The Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization
The Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization is awarded jointly by MOS
and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The prize was established in
2002 and was awarded for the first time at the Eighteenth International Symposium on
Mathematical Programming in 2003. To be eligible for the prize, the work must be either a
paper or book consisting chiefly of original results, which has appeared in the six calendar
years preceding the year in which the award is made.
The prize is awarded for outstanding works in the area of continuous optimization. Judging
of works will be based primarily on their mathematical quality, significance, and
originality. Clarity and excellence of the exposition and the value of the work in practical
applications may be considered as secondary attributes.
The Chair on Mathematical Programming and the President of SIAM will jointly appoint a
prize committee consisting of four members (the "Prize Committee") for each
award. The Chair will designate one of the members as chair of this committee. Appointments to
the Prize Committee should be made at least two years before the prize award date.
Committee members will be members of the Society and/or SIAM. At least two
members of the committee will be members Society and at least two will be
members of SIAM. The Prize Committee will deliver its final report with its nominee(s) at
least six months prior to the prize award date. The committee will complete its duties with
the awarding of the prize. If the Prize Committee reports that no prize can be awarded, then
the prize money will be used to increase the endowment and the duties of the committee will be
The Prize Committee will devise its own procedures for acquiring nominations or otherwise
searching out works of interest.
To be eligible, works should be the final publication of the main result(s) and should be
- as an article in a recognized journal, or in a comparable,
well-referenced volume intended to publish final publications only; or
- as a mono- graph consisting chiefly of original results rather than previously published
Extended abstracts and prepublications, and articles published in journals, journal
sections or proceedings that are intended to publish non-final papers, are not eligible. The
work must have been published during the six calendar years preceding the year of the award
meeting. The publication year for the paper will be defined to be the print publication year,
for any volume that appears in print, or the electronic publication year, for any volume that
appears only in electronic form. The extended period of six years is in recognition of the
fact that the value of fundamental work cannot always be immediately assessed.
The Prize Committee is responsible for solicitation and evaluation of nominations. A call
for nominations should be placed in appropriate SIAM, MOS, and other publications. The
proposed recipient(s) for the award should be presented by the Prize Committee to the
Executive Committees of the SIAM Council and of the Society, via the President of
SIAM and the chair of MOS. The proposed recipient(s) for the award must
be accompanied by a written justification and a citation of about 100 words that can be read
at the award date. Both SIAM and the MOS must approve the proposed recipients(s) for the prize
to be awarded. Rejection by either one of the two societies will nullify the proposal. If the
proposed recipient(s) of the Prize Committee is (are) rejected by the MOS and/or SIAM, the
Prize Committee may propose a second recipient or recipients.
Prize Award Date
Beginning in 2003, an award will be presented triennially alternating between the
International Symposium on Mathematical Programming and a SIAM meeting (either the SIAM Annual
Meeting or a meeting of the Optimization Activity Group). The prize will be considered every
three years. If no prize is awarded, the award date moves ahead three years.
Description of the Award
The award is to include a certificate containing the citation and a cash prize of
$1,500. In the event of joint authorship, the prize will be divided.
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Winners of the Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization
||C. T. Kelley, C. Lemaréchal, M. Todd, S. Wright
Roger Fletcher, Sven Leyffer, Philippe L. Toint
||M. Todd (chair), J. Dennis, N. Gould, A. Lewis
Jean B. Lasserre
||A. Lewis (chair), J. Moré, Ph. Toint, M. Wright
Emmanuel J. Candès and Benjamin Recht
||T. Terlaky (chair), K. Anstreicher, D. Goldfarb, T. Liebling
Andrew R. Conn, Katya Scheinberg, Luis Nunes Vicente
||M. Anitescu (chair), K. Anstreicher, L. Biegler, W. Römisch