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Annual Analytics Summit 2015

Venue: BMA House, London
Date: 29 Apr 2015

Optimization & Big Data (Workshop, Trek & Colloquium)

Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland
Speaker: Various
Date: 06 - 08 May 2015

The age of "big data" is here: data of unprecedented sizes is becoming ubiquitous, which brings new challenges and new opportunities. With this comes the need to solve optimization problems of unprecedented sizes. Machine learning, compressed sensing, social network science and computational biology are some of many prominent application domains where it is increasingly common to formulate and solve optimization problems with billions of variables. Classical algorithms are not designed to scale to instances of this size and hence new approaches are needed. These approaches utilize novel algorithmic design involving tools such as distributed and parallel computing, randomization, asynchronicity, decomosition, sketching and streaming. This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on novel optimization algorithms and codes capable of working in the Big Data setting.

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RSA Annual Conference

Venue: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy
Speaker: Various
Date: 24 - 27 May 2015

Social and economic imbalances of the current phase of globalization require a rethinking of the model of international and regional development. The issues of inequality, ecological risks, and poor growth in some areas put at the center of the scientific and political debate the theme of values ??and institutions. What are the values ??for sustainable regional development in the future? And what institutional reforms are needed to overcome the negative consequences of the recession triggered by the financial turmoil of recent years? Which tools can strengthen the capacity of regions and cities to adapt to all changes and to increase the resilience of areas?

To answer these questions the RSA 2015 Annual Conference in Piacenza offers some lines of reflection about the themes of well-being and quality of life, technological and social innovation, individual and collective entrepreneurship, by starting from the analysis of the values ??and motivations that drive individual and institutional action.

The conference offers the opportunity to researchers and workers in local and regional development to explore and discuss collectively these key issues from different theoretical perspectives and empirical observation.

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11th Metaheuristics International Conference (MIC'2015)

Venue: Agadir, Morocco
Speaker: Various
Date: 07 - 10 Jun 2015

The Metaheuristics International Conference (MIC) series was established in 1995 and this is its 11th edition. MIC is the main event focusing on the progress of the area of metaheuristics and their applications. As in previous editions, MIC'2015 will provide an opportunity to the international research community in metaheuristics to discuss recent research results, to develop new ideas and collaborations, and to meet old friends and make new ones in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

MIC'2015 welcomes presentations that cover any aspects of metaheuristic research such as new algorithmic developments, high-impact applications, new research challenges, theoretical developments, implementation issues, and in-depth experimental studies. MIC'2015 strives for a high-quality program that will be completed by a number of invited talks, tutorials, workshops and special sessions.

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Venue: University of Westminster, London, UK
Date: 10 - 12 Jun 2015

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1st Annual Conference of the Tunisian Operational Research Society (TORS'15)

Venue: Sousse - Tunisia
Speaker: Various
Date: 12 - 14 Jun 2015

The Tunisian Operational Research Society is proud to announce the first annual conference TORS’15. This meeting seeks to bring together researchers coming from diverse areas such as operational research, artificial intelligence, decision theory, computer science and related fields. In addition, it will provide the opportunity for industrials, managers and researchers to collaborate and to exchange knowledge on quantitative techniques for decision-making.

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ACM SIGSIM PADS 2015 Call for Papers

Venue: University of Westminster, London, UK
Date: 15 - 17 Jun 2015

Hosted by the University of Westminster (founded as Britain’s first polytechnic in 1838), the ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (ACM SIGSIM PADS) builds on 29 years of history and the reputation for high quality papers. This is the flagship conference of ACM's Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM).

The ACM SIGSIM PADS conference focuses on the intersection of Computer Science and Modeling and Simulation (M&S).

We are soliciting high quality papers in all aspects of M&S, including (but not restricted to) the following areas:

  • Advanced modeling techniques, including reuse of models, new modeling languages, agent-based M&S, and spatial M&S.
  • Algorithms and methods for parallel or distributed simulation, including synchronization, scheduling, memory management, and load balancing.
  • New simulation algorithms including hybrid simulation approaches, adaptive algorithms, and approximations, GPU, FPGA and hybrid architecture acceleration.
  • Integration of simulation with other IT systems, methods, and developments including simulation based decision-making, visual analytics, intelligent support in M&S, and simulation in the grid or in the cloud.
  • Mechanisms for efficient design of experiments, including dynamic verification and validation of models, and automatic simulation model generation and initialization.
  • M&S applied to solve problems in difficult domains and methodological challenges arising from these applications including online and symbiotic simulation, real-time and embedded simulation, and emulation of real systems.
  • Tools and techniques for interoperability of simulations, including emerging standards and service-oriented approaches.

Special Sessions will be organized on the following topics:

  • Internet of Things and Simulation
  • Cloud for PADS
  • Hybrid Simulation

See the conference website

17th British-French-German Conference on Optimization

Venue: Imperial College London
Speaker: Various
Date: 15 - 17 Jun 2015

The conference is the 17th of the series of French-German meetings which started in Oberwolfach, Germany in 1980. Since 1998, the conference has been organized under the participation of a third European country. This time it is jointly organized with Britain, and takes place at Imperial College London. The conference will consist of invited plenary talks, parallel invited and contributed sessions.

The conference will address all aspects of optimization and its applications, including:

  • optimization theory and algorithm design
  • robust and stochastic optimization
  • variational inequalities and convex analysis
  • control theory
  • applications in image processing, finance, energy, operations management and engineering

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1st Workshop on Modeling, Computing and Data Handling for Marine Transportation (MCDMT 2015)

Venue: Corfu, Greece
Speaker: Various
Date: 06 Jul 2015

The Workshop on Modeling, Computing and Data Handling for Marine Transportation (MCDMT 2015) is going to take place in Corfu, Greece, on July 6, 2015, in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA 2015).  Nowadays, advancements on Marine Transportation require the synergy of both computer science and maritime science and the technical focus of the workshop is upon the latest developments on Computing Methodologies for Marine Transportation.

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13th EUROPT Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization

Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland
Speaker: Various
Date: 08 - 10 Jul 2015

EUROPT2015 is the annual event of the EUROPT continuous optimization working group of EURO (The Association of European Operational Research Societies). This is the 13th such workshop and is held in collaboration with the EURO 2015 conference to be held in Glasgow on July 12-15 2015.

Talks should be related to continuous optimization theory, algorithms, software or applications. It is expected that there will be a particular focus on large-scale optimization and linear algebra techniques in optimization.

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EWG ORD –IFORS Workshop on OR for Development

Venue: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Speaker: Various
Date: 09 - 10 Jul 2015

Operational Researchers who have done work in the area of OR for Development are invited to participate in the EWG ORD –IFORS Workshop on OR for Development, 9-10 July 2015, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. For more details see the website: This event is taking place prior to EURO 2015, 12-15 July in Glasgow.

To qualify, participants are required to submit a full paper on their work which has used Operational Research to help optimize development in the light of constraints and limited resources. Topic areas may include: education, health, and other basic services, water, technology, resource use (physical or financial), infrastructure, agricultural/industrialization, environmental sustainability. A stress on developmental issues will be an important factor; papers of a purely technical nature, or those that have no relevance in the developmental context, will not be considered.

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Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2015)

Venue: Madrid, Spain
Speaker: Various
Date: 11 - 15 Jul 2015

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2015) will present the latest high-quality results in genetic and evolutionary computation. Topics include: genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, memetic algorithms, hyper heuristics, real-world applications, evolutionary machine learning, evolvable hardware, artificial life, adaptive behaviour, ant colony optimization, swarm intelligence, biological applications, evolutionary robotics, coevolution, artificial immune systems, and more.

Metaheuristic Design Patterns Workshop  (MetaDeeP)

Design Patterns are structured heuristics which capture the essentials of recurring practice in an abstract form. Their widespread use has revolutionized the software industry and the previous successful workshop on Metaheuristic Design Patterns (MetaDeeP @ GECCO 2014) demonstrated that similar refactorings are possible in optimization research. If you are interested in moving towards higher-levels of research communicability and automation, then you should attend MetaDeeP 2015, the second such workshop, to be held at GECCO. 

5th Workshop on Evolutionary Computation for the Automated Design of Algorithms (ECADA)

The ECADA workshop explores the Automated Design of Algorithms employing hyper-heuristics which are meta-heuristics applied to algorithm space, with an emphasis on hyper-heuristics of the evolutionary computation persuasion. Genetic Programming has most famously been employed to this end, but random search and iterative hill-climbing have both also successfully been employed to automatically design novel (components of) algorithms. These methods have the advantage of producing solutions that are applicable to any instance of a specified problem domain, instead of a solution specifically produced for a single problem instance. This is particularly useful for real-world problem solving where one can afford a large amount of a priori computational time to subsequently solve many problem instances drawn from a specified problem domain. The areas of application of these methods include, for instance, data mining, machine learning, optimization, bioinformatics, image processing, economics, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, etc.

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27th European Conference on Operational Research

Venue: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Speaker: Various
Date: 12 - 15 Jul 2015

EURO2015 is the premier European conference for Operational Research and Management Science (ORMS), organised by the European Association of Operational Research Societies in conjunction with the UK OR Society.

EURO2015 takes place from Sunday 12 - Wednesday 15 July 2015 in the University of Strathclyde and will host streams from all branches of ORMS. EURO2015 is for Consultants, Analysts and Decision Makers – in fact, anyone with a passion for making the ‘real-world’ more effective.

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International Symposium on Military Operational Research

Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date: 21 - 24 Jul 2015

2015's International Symposium on Military Operational Research will be held at Royal Holloway, University of London, from 21 to 24 July 2015. Further details and online booking will be available at from January.

ISMOR is sponsored by MOD and strongly supported by the OR Society DSIG and by the US Military Operations Research Society. It is self-funding and non-profit making.

DEA2015 Conference

Venue: Technische Universität (TU) Braunschweig, Germany
Date: 24 - 27 Aug 2015


Venue: University of Vienna, Austria
Speaker: Various
Date: 01 - 04 Sep 2015

The theme of this conference is "Optimal Decisions and Big Data", but the conference covers all directions of Operations Research. The invited plenary speakers are Matteo Fischetti (Padova) and Steven Scott (Google). There will be 28 streams: Accounting and Revenue Management, Analytics, Bioinformatics, Computational and Experimental Economics, Continuous Optimization, Control Theory, Discrete Optimization, Graphs and Networks, Energy and Environment, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Game Theory, Health and Disaster Aid, Integer Programming, Logistics and Transportation, Metaheuristics, Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Networks and Regulation, Neural Nets and Fuzzy Systems, OR for Security, OR Software and Modeling Languages, Policy Modeling and Public Sector OR, Production and Operations Management, Scheduling and Project Management, Simulation and Decision Support, Stochastic Models, Stochastic Optimization and Supply Chain Management.

Please visit our webpages for further information, abstract submission and registration:

YoungOR 19 Biennial Conference

Venue: Conference Aston Meeting Suites (CAMS) at Aston University Business School, Aston Triangle, Birmingham. B4 7ET
Date: 22 - 24 Sep 2015

YoungOR 19 is the conference for those whose Operational Research (O.R.) careers are less than ten years in duration. This is a biennial conference for academics and practitioners with up to ten years of experience in O.R.  Attendees have the opportunity to present their work to peers in a supportive environment, while learning about how O.R. techniques have been used in a wide range of applications.  Parallel streams of talks are interspersed with presentations from plenary and keynote speakers.   

Simulation in Production and Logistics

Venue: Dortmund, Germany
Date: 23 - 25 Sep 2015

The German simulation society (ASIM) conference on Simulation in Producation and Logistics in Dortmund (23-25 September). The conference website can be found at:

2nd International Conference on Analytics Driven Solutions

Venue: Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK
Speaker: Various
Date: 28 - 29 Sep 2015

The International Conference on Analytics Driven Solutions seeks to establish a platform where both academic and professional approaches to this rapidly expanding field of activity can be explored. Drawing on best practice in analytics we invite academics, practitioners and research students to come together and share examples, cases, theories and experiences in the field. ICAS 2015 aims to bring researchers and practitioners in analytics from these different disciplines and more together.

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2015 Winter Simulation Conference

Venue: Huntington Beach, California
Date: 06 - 09 Dec 2015

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers and vendors. Research in modeling and simulation is propelled by fostering cross-fertilization between various disciplines. The conference website is at

2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM2015)

Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore
Speaker: Various
Date: 06 - 09 Dec 2015

You are invited to participate in The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. The conference will be held from 6 - 9 December, 2015 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The primary focus of the IEEM conference has been to bring together researchers, scholars and industry participants from all over the world to exchange and share their experiences and research results in all aspects of industrial engineering and engineering management.

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Venue: Rome, Italy
Speaker: Various
Date: 23 - 25 Feb 2016

The purpose of ICORES is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in both advances and applications in the field of operations research. Two simultaneous tracks will be held, covering on one side domain independent methodologies and technologies and on the other side practical work developed in specific application areas.

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Simulation Workshop (SW16)

Venue: Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford
Speaker: Various
Date: 11 - 13 Apr 2016

The OR Society's eighth biennial Simulation Workshop (SW16) brings together practitioners and academics working in the field of discrete-event simulation and related fields. The workshop provides an opportunity to exchange ideas on the current and future state-of-the-art in simulation and modelling.