2nd Annual McMaster Optimization Conference:
Theory and Applications
(MOPTA 02)

August 1-3, 2002
Hamilton, Ontario


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Thanks to Participants and Sponsors of the
1st Annual MOPTA Conference
held August 2001

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The 2nd annual McMaster Optimization Conference: Theory and Applications (MOPTA 02) will be held at the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, August 1-3, 2002.  The conference will be sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University and the Fields Institute, and hosted by the Advanced Optimization Lab at the Department of Computing and Software.




Conference Scope

The conference is planned as an annual event aiming to bring together a diverse group of people from both discrete and continuous optimization, working on both theoretical and applied aspects. The format will consist of a small number of invited talks from distinguished speakers and a set of selected contributed talks, spread over three days. Our target is to present a diverse set of exciting new developments from different optimization areas while at the same time providing a setting which will allow increased interaction among the participants. We aim to bring together researchers from both the theoretical and applied communities who do not usually get the chance to interact in the framework of a medium-scale event.

Invited talks

Distinguished researchers will give one-hour long invited talks on topics of wide interest. Confirmed invited speakers include:

John Betts, The Boeing Company 
An Optimal Low Thrust Trajectory to the Moon

Steve Boyd, Stanford University
Optimal Design of Analog Circuits via Geometric Programming

C.A. Floudas, Princeton University
Deterministic Global Optimization: Advances and Challenges

Robert Freund, MIT 
Computational and Theoretical Perspectives on Complexity for Linear, Conic, and Non-conic Convex Optimization

Aravind Srinivasan, University of Maryland 
Incremental Randomization in Combinatorial Optimization

Richard Tapia, Rice University
Interpreting the Classical Inverse, Shifted, Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration Methods as a Standard Formulation of Newton's Method from the Nonlinear Programming Literature

Yinyu Ye, Stanford University
Improved Complexity Results on Solving Real-Number Linear Feasibility Problems

* Dinner Speaker *
Stephen Boyd, Stanford University

Circuit Designers, Interior-point Methods, and Venture Capitalists

Contributed talks

Contributions are solicited for presentation at the conference. Each accepted paper will be allotted a 25 minute talk. A volume with the abstracts of the invited and contributed talks will be distributed to all conference attendants.

This conference concerns research on the use, design and analysis of efficient optimization algorithms. Both theoretical and computational studies are welcome. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest include: interior point methods for linear and nonlinear optimization; semidefinite optimization; engineering applications; sensitivity analysis; quadratic optimization; linear complementarity problems; nonlinear optimization; integer and combinatorial optimization; approximation algorithms; graph and network algorithms; network flows; scheduling theory and algorithms.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: May 25, 2002.
  • Notification of acceptance / Program available: June 7, 2002.
  • Deadline for early registration: June 30, 2002.
  • Conference begins on August 1 at 7:30 a.m. and ends August 3 at 6:00 p.m., 2002.  

Conference Program

Final program is now available in PDF format.

Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee Chair is Tamás Terlaky, terlaky@mcmaster.ca. The full committee consists of:

Location Information

The conference will take place at McMaster University in the newly renovated Information Technology Building (pictured above), home of the Department of Computing and Software, and Advanced Optimization Lab.

Hamilton is conveniently located in the heart of Southeastern Ontario, one of Canada's most prosperous areas. The Great Lakes and the Niagara region are within easy drives. The flight possibilities are excellent. The McMaster campus is a 45-minute drive from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Hamilton is also served by its own international airport.  Airways Transit provides usually reliable door-to-door shuttle service from the airports.  A special conference rate of $32/person from Pearson Airport has been negotiated with Airways Transit, so please be sure to mention "MOPTA" when making your reservation.  A special MOPTA reservation form is available to print and fax, or you can register on-line at Airways Transit.

If you are driving, follow these directions up to the campus entrance and then use the campus map. The conference building is Information Technology

See here for current Hamilton weather.


- Early registration (until June 30, 2002):  CAD $180.00  or  USD $120.00
  Students:  CAD $120.00 or USD $80.00
- Late registration: CAD $225.00  or  USD $150.00
  Students:  CAD $150.00 or USD $100.00

Fee includes registration, daily continental breakfast, lunch, conference banquet and G.S.T.

If you have registered, and have not received confirmation, please email Janet Delsey as soon as possible.

 Online Registration Form


Special conference rates have been negotiated at several local hotels.  When making your reservation, please mention that you are attending a conference at McMaster University in order to obtain the special rate.  

Please note that this is a long weekend in Ontario, so please be sure to book your rooms EARLY!

Interesting Links

The Fields Institute Thematic Programs- Numerical Analysis Lecture Series
July 31, 2002
Speaker: John Betts, Boeing Co.
Lecture on Computing Aerodynamic Models using Large Scale Parameter Estimation
Supported by MITACS

2002: International Conference on Operations Research 
September 2-5, 2002, University of Klagenfurt, Austria 


Technical Program:  Dr. Tamás Terlaky
Registration:  Janet Delsey

Last updated:  07/25/02