ACP Summer School, 2015


This year I attended the 2015 ACP Summer School on New Frontiers in Constraint Programming at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus. It was a terrific event with a packed agenda delivered by some of the leading minds in the fields of operations research, industrial engineering, applied mathematics and computer science.

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University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

Our itinerary consisted of 3.5 days of lectures, with each day consisting of four lectures 1.5 hours in length. Each speaker (detailed information found at http://acpss2015.uconn.edu/) gave three lectures, with each lecture getting more and more in-depth on their specific field as the conference progressed. The topics included large neighbourhood local search techniques, problem decompositions, parallel constraint programming, binary decision diagrams (BDDs) for optimization and real-world applications of constraint programming (hurricane response, flood evacuation, flight and crew scheduling). We also got a detailed 'under-the-hood' glimpse at the specific domain filtering algorithms used in the leading ILOG IBM CP Optimizer package.

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USTC Campus

Aside from the lecture series, the conference also had a number of great social events scheduled that allowed graduate students and faculty to connect from institutions including University of Toronto, Tepper School of Business - Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, University of Connecticut,  Polytechnique Montreal and from leaders in industry at ILOG IBM and NICTA, Australia.

Overall it was a fantastic event, one that I would highly recommend for 2016!

 

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