Montreal, May 7-9, 2007

Optimization Days is an annual conference organized alternately by the Groupe d'Études et de Recherche en Analyse des Décisions (GERAD) and the Centre for Research on Transportation (C.R.T.). The aim of the meeting is to survey current research trends in optimization methods and their applications, and to provide an opportunity for interaction between various research groups from around the world. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Mathematical programming; heuristics; constraint programming; optimal control theory; numerical methods of optimization; statistical methods; applications to engineering, management science, transportation, economics, urban and environmental problems, resource management, biology, telecommunications networks, robotics, expert systems, energy modeling, etc.
  • All those interested in optimization methods and their present or potential applications are invited to participate. We are especially interested in talks on new methods of optimization and their applications. The languages of the conference will be English and French.

    In 2007, Optimization Days will be held at HEC Montréal, 3000 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, near the Campus of the Université de Montréal, jointly with the Ninth Workshop on Optimal Control, Dynamic Games and Nonlinear Dynamics.

    Plenary speakers:

    • Charles Audet, GERAD & École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
      Optimal Placement of Tsunami Warning Buoys Using Mesh Adaptive Direct Searches
    • Dimitri Bertsekas, MIT, USA
      Convex Optimization: Old Themes and New Treatments
    • Martin Groetschel, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum and Technical University, Berlin, Germany
      Linear Programming and Some New Insights from Semi-Algebraic Geometry
    • Alain Haurie, GERAD & Université de Genève, Suisse
      Metamodeling: The Contribution of Large Scale Optimization to Environmental Integrated Assessment


    • Gilbert Laporte, GERAD & HEC Montréal, Canada
      The Traveling Salesman Problem
    • Vittorio Maniezzo, University of Bologna, Italy
      Ant Colony Optimization: Beyond the Natural Metaphor?
    • Frédéric Messine, ENSEEIHT-Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse, France
      Global Optimization Based on Interval Analysis
    • Panos M. Pardalos, University of Florida, Gainesville
      Operations Research in Medicine
    • Georges Zaccour, GERAD & HEC Montréal, Canada
      Sustaining Cooperation Over Time in Environmental Differential Games

    Please send to the organizers, before March 31, 2007, a 50 word abstract containing no mathematical notation. All abstracts should contain the authors' full postal address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. The preliminary program should be available on our Web site in early April 2007.


    Olivier Bahn, Gilles Caporossi, Pierre Hansen and Sihem Taboubi
    GERAD, HEC Montréal
    3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal CANADA H3T 2A7
    Telephone: 514 340-6053 / Fax: 514 340-5269
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