### 2009-02-20 Margaret Wright Lecture

*Asprey Lecture in Computer Science and Mathematics*

**Non-Derivative Optimization: Mathematics, Heuristics, or Hack**

Margaret Wright

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

New York University

Friday, February 20, 2009

3:30pm

300 Rockefeller Hall

*Tea at 3:15pm*

Professor Wright's second Asprey Lecture, is entitled “Non-Derivative Optimization: Mathematics, Heuristics, or Hack?” This talk will briefly survey the current state of the art of non-derivative optimization methods, trying along the way to highlight a few of the interesting open mathematical questions. It is intended for an audience with some sophistication in mathematics.

For additional details see the full Vassar Press Release.