WRITER: BARBARA THOMAS
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug.1, 2002
Burer receives $255,818 NSF grant for optimization research
Burer, an assistant professor in Management Sciences at the University of
Iowas Henry B. Tippie College of Business, has received a $255,818 grant
from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on Theory
and Implementation of Semidefinite Programming and its Application to Combinatorial
Burers research involves the development and computer implementation
of algorithms and techniques for optimizing specially structured mathematical
problems. While theoretical at this stage, research on such structured mathematical
problems can lead to the development of tools that can be used in business,
statistics, finance, science and engineering. These tools can help provide
solutions to complex decisions (such as determining how to minimize costs
or maximize profits) when faced with an extremely large number of options.
Operations research, such as this done by Burer and collaborator Renato D.C.
Monteiro, aims to provide a rational basis for decision making by seeking
to understand and structure complex situations and to use this understanding
to predict system behavior and improve system performance.
The three-year grant will support salaries, a research assistant, travel,
equipment and supply costs. Burers collaborator, Renato D.C. Monteiro,
is a professor at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Georgia
Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and
engineering. This grant comes from the Numeric, Symbolic, and Geometric Computation
program, which provides support for fundamental research in areas where advanced
algorithmic and computational techniques are coupled with mathematical methods
of analysis. This program is a part of the NSFs Division of Computer-Communications
Research (C-CR), which is dedicated to supporting research on the principles,
key concepts and fundamental knowledge underlying information technology products,
processes and services.
Burer received his doctorate in algorithms, combinatorics and optimization
from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001. He earned a bachelor's degree
in mathematics from the University of Georgia.
For more information, contact: Sam Burer at (319) 335-0931 or email@example.com