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Contact information:
Dept. of C&O, Waterloo U.
Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G1
ddrusvya_at_uwaterloo.ca

About me

Currently, I am a postdoctoral student at University of Waterloo, working with Stephen Vavasis and Henry Wolkowicz. In the fall of 2014, I will be joining The Department of Mathematics at University of Washington as an Assistant Professor. I obtained my Ph.D. from the School of ORIE at Cornell University under the supervision of Adrian S. Lewis.



Research interests

My interests are in nonsmooth optimization, variational analysis, and the connections of these disciplines to semi-algebraic geometry. In particular, I enjoy working on problems exhibiting strong structural properties. The interplay between geometry, analysis, and optimization has been central in my work.



Publications (accepted or appeared)

Ph.D. thesis

Articles in review

Technical Reports

Invited Research Talks

  • Feasibility problems: from alternating projections to matrix completions, Tutte Seminar, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, Mar. 2014. Slides
  • Slope and geometry in variational mathematics, Optimization and Equilibrium Seminar, DIM-CMM Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, Nov. 2013.
  • Slope and geometry in variational mathematics, Midwest Optimization Meeting, University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada, Oct. 2013.
  • Slope and geometry in variational mathematics, West Coast Optimization Meeting (WCOM 2013), University of Victoria, BC, Canada, Oct. 2013. Slides
  • Optimization and intrinsic geometry (session chair), International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT 2013), Caparica, Portugal, Jul. 2013. Slides
  • Optimization and intrinsic geometry, ISE seminar, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Feb. 2013. Slides
  • Slope and geometry in variational mathematics, South Pacific Optimization Meeting (SPOM 2013), The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, Feb. 2013. Slides
  • Slope and geometry in variational mathematics, UW-PIMS Mathematics Colloquium, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, Jan. 2013. Slides
  • Active sets, steepest descent, and smooth approximations of functions, Combinatorics and Optimization Seminar, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 2013. Slides
  • Active sets, steepest descent, and smooth approximations of functions, Nonlinear Analysis and Optimization Seminar, Technion - Israel Institute of Tech., Haifa, Israel, Nov. 2012. Slides
  • Active sets, steepest descent, and smooth approximations of functions, UW Optimization seminar, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, Oct. 2012. Slides
  • Identifiability and the foundations of sensitivity analysis, International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, Berlin Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany, Aug. 2012. Slides
  • Variational analysis and smooth substructure, Constructive Nonsmooth Analysis and Related Topics, Euler International Mathematical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2012. Slides
  • Variational analysis and smooth substructure, Variational Analysis and Applications, Erice, Sicily, May 2012. Slides
  • Variational analysis and smooth substructure, Seminar on Nonlinear Analysis and Optimization, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, Jan. 2012. Slides

Activities

In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball and tennis, as well as lifting weights. I am also a big fan of eating good food.