Register here - from February 2024

10-12 July 2024

The inaugural OPTIMA-CON 2024 is hosted by the ARC Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA). The conference will run from 08:30-17:30 daily.

OPTIMA-CON 2024 brings together industry professionals, researchers, and students from various national and international institutions. There will be a strong career and industry focus in this conference to build work readiness and connect industry with future leaders in optimisation. A diverse range of workshops, presentations and discussion groups will be held during the conference designed to foster meaningful collaborations and knowledge transfer between academia and the private sector. Optimisation challenge workshops based on real industry problems will bring students, academics and industry together in a common goal.

The conference will provide a conducive environment for networking, allowing attendees to establish connections with potential research collaborators. Informal interactions, such as coffee breaks and social events, create opportunities for participants to initiate discussions, exchange ideas, and explore possibilities for future joint research projects such collaborations can contribute to the national economy by driving innovation and addressing industry challenges.

There will be no one theme at the inaugural OPTIMA conference as we aim to bring together optimisation professionals from across disciplines.

Keynote addresses from:
– Associate Professor Cori Stewart, CEO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub
– Dr Daniel Guimarans, Principal Research Scientist at Amazon
– Professor Jürgen Branke, Operational Research and Systems at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Highlights
>Over thirty industry and research presentations delivered in a non-technical format
>Industry breakfast panel briefing
>Industry case study sessions
>Brainstorming sessions
>Networking opportunities for academics, students and industry
>Industry and careers meet and greet
>Poster session


Themes will include

Arts
Infrastructure, Logistics and Transport
Defence and Cybersecurity
Energy, Water and Resource Management
Advanced Manufacturing
Climate and Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Social Good
Education, Finance and the Service Economy
Food Security and Agriculture
Optimisation Technologies


The goals of the conference are to:

      • Give students, academics and industry professionals an opportunity to present their research, brainstorm ideas and build networks.
      • Foster collaboration and knowledge exchange between academia and industry.
      • Connect industry professionals with talented optimisation researchers.

Who should participate

Anyone interested may attend, including students, researchers and industry professionals. 


Important dates

30 November 2023 Abstract submission opens
18 March 2024 Ticket sales
18 March 2024 Abstract submission closes
12 April 2024 Abstract decisions
10-12 July 2024 Conference

Venue

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), colloquially referred to as “Jeff’s Shed,” is a group of three adjacent buildings next to the Yarra River in South Wharf, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Address: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

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Organising Committee

Michael Kirley Chair – general committee
Marcus Wagner Co-chair – general committee
Helen Allison general committee
Kate Smith-Miles general committee
Charlotte Hurry general committee
Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi general committee
Kate Smith-Miles general committee
Joyce Zhang Programme Subcommittee
Hao Wang Programme Subcommittee
Andres Munoz Programme Subcommittee
Hossein Alipour Programme Subcommittee
Hanan Al-Souly Programme Subcommittee
Marcus Gallagher Programme Subcommittee
Leilah Taouk Programme Subcommittee
Hritika Gupta Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.
Harry McArthur Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.
Vera Somers Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.
Dave Scerri Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.
Maria de la Banda Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.
Fotios Mourdoukoutas Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.
Matthew Tam Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.
Liam Timms Promotions and Sponsorships Subcommittee member.

Accessibility

If you have any accessibility needs, concerns or questions about the event, please contact optima-arc@unimelb.edu.au

Juergen Branke, University of Warwick

Juergen Branke, Professor of Operational Research & Systems at Warwick University, UK.

Juergen’s research interests are in nature-inspired optimisation; logistics and scheduling; multiobjective optimisation and decision-making; optimisation in the presence of uncertainty; simulation-based optimisation; and Bayesian optimisation.

Cori Stewart, ARM Hub

Cori Stewart founded the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub to improve industry’s productivity levels, its sovereign capability, and its access to high-value global supply chains.

As ARM Hub CEO, Cori has nurtured hundreds of businesses to validate, commercialise and modernise using cutting-edge technologies, design thinking, new IP and workforce development strategies. She has worked in defence, energy, medical, resources, the agriculture sector and more.

Daniel Guimarans, Amazon

Daniel Guimarans is a Principal Research Scientist at Amazon, with combined experience in academic research and consultancy projects for government and industry on transportation and logistics, aviation, and software solutions.

Daniel’s research is mainly focussed on the hybridisation of optimisation methods, and its combination with simulation techniques to solve stochastic problems and complex systems. Data analytics also play a major role in my research. His work is aimed at solving transportation, logistics, aviation, and manufacturing problems.

Areas of expertise: Optimisation, Constraint Programming, Heuristics and Metaheuristics, Simulation, Data Analysis, Logistics, Transportation, Routing, Scheduling, Aviation.

Submit an abstract - date has been extended to 18th March at Midday

Submission Guidelines

Talks should aim to be non-technical to suit an audience of industry, academics and students. We have a selection of themes but you may still submit an abstract that does not match a theme. All accepted abstracts will be included in the program. The best abstracts and presentations will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue at [journal].

Themes will include

Arts
Infrastructure, Logistics and Transport
Defence and Cybersecurity
Energy, Water and Resource Management
Advanced Manufacturing
Climate and Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Social Good
Education, Finance and the Service Economy
Food Security and Agriculture
Optimisation Technologies

Disclaimer: Until you have received an invitation to speak we advise that you do not book travel. OPTIMA will not reimburse any travel or costs incurred in the unlikely event that we need to cancel or postpone the conference.

Sponsorship Prospectus

You are invited to participate as a sponsor of OPTIMA-CON 24

Optimisation in Industry Conference

12 – 14 July 2024

It is anticipated that more than 200 attendees will participate in OPTIMA-CON 24 from across Australia and New Zealand in this cornerstone event for the optimisation field. Interest in attendance comes from all the leading industry and optimisation practitioners. Wonderful opportunities for professional learning, business development and enhancing networks will be on offer.

Our sponsorship program allows you to customise your presence for maximised benefits before, during, and after the Conference. Whether your goal is brand recognition, lead generation, attracting new talent or positioning yourself as a thought leader within the sector – our sponsorship offerings are designed to help your company achieve your objectives.

Why Sponsor?

OPTIMA-CON 24 is the first gathering of experts in the field of its kind in Australia and New Zealand, so partnering with this event is the most significant opportunity you will have to establish a profile in this exciting and fast-moving area. Optimisation addresses industry’s urgent need for decision-making tools for global competitiveness: reducing lead times and financial and environmental costs while improving efficiency, quality, and agility. In this conference, we will bring together industry optimisation researchers to brainstorm solutions to many of the complex problems found in industry.

Sponsorship will help establish your profile as an adopter of advancing technologies and forward-thinking in your approach to complex problems.  Attendees will be seeking advice from experts, adopting techniques and technologies, and more broadly networking for partners and new talent.  With anticipated attendees from across industry and universities and some of the best innovative research minds in the sector, the potential for marketing return is high.

  • Market to key influencers and decision-makers before, during, and after the event.
  • Stay top-of-mind for new talent who will be making decisions about their future employers.
  • Engage with attendees and create or develop relationships throughout the conference.

Should you have any questions please contact us to discuss supporting the conference. We are happy to consider ideas and amendments to the packages that maintain the spirit of supporting the conference at the designated levels.


SPONSORSHIP TIERS


PLATINUM PARTNERS 

AUD $12,500 inc. GST (Four available – see inclusions listed below)

Becoming a Platinum Partner gives your organisation the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship with the conference delegates. The package is designed to give organisations a strong presence at the conference and a continued relationship following the conference. We have several options for Platinum Partners to give your organisation the best impact at OPTIMA-CON 24.

Overall Benefits:

  • One-minute address at the commencement of your “inclusion” session (inclusions listed below)
  • Acknowledgment as a Platinum Sponsor during a Keynote session
  • Logo & hyperlink on the conference website
  • 400-word profile on the conference website
  • Opt-In Attendee list with name, organisation, state and email address to be provided prior to the conference
  • Company promo video played during the conference
  • Your branding displayed on-site during the conference
  • Acknowledgment as a Platinum Sponsor at a Keynote address and as a part of your sponsored session
  • Three (3) full in-person registrations including the welcome reception and industry breakfast briefing
  • An exhibition booth/space in a preferred position (subject to the date of booking)
  • Premier event branding: website, social media, program, EDMs and other marketing collateral

Ongoing Benefits:

  • A meeting arranged with an OPTIMA CI/AI to discuss your industry challenge
  • Job ads distributed to the OPTIMA mailing list (for up to 2 months prior and 6 months following)
  • Logo displayed on the major sponsor banner of the online conference portal landing page
  • One promotional video linked to the conference website

Platinum sponsors may choose one of the following Inclusions (subject to availability):

  • Industry breakfast briefing
  • Networking event and poster session
  • Guaranteed seminar spot
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Childcare service for the conference

GOLD PARTNERS 

AUD $7,500 inc. GST (three available)

Becoming a Gold Partner allows your organisation to develop a strong relationship with the conference delegates.

Overall Benefits:

  • Conference chair opening/closing thank you
  • Opt-In Attendee list with name, organisation, state and email address to be provided prior to the conference
  • Logo & hyperlink on the conference website
  • Your branding displayed on-site during the conference
  • Two (2) full in-person registrations to the conference including the welcome reception, industry breakfast briefing
  • An exhibition booth/space for the Careers and Industry Meet and Greet
  • Premier event branding: website, social media, program, EDMs and other marketing collateral
  • Company promo video played during the conference
  • 400-word company profile on the conference website

Ongoing Benefits:

  • A meeting arranged with an OPTIMA CI/AI to discuss your industry challenge
  • Job ads distributed to the OPTIMA mailing list (for up to 1 month prior and 3 months following)
  • One promotional video linked to the conference website

SILVER PARTNERS

AUD $2,800 inc. GST (unlimited)

Becoming a Silver Partner allows your organisation to have a strong presence at the conference.

Overall Benefits:

  • Conference chair opening thankyou
  • Logo & hyperlink on the conference website
  • Your branding displayed on-site during the conference
  • Two (2) full in-person registrations to the conference including the welcome reception and industry breakfast briefing
  • An exhibition booth/space for the Careers and Industry Meet and Greet
  • Premier event branding: website, social media, program, EDMs and other marketing collateral
  • 400-word company profile on the conference website

BRONZE PARTNERS 

AUD $1,500 inc. GST (unlimited)

Overall Benefits:

  • Conference chair opening thankyou
  • Logo & hyperlink on the conference website
  • 400-word company profile on the conference website

INDUSTRY BREAKFAST BRIEFING

AUD $10,000 inc. GST

This add-on package offers a unique opportunity to connect with attendees in a stand alone event. As a sponsor, you’ll have exclusive branding rights, and a chance to host the briefing, providing visibility among key decision-makers. This setting encourages informal discussions, fostering valuable connections that can shape the trajectory of your business.


NETWORKING EVENT AND POSTER SESSION

AUD $10,000 inc. GST

Maximise your conference impact by choosing our Networking Event and Poster Presentation add-on package. This dynamic package combines the power of interactive networking with the exposure of a poster presentation. You will be given the opportunity to give a short introduction to the event and your logo will be featured throughout the session.


MORNING OR AFTERNOON TEA

AUD $10,000 inc. GST

As a sponsor, your company will be at the centre of these essential networking breaks, offering a prime opportunity to engage with participants in a relaxed setting. Your branding will be prominently displayed, creating a positive association with refreshment and vitality. We will announce you as the host of the event, and provide a 30-second introduction to your institution/company.


GUARANTEED SEMINAR SPOT

AUD $1,600 inc. GST (Three available)

By choosing this add-on package, your company gains the exclusive opportunity to host a seminar during the conference. Share your expertise and unveil groundbreaking solutions. Benefit from increased visibility, as your seminar will be promoted in advance, attracting a targeted audience eager to assist you in solving an optimisation problem.


CHILDCARE SERVICE

AUD $10,000 inc. GST

Stand out as a family-friendly and inclusive organisation by sponsoring the Childcare Service for the conference. This thoughtful sponsorship option demonstrates your commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all attendees, including those with family responsibilities. This sponsorship not only supports attendees but also reflects positively on your company’s corporate social responsibility.We will announce you as the host of the event, and provide a 30-second introduction to your institution/company. By choosing this add-on package, your company gains the guaranteed opportunity to give a seminar during the conference.

Sponsors and Donors

Grants

OPTIMA-CON 24 has received a generous Flagship Activity Grant from the Theo Murphy Initiative (TMI) Australia.

TMI was established by the Royal Society to further scientific discovery. The fund is administered by the Australian Academy of Science and provides grant funding to support career development opportunities for Australia’s early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Applicants will need to demonstrate how the proposed activity will support EMCRs knowledge development in the relevant STEM related field(s) of research.


OPTIMA-CON 24 has received grant funding from The Australian Mathematical Society which is the national society of the mathematics profession in Australia.


OPTIMA-CON 24 has received grant funding from our conference host the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

MCEC offers flexible spaces, innovative menus, cutting-edge tech, and a dedicated team to help you deliver an unforgettable experience.

Sponsorship Prospectus

Careers and Industry Meet and Greet

This session is twofold.

Industry networking

Industry practitioners and academics will network in a relaxed setting to discuss the take-home messages from the conference.

Careers fair

We will also host a career fair for industry to showcase their career opportunities to other industry practitioners, academics and young researchers. For this session, we will invite up to 100 additional talented Masters/PhD students, in addition to those attending the conference.

Industry Panel (Optimisation for Social Good)

OPTIMA Chief Investigator Alysson Costa will lead a panel of not-for-profit organisations to discuss their specific challenges that can be approached through optimisation techniques. It promises to be an insightful session that delves into challenges that affect many organisations and how those challenges can be tackled head-on.

NFP participants to be announced shortly

Industry Breakfast Briefing

This panel discussion is aimed directly at our industry guests and will be hosted over a hot buffet breakfast. Led by one of our Industry Platinum Tier sponsors and with a panel of expert optimisation researchers, this session will highlight successful case studies and share advances in optimisation techniques that can improve efficiencies in industry.

If you are interested in sponsoring this session please check out our sponsorship options.

Case Study Workshops

We will select three real-world industry case studies proposed by our industry attendees. These will be presented by the industry practitioner and through a series of brainstorming sessions several solutions will be raised. These sessions will be interesting and informative, They will suit industry practitioners in understanding the real problems that other industries face and discover how these problems can be approached. These sessions will also suit our academics and young researchers in brainstorming new ideas and proposing real solutions.

If you are interested in submitting a case study please “Submit an abstract” to find the submission link.



Ticket Prices

Registrations will not be open until March 2024.

Early Bird Ticket prices for the three-day event: 

Standard Rate

Students ($400)

Others ($650)

OPTIMA Members 

Students ($240)

Others ($420)

AUSTMS Members 

Students ($280)

Others ($500)

Industry Breakfast Panel

Students ($15) limited number available

Others ($35)

Prices will increase after the early bird period has ended.

Disclaimer: Until you have reserved your ticket we advise that you do not book travel. OPTIMA will not reimburse any travel or costs incurred in the unlikely event that we need to cancel or postpone the conference.


Registrations will not be open until early March.

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There are six OPTIMA-CON 24 travel grants of up to $1000 available for interstate Postgraduate students. Four of these have been set aside for female students studying in optimisation.

Eligibility Criteria and Award Conditions

To be eligible for an OPTIMA-CON Postgraduate Travel Grant you must be:
  • a current Postgraduate student studying in optimisation research (any discipline).
  • attend an Australian university outside of Melbourne
  • You DO NOT need to be a member of OPTIMA​
  • presenting a seminar or a poster at the conference; and
  • registering to attend the conference for its full duration
  • prepared to submit a 500-word ‘reflection’ report for OPTIMA to promote the event
  • you must have the consent of your primary supervisor to attend this event
  • the award does not cover registration fees.

Travel grants are awarded at the discretion of OPTIMA. The amount of each grant will vary depending on the number and location of applicants. It takes into consideration the distance an applicant must travel to and from the conference. Students are encouraged to pursue other sources of funding support if required.

Apply by clicking on the link below by the 28th of February. Please apply even if you have not yet paid your registration fees.

For queries contact info@optima.org.au

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