This is the sixth edition of the successful South Pacific Conferences in Mathematics in 2005, 2010 (http://pages.univ-nc.nc/~bonnel/spcm-2010/confspcm10.htm) and 2016 (https://spwo.sciencesconf.org) held in Noumea, New Caledonia, and South Pacific Optimization Meetings in 2013 (https://carma.newcastle.edu.au/meetings/spom/) and 2015 (https://carma.newcastle.edu.au/meetings/spcom/), held in Newcastle and Adelaide, respectively. The (Sixth) South Pacific Optimization Meeting (SPOM 2017) is hosted by Curtin University, […]