This workshop brought together optimization researchers from the midwest for a one-day workshop on a variety of topics including matrix completion, nonconvex approaches, and machine learning. Although most of the talks were from academics, there was also a couple talks and posters from researchers at Argonne National Laboratory. There was also a healthy representation of optimization researchers from UW-Madison! It was an excellent workshop — looking forward to the next one!
This was my first time visiting downtown Chicago and, perhaps fittingly, Google took one of my photos, automatically stylized it, and suggested that this might be a nice photo to keep as a reminder of my trip! Machine learning at work! (see photo above)