Fall 2021

Geometric Methods in Optimization and Sampling Boot Camp

Aug 30, 2021 to Sep 3, 2021 

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Philippe Rigollet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology; chair), Katy Craig (UC Santa Barbara), Simone Di Marino (University of Genova), Nisheeth Vishnoi (Yale University), Martin Wainwright (UC Berkeley)

The boot camp is intended to acquaint participants with the key themes of the program and rapidly bring them to similar levels of knowledge regarding both mathematical tools and applications by means of tutorials. The tutorials will be split into two types. On the one hand, fundamental tutorials aim at covering the main tools, techniques and problems in the field. On the other hand, advanced tutorials aim to present more specialized topics that have recently emerged in the field. Fundamental tutorials will be held in the morning in two lectures of 1.5 hours each. Advanced tutorials will last 1.5 hours each and be held in the afternoon.

The boot camp is arranged in five days:

  • Day 1: Optimization
  • Day 2: Sampling
  • Day 3: Optimal Transport
  • Day 4: PDEs
  • Day 5: Algebraic methods

Speakers: Ashia Wilson (UC Berkeley), Andreas Eberle (University of Bonn), Mikaela Iacobelli (ETH Zurich), Katy Craig (UC Santa Barbara), Avi Wigderson (Institute for Advanced Study), Michael Walter (IST Austria), Suvrit Sra (MIT), Maxim Raginsky (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Marco Cuturi (Google Brain), Jose Antonio Carrillo (University of Oxford), Jonathan Leake (UC Berkeley), Nicolas Boumal (Princeton University), Nisheeth Vishnoi (Yale University), Jan Maas (IST Austria), Dejan Slepcev (CMU), Bernd Sutrmfels UC Berkeley)

All events take place in the Calvin Lab auditorium.

Further details about this boot camp will be posted in due course. Enquiries may be sent to the organizersgm2021 [at] ( at this address.)