Andreas Waechter Awarded the 2011 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software

Andreas Waechter, currently of IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and Associate Professor in the IEMS department starting in the fall, and Carl Laird, Texas A&M University, will be awarded the 2011 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software for IPOPT, a software library for solving nonlinear, nonconvex, large-scale continuous optimization problems. IPOPT is an object-oriented software library that facilitates the solution of large-scale continuous optimization problems. It has been used in a wide range of applications, including automatic tuning of transistor widths, inverse kinematics of a humanoid robot, dynamic optimization of chemical processes, portfolio optimization and risk management, water and wastewater management, hyperthermia treatment planning, optimal design of masks in wafer lithography, and the simulation of complex dynamical systems.

The Wilkinson Prize is awarded every four years to the entry that best addresses all phases of the preparation of numerical software, and is sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory (US), the Numerical Algorithms Group (UK), and the National Physical Laboratory (UK).