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The Hotelling Lectures are an annual event in the Department of Statistics & Operations Research honoring the memory of Professor Harold Hotelling, our first Department Chair.  This year we are honored to have Professor Yurii Nesterov deliver our two public lectures.

Yurii Nesterov has been a professor at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) at The Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium since 1993. He received his (Applied Mathematics) in 1984 at Institute of Control Sciences, Moscow.

His research interests are related to complexity issues and efficient methods for solving various optimization problems. The main results are obtained in Convex Optimization (optimal methods for smooth problems, polynomial-time interior-point methods, smoothing technique for structural optimization, complexity theory for second-order methods, optimization methods for huge-scale problems). He is an author of 6 monographs and more than 100 refereed papers in the leading optimization journals. He has received several international prizes, among them:

• Dantzig Prize from SIAM and Mathematical Programming Society (2000)
• von Neumann Theory Prize from INFORMS (2009)
• SIAM Outstanding paper award (2014)
• Euro Gold Medal from Association of European Operations Research Societies (2016)

In 2018 he won an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.


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