Carnegie Mellon University

IPOPT wins the Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software

The 2011 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software will be awarded to Dr. Andreas Waechter and Dr. Carl Laird for IPOPT, a software library for solving nonconvex, large-scale continuous optimization problems. Both recipients received their PhDs in the Chemical Engineering Department at CMU, where the work on IPOPT originated. Presentation of the award will take place at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2011) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

IPOPT is an object-oriented software library that is available from the COIN-OR open source repository. It has been used in a wide range of applications, including automatic tuning of transistor widths, inverse kinematics of a humanoid robot, dynamic optimization of chemical processes, portfolio optimization and risk management, water and wastewater management, hyperthermia treatment planning, optimal design of masks in wafer lithography, and the simulation of complex dynamical systems.

The Wilkinson Prize is awarded every four years to the entry that best addresses all phases of the preparation of numerical software, and is sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory (US), the Numerical Algorithms Group (UK), and the National Physical Laboratory (UK).