Lehigh ISE successfully hosted a SIAM Summer School and MOPTA Conference

The summer of 2023 at Lehigh ISE was full of scientific excitement! We held the 2023 edition of the prestigious annual Gene Golub SIAM Summer School and brought our flagship conference MOPTA to numbers even higher than pre-pandemic ones. 


Lehigh ISE Quantum Computing and Optimization Laboratory (QCOL) hosted the 2023 GeneGolub SIAM Summer School on Quantum Computing and Optimization, from July 31 to August 11, 2023. The school was co-organized by Lehigh ISE faculty Tamás Terlaky, Luis F. Zuluaga, and Xiu Yang, as well as Computer Science and Engineering faculty Arielle Carr, with support from QCOL PhD students and departmental staff. Thanks to funding from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the school brought together a diverse group of 42 undergraduate, master’s, and PhD students from around the world to learn about fundamental and state-of-the-art results related to the use of quantum computing algorithms and devices to solve optimization and applied decision-making problems. The participants learned about this thrilling new area by both attending lectures and hands-on computing labs delivered by highly recognized researchers in the areas of quantum computing and optimization. The participants also had plenty of networking opportunities and a chance to enjoy the Musikfest Festival in Bethlehem, PA.

Lehigh ISE also hosted the 23rd edition of the Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications (MOPTA 2023) Conference, from August 16 to 18, 2023. MOPTA 2023 welcomed approximately 140 participants to Lehigh campus. The conference program consisted of 7 plenary talks from leaders in the field, 32 parallel sessions, a poster competition, and the 15th AIMMS-MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition. The talks covered a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from data science and machine learning to quantum computing and applied operations research. In addition to the scientific program, participants had the opportunity to network and build new connections during the student social and conference banquet. MOPTA 2023 was chaired by Lehigh ISE postdoctoral researcher Tommaso Giovannelli. The optimization modeling competition was chaired by Lehigh ISE faculty Xiu Yang. MOPTA started in 2000 as a one-day workshop and has grown into an exciting three-day conference. Founded by Lehigh ISE faculty Tamás Terlaky, MOPTA has been organized and hosted by Lehigh ISE since 2009.

Lehigh ISE is proud to have hosted these two successful events which have again made us a major optimization world hub and brought life to the beautiful Lehigh picturesque campus.