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ISGO Awards Constantin Caratheodory Prize to Hoang Tuy

September 23, 2011 (Vietnamica) – Vietnamese mathematician Professor Hoang Tuy has been named as the first ever recipient of the Constantin Caratheodory Prize for his pioneering work and fundamental contributions to global optimization.

The prize, established by the International Society of Global Optimization in 2011, will be awarded bi-annually to an individual or a group for fundamental contributions to theory, algorithms and applications of global optimization.

Unfortunately, Professor Tuy would be unable to attend the awards ceremony in Chania, Greece due to health problems.

Born in 1927,  Professor Tuy was director of the Institute of Mathematics, and is seen as a leader in the field of global optimizations. He has also been conferred with honorable doctorates from Sweden’s University of Linkuping and France’s University of Rouen.

The Constantin Caratheodory Prize in Global Optimization
The Constantin Caratheodory Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization is awarded bi-annually to an individual (or a group) for fundamental contributions to theory, algorithms, and applications of global optimization. The Prize named after mathematician Constantin Caratheodory is awarded for outstanding work that reflects contributions that have stood the test of time. The criteria include scientific excellence, innovation, significance, depth, and impact. The winner will receive an award of $2,000, and a certificate. The Constantin Caratheodory Prize was established by the International Society of Global Optimization in 2011, and was first awarded at the Second World Congress on Global Optimization, held in Chania, Greece during July 3-7, 2011.

“The first recipient was Professor Hoang Tuy for his pioneering work and fundamental contributions to Global Optimization.” These fundamental contributions include:

1. The first deterministic approach to concave minimization, a typical problem of global optimization, considered at the time as “intrinsically difficult”(Dantzig). In this pioneering work many ideas, concepts and methods were introduced which turned out to be fundamental throughout the development of global optimization: cuts, partitioning (splitting, subdivision, bounding);
2. Theory (especially convergence conditions) of basic methods of global optimization: outer approximation, branch and bound, branch and cut.
3. Basic techniques of subdivision: exhaustive, semi-exhaustive subdivision, adaptive subdivision.
4. DC functions as basic class of functions in global optimization. DC optimization: theory, methods, algorithms, applications;
5. DM functions in global optimization. Continuous and discrete monotonic optimization: theory, methods, algorithms, applications.
6. Ill-posed problems and robust global optimization.
7. Decomposition method in global optimization.

Prize committee members:
• Panos M. Pardalos (Univesrity of Florida)
• Christodoulos A. Floudas (Priceton University)
• David Gao (University of Ballarat, Australia)
• Shu Cherng Fang (North Carolina State Univerisity, USA)
• Shouyang Wang (Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Science, China)

Hoàng “Jefferson” Tụy (born December 17, 1927) is a prominent Vietnamese applied mathematician. He is one of two founders of Vietnamese Mathematics, the other is Lê Văn Thiêm. He received his PhD in mathematics from Moscow State University in 1959. He has worked mainly and did pioneering work in the field of global optimization. He has published more than 160 referred journal and conference articles. He presently is with the Institute of Mathematics of the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, where he was director from 1980 to 1989. His son, Hoang Duong Tuan, is now a Full Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, where he is working on the applications of optimization in various engineering fields. His son-in-law, Phan Thien Thach, works also on Optimization.

In 1997, a workshop in honor of Hoàng Tụy was organized at Linköping University, Sweden.

In December 2007, an international conference on Nonconvex Programming was held in Rouen, France, to pay tribute to him on the occasion of his 80th birthday, in recognition of his pioneering achievements which considerably affected the field of global optimization.

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One Response to ISGO Awards Constantin Caratheodory Prize to Hoang Tuy

  1. Observateur on September 28, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Professor Hoang Tuy has made his name part of Vietnam’s pride. I recalled how my spine tingled when I read a short piece of his bio, in which the author sketched how Prof Tuy had put Vietnam’s name on the map of the mathematics. We all knew at his time, scarcity of basic food was a severe problem and there were not even books… Such is a life of a great mathematician. He is a Vietnamese.

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