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Michael C. Ferris
John P. Morgridge Professor & JacquesLouis Lions Chair of Computer Sciences,
Stephen C. Kleene Professor in Computer Science,
and (by courtesy) Mathematics and Industrial and Systems Engineering
Director, Data Sciences Hub, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Research Interests:
Algorithms, environments, theory and applications of optimization.
PhD: University of Cambridge, 1989


Recent talks by Michael C. Ferris


Crossroads of ideas: Getting Wisconsin vaccinated (YouTube)
 Discovery Building, Madison, Virtual, March 24, 2021.


WEREWOLF in London: Minding the Gap with UserFriendly Energy Optimization Tools Informing Policy Makers through the Energy Transition (YouTube)
 Energy Evaluation Europe 2021 Virtual Conference, March 15, 2021.


wivDM: covid vaccine allocation modeling for Wisconsin (pdf)
 Rector's Guild Meeting, Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, Virtual, March 9, 2021.


Using Optimization in planning problems: a Covid case (mp4)
 Visiting Professor Series, American Family Insurance, Virtual, Jan 7, 2021.


Podcast: Covid vaccines and Werewolf (html)
 Badgercast, Tommy Thompson Center on Public Leadership, University of Wisconsin, January, 2021.


Dairy Brain  Informing Decisions on Dairy Farms using Data Analytics (pdf)
 2020 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting, Virtual, Nov 11, 2020.


Stochastic Equilibria: Data and Applications (pdf)
 INFORMS National Meeting, Virtual, Nov 11, 2020.


Overview of Electricity Markets (pdf)
 Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals, Wisconsin Public Utilities Institute, Virtual, May 6, 2020.


Solving equilibrium problems using extended mathematical programming (pdf)
 Dynamics, Optimization and Variational Analysis in Applied Games, Fields Institute, Toronto, Virtual, May 1, 2020.


Planning towards a 100 percent renewable electricity system (pdf)
 ESIG Spring Technical Workshop, Virtual, April 21, 2020.


Capacity expansion and operations tradeoffs in renewable electricity (pdf)
 International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT), Berlin, August 7, 2019.


Computation in Markets with Risk (pdf)
 Open for Business Meeting, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, England, May 1, 2019.
 Industrial and System Engineering, Georgia Tech, May 27, 2019.
 BIRSCMO, Oaxaca, September 23, 2019.


How to manage households (pdf)
 Eddiefest, Judge Business School, Cambridge, England, March 17, 2019.


Modelling 100 percent renewable electricity (pdf)
 Plenary, SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, Spokane, Washington, February 25, 2019.
 MES Workshop, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, England, March 20, 2019.


Keeping the Lights On (pdf)
 Hub Central Opening, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison, December 12, 2018.


Planning a 100% renewable electricity system (pdf)
 Morgridge Dicovery Lecture, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison, October 26, 2018.
 BEAMME Review Meeting, Stuttgart, Germany, February 1, 2019.
 Wisconsin Clean Tech Forum, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison, February 21, 2019.


Connections: Data, Decisions, Optimization, Cows and Fish (pdf)
 Industrial and Systems Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, October 4, 2018.


Solving Stochastic Equilibria: Emp, Selkie, and Optimal Value Functions (pdf)
 Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut, Oberwolfach, Germany, August 24, 2018.


Dynamic Risked Equilibria (pdf)
 International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, Bordeaux, July 3, 2018.


Modelling 100 percent renewable electricity (pdf)
 Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Berlin, June 20, 2018.
 Technische Universitat, Munich, Germany, June 27, 2018.
 Energy System and Optimization Workshop, Georgia Tech, November 15, 2018.


Solving equilibrium problems using extended mathematical programming and SELKIE (pdf)
 GAMS Corporation, Braunchweig, Germany, June 22, 2018.
 Electric Power Optimization Centre, University of Auckland, April 30, 2018.


Formulations and solution algorithms for Complementarity Problems (pdf)
 Electric Power Optimization Centre, University of Auckland, April 26, 2018.


Optimality conditions and complementarity, variational inequalities, operators and graphs (pdf)
 Electric Power Optimization Centre, University of Auckland, April 26, 2018.


Optimization, equilibria, energy and risk (pdf)
 Energy and Operations Research Workshop, Wellington, New Zealand March 21, 2018.


Dynamic Risked Equilibria (pdf)
 Distributed Energy Resources Workshop, Auckland, New Zealand January 13, 2018.


Integrated Modeling for Optimization of Energy Systems (pdf)
 Plenary, Operational Research Society of New Zealand Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand December 13, 2017.


Optimization and Equilibrium in Energy Economics (pdf)
 BEAMME Meeting, Frankfurt, Germany September 28, 2017.
 Energy Seminar, Wisconsin Energy Institute October 23, 2017.


Optimization, Equilibrium and Computation for Energy Economics (pdf)

Aurora Energy Research, Oxford, UK September 22, 2017.


Connections: Data, Decisions, Optimization, Cows and Fish (pdf)
 Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, September 5, 2017.
 Electric Power Optimization Centre, University of Auckland, November 15, 2017.


The Case for Competition: Efficient Computation of Equilibrium (pdf)

SIAM Optimization 2017, Vancouver, May 23, 2017.


Solution of equilibrium problems using extended mathematical programming (pdf)

2017 Bay Optimization Meeting, Davis, California, May 13, 2017.

 Shared Constraints and Implicit Functions in General Nash Equilibria (pdf)

DOEMACS Annual Meeting, Madison: Feb 16, 2017.

 Formulations and solution algorithms for Complementarity Problems
(pdf)
 Winter School on Optimization and Operations Research, Zinal, Switzerland: Jan 19, 2017.

 Extended Mathematical Programming
(pdf)
 Winter School on Optimization and Operations Research, Zinal, Switzerland: Jan 18, 2017.

 Optimality conditions and complementarity, variational inequalities, operators and graphs
(pdf)
 Winter School on Optimization and Operations Research, Zinal, Switzerland: Jan 16, 2017.

 Connections: Data, Decisions, Optimization, Cows and Fish (pdf)

Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Dec 13, 2016.
 Winter School on Optimization and Operations Research, Zinal, Switzerland: Jan 20, 2017.

 Wisconsin Environmental Modeling and Policy: Cows, Fish and Optimization (pdf)

Presentation to Badger Legislative Caucus, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison: Dec 8, 2016.

 Demystifying Discovery: Enhancing the Wisconsin Collaboratory (pdf)

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison: Nov 14, 2016.

 Integrated Modeling for Optimization of Energy Systems (pdf)

Plenary, Infraday Conference, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC: Nov 10, 2016.

 Optimization and Equilibrium in Energy Economics (pdf)

Emerging Topics in Sustainable Electric Power Systems Series, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Sep 29, 2016.
 Optimization Research Consortium, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison: Oct 18, 2016.
 Alliant Energy Company Presentation, Madison: Oct 27, 2016.
 Winter School on Optimization and Operations Research, Zinal, Switzerland: Jan 17, 2017.

 Modeling and Optimization within Interacting Systems (pdf)

Optimization Workshop, SAMSI, Research Triangle, North Carolina: Sep 1, 2016.

 Fish, Cows, Fields of Fuel and Optimization
(pdf)
 NATCOR meeting, Edinburgh, June 17, 2016.
 Applied Mathematics Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Sep 30, 2016.

 Optimality conditions and complementarity, Nash equilibria and games, engineering and economic application
(pdf)
 Summer School on Convex Optimization, Edinburgh, June 1316, 2016.

 Quadratic Support Functions and Extended Mathematical Programs (pdf)

West Coast Optimization Meeting, University of Washington, Seattle: May 14, 2016.

 Some remarks on computation: three cases where structure counts (pdf)

IPAM Workshop, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles: January 14, 2016.

 Optimization and Equilibrium in Energy Economics (pdf)

IPAM Workshop, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles: January 11, 2016.

School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta
April 6, 2016.

SILO, University of WisconsinMadison, April 27, 2016.
 Summer School on Convex Optimization, Edinburgh, June 1316, 2016.

 Optimization of the sum of a convex surrogate and quadratic objective: Example from Electricity Markets
(pdf)

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland: January 13, 2016.

 Optimization and Modeling at UW: Fish, Cows, Sanctions and Energy
(pdf)

Optimization Research Consortium, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison: November 20, 2015.

 Why Use Optimization?
(pdf)

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison: August 25, 2015.

 MOPEC, contracts, risk and stochastics
(pdf)

International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, Pittsburgh: July 13, 2015.

 Modeling, equilibria, power and risk
(pdf)

ACNW Optimization Workshop, Northwestern University, Chicago: June 8, 2015.

Workshop on Stochastic Optimization and Equilibrium,
University of Southern California, Los Angeles: October 16, 2015.

 Cows, Fish, Fields of Fuel and Optimization
(pdf)

Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University, Chicago: May 25, 2015.

 Modeling and Optimization within Interacting Systems
(pdf)

University of Southern California, Los Angeles: February 24, 2015.

Plenary, Optimization, Sparsity and Adaptive Data Analysis, Chinese Academy of Sciences:
March 21, 2015.

Plenary, 17th BritishFrenchGerman Conference on Optimization, Imperial College, London: June 15, 2015.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison: December 14, 2015.

 Modeling and Computation of Securityconstrained Economic Dispatch with Multistage Rescheduling
(pdf)

Grid Science Winter Conference, Santa Fe: January 15, 2015.

 Environmental Optimization at Wisconsin: CS and WID
(pdf)

Board of Visitors (CALS), Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison: October 17, 2014.

American Family Insurance Presentation, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison: January 28, 2015.

Water@UW Symposium: May 11, 2015.

 Games, optimization bots and fields of fuel
(pdf)

Agricultural and Environmental Economics Department Seminar, Madison: October 15, 2014.

 Modeling and Optimization of Electricity Markets
(pdf)

Texas  Wisconsin  California Control Consortium Annual Meeting, Madison: October 7, 2014.

Tufts University, Boston: November 13, 2014.

 The convergence of stationary iterations with indefinite splitting
(pdf)

Tutorial, International Conference on Complementarity Problems, Berlin, Germany: August 7, 2014.

 Theory and Computations for Multiple Optimization Problems with Equilibrium Constraints (MOPEC)
(pdf)

Tutorial, International Conference on Complementarity Problems, Berlin, Germany: August 4, 2014.

 Modeling and Computation of Securityconstrained Economic Dispatch with Multistage Rescheduling
(pdf)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington: June 24, 2014.

ISONE, Holyoke, Massachusetts: November 17, 2014.

 Multiple Optimization Problems with Equilibrium Constraints (MOPEC)
(pdf)

SIAM Conference on Optimization, San Diego: May 19, 2014.

 PATH VI: a pathsearch method for variational inequalities
(pdf)

Computational Contact Mechanics Meeting, Banff, Canada: Feb 17, 2014.

 Some things to know about Mathematical Optimization
(pdf)

Mathematics Club, Madison Area Technical College, Madison:
January 31, 2014.

 Stochastic Programming in GAMS
(pdf)

International Conference on Continuous Optimiziation, Lisbon, Portugal:
August 1, 2013.

 Multiple Optimization Problems with Equilibrium Constraints (MOPEC)
(pdf)

Plenary, International Conference on Continuous Optimization, Lisbon, Portugal:
July 29, 2013.

 Stochastic Multiple Optimization Problems with Equilibrium Constraints
(pdf)

International Conference on Stochastic Programming, Bergamo, Italy:
July 11, 2013.

 ACOPF models: extending data, formulations, and solution methodology
(pdf)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington:
June 26, 2013.

 Why use a modeling language: a view from Optimization
(pdf)

Mathematical tools for evolutionary systems biology, Banff Research Station, Canada:
May 30, 2013.

 MOPEC: multiple optimization problems with equilibrium constraints
(pdf)

Scientific and Statistical Computing Colloquium, University of Chicago:
March 26, 2013.

 Extended Mathematical
Programming: Competition and Stochasticity
(pdf)

Shell Lecture Series, Computational and Applied
Mathematics, Rice University:
March 11, 2013.

 The price of storage
(pdf)

2012 ICCP Meeting, IMS, National University of Singapore, December 19, 2012.
 Why use a modeling language: a view from optimization
(pdf)

2012 EvoSysBio Meeting, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, July 31, 2012.

 Extended Mathematical Programming: Competition and Stochasticity
(pdf)

Initiative for Computational Economics (ICE) Conference, University of Chicago, Chicago: July 27, 2012.

 The price of storage
(pdf)

ISMP 2012, Berlin: August 20, 2012.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington: June 25, 2012.

 Optimization at WID
(prezi)

Optimization at WID, Madison, Wisconsin: June 13, 2012.

 Why model? a view from optimization
(pdf)

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota: March 9, 2012.

 Optimization: beyond the normal
(pdf)

 Stochastic Programming, Equilibria and Extended Mathematical Programming
(pdf)

IEOR Seminar, University of California, Berkeley: March 12, 2012.

Workshop on Uncertainty and Risk, ETH, Zurich:
November 2, 2011.

 MOPEC: multiple optimization problems with equilibrium constraints
(pdf)

Optimization Seminar, GERAD and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal:
January 19, 2012.

Optimization and Applications Seminar, ETH and Univeristy of Zurich:
October 31, 2011.

Plenary, 2011 DOE Applied Mathematics Program Meeting, Washington:
October 19, 2011.

 Why Model?
(pdf)

Math Bio III, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, Madison: September 29, 2011.

 MOPEC: multiple optimization problems with equilibrium constraints
(pdf)

MOPTA 2011, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: August 18, 2011.

 Optimization and Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
(pdf)

MEPP Seminar, Madison: August 15, 2011.

 Extended Mathematical Programming: Competition and Stochasticity
(pdf)

ICIAM (plenary), Vancouver, July 18 2011.

 MOPEC Models for Energy Problems
(pdf)

SIAM Optimization Meeting, Darmstadt, May 18 2011.

 Coupled Optimization Models for Planning and
Operation of Power Systems on Multiple Scales
(pdf)

Computational Needs for the Next Generation Electric Grid (DOE Meeting), Ithaca, April 19 2011.

 New Stochastic Programming Approaches to Radiation Therapy
(pdf)

Cornell University, Ithaca, April 18 2011.

Banff Research Station, Canada, March 12 2011.

CIBM Annual Retreat, October 15, 2011.

 An Extended Mathematical Programming Framework
(pdf)

INFORMS Computer Science Meeting, Monterey, January 9 2011.

CMMI Grantees Meeting, Atlanta, January 5 2011.

 Optimization in Radiotherapy: A Review
(pdf)

Phillips, Madison, September 22 2010.

 Computation, Complementarity and Extended Mathematical Programming
(pdf)

ICiC, Snowbird, Utah, August 3, 2010.

 Optimization, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, andSoccerManager.com: Is there a link?
(pdf)

Innovations Seminar, Madison: March 10, 2010.

 An Extended Mathematical Programming Framework
(pdf)

Computing with Uncertainty Meeting, IMA, Minneapolis, October 21 2010.

Nonsmooth Mechanics Summer School, Aussois, France, June 15, 2010.

University of California, Davis, January 15 2010.

 An Introduction to Complementarity
(pdf)

Nonsmooth Mechanics Summer School, Aussois, France, June 14, 2010.

 Facebook friend wheels and quadratic assignment
(pdf)

INFORMS National Meeting, San Diego, October 11 2009.

 Optimization Modeling: Recent Enhancements and Future Extensions
(pdf)

 An Extended Mathematical Programming Framework
(pdf)

University of California, Berkeley, April 27 2009.

INFORMS Computer Science Meeting, Charleston, January 11 2009.

 Optimization of Noisy Functions
(pdf)

INFORMS National Meeting, Washington, October 15 2008.

 Radiation Treatment Planning: A View from Optimization
(pdf)

American Association of Physicists in Medicine National Meeting, Houston, July 27 2008

 Optimization Tools in an Uncertain Environment
(pdf)

Workshop on Modeling Uncertainty in Integrated Assessment Models, Chicago, July 21 2008

 Embedded Mathematical Programming:
Structure and Solution
(pdf)

Foundations of ComputerAided Process Operations (FOCAPO), Boston, July 1 2008

SIAM Optimization Meeting, Boston, May 13 2008

 Nonlinear Complementarity Problems
and Extensions
(pdf)

INFORMS Practice Meeting, Baltimore, April 14 2008

 Optimization in Radiotherapy: A Review
(pdf)

Tomotherapy, Madison, January 16 2008

 Optimization Modeling: Recent
Enhancements and Future Extensions
(pdf)

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois, December 6 2007

 Optimization of Noisy Functions: Application to Simulations
(pdf)

MIT, Boston, December 12 2007

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, November 19 2007

INFORMS National Meeting, Seattle, November 6 2007 short version.

 Multistage Process Models and Grid Computation
(pdf)

INFORMS National Meeting, Seattle, November 4 2007.

 From Data to Knowledge
(pdf)

NSF CDI Workshop, Seattle, November 3 2007.

 Solution of Structured
Complementarity Problems (pdf)

ICCOPT II, McMaster University, Canada, August 13, 2007

 GAMS, Condor and the Grid (pdf)

Summer School on Grid Computing for Optimization, ICCOPT II, McMaster
University, Canada, August 12, 2007

 Optimization of Gamma Knife
Radiosurgery and Beyond (pdf)

Industrial Optimization Seminar, Fields Institute, University of Toronto, Canada, May 1, 2007

 Optimization Modeling: Recent
Enhancements and Future Extensions
(pdf)

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, April 25, 2007

State of the Art and Future Directions of Computational Mathematics and Numerical Computing, Stanford University,
California, March 30, 2007

 Games, Path and Complementarity
(pdf)

Second International Conference on Complementarity, Duality and Global Optimization, University of Florida, Gainesville, March 2, 2007

 Optimization of Noisy Functions: Application to Simulations
(pdf)

Eighth USMexico Optimization and Its Applications Meeting, Mexico,
January 8, 2007
abbreviated version (pdf).

Optimization and Engineering Workshop, Banff, November 13 2006.

INFORMS National Meeting, Pittsburgh, November 8 2006.

 Decomposition and High Throughput
Solution of Equilibrium Problems (pdf)

INFORMS National Meeting, Pittsburgh, November 10 2006.

 GAMS, Condor and the Grid:
Solving Hard Optimization Problems in Parallel (pdf)

INFORMS National Meeting, Pittsburgh, November 8 2006
abbreviated version (pdf).

Industrial and Systems Engineering, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, September 22 2006.

MOPTA, Waterloo, July 25 2006.

 High Throughput Computing and
Sampling Issues for Optimization in Radiotherapy (pdf), with A. Meeraus

Optimization Days, Montreal, May 10 2006.

 Complementarity Problems and Applications (pdf)

International Conference on Complementarity, Duality and Global Optimization, Virginia Tech, Virginia, August 19 2005.

 Some Computational Legacies of Lemke and Dantzig in Complementarity (pdf)

Fourth International Conference on Complementarity Problems, Stanford University, California, August 11 2005.

 Optimization of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery (pdf)

Workshop on Optimization in Medicine, Coimbra, Portugal, July 20 2005.

 Complementarity Problems and Applications (pdf)

Plenary Lecture, SIAM Optimization Meeting, Stockholm, May 18 2005.

 Breast cancer epidemiology: calibrating simulations via optimization (pdf)

Optimization and Applications Workshop, Oberwolfach, Germany, January
9 2005.

University of Houston, Texas, April 8 2005.

 Sampling Issues for Optimization in Radiotherapy (pdf)

Interdisciplinary Experts' Workshop on IntensityModulated Radiation
Therapy, Medical Imaging, and Optimization Theory, University of
Haifa, Israel, June 10 2004.

First International
Conference on Continuous Optimization, Troy, New York, August 3 2004.

Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, March 29 2005.

 Radiation Treatment Planning: Fractionation (pdf)

Interdisciplinary Experts' Workshop on IntensityModulated Radiation
Therapy, Medical Imaging, and Optimization Theory, University of
Haifa, Israel, June 8 2004.


