Optimization continues to create new challenges, both with respect to modeling and algorithms. The successful conferences at Princeton University in 2016 and Rice University in 2014 highlighted the challenges that we will continue to explore at this conference.

The theme of "mountains of optimization" is designed to emphasize, in our mountain setting, the myriad of topics, both theoretical and applied, that confront optimizers today.

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The conference will be held in the CU Denver Student Commons Building (SCB) of the University of Colorado Denver in downtown Denver.
CU Denver Student Commons Building (SCB)

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: December 12, 2017 11:59 EST

Preregistration deadline: February 9, 2018

Cutoff date for hotel: February 26, 2018



SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown

1190 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Room Rate: $189 single/double occupancy

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at a special conference rate. We anticipate that rooms will sell quickly and advise you to make reservations early, well before the cut-off date of February 26, 2018. The SpringHill Suites is within walking distance of the CU Denver Student Commons Building where the conference is taking place.

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DAY 1 Friday, March 23
8:30 - 10:00am Session 1
10:00 - 10:30am Break
10:30 - 11:20am Plenary 1: Moritz Hardt
11:30am - 1pm Session 2
1:00 - 2:30pm Lunch
2:30 - 4:00pm Session 3
4:00 - 4:30pm Break
4:30 - 5:30pm Plenary 2: John Hooker
DAY 2 Saturday, March 24
8:30 - 10:00am Session 4
10:00 - 10:30am Break
10:30 - 11:20am Plenary 3: Shabbir Ahmed
11:30am - 12:20pm Plenary 4: Karla Hoffman
12:20 - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:30pm Session 5
3:30 - 4:00pm Break
4:00 - 5:00pm Plenary 5: Illya Hicks
Saturday evening

Turnhalle Ballroom at the Tivoli
The banquet is included in the cost of the conference. Each attendee will receive 2 drink tickets for alcoholic beverages.
DAY 3 Sunday, March 25
8:30 - 9:20am Plenary 6: Sven Leyffer
9:30 - 10:20am Plenary 7: Marcos Goycoolea
10:20 - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:00pm Session 6


Preregistration deadline: February 9, 2018

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Abstract Submission

Submit a contributed abstract here: https://acgi.informs.org/oasis_login.php?

Abstract submission deadline is December 12, 2017 11:59 EST.

To chair a session, please contact Alexandra Newman at newman@mines.edu and provide a tentative session title and list of speakers.

Plenary Speakers

Georgia Tech

Value of Multi-Stage Stochastic Optimization in Power Systems Operations
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Large-scale Open Pit Mine Production-Scheduling
Google and University of California, Berkeley

Non-convex non-optimization

Discrete Optimization and Network Analysis
George Mason

Hybrid optimization algorithms to solve real-world problems
Carnegie Mellon

What Decision Diagrams Can Do for You
Argonne National Lab

A Globally Convergent Cutting-Plane Method for Simulation-Based Optimization with Integer Constraints



A Guide to Identifying Good Near-Optimal Formulations for Hard Mixed-Integer Programs

Performance Tuning For Cplex's Spatial Branch-and-Bound Solver For Global Nonconvex Mixed Integer Quadratic Programs

A Unified Modeling and Algorithmic Framework for Optimization under Uncertainty


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Organizing Committee

Colorado School of Mines
University of Colorado Denver
University of Colorado Denver
University of Colorado Boulder
Informs Optimization Society Meeting - Denver, CO