2018 Optimization Days

HEC Montréal, Québec, Canada, 7 — 9 May 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Optimization Days

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
  • Data-driven mathematical optimization and machine learning
  • 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
  • Smart grids
  • 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
    • Health
    • 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 2018, 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:

  • Miguel F. Anjos, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
    Optimizing the future of smart grids

  • Gianpaolo Ghiani and Emanuela Guerriero, University of Salento, Italy
    Recent algorithmic results for time-dependent routing problems

  • Martine Labbé, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
    Bilevel optimization: Pricing problems and Stackelberg games

  • Nenad Mladenović, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia
    Less is more approach in heuristic optimization

  • Stefan M. Wild, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
    Derivative-free robust optimization by outer approximations

  • Laurence Wolsey, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
    Cutting planes and simple MIPs


  • Charles Audet, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
    Blackbox and derivative-free optimization

  • Jacques Desrosiers, HEC Montréal, Canada
    Cycles, pricing, and pivots

  • Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, Université McGill, Canada
    Developing simultaneous stochastic optimization of industrial mining complexes and responding to unveiling information

  • Nadia Lahrichi, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
    Stochastic tabu search and application in healthcare

  • Denis Larocque, HEC Montréal, Canada
    Random forests

The preliminary program will be available on our Web in April 2018.

 Important Dates:

  • March 30, 2018 - Deadline for submission of abstracts for the Optimization Days
  • The notification of acceptance will be sent as abstracts will be submitted.
  • April 13, 2018 - Deadline for the registration fee discount


2018 Optimization Days

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Gilles Caporossi, Fausto Errico et Sébastien Le Digabel
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/jopt2018/