TAO Team - Inria Saclay - Île-de-France
Université Paris-Sud, LRI (UMR8623)
Rue Noetzlin, Bât. (building) 660 (Shannon, entrance)
91405 ORSAY Cedex - France
+33 (0)1 69 15 63 97
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
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
- theoretical analysis of stochastic optimization algorithms (in particular using Markov chains). I am particularly interested in theory that supports rigorous understanding of real algorithms
- benchmarking of continuous black-box algorithms (see the COCO platform)
- design of new algorithms
- applications (as a source of inspiration for interesting problems)
- multi-objective 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
- BBOB 2016 workshop at GECCO in Denver, USA, July 2016
- CEC BBOB workshop 2015 workshop at CEC 2015 in Japan, 25th-28th of May 2015
- BBOB 2013 workshop as part of ACM GECCO 2013 conference in Amsterdam, July 06, 2013
- BBOB 2012 workshop as part of ACM GECCO 2012 conference in Philadelphia, July 07, 2012
- BBOB 2010 workshop as part of ACM GECCO 2010 conference in Portland, July 07, 2010
- BBOB 2009 workshop as part of ACM GECCO 2009 conference in Montreal, July, 2009
PhD Students and Postdocs
- Asma Atamna 2013 -
- Ouassim Ait El Hara 2012 -
- Alexandre Chotard 2011 - 2015.
- Youhei Akimoto 2011 - 2013. Now Assistant professor in Sinshu University.
- Zyed Bouzarkouna 2008 - 2012 (Cifre PhD with IFP). Now Reservoir Engineer TOTAL.
- Jebalia Mohamed (2004 - 2008). Now assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at the National Engineers school of Tunis.
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.