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Mathematical Programming B on Optimization Models and Algorithms for Data Science

Deadline for submission of full papers: December 1, 2015.
We aim at completing a first review of all submissions by May 15, 2016.

Data and decisions are more strongly linked in the information age than ever before. This special issue focuses on modelling and optimization approaches that deal with large data sets, as well as applications from business analytics and machine learning that have emerged in the last decades as data accumulates from multiple sources such as internet traffic, social and sensor networks.

Successful submissions to this call are expected to provide a substantial methodological contribution to

  • data-related modelling issues in optimization, such as tractable reformulations of problems involving uncertain data (e.g. using stochastic, robust or data-driven optimization techniques); or
  • numerical solution schemes for optimization problems involving large data sets, such as solution approaches for large, sparse optimization problems or real-time optimization methods.

Authors should submit their papers via and select article type "S.I.: Data Science — Series B" for consideration in this special issue.

Papers will be refereed according to the standards of Mathematical Programming, Series A. We are requesting that all papers be submitted using MP style files, and conform to a maximum of 25 pages. The necessary LaTeX files can be downloaded at

European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR)

A special issue on Community Operational Research: Innovations, Internationalization and Agenda-Setting Applications

OR practitioners have had an interest in supporting community development for almost half a century – well before the term ‘community operational research’ was first coined in the mid-1980s. While the initial focus in the 80s was OR serving community groups (grass-roots citizen movements), it quickly became evident that communities often wanted to address highly complex social and environmental issues that required the involvement of public, private and voluntary sector organizations too. Indeed, projects were often initiated and funded by these organizations. Nevertheless, the defining feature of Community OR remained the meaningful engagement of communities and concerned citizens.

Community OR is now at an exciting point in its development, with the potential for major innovations. This is because of a renewed interest in both Europe and the USA, which coincides with growing activity in pro-bono (volunteer) OR and a diversification of applications in developing countries. In addition, the increasing importance of environmental issues to local and global communities offers new opportunities to support those communities in making a difference. Finally, new approaches to data analytics offer the potential for innovation but also bring with them a significant challenge: how to ‘democratize’ their use so communities, and not just large public and private sector organizations, can directly benefit. These are the contexts in which we call for papers for a special issue of EJOR on Community OR, focused on innovations, internationalization and agenda-setting applications.

The Editors of this special issue of EJOR are Michael Johnson (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA) and Gerald Midgley (University of Hull, UK). They have each edited books on Community OR that have consolidated and promoted the field on their own sides of the Atlantic (Midgley and Ochoa-Arias, 2004; Johnson, 2012). Their collaboration on editing this special issue marks a desire, not only to share learning across the USA and Europe, but also to form a truly global research community, showcasing a wide range of international innovations and applications.

Submissions to this special issue may be on any area of the theory, methodology and application of Community OR, using any relevant methods, and working with any kinds of organization – as long as the needs and involvement of communities and citizens remain central. The editors welcome papers that reflect on how to address the concerns of disadvantaged or marginalized communities, and we are especially interested in papers that are able to ground their analyses in examples of Community OR practice. The projects reported may represent the localized concerns of communities, but the theories, methodologies, methods and solutions developed to understand and address those concerns should have the potential to inform scholarship and practice around the world.

The special issue editors welcome proposals of 1-2 pages by 30 October 2015, and those writing the most compelling proposals will be invited to work them up into full papers. Manuscripts will be expected by 31 July 2016. All submissions will need to conform to the usual requirements of EJOR and will be peer reviewed as normal. We plan for the special issue to be finalized by early 2017. Please direct inquiries to Michael Johnson ( or Gerald Midgley (

Johnson M (ed.) (2012). Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations. Springer, Boston MA.
Midgley G and Ochoa-Arias AE (eds.) (2004). Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development. Kluwer, New York.

EURO Journal on Decision Processes (EJDP) Special Issue: Call for Papers on Advances in Behavioural Research on Supported Decision Processes

Guest Editors: Gilberto Montibeller and Jyrki Wallenius

Deadline for submission: October 31, 2015

Details at:


Behavioural decision research has its roots in the writings of Ward Edwards and Herbert Simon in the 1950's and 1960's. Other early contributors are Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky who made breakthroughs on behavioural decision heuristics and biases in the 1970's and 1980's. These scholars called for behavioural realism in decision support tools. Still, it is only recently that the importance of behavioural decision research has received significant attention in the Operational Research (OR) community, as evidenced, for instance, by the creation of the EURO Working Group on Behavioural OR, led by Alberto Franco and Raimo Hämäläinen.

The early research on behavioural decision theory emphasized the descriptive aspects of decision-making and unsupported decision processes. The pragmatic OR approach, in contrast, is focused on models and tools for supporting decision processes. This approach will be more successful when it builds on a better understanding of how supported decisions are made and how behavioural issues impact the development and use of tools for decision support.

This Special Issue presents major advances in behavioural decision research in relation to OR methods and tools. For instance, the elicitation of preferences and judgements involves behavioural biases; choices in optimization modelling depend on the analyst's judgements; facilitated decision modeling is influenced by group behaviour but also affects group dynamics; and decision support systems are guided by the users' behaviour. While there is an extensive psychological literature on behavioural issues in unsupported decision making, these issues are understudied in the context of supported decision making.


We invite submissions which focus on behavioural decision research in the context of supported decision processes. We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions. Topics of particular interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • What behavioural assumptions are reasonable in developing and using prescriptive decision tools?
  • Which methods of quantifying uncertainties and preferences are normatively sound?
  • How can debiasing tools reduce behavioural biases in eliciting judgments?
  • How do group dynamics and behavioural biases affect facilitated group decision making?
  • How can behavioural biases in the use of decision support systems be mitigated?


Prospective authors are welcome to submit a full paper to the EJDP Editorial Manager (, article type SI: Advances in Behavioral Research on Supported Decision Processes). Alternatively they may send the Guest Editors a three-page extended abstract describing their proposed contribution (email for feedback (prior to sending the full paper). The planned schedule is as follows:

October 31st, 2015
Extended abstracts
End of February 2016 Deadline for the submission of full papers 3rd quarter, 2016 Final decision notification End of 2016 Publication of the Special Issue