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MICDE Seminar: Katya Scheinberg,Professor of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University

April 14, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Venue: 1500 EECS

Katya Scheinberg


Bio: Dr. Katya Scheinberg is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell she was the Harvey E. Wagner Endowed Chair Professor at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Lehigh University. She attended Moscow University for her undergraduate studies and received her PhD degree from Columbia University. She worked at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as a research staff member for over a decade before joining Lehigh in 2010.
Prof. Scheinberg’s main research areas are related to developing practical algorithms (and their theoretical analysis) for various problems in continuous optimization, such as convex optimization, derivative free optimization, machine learning, quadratic programming, etc. She is a recipient of the Lagrange Prize from SIAM and MOS, the Farkas Prize from Informs Optimization Society and the Outstanding Simulation Publication award from Informs Simulation Society.
Prof. Scheinberg is currently the editor-in-chief of Mathematics of Operations Research, and a co-editor of Mathematical Programming.

Overview of Adaptive Optimization Methods for Stochastic Oracles

Continuous optimization is a mature field, which has recently undergone major expansion and change. One of the key new directions is the development of methods that do not require exact information about the objective function. Nevertheless, the majority of these methods, from stochastic gradient descent to “zero-th order” methods use some kind of approximate first order information. We will introduce a general definition of a stochastic and show how this definition applies in a variety of familiar settings, including simple stochastic gradient via sampling, traditional and randomized finite difference methods and more. We will overview several stochastic methods and how the general definition extends to the oracles used by these methods.


The MICDE Winter 2022 Seminar Series is open to all. University of Michigan faculty and students interested in computational and data sciences are encouraged to attend.

This seminar is cohosted by the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. Dr. Scheinberg will be hosted by Dr. Albert Berahas, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering.

This is a hybrid event and will be held in-person and broadcasted online via Zoom. 

Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering, and MICDE fellows, please use this form to record your attendance.

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