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.
The SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Best Paper Prize (SIAG/OPT Best Paper Prize) is awarded every three years to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, on a topic in optimization published in the four calendar years preceding the award year.
The qualifying paper must contain significant research contributions to the field of optimization, as commonly defined in the mathematical literature, with direct or potential applications. The paper must have been published in English in a peer-reviewed journal within the four calendar years preceding the award year.
For the 2026 award, the paper must have been published between the dates of January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2025.
Congratulations to the 2023 recipients, Damek Davis and Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy! Learn more about their accomplishments.
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The SIAG/OPT Best Paper Prize includes a certificate containing the citation. If the selected paper has multiple authors, each author will receive a certificate. As part of the award, the recipient will be invited to give a brief plenary talk at the conference. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the conference to receive the award and give the talk.
The prize will next be awarded in 2026 at the SIAM Conference on Optimization.
The Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization will announce the award and present the award to the recipient(s) who is present. An announcement of the award recipient(s) will appear in SIAM News and the activity group's newsletter.
Samuel Burer (Chair) Ilya Hicks Nikolaos Sahinidis Juan Pablo Vielma E. Alper Yildirim
Mihai Anitescu (Chair) Erling Andersen Thomas Coleman Monique Laurent Akiko Yoshise
Martine Labbé (Chair) Miguel Anjos Coralia Cartis Adrian Lewis
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Mihai Anitescu (Chair) Robert Freund Dorit Hochbaum<./span> Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo Luis Nunes Vicente
Yinyu Ye (Chair) Shabbir Ahmed Philip Gill Etienne de Klerk Jean Philippe Richard
Robert Vanderbei (Chair) Philip Gill Raphael Hauser Dick den Hertog David Karger
No Selection Committee
Philippe L. Toint (Chair) Harvey J. Greenberg Masakazu Kojima Levent Tuncel
1999 Michel X. Goemans and David P. Williamson1996 Dimitris J. Bertsimas and Michel X. Goemans
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