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Researcher at Inria


Mail Address
TAO Team - Inria Saclay - Île-de-France
Université Paris-Sud, LRI (UMR8623)
Rue Noetzlin, Bât. (building) 660 (Shannon, entrance)
91405 ORSAY Cedex - France

Office: 2049

Phone: +33 (0)1 69 15 63 97

Email: anne _dot_ auger _at_ inria _dot_ fr


I defended my HDR ("Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches") entitled ''Analysis of Comparison-based Stochastic Continuous Black-Box Optimization Algorithms'' on

Friday, February 5th 2016 at 10am in the building 660 of the Paris-South University.

The manuscript can be found here.

Open positions - Thesis and Internship proposals

We are proposing several master thesis, internships and PhD thesis. Please consult the following webpage.

Note also that not all possible subjects are presented. So do not hesitate to contact me if you are a motivated student with strong interest in research and strong theoretical background.


I am interested in numerical black-box optimization where derivatives are not available. I am focusing especially on adaptive stochastic black-box optimization algorithms or randomized search methods like Evolution Strategies whose probably most prominent algorithm is the Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMA-ES). My research interests include:

Derivative-Free and Function-Value Free Optimization
The methods I am focusing on are Derivative-Free Optimization methods, i.e. address the question of solving an optimization problem in a black-box scenario without derivatives. However most often the methods do not exploit exact function values but just the intrinsic ranking of candidate solutions. The methods are called rank-based, comparison-based or function-value free (FVF). Example of FVF methods are the Nelder Mead simplex algorithm or Pattern search methods and Evolution Strategies.


My complete list of publications is available here.


Webpage for teaching material available here.

Special Sessions & Workshop Organizations

Black-Box Optimization Benchmarking (BBOB) Workshops

PhD Students and Postdocs

Funded Projects

Short Bio

I am a permanent researcher at Inria in the Saclay-Ile-de-France center located 30 kilometers south from Paris. Before starting as a researcher at Inria in 2006, I was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH (in Zurich) in the Computational Laboratory (CoLab).
Prior to that, I studied Mathematics in Toulouse and then Paris. I received the diploma degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris 6 in 2001, with a specialisation in Numerical Analysis for my Master. I also spent one year (1999-2000) preparing the high school teaching diploma in Mathematics (Agrégation de Mathématiques) at the University Paris 11 (Orsay). I obtained the diploma in 2000. I pursued a Ph.D. (2001-2004) under the supervision of C.Le Bris and M.Schoenauer. I obtained the Dr. Mathematics degree from the University Paris 6 in 2004.