Course Syllabus: MATH 245C, Spring 2017


Instructor: Prof. Jiawang Nie
Office: AP&M 5864.
Phone: (858) 534-6015.
Email: njw "AT" math dot ucsd dot edu.
Office hours: 4:00 - 5:00 pm, MF.


Time: 2:00 - 2:50 pm, MWF
Location: APM 5402

TA Contact Info

Eric Evert:, OH: 10-11, Wed.&Th, AP&M 6452.

Course Description

This course will be about using convex techniques to solve nonconvex problems, to the cutting-edge research advances and applications. To be precisely, it will cover recently developed new techniques in polynomial optimization, control theory, convex geometry, moment and tensor computations, sparse/low rank optimization. The background on linear conic optimization, like semidefinite programming, is preferable for the class.


Consent by Instructor.


The recommended textbook is Semidefinite Optimization and Convex Algebraic Geometry, edited by Blekherman, Parrilo and Thomas. A free version for the book can be obtained here.

Homework Assignments

Homework will be assigned and collected in class.
  • Homework Assignment #1, due on 5/10/2017
  • Homework Assignment #2, due on 5/22/2017
  • Homework Assignment #3, due on 6/05/2017
  • Please write your names, ID nubmers, and section numbers on your homework, and staple together your homework pages.


    There will be no written exams in this class.


    The final course grade will be based on the performance of completing homework assignments.

    Academic Integrity

    Every student is expected to conduct themselves with academic integrity. Any kind of cheatings is not allowed in this course. Violations of academic integrity will be treated seriously.

    See UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.