2nd Workshop on Optimization

March 18-20, 2007

6:30 Dinner, John Davenport’s at the Top of the Omni (by invitation only)
8:30 Breakfast
9:15 Alexander Barvinok (University of Michigan Ann Arbor), “Counting Magic Squares, Contingency Table, Integer Flows, and More” (with A. Samorodnitsky and A. Yong) [Abstract]
10:00 Rehka Thomas (University of Washington), “The Small Chvatal Rank of an Integer Matrix” (with T. Bogart) [Abstract]
10:30 Break
11:15 Niels Lauritzen (University of Aarhus), “Test Sets and the Scarf-Shallcross Algorithm” (with A. Jensen and B. Roune) [Abstract]
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Pablo Parrilo (MIT), “Computational Methods for Continuous Games” [Abstract]
2:15 Moses Charikar (Princeton University), “An Algorithmic Perspective on the Unique Games Conjecture” [Abstract]
3:00 Break
3:15 Michel Goemans (MIT), “Minimum Bounded Degree Spanning Trees” [Abstract]
4:00 Vijay Vazirani (Georgia Tech), “Markets and the Primal-Dual Schema” [Abstract]
6:30 Dinner, The Union League Cafe (by invitation only)
8:30 Breakfast
9:15 Margaret Wright (NYU), “Selected Recent Developments in Non-Derivative Optimization” [Abstract]
10:00 Robert J. Vanderbei (Princeton University), “Frontiers of Stochastically Nondominated Portfolios” (with A. Ruszczynski)
10:45 Break
11:15 David Shmoys (Cornell University), “Approximation Algorithms for 2-Stage Stochastic Scheduling Problems” (with M. Sozio) [Abstract]
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Asuman Ozdaglar (MIT), “Approximate Primal Solutions and Rate Analysis for Subgradient Methods” (with A. Nedich) [Abstract]
2:15 Nick Harvey (MIT), “Randomized Algebraic Algorithms for Matching and Matroid Problems” [Abstract]

Alexander Barvinok (Umich)
Moses Charikar (Princeton)
Michel Goemans (MIT)
Nick Harvey (MIT)
Niels Lauritzen (Univ. of Aarhus)
Asuman E. Ozdaglar (MIT)
Pablo A. Parrilo (MIT)
David Shmoys (Cornell)
Rekha Thomas (Washington)
Robert Vanderbei (Princeton)
Vijay Vazirani (Georgia Tech)

Amit Agarwal (Princeton)
Glencora Borradaile (Brown)
Tim Carnes (Cornell)
Bugra Caskurlu (RPI)
Nikhil Devanur (Georgia Tech)
Anders Jensen (Univ. of Aarhus)
Matthew Johnson (CUNY)
Ilan Lobel (MIT)
Konstantin Makarychev (Princeton)
Yury Makarychev (Princeton)
Marc Millstone (NYU)
Jeffrey Pang (Cornell)
Bjarke Roune (Univ. of Aarhus)
Noah Stein (MIT)
Andy Sun (MIT)
Ellen Veomett (UMICH)

Elliot Anshelevich (RPI)
Lisa Fleischer (Dartmouth)
Robert Freund (MIT)
Jon Kelner (MIT)
Jim Renegar (Cornell)
Baruch Schieber (IBM)
Maxim Sviridenko (IBM)
Michael Todd (Cornell)
Pascal Van Hentenryck (Brown)

Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
City University of New York (CUNY)
Georgia Tech
Mass. Institute of Technology
New York University (NYU)
Princeton University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Aarhus
University of California- Berkeley
University of Michigan
University of Washington

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Yale provides visitors two Wi-Fi network options:

  • YaleGuest
  • Eduroam

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If possible, we recommended you use the Eduroam wireless network.  Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses when visiting other participating institutions.

If your institution is a partneraccess the Eduroam network by selecting Eduroam from the Wi-Fi list on your mobile device and sign-in using your home institution’s credentials*. View Eduroam’s complete listing of U.S. participating schools; International visitors can look for institutional listings on this country page.

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The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 20 minute walk from the Blake Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Blake Hotel is to go south-east on George Street and turn left on Temple St. Temaple will merge into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 15 minute walk from the Omni Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Omni Hotel is to go north on Temple St. which merges into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles GE Conference, please send the following items by Friday, July 31, 2020.

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles Summer Conferences, please send the following items by Friday, September 11, 2020.


  • Complete the appropriate online conference travel reimbursement form (These online forms allow you to upload any/all relevant forms and receipts which will be bundled together as one document):
  • Please upload any/all receipts for airfare (economy only)/rail and ground transportation. Receipts must be itemized and show proof of payment (i.e., if paid by credit card the receipt should show the last 4 digits of the credit card).

Note, vouchers for previously canceled or unrelated travel cannot be reimbursed if used to pay for any Cowles related travel.





Email or send original receipts, completed travel reimbursement form, and applicable international forms to:

Darlene Smith
Event & Visitor Assistant Administrator
Cowles Foundation at Yale University
30 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208281
New Haven, CT 06520

Email questions to Darlene Smith


The conference sessions are held on the second floor in Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management. Restrooms can be found on the perimeter of the building along the sides and back of the building.

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The Cowles Foundation is located in the heart of Yale’s campus at 30 Hillhouse Avenue.  Use the Yale online campus map to help find your way around.

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Yes, a shuttle bus will be arranged to drive between the hotel and conference location. Typically, an announcement will be sent out from Darlene Smith the day before with additional information.