CIAO talk by A/Prof Adil Bagirov

Speaker: A/Prof Adil Bagirov
Date: Thursday 20 July 2017, 11.30am
Room: T121, T Building, Mt Helen Campus (Visimeet ID: 1242508)
Title: Smoothing techniques in nonsmooth optimisation and applications
Abstract: In this talk, we consider an application of smoothing techniques to a broad class of nonsmooth optimisation problems. This class includes functions represented as a difference of two, in general nonsmooth, convex functions and also functions represented as a difference of two Clarke regular functions. However, we assume that component functions in these representations are either maximum functions or smooth composition of discrete maximum functions. Numerical results with nonsmooth optimisation test problems are presented and different smoothing techniques are compared using these results. Finally, we demonstrate the application of smoothing techniques for solving some problems in data mining.

Biography: Adil Bagirov is Associate Professor of Optimisation at Faculty of Science and Technology, Federation University Australia since 2010.
He obtained his MSc degree in Applied Mathematics in 1983 from Baku State University, Azerbaijan and PhD degree in Mathematics in 2002 from the University of Ballarat.
His research is focused on nonsmooth optimisation, nonconvex optimisation and applications.
Adil has a strong track record in ARC Discovery and Linkage grants and has many international collaborations.

If you would like to join the seminar please contact Evan Dekker (e.dekker [at], who will organise an invitation to join the seminar. RMIT participants note that AGR is not available, you will have to connect via your own computer.

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