The Farkas Prize for Mid-career Researchers
The Farkas Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society was established in 2006 and is awarded annually at the INFORMS Fall National Meeting to a mid-career researcher for outstanding contributions to the field of optimization, over the course of their career. Such contributions could include papers (published or submitted and accepted), books, monographs, and software. The awardee will be within 25 years of their terminal degree as of January 1 of the year of the award. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of colleagues in the middle of their career.
Farkas' Lemma is probably the most frequently cited result in the optimization literature; it is one of the first results taught in introductory LP and OR courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Linear, non-linear, conic and discrete versions of Farkas' Lemma have been developed. Thus, generalizations of Farkas' results span the fundamentals of most areas of optimization. Farkas was a forerunner of optimization. As a professor of theoretical mechanics, his work represents the importance of applications as well.
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Winners and committee members
|2014||Farid Alizadeh, Rutgers University||Yinyu Ye (chair), Garud N. Iyengar, Jean B. Lasserre, Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo|
|2013||Pablo Parrilo, MIT||Dimitris Bertsimas (chair), George Nemhauser, Yurii Nesterov, Yinyu Ye.|
|2012||Michel Goemans, MIT||Monique Laurent, David Shmoys (chair), Laurence Wolsey, Yinyu Ye.|
|2011||Andrew Goldberg, Microsoft Research||Gérard Cornuéjols (chair), Alexander Shapiro, David Shmoys, Stephen Wright|
|2010||Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo||Gérard Cornuéjols, Jong-Shi Pang (chair), Kees Roos, Yinyu Ye|
|2008||Dimitris Bertsimas, MIT||Andrew Conn (chair), Andrzej Ruszczyński, Hanif Sherali, Tamás Terlaky|
|2006||Yinyu Ye, Stanford||Andrew Conn, George Nemhauser, Panos Pardalos, András Prékopa, Tamás Terlaky (chair)|
The nomination/application must satisfy the following conditions:
- The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions by a mid-career researcher to the field of optimization, over the course of their career.
- Such contributions could include papers (published or submitted and accepted), books, monographs, and software.
- The awardee must be within 25 years of their terminal degree as of January 1 of the year of the award.
- The prize may be awarded at most once in their lifetime to any person.
Nominations should be sent by e-mail to the chair of the prize committee.
The INFORMS Optimization Society Farkas Prize award includes a cash amount of US$ 1,000 and a citation certificate. The award winners will be invited to give a twenty-five minute presentation in a special session sponsored by the Optimization Society during the INFORMS annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA in November 2015 (the winners will be responsible for their own travel expenses to the meeting). Award winners are also asked to contribute an article about their award-winning work to the annual Optimization Society newsletter.
Committee Chair: Ariela Sofer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Other committee members: Jon Lee, Sanjay Mehrotra, Zelda Zabinski