Dr Yunbin Zhao PhD



School of Mathematics

Dr Yunbin Zhao

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 7092

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 3389

Email y.zhao.2@bham.ac.uk

School of Mathematics
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Yunbin is a lecturer of theoretical and computational optimization. His main research interests include operations research, computational optimization, and numerical analysis. He has published over 42 research papers in scientific journals.

School web page: web.mat.bham.ac.uk/Y.Zhao


  • PhD in Operations Research and Optimization, 1998
  • MSc in Applied Mathematics, 1992
  • BSc in Applied Mathematics, 1989


Yunbin Zhao qualified with BSc in applied mathematics from the Northwestern Polytechnical University in 1989, and MSc in applied mathematics from the Chongqing University in 1992. He went to study PhD in operations research and optimization from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995. Before joining to the University of Birmingham in 2007, he worked at Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the University of Toronto.


  • Single Honours Mathematics (G100, G103, G141)
  • Mathematics Majors: Mathematics with Business Management (G1N2); Mathematics with Engineering (J920); Mathematics with Philosphy (G1V5)
  • Joint Honours Mathematics: Mathematics & Computer Science (GG14); Pure Mathematics & Computer Science (GGC4)
  • MSc in Mathematical Finance

Postgraduate supervision

Yunbin is interested in supervising MSc and PhD research students in the following areas:

  • Operations Research
  • Computational Optimization
  • Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Finance

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Yunbin on the contact details above.



Optimization theory, algorithms and applications to science and engineering.


YB Zhao (2010), Convexity conditions and the Legendre-Fenchel transform of the product of finitely many quadratic forms, Applied Mathematics and Optimization, 62, pp. 411-434.

YB Zhao (2010), Convexity conditions of Kantorovich function and related semi-infinite linear matrix inequalities, to appear.

YB Zhao (2010)The Legendre-Fenchel conjugate of the product of two positive-definite quadratic forms, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, 31, no.4, pp.1792-1811.

I Averbakh and YB Zhao (2008), Explicit reformulations for robust optimization problems with general uncertainty sets, SIAM Journal on Optimization, 18,. 1436-1466.

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