Register here

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 08:30-17:00 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.

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

Special Edition

We are pleased to announce that there will be a special edition of the journal Optimization Letters for OPTIMA-CON24!

This special issue aims to showcase the importance of optimization in practice. Selected submitted abstracts to OPTIMA-CON 2024 will be invited to be submitted as a full-paper to the special issue. Submissions not presented at the conference are also welcomed. The special issue promotes developing new models or integrated frameworks for finding optimal solutions to solve real-world problems in different application areas such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and transport.

More info: https://link.springer.com/journal/11590/updates/26911612


Keynote speakers

Juergen Branke, Warwick University

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.


Important dates

30 November 2023 Abstract submission opens
18 March 2024 Abstract submission closes
30 April 2024 Abstract decisions
30 April 2024 Ticket sales
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

MAP


Accessibility

If you have any accessibility needs, concerns or questions about the event, please contact info@optima.org.au

Sponsorship Prospectus

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

Optimisation in Industry Conference

10 – 12 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 programme 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 (Three of 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 – SOLD!
  • 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 $2,500 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
  • Company profile listed on the interactive conference app, with links to your company.
  • 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

CAREERS & INDUSTRY EXHIBITOR

AUD $250 inc. GST (unlimited)

The OPTIMA-CON 24 Careers & Industry Meet and Greet connects students and early career researchers in mathematical sciences, computer science and engineering with employers of graduates and highlights career opportunities available outside academia. Many of these researchers are exceptionally talented in optimisation methodologies and applications. These skills have the potential to optimise your business processes, such as staff rostering, fleet management, inventory, space management, transport and cost reductions. Students and researchers build confidence in meeting and networking with a range of employers, discover the most highly sought-after skills employers are looking for, and learn about different industry entry programs and career pathways. Your presence would complement our optimisation in industry conference and assist students and researchers with visualising industry applications of their subjects or research.

Overall Benefits:

  • An exhibition booth/space for the Careers and Industry Meet and Greet
  • Connect with mathematical sciences, computer science and engineering researchers, honours, Masters and PhD students from across Australia, with many specialising in optimisation methodologies and applications.
  • Build brand awareness of your organisation as an employer of mathematical science, computer science and engineering graduates
  • Get the opportunity to promote programs and career pathways within your organisation
  • Be acknowledged on the OPTIMA-CON 24 website with a URL link of your choice, organisation logo and short company profile (approx. 150-200 words)
  • Your branding displayed on-site during the careers fair
  • Company profile listed on the interactive conference app, with links to your company.

INDUSTRY BREAKFAST BRIEFING – SOLD!

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 $8,000 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 $8,000 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 $8,000 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


PLATINUM PARTNER

Gurobi builds, sells and supports a math-programming engine for solving linear programming and mixed-integer programming problems. Gurobi provides the tools that do the “heavy lifting” associated with modern optimization applications.


SILVER PARTNER

The Melbourne Centre for Data Science is building a vibrant, research-intensive, and a collaborative interdisciplinary environment to lead advancements in data science for the benefit of society.


BRONZE PARTNERS

The Optimization Firm develops software tools for optimization (BARON) and machine learning (ALAMO) for more than 1,000 customers, including world-leading universities, research institutions, and companies spanning the energy, finance, healthcare, materials, and technology sectors.


The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is a not-for-profit peak body for the mathematical sciences with a breadth of members including Australian universities, professional societies, government agencies and industry. We champion mathematics, statistics, and data science for Australia’s advancement through advocacy, facilitation, and collaboration.

The common purpose we share with our members and partners is the radical improvement of mathematical capacity and facility, both in Australia and Asia-Pacific. AMSI’s impact is underpinned by our convening power across the mathematical sciences ecosystem.

AMSI’s activities fall largely into three strategic areas – school education, research and higher education, and industry engagement. In school education, we focus on teacher professional development to foster teaching excellence and inspire students to study mathematics to year 12. Research and higher education delivers advanced research training and research workshops to continue the development of undergraduate and postgraduate maths students, in preparation for careers in academia and industry. Our industry division is home to the national PhD internship program, APR.Intern, which has successfully grown to an all-discipline all-sector program working with Australian universities and industry.


GRANTS AWARDED

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

Register here - from 5pm 30th April 2024

Draft Programme

This programme is in development and is subject to change.

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 – Gurobi

This panel discussion is aimed directly at our industry guests and will be hosted over a hot buffet breakfast. Led by Gurobi 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.

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 open at 5pm AEST on 30th April 2024

Early Bird Ticket prices for the three-day event: 

Standard Rate

Students ($396 inc. GST)

Others ($660 inc. GST)

AUSTMS Members 

Students ($275 inc. GST)

Others ($495 inc. GST)

OPTIMA Members 

Refer to emails from OPTIMA

Industry Breakfast Panel

Invitation only (49.50 inc. GST)

Prices will increase after the early bird period has ended on 30th May unless sold out prior.

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.

Add yourself to the mailing list OPTIMA-CON mailing list, if you would like updates as they happen.

OPTIMA-CON 24 email list for updates

Provide your email address if you would like to stay updated.

Name(Required)
Email(Required)
Please let us know what's on your mind. Have a question for us? Ask away.

STANDARD TRAVEL GRANTS & WOMEN IN OPTIMISATION TRAVEL GRANTS


Women in Optimisation Travel Grants

There are three Women in Optimisation travel grants of up to $1250 available for interstate optimisation researchers. The recipients of these grants will also receive 30% off their registration costs.

Eligibility Criteria and Award Conditions

To be eligible for a Women in Optimisation OPTIMA-CON 24 Travel Grant you must be:
  • do research in optimisation as an academic or a current Postgraduate student studying optimisation research (any discipline).
  • work at or 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 institution/primary supervisor to attend this event
  • the recipients of this grant will also receive 30% of registration costs.

Travel grants are awarded at the discretion of OPTIMA. The total amount paid out will be equal to or less than $1250, depending on the total travel costs.  Applicants are encouraged to pursue other sources of funding support if required.

Apply by clicking on the link below by the 30th April  Please apply even though you are not yet able to register.

For queries contact info@optima.org.au

Standard Travel Grants – Now closed

There are three Standard OPTIMA-CON 24 travel grants of up to $1000 available for interstate Postgraduate students.

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 total amount paid out will be equal to or less than $1000, depending on the total travel costs.  Applicants are encouraged to pursue other sources of funding support if required.

Apply by clicking on the link below by the 18th of March. Please apply even though you are not yet able to register.

For queries contact info@optima.org.au


APPLY
We warmly invite you to participate as an exhibitor in the Careers & Industry Meet and Greet on Friday 12th July 2024 at MCEC, Melbourne.

The OPTIMA-CON 24 Careers & Industry Meet and Greet connects students and early career researchers in mathematical sciences, computer science and engineering with employers of graduates and highlights career opportunities available outside academia. Many of these researchers are exceptionally talented in optimisation methodologies and applications. These skills have the potential to optimise your business processes, such as staff rostering, fleet management, inventory, space management, transport and cost reductions. Students and researchers build confidence in meeting and networking with a range of employers, discover the most highly sought-after skills employers are looking for, and learn about different industry entry programs and career pathways. Your presence would complement our optimisation in industry conference and assist students and researchers with visualising industry applications of their subjects or research.

 

Event Details

Friday 12th July 2024

1hour 45 min event, 13:30 – 15:15 AEST

Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre

Cost: AUD $250 inc. GST (twenty available)

Hosted by OPTIMA this event will connect your business with a talented student cohort of up to 250 PhDs, Masters & Honours. A further one hundred academics and industry professionals are expected to attend the co-located Industry Meet and Greet.

As one of twenty Careers & Industry Exhibitors, you receive the following:

  1. An exhibition booth/space for the Careers and Industry Meet and Greet
  2. Connect with mathematical sciences, computer science and engineering researchers, honours, Masters and PhD students from across Australia, with many specialising in optimisation methodologies and applications.
  3. Build brand awareness of your organisation as an employer of mathematical science, computer science and engineering graduates
  4. Get the opportunity to promote programs and career pathways within your organisation
  5. Be acknowledged on the OPTIMA-CON 24 website with a URL link of your choice, organisation logo and short company profile (approx. 150-200 words)
  6. Your branding displayed on-site during the careers fair
  7. Company profile listed on the interactive conference app, with links to your company.

Please contact us by 30 May if you would like to participate. We have twenty places available.

If you are interested in attending the conference as an industry delegate, please visit the registration page on our website (https://optima.org.au/outreach-and-events/optima-con2024/). If you are interested in other opportunities such as sponsoring a session at the conference, please see the attached prospectus.

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.

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.

Alysson is an expert in mathematical programming with a focus on mixed-integer programming modelling and decomposition solution algorithms. He has held a Senior Lectureship position since 2017. He obtained PhD in Business Administration (Quantitative Methods) from HEC – University of Montreal. In 2008 he commenced at the Applied Mathematics Department of the University of São Paulo. He has been a chief investigator in several projects funded by CAPES, CNPq and FAPESP, the Spanish Ministry of Education, the European Commission (Marie-Curie Actions) and the ARC. He has 40 journal publications on theory and multidisciplinary applications of optimisation in several applied engineering areas. He has supervised nine PhD students and one post-doc and is the current primary supervisor of three PhD students. Alysson has provided mathematical modelling and algorithmic development input to research on a wide range of application areas, resulting in published outputs with more than 50 co-authors (Scopus).

Fruit2Work is an award winning, certified social enterprise and registered charity, delivering fresh fruit, milk, bread, and pantry items to workplaces. Fruit2Work creates chances for people who have been impacted by the justice system.

Established in Melbourne in 2016, Fruit2Work has expanded to Queensland and is now delivering to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Tweed Heads.

They provide meaningful transitional employment, together with other wraparound support such as our ‘Transition2Change’ program, we help our people enhance their self-worth, reconnect with family, and reintegrate into society. At Fruit2Work it’s about being better than we were yesterday.

Simon Fenech is the General manager of social enterprise, Fruit2Work, which creates meaningful employment opportunities for those who are impacted by the justice system by delivering fresh fruit and milk to workplaces. A former Australian and Asia-Pacific kickboxing champion, Simon was a finalist in the Social Enterprise Champion of the Year award in 2019. In 2020 he was named by Qantas Travel Insider magazine as one of the 100 most inspiring Australians. He lives with his family in Sunbury, Victoria.

We are looking for another not-for-profit business to join this spot!

Watch this space

Case Studies

Adiona Tech

Advanced Approaches to Vehicle Routing Problems with a Focus on Driver Preferences

Vehicle Routing Problems (VRPs) represent a cornerstone of operational research, particularly within the domain of city logistics. These complex and multifaceted optimisation challenges are pivotal for enhancing efficiency and reducing operational costs in numerous industries. However, existing VRP solvers frequently encounter difficulties in effectively incorporating driver preferences, scaling to the complexities and dimensions of real-world scenarios. This proposal outlines an innovative workshop dedicated to exploring new methodologies in addressing VRPs, with a special focus on a cluster first, route second (CFRS) approach that integrates driver preferences derived from historical data.

Objective
The primary aim of this workshop is to delve into the intricacies of VRPs, particularly the CFRS VRP, and to showcase novel strategies that not only consider logistical optimisation but also integrate driver preferences into the routing decisions. By bringing together industry professionals, academics, and researchers, the workshop intends to foster a rich dialogue on the challenges and solutions related to modern VRP solvers. The workshop will highlight the importance of incorporating human factors into algorithmic solutions, demonstrating how this integration can lead to more efficient, practical, and sustainable logistics operations.

Peter Mac

Cure at What Cost?

Dr Jennifer Soon will lead this case study.

The treatment landscape of cancer is rapidly evolving with medical advances providing new opportunities for improved cancer outcomes. In the space of 15 years, the median overall survival of patients with advanced cutaneous melanoma has increased from 6-10 months to now in excess of 6 years. This is mainly due to the implementation of high-cost novel therapies such as checkpoint inhibitors (or immunotherapy) and targeted therapies. These medicines are now being used to treat earlier stages of disease; however, the optimal sequencing and combination of these treatments is unclear.

Furthermore, questions are now being raised as to whether these treatments, which can have chronic and life-changing side effects, can be de-escalated to minimise overtreatment and optimise patient outcomes. Clinical trials alone do not provide the answers to these questions. Economic modelling can be used to help predict the impact of novel therapies and other changes to treatment pathways on patient outcomes and resource utilisation. This information will inform health policymakers and leaders who need to make decisions on resource allocation, workforce planning, and medicine reimbursement.

Dr Jennifer Soon is a Medical Oncologist with a special interest in health policy and health services research leveraging data science methodologies. Following on from a Melanoma and Translational Research Fellowship with Professor Grant McArthur at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2020, she has embarked on a PhD project that marries these interests and explores the interaction between health economics and the pursuit of outcomes that matter to patients. Her current research focuses on de-intensification or de-escalation of melanoma management, horizon scanning, and leveraging a large population-level data linkage to model the impact of novel therapies and strategies in melanoma.

Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization

Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization

Carlos M. Fonseca will lead a case study in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization. More information will be announced shortly.

Carlos graduated in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, in 1991, and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Sheffield, U.K., in 1996. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a member of the Adaptive Computation (AC) group of the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC). Formerly, he was a Research Associate with the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering of the University of Sheffield, U.K., and a Lecturer at the Department of Electronic Engineering and Informatics, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Algarve, Portugal. His current research interests include multiobjective optimization, evolutionary algorithms, experimental assessment of algorithms, dynamical systems, and engineering design optimization.


Talks

Optimisation Technologies

  • Bing Wang – Improving the Performance of Bilevel Evolutionary Algorithms Using Variable Associations
  • David Ferguson – Sharp Opturion Optimisation
  • Fatemeh Jalalvand – Enhancing Optimization Methods for Real-World Applications: Integrating Machine Learning Techniques for Improved Performance
  • Hemant Singh – Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization: Recent Developments and Practical Case Studies
  • João Luiz Junho Pereira – Artificial Intelligence Simplifying Unknown Problems
  • Kate Smith-Miles – Can I Trust This Algorithm? Show Me the Stress-Testing!
  • Vivek Katial – Enhancing Quantum Optimisation by leveraging their features
  • Qingyang Li – Synthesizing Mixed-Integer Linear Programming Models from Natural Language Descriptions
  • Sardar M N Islam (Naz) – A Game Theory-Based New Approach to Optimisation Modelling for Optimal Financial Management
  • Sarah Ryan – Transitioning from Off-Patent to Innovation Molecules Within the Agrochemical Industry
  • Simranjit Kaur – Hidden Gems: Advanced Modelling Features in Gurobi
  • Sameela Suharshani Wijesundara – Towards Domain Specific Languages for Combinatorial Optimisation Modelling

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Andrew Gooley – Collaboration in the Industrial Transformation Training Centre Program – An Industry Perspective
  • Elham Mardaneh – Efficient Multi-Campaign Maintenance Scheduling for Minimizing Equipment Shutdowns in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Iman Rahimi – Enhancing Multi-objective Optimisation of Open-pit Mining Problem via Boundary Updating
  • Nico Andres Thio – An Introduction to Methodology and Challenges of Multifidelity Expensive Black-Box Problems
  • Stephen Jarvis – BlueScope Steel – Paint Schedule Optimisation

Water and Resource Management

  • Vaughn Grey – Optimising Long-Term Water Quality Monitoring of Rivers
  • Philip Meng – Recent Applications of Optimisation Technologies at Water Corporation, Western Australia
  • Rahul Rao – AGL Agua – Hydro Dispatch Optimisation
  • Sarang Kulkarni – Optimisation of Groundwater Production Scheduling at Water Corporation, Western Australia
  • Yi Zhen – Multi-Objective Optimization in Urban Water System

Defence and Cybersecurity

  • Emely Pierau – Hyper-Spectral Image Data from Distributed Acoustic Sensing Systems for Intrusion Detection and Monitoring
  • Hue Chi Lam – Multi-Objective Optimization with Multiple Decision Makers Based on User-Preferences
  • Jason Looker – Stochastic Integrated Military Aircraft Fleet Management
  • Jeffrey Christiansen – A Robust Optimisation Approach for a Two-Player Force-Design Game
  • Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi – Predicting Dynamic Networks

Green Energy

  • Dante Recalde – Building a Resilient Energy Future: Leveraging Optimization for Grid Modernization
  • Hirad Assimi – Mining for a Greener Tomorrow: Underground Mining Truck Electrification
  • Muhammad Haider Ali Khan – Framework of Open Source Tools for Optimising Green H2 Projects
  • Rohan Horsely – Lochard Energy’s H2RESTORE Project – Optimisation in the Context of Uncertainty
  • Soobok Yoon – The Optimal Infrastructure Design for Smart Charging System

Health and Wellbeing

  • Alex de Sa – AutoML-Driven Small Molecule Pharmacokinetic and Toxicity Prediction
  • Draga Doncila Pop – TrackTour: Cell Tracking with Linear Optimization and Guided Error Correction
  • Tien Dung Pham – Optimizing Chromatography Processes Under Uncertainty: A Robust Approach Using Conformal Intervals
  • Michael Kirley – Data-Driven Root Cause Analysis for Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing
  • Setyo Tri Windras Mara – Be Prepared for Sustainable Transport in Healthcare: A New Model for Multi-Modal Blood Delivery System

Logistics and Transport

  • Amin Karimi – Stochastic Fleet Sizing and Routing in Aerial Delivery
  • Sekar Sakti – Synchromodal Transport Planning and Pricing Under Dynamic and Stochastic Environments
  • Sergey Polyakovskiy – Cutting and Packing as Part of Multi-Component Optimization Problems
  • Tom Sandeman – Deploying Optimisation in Logistics Planning
  • Yijie Su – The Large-Scale Impact of Micro-Consolidation Hubs in Urban Deliveries in Melbourne: A Hybrid Approach of Traffic Simulation and Optimisation

Optimisation in Action

  • Harry McArthur – Balancing Privacy and Utility with Margin Consistent Noise
  • Ryan Covey – A Trio of Optimisation Problems at the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Leilah Taouk – The Development of a Fuel Management Schedule to Mitigate the Severity of Forest Fires
  • Liam Timms – How to Estimate a Population Average by Talking to Your Neighbours: A Decentralised Approach to Optimisation
  • Seyed Sina Mohri – Optimizing Online Order Collection: An Adaptive Large Neighbourhood Search Algorithm for Crate Building in Grocery Stores

Workforce Scheduling

  • Hritika Gupta – Waiting Time Distributions of Customers in Call Centres
  • Hajar Sadegh Zadeh – Optimising Operating Room Scheduling Considering Emergency Case Arrivals: A Stochastic Modelling Approach
  • Vicky Mak – Optimisation Solution for Defence Workforce Planning

When you register for the conference tick “yes” to the childcare question. We will then contact you in due course to understand your needs.

We plan to hire nannies to mind the children during the event but we need to know the individual needs of the families before we confirm the plans. The children will be looked after on-site at the conference. The carers will take them outside from time to time to enjoy the sunshine.

We will provide more information at the end of May.

GECCO Summer School

The GECCO Summer School is run consecutively with OPTIMA-CON 24. If you are here to register for the GECCO Summer School – register by clicking this link https://events.humanitix.com/gecco-summer-school 

Follow the GECCO page https://gecco-2024.sigevo.org/Summer-School for updates and the full program.