South Pacific Continuous Optimization Meeting

8 — 12 February, 2015
Adelaide, South Australia

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Presentations in PDF format

Some of the presentations from the workshop are available in PDF format below.

Conference Booklet

The conference booklet and programme at a glance PDFs are now available. Note: these two PDFs were updated at 9:45 am on Monday, 9th February.


The abstract submission system is now closed.


This is the fourth edition of the successful South Pacific meetings (South Pacific Conferences in Mathematics (SPCM) in 2005 and 2010 held in New Caledonia, and South Pacific Optimization Meeting in 2013 (SPOM 2013) held in Newcastle, Australia. The (Fourth) South Pacific Continuous Optimization Meeting (SPCOM 2015) is hosted by the University of South Australia (UniSA) and will be held in the City West campus of UniSA in (the city centre of) Adelaide, Australia, between 8 and 12 February 2015. SPCOM 2015 will take place soon after another Australian mathematics meeting, ANZIAM 2015, which will be held 1st — 5th February 2015 at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

SPCOM 2015 includes, but is not restricted to, the following topics from the broad area of continuous optimization:

  • Variational analysis
  • Optimal control theory
  • Convex analysis
  • Numerical optimization
  • Vector optimization
  • Stochastic optimization
  • Functional analysis

As with the previous editions, this meeting will bring together about 60-80 researchers and students from all over the world, especially from Western Europe and the Pacific Rim, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA.

SPCOM 2015 will offer a rich scientific program consisting of Conference Talks, a Fitzpatrick Workshop, two half-day Tutorials, and a Poster Session.

Conference Talks

Between 9 and 12 of February 2014 there will be plenary talks (50-minute presentation + 10 minutes for questions), invited talks (25-minute presentation + 5 minutes for questions), and contributed talks (25-minute presentation + 5 minutes for questions). For abstract submission, follow this link. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 30 January, 2015.

Invited Speakers

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

Other confirmed overseas invited speakers include Samir Adly (University of Limoges), Hans Georg Bock (Heidelberg), Henri Bonnel (Univ. New Caledonia), Rob Corless (Western University), Andreas Hamel (Univ. Bozen-Bolzano), Lidia Huerga (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid), Napsu Karmitsa (Uni. Turku), Ekaterina Kostina (Marburg), Sabine Pickenhein (Cottbus), Sandra Santos (State Uni. Campinas), Christopher Schneider (Jena), Mihail Solodov (IMPA), Jie Sun (National Uni. Singapore), Christiane Tammer (Uni. Halle-Wittenberg), Firdevs Ulus (Princeton), Zhiyou Wu (Chong Qing Normal Univ.).

Other confirmed Australian invited speakers include Adil Bagirov (Federation) Jonathan Borwein (Newcastle), Regina Burachik (UniSA), Andrew Eberhard (RMIT) Jerzy Filar (Flinders), Bean San Goh (Curtin Sarawak), Phil Howlett (UniSA), Yalçin Kaya (UniSA), Alex Kruger (Federation), Guoyin Li (UNSW), Qun Lin (Curtin), Ryan Loxton (Curtin), Jonathan Manton (Melbourne), Julia Piantadosi (UniSA), Nadezda Sukhorukova (Swinburne University of Technology), Matthew Tam (Newcastle), Julien Ugon (Federation), David Yost (Federation).

Contributed Talks

There are a limited number of slots for contributed talks. If you would like to submit a contributed talk, please submit your title and abstract through the online system -- (now closed) (The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 30 January, 2015.). A decision regarding the acceptance of your talk will be sent to you by the organisers shortly after your submission. Registration to SPCOM 2015 is restricted to accepted contributed speakers.

Fitzpatrick Workshop

This half-day workshop will celebrate the 25 years of the publication of a seminal paper on maximal monotone operators by the Australian mathematician Simon Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick's paper introduced a key tool in functional analysis, with important implications in mathematical optimization. An objective of this workshop is to understand, after a quarter of a century passed, what open questions that were posed in this paper have been solved, and what questions remain open. Stephen Simons will give a keynote talk on Fitzpatrick’s contributions to Functional Analysis. Then a number of 20-minute talks will follow. The organizers of this half-day workshop are Jon Borwein and Regina Burachik.

Schedule for the Fitzpatrick Workshop

Date: 10 February 2015, Time: 9:00-12:30
The length of each talk is 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

9:00-10:00Stephen Simons (keynote)
10:00-10:30Coffee/Tea break
10:30-11:00Jonathan Borwein
11:00-11:30Radu Bot
11:30-12:00Samir Adly
12:00-12:30Regina Burachik

Two half-day tutorials

Both tutorials will be delivered on Sunday 8 February, and will cover theory and applications on optimization topics. They target postgraduate students and early career researchers, but are open to any other interested researcher. The tutorials are free of charge for all registered participants.

Poster Session

PhD students will have the opportunity to showcase their research, and find out what others are doing, in a poster session that will be held sometime between 9 and 12 February.

If you would like to submit a poster, please submit its title and abstract through the online system (poster submission is now closed) (please select "Poster" as the category). The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 30 January, 2015. A decision regarding the acceptance of your poster will be sent to you shortly after your submission.


Download this map to see the location of the SPCOM 2015 venue and the options for accommodation.

Follow this link for specific accommodation options.


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Registration for SPCOM 2015

Standard (non-AustMS member)$220
Standard (AustMS member)$180
Student (non-AustMS member)$100
Student (AustMS member)$80

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Presentations (PDF format)

Some of the presentations from the workshop are available here: