Plenary Speakers


Ernesto Birgin

Short Biography: Ernesto G. Birgin graduated in Computer Science at the University of Buenos Aires in 1995 and received his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the State University of Campinas in 1998. He is full professor at the University of São Paulo since 2015, where he has been working since 1999. His areas of interest include numerical optimization and operations research. He has published over 100 articles in international journals and is the author, together with J. M. Martinez, of the book Practical Augmented Lagrangian Methods for Constrained Optimization, published by SIAM in 2014. He currently serves as associate editor of the journals Bulletin of Computational Applied Mathematics, CLEI Electronic Journal, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computational Optimization and Applications, International Transactions in Operational Research, Journal of Global Optimization, Mathematics of Computation, Mathematical Programming Computation, Pesquisa Operacional, and Springer Nature Operations Research Forum.

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Jean-Bernard Lasserre

Short Biography: J.B. Lasserre graduated from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et Mathematiques Appliquees” (ENSIMAG) in Grenoble, then got his PhD (1978) and “Doctorat d’Etat” (1984) degrees both from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse (France). He has been at LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse since 1980, where he is currently Directeur de Recherche éméritus. He is also a member of IMT, the Institute of Mathematics of Toulouse, and holds the “Polynomial Optimization” chair at the ANITI Institute (one of the four recently created Artificial Intelligence Institutes in France). He was twice a one-year visitor (1978-79 and 1985-86) at the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department. of the University of California at Berkeley with a fellowship from INRIA and NSF respectively.

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Asu Ozdaglar

Short Biography: Asuman Ozdaglar received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1996, and the S.M. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 1998 and 2003, respectively. She is the MathWorks Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the department head of EECS and the Deputy Dean of Academics in the Schwarzman College of Computing. Her research expertise includes optimization theory, with emphasis on nonlinear programming and convex analysis, game theory, with applications in communication, social, and economic networks, distributed optimization and control, and network analysis with special emphasis on contagious processes, systemic risk and dynamic control. She is the recipient of a Microsoft fellowship, the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching award, the NSF Career award, the 2008 Donald P. Eckman award of the American Automatic Control Council. She is an IEEE fellow and served on the Board of Governors of the Control System Society in 2010. She was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and the inaugural area co-editor for the area entitled “Games, Information and Networks” in the journal Operations Research. She is the co-author of the book entitled Convex Analysis and Optimization (Athena Scientific, 2003).

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Defeng Sun

Short Biography: Defeng Sun is currently Chair Professor of Applied Optimization and Operations Research at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the President of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society. He mainly publishes in non-convex continuous optimization and machine learning. He received the Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize for excellence in computational mathematical programming from the MOS in 2018. He is a Fellow of SIAM and CSIAM.

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