Workshop on
Model Management and Reduced Order Model Approaches for Simulation Driven Optimization

Rice University, October 11&12, 2010

Location | Invited Speakers | Schedule | Titles and Abstracts | Slides | Photos | Registration | Lodging | Campus Parking | Dining | Local Attractions | Organizing Committee | Sponsors

Conference Description

Many engineering and science applications lead to optimization problems in which the evaluation of the objective function or of constraint functions require expensive simulations. These optimization problems arise, for example, in the form of optimal design, optimal control, or parameter estimation problems and the complex simulations are often tied to the solution of systems of partial differential equations. The numerical solution of such optimization problems requires that the computational simulations are run repeatedly at simulation inputs generated by the optimization algorithm. In many optimization applications it is impossible to run high fidelity simulations because of computing time and other resource constraints, and the high fidelity simulations must be replaced by some type of reduced order models.

The integration of reduced order models with optimization algorithms, the convergence analysis of such integrated algorithms and their use in engineering and science applications raises many challenging questions. This workshop brings together researchers who work on model management approaches in optimization and on the development of reduced order models for optimization, as well as researchers and practitioners involved in the application of reduced order model approaches for the simulation and optimization of complex systems. With this workshop we hope to foster exchange on the development of reduced order model techniques and model management approaches in optimization and their integration into more efficient computational methods with broader applicability.


The workshop is sponsored by IMA Participating Institution (PI) members may use IMA/PI funds to support travel of their personnel to this conference.


The workshop will take place on the campus of Rice University in Duncan Hall, room DH1064.
Rice University campus maps are available (Ann & Charles Duncan Hall is building number 20 on the campus map).

Invited Speakers

  • Lorenz T. Biegler (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • George Biros (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • C. Tim Kelley (North Carolina State University)
  • Robert Michael Lewis (College of William & Mary)
  • Stephen G. Nash (George Mason University)
  • Ekkehard Sachs (Universität Trier)
  • Stefan Ulbrich (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
  • Qiqi Wang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


To register for the workshop, please send e-mail to Matthias Heinkenschloss. Please use Registration for MM2010 in the subject line and in the e-mail address replace _AT_ by @. For registration, please provide name, affiliation, and contact information.

There is no registration fee, but the number of participants is limited.

This conference is supported in part by the Institute for Mathematics and its Application (IMA) through its Participating Institution (PI) Program. PI members may use IMA/PI funds to support travel of their personnel to this conference.


Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
6633 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77030, Phone 713-313-4000
(one block south of the Rice Campus)

Parking on the Rice Campus

There are two visitor parking lots close to Duncan Hall. Please see campus maps. Parking rates for the visitor parking lots are posted on the Parking for Visitors web-page.


During the conference, continental breakfast will be served in Duncan Hall in front of the lecture room DH1064; lunch will be served in DH3092.

For other meals, Houston offers a huge selection of restaurants. For example, there are several restaurants in the Rice Village just east of Rice University, approx. 1.5 miles from Duncan Hall and from the Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center.

Local Attractions

For those who come early or stay longer, there are many things to do. Below are a few examples.

Rice University, the conference hotels, the Museum District, Downtown (where baseball stadium, basketball arena, and the Houston Theater District are located) and Reliant Stadium are connected via Houston's METRORail.

  • Around Rice University:
    The southern end of the Houston Museum District is just 1 mile north of Rice University.
    Hermann Park and the Houston Zoo are located east of Rice University, less than 1 mile away.

  • Within one hour driving:
    If you are interested in bird watching or like to see alligators in the wild, check out the Brazos Bend State Park (Elm Lake), which is about 1.5 hours southwest of Houston (take US59 south, after about an 1hr there will be a sign to mark the Brazos Bend State Park exit).
    The Johnson Space Center Houston is about 1 hour south of Houston (take Interstate 45 toward Galveston).

  • Theater and music:
    Check out the Houston Theater District for theater, ballet, opera, symphony and musicals.

  • Sports:
    For sport and other events click here.

Organizing Committee

Amr El-Bakry ExxonMobil
Matthias Heinkenschloss Rice University

This web-page is maintained by Matthias Heinkenschloss.