The 21st annual Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications (MOPTA 2021) conference will be held at Lehigh University, August 2-4, 2021.

The MOPTA conference brings together researchers from a broad range of optimization areas, working on theoretical or applied aspects, or both. There will be invited plenary talks from distinguished speakers, as well as organized sessions and contributed talks, spread over three days. Our confirmed plenary speakers are:

  • Hamsa Balakrishnan (MIT)
  • Amy M. Cohn (University of Michigan)
  • Simge Küçükyavuz (Northwestern University)
  • Jeffrey T. Linderoth (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Michael Mahoney (UC Berkeley)
  • Catherine McGeoch (D-Wave Systems Inc.)
  • Yurii Nesterov (University of Louvain)

Assistant Professor Albert S. Berahas, University of Michigan, is Chair of the Organizing Committee. ISE Lehigh Assistant Professor Karmel S. Shehadeh is MOPTA Competition Chair.

This year’s Optimization Modeling Competition problem is Home Service Assignment, Routing, and Scheduling with Stochastic Service Time, Travel time, and Cancellation.

COVID-19: We hope that as vaccines and vaccination programs are starting soon, this August a full MOPTA 2021 will be possible. Still, there is a real chance that having an in-person MOPTA 2021 may not be possible. MOPTA 2021 will only be held in-person if permitted by university, state and federal guidelines. If an in-person conference is not possible, we will consider alternatives such as a fully virtual or a hybrid version of the conference. We plan to send updates as they become available.

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