HEC Montréal, Canada, May 6 - 8, 2013

2013 Optimization Days

HEC Montréal, Canada, 6 — 8 May 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Optimization Days and OPDE 2013

GERAD is pleased and proud to welcome you to HEC Montréal for this international conference that, this year, combines the Optimization Days with the 4th conference on "Tools for Group Decision" (OPDE). We are offering five plenary sessions, including one dedicated to OPDE, and five tutorials, including one on OPDE. In addition, the year 2013 is the year of the "Mathematics of Planet Earth," which is endorsed by both GERAD and the conference. Several of the conferences and plenary sessions offer "Planet Earth" perspectives. We trust you will find the scientific programming rewarding. On the social side, in addition to the traditional wine and cheese being held on Monday at 5:30 p.m., which is sure to be a great opportunity for networking and discussion, we invite you to reserve your spot at the banquet taking place in Old Montreal at the Auberge Saint-Gabriel on Tuesday evening starting at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see a great many of you there!

The members of the GERAD organizing committee


Optimization Days is an annual conference organized alternately by the Groupe d'Études et de Recherche en Analyse des Décisions (GERAD) and the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT).

The conference aims to survey theory, numerical methods, and applications of optimization. It provides researchers from around the world the opportunity to exchange and to collaborate.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
  • Conic and polynomial optimization
  • Constraint programming
  • Derivative-free optimization
  • Dynamic programming and optimal control
  • Game theory
  • Global optimization
  • Heuristics and metaheuristics
  • Linear and integer optimization
  • Multicriteria decision aid
  • Networks and graphs
  • Nonlinear optimization
  • Simulation
  • Statistical methods and data mining
  • Stochastic and robust optimization
  • Applications in all areas, and particularly in:
    • Biology
    • Energy, environment and natural resources
    • Financial engineering and mathematical finance
    • Marketing
    • Operations management
    • Robotics
    • Scheduling
    • Telecommunications
    • Transportation

We especially encourage presentations on new methods of optimization and their applications. The conference languages will be French and English. In 2013, Optimization Days will be held at HEC Montréal, 3000 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, near the Campus of the Université de Montréal.

Plenary speakers:

  • Andrew R. Conn, IBM, USA
    Some Challenging Practical Problems in Optimization
  • Pierre Gauthier, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
    Mathematical Problems Associated with Atmospheric Data Assimilation and Weather Prediction

  • Joaquim João Júdice, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
    Mathematical Programming with Linear Complementarity Constraints: Algorithms and Applications
  • Fred S. Roberts, DIMACS, Rutgers University, USA
    The Tradeoff between Security and Commerce in Urban Areas   -   OPDE Conference
  • Robert J. Vanderbei, Princeton University, USA
    Fast Fourier Optimization: High-Contrast Imaging and the Search for Exoplanets


  • Michèle Breton, GERAD, HEC Montréal, Canada
    Recursive Approaches for the Evaluation of Financial Derivatives

  • Mathieu Cloutier, GERAD, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
    Energy Systems Engineering at the Cellular Level and Implications in Disease
  • Robert Doverspike, Network Evolution Research, AT&T Labs, USA
    The Practice of Network Modeling and Design in Commercial Telecommunications Networks

  • Vincent Mousseau, École Centrale Paris, France
    Outils d'élicitation des préférences pour l'aide multicritère: application et mise en pratique en utilisant la plateforme Decision Deck   -   OPDE Conference
  • Ted Ralphs, Lehigh University, USA
    An Introduction to the COIN-OR Optimization Suite: Open Source Tools for Building and Solving Optimization Models

The preliminary program will be available on our Web site early April 2013.

Important Dates:

  • March 6, 2013 - Deadline for submission of abstracts for 2013 OPDE
  • March 22, 2013 - Deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2013 Optimization Days
  • April 12, 2013 - Deadline for the registration fee discount

2013 Optimization Days

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OPDE 2013

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Miguel  F. Anjos, Olivier Bahn, Sébastien Le Digabel, Dominique Orban and Jean-Philippe Waaub
GERAD, HEC Montréal
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal (Québec) Canada H3T 2A7
Telephone: 514 340-6053 / Fax: 514 340-5665
E-mail: congres@gerad.ca
Web page: https://symposia.gerad.ca/jopt2013/