Tutorial Speakers

Anna Nagurney

Isenberg School of Management, Unites States of America

Anna Nagurney is the John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks, which she founded in 2001. She holds ScB, AB, ScM and PhD degrees from Brown University in Providence, RI.  She is the author of 14 books, more than 195 refereed journal articles, and over 50 book chapters. Anna's  research focuses on network systems from transportation and logistical ones, including supply chains, to financial, economic, and social networks and their integration, along with the Internet.  She has advanced methodological tools used in game theory, network theory,  equilibrium analysis, and dynamical systems.


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Title of talk: “Game Theory and Variational Inequalities: From Transportation and Supply Chains to Financial Networks and the Internet” Read more about her talk

Bernd Bischl

LMU Munich, Germany

Bernd Bischl is Professor for “Computational Statistics” at the Department of Statistics at the LMU Munich and a director of the newly established Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML). His research group focuses on machine learning, Bayesian optimization, model selection, interpretable ML and statistical software development. He is the founder of the mlr toolbox for machine learning in R and a longtime collaborator of the OpenML project.

Furthermore, he is one of the founders of the COSEAL (COnfiguration and SElection of ALgorithms) working group.

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Title of talk: "Bayesian Optimization and Automatic Machine Learning" Read more about his talk

Claudia D'Ambrosio

CNRS, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique, France

Claudia D'Ambrosio is a research scientist (chargé de recherche) at CNRS affiliated at LIX, Ecole Polytechnique (France). She holds a Computer Science Engineering Master Degree and a PhD in Operations Research from University of Bologna (Italy). Her research speciality is mixed integer nonlinear programming. During her whole carrier, she was involved both in theoretical and applied research projects, with a particular interest in energy optimization. She was awarder the EURO Doctoral Dissertation Award for her PhD thesis supervised by Professor Andrea Lodi and the 2nd award "Prix Robert Faure" (3 candidates are awarded every 3 years) granted by ROADEF society.

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Title of talk: "Challenging Optimization Problems in Energy Production and Transportation" Read more about her talk

Holger Hoos

Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands

Holger H. Hoos is Professor of Machine Learning at Universiteit Leiden (the Netherlands) and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (Canada), where he also holds an appointment as Faculty Associate at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and past president of the Canadian Association for Artificial Intelligence / Association pour l'intelligence artificielle au Canada (CAIAC).


Holger's research interests span artificial intelligence, empirical algorithmics, bioinformatics and computer music. He is known for his work on machine learning and optimisation methods for the automated design of high-performance algorithms and for his work on stochastic local search. Based on a broad view of machine learning, he has developed - and vigorously pursues - the paradigm of programming by optimisation (PbO); he is also one of the originators of the concept of automated machine learning (AutoML). Holger has a penchant for work at the boundaries between computing science and other disciplines, and much of his work is inspired by real-world applications.


In 2018, together with Morten Irgens (Oslo Metropolitan University) and Philipp Slusallek (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), Holger launched CLAIRE, an initiative by the European AI community that seeks to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation (claire-ai.org). CLAIRE promotes excellence across all of AI, for all of Europe, with a human-centred focus and aims to achieve an impact similar to that of CERN. The initiative has attracted major media coverage in many European countries and garnered broad support by more than 1000 AI experts, more than one hundred fellows of various scientific AI associations, many editors of scientific AI journals, national AI societies, top AI institutes and key stakeholders in industry and other organisations (for details, see claire-ai.org).

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Title of talk: "Programming by Optimisation: Automated algorithm configuration, selection and beyond" Read more about his talk

Ivana Ljubic

ESSEC Business School of Paris, France

Ivana Ljubic is Professor of Operations Research at the ESSEC Business School of Paris. Prior to joining ESSEC in 2015, she was appointed at the University of Vienna, where she also received her habilitation in Operations Research in 2013. Ivana Ljubic holds a PhD degree in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology (2004) and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Belgrade (2000).

Research interests of Ivana Ljubic include combinatorial optimization, optimization under uncertainty, bilevel optimization. She uses tools and methods of mixed integer programming, (meta-)heuristics and their successful combinations for solving optimization problems with applications in telecommunications, logistics, network design or bioinformatics. She is Associate Editor of Omega and member of Editorial Board of European Journal of Operational Research, Computers and Operations Research and Journal of Global Optimization. She currently serves as a chair of the INFORMS Telecommunication and Network Analytics Section.

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Title of talk: "From Game Theory to Graph Theory: A Bilevel Journey" Read more about her talk

Leon PetrosYan 

St. Petersburg University, Russia

Leon Petrosyan (born December 18, 1940) is a professor of Applied Mathematics and the Head of the Department of Mathematical Game theory and Statistical Decision Theory at the St. Petersburg University, Russia.

He has more the 250 publications in the field of Game Theory and Operations Research and supervised more than 50 PhD students.


Academic degree and appointments

  • 1962 Master of St.-Petersburg State University

  • 1965 Ph.D. at Vilnius State University

  • 1972 Dr. of Sci. of St.-Petersburg State University

  • 1976 Full Professor of St.-Petersburg State University

  • Head of the Department of Mathematical Game Theory and Statistical decisions (now acting)

  • Dean of the Faculty of Applied mathematics - Control Processes (now acting).

  • 2001 Director of the Center of Game Theory ,St.- Petersburg State University (now acting).

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http://www.apmath.spbu.ru/ru/staff/petrosjan/index.html (in Russian)


Title of talk: "Time-Consistency Problem in Control Theory and Dynamic Games" Read more about his talk

Nico Vandaele

KU Leuven, Belgium

Nico Vandaele holds a degree Business Engineering and obtained a PhD in Applied Economics, Operations Research and Operations Management from KU Leuven in 1996. He is holder of the GSK Research Chair on Access-to-Medicines and a member of the Research Center of Operations Management. Nico Vandaele teaches courses in operations research, operations management and supply chain management.

His research interests are situated in supply chain design, immunization systems, modeling of manufacturing and service systems, the design of planning systems, sales and operations management, health care management and traffic modeling. Another research area deals with decision support systems for product design and development and (R&D) portfolio management.

He was Franz Edelman Award finalist (class of 1999) and since then member of the Edelman Academy. He is associate editor of Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, published in multiple OR/MS and OM journals, is co-founder of the Health Care Systems Engineering conference and is board member of the EURO WG on Humanitarian Operations and the WG on Stochastic Modeling. He is intensively involved in vaccine supply chain design in several countries in collaboration with international organizations like UNICEF. In terms of research valorization, he is co-founder of a KU Leuven spin-off company and he was executive director of a university Innovation and Incubation Center.


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Title of talk: "Humanitarian Operations Modeling at the Interplay of Relief and Development" Read more about his talk

Nicole ADler

Hebrew University, Israel

Nicole Adler is a full professor and head of the Department of Operations Research and Operations Management at the Jerusalem School of Business Administration at Hebrew University. Adler’s areas of expertise include game engineering (see special issue on the topic in Transportation Research part B, 2010) and productivity modeling. By combining operational research optimization models with micro-economic concepts, game theory, cost-benefit assessments, geographical spatial analyses, data envelopment analysis and stochastic directional distance functions to the field of transport, Adler has created new ways to understand and develop transport markets. Adler has also advised various governmental organizations in order to assess performance and incentives in transport markets. These include the Japanese Shinkansen operator on the likely impact of additional airport infrastructure in the greater Tokyo region; DG MOVE on the European Trans-European network projects; the Norwegian Department of Transport on the efficiency incentives of creating a single airport operator serving all Norwegian regions; the OECD International Transport Forum on how to better incentivize the appropriate use of existing airport infrastructure; the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority on the impact of signing an open skies agreement between Israel and the European Union; the Israeli Competition Authority on the impact of horizontal airline agreements on aviation markets; SESAR on accelerating changes in the European air traffic control market; and the Performance Review Board on the cost efficient targets for air traffic control provision in Europe.

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Title of talk: "Applying game theory to analyze air transport markets" Read more about her talk

Piotr Faliszewski

AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland

Piotr Faliszewski is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He obtained his PhD at University of Rochester, USA, under supervision of Prof. Lane A. Hemaspaandra. Piotr's research interests focus on computational social choice, including election-related algorithms, with a particular focus on multiwinner voting, and cooperative games theory. Piotr is a recipient of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He published over 35 journal papers and over 70 conference papers.

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Title of talk: "Committee Elections: Applications, Axioms, and Algorithms" Read more about his talk

Roberto Cominetti

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile

Roberto Cominetti obtained a degree in Mathematical Engineering from

Universidad de Chile (1986) and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics
from Université Blaise Pascal in France (1989). His research interests
are in the fields of convex optimization, transportation, and game theory.
He has co-authored more than 50 research papers and one book, and has
been plenary speaker at numerous international conferences.

In 2015, Cominetti was appointed as full professor with the Faculty of
Engineering and Sciences at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. Previously
he worked at Universidad de Chile with the Department of Mathematical

Engineering, the Center for Mathematical Modeling, and the Department

of Industrial Engineering. He has held short term visiting positions in Brazil,

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Uruguay, and the USA.

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Title of talk: "Routing games in congested networks: convergence for large games and the Price-of-Anarchy"

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Sally Brailsford

University of Southampton, UK

Sally is Professor of Management Science at the University of Southampton. Her research interests include healthcare modelling, behavioural OR and hybrid simulation methodology. She has worked at Southampton for nearly 30 years, after a varied career that included nursing and freelance translation of Russian mathematical journal articles. She has worked in many different disease fields including diabetes, cancer, mental health and HIV/AIDS, in addition to emergency care and end-of-life care, and has developed models to evaluate treatments and screening programmes as well as to redesign and improve service delivery. She is the only three-time winner of the UK OR Society's Goodeve Medal, awarded for the best paper in the Journal of the OR Society that year (2004, 2005 and 2015), and in 2016 she was awarded Companion of OR by the UK OR Society.

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Title of talk: "Introduction to hybrid simulation" Read more about her talk

Sheetal Silal

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Sheetal Silal is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Statistical Sciences,
Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed both her
MSc and PhD. Her primary research area is the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases
with particular focus on malaria elimination efforts in South Africa, Southern Africa and the
Asia Pacific region. Through the use of population and metapopulation-level differential
equation models and agent-based simulation, she aims to analyse malaria transmission
dynamics and project the impact of proposed policies and interventions. Apart from
performing research at the University of Cape Town, Sheetal spends her time supervising MSc
and PhD students and teaching Statistics, Operational Research and Mathematical Modelling
across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is the Head of the newly formed
research group Modelling And Simulation Hub, Africa (MASHA) based at the University of
Cape Town; a group aimed to connect and train African mathematical modellers working in
tropical diseases. She is also an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in Tropical Disease
Modelling at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University and a Research Associate
at the South African DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis
(SACEMA) at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Title of talk: "Evidence-based tools to support decision making for malaria elimination" Read more about her talk