Participating Groups

Participating groups in this program include:

The Department of Engineering Science, University of Auckland
The Engineering Science department’s Operations Research group is well known for its strength in practical applications. The group has over 15 years experience developing scheduling algorithms for Air New Zealand that save the airline millions of dollars each year. Members of the department founded the spin-off company The Optima Corporation which specialises in simulation and optimisation for emergency services. More recently, members of the department have made significant open source contributions including PuLP, Dippy and OpenSolver.

Institute of Numerical and Applied Mathematics, Georg-August University Goettingen.
The Institute for Numerical and Applied Mathematics of the Georg-August University in Göttingen is active in many branches of applied mathematics including discrete optimization, continous optimization, approximation, inverse problems, and numerics of partial differential equations. The optimization group is active in research and in teaching and has experience in many real-world projects in public transportation, or in sport scheduling. For prototyping the combination of different algorithms in public transportation, the so-called LinTim-package was designed. Its close-to real-world data can be used to evaluate robustness and stability of different algorithms. The group also has close cooperation to the Chair of Production and Logistics.

Optimization Research Group, University of Kaiserslautern
The optimization research group at the department of mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern has an extensive experience in the area of integer programming and combinatorial optimization. The focus is on the design and analysis of efficient algorithms for hard problems and problems with incomplete or uncertain information. Most of our problems are directly connected to a practical problem or have been motivated by a real-world problem. The optimization group of the University of Kaiserslautern has a long history in modeling and solving problems in cooperation with partners from industry. Examples are dispatching of mobile service vehicles (German Automobile Association ADAC), railway freight car optimization (DB Schenker), online optimization of steel production (ThyssenKrupp Steel), timetabling (Ministry of Science, Contiuing Education, Research and Culture), and strategies for planning water supplies (Stiftung Innovation, Rheinland Pfalz).

Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
The Department of  Management Engineering was established in 2008. The main research areas of the department are: innovation, product development, production management, sustainability, construction management and operations research (OR). From 1 January 2012 the department has been enlarged with the Systems Analysis Division from the National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Risø DTU. The section of OR consists of a professor, 3 associate professor and one assistant professor , as well as around 15 and PhD students, hence being one of the largest OR-groups in Scandinavia. Research in the OR section takes its origin in practical applications, and covers model building as well as development of new solutions methods. The department offers a wide range of courses in Operations Research, manpower planning, logistics, and localization theory. Several Bachelor and Master projects are supervised every year.

College of Engineering, University of Canterbury
Applied optimization interests are spread over a number of departments at the University of Canterbury. These include Computer Sciences and Software Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, and Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.