Joint CIAM and Optimization and Systems Theory Seminar
Thursday, November 20 2008, 10.00-11.00, Room 3721, Lindstedtsvägen 25

Margaret Wright Courant Institute, New York University, USA

Non-derivative optimization: a selection of mathematics, heuristics, and hacks

Non-derivative methods for optimization have been widely used with notable success in science and engineering for at least 50 years.  Although serious mathematical analysis of many of these methods did not begin until the early 1990s, research on old and new non-derivative techniques has flourished since then, and continues to grow.  A notable feature of this field is lively controversy about which methods are ``most effective''.

This talk will survey selected parts of the current state of the art, trying along the way to highlight a few of the interesting open questions.

Calendar of seminars Last update: 14 November, 2008 by Marie Lundin.