The Optimisation Group
The Optimisation Group focuses on solving optimisation problems, which is about finding values for unknowns such that constraints are satisfied and a cost is (near-)minimal or a gain is (near-)maximal. Sometimes the goal is to satisfy the constraints without a specific function to be minimised or maximised.
Our research is on methods and tools for mathematical programming, constraint programming, and local search. Applications of optimisation arise in many real-world domains, such as communication networks, transportation and logistics for resource allocation, personnel rostering under work regulations and employee preferences, scheduling under precedence and resource allocation constraints, vehicle routing under time windows for deliveries or pick-ups, routing and scheduling of data flows in information networks, planning and performance engineering of mobile communications systems, etc.
The optimisation group is coordinating the research arena of Applied Optimisation at the Department of Information Technology. The research arena is a networking effort at the department level, aiming at bringing together researchers for which optimisation is relevant for a wide range of application domains.
News from the Optimisation Group
- Our department has opened a tenure-track assistant professorship, with optimisation within the research profile: the application deadline is on 15 August 2019.
- Justin Pearson is the programme chair of SOAK 2019, the bi-annual conference of the Swedish Operations Research Association (SOAF), held in Nyköping (Sweden) on 23-24 October 2019.
- Mats Carlsson (main track and applications track), Pierre Flener (main track and applications track), and Justin Pearson (main track) serve on the programme committee of CP 2019, the 25th International Conference on the Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming, held in Stamford (CT, USA) in October 2019.
- Pierre Flener serves on the programme committee of AAAI 2020, the 34th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, held in New York (USA) in February 2020.
- Pierre Flener served on the senior programme committee (SPC) of IJCAI 2019, the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, held in Macao (China) in August 2019, and was subsequently recognised as Distinguished SPC Member (top 5%).
- We have a project on winter road maintenance with B&M Systemutveckling AB, under a Verification for Collaboration (VFS) grant by UU Innovation, in 2019.