Monique Laurent
 Full Name
 Prof.dr. M. Laurent
 Function(s)
 Scientific Staff Member, Professor  Universiteit Tilburg, CWIFellow
 M.Laurent@cwi.nl
 Telephone
 +31 20 592 4105
 Room
 M233
 Department(s)
 CWI Management, Networks and Optimization
 Homepage
 http://homepages.cwi.nl/~monique/
Biography
Monique Laurent obtained her PhD in Mathematics at the University Paris Diderot in 1986. During her PhD studies she was a visiting researcher at New York University in the period 19841986. After two years as researcher at CNET (Paris) she became in 1988 researcher at CNRS, affiliated first with University Paris Dauphine and from 1992 with Ecole Normale Superieure. In 19901992 she visited the Institute of Discrete Mathematics in Bonn as a Humboldt Fellow. From 1997 she joined CWI as senior researcher. She was group leader of Networks and Optimizaton (N&O) between 2005 and 2016, and since 2016 she is a member of the CWI Management Team. She is also affiliated as a parttime full professor at Tilburg University since 2009.Research
Her field of research is discrete mathematics and optimization. She is in particular interested in the design of efficient algorithms for hard combinatorial problems and, more generally, polynomial optimization problems, where objective and constraints are multivariate polynomial functions. Her focus lies in understanding and exploiting combinatorial and algebraic structure in order to develop methods from algebra, geometry and optimization leading to efficient algorithms. Recent areas on which she has been working include:
 semidefinite programming based hierarchies for combinatorial graph parameters and polynomial optimization,
 noncommutative polynomial optimization approach for bounding matrix factorization ranks, and for approximating quantum graph parameters and bounding entanglement dimension in quantum information,
 convergence analysis of approximation hierarchies,
 new search algorithms for general weighted graphs, with application to the efficient recognition of structured matrices arising in combinatorial data analysis.
Publications

Gribling, S.J, Laurent, M, & Steenkamp, J.A.J. (2022). Bounding the separable rank via polynomial optimization. Linear Algebra and its Applications, 648, 1–55. doi:10.1016/j.laa.2022.04.010

Laurent, M, & Vargas, L.F. (2022). Finite convergence of sumofsquares hierarchies for the stability number of a graph. SIAM Journal on Optimization, 32(2), 491–518. doi:10.1137/21M140345X

Slot, L.F.H, & Laurent, M. (2022). Sumofsquares hierarchies for binary polynomial optimization. Mathematical Programming. doi:10.1007/s10107021017459

Brosch, D, Laurent, M, & Steenkamp, J.A.J. (2021). Optimizing hypergraphbased polynomials modeling joboccupancy in queuing with redundancy scheduling. SIAM Journal on Optimization, 31(3), 2227–2254. doi:10.1137/20M1369592

Slot, L.F.H, & Laurent, M. (2021). Sumofsquares hierarchies for binary polynomial optimization. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (pp. 43–57). doi:10.1007/9783030738792_4

Slot, L.F.H, & Laurent, M. (2020). Nearoptimal analysis of Lasserre’s univariate measurebased bounds for multivariate polynomial optimization. Mathematical Programming. doi:10.1007/s1010702001586y

de Klerk, E, & Laurent, M. (2020). Worstcase Examples for Lasserre’s Measure–Based Hierarchy for Polynomial Optimization on the Hypercube. Mathematics of Operations Research, 45(1). doi:10.1287/moor.2018.0983

Slot, L.F.H, & Laurent, M. (2020). Improved convergence analysis of Lasserre’s measurebased upper bounds for polynomial minimization on compact sets. Mathematical Programming, 2020. doi:10.1007/s10107020014683

de Klerk, E, & Laurent, M. (2020). Convergence analysis of a Lasserre hierarchy of upper bounds for polynomial minimization on the sphere. Mathematical Programming, 2020. doi:10.1007/s10107019014651

de Klerk, E, & Laurent, M. (2019). A survey of semidefinite programming approaches to the generalized problem of moments and their error analysis. In World Women in Mathematics 2018 (pp. 17–56). doi:10.1007/9783030211707_1
Current projects with external funding

MixedInteger NonLinear Optimisation Applications (MINOA)

Optimization for and with Machine Learning (OPTIMAL)

Polynomial Optimization, Efficiency through Moments and Algebra (POEMA)
Professional activities
 Nominated: EUROPT Fellow 2021
 Editor: Mathematics of Operations Research (20012014)
 Editor: SIAM Journal on Optimization (SIOPT) (20012015)
 Board Member: George B. Dantzig Prize committee 2021
 Board Member: ICM Program committee  session Control and Optimization (2018)
 Speaker: Fields Institute Distinguished Lecture Series (May 2021)
 Editor: SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics (SIDMA) (20072019)
 Professor: Tilburg University (from 2009)
 Board Member: Farkas Prize committee (INFORMS) (2012)
 Editor: Journal: Mathematical Programming Series A (from 2012)
 Board Member: scientific committee, MFO Oberwolfach
 Speaker: Tutorial at the LMS Research school on Combinatorics and Operators in Quantum Information Theory, Belfast (September 2016)
 Nominated: SIAM Fellow (class 2017)
 Speaker: Plenary speaker at the Conference Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM 2017), Barcelona
 Board Member: George B. Dantzig Prize committee 2018
 Speaker: Plenary speaker at LAGOS'17  IX Latin and American Algorithms, Graphs and Optimization Symposium, CIRM Marseille
 Editor: SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science (SIMODS) (from 2018)
 Speaker: Plenary lecture at the 23rd International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP 2018), Bordeaux, 16 July 2018
 Speaker: Keynote lecture at the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics  (WM)², Rio de Janeiro, 31 July 2018
 Nominated: KNAW member (2018)
 Speaker: Symposium Netwerken  KNAW & OBA  De Beste Kennis (October 2018)
 Editor: Indagationes Mathematicae (from 2019)
 Nominated: KHMW member (2019)
 Speaker: Invited lecture at ICM 2014 in Seoul in session Optimization and Control
Grants
 EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), Polynomial Optimization, Efficiency through Moments and Algebra (POEMA) (2019)
 ENW NWO Groot Grant OPTIMAL (Optimization for and with Machine Learning) (2019)
 EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), Mixed Integer Nonlinear Optimization Applications (MINOA) (2018)
 NWO TOP grant (Compartiment 1) Approximation Algorithms, Quantum Information and Semidefinite Optimization (2013)
 EU Marie Curie  EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), Mixed Integer Nonlinear Optimization (MINO) (2012)
 Vidi Innovational Research Grant NWO  NWO639032203, 20032008 (2003)