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Researcher at Inria


Mail Address
RandOpt Team - Inria Saclay - Île-de-France
CMAP, Ecole Polytechnique
Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau - France

Office: 2005

Phone: +33 (0)1 69 33 45 91

Email: anne _dot_ auger _at_ inria _dot_ fr


Since December 2016, we are part of a new Inria team, RandOpt, located at the CMAP applied mathematics laboratory of Ecole Polytechnique.


I defended my HDR ("Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches") entitled ''Analysis of Comparison-based Stochastic Continuous Black-Box Optimization Algorithms'' on

Friday, February 5th 2016 at 10am in the building 660 of the Paris-South University.

The manuscript can be found here.

Open positions - Thesis and Internship proposals

If you are a motivated student with a strong interest in research and a strong theoretical background do not hesitate to contact me for possible master's thesis, internships and PhD thesis.

A list of possible topics proposed within the RandOpt team is also presented here (non exhaustive).


I am interested in numerical black-box optimization where derivatives are not available. I am focusing especially on adaptive stochastic black-box optimization algorithms or randomized search methods like Evolution Strategies whose probably most prominent algorithm is the Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMA-ES). My research interests include:

Derivative-Free and Function-Value Free Optimization
The methods I am focusing on are Derivative-Free Optimization methods, i.e. address the question of solving an optimization problem in a black-box scenario without derivatives. However most often the methods do not exploit exact function values but just the intrinsic ranking of candidate solutions. The methods are called rank-based, comparison-based or function-value free (FVF). Example of FVF methods are the Nelder Mead simplex algorithm or Pattern search methods and Evolution Strategies.



Special Sessions & Workshop Organizations

Black-Box Optimization Benchmarking (BBOB) Workshops

PhD Students and Postdocs

Funded Projects

Short Bio

I am a permanent researcher at Inria in the Saclay-Ile-de-France center located 30 kilometers south from Paris. Since December 2016, I am the head of the RandOpt team, joint team between Inria and the applied mathematics department of Ecole polytechnique (CMAP). Before starting as a researcher at Inria in 2006, I was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH (in Zurich) in the Computational Laboratory (CoLab).
Prior to that, I studied Mathematics in Toulouse and then Paris. I received the diploma degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris 6 in 2001, with a specialisation in Numerical Analysis for my Master. I also spent one year (1999-2000) preparing the high school teaching competition in Mathematics (Agrégation de Mathématiques) at the University Paris 11 (Orsay)-highest competitive exam for teachers in mathematics. I obtained the agregation of mathematics in 2000. I pursued a Ph.D. (2001-2004) under the supervision of C.Le Bris and M.Schoenauer. I obtained the Dr. Mathematics degree from the University Paris 6 in 2004.