Friday, January 15, 2016

[DMANET] MSRI-IMUS School on Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming

Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming: Theory, algorithms and applications
Seville (Spain), June 20th- July 1st, 2016.

This school is an exceptional event that will take place once and it is
oriented to the presentation of theory, algorithms and applications for
the solution of mixed integer nonlinear problems (MINLP). Its goal is to
present, in a unified way, the current theory together with the more
recent algorithms designed to address some families of problems; we will
also introduce the participants to the use of specific solvers devoted
to formulate and to solve instances of these problems. The lecturers
will start with basic concepts, in order to be interesting for
beginners, finalizing discussing advanced topics of this emerging area
of mathematical optimization.

The school is intended for PhD students and young researchers (a maximum
of 30) who wish to advance knowledge or to gain expertise in this
specific field. MSRI and the local organizers will select a number of
candidates (between 20-25) that will receive a grant to support their
expenses to attend the school. The registration deadline is February
20th, 2016.

- Jeff Linderoth, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
- Robert Weismantel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

The program activities is organized in two lectures taught in the
mornings and complementary sessions in the afternoons.

1. Lectures:
- The Theory of Mixed Integer Non-linear Programming. (Robert
Weismantel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.)
- Modeling aspects and applications of Mixed Integer Non-linear
programming. (Jeff Linderoth, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.)

2. Complement to lectures:
- Problem solving and applications sessions will be organized
during the afternoon, and led by the TAs. These sessions will be devoted
to working on problem sets, on real life applications, and on various
projects developed by the students. Lab sessions with available MINLP
solvers will also be included.
- A cornerstone of the program is having students' presentations
about basic topics in the field. This allows students, even those with a
more limited background, to work with source materials, and to practice
lecturing about what they learn. We will ask students to prepare short
(25-30 minute) talks on research papers of their choice. We will guide
them in the preparation of their talk, as well as provide constructive
criticisms of their presentation.

The Course will be held at IMUS, the Institute of Mathematics of the
University of Seville, from June 20th till July 1st, 2016
( ) and will be co-organized by
the MSRI (Berkeley), the IMUS Universidad de Sevilla and it is partially
supported by EURO. The course has been approved by the MRSI board and
additional information is available at .

Local Organizers:
- Franscisco J. Castro, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
- Elena Fernández, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BcnTech, Spain.
- Justo Puerto, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
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