Workshop on Random Structures in Optimizations and Related Applications

Applications due April 30.


  • This summer program aims to promote the studies and research activities on random optimizations in complex systems for Minnesota's local undergraduate students.
  • The workshop will cover a wide range of subjects and tools in probability theory and mathematical physics, especially addressing their applications in machine learning, data science, and imaging processing.
  • During the 10-day program, students are expected to attend two daily lecture sessions and a group problem session. Additional professional development sessions will discuss graduate school and careers in related fields.
  • Upon completion, students will receive a certificate issued by the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

Who can apply

Undergraduate students from Minnesota's local colleges and universities. 


Introductory Probability, Linear Algebra, and Basic Properties of Differential Equations


Week 1: June 5-9

Time Instructor Topic
9-10:15am Wei-Kuo Chen Statistical Physics and Random Optimizations
10:45am-12pm Arnab Sen Clustering and Community Detection
1:30-3:30pm Ratul Biswas Discussion and Problem Session

Week 2: June 12-16

Time Instructor Topic
9:00-10:15am Rishabh Dudeja Universality in High-Dimensional Optimization and Statistics Detection
10:45am-12:00pm Wonjun Lee Introduction to Computational Optimal Transport
1:30-3:30pm Heejune Kim Discussion and Problem Session


Application materials:

  1. A brief CV
  2. A short recommendation letter from a professor
  3. Personal statement describing scientific interests and course preparations for this workshop

When filling in the Application Form, please only select either "Local expenses (hotel and meals)" or "Not requesting funding."

Apply by April 30

Financial support

The participants will receive either a fixed per diem or a meal plan to cover food. Support is available for students in need of on-campus lodging during the program.


Wei-Kuo Chen (University of Minnesota)

This program is financially supported by the National Science Foundation and Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications. 

Start date
Monday, June 5, 2023, 8 a.m.
End date
Friday, June 16, 2023, 5 p.m.

School of Mathematics
Vincent Hall, 206 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455