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Dr. Akshay Gupte

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Research Interests

My primary research interests are in theory, algorithms, and applications of nonconvex optimization. On the theoretical side, I work mainly on convexification techniques for mixed-integer and nonlinear (polynomial optimization) problems. I also have secondary research interests in computational discrete mathematics, particularly the structural study of convex polytopes and structural graph theory, and the use of tools from computational algebraic geometry in polynomial optimization. The theoretical results of my research have direct impact on accelerating convergence of global optimization algorithms for nonconvex problems. The motivating applications for my research come from chemical engineering, resilient network design, quantitative finance. My research has been funded by multiple grants from US federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and Department of Education.

A team of Edinburgh PhD students supervised by me recently won an international modelling competition

Research Groups

Current and Recent PhD Students

Current: Yiran Zhu

Past (at Clemson U., USA):

1) Nathan Adelgren (currently a Research Associate at Princeton U.),

2) Yibo Xu (currently a Postdoc at Rensselaer Polytechnic, USA)

Recent Conference and Workshop Involvement


- MINLP Workshop, Imperial College, June 2021 (plenary)

- 28th British Combinatorial Conference, Durham Univ., July 2021 (speaker)

- EUROPT 18th Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization, July 2021 (speaker)

- SIAM Conference on Optimization, July 2021 (minisymposium organizer and speaker)

- SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics, July 2021 (speaker)

Recent Past:

- 3rd IMA and OR Society Conference on Mathematics of Operational Research, April 2021 (speaker)

- INFORMS Annual Meeting 2019 and 2020, November 2019 and 2020 (speaker and cluster chair for Computing)

- CRM-DIMACS MINLP Workshop, U. Montreal, October 2019 (speaker)

- ICERM Workshop on Mathematical Optimization of Systems Impacted by Rare, High-Impact Random Events, June 2019 (presenter)

Biographical Statement

I am originally from Bombay (Mumbai), India, and after completing my Bachelor's degree, I moved to the USA for higher education. My Ph.D. degree is in Operations Research, with a minor in Mathematics, from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. I worked as an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University in USA where I got tenured and promoted to Associate Professor before moving to The University of Edinburgh in January 2020. You can read more about me in a recent academic interview

Professional Activities

- Elected Vice-President (2020, 2021) and President (2022, 2023) of the INFORMS Computing Society

- Elected Vice-Chair of the Integer and Discrete Optimization cluster of the INFORMS Optimization Society (2018, 2019)

- Associate Editor, SN Operations Research Forum (Springer), 2019 - present

- Coordinator and Organiser of the MSc Dissertations for programmes in Operational Research, 2020- present

Education Background

- Ph.D. in Operations Research, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), 2012

- M.S., University of Arizona (USA) - B.E., University of Mumbai (India)

Previous Employment

- Clemson University (USA), School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences

Assistant Professor: 2012 - 2019; Associate Professor (with tenure): 2019

- Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering, Intern, 2010