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Kurt Anstreicher

Henry B. Tippie Research Professor of Management Sciences
Management Sciences
S210 John Pappajohn Bus Bldg
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994, USA

Optimization with copositive and completely positive matrices
Nonconvex quadratic optimization over simple ground sets

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Kurt M. Anstreicher is the Tippie Research Professor and Chair of Management Sciences at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. Professor Anstreicher received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1983, under the direction of George Dantzig. He has authored over 60 refereed journal articles, mainly on the topics of interior-point algorithms, discrete nonlinear optimization and semidefinite programming. In 2002 he was awarded the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization (SIAG/OPT) Prize for the best paper in optimization in 2000-2002. He was an associate editor of the Siam Journal on Optimization from 1991-1997, a co-editor of Mathematical Programming Series A from 1999-2005, and has served as editor-in-chief of MPA since 2007.

Nikhil Bansal

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven

Refined Randomized Rounding
Online Primal-Dual Method and the k-server Problem

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Nikhil Bansal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology. He obtained his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003, and worked at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center until 2011, where he also managed the Algorithms group.
His main research interests are the design and analysis of approximation and online algorithms. For his work, he has co-received best paper awards at FOCS 2011, ESA 2011 and ESA 2010, and also IBM Research best paper awards for 2007 and 2010.

Benny Moldovanu

Chair of Economic Theory II,
University of Bonn, LennÚstr. 37,
53113 Bonn, Germany

Dynamic Pricing: A Mechanism Design Approach (Part 1)
Dynamic Pricing: A Mechanism Design Approach (Part 2)

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Professor Moldovanu is the holder of the Chair for Economic theory at the University of Bonn. He held visiting positions at Michigan, Northwestern, Yale, and University College, London. Professor Moldovanu has published widely in professional journals and served as associate editor of Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, and Games and Economic Behavior. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, a recipient of the Max Planck Research Prize, and of an Advanced Investigator Grant (European Research Council).
Prof. Moldovanu's research focuses on auction and mechanism design. It combines economic insights with methods from OR. Benny Moldovanu's consulting expertise includes auction design for large governmental projects, development of Internet-based auction procedures, and the analysis of procurement mechanisms. Clients he has worked with include General Electric, RWE, DaimlerChrysler, Trans-Elect, Fonterra, and the Dutch Government.

Assaf Zeevi

Graduate School of Business
Uris Hall, Room 406
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027, USA
assaf AT gsb DOT columbia DOT edu

Multi-armed bandits: Introduction and background (Part I)
Multi-armed bandits: Recent developments (Part II)

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Assaf Zeevi is the Vice Dean for Research and Henry Kravis Professor of Business at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. His research is broadly focused on the formulation and analysis of mathematical models of complex systems. His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of stochastic modeling and statistics, and their synergistic application to problems arising in service operations, revenue management, and financial services.
Assaf received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (1997) Cum Lauda from the Technion, in Israel, and subsequently his Ph.D. (2001) from Stanford University. In 2001 he joined the faculty of the Business School at Columbia University. He is a recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2005), an IBM Faculty Award (2008), a Google Research Award (2009), the INFORMS Revenue Management Society Best Publication Award (2008), and the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (2004).
Assaf consults with various companies in the areas of high technology, financial services, and revenue management, and serves on several scientific advisory boards. He is currently a member of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society Prize Committee, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals in his profession.