3rd Annual McMaster Optimization Conference:
Theory and Applications
(MOPTA 03)

July 30 - August 1, 2003
Hamilton, Ontario

Thanks to Participants and Sponsors of the
2nd Annual MOPTA Conference
held August 2002

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The 3rd annual McMaster Optimization Conference: Theory and Applications (MOPTA 03) will be held at the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, July 30 - August 1, 2003.  The conference will be sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, the Fields Institute, IBM, MITACS and MMO, and hosted by the Advanced Optimization Lab at the Department of Computing and Software.




Conference Scope

The conference is planned as an annual event aiming to bring together a diverse group of people from both discrete and continuous optimization, working on both theoretical and applied aspects. The format will consist of a small number of invited talks from distinguished speakers and a set of selected contributed talks, spread over three days. Our target is to present a diverse set of exciting new developments from different optimization areas while at the same time providing a setting which will allow increased interaction among the participants. We aim to bring together researchers from both the theoretical and applied communities who do not usually get the chance to interact in the framework of a medium-scale event.

Invited talks

Distinguished researchers will give one-hour long invited talks on topics of wide interest. Confirmed invited speakers include:

Laurent El Ghaoui, University of California, Berkeley, CA - Biography
Abstract:   "A Guided Tour of Robust Optimization"

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Lisa K. Fleischer, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA - Biography
Abstract:  Flows over Time

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Anthony Vannelli, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON - Biography
Abstract:  Advanced Hypergraph Partitioning Heuristics with VLSI Layout Applications

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Masakazu Kojima, Tokyo Institute of  Technology, Tokyo, Japan - Biography
Abstract:  "Parallel Implementation of Primal-dual Interior-point Methods for Semidefinite Programs"

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George Nemhauser, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA - Biography
Abstract:  "A Branch-and-Cut Approach to Nonconvex Combinatorial Optimization"

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Stratos Pistikopoulos, Imperial College, London, UK - Biography
A guided tour to multi-parametric mixed integer and continuous programming"

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Margaret H. Wright, Courant Institute, New York University, NY - Biography
Abstract:  "Direct Search Methods: What's the Fuss?"

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Contributed talks

Contributions are solicited for presentation at the conference. Each accepted paper will be allotted a 25 minute talk. A volume with the abstracts of the invited and contributed talks will be distributed to all conference attendants.

This conference concerns research on the use, design and analysis of efficient optimization algorithms. Both theoretical and computational studies are welcome. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest include: interior point methods for linear and nonlinear optimization; semidefinite optimization; engineering applications; sensitivity analysis; quadratic optimization; linear complementarity problems; nonlinear optimization; integer and combinatorial optimization; approximation algorithms; graph and network algorithms; network flows; scheduling theory and algorithms.

Presentation Slides

ppt Steven Corkey, Optimizing Design using Grammars and Shape Annealing
ppt Ali Elkamel, Sustainable Development of the Petrochemical Industry
ppt Hooman Homayounfar, Using ANN For Chromosomes Classification in GA
pdf Victor Kovtunenko, Shape Optimization and Inverse Crack Problems
ppt Leon Lasdon, OQNLP: a Scatter Search Multistart Approach for Solving Constrained Non-Linear Global Optimization Problems
pdf Imre Polik, Nonconvex Quadratic Farkas-type Theorems and the S-procedure

Please send your presentation slides to Oleksandr Romanko romankoo@optlab.mcmaster.ca

MOPTA 2003 Photo Gallery and Slides

MOPTA 2003 Photos - Day 1

MOPTA 2003 Slideshow - Day 1

MOPTA 2003 Photos - Day 2 (1st camera)

MOPTA 2003 Photos - Day 2 (2nd camera)

MOPTA 2003 Photos - Day 3

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: May 23, 2003.
  • Notification of acceptance / Program available: June 9, 2003.
  • Deadline for early registration: June 30, 2003.
  • Conference begins on July 30 at 7:30 a.m. and ends August 1 at 6:00 p.m., 2003.  

Conference Program

Preliminary Program

Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee Chair is Tamas Terlaky, terlaky@mcmaster.ca. The full committee consists of:

Advisory Committee:

  • Tom Luo (Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University)
  • Tom Marlin (Chemical Engineering, McMaster University)
  • Henry Wolkowicz (Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo)

Location Information

The conference will take place at McMaster University in the newly renovated Information Technology Building (pictured above), home of the Department of Computing and Software, and Advanced Optimization Lab.

Hamilton is conveniently located in the heart of Southeastern Ontario, one of Canada's most prosperous areas. The Great Lakes and the Niagara region are within easy drives. The flight possibilities are excellent. The McMaster campus is a 45-minute drive from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Hamilton is also served by its own international airport.  

For transportation to and from Pearson Airport, we have negotiated special rates with Airways Transit ($38 per person - shuttle van) and Symphony Limousine ($85 flat rate - private car).  Please be sure to mention "MOPTA" when making your reservation.  If you would like to rent a car, there are several car rental agencies at Pearson Airport.

If you are driving, follow these directions up to the campus entrance and then use the campus map. The conference building is Information Technology

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- Early registration (until June 30, 2003):  CAD $235.00  or  USD $170.00
  Students:  CAD $150.00 or USD $110.00
- Late registration: CAD $275.00  or  USD $200.00
  Students:  CAD $190.00 or USD $140.00

Fee includes registration, daily continental breakfast, lunch, conference banquet.


Special conference rates have been negotiated at several local hotels.  When making your reservation, please mention that you are attending a conference at McMaster University in order to obtain the special rate.  

Please note that this is a long weekend in Ontario, so please be sure to book your rooms EARLY!


Technical Program:  Dr. Tamas Terlaky
Registration:  Janet Delsey

Last updated:  08/01/03