Mathematical Optimization

Presented by Martina Fischetti (Lead Engineer at Vattenfall)

Moments of crisis are also opportunities to look at the world with new eyes. This is how we discovered an analogy between the optimization challenge of locating turbines offshore (main expertise of the speaker) and the one of locating facilities to ensure social distancing and safety during COVID-pandemic. This allows us to use our expertise to help businesses and customers during this challenging period. In particular, we show that using mathematical optimization one can increase profit for businesses (fitting more tables in a restaurant or umbrellas on a beach) while also increasing safety for customers.