The CORE Seminar is an interdepartmental talks series focused on optimization, machine learning, big data, statistics and numerics. This cross campus activity aims to leverage the newly established critical mass of faculty and students in these areas at UW. Since 2014, the CORE seminar has been funded by the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). It is supported by the departments of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering, and the deans of Engineering and Arts and Sciences.

## Upcoming Talks

*Bernd Sturmfels, MPI Leipzig / UC Berkeley
Tuesday February 18, 2020, BAG 154, 4-5pm
3264 Conics in A Second*

*Mehran Mesbahi, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
Tuesday February 25, 2020, CSE2 G04, 4-5pm
Control Synthesis through the Lens of First Order Methods*

**Past Talks:**

*Marco Cuturi, Google Brain, Paris
Tuesday November 19, 2019, CSE2 G04, 4-5pm
Computational Optimal Transport*

*Alekh Agarwal, Microsoft Research AI
Tuesday November 12, 2019 CSE2 G04 4-5pm
Optimality and Approximation with Policy Gradient Methods in Markov Decision Processes*

*Cynthia Vinzant, Dept. of Mathematics, North Carolina State University
Tuesday October 8, 2019, CSE2 (Gates) G04, 4-5pm
Determinants, polynomials, and matroids*

*Amir Ali Ahmadi, Dept. of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University
Friday May 17, 2019, ECE 037, 2:30-3:30pm
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*Nonnegative polynomials: from optimization to control and learning*

*Rainer Sinn, Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik, Freie Universität Berlin
Daniel Plaumann, Fakultät für Mathematik, Technische Universität Dortmund
Tuesday May 14, 2019, More Hall 234, 4pm-5:30pm
From conic programming to real algebraic geometry and back*

Jesús De Loera, *Department of Mathematics, UC Davis
Nov 30, 2018, 2:30pm in MEB 248
Variations on a theme by G. Dantzig: Revisiting the principles of the Simplex Algorithm*

Francis Bach, *Inria and Ecole Normale Supérieure
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*Nov 8, 2018, 11:00am in EEB 105*

*Can machine learning survive the artificial intelligence revolution?*

Yurii Nesterov, *CORE/INMA, UCL, Belgium*

*May 21, 2018, 4:00pm, Location: SMI 205
Relative smoothness condition and its application to third-order methods*

Aaron Sidford, *Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University*

*May 8, 2018, Time: 4:00pm, Location: SAV 264
Faster Algorithms for Computing the Stationary Distribution*

John Duchi, *Departments of Statistics and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
October 20, 2017, 3:30pm, Location: SMI 211(joint with STAT seminar)
Composite modeling and optimization, with applications to phase retrieval and nonlinear observation modeling*

Zaid Harchaoui, *Department of Statistics, University of Washington
April 18, 2017, 4pm, Location: EEB 125
Catalyst, Generic Acceleration Scheme for Gradient-based Optimization*

Liza Levina, *Department of Statistics, University of Michigan
Interpretable Prediction Models for Network-Linked Data
April 11, 2017, 4pm, Location: EEB 125*

Jon Lee,* Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Optimization: Let’s get crazy!
January 31, 2016, 4pm, Location: LOW 105*

David Shmoys, *Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Models and Algorithms for the Operation and Design of Bike-Sharing Systems
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*December 1, 2016, 11am, Location: CSE 403*

Nina Balcan, *Carnegie Mellon University
Distributed Machine Learning*

*May 31, 2016, 4 pm, Location: EEB 125*

Sébastien Bubeck,* Microsoft Research
New Results at the Crossroads of Convexity, Learning and Information Theory*

*April 19, 2016, 4 pm, Location: LOW 102*

Katya Scheinberg, *Lehigh University*

* Using randomized models in black-box, derivative free and stochastic optimization*

*March 8 , 2016, 4 pm, Location: SMI 304*

Pedro Domingos, *Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington*

* Recursive Decomposition for Nonconvex Optimization/em>*

*November 24 , 2015, Location: Gowen Hall, Room 201*

Michael Overton, *Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University*

*Nonsmooth, Nonconvex Optimization: Algorithms and Examples*

*October 13, 2015, Location: Raitt Hall (RAI), Room 121*

Jonathan Kelner, *Department of Mathematics, MIT*

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

*May 19, 2015, EEB 125*

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

Applied Random Matrix Theory

*April 28, 2015*

Andrew Fitzgibbon, *Microsoft Research, Cambridge*

Learning about Shape

*March 30, 2015*

Jeannette Wing, *Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research*

Computational Thinking

*February 27, 2015*

Math Across Campus Seminar

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

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

*January 15, 2015*

*CSE Distinguished Lecture Series, Data Science Seminar*

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

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

*January 13, 2015*

Peter Bürgisser, *Institute for Mathematics, TU Berlin*

Condition of Convex Optimization and Spherical Intrinsic Volumes

*Dec 2, 2014*

**Past Talks 2013-2014:**

Dan Spielman, *Department of Computer Science, Yale University*

Spectral Sparsification of Graphs

*May 8, 2014*

Math Across Campus Seminar

Sanjeev Arora, *Department of Computer Science, Princeton University*

Overcoming Intractability in Unsupervised Learning

*April 15, 2014*

David Blei, *Department of Computer Science, Princeton University*

Probabilistic Topic Models of Text and Users

*March 31, 2014*

Maryam Fazel, *Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington*

Filling In the Gaps: Recovery from Incomplete Information

*February 21, 2014*

Math Across Campus Seminar

Pablo Parrilo, *Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT*

Flows and Decompositions of Games; Harmonic and Potential Games

*December 2, 2013*

Stephen P. Boyd, *Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University*

Convex Optimization: From Embedded Real-Time to Large-Scale Distributed

*October 29, 2013*