# Courant Lectures 2017, Part I

**Thursday, April 6, 2017, 2:00pm****Warren Weaver Hall, Room 109**

**Professor Avi WigdersonInstitute for Advanced Study, Princeton**

**Operator scaling - theory and applications**

In this talk I will describe the "Operator Scaling" algorithm, a new technique to efficiently solve a certain non-convex optimization problem. I will explain the remarkable diversity of connections (of both the problem solved and the analysis of the algorithm) with commutative and non-commutative algebra, analysis, computational complexity, optimization, quantum information theory, and other areas.

Based on joint works with Ankit Garg, Leonid Gurvits and Rafael Olivera.

Information on past Courant Lectures is available here.