Scientific activities

Conference/Workshop Organization

  • Organizer of two sections (with Ion Necoara): Recent advances on convergence rates of first-order methods, at the Fifth International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT), Tokyo, August 2016.
  • Organizer of the invited section: Convex Optimization in Machine Learning, at the Fourth International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT2013), Lisbon, Portugal, August 2013.


  • Title: Convex Optimization for Big Data
  • Presenters:
    1. Volkan Cevher (EPFL)
    2. Mario Figueiredo (University of Lisbon)
    3. Mark Schmidt (University of British Columbia)
    4. Quoc Tran-Dinh (EPFL)
  • Where: The IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2015.
  • Link: This tutorial can be found  HERE.

Talks/Invited Talks

  1. Talk at the Lehigh DIMACS/TRIPODS/MOPTA conference
    • When: August 13-17, 2018
  2. Invited talk at the  Institute of Operations Research and Analytics, (NUS)
  3. Invited talk at The 2018 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference
    • Title: Proximal Alternating Penalty Algorithms for Constrained Convex Optimization
    • Where: University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, Colorado.
    • When: March 23-25, 2018
  4. Invited colloquium (Maseeh Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium Series)
  5. Invited talk at seminar
    • Title: Exploiting analytical structures in convex optimization applications
    • Where: IBM Watson Research Center, New York.
    • When: July 2017.
  6. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: Self-concordant inclusions: A unified framework for path-following generalized Newton-type methods
    • Conference: SIAM Conference on Optimization
    • Where: Vancouver, Canada
    • When: May 22–26, 2017
  7. Invited talk at seminar
    • Title: Self-concordant inclusions: A unified framework for path- following generalized Newton methods
    • Where: Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    • When: November 2016.
  8. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: Extended Gauss-Newton Methods for Matrix Optimization
    • Conference: INFORMS annual meeting
    • Where: Nashville, Tennessee
    • When: November 13–16, 2016
  9. Invited talk at conference
  10. Invited talk at seminar
  11. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: Composite convex minimization involving self-concordant-like cost functions
    • Conference: Modelling, Computation, and Optimization in Information Systems and Management Sciences (MCO 2015)
    • Where: Metz, France
    • When: May 11-13, 2015.
  12. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: A Unified Primal-Dual Optimization Framework for Constrained Convex Optimization
    • Conference: The 4th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization
    • Where: University of Birmingham, England.
    • When: September 3-5, 2014.
  13. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: Recent Progress in Numerical Methods for Some Classes of Convex Optimization Problems
    • Conference: The 2nd International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (ICCSE-2014)
    • When: August 19-21, 2014
    • Where: Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
  14. Invited talk at workshop
    • Title: Composite Convex Minimization: Examples and Solution Methods
    • Workshop: Workshop on “Equilibrium and Fixed Point Problems: Theory and Algorithms”
    • Where: Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (VIASM), Hanoi, Vietnam
    • When: August 25-29, 2014.
  15. Talk at conference
    • Title: Composite Self-concordant Minimization: A Path-Following Method
    • Conference: SIAM Conference on Optimization (SIOPT2014)
    • When: May 19—22, 2014
    • Where: San Diego, USA.
  16. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: Composite Self-Concordant Minimization
    • Conference: SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (SIAM-IS14)
    • When: May 12—14, 2014
    • Where: Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
  17. Invited talk at seminar
    • Title: Sequential Convex Programming for Nonlinear Optimization with Two Applications in Control
    • Where: Automatic Control Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    • When: December 6, 2013
  18. Oral presentation at conference
    • Title: A proximal Newton framework for composite minimization: Graph learning without Cholesky decompositions and matrix inversions
    • Conference: The 30th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML2013)
    • When: June 16—21, 2013
    • Where: Atlanta, USA.
  19. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: Fast decomposition algorithms for large-scale separable convex optimization
    • Conference:  International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT2013). When: July 27-August 1, 2013.
    • Where: Lisbon, Portugal.
  20. Invited talk at seminar
    • Title: Dual Decomposition Methods for Solving Separable Convex Optimization Problems
    • Where: Laboratory for Information and Inference Systems, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    • When:  July 16, 2012
  21. Invited talk at seminar
    • Title: Structure Exploiting Approaches for Nonlinear Optimization
    • Where: Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM), Linz, Austria.
    • When: July 10, 2012.
  22. Invited talk at conference
    • Title: Solving Structural Large-Scale Convex Programming Problems via Dual Decomposition and Smoothing Techniques
    • Conference: The 5th International Conference on High-Performance Scientific Computing
    • When: March 5-9, 2012
    • Where: Hanoi, Vietnam.
  23. Talk at conference
    • Title: Real-time Sequential Convex Programming for Nonlinear MPC and Application
    • Conference: Conference on Decision and Control (CDC).
    • When: December 12—15, 2011
    • Where: Orlando, Florida, USA.
  24. Talk at workshop
    • Title: On Sequential Convex Programming
    • Workshop: Annual OPTEC meeting
    • Where: Sol-Cress, Spa, Belgium
    • When: 2010.
  25. Talk at workshop
    • Title: Adjoint-Based Sequential Convex Programming Methods and Applications
    • Workshop: The 29th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control
    • When: March 30-April 1 2010
    • Where: Heeze, The Netherlands.
  26. Talk at conference
    • Title: Real-Time Sequential Convex Programming for Optimal Control Applications
    • Conference: The 4th International Conference on High-Performance Scientific Computing
    • When: March 2-6, 2009
    • Where: Hanoi, Vietnam.

Review activity, and scientific services

  1. Journal review
    • SIAM J. Optimization; Mathematical Programming; J. Global Optimization; Automatica; Optimization Methods and Software; IEEE Trans. Automatic Control; IEEE Signal Processing Letters; IEEE Signal Processing Magazine; IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Computational Optimization, and Applications; Journal of Machine Learning Research, etc.
  1. Conference paper review
    • NIPS, CDC, ECC, ICML, etc.
  2. Members
    • SIAM Member, since 2014
    • INFORM Member, since 2016
    • IEEE Member, since 2017

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