McMaster Optimization Day

May 10, 2004
Information Technology Building (ITB), room 137
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

The McMaster Optimization Day will be held at the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 2004.  It will be sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, and hosted by the Advanced Optimization Lab at the Department of Computing and Software.



The McMaster Optimization Day is a small informal meeting that aims to bring together various researchers working in optimization theory, algorithms, applications, and software. It provides a chance for leading experts to review recent developments in these fields and discuss challenges for the future. The talks are by invitation only. Topics covered include interior-point methods, nonlinear and semidefinite optimization, applications in combinatorial optimization, and optimization software. The event is open to anyone interested in these topics.


May 10, 2004
 7:45-8:45 Breakfast & Coffee
 8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks
Mo Elbestawi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
Tamás Terlaky, Organizing Committee Chair
Section I
 9:00-9:50 Michal Kocvara Nonconvex SDP problems of structural optimization

 9:50-10:40 Veronica Piccialli Methods for solving mixed variable programming problems

 10:40-11:00 Coffee Break
 11:00-11:50 Kees Roos On search directions for primal-dual interior-point methods

 11:50-12:40 Janez Povh How to approximate the bandwidth of a graph using Semidefinite Programming?

 12:40-14:00 Lunch
Section II
 14:00-14:50 Florian Jarre A Sensitivity Analysis for nonlinear semidefinite programs

 14:50-15:40 Angelika Wiegele Semidefinite relaxations for sparse Max-Cut problems

 15:40-16:00 Coffee Break
 16:00-16:50 Tom Luo Optimal multi-user spectrum management for digital subscriber lines

 16:50-17:40 Tibor Illés A Mizuno-Todd-Ye predictor-corrector algorithm for sufficient matrix linear complementarity problem



Tibor Illés, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
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Florian Jarre, University of Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany

Michal Kocvara, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany

Tom Luo, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Veronica Piccialli, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

Janez Povh, School of Business and Management, Novo Mesto, Slovenia
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Kees Roos, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Angelika Wiegele, University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
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There is no registration fee, but please register informally by sending email to

Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee Chair is Tamás Terlaky. The full committee consists of:


Registration, program and speakers:  Kartik Krishnan, e-mail

Location Information

McMaster Optimization Day will take place at McMaster University in the Information Technology Building (pictured above), home of the Department of Computing and Software. ITB houses the Advanced Optimization Lab of the department.

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

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Interesting Links

Workshop in memory of Jos Sturm on Large Scale Nonlinear and Semidefinite Programming
May 12 - 15, 2004, Waterloo, Canada

4th Annual McMaster Optimization Conference: Theory and Applications
July 28-30, 2004, Hamilton, Canada

Last updated:  May 10, 2004 by Oleksandr Romanko and Kartik Krishnan