Scott B Lindstrom

Postdoctoral Fellow, Alf van der Poorten Travelling Fellow, AustMS Lift-Off Fellow

Department of Applied Mathematics

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


  • scott [dot] b {dot} lindstrom (at) polyu [dot] edu [dot] hk
  • Yip Kit Chuen Building, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

About Me

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Applied Mathematics. I use variational analysis and computer algebra systems to study problems in nonlinear optimisation from a geometric standpoint. I work on splitting methods in particular, with applications including machine learning, data science, and signal recovery. In February 2019 I was awarded an AustMS Lift-Off Fellowship to fund my current project with Regina S Burachik and Minh N Dao on the Fitzpatrick Distance. In July 2019 I received the Alf van der Poorten Travelling Fellowship, which will support my project studying the relationship between convex conjugacy and projective duality. Some of my other current research projects include fixed point theory and gauge optimization (with TK Pong, PolyU), as well as error bounds for conic programming (with Bruno Lourenco, U Tokyo).

I earned my PhD at the Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications Priority Research Centre at University of Newcastle. It was founded by my adviser, Jonathan Borwein, who invited me to come to Australia to work with him. Jon passed away in August of 2016; he was a wonderful man, and he is greatly missed. A memorial page has been set up in his memory, and my personal reflections on my time with him are located here. Following his passing, I continued his work together with Heinz Bauschke, Brailey Sims, and others.

My teaching philosophy is to equip students to teach each other by providing them with as many pictures and concrete examples as possible.