Report on Matheuristics 2018

7th International Workshop on Matheuristics

After successful editions held in Bertinoro (2006 and 2008), Vienna (2010), Rio de Janeiro (2012), Hamburg (2014), and Brussels (2016), Matheuristic 2018 workshop has been organized in the beautiful and historical city of Tours in France.

The scientific program included 14 contributed talks, 1 invited tutorial, and 1 invited talk. The contributed talks covered topics ranging from new general-purpose matheuristic techniques to the application of matheuristics to industrial cases. These contributions were selected based on their novelty and quality after going through a rigorous reviewing phase. In the invited tutorial, Sebastien Lannez (FICO Optimization) presented new ways to use Xpress Mosel to develop mathematical optimisation applications. In the invited talk, Pr. Pascal Van Hentenryck (University of Michigan) discussed modern techniques to hybridize SAT, Constraint Programming, and Mathematical Programming to tackle hard combinatorial optimisation problems.

Apart from the rich scientific program, the workshop offered a social program full of networking opportunities. On Monday night we hosted a cocktail at the “La Guingette,” one of the favorite summer venues of the Tourangeux (i.e., the citizens of Tours). On Tuesday afternoon, we took a rest from the academic program to visit the majestic Château de Chennonceaux, one of the landmarks of the Loire Valley. This was before visiting a wine cellar and the dinner held at a Troglodyte Restaurant in the neighboring town of Montlouis.

This workshop was organized with the support of: the University of Tours, Polytech Tours, LIFAT, ROADEF, GdR-RO, EU/ME, EURO, and the CNRS. Without their generous support the workshop would not have been possible. We also want to thank the members of the program committee for their hard and prompt work reviewing the contributions. Finally, we want to thank the steering committee for their guidance and advice.