8as Jornadas Franco-Chilenas de Optimización commemorated legacy of Felipe Álvarez

8as Jornadas Franco-Chilenas de Optimización commemorated legacy of Felipe Álvarez

As a success were qualified 8as Jornadas Franco-Chilenas de Optimización held at Paul Sabatier University in the city of Toulouse, France.

This version, which was organized in Chile by a group of academics and researchers belonging to the Department of Mathematical Engineering (DIM) and Mathematical Modeling Center (CMM) of Universidad de Chile’s Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM), and Universidad Federico Santa María, was dedicated to the memory of the DIM and CMM professor, and former Vice Dean of FCFM, Felipe Álvarez, who died in March this year.

Continuous optimization was the main issue on these days. Among the topics discussed were the acceleration of algorithms to solve nonlinear convex problems, convex optimization, game theory, and various applications of transport, image, economy, and space debris handling problems.

“We received a lot of messages from the participants because of the excellent organization and the high quality of the presented works. There was a lot of enthusiasm for continuing this conference in the near future,” said Héctor Ramírez, DIM director, one of the academic organizers.

The previous editions of this conference took place in Limoges (1995), Paris (1997), Avignon (1998), Montpellier (2003), Dijon (2006), Toulon (2008), and Perpignan (2011).

Among the attendees from Chile were CMM researchers Jorge Amaya, Aris Daniilidis, Alejandro Jofré, Héctor Ramírez, Salvador Flores, and Abderrahim Hantoute. PhD students and academics from Universidad de Chile and other universities joined them.


The widow of Felipe Álvarez, Claudia Aranda, and her two daughters made presentations on the life and academic work of the former deputy dean.

Roberto Cominetti, who was Felipe’s undergraduate and PhD tesis adviser, spoke of the beginnings of his academic life.

Then, Hedy Attouch, co-director of Álvarez’s doctoral thesis, talked about the doctoral stage in Montpellier and the relevance of Álvarez for the relations between Chile and France around optimization.

Juan Peypouquet, who undertook his thesis under the supervision of Felipe Álvarez, spoke of his impact as teacher.

Finally, Héctor Ramírez explained about his importance for the development of DIM and the Faculty.

Finally, the floor was given to the audience and Claudia Aranda. The session culminated with a video made by the FCFM to honor Felipe Álvarez.

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in Frontpage, News