Young Researchers Prize

The INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers was established in 1998 and is awarded annually at the INFORMS Annual Meeting to one or more young researcher(s) for an outstanding paper in optimization that is published in, or submitted to and accepted by, a refereed professional journal within the four calendar years preceding the year of the award. All authors must have earned their most recent degree within the eight calendar years preceding the year of award, or be enrolled in a degree-granting program. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of promising colleagues who are at the beginning of their academic or industrial career.

The prize includes a cash amount of US $1,000 and a citation certificate. The award winner(s) will be invited to give a fifteen-minute presentation in a special session sponsored by the Optimization Society during the INFORMS annual 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 author(s) and the work must satisfy the following conditions to be eligible for the prize:
  1. The paper must be published in, or submitted to and accepted by, a refereed professional journal during the four calendar years preceding the year of the award.
  2. All authors must have earned their most recent degree within the eight calendar years preceding the year of award, or be enrolled in a degree-granting program. (Note: All authors of a prize-winning paper will be co-winners of the prize.)
  3. The topic of the paper must belong to the field of optimization in its broadest sense.
  4. The prize may be awarded once in a lifetime to any individual.
  5. The paper may not be simultaneously submitted to an INFORMS student paper competition.

Nomination Process

Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the committee, Michael Ferris, by email at ferris@cs.wisc.edu, on or before June 15, 2017.

Other committee members: Jonathan Eckstein, Simge Küçükyavuz, Suvrajeet Sen.

Winners and committee members

Year

Winner(s)

Committee members

2016

Venkat Chandrasekaran and Parikshit Shah (citation)

Sam Burer (chair), Jon Lee, Andrew Schaefer, Cole Smith

2015

Fatma Kılınç-Karzan, and Javad Lavaei and Somayeh Sojoudi (citation)

Nick Sahinidis (chair), Dan Bienstock, Sam Burer, Andrew Schaefer

2014

Jiawang Nie, UC San Diego

Andrzej Ruszczyński (chair), Katya Scheinberg, Javier Peña, Jean-Philippe Richard

2013

Jim Luedtke, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Alper Atamtürk (chair), Samuel Burer, Andrzej Ruszczyński, Nikolaos Sahinidis

2012

Sergei Chubanov, University of Siegen

Shabbir Ahmed, Alper Atamtürk, Endre Boros (chair), Bob Vanderbei

2011

Tobias Achterberg, IBM

Dan Bienstock, Endre Boros, Tom McCormick, Jim Renegar (chair)

2010

Anthony Man-Cho So

Nick Sahinidis (chair), Alper Yıldırım, Jiawei Zhang

2008

Retsef Levi (MIT), Ganesh Janakiraman (NYU), and Mahesh Nagarajan (UBC)

John Birge (chair), Robert Freund, Jon Lee, Stephen Vavasis

2006

Alper Yıldırım, Bilkent University, Turkey

John Birge (chair), Sven Leyffer, Nick Sahinidis

2005

Illya Hicks, Texas A&M University

 

2004

Jiawei Zhang, New York University

Andrzej Ruszczyński, Nick Sahinidis, Richard Tapia, Éva Tardos, Tamás Terlaky (chair)

2003

Tim Roughgarden, Stanford

Daniel Bienstock (chair), Christodoulos A. Floudas, Andrzej Ruszczyński, Yinyu Ye

2002

Sam Burer, University of Iowa

Michael Ferris, Renato Monteiro, Franz Rendl (chair), Andreas Shultz, Henry Wolkowicz

2001

Kamal Jain, Microsoft Research

Jonathan Eckstein, Rob Freund (chair), Mike Todd, David Williamson, Steve Wright

2000

Kevin Wayne, Princeton

Sebastian Ceria, Bill Cook, Kees Roos, Suvrajeet Sen, Bob Vanderbei (chair)

1999

François Oustry, INRIA

John Birge, Gérard Cornuéjols (chair), Michel Goemans, Jong-Shi Pang, Mike Todd