Things I Did and Things I Wanted to Do
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Over the course of my career, continuous nonlinear optimization has come into its own as a crucial area of computational and applied mathematics. When I got my degree in 1966, it was generally true that the available algorithms could not solve the problems encountered by an industrial design engineer. I do not think this is true any longer.
I am not so deluded as to claim credit for these advances. Rather I will introduce you to the class of problems I have specialized in for the past twenty years. These problems are small, very expensive, and they have some universal properties not usually mentioned in polite conversation in the halls of academe. I will not talk about our approaches to these problems, but I will give some practical successes of our algorithms as evidence of the importance of this class of problems, and I will outline two extensions needed now for this class of problems by industrial designers. Specifically, I will mention robust optimization and optimization with conflicting objectives. Although I have worked on the really hard and important areas of multidisciplinary design optimization and distributed optimization, these are beyond the scope of a single talk.
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