Dear CEC faculty,

Prof. Uday V. Shanbhag will visit George Mason and give a seminar talk titled “Probability Maximization via Minkowski Functionals: Convex Representations and Tractable Resolution” on Friday November 11 from 10am to 11am in Exploratory Hall 4106. Attached is the talk abstract.

Uday V. Shanbhag is the Gary and Sheila Chaired Professor in the department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to being at Penn. State, from 2006–2012, he was first an assistant professor, and subsequently a tenured associate professor in the department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems engineering (ISE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

His research interests lie in the development of analytical tools and scalable computational schemes for optimization and equilibrium problems, with a focus on addressing uncertainty, nonsmoothness and nonconvexity. Much of his research finds application in the realm of power systems and markets, where he has examined a range of questions, including the examination of strategic interactions in multi-settlement markets under uncertainty, the location of electrical substations and dynamic competitive equilibrium models. More recently, he has begun working on a broad class of nonconvex and stochastic statistical learning problems. His research honors include the triennial A.W. Tucker Prize by the mathematical programming society (MPS) in 2006, the NCSA Faculty Fellowship in 2006, the Computational Optimization and Applications (COAP) best paper award (with advisor Walter Murray) in 2007, and the best theoretical paper award in the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) in 2013 (with Angelia Nedich and Farzad Yousefian). Additionally, he was a finalist for the Microsoft Faculty fellowship (2008) and was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2012 from the Operations Research program.

Jie Xu
Associate Professor
Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research
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