Optimization and its Applications in Learning and Industry (OptALI)
In March 2009, the University of Goettingen (UGOE) (Germany), the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (UNIKL) (Germany), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (Denmark), and the University of Auckland (UOA) submitted a proposal for participation in the FP7 Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) through the project titled “Optimization and its Applications in Learning and Industry (OptALI)”. This proposal was subsequently approved by the European Commission and in August 2009. The New Zealand Government (via the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology – MoRST) committed to funding to support the involvement of University of Auckland researchers in the OptALI Project. The University of Canterbury (UoC) joined the project in August 2010.
The OptALI project encourages the exchange and strengthening of research collaboration via an exchange programme that allows European OptALI members to visit Auckland and Canterbury Universities, and similarly New Zealanders to visit the European partner universities. Other activities include workshops in both New Zealand and Europe.