19th ESICUP meeting

With the support of the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research and Development under award number FA8655-23-1-7001 and

ESICUP gathers practitioners, researchers and Operations Research educators with interests in the area of Cutting and Packing. The purpose of ESICUP is to improve communication among individuals working in this field.

The 19th ESICUP Meeting is the 2022 regular meeting of ESICUP and follows meetings in Wittenberg (Germany), Southampton (United Kingdom), Porto (Portugal), Tokyo (Japan), L’Aquila (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Copenhagen (Denmark), La Laguna (Spain), Lille (France), Beijing (China), Portsmouth (UK), Ibiza (Spain), Liège (Belgium),  Zoetermeer (The Netherlands), Mexico City (Mexico),2021 – online (ZOOM) and Toledo (Spain) last year.

Besides the promotion of publications, the activities of the group include the maintenance of a web page and the organization of meetings. Founded in 1988, during the EURO/TIMS Conference in Paris, by Prof. Gerhard Waescher and Prof. Harald Dyckhoff, it has now around 600 members, registered on the web site, from the entire world. ESICUP is since 2003 a Working Group of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO).

In this meeting contributions dealing with any aspect of the Cutting and Packing problems formulation, resolution or application are welcomed. This includes theoretical achievements, algorithms development and real-world implementations. Different problems, related with Cutting and Packing, are also welcomed. Typical, but not exclusive topics of interest are:

  • One-Dimensional Problems
  • Two-Dimensional Rectangular Problems
  • Nesting and irregular shapes packing
  • Three-Dimensional Packing
  • Bin-Packing
  • Container Loading
  • Problem generators and benchmarks
  • Additional Objectives and Constraints in C&P
  • Typologies
  • Industrial applications

Organising Committee

Michele Monaci, University of Bologna

Program Committee

Julia Bennell (Chair), University of Leeds
José Fernando Oliveira, University of Porto
Ramón Alvarez-Valdes, University of Valencia
François Clautiaux, Université de Bordeaux
Tony Wauters, University of Leuven
Michele Monaci, University of Boulogne
Antonio Martinez, University of Southampton
  • March 3, 2023 – Deadline for Abstract Submission.
  • March 10, 2023 – Notification of acceptance.
  • March 17, 2023 – Deadline for EARLY registration.
  • March 31, 2023 – Deadline for LATE registration.
  • May 3-5, 2023 – 19th ESICUP Meeting.

Click on the following link to proceed with the payment and formalising the registration: 19th ESICUP MEETING (fondazionealmamater.it)

Early Registration (before 17 March 2023): 160 €

Late Registration (before 31 March 2023): 190 €

The fee includes the Welcome on Wednesday, breaks, lunches on Thursday and Friday and social dinner.

Please click here to proceed with the payment and formalise the registration.

In addition to that please an email to [email protected] before April, 4 2023. Please, use the following template and include the required information:

Subject: 19th ESICUP Meeting Registration

To submit a communication to the 19th ESICUP Meeting write an abstract (3000 characters maximum, approximately 1 page, and elucidative about the problem tackled, the methodology used and the main conclusions drawn) on a cutting and packing topic and submit it no later than March 3, 2023. The notification of acceptance of your communication will reach you until March 27, 2023. The abstracts of the accepted communications will be included into the 19th ESICUP Meeting proceedings book that will be available to download.

The submission process is done by sending an email to [email protected]. Use the following template and, please, include the required information:

Subject: 19th ESICUP Meeting Submission
Communication Title:
Please attach the latex/word format of the abstract (not just the PDF).

The schedule is now available.

Programme is now available here – ESICUP19th

Conference Venue

The conference venue will be the Aula Giorgio Prodi, which is an historical venue located in the city center, see https://goo.gl/maps/QooXdvHJF3yKUyEL8

About the venue

The San Giovanni in Monte complex is a historical building of the University of Bologna, ex- convent of the Canonic Laterans, restored after having been used as a prison from the Napoleonic era to 1984. The recovery became a moment for a cultural revision about the use of the building. During the renaissance the ex convent was a place of study and meditation for the city. Amongst the works from the 500′, we can find the alfresco by Bartolomeo Cesi, in which we see the regal wedding from the evangelical reading of Matt,22. The alfresco can be found in the Giorgio Prodi room, which is now used as the big refectory and will, by the way, be the place where we meet!

See more: https://disci.unibo.it/en/department/facilities/piazza-s-giovanni-in-monte-2-bologna

How to get to San Giovanni in Monte

The exact location is https://goo.gl/maps/QooXdvHJF3yKUyEL8 (Piazza S. Giovanni in Monte, 2, 40124 Bologna BO). The complex is located in the historic center of Bologna, where the circulation of cars is strictly limited. Therefore, it is not recommended to arrive by private car.

Nearest bus stop
Piazza Minghetti, bus lines 11, 13, 20, 90, 96

From the airport/station
Marconi Express (also called “people mover”) from the Airport to the Train Station.
From the Train Station, take bus line 11 until Piazza Minghetti
From Piazza Minghetti: turn left and go straight along via Farini (about 400 metres), then turn right to via San Giovanni in Monte (https://goo.gl/maps/f39ZS6fT2vipEbbz6).
In fact, if you travel in groups of 2 or 3, the taxi quickly becomes a competitive option and you will be dropped to destination in about 30 minutes.

Get-together Evening

Welcome on Wednesday will be organised in the same place (Aula Giorgio Prodi) with a catering

Conference dinner



Piazza S. Giovanni in Monte, 2, 40124 Bologna BO


The registration desk will be located in the meeting venue where you will collect your name badge and registration pack for the event.

Your name badge

You should wear your name badge at all times during the event. It is your admission to the venue (includes coffee breaks and lunch).

Notes on presentation


The conference rooms are equipped with an overhead projector, a video projector and a computer.

We suggest that you bring your own computer and/or transparencies as a backup.

Length of Presentation

22.5 minutes for each talk, including discussion. Please note that we are running on a very tight schedule.

Therefore, it is essential that you limit your presentation to the time which has been assigned to you.

Session chairpersons are asked to ensure that speakers observe the time limits.

Internet Access

Further details on how to access wireless network at the conference venue will be provided on arrival.

Dietary, Mobility and Other Requirements

Please let the registration desk know if you have any additional special requirements.