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Mini-course: Derivative Free Algorithms

Professor Warren Hare 
University of British Columbia, Canada
31st October (room 1.19, Building VII, FCT NOVA) and 4th November (room 1.10, Building VII, FCT NOVA), from 16h to 17h30, in a room to be announced
There is no registration fee, but registration ( is mandatory to allow for some planning regarding room capacity and snacks.

Abstract: From minimizing construction costs to maximizing image quality, optimization arises naturally in virtually every field of modern research. In many of these applications, the objective function is provided by a blackbox or simulation.  Derivative-free algorithms (DFA) provide powerful tools to solve such problems. In this workshop, we introduce the basics of DFA, including several examples of their usage.  We expand further by including recent research results and future directions of DFA.

31st October will cover:
     – What is BBO and DFA?
     – Basics of Direct-search methods
     – Recent advancements in p-bases

4th November will cover:
     – Basics of Model-based methods
     – Constructing models
     – Future of DFA

Speaker Bio: Dr. Warren Hare is a Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He serves as an Associate Editor with Set Valued and Variational Analysis and the Pacific Journal of Optimization. He is co-author of the book Derivative-Free and Blackbox Optimization and co-winner of the EURO excellence in practice prize.