Editorship
 Associate Editor of Computational Optimization and Applications (COAP), (10/2020 – present).
 Associate Editor of Mathematical Programming Computation (MPC) (2019 – present)
 Editor of Applied SetValued Analysis and Optimization (2019 – present)
Conference/Workshop Organization
 Section organizer: MB45 – Fast and Provable Nonconvex Optimization Algorithms in Machine Learning, at the INFORMS annual meeting, October 2019, Seattle, USA (coorganizer: Lam M. Nguyen, IBM Research).
 Section organizer with 4 parts (with Ion Necoara): “Recent advances in firstorder methods for constrained convex optimization and related problems” at the Sixth International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT), Berlin, August 2019.
 Section organizer with two parts (with Ion Necoara): Recent advances on convergence rates of firstorder 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.
 Program Committee of the 58th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Nice, France, December 2019.
Tutorials
 Title: Convex Optimization for Big Data
 Presenters:
 Volkan Cevher (EPFL)
 Mario Figueiredo (University of Lisbon)
 Mark Schmidt (University of British Columbia)
 Quoc TranDinh (EPFL)
 Where: The IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2015.
 Link: This tutorial can be found HERE.
Talks/Invited Talks
 VinAI Research Seminar
 Title: Stochastic Gradient Descent Methods with Biased Estimators
 Where: VinAI Research, Hanoi, Vietnam (Remote)
 When: March, 2021
 2021 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM)
 Title: Generalized Newton Methods with PolynomialTime IterationComplexity for A Class of Variational Inequalities
 Where: Remote
 When: January, 2021
 Department Colloquium at University of Florida
 Title: New Stochastic Gradient Descent Algorithms for Nonconvex Composite Optimization
 Where: Department of Mathematics, University of Florida.
 When: November 25, 2019.
 SIAM Seminar at University of Florida
 Title: Generalized SelfConcordant Functions and Applications
 Where: Department of Mathematics, University of Florida.
 When: November 25, 2019.
 Department Colloquium at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Title: Efficient Hybrid Stochastic Gradient Algorithms for Nonconvex Optimization
 Where: Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
 When: October 28, 2019.
 Seminar talk at UCLA:
 Title: Generalized SelfConcordant Functions and Applications
 Where: Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, UCLA.
 When: October, 2019.
 Applied Math. Colloquium at UNCChapel Hill:
 Title: Smooth Structures of Convex Functions and Applications to NewtonType Methods
 Where: Math. Department, UNCChapel Hill
 When: Sep. 20, 2019.
 Talk at the Opening Workshop in Deep Learning
 Title: Proximal Hybrid Gradient Descent Algorithms for Composite Nonconvex Optimization
 Conference: Opening workshop in Deep Learning at SAMSI.
 Where: Duke University
 When: August 14, 2019.
 Talk at the Sixth International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT)
 Title: Adaptive PrimalDual Methods for Convex Optimization with Faster Rates.
 Conference: ICCOPT 2019.
 Where: Berlin, Germany
 When: August 48, 2019.
 Talk at the Lehigh DIMACS/TRIPODS/MOPTA conference
 Title: Accelerated Preconditioned Alternating Direction Methods of Multipliers with Nonergodic Optimal Rates
 Conference: DIMACS/TRIPODS/MOPTA conference
 Where: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
 When: August 1317, 2018
 Invited talk at the Institute of Operations Research and Analytics, (NUS)
 Title: SelfConcordant Optimization: Theory and Solution Methods
 Where: IORA, National University of Singapore (NUS).
 When: July 11, 2018
 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 2325, 2018
 Invited colloquium (Maseeh Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium Series)
 Title: Some recent secondorder methods in convex optimization applications
 Where: Mathematics and Statistics Department, Portland State University.
 When: November 3, 2017
 Invited talk at seminar
 Title: Exploiting analytical structures in convex optimization applications
 Where: IBM Watson Research Center, New York.
 When: July 2017.
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: Selfconcordant inclusions: A unified framework for pathfollowing generalized Newtontype methods
 Conference: SIAM Conference on Optimization
 Where: Vancouver, Canada
 When: May 22–26, 2017
 Invited talk at seminar
 Title: Selfconcordant inclusions: A unified framework for path following generalized Newton methods
 Where: Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell
 When: November 2016.
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: Extended GaussNewton Methods for Matrix Optimization
 Conference: INFORMS annual meeting
 Where: Nashville, Tennessee
 When: November 13–16, 2016
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: Adaptive smoothing fast gradient methods for fully nonsmooth composite convex optimization
 Conference: 28th European Conference on Operational Research,
 Where: Poznan, Poland
 When: July 36, 2016.
 Invited talk at seminar
 Title: Proximal pathfollowing method: a new framework for nonsmooth constrained convex optimization
 Where: System Control and Optimization Laboratory, Freiburg University, Germany
 When: June 2016.
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: Composite convex minimization involving selfconcordantlike cost functions
 Conference: Modelling, Computation, and Optimization in Information Systems and Management Sciences (MCO 2015)
 Where: Metz, France
 When: May 1113, 2015.
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: A Unified PrimalDual Optimization Framework for Constrained Convex Optimization
 Conference: The 4th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization
 Where: University of Birmingham, England.
 When: September 35, 2014.
 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 (ICCSE2014)
 When: August 1921, 2014
 Where: Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
 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 2529, 2014.
 Talk at conference
 Title: Composite Selfconcordant Minimization: A PathFollowing Method
 Conference: SIAM Conference on Optimization (SIOPT2014)
 When: May 19—22, 2014
 Where: San Diego, USA.
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: Composite SelfConcordant Minimization
 Conference: SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (SIAMIS14)
 When: May 12—14, 2014
 Where: Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
 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
 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.
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: Fast decomposition algorithms for largescale separable convex optimization
 Conference: International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT2013). When: July 27August 1, 2013.
 Where: Lisbon, Portugal.
 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
 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.
 Invited talk at conference
 Title: Solving Structural LargeScale Convex Programming Problems via Dual Decomposition and Smoothing Techniques
 Conference: The 5th International Conference on HighPerformance Scientific Computing
 When: March 59, 2012
 Where: Hanoi, Vietnam.
 Talk at conference
 Title: Realtime Sequential Convex Programming for Nonlinear MPC and Application
 Conference: Conference on Decision and Control (CDC).
 When: December 12—15, 2011
 Where: Orlando, Florida, USA.
 Talk at workshop
 Title: On Sequential Convex Programming
 Workshop: Annual OPTEC meeting
 Where: SolCress, Spa, Belgium
 When: 2010.
 Talk at workshop
 Title: AdjointBased Sequential Convex Programming Methods and Applications
 Workshop: The 29th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control
 When: March 30April 1 2010
 Where: Heeze, The Netherlands.
 Talk at conference
 Title: RealTime Sequential Convex Programming for Optimal Control Applications
 Conference: The 4th International Conference on HighPerformance Scientific Computing
 When: March 26, 2009
 Where: Hanoi, Vietnam.
Other services

 Department Liaison for Undergraduate Research at UNC.
 Grant reviewer.
Review activity, and scientific services
 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.
 Conference paper review
 NIPS/NeurIPs, CDC, ECC, ICML, AISTATS, ICLR, etc.
 Members
 SIAM Member, since 2014
 INFORM Member, since 2016
 IEEE Member, since 2017