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The Mathematics of Optimization
Margaret H. Wright
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
AWM Emmy Noether Lecture
Thursday, January 20, 2000
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Optimization is an endlessly fascinating field that comes in many flavors,
shapes, and sizes. It ranges from research that is entirely theoretical,
without apparent connection to any application, to the nitty-gritty
implementation of computational methods for solving real-world problems.
It not only covers everything in between, but also has deep
interconnections with other areas such as linear algebra, differential
equations, and approximation.
Certain mathematical techniques are widely used in characterizing
optimality, developing optimization methods, and proving their convergence
in both exact and finite precision. In addition, there are numerous
instances in which the needed mathematics comes from far afield. This
talk will give an overview, necessarily selective, of the mathematics
associated with modern continuous optimization.
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