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, and tranportation and logistics, where optimisation is used for resource allocation, scheduling of 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.
News from the Optimisation Group
- Fredrik Ygge of Trade Extensions gives the guest lecture Using Optimisation for Electronic Negotiations on Monday 22 January 2018 in room 1245 from 15:15 to max 17:00.
- Andreas Westerlund from Jeppesen Systems AB gives a seminar with title "Column generation for airline crew rostering: practical considerations in a production system" on Thursday 25 January 2018 in room 1311 from 10.15 to max 11.30.
- Arie Koster from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) will give the mini PhD course "Discrete Optimisation under Uncertainty" in the last week of February 2018. (More information will come soon.)
- Di Yuan serves as member of the technical programme committee of the IEEE Infocom workshop on age of information.
- Pierre Flener gave an invited talk at the International Symposium on Operations Research and Game Theory: Modelling and Computation in Delhi (India) in January 2018.
- Maria Andreina Francisco Rodriguez successfully defended her PhD thesis Analysis, Synthesis and Application of Automaton-Based Constraint Descriptions on 15 December 2017. The opponent was Christopher Jefferson of the University of St Andrews (UK).
- Mats Carlsson, Pierre Flener, and Justin Pearson serve on the Programme Committee of CP 2018, held in Lille (France) in late August 2018.