The
Dantzig Prize
call for nominations
citations 2006
past
winners
The
Dantzig Prize was founded by a group of
George B. Dantzig's former students (R. W. Cottle, E. L. Johnson,
R. M. van Slyke, and R. J.B. Wets). It is awarded jointly by this
Society (MPS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
(SIAM).
"The
prize is awarded for original work which, by its breadth and scope,
constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of mathematical
programming... The contribution(s) for which the award is made must
be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of mathematical
programming in its broadest sense. The contributions eligible for
consideration are not restricted with respect to the age or number
of their authors although preference should be given to the singlyauthored
work of 'younger' people... The prize will be awarded every three
years. The award will be presented at each International Symposium
of MPS except every third time at a national meeting of SIAM, either
the national (spring) or fall meeting of SIAM in the year of the
award."
The
first awards of the Prize were made at the Eleventh International
Symposium on Mathematical Programming in 1982 to M. J. D. Powell,
for his pioneering work in the optimization of nonlinear functions,
and to R. T. Rockafellar for his key contributions to the theory
of nonlinear optimization.
Guidelines
The
prize is awarded jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society
(MPS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
(SIAM). The prize is awarded for research which, by its originality,
breadth and depth, is having a major impact on the field of
mathematical programming. The contributions(s) for which the award
is made must be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of
mathematical programming in its broadest sense. Preference will be
given to candidates that have not reached their 50th birthday in the
year of the award. The prize will be awarded to at most two persons
at a time.
The
Prize Committee
There
will be an ad hoc Prize Committee appointed for each award jointly
by the Chairman of MPS and the President of SIAM. The committee
will consist of four members, one designated 'chair' by the Chair
of MPS, and it will represent a diversified view of mathematical
programming. Committee appointments should be made at least two
years before the prize award date. The MPS has the responsibility
to notify its Chair and the President of SIAM to make the appointments.
For
continuity, committee members will normally serve on two successive
prize committees with the committee chairman being a seondterm
member. Thus two new members will be appointed and two members will
be reappointed every three years. Committee members will be members
of MPS and/or SIAM. At least two members of the committee will be
MPS members and at least two will be members of SIAM. The membership
of the committee should also reflect the international character
of the societies.
Committee
Procedure
The
committee is responsible for the solicitation and evaluation of
nominations. A call for nominations should be placed in appropriate
SIAM, MPS, and other publications. Nominations should be accompanied
by a letter of recommendation. The full committee should meet at
least once, early enough to permit extended discussions regarding
the qualifications of the candidates.
The
committee will deliver its final report with its nominee(s) at least
six months prior to the prize award date. The committee will complete
its duties iwth the awarding of the prize. If the committee reports
that no prize can be awarded, then the prize money will be used
to increase the endowment and the duties of the committee will be
completed.
The
nominations(s) for the award should be presented by the Prize Committee
to the Executive Committees of the SIAM Council and of MPS, via
the President of SIAM and the Chair of MPS. The nomination(s) for
the award must be accompanied by a written justification and a citation
of about 100 words that can be read at the award date.
Both
SIAM and MPS must accept the nomination(s). Objections by either
one of the two societies will nullify the nomination(s). If the
nomination(s) of the Prize Committee is rejected by MPS and/or SIAM,
the Prize Committee may propose a second nomination.
Prize
Award Date
A
prize award will be considered every three years. If no prize is
awarded, the award date moves ahead three years.
The
Prize Fund
MPS
has the responsibility for soliciting and providing the funds necessary
for the prize award. The fund will come from a contributed endowment.
Theses funds are to be sent directly to SIAM, to be contributed
to the George B. Dantzig Prize Fund in care of SIAM. SIAM has the
responsibility for managing and administering the prize fund.
Description
of the Award
The
award is to include a certificate containing the citation and a
cash prize, the amount of which is to be determined by the Executive
Committee of the SIAM Board and of MPS. Normally the amount of the
prize will be approximately the available proceeds from the endowment
minus travel expenses from the endowment as noted below. Travel
expenses for the award recipient(s) to the meeting will normally
be paid by the George B. Dantzig Prize Fund, or as necessary, out
of the operating funds of the Society that hosts the award. It is
the option of the hosting organization to make the payment of travel
expenses contigent on the delivery of a major lecture at the meeting.
The
Award Presentation
The
award will be presented at the International Symposium of MPS except
every third time it will take place at a national meeting of SIAM,
either the National (Spring) or Fall meeting of SIAM in the year
of the award. Presentation will be made by the Chair of MPS (or
his designate) when MPS is hosting the award, or otherwise by the
President of SIAM (or his designate). The recipient is expected
to make a short acceptance speech.
Change
to These Specifications
Any
changes to these specifications must have the approval of MPS and
the SIAM Council and Board of Trustees.
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