Terrific beaches in Valencia, Spain? Excellent wine and great food in Bordeaux, France? Or a soothing road-trip to Greenville, South Carolina? All of that combined with the latest and greatest research results in Mathematical Optimization?
That's right, three of the most important scientific conferences in the field of Mathematical Optimization are approaching and the FICO Xpress team will be present at all of them: The 23rd International Symposium on Mathematical Programming in Bordeaux, the 2018 Mixed Integer Programming Workshop at Clemson University, and the 29th European Conference on Operational Research in Valencia. This blog gives a sneak preview what to expect at each of them.
ISMP is a triennial congress, dating back until 1951, the very, very early days of Mathematical Programming. And 2018 is an ISMP year, yay! There will be really interesting (semi-)plenaries by leading researchers from the field. Francis Bach will investigate "The relationship between machine learning and optimization," Oktay Günlük presents "Recent progress in MIP," Emanuel Candes asks us "What’s happening in nonconvex optimization?" Matteo Fischetti talks about "Modern Branch-and-Cut Implementation," and Santanu Dey brings us a "Theoretical Analysis of Cutting-Planes in IP Solvers."
Concerning the FICO presence, Michael Perregaard will speak about the "Latest Developments in the FICO Xpress-Optimizer," Csaba Mészáros will present "On the implementation of the crossover algorithm," and Johannes Müller will discuss "Creating an optimization web app with FICO Xpress." Don't miss out!
The Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) workshop is now a staple in the discrete optimization community. This year, it takes place in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina, and it is organized with the local support of a strong Optimization group from nearby Clemson University. FICO is sponsoring MIP2018 and Pietro Belotti, Xpress developer and MINLP expert, will represent FICO at this workshop.
In its fifteenth edition, the MIP workshop has grown to be one of the most coveted events of the year for its cutting-edge content and outstanding speakers. As has been the trend since 2010, there is now a strong presence of linear as well as nonlinear MIP presentations. Cole Smith will talk about the use of binary decision diagrams in binary optimization and Jim Ostrowski will present results on almost-symmetry in integer programming. Pierre le Bodic will discuss branch-and-bound tree size estimates in MIPs and Aida Khajavirad will describe strong polyhedral relaxations for polynomial optimization. Finally, Miles Lubin will show the latest results on mixed-integer convex representability.
Robert Aumann's plenary at EURO2016 in Poznan
EURO focuses on Operations Research (OR) and Management Science; it is Europe's largest conference in this field. This year's EURO offers some great plenaries and keynote lectures. To name just a few: MIT's chancellor Cynthia Barnhart will present on "Air Transportation Optimization," Patrick Jaillet will discuss "Online Optimization for Dynamic Matching Markets," Dolores Morales will speak about "Interpretability in Data Science," and Tamás Terlaky will review "Six Decades of Interior Point Methods."
Together with Bob Fourer from Ampl, we organized a stream on Optimization Software. It consists of six sessions with 21 presentations altogether, two of which are from the FICO Xpress team. I, Timo Berthold, will talk about "How to fold a linear program," and present the latest developments in the FICO Xpress Optimizer. Susanne Heipcke will present on "Opening Xpress Mosel," and how to connect any solver to the powerful Mosel language (you can get started yourself with the free Xpress Community License). Furthermore, I will be part of the panel discussion on "MIP solvers in practice," organized by Björn Thalén.
I hope to see you at at least one of the conferences. If not, I will also be at OR2018 in Brussels in September, organizing a "Software Applications and Modelling Systems," stream. And after that, the INFORMS annual meeting in Phoenix is just around the corner... Stay tuned!
PS: Math fun fact concerning the banner image: Did you know that the number of clockwise and counter-clockwise seed spirals on a sunflower face are always subsequent Fibonacci numbers? Enjoy your summer!