Emerging Scholar Program

The workshop "Emerging Scholar Program" takes place in room SFo1 on Thursday, September 4, 6.45-11.30 (starts with a breakfast), and addresses researchers in the field of operations research who are in the process of seeking habilitation. The senior scholar are:

The goal of the half-day program is to provide new university professionals in OR with career building advice in developing excellence in their personal programs of teaching, research, and service.

The program is limited to 12 participants. For detailed information about the workshop and the process of application please see the Initiates file downloadletter of invitation.


Pre-Conference Workshops

We will host pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Beware of the different starting times (14.30 and 15.30). Participation of each workshop is limited to 30 participants. To register for one of the workshops please login to your conference account ("edit your profile") and select from the corresponding drop-down menu.

The conference desk (same building) will be open so that you can check-in early.



AIMMS - An introduction to units of measurement
Given by: Chris Kuip, Stamatia Chatzicharalampous

Tuesday, September 2, 2014; time: 15.30; location: SFo1

The two pillars AIMMS' Units of Measurement support are (1) present numeric values according to the units of measurement your end user is accustomed to, and (2) automatically check the unit consistency of formulas in your model. In this workshop you will learn to use and appreciate these two pillars. These two pillars rest on a floor made of an unambiguous internal representation of the numeric values, and a well defined shell for unit conversion of values. Build on these two pillars is a roof of conventions that allow you to easily internationalize and localize your numeric value presentation.


GAMS - An introduction
Given by: Lutz Westermann

Tuesday, September 2, 2014; 15.30-17.30; location: SFo2

This workshop will show you how to use the General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) in an efficient and productive way. There will be an introduction to the system and a presentation of the key concepts in GAMS. The largest part of the workshop consists of hands-on exercises building an optimization based decision support application from scratch. Amongst others, it will be demonstrated how GAMS interacts with other applications and you will see how to analyze and debug large problems using the various tools available within GAMS. (see Initiates file downloadpdf)


Gurobi - Optimize your conference schedule with Gurobi
Given by: Sonja Mars, Dirk Zechiel

Tuesday, September 2, 2014; 14.30-17.30; location: SFo3

Our goal in this workshop is to provide you with two useful things: an optimization model that can help you choose the talks to attend at this conference, and the ability to build and solve this model with Gurobi.  The optimization model will recommend a personal conference schedule, based on your interest level in each talk and your personal constraints (e.g., upper bounds on the number of talks you want to attend per day, limits on how far you are willing to walk between distant rooms, etc.).  We'll model this problem as a MIP, and then show you how to build the model with the Gurobi Python interface, how to import external data, and how to solve the model. The focus of the workshop will be on hands-on exercises.


IBM ILOG CPLEX modeling and integration best practices
Given by Hans Schlenker, Peter von Tessin

Tuesday, September 2, 2014; time: 15.30-17.30; location: SFo4

In this technical workshop, we will present

  • OPL/CPLEX modeling tricks
  • Data mining and prediction with SPSS
  • How to use SPSS generated data in a CPLEX model

This will enable you to create better OPL/CPLEX models and use SPSS mathematical statistics and data mining technology together with CPLEX optimization models.