Call for Papers

Sixth SIAM Conference on Optimization

Held jointly for the first time with 1999 SIAM Annual Meeting, May 12-15, 1999, Sheraton Spirit of Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Optimization

The field of optimization involves a powerful combination of theoretical analysis, algorithm and software development and scientific computing. The practical scope and utility of optimization continues to grow.

The Sixth SIAM Conference on Optimization will address the most important recent advances in linear, nonlinear, and discrete optimization. The meeting will feature the latest research in algorithms and software for the solution of optimization problems. It will also feature important applications of optimization in control, networks, manufacturing, medicine, finance, aeronautical engineering, operations research, and other areas of science and engineering. The conference will bring together mathematicians, operations researchers, computer scientists, engineers, and software developers. The gathering will provide an excellent opportunity for sharing ideas and problems among specialists and users of optimization in academia, government, and industry. The conference will be held jointly with the 1999 SIAM Annual Meeting, with overlapping sessions planned to encourage interaction among participants of both meetings.


Conference Themes

The major themes include, but are not limited to:

Machine Learning and Data Mining
Mixed Integer Programming
Nonlinear Equations
Optimal Control and Optimal Design
Optimization in Industry
Semidefinite Programming

Organizing Committee

Philip E. Gill (Co-chair)
University of California, San Diego
C. T. Kelley (Co-chair)
North Carolina State University
Michael C. Ferris
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Adrian S. Lewis
University of Waterloo, Canada
Ekkehard W. Sachs
University of Trier, Germany
Robert B. Schnabel
University of Colorado, Boulder
Virginia Torczon
College of William and Mary
Margaret H. Wright
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies

Dates to Remember


  • October 1, 1998
    Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals.

  • October 30, 1998
    Deadline for submission of minisymposium speakers' 75-word abstracts.

Contributed Presentations

  • October 30, 1998
    Deadline for submission of 75-word abstract for either a contributed lecture or poster presentation.


The conference program, registration, hotel, and transportation information will be available on the Web at in December 1998.

 Notice of Acceptance or Rejection

Authors will be notified as to whether or not their abstracts have been accepted by November 23, 1998.


Questions? E-mail [email protected]

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And immediately preceding the conference at the same location on Sunday, May 9, 1999

  • SIAM Short Course on "An Introduction to Optimization in Finance"
    Thomas F. Coleman, Cornell University
    Ron Dembo, Algorithmics, Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

  • NewSIAM Short Course on "Post-Solution Analysis in Mathematical Programming" 
    Organizer and Instructor:
    Harvey J. Greenberg, University of Colorado, Denver

Dennis-Tapia Day

A special one-day celebration, jointly honoring the 60th birthdays of Professors John E. Dennis and Richard A. Tapia, on Sunday, May 9, 1999, immediately preceding the Sixth SIAM Conference on Optimization. The celebration will consist of a day of technical presentations by current and former students of Dennis and Tapia, followed by an evening banquet honoring both.  All conference attendees are welcome to attend the technical sessions (no additional charge); all attendees, and their spouses or guests, are welcome to attend the banquet (charge to cover costs).  During the banquet, there will be an opportunity for toasts, tributes, and roasts.  The organizers hope many conference attendees will join in this tribute to two of the pioneers of numerical optimization!

This special event is organized by Paul T. Boggs, Richard H. Byrd, Jorge Nocedal, Robert B. Schnabel, and Virginia Torczon.

Invited Presentations

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee are proud to announce that the following mathematicians and scientists have accepted their invitations to speak at the conference.

What's the Answer? An Industrial Perspective on Optimization
John T. Betts, Boeing Information and Support Services, The Boeing Company
Hybrid Methods for Sensitivity Computations in Optimal Design
John A. Burns, ICAM/Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Quasi-Newton Methods: From Davidon to Automatic Differentiation
John E. Dennis, Rice University
Advances in the Formulation and Solution of Difficult Combinatorial Optimization Problems
Karla L. Hoffman, George Mason University
Semidefinite Programming
Michael L. Overton, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

The following invited speakers will give their presentations to a joint session of the Optimization conference and the Annual Meeting.

Krylov, Lagrange, Newton and Schwarz: Combinations and Permutations
David E. Keyes, Old Dominion University and ICASE-NASA Langley Research Center
Optimization in Machine Learning and Data Mining
Olvi L. Mangasarian, University of Wisconsin, Madison

How to Contribute


A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four related talks on a well-focused topic consistent with the conference themes. Each speaker will have 25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for audience questions. A number of minisymposia are being invited by the conference organizing committee to supplement the conference themes.

The organizing committee also encourages proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes. Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not exceeding 100 words) and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to [email protected].

To obtain a minisymposium proposal form, please complete and submit the request for information reply form, or e-mail your request to [email protected]. The form is also available on the World Wide Web at

Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format

Contributions in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas of optimization consistent with the conference themes. Each contributor must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to [email protected]. Submissions must include a title, author(s) names and affiliations, and postal address, e-mail, telephone number, and fax of the submitting author. Accepted papers will be assigned by the organizing committee to either a lecture presentation or a poster. Contributors should indicate which format they prefer. A lecture consists of a 15-minute presentation plus 5 minutes for audience questions. A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aids, such as 8.5" x 11" sheets for mounting on a 4' x 6' poster board and will be presented in an informal setting that allows presenters to discuss their research with individual attendees. A poster board will be available at the conference for each poster presenter. The poster session will be a two-hour plenary session.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of presentations an individual speaker may present in contributed sessions or minisymposia.

Electronic Submission

Every presenter of either a minisymposium or contributed or poster presentation must submit a 75-word abstract to [email protected], using the LaTeX macro via the Web at The 75-word abstracts will appear in the final program.

About Atlanta

Our conference headquarters is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta --- convenient to Peachtree Center, Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, and fabulous shopping at Underground Atlanta. It is an international city, with world-class facilities to match, an airport voted the best-liked in North America, and the biggest, too, to accommodate the hundreds of daily flights that put your hometown within a few hours of Atlanta. The city is a rare combination of the Old South and the Now South. Come to Atlanta to discover the best of both worlds!

Maintained by Maryann M. Donaghy, [email protected]
Created: 6/5/98 Updated: 11/30/98