Roummel F. Marcia
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Director, ARCHIMEDES NSF REU Summer Program
Co-Director, DESCARTES Scholars Program
Math Alliance Mentor
School of Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced
Mailing address:
School of Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

Office: 331 S&E Bldg
Phone: (209) 228-4874

Research areas: Nonlinear nonconvex optimization, mathematical signal processing and compressive sampling, numerical linear algebra, and computational biochemistry. My research is currently supported by NSF Grant CMMI 1333326.


  • March: Graduate student Lasith Adhikari successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "Nonconvex sparse recovery methods". Congratulations, Dr. Adhikari!
  • March: Congratulations to the 2016 ARCHIMEDES REU GenOpt Team (Andrew Fujikawa, Jonathan Sahagun, Katie Sanderson, and Melissa Spence), whose papers "Sparse diploid signal recovery for genomic variant detection" and "Nonconvex regularization for sparse genomic variant detection" have been accepted to the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications. This work is in collaboration with graduate students Mario Banuelos and Lasith Adhikari, Rubi Almanza, and Suzanne Sindi.
  • March: Congratulations to Mario Banuelos and Lasith Adhikari, whose paper, "Biomedical signal recovery: Genomic variant detection in family lineages" was accepted to the IEEE 5th Portuguese Meeting on Bioengineering (ENBENG). This work is in collaboration with Rubi Almanza and Suzanne Sindi.
  • January: Congratulations to Lasith Adhikari and Johannes Brust for being selected to receive SIAM Student Travel Awards to attend the SIAM Conference on Optimization (OP17) in Vancouver, Canada.
2016 2015 2014
  • November 8: Invited panelist on "How to Prepare for Your First Academic Position" at the Field of Dreams Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
  • October 1: EXTREEMS-QED: Data-Enabled Science and Computational Analysis Research, Training and Education for Students (DESCARTES) Program applications open (see here).
  • August 15: Invited talk at the Workshop on Multiscale Modeling and Computation of Nano-Optics, Michigan State University
  • August 8: Campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium and end of the ARCHIMEDES Summer REU Program.
  • July 24: Invited lecture at the Pacific Math Alliance PUMP: Preparing Undergraduates through Mentoring at Cal Poly Pomona University.
  • July 8: SIAM Annual Meeting Mini-symposium MS74: Expeditions in Training, Research, and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data. Organizer: Roummel F. Marcia
  • June 9: Start of the ARCHIMEDES Summer REU Program.
  • May 9: Congratulations to Math 24 Teaching Assistant, Jane Hyo Jin Lee, for receiving the 2013-14 School of Natural Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
  • Dr. Seda Senay is now an Assistant Professor at New Mexico Tech. Congratulations, Prof. Senay!


Applied Math
Natural Sciences
UC Merced