SIAM Conference on Optimization, May 20-22, 2002, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, CA

Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Optimization

The field of optimization involves a powerful combination of theoretical analysis, algorithm and software development and scientific computing. The practical scope and utility of optimization continues to grow.

The Seventh SIAM Conference on Optimization will address the most important recent advances in linear, nonlinear, and discrete optimization. The meeting will feature the latest research in algorithms and software for the solution of optimization problems. It will also feature important applications of optimization in control, networks, manufacturing, medicine, finance, aeronautical engineering, operations research, and other areas of science and engineering. The conference will bring together mathematicians, operations researchers, computer scientists, engineers, and software developers. The gathering will provide an excellent opportunity for sharing ideas and problems among specialists and users of optimization in academia, government, and industry.

Toronto Convention & Visitors Association
Toronto Convention & Visitors Association
Westin Harbour Castel Hotel

Short Courses

Immediately preceding the conference, on Sunday May 19, 2002, there will be two concurrent short courses:


Conference Themes

The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:


Thomas Coleman (Co-chair),Cornell University
Ariela Sofer (Co-chair), George Mason University
Masakazu Kojima, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Trond Steihaug, University of Bergen
Virginia Torczon, College of William and Mary
David P. Williamson, IBM Almaden Research Center
Henry Wolkowicz, University of Waterloo

Invited Plenary Speakers

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee are proud to announce that the following mathematicians and scientists have accepted their invitations to speak at the conference.

Chris Bishof, Technical University of Aachen, Germany
Ron Dembo, Algorithmics, Toronto, Canada
Toshihide Ibaraki, Kyoto University, Japan
Tim Kelley, North Carolina State University
Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts
John Straub, Boston University
Eva Tardos, Cornell University

Steve Wright,

Argonne National Laboratory

Related Events

Thematic Year Optimization Visitors to the Fields Institute
There will be a group of visitors (in optimization) before/during/after the upcoming Seventh SIAM Conference on Optimization. The group will be visiting the Fields Institute. Toronto, Ontario.

This is part of the Thematic Year on "Numerical and Computational Challenges in Science and Engineering" (NCCSE) from August 2001 to July 2002.

Validated Computing 2002, is a SIAM Workshop, May 23-25, 2002 immediately following the SIAM Conference on Optimization. Validated Computing 2002 will deal with all aspects on validated computing, although we hope for a special emphasis on applications and on tools to support validated computations. There is also a special opportunity to foster interaction between validated computing experts and the optimization community at large. There will be a special session honoring the contributions of Ramon Moore. For more detailed thoughts on these goals and on validated computing, see the description and rationale.

General Information

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Important Reminder: The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of presentations an individual speaker may present in contributed sessions or minisymposia. Any submission for a contributed presentation in lecture format received after the November 1, 2001 deadline will not be considered as such, but only as a poster presentation.

Audio/Visual Notice

Standard AV Set-Up in Meeting Rooms


All other breakout rooms will have one overhead projector, one screen, and a data projector. Speakers may order additional audio/visual equipment, other than the standard AV set-up listed above, by contacting



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