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We appreciate the announcement that the book dedicated to prof. B. T. Polyak "Optimization and Applications in Control and Data Sciences" is announced by Springer and will be published in July, 2016.

International conference
Optimization and Applications in Control and Data Science

May 13-15, 2015, Moscow, Russia

on the occasion of Boris Polyak's 80th birthday

The conference focus is on the recent research in Modern Theory and Methods of Optimization and their implications in Control and Data Analysis. Modern Optimization is an impressive example of mathematical theory, which justifies the majority of computationally effcient algorithms for important classes of optimization problems. The intensive development of the optimization theory in Russia started over 50 years ago, and many of its important results are tightly related to Boris Polyak. The conference is held on the occasion of his 80th birthday and will focus on the two specific topics:
  • breakthrough optimization theory and methods;
  • techniques for solving complex optimization problems in different application areas. 
The conference covers the following scientific directions:
  • optimization algorithms (structured optimization, reduced complexity methods for large-scale problems, etc);
  • applications in Control Theory (control synthesis, stability analysis, ...)
  • complexity of statistical problems and computational methods for statistical estimation and learning (optimization methods for inverse problems, dimension reduction, ...)

Organizing committee:

Local organizing committee:


Invited speakers:

Wednesday, May 13

10:00 - 11:45 Registration
11:45 - 12:00 Opening
12:00 Session I
12:00 - 12:30

Stephen Boyd
Domain-Specific Languages for Convex Optimization (video)

12:30 - 13:00

Anders Lindquist
Moment Problems and Optimization: Review and Recent Update of a Global-Analysis Approach to Problems in Systems and Control (video)

13:00 - 13:30

Vadim Utkin
Filippov Method for Optimization with Non-Smooth Penalty Functions (video)

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break
15:00 Session II
15:00 - 15:30

Patrizio Colaneri
Stability and Optimization of Dual Switching Linear Positive Systems (video)

15:30 - 16:00

Vladimir Kharitonov
Lyapunov Matrices for Time-Delay Systems (video)

16:00 - 16:30

Andrey Polyakov
Robust Stabilization with Time Constraints: Implicit Lyapunov Function Approach (video)

16:30 - 17:15 Coffee break
17:15 Session III
17:15 - 17:45

Anatoli Juditsky and Arkadii Nemirovsky
Adaptive Estimation by Convex Optimization (video)

17:45 - 18:15

Bob Barmish and Shirzad Malekpour
When the Expected Value is not Expected (video)

Thursday, May 14

10:00 Session IV
10:00 - 10:30

Roberto Tempo
Randomization and Gossiping in Social Networks (video)

10:30 - 11:00

Alexander Kuleshov
Constructing the Low-Dimensional Data Representations in Data Analysis (video)

11:00 - 11:30

Konstantin Vorontsov
Multicriteria Regularization for Probabilistic Topic Modeling of Large Text Collections (video)

11:30 - 12:15 Coffee break
12:15 Session V
12:15 - 12:45

Fabrizio Dabbene
On Simple Approximations of Semialgebraic Sets and their Applications (video)

12:45 - 13:15

Constantino Lagoa
Semidefinite Programming for Chance Constrained Optimization over Semialgebraic Sets (video)

13:15 - 14:45 Lunch break
14:45 Session VI
14:45 - 15:15

Pavel Akimov and Alexander Matasov
Detection of Jumps by Means of l1-norm Approximation (video)

15:15 - 15:45

Yurii Nesterov
Structural Optimization: New Perspectives for Increasing Efficiency of Numerical Schemes (video)

15:45 - 17:00 Panel Discussion "Back to the future" (video)

19:00 Conference dinner

Friday, May 15

10:00 Session VII
10:00 - 10:30

Shankar Bhattacharyya
Linear Systems: A Model Free Approach to Design (video)

10:30 - 11:00

Alexander Ioffe
Variational Analysis View of Necessary Optimality Conditions (video)

11:00 - 11:30

Roman Polyak
Nonlinear Equilibrium vs Linear Programming (video)

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 Session VIII
12:00 - 12:30

Maxim Balashov
The Clarkson-Polyak Modulus of Convexity and its Applications (video)

12:30 - 13:00

Roland Hildebrand
Geometric Aspects of Barriers for 3-Dimensional Cones (video)

13:00 - 13:30

Boris Mordukhovich
Optimal Control of a Perturbed Sweeping Process (video)

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break

The Program Committee would like to inform that a Special Issue of JOTA dedicated to on the 80th anniversary of Boris Polyak is in preparation. Please advise us whether you plan to make a contribution. We'll keep you posted on all the details. The persons in charge for the issue are Boris Mordukhovich and Yuri Nesterov.

Also, a peer reviewed book "Optimization and Applications in Control and Data Science" devoted to the 80th birthday of professor Boris Polyak will be published by Springer Optimization and Its Applications in August 2016 ( Potential authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their manuscripts not later than 4th of May, 2015. The final version of a manuscript with at most 50 pages should be submitted not later than 1st November 2015. All submissions should be sent to Boris Goldengorin, e-mail:


We kindly ask to register for the conference via the short registration form.


The conference took place at BEST WESTERN PLUS Vega Hotel & Convention Center, located near Moscow Metro station "Partizanskaya". The address is 71, 3V Izmailovskoe Ave., Moscow, and have travel guide there.

For booking Vega Hotel please contact Maksim Chuyashkin ( directly to get a discount for conference participants.