Rice University, L1-Related Optimization Project

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Zhang, Yin, Professor

Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1987.

Design, analysis, and implementation of computer algorithms for solving practical optimization problems.

Yin, Wotao, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2006.
B.S., Nanjing University, 2001.

Convex and Combinatorial optimization; inverse problems.


Stefan, Wolfgang

Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008.
Diploma in Technomathematik Munich University of Technology (TUM), Munich, Germany 2003.

Compressed sensing, inverse problems, approximation theory, optimization.

Wen, Zaiwen, NSF Math Institutes' Postdoc

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2009
M.S, Academy of Mathematics and System Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2004
B.S, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2001

Large-scale computational optimization, PDE-constrained optimization and applications in science and engineering, compressive sensing.

Graduate Students:

Deng, Wei

B.S., Nanjing University, China, 2009.

Numerical optimization and its applications in compressive sensing, image processing, machine learning, statistics and computer vision.

Castanon, Jorge A.

VIGRE Research Participants:

Hu, Yue (Holly),

Undergraduate CAAM student
Valiollahzadeh, SeyyedMajid ,

Ph.D., Rice University, Fall 2009-present
Ph.D., Sharif University of Technology, 2009
M.S. Tehran Polytechnic University, Fall '06
B.S. Tehran Polytechnic University, Spring '06
B.S. Tehran Polytechnic University, Spring '04

Compressive sensing, inverse problems, Digital signal processing theory, Image processing and Information theory
Current Visitors:

Zhang, Xiaoya,

Visiting Scholar (Dec. '11 - present)

Zhang, Hui,

Visiting Scholar (Oct. '11 - present)


Li, Chengbo

Ph.D., Rice University, 2011.
B.S., Nanjing University, China, 2007.

L1-minimization, compressive sensing, TV-minimization for the single pixel camera, hyperspectral image processing and high performance buildings.

Reyna, Nabor

M.A., Rice University, 2011.
B.S., The University of Texas - Pan American, Edinburg,TX, 2008.

L1-optimization and its applications to computer vision, in particular face recognition models as well as compressive sensing, and its applications to medical imaging, and edge detection.

Hale, Elaine T., Pfeiffer/VIGRE Instructor

Dr. Hale is now working at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2005.
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000.

Parametric nonlinear programming; chemical engineering applications; computational image processing; large-scale nonlinear programming.

Wang, Yilun

Dr. Wang is currently doing a postdoc at Cornell University.

Ph.D., Rice University, 2009.
M.S., Fudan University, China, 2005.
B.S., Dalian University of Science and Technology, China, 2002.

Fast Optimization algorithms for Inverse Problems; Bayesian Inference for Inverse Problems; applications to Imaging Sciences, compressive sensing, and water resources management.

Previous Visitors:

Liu, Xin,

Visiting Scholar (Sep. '10 - Aug. '11)

Shen, Yuan,

Visiting Scholar (Aug. '09 - Aug. '11)

Yang, Junfeng, Visiting Scholar (Aug. '07 - Feb. '09)

Ph.D., Nanjing University, 2009.
M. Sc., Institute of Computational Mathematics, CAS, 2006.
B.S., Hebei Normal University, 2003.

Numerical optimization and its applications in compressive sensing, image processing and computer vision