The winners of the 2014 COIN-OR Cup are Mehdi Towhidi and Dominique Orban, developers of CyLP and both from Polytechnique Montréal. The tenth annual COIN-OR Cup was awarded at a celebration during the INFORMS Annual meeting in San Francisco, California on November 10, 2014.
CyLP is a high-level Python package that allows researchers and advanced users to modify the behavior of the COIN-OR solvers Cbc and Clp by altering the branch-and-bound strategy or customizing the simplex pivot rule, for example. Previously such modifications required an extensive understanding of otherwise unnecessary low-level implementation details. CyLP has already attracted a number of users from industry and academia.