8-12 Feb 2015. South Pacific Continuous Optimization Meeting
Five CIAO members: Alex Kruger, Adil Bagirov, David Yost, Julien Ugon and Zhiyou Wu gave invited lectures at South Pacific Continuous Optimization Meeting (SPCOM), held at the University of South Australia from 8 — 12 February, 2015. SPCOM was the fourth edition of the successful South Pacific meetings which began in 2005, and had been held previously in New Caledonia and Newcastle. The main themes of the meeting were Variational analysis, Optimal control theory, Convex analysis, Numerical optimisation, Vector optimisation, Stochastic optimisation and Functional analysis, all topics of considerable interest to CIAO. This was arguably the most important Optimisation conference to take place in Australia for some time, and an excellent opportunity not only to advertise research produced by CIAO, but also to network and exchange ideas. With a dozen high-flying plenary speakers, it attracted about 60 researchers and students from all over the world. Amongst them were Dr Napsu Karmitsa and Ms Kaisa Joki from Turku University, in Finland, who subsequently travelled to Ballarat to collaborate with Associate Professor Adil Bagirov.