EWG ECCO, EURO working group on Combinatorial Optimization

EWG ECCO, EURO working group on Combinatorial Optimization
NameEWG ECCO, EURO working group on Combinatorial Optimization
AnnouncementThe 30th Anniversary conference ECCO XXX - 2017 will be a joint http://www.euro-online.org">EURO/http://ifors.org/web/china/">ORSC/ECCO International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization. It will be organized and hosted by the University of Primorska and its Faculty of Mathematics, Natural sciences and Information technologies, and Andrej Marusic Institute.

It will take place in Koper, Slovenia.
May 03 - May 06, 2017.

Details below (Future activities).


Gerd Finke (obituary)
I'm very sad to announce the death of Gerd Finke, active member of ECCO since the very beginning. Please find below an obituary written by a group of colleagues.
Silvano Martello

To say that Gerd Finke was a leading researcher in Operations Research would be an understatement. His scientific career started with M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics received from the University of Kiel, Germany, in 1969. Then his life path made him join the Faculty of Engineering of the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada, where he served in succession as an assistant professor, associate professor and professor, respectively, in the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Industrial Engineering until 1988. Finally, he joined as a professor of Operations Research the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, where he was responsible for the graduate studies in OR (1988-2006). He initiated scientific vocations of many students working in Operations Research in France and worldwide. Gerd's
tireless efforts earned him not only numerous and prestigious awards, but the respect of many people who were inspired by his commitment to science, research, personal engagement and determination. He was one of those people who have had such a profound impact on the future direction of science and generations of scientists. He had an international reputation and friends all over the world.

Jacek Blazewicz, Edmund Burke, Nadia Brauner, Erwin Pesch, Denis Trystram
Websitehttp://ecco.grenoble-inp.fr
NewsletterA newsletter is emailed to all members every three months.
BoardJacek Blazewicz, Poznan University of Technology, Poland.
Van-Dat Cung, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.
Alain Hertz, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada.
Paolo Toth, DEIS, University of Bologna, Italy.
Coordinator Silvano Martello
silvano.martello@unibo.it
University of Bologna
DEI
Viale Risorgimento 2
40136 Bologna
Italy
Phone: +39 051 2093022
Fax: +39 051 2093073
Url: http://www.or.deis.unibo.it/staff_pages/martello/cvitae.html
Webmaster Van-Dat CUNG
Van-Dat.Cung@grenoble-inp.fr
Laboratory G-SCOP
Grenoble INP - Génie Industriel
46, avenue Félix Viallet
38031 Grenoble Cedex
France
Phone: +33 4 76 57 48 57
Fax: +33 4 76 57 46 95
Url: http://www.g-scop.fr/~cungv
Purpose and historyThe EURO Working Group on Combinatorial Optimization ECCO
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Chapter_on_Combinatorial_Optimization">European Chapter on Combinatorial Optimization)
was created in 1987 by C. Roucairol, D. de Werra and A. Rinnooy Kan. C. Roucairol chaired for the first 10 years and now it is chaired by S. Martello. This group provides an excellent opportunity to discuss recent and important issues in Combinatorial Optimization and its applications with European combinatorialists; most European countries are represented.

The group is suitable for people who are presently engaged in Combinatorial Optimization, either in theoretical aspects or in business, industry or public administration applications. All these fields are taken in consideration: operations management - logistics, production scheduling, location and distribution problem, resource allocation, flexible manufacturing, scheduling, engineering, VLSI design and computer design, network design, etc. Recent sessions in last ECCO Conferences have attached a particular emphasis to metaheuristics or new local search methods (tabu search, genetic algorithms, ant colonies, etc.), polyhedral approaches to difficult problems and recent developments in classical optimization problems (scheduling, assignment, knapsack, partitioning, etc.).

The ECCO Conferences are held on a regular basis (once a year during Spring) and nicely combine scientific work and the exchange of new ideas with an exciting atmosphere, as in Paris, May 1988; Venice, June 1989; Barcelona, May 1990; Dubrovnik, May 1991(cancelled); Graz, April 1992; Brussels, April 1993; Milan, February 1994; Poznan, May 1995; Dublin, April 1996; Tenerife, May 1997; Copenhagen, May 1998; Bendor, May 1999; Capri, May 2000; Bonn, May 2001; Lugano, May-June 2002; Molde, June 2003; Beirut, June 2004; Minsk, May 2005; Porto, May 2006 (joint conference with the International Symposium on Combinatorial Optimization, CO); Cyprus, May 2007; Dubrovnik, May 2008; Jerusalem, May 2009; Malaga, May 2010 (joint conference with the International Symposium on Combinatorial Optimization, CO); Amsterdam, May-June 2011); Antalya, April 2012; Paris, May-June 2013; Munich, May 2014 (joint conference with the International Symposium on Combinatorial Optimization, CO); Catania, May 2015; Budapest, May 2016.

An abstract booklet is distributed to the participants at each meeting.

MembersOver 1500 members. Approximately 100-150 participants attend each meeting.
Past activitiesThe http://ecco2016.weebly.com">ECCO XXIX conference was jointly organized by the Institute of Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Science in Budapest.
It took place in Budapest, Hungary,
May 26 - May 28, 2016.

Plenary speakers:
András Frank, Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Science, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
David Pisinger, DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark
Leo Liberti, CNRS LIX, École Polytechnique, France
Andrej Brodnik University of Primorska and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Program Committee:
Jacek Blazewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences Poznán, Poland)
Van-Dat Cung (Grenoble INP, France)
János Csirik (University of Szeged, Hungary)
Gábor Galambos (University of Szeged, Hungary)
Alain Hertz (École Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)
Tibor Jordán (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
Tamás Kis (Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungary), Chairperson
Silvano Martello (University of Bologna, Italy)
Paolo Toth (University of Bologna, Italy)

Organizing Committee :
Tamás Kis (Chairperson)
Tibor Jordán
Péter Györgyi
Judit Stefkó

Web site: http://ecco2016.weebly.com

Publications:
The short summaries of all accepted talks have been collected in a Booklet of Abstracts.

A special issue of Discrete Applied Mathematics will be dedicated to ECCO XXIX - 2016. The issue will be based on contributions presented at the conference, but the invitation to submit will be extended to all ECCO and CO members.
All articles will be thoroughly refereed according to the high standards of the journal. Accepted papers will be published online individually, before print publication.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2017.

The Guest Editors
Tibor Jordán, Tamás Kis, Silvano Martello
Future activitiesThe 30th Anniversary conference ECCO XXX - 2017 will be a joint http://www.euro-online.org">EURO/http://ifors.org/web/china/">ORSC/ECCO International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization. It will be organized and hosted by the University of Primorska and its Faculty of Mathematics, Natural sciences and Information technologies, and Andrej Marusic Institute.

It will take place in Koper, Slovenia.
May 03 - May 06, 2017.

Web page: http://ecco2017.euro-online.org/en/

Plenary Speakers:
Robert Bixby
Xiaotie Deng
Bernard Ries
Gerhard Woeginger

General Conference Committee
Xiaodong Hu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Silvano Martello, University of Bologna
Gerhard Wäscher, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Program Committee
Andrej Brodnik, University of Primorska and University of Ljubljana (co-chair)
Guochuan Zhang, Zhejiang University (co-chair)
Jacek Blazewicz, Poznan University of Technology
Xujin Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Van-Dat Cung, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble
Alain Hertz, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal
Liying Kang, Shanghai University
Minming Li, The City University of Hong Kong
Xiwen Lu, East China University of Science and Technology
Silvano Martello, University of Bologna
Paolo Toth, University of Bologna
Dachuan Xu, Beijing University of Technology
Gerhard Wäscher, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Zhao Zhang, Zhejiang Normal University

Organizing Committee
Andrej Brodnik, University of Primorska and University of Ljubljana (co-chair)
Degang Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences (co-chair)
Guangting Chen, Taizhou University
Rok Požar, University of Primorska
Xin Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yindong Shen, Huazhong Univeristy of Science and Technology

Information Contact:
andrej.brodnik(at)upr.si

Important dates
Conference website online: Nov. 1, 2016
Abstract submissions opens: Dec. 1, 2016
Abstract submission closes: March 1, 2017

Publications:
The short summaries of all accepted talks will be collected in a Booklet of Abstracts.

A special issue of Discrete Applied Mathematics and a special issue of the Journal of the Operations Research Society of China will be dedicated to the conferece. The issues will be based on contributions presented at the conference, but the invitation to submit will be extended to all ECCO and CO members.
All articles will be thoroughly refereed according to the standards of the journals. Accepted papers will be published online individually, before print publication.
PublicationsSpecial issues related to ECCO meetings:

Bo Chen, Peter Gritzmann, Silvano Martello (eds.) Combinatorial Optimization: Theory, Computation, and Applications, Discrete Applied Mathematics 217, Part 1, 2017.

Silvano Martello, Bernard Ries (eds.) Advances in Discrete Applied Mathematics and Combinatorial Optimization, Discrete Applied Mathematics 196, 2015.

Silvano Martello, Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber, Refail Kasimbeyli (eds.) An Overview of Advances in Combinatorial Optimization Related Topics, Optimization 10, 2013.

L. Escudero, S. Martello, V. Strusevich (eds.) Computational Issues in Combinatorial Optimization, Annals of Operations Research, Annals of Operations Research 207, 2013.

J. Blazewicz, V. Boljuncic, S. Martello and J. Skorin-Kapov (eds.) Combinatorial Optimization, Journal of Scheduling 14, 3, 2011

H. Vladimirou and S. Martello (eds.) Developments in Combinatorial Optimization, Computational Optimization and Applications 48, 2, 2011.

M. Kovalyov and S. Martello (eds.) Combinatorics for Modern Manufacturing, Logistics and Supply Chains.
European Journal of Operational Research 189, 3, 2008

G. Hasle, A. Løkketangen and S. Martello (eds.),
Feature issue on ECCO-XVI: Rich models in Discrete Optimization - Formulation and Resolution.
European Journal of Operational Research 175, 3, 2006

L. M. Gambardella and S. Martello (eds.)
Feature issue on ECCO-XV: Metaheuristics and Worst-Case Guarantee Algorithms: Relations, Provable Properties and Applications.
European Journal of Operational Research 166, 1, 2005.

E. Pesch and S. Martello (eds.),
Feature issue on ECCO-XIV: Logistics: From Theory to Application.
European Journal of Operational Research 162, 1, 2005.

G. Improta and S. Martello (eds.),
Feature issue on ECCO-XIII: Graphs and Scheduling
European Journal of Operational Research 142, 2, 2002.

S. Martello and J.-F. Maurras (eds.),
Feature issue on ECCO XII: Graphs and Scheduling
European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 137, Number 2, 2002.

J. Krarup and D. Pisinger (eds.),
Feature issue on ECCO XI,
European Journal of Operational Research 125, 2, 2000.

R.E. Burkard, M. Labbé, M.T. Ramos and J. Sicilia (eds.),
Feature issue on ECCO X: Advances in Theory and Practice of
Combinatorial Optimization,
European Journal of Operational Research 123, 2, 2000.

Miscellaneous:
The book "Knapsack Problems: Algorithms and Computer Implementations"
by Silvano Martello and Paolo Toth, Wiley, 1990
and the associated computer codes are available for free downloading http://www.or.deis.unibo.it/knapsack.html">here.

ECCO organised in July 94 a EURO Summer Institute on Combinatorial Optimization in France, at Groupe HEC, Jouy en Josas. Twenty five participants representing 15 different countries presented their work covering the recent trends in CO such as metaheuristics and polyhedral approaches, as well as more traditional problem areas as scheduling, knapsack, 0-1 programming, etc. Following the usual tradition, a special issue of EJOR was devoted to this institute:

Special issue on EURO Summer Institute on Combinatorial Optimisation
European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 83, Number 2, 1995.
BudgetEURO annual subside: about 4,500 Euros for inviting plenary speakers at the annual meeting and for printing costs of common stationery

In 2007, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary Conference, EURO provided an additional 2,000 Euros subside for a special event in honor of Dominique de Werra, co-founder of ECCO, retiring at the end of 2007.

In 2008, EURO provided an additional 2,000 Euros subside for a special event in honor of Jack Edmonds, special guest at ECCO-XXI, May 29-31, 2008, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

In 2009, ECCO sponsored, as an official ECCO activity, the 5th Polyhedra and Combinatorial Optimization Workshop (Journée Scientifique POC), April 7-9, 2009) http://www.lamsade.dauphine.fr/~poc/spip.php?article19">Pretty Structure, Existential Polytime and Polyhedral Combinatorics (Celebrating Jack Edmonds 75th birthday). The event was sponsored by EURO with 1,000 Euros.

In 2015, EURO provided an additional 1,000 Euros to support Jack Edmonds as a plenary speaker at the ECCO XXVIII conference.

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