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16th AIMMS-MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition

  • 1.  16th AIMMS-MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition

    Posted 01-24-2024 09:09
    Dear Friends and Colleagues, 
    The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Lehigh University is thrilled to announce the opening of the 16th AIMMS-MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition.

    The competition is organized by the conference organizers of MOPTA and AIMMS. The first phase's submission deadline is May 1, 2024, 23:59 Eastern Time. Finalists are expected to attend and present their results at the 2024 MOPTA Conference to be held on August 14-16, 2024, at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

    This year's challenge:
    The goal of the competition this year is to analyze renewable energy grids. The problem description is posted on the competition website:


    Information on eligibility, registration, submission, and competition format are posted on the competition websiteTeams of at most three students can participate and should list a faculty advisor. The team leader must be a graduate student, though the other team members can be advanced undergraduate students. Each team member must be registered as a full-time student at a recognized educational institution during the Spring term of the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Students with any background are eligible. Collaboration between students from different departments is strongly encouraged. Each finalist team will receive free registration for the conference for up to two team members. As the conference is international, so is the competition. Teams from all over the world can participate, as long as at least one team member can come to the conference, should the team make it to the final round. The official language of the competition is English.


    All teams in the AIMMS-MOPTA 2024 competition who use AIMMS software in their submission will receive a gift by post. The top three teams will be invited to present (in person) to a panel of judges at the MOPTA 2024 conference. The prizes will be awarded as follows:

    Place                      Used AIMMS Software                            Did not use AIMMS Software
    1st                                     $1200                                                              $600           
    2nd                                     $600                                                               $300  
    3rd                                      $300                                                               $150 

    Teams will be ranked by a panel of judges, including representatives from both the conference organizing committee and AIMMS.

    For more details about the competition, visit

    We look forward to welcoming you at MOPTA 2024.

    Xiu Yang
    Assistant Professor
    Lehigh University
    Bethlehem PA