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The INFORMS Optimization Section was formed in the fall of 1995 and became a Society in 2004.

The Optimization Society has two goals:

  1. to promote the development and application of optimization methods and software tools for the solution of problems in Operations Research/Management Science, and
  2. to encourage the exchange of information among practitioners and scholars in the optimization area.

Highlights

2020 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference is postponed. Read more here.

Optimization Society Prizes

The deadline for applying Optimization Society prizes are May 1st. Check the page for more details.

IOS Election Results

The INFORMS Optimization Society welcomes the new officers to the executive board:

Chair-Elect: Alper Atamturk, Chair-elect Term: 2020; Chair Term: 2021-2022.
Vice Chair, Computational Optimization and Software: Ruth Misener, Term: 2020-2021.
Vice Chair, Integer and Discrete Optimization: Merve Bodur. Term: 2020-2021.
Vice Chair for Network Optimization, Jose Walteros. Term: 2020-2021.
Vice Chair, Linear and Conic Optimization, Nathan Krislock. Term: 2020-2021.
Treasurer/Secretary: Andy Sun, Term: 2020-2021.
We congratulate the new officers but also thank everyone who ran for an officer position. Please note that all of the vice chairs will resume positions immediately in January 2020.

We thank all of the outgoing officers for their service and leadership.

Optimization Society Conference 2020

[POSTPONED] The INFORMS Optimization Society conference will take place on March 15-17, 2020 in Greenville, SC. See the conference page for details.

OS Newsletter issue is out

The Fall 2018 issue of the OS newsletter is now available. Check the newsletter page for the past editions.

Discussion platform

The INFORMS Optimization Society has a community web page. You are very welcome to join it and participate in its discussions.

Optimization Stories

The OS website has a page for Optimization stories: success stories of Optimization that are documented as videos and other easily shared formats.

JOBS OF INTEREST TO IOS

  • Wenzhou, China, Wenzhou-Kean University Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Business Analytics Along with NYU Shanghai and Duke University Kunshan, Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU) is one of only three full legal-person Sino-American universities with all English instruction approved by the Ministry of Education in China. We invite research-oriented applicants for full-time tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Management with an emphasis in Business Analytics to begin in Fall 2021. Successful candidates would conduct scholarly research, perform services, and teach in Business Analytics and related fields such as HR/People Analytics, Management Science, Operations; MIS; and other general management and other upper-level courses. Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate degree in Data and Business Analytics/MIS/ HR/People Analytics or related fields. Exceptional ABDs with teaching and research experience may be considered. Publications in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals  Specific Requirements: Knowledge of working with popular analytics software tools and languages commonly used in industry such as SAS, IBM SPSS Modeler, Python, R, Tableau. Applicants with teaching, research and/or practice interests and experience in application of Data and Business Analytics including HR/People Analytics, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things (IOT) within the context of the above areas are strongly encouraged to apply. To receive full consideration by the search committee, candidates need to submit a cover letter, CV, research statement, unofficial transcripts and contact information for three references by email to: Search Committee Chairperson at wkucbpm@wku.edu.cn . Official transcripts for terminal degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required before appointment.  WKU sits on over 500 beautiful acres with a new state-of-the-art facility (http://www.wku.edu.cn/en/cbpm/). A city of 9 million people, Wenzhou is only one hour by plane and just over three hours by high-speed train from Shanghai and Hong Kong. Business faculty positions at WKU offer: Highly competitive salaries that are multi-year Tax-Free for citizens of countries such as the U.S.A. Generous home leave, housing, schooling, and relocation allowances, as well as 8% front-load retirement benefits with immediate vesting. Research funding A collegial environment The opportunity to teach high quality students with half of them go to the graduate schools at Top 50 Universities in the world. Wenzhou-Kean University is an Equal Opportunity Employer  
  • Baltimore, Maryland, The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University seeks applicants for a full-time teaching position (Lecturer) in the area of systems engineering to be part of the teaching faculty in the department of Civil and Systems Engineering (CaSE). This position will serve a key role in the department’s new program in Systems Engineering and the growing Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). More experienced candidates may be considered for a Senior Lecturer position. This is a career-oriented, renewable appointment that is responsible for the development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses to those majoring in Civil and/or Systems Engineering. Some potential areas for instruction could include: data sciences, mathematical modeling, risk analysis, network modeling, optimization, or any course at the intersection of systems engineering and civil infrastructure. The Whiting School of Engineering has a well-established non-tenure track career path for full-time teaching faculty culminating in the rank of Teaching Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to help articulate the role of systems engineering in undergraduate and graduate education, particularly in the context of a department that broadly covers the areas of systems, structures, and mechanics of materials. See the department website for more information (case.wse.jhu.edu). Teaching faculty members are encouraged to engage in departmental and university service and may have advising responsibilities. In particular, this position is likely to include some administrative responsibilities related to oversight of our full-time M.S. degree program in Systems Engineering and to coordination of the ABET accreditation process for Systems Engineering. Such activities will offset some of the teaching responsibilities of the position. Applicants for the position must have a Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering or a closely related field. Related professional experience is considered a plus. Successful applicants must also have demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, teaching, and have excellent communication skills. The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved. Application Instructions : Applicants should apply online at https://apply.interfolio.com/81347 . Please include a cover letter and a CV and, optionally, a brief teaching portfolio including (sample) course evaluations from any classes taught by the applicant. While candidates who complete their applications by January 15, 2021 will receive full consideration, the Department will consider exceptional applicants at any time. 
  • London, Ontario, Canada, The Ivey Business School at Western University, London, Ontario seeks two candidates for a Probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, or Tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the area of Management Science area, which includes Data Science and Business Analytics. The successful candidates will have a PhD in Management, Business or a related discipline. The positions are available to begin in July 2021, although alternate start dates may be arranged. The successful candidates will be expected to teach management science subjects (including business analytics, management statistics and data science) in our student-centered, case-based undergraduate, MBA, or EMBA programs, or in the MSc or PhD programs. In addition to teaching, the successful candidates will also contribute to and complement the school’s extensive research on Management Science and Business Analytics, specifically, with regard to Revenue Management, Health Care, Supply Chain Management, and Optimization. Tenured Appointment: Applicants for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor will hold a PhD. The ideal candidate will have published in the highest quality academic outlets and is a recognized expert in his or her field of research. Preference will be given to candidates who provide evidence of strong teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level and supervision of graduate students. Probationary (Tenure-Track) Appointment: Applicants for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor must have completed a PhD. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic background and the ability to publish in high quality academic outlets. They should also have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Application Procedure: Applicants are encouraged to submit materials (curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and copies of research papers) online to facultypositions@ivey.ca (See http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/faculty/career-opportunities/ for other application details). Please ensure that the form available at http://www.uwo.ca/facultyrelations/faculty/Application-FullTime-Faculty-Position-Form.pdf is completed and included in your application submission. Review of applicants will commence on January 4, 2021 . Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The Ivey Business School is Canada’s premier business school and is recognized globally for the quality of its management education and research. The School’s major activities include highly regarded MBA, MSc, undergraduate, and doctoral programs, and a diverse portfolio of executive programs. The School is internationally oriented in terms of curricula, research, faculty, and student exchanges, with campuses in London (Canada), Toronto and Hong Kong. Ivey is the world’s second largest distributor of case studies. Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.   Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact facultypositions@ivey.ca .
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is recruiting 100 outstanding academics in emerging fields with potential for scientific and scholarly breakthroughs—above and beyond our existing recruitment—to join HKU as assistant, associate, or full professors, on tenure-track or with direct tenure ( https://www.prof-scholars.hku.hk/ ).  To achieve strategic cluster recruitment, the Institute of Data Science (HKU-IDS) invites applications for multiple positions in the general area of machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence.  We welcome outstanding candidates from diverse disciplines in computer science, statistics, optimization, applied mathematics and other related areas to apply.  Each successful candidate will be jointly appointed between HKU-IDS and the academic department at HKU best aligned with the candidate’s work. This is a broad search open to all areas of data science including but not limited to databases and systems, fundamental machine learning, interface between optimization and machine learning, natural language processing, visions and robotics, Bayesian learning, causal inference, and decision making under uncertainty. We are seeking dedicated and creative scholars to help build up our newly established Institute of Data Science through active research and strong commitment to teaching and mentoring of students. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Jan 31, 2021 to ensure earlier consideration, but the search will continue until positions are filled.  To apply online, please complete applications with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, 2 or 3 most significant research publications, and contact information for at least three references ( https://www.prof-scholars.hku.hk/apply-now ).
  • Atlanta, Georgia, The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, invites applications for multiple named President’s Postdoctoral Fellow positions. Applicants from all research areas will be considered, including advanced manufacturing; analytics and machine learning; applied probability and simulation; data science and statistics; economic decision analysis; energy and sustainable systems; health and humanitarian systems; optimization; supply chain engineering; and system informatics and control. Successful candidates will be expected to perform independent research at the cutting edge of their field in collaboration with a faculty mentor within the school. Candidates will be evaluated on their academic accomplishments, the strength of their research proposal, and their potential for faculty careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through their teaching, research and service. The mentor's potential to work productively with the candidate and their commitment to equity and diversity in higher education may also be considered. Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance.  Applicants should submit: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; research proposal (up to two pages, not including references and citations); letter from an ISyE faculty member (other than your Ph.D. dissertation advisor) indicating their commitment to serve as your primary mentor; education and background statement (up to one page, describing your personal background and contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career); thesis abstract (up to one page); writing sample (sample publication or paper, max. 35 pages not including references and citations); names and contact information for three references. Application materials should be submitted via https://www.isye.gatech.edu/about/employment-opportunities/presidents-postdoctoral-fellow-positions . Requests for information may be directed to Dr. Alan Erera ( postdocsearch@isye.gatech.edu ). Review of applications will begin immediately, and the search will continue until the positions are filled. Diversity is one of Georgia Tech’s greatest strengths and one of the major priorities identified in our strategic plan. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We believe that diversity includes the individual differences among people from differing social, racial, or ethnic backgrounds, gender, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, economic circumstances, personal characteristics, philosophical outlooks, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, expectations, physical abilities, and aspirations.  Each of these characteristics, both singularly and in combination, contributes to the richness of the Georgia Tech community.  A Ph.D. or equivalent qualification is required by the start of the appointment, and a background check must be completed prior to employment.

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