Farkas Prize

The Farkas Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society was established in 2006 and is awarded annually at the INFORMS Fall National Meeting to a mid-career researcher for outstanding contributions to the field of optimization, over the course of their career. Such contributions could include papers (published or submitted and accepted), books, monographs, and software. The awardee will be within 25 years of their terminal degree as of January 1 of the year of the award. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of colleagues in the middle of their career.

The award includes a cash amount of $1,000 and a citation certificate. The award winner(s) will be invited to give a twenty-five minute presentation at the INFORMS National Meeting in Houston, TX in October 2017. The winners will be responsible for all travel expenses associated with the presentation of their paper at the INFORMS meeting. Award winners are also asked to contribute an article about their award-winning work to the annual Optimization Society newsletter.

Eligibility

 The nomination/application must satisfy the following conditions:

  • The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions by a mid-career researcher to the field of optimization, over the course of their career.
  • Such contributions could include papers (published or submitted and accepted), books, monographs, and software.
  • The awardee must be within 25 years of their terminal degree as of January 1 of the year of the award.
  • The prize may be awarded at most once in their lifetime to any person.

Nomination Process

A nomination shall consist of:

  1. A letter of nomination, not exceeding two pages, summarizing the nominee's contributions with explanations of their importance and impact;
  2. A curriculum vitae for the nominee, not exceeding four pages; and
  3. Two support letters, each not exceeding two pages. These letters can be sent directly to the committee chair or to the nominator, to be included in the nomination package.

Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the committee, Margaret Wright, by email at mhw@cims.nyu.edu, on or before June 15, 2017.

Other committee members: Patrick Jaillet, Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo, Pascal Van Hentenryck.

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Winners and committee members

Year

 Winner(s)

 Committee members

2016

Sven Leyffer, Argonne National Labs

Ariela Sofer (chair), Ignacio Grossmann, Ted Ralphs, Alex Shapiro

2015

Robert Weismantel, ETH Zurich

Ariela Sofer (chair), Warren Adams, Sanjay Mehrotra, Zelda Zabinski

2014

Farid Alizadeh, Rutgers University

Yinyu Ye (chair), Garud N. Iyengar, Jean B. Lasserre, Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo

2013

Pablo Parrilo, MIT

Dimitris Bertsimas (chair), George Nemhauser, Yurii Nesterov, Yinyu Ye.

2012

Michel Goemans, MIT

Monique Laurent, David Shmoys (chair), Laurence Wolsey, Yinyu Ye.

2011

Andrew Goldberg, Microsoft Research

Gérard Cornuéjols (chair), Alexander Shapiro, David Shmoys, Stephen Wright

2010

Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo

Gérard Cornuéjols, Jong-Shi Pang (chair), Kees Roos, Yinyu Ye

2008

Dimitris Bertsimas, MIT

Andrew Conn (chair), Andrzej Ruszczyński, Hanif Sherali, Tamás Terlaky

2006

Yinyu Ye, Stanford

Andrew Conn, George Nemhauser, Panos Pardalos, András Prékopa, Tamás Terlaky (chair)