UBC Computer Science Assistant Professor Mark Schmidt, together with co-authors Nicolas Le Roux and Francis Bach, received the prestigious Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization, for their paper « Minimizing finite sums with the stochastic average gradient » (NIPS, 2012; Mathematical Programming, 2017).

The prize is awarded by the Mathematical Optimization Society and SIAM every three years to recognize outstanding contribution to the area of continuous optimization. The award is evaluated based on the work’s mathematcial quality, significance, and originality.