South Pacific Optimization Meeting: SPOM 2013
9 – 12 February, 2013
NOTICE: Presentations available
PDFs of presentations have been added to the PDF version of the programme. Those for the MPE afternoon will be added shortly.
NOTICE: Programme now available
Please see the Programme section.
Following the success of the first two "South Pacific Conferences in Mathematics" (SPCM), which took place in the French territory of
New Caledonia in 2005 and 2010, the third edition of this
conference, to be called the "South Pacific Optimization Meeting" (SPOM 2013), will be organized by CARMA in Newcastle, Australia,
running from February 9 to 12, 2013 (immediately after ANZIAM 2013).
Since 2013 is the year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth, SPOM
2013 will focus on optimization with (potential) applications to ecology, sustainable
development, finance, and similar fields. The main topics include: continuous optimization,
discrete optimization, vector optimization, stochastic optimization, variational analysis, convex
analysis, monotonicity, optimal control theory.
As with the previous editions, this meeting will bring together about 60-80 researchers and students from all
over the world, especially from Western Europe and the Pacific Rim: Australia, Canada, Chile,
China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, UK, USA, etc.
The goal of SPOM is to provide an international forum for scientists to exchange ideas, to
share experiences on their research and to open new avenues of collaboration and research on
topics related to optimization and its applications and to engage the Australian community more fully with its Pacific Rim and European partners.
Registration for SPOM 2013 is now closed.
Standard registration: $165.
Students registration: $55.
H. Bauschke (Kelowna),
J. Borwein (Chair, Newcastle),
H. Bonnel (Nouméa),
R. Burachik (Adelaide),
P. Combettes (Paris),
M. Théra (Limoges)
The meeting also hopes to attract participants from and to ANZIAM 13.
Confirmed keynote speakers include :
Other confirmed Overseas invited speakers include
H. Bonnel (Noumea), R. Bot (Chemnitz), D. Drusvyatskiy (Ithaca), G. Eichfelder (Ilmenau), GJ. Fliege (Southampton),
A. Hamel (New York), A. Löhne (Halle), R. Luke (Gottingen),
C. Nour (Byblos), M. Ragusa (Catania), S. Wang (Kelowna).
- Heinz Bauschke (Kelowna)
- Jonathan Borwein (Newcastle)
- Frank Deutsch (State College)
- Keith Devlin (MPE Lecture) (Stanford)
- Matthias Ehrgott (Auckland)
- Johannes Jahn (Erlangen-Nuremberg)
- Helmut Maurer (Munster)
- Jiri Outrata (Prague)
- Terry Rockafellar (Washington)
- Kate Smith-Miles (Melbourne)
- Stephen Simons (Santa Barbara)
Other confirmed Australian invited speakers include F. Aragón (Newcastle), R. Burachik (UofSA), A. Eberhard (RMIT), V. Gaitsgory (UofSA), V. Jeyakumar (UNSW), Y. Kaya (UofSA), A. Kruger (Ballarat), M. Osborne (Canberra), V. Roshchina (Ballarat), R. Womersley (UNSW), Liangjin Yao (Newcastle).
Optimization of Planet Earth Afternoon
On Saturday 9th February, as part of Australian Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 activities, we will host an outreach afternoon highlighting Optimization's many applications to the man-made and to the natural world. Keith Devlin (Stanford) --- and NPR's `Math Guy` --- will give the plenary lecture. Other confirmed speakers include Heinz Bauschke (Kelowna), Radu Bot (Chemnitz), Irene Hudson (Newcastle), Russell Luke (Gottingen), H. Maurer (Munster), Mike Meylan (Newcastle).
The venue is the Novotel Newcastle Beach - Morrow Room.
If you would like to contribute a talk at the Conference, please send a title and abstract to Juliane.Turner@newcastle.edu.au. Please note that there are a limited number of
contributed sessions available.
Location: Noah's on the Beach. Click on the image for a PDF version (which includes links to the presentations):
Mathematics of Planet Earth Afternoon Programme
Location: Novotel Newcastle Beach. Click on the image for a PDF version (with abstracts):
The conference will be held at Noah's on the Beach Newcastle, New South Wales.
The Optimization of Planet Earth afternoon takes place at Novotel Newcastle Beach
in the Morrow Room.
Sydney Airport to Newcastle
For those arriving at Sydney Airport we recommend taking the train to Newcastle. Take the
Airport & East Hills train from Domestic/International Airport Station to
Central Station and then the Newcastle and Central Coast train from
Central Station to Newcastle Station. From Newcastle Station it is an
easy walk to the recommended hotels. For more information and/or to plan your exact trip times
see the CityRail website at www.cityrail.info.
Alternatively, there is the Happy
Cabby Airport Shuttle Service which you will need to book in advance.
Newcastle Airport to Newcastle
For those arriving at the Newcastle Airport we recommend taking a taxi to Newcastle. The
taxi rank is adjacent to the arrivals area of the terminal. Newcastle Taxis can be contacted
directly, free-of-charge, on the dedicated taxi phone located in the arrivals end of the
Alternatively, you can catch the 130 or 131 bus from the Newcastle
Airport to the Newcastle Station. From Newcastle Station it is an easy
walk to the recommended hotels. For more information and/or to plan your exact trip times see
the CityRail website or the Port Stephens Coaches
Local Transportation in Newcastle
Newcastle Taxis: bookings can be made
online or by calling 133 300 within Australia.
Newcastle Buses: the free green 555 Newcastle
Shuttle Bus runs every 20 minutes, seven days a week, on a continuous loop around the city
Accommodation within walking distance (given below) of the conference venue includes:
- Noah's on the Beach
(02) 4929 5181, 0 m (conference venue)
The following conference room-only rates can be obtained by quoting booking ID 330951:
- $195.00 — Ocean View
- $175.00 — Harbour View
- $160.00 — City Side Room
- Crowne Plaza Newcastle (02) 4907 5000, 1.6 km
- Novotel Newcastle Beach (02) 4032 3700, 230 m
- Chifley Hotel Apartments (02) 4910 4910, 2 km
- Travelodge Newcastle (02) 4926 3777, 2.5 km
- The Clarendon Hotel (02) 4907 6700, 1.4 km
- Quest Newcastle Serviced Apartments (02) 4928 8000, 2.1 km
- Hotel Ibis Newcastle (02) 4925 2266, 1.2 km
- Backpackers by the Beach (02) 4926 3472, 260 m
- Newcastle Beach YHA (02) 4925 3544, 170 m
Further options can be found on www.visitnewcastle.com.au and www.wotif.com.
If you have any questions, please contact
Telephone: (02) 492 15483
Facimile: (02) 492 16898