Optimization is a fundamental tool in many areas of science, engineering, economics, and finance, including its use in machine learning. The focus of this research area is on the development of optimization theory, methods, and software - and in particular the development and analysis of methods and their implementation in high-quality software.

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SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM19)

May 2 - 4, 2019 Calgary, Alberta, Canada More Information

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SIAM Workshop on Network Science (NS19)

May 22 - 23, 2019 Snowbird, Utah, U.S. More Information

SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics & Engineering (FM19)

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Collaborative Workshop for Women in Mathematical Biology (WIMB 2019)

June 17 - 21, 2019 Los Angeles, California, U.S. More Information

Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2019: High Performance Data Analytics

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9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2019)

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December 11 - 14, 2019 La Quinta, California, U.S. More Information

ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA20)

January 5 - 8, 2020 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. More Information

Algorithm Engineering and Experiments (ALENEX20)

January 5 - 6, 2020 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. More Information

SIAM Conference on Optimization (OP20)

May 26 - 29, 2020 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University More Information

SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS20)

July 6 - 9, 2020 Toronto, Ontario, Canada More Information

SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS21)

May 23 - 27, 2021 Portland, Oregon, U.S. More Information

The JPBM Communications Award is given annually to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences. The prize may be awarded in two categories: For Public Outreach and For Expository and Popular Books. Nominations can be submitted via the AMS website.

By Kevin Gillette
I am a common mathematician, thoroughly mathematical by training, temperament, and trade. I’ve trod weary footpaths through numerous industrial sectors, plying my skills in ...

By Paul Davis
Volker Mehrmann of the Technische Universität Berlin received the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize at the 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting , which took place in Portland, Ore., this July. ...

By Yuri M. Ermoliev , Stephen M. Robinson , Elena A. Rovenskaya , and Tatiana Y. Ermolieva
Humans continually face catastrophes involving natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, ...

This joint prize was established in 2002 to honor Sonia Kovalevsky and her work on the theory of differential equations. It is awarded to anyone in the scientific or engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of women in applied and computational mathematics. Nominations can be submitted via the AWM website.

The prize honors George B. Dantzig for his contributions to operations research and computer science. The prize is awarded every three years to one or more individuals for original research which by its originality, breadth, and depth is having a major impact on the field of mathematical optimization. Nominations are collected via the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS) website.

This prize was created in 2013 to emphasize George Pólya’s legacy of communicating mathematics effectively. It joins two long-standing Pólya prizes SIAM has awarded in combinatorics and other fields beginning in 1969.

Through the generosity and inspiration of Gerald and Judith Porter, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), American Mathematical Society (AMS), and SIAM offer this annual lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The lecture, first awarded in 2010, is given on a mathematical topic accessible to the broader community.

Named in honor of I. E. Block, a co-founder and the first managing director of SIAM, this lecture is open to the public at the SIAM Annual Meeting. It is intended to encourage public appreciation of applied mathematics and computational science by reaching out to the local community.

The prize recognizes innovative software in scientific computing by researchers in the earlier stages of their career. Starting in 2019, SIAM will award the prize every four years at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.

Established in 1979 in honor of James H. Wilkinson, the prize is awarded to an individual in their early career for recent contributions to numerical analysis and scientific computing.

Established in 1959, the prize honors John von Neumann, a founder of modern computing. The lecture is awarded annually for distinguished contributions to applied mathematics and for the effective communication of these ideas to the community.

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.

By Kevin Gillette
I am a common mathematician, thoroughly mathematical by training, temperament, and trade. I’ve trod weary footpaths through numerous industrial sectors, plying my skills in ...

By Paul Davis
Volker Mehrmann of the Technische Universität Berlin received the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize at the 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting , which took place in Portland, Ore., this July. ...

By Yuri M. Ermoliev , Stephen M. Robinson , Elena A. Rovenskaya , and Tatiana Y. Ermolieva
Humans continually face catastrophes involving natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, ...

The JPBM Communications Award is given annually to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences. The prize may be awarded in two categories: For Public Outreach and For Expository and Popular Books. Nominations can be submitted via the AMS website.

Established in 1959, the prize honors John von Neumann, a founder of modern computing. The lecture is awarded annually for distinguished contributions to applied mathematics and for the effective communication of these ideas to the community.

The prize, established in 1985 and originally intended to be awarded periodically, is now awarded annually for contributions to the advancement of applied mathematics on the national or international level.

The prize was established in 1986 in memory of Richard C. DiPrima, who served SIAM for many years and in 1979–1980 as SIAM President. It aims to recognize an early career researcher in applied mathematics and is based on the doctoral dissertation.

Established in 1992, this prize is awarded to the author or authors of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the selection committee, on a topic in optimization.

Established in 2018, the prize is awarded every three years to an individual in their early career for outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions to the field of optimization.

Established in 1979 in honor of James H. Wilkinson, the prize is awarded to an individual in their early career for recent contributions to numerical analysis and scientific computing.

The prize honors George B. Dantzig for his contributions to operations research and computer science. The prize is awarded every three years to one or more individuals for original research which by its originality, breadth, and depth is having a major impact on the field of mathematical optimization. Nominations are collected via the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS) website.

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.

The Pioneer Prize is awarded every four years at the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) Congress to one individual for pioneering work introducing applied mathematical methods and scientific computing techniques to an industrial problem area or a new scientific field of applications. Nominations can be submitted via the ICIAM website.

The prize recognizes innovative software in scientific computing by researchers in the earlier stages of their career. Starting in 2019, SIAM will award the prize every four years at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.

This joint prize was established in 2002 to honor Sonia Kovalevsky and her work on the theory of differential equations. It is awarded to anyone in the scientific or engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of women in applied and computational mathematics. Nominations can be submitted via the AWM website.

This prize was created in 2013 to emphasize George Pólya’s legacy of communicating mathematics effectively. It joins two long-standing Pólya prizes SIAM has awarded in combinatorics and other fields beginning in 1969.

Through the generosity and inspiration of Gerald and Judith Porter, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), American Mathematical Society (AMS), and SIAM offer this annual lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The lecture, first awarded in 2010, is given on a mathematical topic accessible to the broader community.

Named in honor of I. E. Block, a co-founder and the first managing director of SIAM, this lecture is open to the public at the SIAM Annual Meeting. It is intended to encourage public appreciation of applied mathematics and computational science by reaching out to the local community.

Established in 1998 in memory of Ralph E. Kleinman, the prize recognizes contributions that bridge the gap between high-level mathematics and engineering problems. The award is based on the quality and impact of the mathematics.

The prize recognizes students for outstanding solutions to real world math problems. It is awarded to two of the teams judged "Outstanding" in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) administered annually by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP). Registration is accepted via the COMAP website.

The SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes bring attention to papers published in SIAM journals. Three awards are made each year to the authors of papers deemed by SIAM journal editors-in-chief worthy of particular attention.

The SIAM Student Paper Prize is awarded annually to the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) accepted by SIAM journals within the three years preceding the nomination deadline. Starting with the 2018 award, the focus of the prize is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in SIAM journals.

This activity group fosters the development of optimization theory, methods, and software - and in particular the development and analysis of efficient and effective methods, as well as their implementation in high-quality software. It provides and encourages an environment for interaction among applied mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, scientists, and others active in optimization.

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SIAM J. on Financial Mathematics
SIAM J. on Imaging Sciences
SIAM J. on Mathematical Analysis
SIAM J. on Matrix Analysis and Applications
SIAM J. on Numerical Analysis
SIAM J. on Optimization
SIAM J. on Scientific Computing
SIAM/ASA J. on Uncertainty Quantification
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Theory of Probability & Its Applications

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