About me

My research focuses on numerical optimization. I am interested in designing algorithms for nonsmooth optimization problems arising in sparse optimization and for non-convex problems, including mathematical programs with complementarity problems, bilevel optimization problems, and generalized Nash equilibrium problems.

I am also very fond of chess and a big fan of Stade Rennais FC!

Future plans

News

New Position in Montréal

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I am starting a new postdoc position in Polytechnique Montréal with Dominique Orban on solvers for optimization problems involving PDE constraints in Julia and data science applications. This new position is funded by a competitive grant of IVADO, the institute for data valorization in Montreal.

Summer 2020: Publications

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Two publications have been accepted this summer: On approximate stationary points of the regularized mathematical program with complementarity constraints in JOTA and The new butterfly relaxation method for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints in the proceedings of the Indo-French seminar. These works are the theoretical basis toward the computation of M-stationary points of the MPCC. I also continue to update the Julia:

  • MPCC.jl Set of tools to model the mathematical program with complementarity/switching/vanishing constraints following the NLPModels structure and with basic tools to use the Stopping framework.
  • MPCCSolver.jl A set of algorithms to solve the models from MPCC.jl.

I also had the pleasure to present A differential inclusion approach to mineral precipitation-dissolution reactions in geochemistry in collaboration with Jocelyne Erhel and Bastien Hamlat in the online Workshop Variational Methods in Nonlinear Phenomena. This work is part of Bastien’s Ph.D. thesis that he successfully defended this month, Congrats!!!

Conference in Toronto [Update]

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The workshop has now evolved as an online workshop to maintain active researches despite the current pandemic, see the schedule here!

Winter 2020: Seminars and a publication

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To celebrate the new year, I gave in January a seminar talk at the Departmental Colloquium Series in Guelph where I motivated the GNEP and presented some of our findings with Monica Cojocaru. In particular, it was based on this new paper we got accepted A dynamical system approach to the generalized Nash equilibrium problem in the open access Journal of Nonlinear and Variational Analysis. The paper reviews the use of nonsmooth dynamical system to find generalized Nash equilibria.

Stopping v.0.2

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The new version of Stopping.jl is now official on Julia. It is the first stable version of it, and I will now soon release more codes using it for MPCC and GNEP. Currently, the main page of the project is here: Stopping.jl

Fall 2019: Publications

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I taught a new course in Guelph this Fall, and in the meantime, 3 papers have been accepted.

Summer 19: Talks

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I gave a couple of talks over the summer at the EURO conference 2019 EURO conference, Dublin, Ireland (and co-organize a stream on games with 18 talks!), the 2019 World Congress on Global Optimization, Metz, France, the 2019 ICCOPT, Berlin, Germany, the MOPTA 2019, Lehigh, USA and finally the AMMCS-2019, Waterloo, Ontario (co-organize of a special session on optimization). Now, back in Guelph for a second year and teach a new class this Fall.

New Position in Guelph

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I started a 2 years post-doc position in Guelph under the supervision of Monica Cojocaru. I will work on bringing optimization methods for Generalized Nash Equilibrium Problems.

New Position in Sherbrooke

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I am back in Sherbrooke for three months after winning a grant in the interdisciplinary program “Programme de bourses d’excellence pour étudiants étrangers” of FRQNT. I will continue working on a solver for degenerate non-linear programs in Julia in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Dussault.

New Position in INRIA

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I join the team FLUMINANCE at INRIA Rennes for a few months to work on dynamical complementarity problems with Jocelyne Erhel.

PhD Defense

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I have successfully defended my PhD thesis in Rennes. You can find the slides here and the manuscript here.

Conference

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I gave a talk on regularization methods for MPCC and its extension to MPVC in ParaoptXI (19-22 september) in Prague. UPDATE: you can now find a preprint on this subject here. UPDATE 2: The paper is published in Optimization (doi:10.1080/02331934.2018.1542531)

Preprint

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I posted on HAL a work in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Dussault, Mounir Haddou, and Abdeslam Kadrani on relaxation methods for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints and the approximate resolution of their sub-problems entitled : How to Compute a Local Minimum of the MPCC. I will present part of this work during the conference EUROPT 2017 in Montréal.

Talk INFORMS

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I gave a talk about the butterfly relaxation method for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints at the INFORMS 2016 Annual Meeting, which were organized in the city of music Nashville (Tennessee, US) from 14 to 16 of November 2016, see the slides.

Talk and publication

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I gave a talk about interior point methods for monotone linear complementarity problems at the Journées SMAI-MODE 2016, which were organized in Toulouse from 23 to 25 of March 2016, see the slides. You can find a preprint of this work on HAL. UPDATE Jan. 2018: the paper has been accepted in Optimization Letters (doi: 10.1007/s11590-018-1241-2).