One World Optimization Seminar

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the entire world has been forced to slow down. The scientific community has been no exception with cancellations of conferences, seminars and research visits. We are all forced to build up new communication channels and the One World Optimization Seminar is an attempt to keep our community together. The short term goal is to provide access to a seminar for as many researchers as possible. For the indefinite future, the seminar is intended to foster ideas among our truly global research community and to help reduce our impact on climate change.


The One World Optimization Seminar is organized by Radu Ioan Boț (University of Vienna), Shoham Sabach (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Haifa) and Mathias Staudigl (Maastricht University).


 Forthcoming talks: Second season

The weekly talks are scheduled to take place Mondays at 15:30 CEST (UTC+2). The speakers list will be regularly updated. The schedule, slides and video recordings of the previous talks can be found below.



15:30 CET

Uday V. Shanbhag

(Pennsylvania State University)

Inexact and Distributed Best-Response Schemes for Stochastic Nash Equilibrium Problems


15:30 CET

Ingrid Daubechies

(Duke University)

Discovering Low-Dimensional Manifolds in High-Dimensional Data Sets


15:30 CET

Asu Ozdaglar

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


15:30 CET

Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy

(University of Washington)


15:30 CET

Defeng Sun

(Hong Kong Polytechnic University)


15:30 CET

Guoyin Li

(University of New South Wales)


15:30 CET

Ya-xiang Yuan

(Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Orthogonality-free Approaches for Optimization Problems on Stiefel Manifold

 Previous talks

First season



15:00 CEST

Marc Teboulle

(Tel Aviv University)

Hidden Convexity in Nonconvex Quadratic Optimizationslides / video


15:00 CEST

Peter Richtárik


On Second Order Methods and Randomness

slides / video



15:00 CEST

Russell Luke

(University of Göttingen)

Iterated Self-Mappings in Nonlinear Spaces: The Case of Random Function Iterations and Inconsistent Stochastic Feasibilityslides / video


15:00 CEST

Wotao Yin


Scaled Relative Graphslides / video


15:00 CEST

Francis Bach


On the Convergence of Gradient Descent for Wide Two-Layer Neural Networks

[joint talk with the One World Seminar: Mathematical Methods for Arbitrary Data Sources]

slides / video


15:00 CEST

Patrick L. Combettes

(North Carolina State University)

Back to Single-Resolvent Iterations, with Warpingslides / video


15:00 CEST

Adrien Taylor


Computer-Aided Worst-Case Analyses and Design of First-Order Methods for Convex Optimizationslides / video


15:00 CEST

Volkan Cevher


Scalable Semidefinite Programmingslides / video


15:00 CEST

Alexandre d'Aspremont


Feature Selection & the Shapley - Folkman Theoremslides / video


15:00 CEST

Claudia Sagastizábal

(University of Campinas)

Revisiting Augmented Lagrangian Dualsslides / video


15:00 CEST

Yurii Nesterov

(University of Louvain)

Superfast Second-Order Methods for Unconstrained Convex Optimizationslides / video


15:00 CEST

Jérôme Bolte

(Toulouse School of Economics / University Toulouse Capitole)

A Variational Model for Nonsmooth Automatic Differentiation with Applications to Deep Learningslides / video


15:00 CEST

Panayotis Mertikopoulos


Games, Dynamics, and Optimization

[joint talk with the One World Mathematical Game Theory Seminar]

slides / video


15:00 CEST

Xiaoming Yuan

(University of Hong Kong)

From Optimization to Optimal Control: An Algorithmic Design Perspectiveslides / video


15:00 CEST

Coralia Carțiș

(University of Oxford)

Tensor Methods for Non-convex Optimization Problemsslides / video


Second season



15:30 CEST

Amir Beck

(Tel-Aviv University)

Dual Randomized Coordinate Descent Method for Solving a Class of Nonconvex Problemsslides / video


15:30 CEST

Jong-Shi Pang

(University of Southern California)

The Era of "Non"-Optimization Problemsslides / video


15:30 CEST

Adrian Lewis

(ORIE Cornell)

Smoothness in Nonsmooth Optimizationslides / video


15:30 CEST

Stephen Wright

(University of Wisconsin)

Second-Order Methods for Nonconvex Optimization with Complexity Guaranteesslides / video


15:30 CEST

Aris Daniilidis

(University of Chile / Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Asymptotic Study of the Sweeping Processslides / video


15:30 CEST

R. Tyrrell Rockafellar

(University of Washington)

Augmented Lagrangians and Hidden Convexity in Sufficient Conditions for Local Optimalityslides / video


15:30 CEST

Boris Polyak

(Institute for Control Science Moscow)

Static Linear Feedback for Control as Optimization Problemslides / video


15:30 CET

Michael P. Friedlander

(University of British Columbia)

Polar Deconvolution of Mixed Signalsslides / video

 How it works

We use zoom, a simple webinar tool for which only the host (University of Vienna in this case) needs a license and all other participants can log-in via a link that will be sent by e-mail together with the room password to the mailing list the day before each talk. Just click the link and fill in the password and you will be sent to the webinar room. There will be a host with control over the microphones.

Some basic rules for participating at the seminar:

  • Please log-in with your name. 
  • There is a group chat. To ask a question, please indicate you would like to ask and your microphone will be turned on. Alternatively, write a question in the chat.
  • You can chat with every participant in a private chat.

 Mailing List

You are kindly invited to join the mailing list on which the next speaker at the One World Optimization Seminar will be announced, and you will receive the access information (link of the zoom-room and the corresponding password) the day before each talk. Please enter your contact information below.

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