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June 6, 2009 / or4green

Conferences

Here are a few upcoming conferences with some green OR content:

1. Computational Sustainability 2009, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 8-11, 2009 – thanks to Michael Trick for alerting me to this one – see his post about it. It is part of a new Institute of Computational Sustainability whose mission has to do with applying computer science to sustainability. The speakers range across a number of disciplines: computer science, economics, biology, OR, and more. A number of the talks titles have an OR feel. Here is a small sampling of those:
– Ken Williams, US Geological Survey, Cooperative Research Units – Natural Resources Analysis and Decision Making
– Mike Runge, US Geological Survey – Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center – Challenges in Framing the Problem: Just what are we trying to optimize anyway?
– Michael Conroy, US Geological Survey and University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forest Resources – Challenges in Dynamic Optimization for Natural Resource Management
– Warren Powell, Princeton University, Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORF) – Approximate Dynamic Programming for a Stochatsic, Multiscale Energy Policy Model
– Brian Williams, MIT, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics- Risk Sensitive Planning, Deep Sea Exploration and Sustainable Connected Homes
– Alan Borning, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington – The UrbanSim Project: Using Urban Simulation to Inform Public Decision-making about Land Use and Transportation Choices
– David Shmoys, Cornell University, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering and Department of Computer Science – Mathematical Programming-based Heuristics: Telecommunication Network Design Meets Species Distribution Planning
* I will be attending this conference, and hopefully will write a couple of posts about it.

2. 2009 ISIE Conference: Transitions Toward Sustainability, Lisbon, Portugal, June 21-24, 2009 – ISIE is the International Society for Industrial Ecology. Here is a definition of Industrial Ecology from the web page of the Journal of Industrial Ecology:

Industrial ecology is a rapidly growing field that systematically examines local, regional and global materials and energy uses and flows in products, processes, industrial sectors and economies. It focuses on the potential role of industry in reducing environmental burdens throughout the product life cycle from the extraction of raw materials, to the production of goods, to the use of those goods and to the management of the resulting wastes.

Definitely the kind of thing I have talked about here (see the recent toaster posts, for example) and a field that can have considerable overlap with OR (beyond the identical acronym as Industrial Engineering). One of the conference keynote speakers is Leith Sharp who has led the impressive sustainability initiatives at Harvard.

3. EURO 2009, Bonn, Germany, July 5-8, 2009 – “energy, environment, and climate” and “agriculture and natural resources” are two separate streams. The big European OR conference has had a lot on sustainability for the past several years, though the US-based INFORMS annual meeting is catching up. It is interesting to see some of the differences.

4. Winter Simulation Conference 2009: Energy Alternatives Austin, Texas, USA December 13-16, 2009 – the big INFORMS simulation conference. From the site:

… as part of the conference theme of ‘Energy Alternatives,’ WSC 2009 will feature an energy simulation track, highlighting the cutting edge research and practical applications of simulation in this vitally important field.

Probably an area that could use some more attention here.

5. INFORMS 2010 Optimization Society Conference: Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change – hosted by the Center for Applied Optimization and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida on 26-28 February 2010.

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