Australia Collaboration in Applied Optimization (CACAO) Memorandum of Understanding was launched on 4 December 2017 at Curtin University in Perth with the four participating universities:
  • Federation University Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Shanghai University
  • Chongqing Normal University
CACAO aims to develop a co-operative strategic relationship between the four institutions for the benefit of Australia and China. This includes collaboration on optimisation projects, jointly hosting of international conferences and workshops in applied optimisation, in particular, the biennial China-Australia Workshops on Applied Optimization, supporting the exchange of research staff and students, and fostering friendly relations between the two countries.
In accordance with the agreement, several Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation (CIAO) researchers have visited the School of Mathematical Sciences at Chongqing Normal University (CNU) during March to May 2018 to conduct joint research on optimisation with Chinese colleagues, give seminars for undergraduate and graduate students at CNU in mathematical optimisation and strengthen the links between the two universities. The visits were supported by the School of Mathematical Sciences at CNU.
Dr Musa Mammadov visited CNU from 23 March to 5 April. During the visit, he gave a series of lectures on “Outlier detection methodologies: theory and practice”. A/Prof Adil Baghirov visited CNU from 7 to 26 April. He gave a series of lectures on “Nonsmooth optimization models in machine learning”. A/Prof Alex Kruger visited CNU from 29 April to 10 May. He gave a series lectures on “Extremality and regularity”. Alex Kruger also met with CNU students enrolled in international exchange programs and spoke to them about FedUni and life in Australia.
Prof Zhiyou Wu, Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences, CNU and Prof Fusheng Bai, CNU will visit CIAO in July 2018.
Preparations are currently under way for the 9th Australia-China Workshop on Optimization which will take place in Shanghai, China in 2019.


One day workshop on “Fixed points and Applications” (May, 21)

RMITOpt is taking the opportunity provided by the visit of Professor Hong-Kun, to hold a one day  workshop on “Fixed points and Applications”. Prof. Hong Kun Xu is a distinguished professor  at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, China.

Where: RMIT AGR room – building 8 level 9 room 66 RMIT

Date: Monday 21st of May

Confirmed speakers:
Hong Kun Xu – Hangzhou Dianzi University
Markus Hegland – ANU
Scott Lindstrom – University of Newcastle
Hoa Bui – Federation University
Alex Kruger – Federation University
Janosch Rieger – Monash University
Nadezda Sukhorukova – Swinburne University
Vera Roshchina – RMIT
Andrew Eberhard – RMIT


CIAO Showcase 2018

Each year the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation (CIAO) holds a showcase and presentations of its research activities for the previous year.  An invitation is extended to the 2018 CIAO Showcase to be held on Thursday 12 April 2018 with presentations to be held in T102 Lecture Theatre from 9.30am and displays in the Airport Lounge in T Building throughout the day.

Professor Leigh Sullivan, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research & Innovation will launch the 2018 CIAO Showcase at 11.00am in the Airport Lounge and all staff and students are welcome to join us for morning tea following the launch and to view the display.

Any queries please contact Helen Wade,

AMSI Optimise, The University of Melbourne, June 18-22


Returning in 2018, AMSI Optimise is an annual networking and research-training event that aims to strengthen mathematical optimisation research engagement and its applications across industry.
This event will comprise a three-day industry-focused conference, followed by a two-day research workshop. The symposium features expert and end-user talks, international guest speakers, collaboration showcases, industry challenge sessions and tutorials.
AMSI Optimise 2018 will be held at The University of Melbourne from 18-22 June with the conference themes of
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty 
  • Humanitarian Applications
Discounted AMSI Member registration rates are available for staff currently employed at or students currently enrolled at an AMSI Member Institution.


  • Associate Professor Maria Antónia Carravilla
    Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Professor Celso Ribeiro
    Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
  • Professor Emeritus R. Tyrrell Rockafellar
    University of Washington, USA
We are accepting abstracts for the poster session on Day 3 and workshop talks on Days 4 & 5 of the event. Please limit your abstract to approximately 150-200 words and indicate whether you would prefer to submit a poster or present a workshop talk.
Up to $500 in prizes will be awarded to the best posters!


  • Monday 21 May – Abstract submissions close
  • Tuesday 22 May – Workshop travel and CHOOSEMATHS grant applications close
  • Monday 11 June – Registrations close
AMSI Optimise is aimed at:
  • anyone using optimisation, with opportunities to learn more about the current state of the art and to connect with others who have similar interests
  • industry practitioners interested in exploring the benefits of engagement with optimisation research
  • academics and postgraduate students wanting to better understand drivers and needs in this area
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