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Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization

The Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization is awarded every three years by the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS) and SIAM for an outstanding contribution in the area of continuous optimization published in the six calendar years preceding the award year. Nominations can be submitted via the MOS website.

Next Call for Nominations Opens September 15, 2020

Prize Description


Prize Description

The Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization is awarded every three years for an outstanding contribution in the area of continuous optimization published in the six calendar years prior to the award year. The MOS administers the prize and it is awarded jointly by MOS and SIAM.

The award is based primarily on the work's mathematical quality, significance, and originality. Clarity and excellence of the exposition and the value of the work in practical applications may be considered as secondary attributes. The extended period of six years reflects the fact that the value of fundamental work cannot always be immediately assessed.


Eligibility Criteria

The work must have been published as the final publication of the main result(s) within the six calendar years preceding the award year. The work should be published as an article in a peer-reviewed journal, or other peer-reviewed publication, intended to publish final papers only; or as a monograph publishing original results.

For the 2021 award, the work must have been published between the dates of January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2020.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate(s)
  • Bibliographic citation of the works to be considered
  • Proposed citation of about 100 words

Announcements

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the 2018 Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization winners Francis Bach of INRIA-SIERRA Project, Nicolas Le Roux of Google Brain, and Mark Schmidt of the University of British Columbia! They were awarded at ISMP 2018, held July 1-6 in Bordeaux, France.

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The Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization will be awarded at the 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. Want to attend?



Prize Details

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About the Award


About the Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization


The Lagrange Prize for Continuous Optimization includes a $1,500 monetary award and a certificate containing the citation. The recipient will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.

Award Date

The Lagrange Prize for Continuous Optimization will next be awarded in July 2018 at the SIAM Annual Meeting.


Award Presentation

The award is presented alternately at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP) and the SIAM Annual Meeting. The Chair of MOS or the SIAM President will announce the award and present the certificate to the recipient. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.


Award Fund

The MOS has the responsibility for soliciting and providing the funds necessary for the prize award.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

Katya Scheinberg (Chair)
Etienne de Klerk
Philip Gill
Andreas Griewank

Selection Committee

Mihai Anitescu (Chair)
Kurt M. Anstreicher
Lorenz Biegler
Werner Roemisch

Selection Committee

Tamas Terlaky (Chair)
Kurt M. Anstreicher
Donald Goldfarb

Selection Committee

Adrian S. Lewis (Chair)
Jorge J. More
Philippe L. Toint
Margaret H. Wright
Thomas M. Liebling

Selection Committee

Michael J. Todd (Chair)
John E. Dennis Jr.
Nicholas I. Gould
Adrian S. Lewis

Selection Committee

C. Tim Kelley
Claude Lemarechal
Michael J. Todd
Stephen J. Wright

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