Robert Freund is the Theresa Seley Professor in Management Science at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He conducts research in large-scale optimization – both applied and theoretical – as well as related mathematical systems. Freund teaches MBA courses in business analytics and quantitative methods, as well as advanced courses in  optimization theory. Freund is the co-author, along with Dimitris Bertsimas, of the MBA textbook Data, Models, and Decisions: the Fundamentals of Management Science. Bio and CV can be found here.

Publications/Talks/Collaborators
Robert Freund, Professor in Management Science

Three Recent Papers

"Condition Number Analysis of Logistic Regression, and its Implications for Standard First-Order Solution Methods" Freund, R.M., Paul Grigas, and Rahul Mazumder, submitted.

"Generalized Stochastic Frank-Wolfe Algorithm with Stochastic “Substitute” Gradient for Structured Convex Optimization." Lu, Haihao, and Robert M. Freund, submitted

"Relatively-Smooth Convex Optimization by First-Order Methods, and Applications," Lu, Haihao, Robert M. Freund, and Yurii Nesterov, SIAM Journal on Optimization (2018), vol. 28 (1), pp. 333-354.

 

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear optimization theory, applications, and computation -- current focus on algorithmic theory and practice of first-order methods
  • Computational complexity of nonlinear optimization
  • Interior-point methods in convex optimization
  • Computational science
  • Related mathematical systems
  • Applied optimization in management and engineering
  • Linear optimization
  • Fixed-point methods