Affiliation: LIRMM, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, France & Department of Mathematics, NKUA, Greece
Title: Graph Degeneracy Measures: Algorithms and Applications
Short CV: Prof. Dimitrios M. Thilikos received his PhD from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics of the University of Patras in 1996. He is a member of the AlGCo project-team, CNRS, LIRMM and Professor at the Dept. of Mathematics of NKUA. His research spans several fields of Theoretical Computer Science and Discrete Mathematics with contributions in Parameterized Computation and Graph Theory. His has published more than 160 papers in international conferences and journals related to Structural Graph Theory, Graph Decompositions, Approximation Algorithms, Probabilistic Methods, Graph Searching Games, and Graph Homomorphisms. He has contributions to applied areas such as Distributed Computing, Bioinformatics, and Data Mining. He taught several graduate and undergraduate courses at universities or research centers in Spain, Canada, France, Belgium, Greece, and Norway. He gave courses on Complexity Theory, Recursion Theory, Automata Theory, Algorithms, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Programming, including several mini-courses and tutorials at seasonal schools. He has supervised 6 PhD-thesis and 24 MSc Theses. He has has organized 11 conferences/workshops and has been 34 times a PC member of conferences/workshops – chairing three of them. In total, he has given 10 invited talks in conferences/workshops. Finally, he has been the editor or thee LNCS volumes and four volumes of international journals. In 2015 he received the EATCS Nerode Prize for his contribution to Parameterized Computation.
Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Title: Merging machine learning, uncertainty analysis and global optimization to solve complex simulation-based engineering problems
Short CV: Fani Boukouvala is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 2008 and her PhD in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University in 2013. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2016, she worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Princeton University and Texas A&M University. Her research group focuses on merging data-analytics and optimization with chemical engineering fundamentals to model and optimize complex systems with applications in energy systems, bioproducts manufacturing and process intensification. The group focuses on the development of data-driven optimization algorithms, which are necessary to find optimal solutions of problems that rely on expensive simulations and are affected by uncertainty. Fani is the Division Programming Chair for the area of Data and Information Systems of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and holds invited guest editorial positions in Optimization Letters and Industrial Engineering & Chemistry Research. Fani has several awards, including the 2015 Best Paper in Computers and Chemical Engineering, and the 2017 Best Paper Award in both Optimization Letters and Journal of Global Optimization.
Affiliation: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA
Title: Efficient and Stable Discrete Cosine Transform Algorithms and Applications
Short CV: Sirani Perera is an assistant professor in Mathematics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), USA working in the field of Numerical Linear Algebra. Her research interests include: Scientific Computing, Structured Matrices (e.g. Vandermonde, Quasiseparable, Semiseparable, Bezoutian, and Banded), Matrices with Displacement Structure, DCT, DST, FFT, Algorithms for Computer Arithmetic, Complexity and Performance of Algorithms, Signal Processing, and Image Processing. As an early career female mathematician, she has addressed solutions for problems in applied mathematics and electrical engineering through her publications. Perera is working as the Co-PI of an NSF grant for the project entitled "Collaborative Research: Wideband Multi-Beam Antenna Arrays Low-Complexity Algorithms and Analog-CMOS Implementations", 2017-2020. The algorithms that she derives through the NSF grant can be utilized to solve the longstanding beam squint problem. In 2017, she has filed a provisional patent application entitled "System and Method for Performing Self-Recursive Discrete Cosine Transform and Inverse Discrete Cosine Transform". She has received grants, fellowships, and scholarships including: Faculty Innovative Research in Science and Technology Grants and Faculty Research Development Awards by ERAU; Early Career Travel Grant by the International Linear Algebra Society Conference, Belgium; Advanced Doctoral Fellowship, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Predoctoral Fellowship by the University of Connecticut, USA; Industrial Research Scholarship by City University London, UK, and Shell Centenary Scholarship by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, University of Cambridge, UK. In 2016, she has served as the co-chair of the International Industrial Mathematics Conference in Sri Lanka, which was funded through NSF IPSAT grant 2016/05, and was co-editor of the proceeding booklet entitled "Present Status and the way Forward for Public Universities in Sri Lanka". She has guided research students to derive fast and stable algorithms to solve problems in applied mathematics and electrical engineering. These researches have enabled her students not only to obtain the first place at the Discovery Day and Internal Students Research Awards at ERAU but also to obtain several external travel funds. Perera received a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut, USA in 2012. She was the first Sri Lankan to attend the Center for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK with full Shell Centenary Scholarship, and obtained Part III Tripos (Hons.) in Mathematics in 2006. Perera has received BSc (Hons.) in Mathematics from the University Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka in 2004.
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