This is the fourth edition of the successful South Pacific meetings, South Pacific Conferences in Mathematics (SPCM) in 2005 and 2010 held in Noumea, New Caledonia, and South Pacific Optimization Meeting in 2013 (SPOM 2013) held in Newcastle, Australia. The (Fourth) South Pacific Continuous Optimization Meeting (SPCOM 2015) is hosted by the University of South Australia and held in Adelaide, Australia, between 8 and 12 February 2015. SPCOM 2015 will take place soon after another Australian mathematics meeting, ANZIAM 2015, which will be held between 1 and 5 February 2015 in Outrigger Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
List of plenary speakers:
Heinz Bauschke is a Canada Research Chair and Professor of Mathematics at University of British Columbia in the Okanagan. Bauschke is a leading researcher and world renowned specialist in convex analysis and optimization, monotone operator theory, projection methods, and applications. Bauschke recently co-authored the foundational book Convex Analysis and Monotone Operator Theory in Hilbert Spaces.
Frédérick Bonnans is a professor at École Polytechnique and a research leader at INRIA-Saclay. He is a world-leading expert in theoretical and numerical aspects of optimization and optimal control. He is a co-author of the books Numerical Optimization: Theoretical and Numerical Aspects and Perturbation Analysis of Optimization Problems.
Radu Boţ is a leading young researcher and an Associate Professor at the University of Vienna. He is on the editorial boards of many journals including SIAM Journal on Optimization, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, and Applied Mathematics and Computation. He is the author and co-author of the books Conjugate Duality in Convex Optimization and Duality in Vector Optimization, respectively.
Vaithilingam Jeyakumar is a Professor at the University of New South Wales. He is a leading expert in mathematical optimization. He has been serving on editorial boards of many journals, including Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications and Journal of Global Optimization.
José Mario Martínez is a prolific researcher in theory and applications of numerical optimization. He is a professor at the University of Campinas. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals including SIOPT, and delivered invited talks at important international conferences, including ICIAM 2007. He is a co-author of the 2014 SIAM book Practical Augmented Lagrangian Methods for Constrained Optimization.
Helmut Maurer is a Professor at the Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of Münster. Maurer is a world specialist in the applications of Optimal Control processes, as well as in their theoretical and numerical aspects. He is a co-author of the recent book Applications to Regular and Bang-Bang Control: Second-Order Necessary and Sufficient Optimality Conditions in Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control.
Boris Mordukhovich is one of the most prolific researchers in variational analysis. He is Distinguished University Professor at the Wayne State University. He holds Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from five universities from around the world. He is a fellow of SIAM and AMS, and Lifetime Scholar of WSU Academy of Scholars. He is the author of the influential two volume book Variational Analysis and Generalized Differentiation. He has authored and co-authored more than 360 research articles. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) lists Mordukhovich as a highly cited researcher.
Jong Shi Pang is currently Epstein Family Professor at the University of Southern California. He was a winner of the 2003 George B. Dantzig Prize, and a co-winner of the 1994 Frederick W. Lanchester Prize. He co-authored the influential books Linear Complementarity Problem, Mathematical Programs with Equilibrium Constraints and (the two volume) Finite-Dimensional Variational Inequalities and Complementarity Problems. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) lists Pang as a highly cited researcher.
Terry Rockafellar is one of the world leaders in optimization theory and related fields of analysis and more recently mathematical finance and risk. He is professor emeritus at the departments of mathematics and applied mathematics at the University of Washington. Rockafellar received the John von Neumann Theory Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science and delivered the 1993 von Neumann lecture for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Rockafellar and Roger J-B Wets were awarded the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize for 1997 by Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) lists Rockafellar as a highly cited researcher.
Claudia Sagastizábal is a leading expert in numerical nonsmooth optimization and its applications. She is a researcher at Instituto Nacional de Mathemática Pura e Applicada (IMPA). She is a co-author of numerical optimization software as well as the book (with Bonnans) Numerical Optimization: Theoretical and Numerical Aspects. She was invited as a plenary or semi-plenary speaker at previous optimization conferences.
Stephen Simons is currently a Professor Emeritus of Math at UCSB. He is a world leader in convex analysis and monotone operator theory on which he has published a highly influential Springer-Verlag monograph From Hahn Banach to Monotonicity (1998 and 2008). He has served on the board of trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and is on the editorial board of “Journal of Convex Analysis”, and of “Set-Valued and Variational Analysis.
Xiao Qi Yang is a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a leading expert in mathematical optimization. He is a co-author of the books Duality in Optimization and Variational Inequalities, Lagrange-type Functions in Constrained Non-Convex Optimization and Vector Optimization.