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Alp Yurtsever

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MIT-huset, plan 3, Matematik och matematisk statistik, MIT.F.339 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My research focuses on developing theory and algorithms for challenging optimization problems in data science and machine learning. Our perspective differs from the traditional black-box system design which considers modeling and solving an optimization problem as separate subjects. Instead, we benefit from an end-to-end view of problem models and computational methods for solving them, which presents new opportunities and trade-offs for designing novel algorithms with theoretical and practical impact.

I completed my PhD at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Computer and Communication Sciences (EDIC) under the supervision of Prof. Volkan Cevher, and my postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) hosted by Prof. Suvrit Sra. My PhD dissertation entitled “Scalable Convex Optimization Methods for Semidefinite Programming” was honored with a Thesis Distinction by the EDIC program committee. I received my double-major BSc degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and in Physics from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

Proceedings of The 25th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics
Dresdner, Gideon; Vladarean, Maria-Luiza; Rätsch, Gunnar; et al.
SIAM Journal on Optimization, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2021, Vol. 31, (4) : 2695-2725
Ding, Lijun; Yurtsever, Alp; Cevher, Volkan; et al.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 34 pre-proceedings (NeurIPS 2021), San Diego: Neural Information Processing Systems 2021 : 1-14
Yurtsever, Alp; Gu, Alex; Sra, Suvrit
Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Machine Learning : 12267-12277
Yurtsever, Alp; Mangalick, Varun; Sra, Suvrit
SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2021, Vol. 3, (1) : 171-200
Yurtsever, Alp; Tropp, Joel A.; Fercoq, Olivier; et al.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32 (NeurIPS 2019)
Locatello, Francesco; Yurtsever, Alp; Fercoq, Olivier; et al.
SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2019, Vol. 41, (4) : A2430-A2463
Tropp, Joel A.; Yurtsever, Alp; Udell, Madeleine; et al.
Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Machine Learning : 7272-7281
Yurtsever, Alp; Fercoq, Olivier; Cevher, Volkan
Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Machine Learning : 7282-7291
Yurtsever, Alp; Sra, Suvrit; Cevher, Volkan