OR2015 Business Day

Operations Research (OR) and especially Mathematical Optimisation is becoming an important differentiator in various industries and society. Because companies offer similar products, have comparable technology and compete on a global scale, high performance business processes are among the last differentiators. As UPS mentioned: "In God we trust, everything else we measure and improve", underpinning the importance of Operation Research and mathematical optimization as an enabler for creating that competitive edge. In these times of economic downturn Operations Research is even more important. It gives guidance to management on where to invest and where to scale down, making the operation more agile. 

This meeting will give an overview about the state-of-the art technologies illustrated by real-world applications. In a series of 6-12 talks, each approximately 40 minutes, experts from practice, or solution providers and software companies, will present selected problems and the corresponding solutions and illustrate what has been achieved during the last 40 years, what have been the key factors for success, and what is the vision for the future.

This one-day event attempts to give an overview of the current state of the art of mathematical optimization techniques applied in industry.

Please contact the organizer Josef Kallrath (BASF SE, Scientific Computing, Ludwigshafen, Germany and GOR working group Real World Optimization) if you are interested in contributing a presentation.


When: Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 09:30 - 16:30

Where: Elise Richter Saal, first floor (see floor plans)

Free access for conference participants.

Business-Day Pass for non-participants can be purchased on-site at the conference desk for EUR 90,- (valid for Business Day only).



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09:15-09:25 Opening and Welcome Session (J. Kallrath & S. Rebennack)

09:25-10:15 Dr. Franz Höfferl (OMV, Vienna, Austria): LP based OR applications in refinery & marketing business at OMV

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11.35 Armin Gauss (Fichtner IT Consulting AG, Stuttgart, Germany): LP Energy System Planning - Examples, general approach and aspects related to other industrial OR applications

11:35-12:25 Prof. Dr. Josef Kallrath (BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany): Mathematical Optimization at BASF – A Quarter Century and more ...

12:25-13:05 ----- Lunch Break -----

13:05-143:55 Jawad Elomari (ORTEC B.V., EA Zoetermeer, The Netherlands): Supply chain optimization at TNT express

13:55-14:45 Dipl.-Inf. Robert Krämer (Mathesis GmbH, Mannheim, Germany): Work Visually with Complex Data

14:45-15:15 Coffee Break

15:15-16:05 Prof. Dr. Daniele Vigo (Bologna University & Optit srl, Bologna, Italy): Optimization of Staff Management for Desk Customer Relations Services

16:20-16:30 Final Discussion – End of Workshop









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