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# Category Archives: Calendars

# Winter 2017 Calendar

Jan 17

Amy Wiebe, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
On representing the positive semidefinite cone using the second order cone *

Jan 31 [CORE]

Jon Lee, *Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Optimization: Let’s get crazy!
*

Feb 7

Asen L. Dontchev, *Mathematical Reviews and University of Michigan
Strong Metric Subregularity
*

Feb 14

Lynn Chua, *Department of Computer Science, UC Berkeley
Gram spectrahedra
*

Feb 21

Rebecca Hoberg, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
Number balancing is as hard as Minkowski’s theorem
*

Mar 14

Abe Engle, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
Local Convergence Rates of a Gauss-Newton Method for Convex Compositions
*

# Spring 2017 Calendar

Apr 11 [CORE]

Liza Levina, *Department of Statistics, University of Michigan
Interpretable Prediction Models for Network-Linked Data
*

Apr 18 [CORE]

Zaid Harchaoui, *Department of Statistics, University of Washington
Catalyst, Generic Acceleration Scheme for Gradient-based Optimization
*

Apr 25

Andrew Pryhuber, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
A QCQP Approach for Triangulation*

May 2

Scott Roy, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
An Optimal First-order Method Based on Optimal Quadratic Averaging
*

May 9

Peng Zheng, *Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
What’s the shape of your penalty?
*

May 30

Kellie MacPhee, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
Gauge and perspective duality*

Jun 1

Madeleine Udell, *Dept. of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University
Sketchy Decisions: Convex Low-Rank Matrix Optimization with Optimal Storage
*

Jun 6

Hongzhou Lin, *Inria Grenoble
A Generic Quasi-Newton Algorithm for Faster Gradient-Based Optimization
*

# Autumn 2016 Calendar

Oct 11 [TOPS]

Harishchandra Ramadas, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
A Deterministic Algorithm for Discrepancy Minimization
*

Nov 1 [TOPS]

Reza Eghbali, *Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
Worst Case Competitive Analysis of Online Algorithms for Conic Optimization
*

Nov 7 [EE Lytle Lecture – Broad Audience]

David Donoho, *Department of Statistics, Stanford University
*See details here.

Nov 8 [EE Lytle Lecture – Colloquium]

David Donoho, *Department of Statistics, Stanford University
*See details here.

Nov 15 [TOPS]

Rainer Sinn, *School of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Positive semidefinite matrix completion and sums of squares
*

Nov 21 [TOPS – special date]

Jonathan Jedwab, *Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University
How many mutually unbiased bases can exist in complex space of dimension d?*

Nov 22 [TOPS]

Jonathan Jonker, *Department of Mathematics, University of Washington
Singular Kalman Smoothing*

Nov 29 [TOPS]

Yin-Tat Lee, *Microsoft Research
Geodesic Walks*

Dec 1 [CORE / CSE Theory Seminar]

David Shmoys, *Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Models and Algorithms for the Operation and Design of Bike-Sharing Systems
*

Dec 2 [Math Across Campus – Broad Audience]

David Shmoys, *Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
*See details here.

# Spring 2015 Calendar

March 30 [CORE]

Andrew Fitzgibbon, *Microsoft Research, Cambridge*.

*Learning about Shape*

April 14

Andreas Griewank, *Institut für Mathematik, Humboldt University of Berlin*.

*Lipschitzian Piecewise Smooth Optimization*

April 28 [CORE]

Joel Tropp, *Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech*.

*Applied Random Matrix Theory*

May 5

Frank Permenter, *EECS Department, MIT*.

*Partial facial reduction: simplified, equivalent SDPs via approximations of the PSD cone*

May 12

Sebastian Bubeck, *MSR*.

*The Entropic Barrier: A New and Optimal Universal Self-concordant Barrier*

May 19 [CORE]

Jonathan Kelner, *MIT*.

*Bridging the Numerical and the Combinatorial: Emerging Tools, Techniques, and Design Principles for Graph Algorithms*

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# Winter 2015 Calendar

January 13 [CORE]

James Renegar, *School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell*.

Extending the Applicability of Efficient First-Order Methods for Convex Optimization

January 15 [CORE, CSE]

Jon Kleinberg, *Departments of Computer Science and Information Science, Cornell*.

Incentives for Collective Behavior: Badges, Procrastination, and Long-Range Goals

January 27

Hon Leung Lee, *Department of Mathematics, UW.*

Minimizing Distance to an Orthogonally Invariant Matrix Set

February 24

Emily Fox, *Department of Statistics, UW.*

Leveraging Optimization Techniques to Scale Bayesian Inference

February 27 [MAC]

Jeannette Wing, *Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research.*

Computational Thinking

March 10

Jiashan Wang, *Department of Mathematics, UW .*

Iterative Re-weighted Linear Least Squares for Exact Penalty Subproblems on Product Sets

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# Fall 2014 Calendar

October 14

Annie Raymond, *Department of Mathematics, UW*.

A New Conjecture for Union-Closed Families

October 28

Jonathan Hauenstein, *Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, University of Notre Dame*.

Optimization and Numerical Algebraic Geometry

November 13 (Thursday — EEB 003)

Henry Wolkowicz, *Department of Mathematics, University of Waterloo*.

Taking Advantage of Degeneracy in Cone Optimization: with Applications to Sensor Network Localization

November 18

Daniela Witten, *Department of Biostatistics, UW*.

Flexible Graphical Modeling

November 25

Emily Fox, *Department of Statistics, UW*.

[canceled]

December 2 [CORE – EEB125]

Peter Bürgisser, *Institute for Mathematics, TU Berlin*.

Condition of Convex Optimization and Spherical Intrinsic Volumes

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