April 16, 2024

May 11-12, 2007
Workshop on Global Optimization:
Methods and Applications
Fields Institute

Organizers: Thomas F. Coleman (University of Waterloo), Panos Pardalos (University of Florida),
Stephen Vavasis (University of Waterloo)


This workshop will explore recent practical progress made in the area of global optimization, especially in reference to industry applications. Our goal is to develop connections amongst researchers and applications workers in this area and raise awareness of current methodologies and approaches amongst practitioners.

Intended Participants: The workshop is targeted to “methods” researchers in global optimization, applications researchers who use global optimization in their work, and prospective application users of global optimization. Academics will come from various disciplines: mathematics and computer science, engineering, science, and economics/finance. Industry participants can represent very diverse areas: energy-related industries, drug design and pharmaceuticals, finance and fund management, engineering design, environment resource planning,…


Friday, May 11, 2007
9:00 - 9:15 Opening remarks - Thomas F. Coleman, University of Waterloo
9:15-10:00 Trust-Tech Paradigm for Computing High-quality Optimal Solutions: Method and Theory
Hsiao-Dong Chiang, Cornell University
10:00-10:45 Deterministic Global Optimization: Advances in Convex Underestimation Methods and Applications
Christodoulos A. Floudas, Princeton University
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 A Lagrangean Based Branch-and-Cut Algorithm for Global Optimization of Nonconvex Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Programs with Decomposable Structures
Ignacio E. Grossmann, Carnegie Mellon University
Algorithms and Software
11:45 - 12:30 Global Optimization: Software Development and Advanced Applications
János D. Pintér, Pinter Consulting Services Inc., Halifax
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch Break
2:00 - 2:45 Global Optimization with Branch-and-Reduce
Nick Sahinidis, University of Illinois
Scientific and Engineering Applications
2:45 - 3:30 Nonlinear Integer Programming Applications in Biomedicine
Panos M. Pardalos, University of Florida
3:30 - 3:45 Coffee Break
3:45 - 4:30 Global Optimization issues in Parametric Programming & Control
Vivek Dua, University College London
Combinatorial and Geometric Applications
4:30 - 5:15 Extremal Problems for Convex Polygons
Pierre Hansen, HEC Montreal
5:15 - 6:30 Reception (in the Fields Institute Foyer)
Saturday, May 12, 2007
9:00 - 9:45 Min-Max Optimization on the Multiple Depot Vehicle Routing Problem
Yinyu Ye, Stanford University
9:45-10:30 VLSI Fixed-Outline Floorplanning Using Convex Optimization
Anthony Vannelli, University of Guelph
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:30 Analysis of Greedy Approximation with Nonsubmodular Potential Function
Ding-Zhu Du, University of Texas, Dallas
  11:30 Closing Remarks - Panos Pardalos, University of Florida

Participant List as of May 4, 2007

Fullname University Name
Alie, Colin University of Waterloo
Alqahtani, Khalid University of Waterloo
Anjos, Miguel University of Waterloo
Chiang, Hsiao-Dong Cornell University
Coleman, Thomas F. University of Waterloo
Du, Ding-Zhu University of Minnesota
Dua, Vivek University College London
Floudas, Christodoulos A. Princeton University
Grossmann, Ignacio E. Carnegie Mellon University
Hansen, Pierre HEC Montréal
Jeon, Moongu Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
Khor, Cheng Seong University of Waterloo
Lee, Sangwook Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
Pardalos, Panos M. University of Florida
Pintér, János D. Pinter Consulting Services Inc.
Ravi, Peruvemba S. Wilfrid Laurier University
Rendon, Augusto University of Toronto
Romanko, Oleksandr McMaster University
Sahinidis, Nikolaos V. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Saif, Yousef University of Waterloo
Singcuna, Sirikanya University of Waterloo
Sun, Jiannan University of Waterloo
Tuenter, Hans J. H. Ontario Power Generation
Vannelli, Anthony University of Waterloo
Vavasis, Stephen A. University of Waterloo
Wongrat, Wongphaka University of Waterloo
Ye, Yinyu Stanford University
Zeng, Lixin Validus Re
Zhou, William SAS Institute Inc.
Zhu, Jiaping McMaster University


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