Guests & Lectures

The program aims at attracting the very best students from Austria and abroad. Vienna has already a strong reputation in Algorithms, Optimization and Operations Research and we expect a tough competition for the PhD positions in this program. The collaboration of important research institutions in the Vienna area – in addition to the collaboration of 3 faculties (Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science) within the University of Vienna is unique in its dimension and scope.

The lectures given by our guest professors are scheduled in the regular program/PhD curricula of the participating institutions and are open to all students. This extends the teaching offer of the respective institutions and broadens their activities.

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 Winter term 2023

Simge Küçükyavuz - Chair and David A. and Karen Richards Sachs Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Department, Northwestern University
January 15-26, 2024
Mixed-Integer (Non) Linear Programming

 Winter term 2022

Gabor Pataki - Department of Statistics & Operations Research, University of North Carolina
November 21-December 2, 2022
Semidefinite Programming

Niao He - Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich
January 21-January 31, 2023
Optimization Foundations of Reinforcement Learning

 Summer term 2022

Christian Blum - Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Spanish National Research Council
March 1-11, 2022
Metaheuristics and Hybrid Methods for Combinatorial Optimization

Peter Richtarik - KAUST
May 30-June 3, 2022
Stochastic Gradient Descent Methods

David Williamson - Cornell University
June 8-June 17, 2022
Approximation Algorithms

 Winter term 2021

Gabriele Eichfelder - TU Ilmenau
December 10-17, 2021
Computational Methods in Multiobjective Optimization

 Summer term 2021

Francesco Rinaldi - Università di Padova, Italy
April 19-30, 2021
Optimization Methods for Data Science

Yurii Malitskyi - Linköping University, Sweden
June 14-25, 2021
Continuous Optimization – between Mathematics and Computation

 Winter term 2018/2019

Petra Mutzel - Technische Universität Dortmund, Deutschland
November 5-16, 2018
Selected Topics in Combinatorial Optimization

Heinz Bauschke - The University of British Columbia, Canada
Dezember 10-20,2018
Topics in Fixed Point Theory and Monotone Operator

 Summer term 2018

Daniel Kuhn - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
March 13-23, 2018
Distributionally Robust Optimization


Arkadi Nemirovski - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
May 23 - June 4, 2018
Statistical Inference via Convex Optimization


Alexander Shapiro - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
June 19-27, 2018
Computational Stochastic Optimzation

 Winter term 2017/18

Luis Vicente - Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
November 27 - December 1, 2017
Derivative-Free Optimization: Basic Principles and State of the Art


Claudia Sagastizabal - Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Brasil
January 8-19, 2018
Nonsmooth Optimzation and Variational Analysis

 Summer term 2017

David Williamson - Cornell University, USA
June 19-30, 2017
Spectral Graph Theory and Algorithms


Ruth Misener - Imperial College London, UK
May 8-19, 2017
Numerical Optimization Algorithms


Christian Blum - Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA), Spain
March 6-17, 2017
Metaheuristics and Hybrid Methods for Combinatorial Optimization

 Winter term 2016/17

Amir Beck, TECHNION - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
October 17-21, 2016
Proximal-based Algorithms


Kurt Anstreicher, Iowa State University, USA
November 7-11, 2016
Convex Representations and Relaxations for Non-convex Quadratic Optimization


Jacek Gondzio, University of Edinburgh, UK
December 1-7, 2016
Interior Point Methods for Very Large Scale Optimization