|Associate Professor Adil Bagirov||Non-smooth, non-convex optimisation|
|Associate Professor Alex Kruger||Variational analysis, optimisation|
|Dr Musa Mammadov||Non-smooth, non-convex optimisation|
|Dr Sona Taheri||Non-smooth, non-convex optimisation|
|Dr Nargiz Sultanova||Non-smooth, non-convex optimisation|
|Prof Jean-Pierre Crouzeix||University Blaise Pascal, France||Variational analysis, optimisation|
|Prof Marco Antonio López Cerdá||University of Alicante, Spain||Variational analysis, optimisation|
|Prof Michel Théra||University of Limoges, France||Variational analysis, optimisation|
|Prof Jíří Outrata||Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic||Variational analysis, optimisation|
|Prof Phan Quoc Khanh||International University, Vietnam National University||Variational analysis, optimisation|
|Dr Zari Dzalilov||Federation University Australia||Optimisation|
|Dr Nadezda Sukhorukova||Swinburne University of Technology||Optimisation, approximation theory|
|Dr Julien Ugon||Deakin University||Optimisation, approximation theory|
|Prof Fusheng Bai||Chongqing Normal University, China||Optimisation|
|Prof Zhiyou Wu||Chongqing Normal University, China||Optimisation|
|Prof Anatoli Ivanov||Pennsylvania State University, USA||Optimisation|
|Dr Jiapu Zhang||Deakin University||Optimisation|
CIAO was founded by Professor Alex Rubinov (1940 – 2006) back in 2001 as the Centre in Applied Optimisation. The current Optimisation group within CIAO is the direct heir to that CIAO. It includes Professor Rubinov's former PhD students Adil Bagirov, Musa Mammadov and Julien Ugon and continues world class research in optimisation theory and methods as well as industrial and other applications.
CIAO researchers are among the world leaders in the development of numerical algorithms for global, non-smooth and non-convex optimisation including large systems. Significantly more powerful than many traditional approaches, these methods are capable of addressing problems with thousands of variables to achieve important productivity benefits. Tailored algorithms developed by CIAO researchers do not require large-scale computing infrastructure.
Other directions of research include variational analysis, optimality conditions, stability of optimisation and variational problems, duality theory.
CIAO has been involved in a number of optimisation-related Australian Research Council Discovery and Linkage projects as well as industrial applications in diverse areas such as e.g. resource allocation, water and gas management, use of office space.