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PhD and Industry Days at l’X

On January 16th - 17th, researchers from the Computer Science Laboratory of École Polytechnique in collaboration with the Foundation of École Polytechnique and the Norwegian Center for Sustainable Energy Studies organized the PhD and Industry Days 2019 at l’X.

The PhD and Industry Days (PID19) workshop was organized by researchers from LIX, the Computer Science Laboratory of École Polytechnique: Claudia d'Ambrosio, whose research interests focus on mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP), mathematical programming, exact and heuristic methods for MINLP and real-world applications and Leo Liberti, who works on reformulations in mathematical programming, mixed-integer nonlinear programming, global and combinatorial optimization, distance geometry and bioinformatics, and complex industrial systems and sustainable development. The event was organized in collaboration with Claudia Sagastizábal, Gaspard Monge Visiting Professor, specialized in numerical Optimization, nonsmooth algorithms, bundle methods, convex, nonsmooth and variational analysis, energy optimization, and risk management of systems subject to uncertainty. Claudia Sagastizábal joined l’X in the framework of the Gaspard Monge Visiting Professor Program, to work on Mathematical Optimization Challenges in Energy Systems. 

The Gaspard Monge Visiting Professor Program is addressed to researchers of international reputation and typically senior experts or young brilliant scientists internationally recognized as leaders or future leaders in their scientific area. The Program, supported by the Foundation of École Polytechnique (FX), aims at encouraging the further development of existing scientific collaborations and at creating a stimulating international environment for both researchers and students, asking to the invitees to participate to teaching activities. In this same approach, the opening to the scientific community out of l’X is strongly encouraged, with a support for the organization of scientific events (workshops, summer schools, conferences, etc). Moreover, a junior researcher can follow the Visiting Professor during his/her stay at l’X and benefit from different facilities and advantages. Claudia Sagastizábal enrolled the Gaspard Monge program accompanied by Pedro Borges de Melo, PhD candidate at IMPA, who gave a talk on the subject “The Trick of Defining the Right Function: Bilevel Problems, Examples and Numerics” at the PhD and Industry Days event.

To foster interactions and research in those topics, the PID19 meeting gave a panorama of the current challenges that the transition to renewable sources brings to the energy sector. The event was sponsored by the Foundation of  École Polytechnique and TACCEM, the Transatlantic Consortium on Energy Market Modelling, an international project that aims at strengthening the transmission of state-of-the art research knowledge on European energy policy, especially regarding the transition to clean energy, in both Master and PhD levels. The event was also supported by its partner institutions such as the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norwegian School of Economics (Norway),  University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University (USA), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, (Brazil).

At PID19, industrial partners and academic colleagues shared their views on models and solutions methods that need to be put in place to respond to the new reality of the energy sector. The meeting also included an hour-long official seminar organized by the  the Computer Science Laboratory of l'X (making part of the “Semin’Ouvert” series) given by Leo Liberti. Moreover, Martina Cerulli, one of the PhD students who gave talks at PID19, is an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) of the European Training Network “MINOA”, sponsored by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement.