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Institute of Mathematics


Giovanni Prodi Visiting Professorship Summer Semester 2015

James V. Burke (Department of Mathematics, University of Washington) is an internationally renowned expert in optimization and variational analysis. He has published over 80 papers in these fields and has been an invited speaker on optimziation conferences over 70 times. He has co-organized many conferences (currently, the annual West Coast Optimization Meeting) and has acted as an associate editor for several journals in the fields of optimization and variational analysis.

As a teacher he has supervised more than 20 master's theses and over 10 PhD theses. In 2013 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Washington Tolo Chapter of the Mortar Board.

James V. Burke received his PhD from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 1983. He became an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky (Lexington) in 1983. Afterwards he got an assistant professorship at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1985, was promoted to associate professor in 1991, and finally became a full professor in 1997. He is also an adjunct professor of Statistics, Bioengineering and Applied Mathematics.

He had stints at the Argonne National Laboratories, University of New South Wales, Université de Pau, and Vietnam National University.

During the summer semester 2015 Prof. Burke will give a lecture on Modern Trends in Optimization (with exercises). He will also hold a seminar on Statistical Learning. (See