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Subject: Lettre MODE
Date: 03-12-2018 20:27
 From: Olivier Cots <olivier.cots at enseeiht.fr>
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Lettre Mode, Décembre 2018

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  -- Thèses, postdocs et postes --

  1) Open PhD and Post-doc positions in Brussels on games and reactive
  2) PhD position in algebraic algorithms in games and optimization,
  3) PhD positions in ITN POEMA
  4) Poste MCF Paris 1, Mathématiques appliquées à l'économie et à
la finance
  5) Recrutement de chargés de travaux dirigés à l’université Paris
  6) Three postdoc positions and one Ph.D. position in Differential
Geometry and Optimization, Germany

  -- Conférences et évènements --

  7) 17 EUROPT Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization, Glasgow,
June 28-29, 2019
  8) Annonces de séminaires
  9) Appel à organiser un "mini-symposium", ICIAM 2019. Deadline :
  10) Congrès SMAI 2019, aide au financement de mini-symposia
  11) Congrès SMAI 2019, appel à mini-symposia
  12) FGS'2019, in Nice from September 17 to 20, 2019
  13) Journée "Optimisation et Théorie de l'Equilibre", Avignon, 7
décembre 2018

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1) Open PhD and Post-doc positions in Brussels on games and reactive

De      : Gilles Geeraerts

Non-Zero Sum Game Graphs:
Applications to Reactive Synthesis and Beyond
(5 years FWB ARC research project, 2016-2021)

Verifying Learning Artificial Intelligence Systems (4 years Excellent of
Science project, 2018-2021) in collaboration with KULeuven and U Namur

Subgame perfection in graph games: (4 years PDR FNRS project, 2018-2021)
in collaboration with U Mons

* Positions. Several Post-Doc positions are open at the Université
libre de Bruxelles (ULB). These positions are funded by three projects
(listed above), under the lead of Prof. Jean-François Raskin, Prof.
Gilles Geeraerts, and Dr. Emmanuel Filiot.

* Summary of the research projects. Reactive systems are computer
systems that maintain a continuous interaction with the environment in
which they operate. Such systems are nowadays part of our daily life:
think about common yet critical applications like engine control units
in automotive, plane autopilots, medical devices, etc. Clearly, any flaw
in such critical systems can have catastrophic consequences. Yet, they
exhibit several characteristics, like real-time constraints,
concurrency, parallelism, etc., that make them difficult to design
To ensure the design of reactive computer systems that are dependable,
safe and efficient, researchers and industrials have advocated the use
of so-called formal methods, that rely on mathematical models to express
precisely and analyse the behaviours of those systems. A very popular
formal method is model checking: it amounts to comparing a model of a
system to its specification in order to find design errors early in the
development cycle. Hence, model checking can be regarded as a
sophisticated debugging method. In this project, we will attack a more
scientifically challenging goal, called synthesis. We want to propose
techniques (models, algorithms and tools) that, given a specification
for a reactive system and a model of its environment, compute
(synthesise) a correct system, i.e., one that enforces the specification
no matter how the environment behaves. The main model that will be
considered in the project is that of games played on graphs, we will
seek to exten!
d classic
al results to the setting of non-zero sum games. More precisely, the
four main research directions of those projects are:
• To define and study new models and solution concepts based on
multi-player non-zero-sum games.
• To define and study new solutions concepts that avoid the fully
adversarial assumption, because this assumption can be shown to be often
too bold an abstraction of real systems.
• To exploit the multi-player, non zero-sum, games on graph model
beyond the setting of reactive synthesis. Other potential domains of
application include: biological systems, multi-agent systems, network
routing, (real-time) scheduling, automata theory, etc
• To study how verification techniques can be lifted to be applicable
to systems that uses learning

* Starting dates. At any time during the project.

* Salary. Annual net salary (after all taxes) starts at 2,421.51
euros/month for a Post-Doc student, and at 1,964.92 euros / month for a
PhD student. In addition, advantages include complete health insurance.

* The research environment. ULB (http://www.ulb.ac.be) is a complete
university located in the city of Brussels at the center of Europe
(25.000+ students with 30% coming from abroad). The Formal Methods and
Verification group is part of the Computer Science Department of the
Faculty of Sciences. The group maintains a large number of active
collaborations with other research groups in computer-aided verification
across Europe and the USA. The group is also part of the Belgian
Federated Center for Verification (http://cfv.ulb.ac.be) that gathers
all the Belgian research groups active in computer aided verification
and hosts a monthly seminar with renowned guest speakers. The working
language is English.

* Further information and application. Potential candidates can contact
Prof. Raskin (jraskin [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be), Prof. Geeraerts
(gigeerae [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be), and Dr. Emmanuel Filiot (efiliot
[at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be).


2) PhD position in algebraic algorithms in games and optimization, Paris

De      : Rida Laraki

A PhD position is available in the joint INRIA, CNRS, and Sorbonne
Université (LIP6) team PolSys (https://polsys.lip6.fr/) in Paris.  The
position is funded by the ANR JCJC program
GALOP (Games through the lens of ALgebra and OPtimization).

Scientific context:

Semidefinite programming (SDP) extends linear programming and has
become a fundamental ingredient in polynomial and combinatorial
optimization, complexity theory, game theory, quantum computing,
control, signal processing, and computational finance. The standard
tool to solve SDP problems is interior point methods. One of the
current challenges is to exploit the underlying algebraic formulation
to cope with the reliability issues of SDP and deduce more efficient
algorithms.  For such a task, we should exploit the algebraic and
geometric structure of the polynomial systems that correspond to the
optimization problem.  With these algebraic and optimization tools, we
can study the complexity of special classes of (continuous) stochastic
games and obtain precise bounds.

We invite applications for a full-time PhD position for three years at
the intersection of algebraic algorithms, optimization, and
theoretical computer science, with a view towards applications in game

A successful PhD candidate will work on one, or on a combination, of
the following topics:
- Deduce efficient algorithms and precise complexity and degree bounds
for important classes of stochastic games based on algebraic
- Exploit the algebraic formulation of SDP to deal with
reliability issues.
- Exploit the structure of polynomial systems, for example
multi-homogeneity, sparsity, symmetry, properties of determinantal
varieties, to introduce improved algorithms for Groebner basis
and/or solving.
- Provide an efficient and certified open-source software for real
solving univariate polynomials and polynomial systems.


- MSc in computer science or (applied) mathematics.
- Strong background in algorithms, knowledge of complexity theory.
- Skills in a programming language like C or C++ is a definitely plus.
- High command of written and oral language.
- Ability to work in a team.


The application should include:
- Letter of interest.
- Scientific CV.
- Contact information of two references (Title, Name, organization,

The starting date of the PhD is expected to be early 2019 or soon after.

Potential candidates should send their application or questions
by the end of December 2018 to Elias Tsigaridas
(elias.tsigaridas at inria.fr).


3) PhD positions in ITN POEMA

De      : Olivier cots
Lien    : https://easychair.org/cfp/POEMA-19-22

POEMA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network
(2019-2022), offering

15 PhD positions
starting from September 2019.

See https://easychair.org/cfp/POEMA-19-22 to apply for these positions.
The goal of the network is to train scientists at the interplay of
algebra, geometry and computer science for polynomial optimization
and to foster scientific and technological advances, stimulating
interdisciplinary and intersectoriality knowledge exchange between
algebraists, geometers, computer scientists and industrial actors facing
real-life optimization problems.

Network partners:
Inria, Sophia Antipolis, France, (Bernard Mourrain)
CNRS, LAAS, Toulouse France (Didier Henrion)
Sorbonne Université, Paris, France (Mohab Safey el Din)
NWO-I/CWI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Monique Laurent)
Univ. Tilburg, the Netherlands (Etienne de Klerk)
Univ. Konstanz, Germany (Markus Schweighofer)
Univ. degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (Giorgio Ottaviani)
Univ. of Birmingham, UK (Mikal Kocvara)
Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen, Germany (Michael Stingl)
Univ. of Tromsoe, Norway (Cordian Riener)
Artelys SA, Paris, France (Arnaud Renaud)
Associate partners:
IBM Research, Ireland (Martin Mevissen)
NAG, UK (Mike Dewar)
RTE, France (Jean Maeght)


4) Poste MCF Paris 1, Mathématiques appliquées à l'économie et à la

De      : Philippe Bich

Profil: Mathématiques appliquées à l'économie et à la finance

Profil recherche :  La personne recrutée viendra renforcer le potentiel
du centre d'économie de la Sorbonne en mathématiques appliquées au
sein des axes "microéconomie théorique" ou "finance et modélisation".
Elle devra s'intégrer dans un laboratoire interdisciplinaire regroupant
  des chercheurs en mathématiques, informatique, et économie.  Elle
devra être en mesure de conduire des recherches au plus haut niveau, et
de publier dans les meilleures revues internationales, dans des domaines
de l'économie ou de la finance mathématique comme l'optimisation, la
décision,  les réseaux, l’équilibre général, le choix social ou
la théorie des jeux.  Plus généralement, les enseignants-chercheurs
de l'ufr ont vocation à s'intégrer à des projets de formation et de
recherche interdisciplinaires en lien avec les sciences humaines et


5) Recrutement de chargés de travaux dirigés à l’université Paris

De      : Philippe Bich

Recrutement de chargés de travaux dirigés à l’université Paris 1

L’ufr de mathématique et informatique de l’université Paris 1
souhaite recruter des doctorants  pour assurer des travaux dirigés
d’algèbre, d’analyse et de probabilités en licence MIASHS
(mathématiques et informatique appliqués aux sciences humaines et
sociales) au second semestre de l’année 2018-2019.  Les travaux
dirigés ont lieu au centre Pierre Mendès France, 90 rue de Tolbiac
75013 Paris. La rémunération horaire est fixée réglementairement à
41 euros brut. Si vous êtes intéressés, merci d’envoyer cv et
candidature à antoine.mandel at univ-paris1.fr.


6) Three postdoc positions and one Ph.D. position in Differential
Geometry and Optimization, Germany

De      : Michel Thera
Lien    : https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/mathematik/part_dgl/index.en.php

Three postdoc and one Ph.D. position

The work group has openings for three postdoc positions with a starting
date of February 15, 2019 in the area of Optimization on Manifolds. In
addition, we have an opening for a Ph.D. position in Differential
Geometry and Optimization with a starting date of February 1, 2019.
Please send your applications before December 19, 2018 as a PDF file to
roland.herzog at mathematik.tu-chemnitz.de.




7) 17 EUROPT Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization, Glasgow,
June 28-29, 2019

De      : Olivier cots
Lien    :

17 EUROPT Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization

Glasgow, June 28-29, 2019

The 17th EUROPT Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization will be
held in Glasgow, UK on June 28-29, 2019.

The EUROPT Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization is the annual
event of the EUROPT continuous optimization working group of EURO (The
Association of European Operational Research Societies). This 17th
edition will take place in Glasgow just after the 30th European
Conference on Operational Research, that will be held in Dublin, Ireland
on June 23-26.

The submission system is not yet open.

Important Dates

Early bird registration: pending
Abstract submission: pending
Author registration: pending
Workshop: June 28-29, 2019

Researchers interested in organizing a 3-talk session are invited to
contact the Program Chair at edmondo.minisci at strath.ac.uk, before
December 15, 2018.

For more information, please contact us at europt2019 at icelab.uk, visit
the workshop webpage and follow us on Twitter through #EUROPT2019 from

Becoming member of EUROPT is easy and free of charge. Join us!


8) Annonces de séminaires

Une rubrique pour signaler quelques liens pour les séminaires ayant
lieu ce mois-ci et organisés dans nos laboratoires.
N'hésitez pas à l'alimenter, préférentiellement via un lien vers la
page du séminaire.
Pour cela, envoyez un mail à l’adresse contact at lettremode.ovh.

        •       Séminaire Parisien d'Optimisation (IHP)

        •       Séminaire du programme PGMO


        •       Groupe de Travail CalVa de Calcul de Variations
(suivant les séances (lieu : voir site) :


        •       Groupe de Travail Analyse Non-linéaire et EDP (ENS et

        •       Séminaire Pluridisciplinaire d'Optimisation de
Toulouse (lieu : voir site)

        •       Séminaire SAMOCOD (séminaire Avignon Montpellier
Optimisation Contrôle et Dynamique)


        •       Séminaire hebdomadaire de l'équipe MOD de
l'Université de Limoges

        •       Séminaire Parisien de Théorie des Jeux (IHP, salle
05, 201 ou 314)

        •       Séminaire de Mathématiques Discrètes, Optimisation
et Décision, Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne et Université Paris 1

        •       Séminaire de géométrie sous-riemannienne - IHP

        •       Séminaire de l’équipe Statistique, Probabilités,
Optimisation et  Contrôle (SPOC) - IMB


9) Appel à organiser un "mini-symposium", ICIAM 2019. Deadline :

De      : Rida Laraki
Lien    : https://www.iciam2019.com


Find the category that best suits your proposal:

- Thematic Minisymposia, encompassing over 25 topics in Industrial and
Applied Mathematics,

- Industrial Mathematics Minisymposia focused on different
Mathematics-Industry aspects, Economic Activities of Industrial and
Business Interest, and Societal Challenges.

For further information, please visit the Submissions & Calls section
within the 'For Participants' menu tab at www.iciam2019.com [1].


10) Congrès SMAI 2019, aide au financement de mini-symposia

De      : Rida Laraki

Appel à candidature : Aide au financement de mini-symposia pour le
congrès SMAI 2019. Le comité de liaison de SMAI-MODE a décidé de
financer jusqu’à quatre mini-symposia pour 1000 euros chacun en
rapport avec les thématiques du groupe MODE. Pour postuler, veuillez
adresser une copie de votre soumission SMAI à
rida[dot]laraki[at]dauphine[dot]fr avant le 11 Janvier 2019.


11) Congrès SMAI 2019, appel à mini-symposia

De      : Rida Laraki
Lien    : http://smai.emath.fr/smai2019/

Le prochain Congrès SMAI (9ème Biennale Française des Mathématiques
Appliquées et Industrielles) aura lieu à Guidel Plages (Morbihan) du
13 au 17 mai 2019.

Il est conjointement organisé par le Laboratoire de Mathématiques Jean
Leray (Nantes) et la SMAI.

Comme à chaque édition, des mini-symposia regroupant 4 exposés de 30
minutes sur un thème précis seront programmés.

Les personnes souhaitant organiser un mini-symposium peuvent nous
envoyer leur proposition à l'adresse smai2019 at smai.emath.fr, avant le
22 janvier 2019, en précisant
- un titre et un résumé du thème proposé (de quelques lignes),
- une liste d'orateurs pressentis.

Pour plus d'informations, consultez le site du congrès


12) FGS'2019, in Nice from September 17 to 20, 2019

De      : Jean-Baptiste Caillau
Lien    : http://fgs-2019.sciencesconf.org

The 19th French-German-Swiss conference on Optimization will take place
in Nice from September 17 to 20, 2019. This series of conferences began
in 1980 at Oberwolfach and has gathered since French and German
colleagues in optimization every other year. It is costumary to invite a
third country to participate.

In 2019, the invited country is Switzerland.

Theses conferences usually gather from 100 to 150 mathematicians and are
the main meeting of European researchers in optimization in the broad
sense. The 2019 edition is organized by LJAD and I3S labs from CNRS, and
by Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée center. The conference will be
located on the Valrose campus of Université Côte d'Azur, on the
heights of Nice.

More information: fgs-2019.sciencesconf.org [2]

- Didier Auroux & Jean-Baptiste Caillau, chairs of FGS’2019


13) Journée "Optimisation et Théorie de l'Equilibre", Avignon, 7
décembre 2018

De      : Michel Thera

Le Laboratoire de Mathématique d'Avignon organise une journée
"Optimisation et Théorie de l'Equilibre" à l'occasion du départ à la
retraite du professeur Dinh The Luc. L'évènement aura lieu le vendredi
7 décembre 2018 sur le campus centre-ville de l'université d'Avignon.
Il comprendra environ 8 exposés donnés par des spécialistes du
domaine :

Didier Aussel (Perpignan), Giovanni Paolo Crespi (Varese), Emil Octavian
ERNST (Aix-Marseille), Daniel GOURION (Avignon), Juan Enrique Martinez
Legaz (Barcelone), Antoine SOUBEYRAN (Aix-Marseille), Michel THERA
(Limoges), Michel VOLLE (Avignon).

Dinh The Luc est un spécialiste internationalement reconnu dans les
domaines de l'optimisation vectorielle, de l'analyse non lisse et de
l'analyse convexe généralisée.

Fin de la lettre MODE

[1] http://www.iciam2019.com
[2] http://fgs-2019.sciencesconf.org

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