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2017 International Data-Driven Optimization Workshop held


From 19 December 16th to 19th, the 2017 International Data-Driven Optimization Workshop was held at SUFE. The workshop was organized by the SUFE Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (RIIS), co-organized by FIR Science and Technology Co., Ltd. Chen Xinyuan, Vice President of SUFE, Hu Xiaodong, President of Operations Research Society of China, Dai Yuhong, Director of Operations Research Society of China Mathematical Programming Branch, Ye Yinyu,Professor of Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering, Peter Glynn,academician of the US National Academy of Engineering and Li Ziliang, Professor of Stanford University Department of Statistics and other leaders and guests attended the workshop.

Well-known professors and young scholars from Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Princeton University, New York University, University of Minnesota, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, University of Montreal, The University of British Columbia,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Hong Kong University Science & Technology and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics,gathered at the workshop.

In addition to the top researchers in the academic field, the workshop also invited several industry leaders, including Ye Jieping, professor of University of Michigan and Vice President of DiDi, who is an internationally renowned expert in the field of optimization algorithm and machine learning; Erling Andersen, the founder of MOSEK ,the optimization software the has the largest coverage in Europe, Zhang Tong, the leading scientist in the field of AI and Director of Tencent AI laboratory and Tianbing Qian, the vice president of Ports America.

Operations Research originated in the Second World War. In order to acquire the most efficient allocation of military missions and military resources, the United States military authorities summoned a large number of scientists to use the scientific means to deal with the problems of strategy and tactics. These scientists formed the earliest research group. After the war, industrial production were getting increasingly complex , people began to realize that problems in the industrial production were similar to those problems in the war.Operations Research began to extend to various fields and eventually developed into a specialized discipline.In 1955, Operations Research were introduced to China.

On December 16th, the workshop bedan. Professor Ge Dongdong, Dean of SUFE RIIS, delivered a speech on Data-riven Optimization and Decision-making Practice. Professor Ge talked about how data-driven scientific decision-making became a useful tool of optimal allocation of resources. He analyzed the difference between the combination in academic and industrial fields in the past and at the present and introduced the mathematical programming and machine learning solver LEAVES .

John Carlsson,an associate professor from University of Southern California, made a speech on Computational Geometry and Logistics. He pointed out that the study of computational geometry and logic to help scientists find geometric and logical rules from complex data, the subset of the data allows scientists to better understand the nature of computer algorithm for each data set as well as the relationship between different kinds of data, such as helping large-scale logistics scheduling and the algorithm of unmanned warehouse algorithm.

Ye Jieping, Vice President of DiDi Chuxing and Dean of DiDi research institute, delivered the keynote speech entitled Big Data in Didi Chuxing, demonstrated a detailed the application of big data and AI technology in platform of DiDi. The Didi Machine Learning and Research Institute was set up in 2015, and then changed to DiDi Research Institute. The Institute combined big data, machine learning and cloud computing to build a cloud artificial intelligent traffic engine, DiDi Brain.

The founder of MOSEK, Erling Andersen shared development experience of the software, and made a report entitled Solving Conic Optimization Problem Using MOSEK.

The workshop also invited to the two highest award winners: Ye Yinyu, the winner of John von Neumann Theory Prize, the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor of Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering and Peter Glynn, academician of the US National Academy of Engineering, Thomas Ford Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University to delivered special reports.

Professor Ye Yinyu has received several research awards including the 2014 SIAG/Optimization Prize awarded every three years to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, the inaugural 2012 ISMP Tseng Lectureship Prize for outstanding contribution to continuous optimization and the inaugural 2006 Farkas prize on Optimization

Professor Peter Glynn served as Director of Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering and Chair of Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He is the leading contributor to modern simulation theory. He is currently the chief editor of the top international journals: Journal of Applied Probability and Advances in Applied Probability.

(From Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences )