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First lecture pre-release of the upcoming Modeling Discrete Optimization MOOC.

https://youtu.be/mN-XvxgeDhc.

https://www.coursera.org/course/modelingoptimization

#optimization   #orms   #copr   #minizinc  
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Modeling Discrete Optimization (MDO) was design to complement Discrete Optimization (DO). MDO is much more focused class and deals with learning the modeling language MiniZinc (http://www.minizinc.org/) and using it gain access to general purpose optimization solvers. Students in MDO won't need to write any algorithms, just problem specifications.

The software requirements of MDO have been streamlined. Students can download the MiniZinc IDE, do the assignments and submit them for grading without needing any additional system configuration.

After taking MDO, you could try DO again using MiniZinc to solve the assignments. On such example in provided in the set-cover assignment. (https://github.com/discreteoptimization/setcover)

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Job opening in supply chain and logistics at NICTA,

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Applications are invited for a researcher position within the Optimisation Research Group, to work with Philip Kilby and Pascal Van Hentenryck in the area of Logistics and Supply Chains. The position is based in Canberra, Australia's capital city for a 2 year appointment. While Canberra is a small city, it has an outstanding cultural, natural, and academic environment.   We seek an outstanding researcher who has recently received their PhD to be...
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I did this last year.  It was fantastic, one of the best weeks of my life (so far).  It's like summer camp for Optimization lovers.  There is no cell service at the site (which also happens to be next to a world class beach), so you are sure to enjoy a lot of old-fashion, quality-time with the attendees.

Surely worth the trip to Australia.
What: Optimisation Summer School When: 12--17 January 2014 Where: Kioloa Beach, New South  Wales Registration and further details: http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~tw/school/programme.html Applications ...
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NICTA 4th International Optimisation Summer School

Kiola, New South Wales, Australia
January 22nd to 27th 2016
Call for Participation
http://tinyurl.com/optschool

Spend a week by the beach learning about the latest optimisation
technologies. How can you help a business reduce its costs?
Or reduce their carbon footprint? Or do both? The school is
sponsored by the Optimisation Research Group of NICTA
http://org.nicta.com.au/

The school will focus on solving large scale combinatorial
optimisation problems in practice. The school is intended for
undergraduate students (3rd year or later), masters or early
stage PhD students. Every undergraduate participant will be
assigned an individual mentor.

Topics covered include: introduction to constraint programming,
modelling, integer programming, column generation, uncertainty,
vehicle routing, scheduling, supply networks and research skills.
Lecturers include Simon Dunstall, Phil Kilby, Olivia Smith, Peter Stuckey,
Guido Tack and Toby Walsh.

Registration

The registration page is open now and applicants will be considered
in order of application so please apply as soon as possible.
Undergraduates are free. Yes, a week by the beach paid for with
fun and games! Postgraduates need pay just $250 which covers
5 nights accommodation, all food and drink, and the coach transfer
from Sydney.

Postgraduate, postdoctoral and industry applicants, please complete the
form here

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16iQvT9DFMUzCAWMiL1jSl1AAb1OwxmKU-oqBmFDtYa4/viewform

Undergraduate applicants, please complete the form here

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XACfsL2JO9owqENiqN-s-cvGwXEE9KG2kH2iKoy7ZCo/viewform

Organizer

Prof. Toby Walsh, NICTA and UNSW.
Local information

The School will again be held at ANU's beautiful seaside campus at
Kioloa, near Bawley Point on the south coast of New South Wales.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kioloa,_New_South_Wales

Application Deadline:
Friday, October 30, 2015
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Research over the last two decades has shown that integration of ideas from mathematical programming and constraint programming (CP) can simplify modeling and reduce solution time significantly. A substantial share of the speedup is due to better communication of problem structure to the solver through metaconstraints, a generalization of global constraints in CP. However, metaconstraints pose the problem of identifying relationships between auxiliary variables that are introduced when the solver unpacks the constraints. We propose a semantic typing system as a general solution to this problem. Variables are defined by their association with typed predicates and keywords, where the keywords are analogous to database queries. We present examples to illustrate this modeling paradigm over a wide variety of applications. This is joint work with Andre Cire and Tallys Yunes.

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John Hooker is the T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility and Professor of Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University.  He joined the Tepper School of Business at CMU in 1984 and has since held several visiting posts, most recently at the London School of Economics and the State University of Campinas, Brazil.  He holds doctoral degrees in philosophy and operations research.

Professor Hooker has published over 130 articles, 6 books, and 5 edited volumes.  In the area of operations research, he has produced pioneering work on the integration of optimization technologies and wrote the first book on the subject. He is also the author of Optimization Methods for Logical Inference and two editions of Integrated Methods for Optimization.  He has served on several editorial boards, including two decades as an area editor for INFORMS Journal on Computing.  He is an INFORMS Fellow and recipient of the INFORMS Computing Society Prize.

He also has interests in business ethics and cross-cultural management, as reflected in his books Business Ethics as Rational Choice and Working across Cultures.  He is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Ethics Education and co-organized four conferences on international corporate responsibility.  He has lived and worked in Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, India, Qatar, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zimbabwe, and has extensive experience in Germany and Mexico.

Professor Hooker headed the Tepper School’s undergraduate business administration program from 1996 to 2001 and received a Distinguished Academic Service Award for his contributions. In 2009, he was recognized with an Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence.

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Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Seminar Room (H7.84), Level 7, Building H, VIC

Video Conference Sites:
NICTA Neville Roach Laboratory, Board Room Level 4. 223 Anzac Pde. Kensington, NSW.
NICTA Canberra Research Laboratory, Seminar Room (ground floor). 7 London Circuit, Canberra City, ACT.
NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory, 115 Batman St., West Melbourne, VIC.
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How do we go about proving that a puzzle such as Candy Crush is hard to solve? What makes noughts and crosses easy, but Candy Crush hard? Find out in this article by +Toby Walsh 
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We are getting ready for the second session of Discrete Optimization, which opens in one week. Spread the word!

Signup Page:
https://www.coursera.org/course/optimization

Lecture Preview:
[UoM Leaks] Discrete Optimization Lecture
Discrete Optimization is a free online class taught by of The University of Melbourne
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What: Maxima Where: Monash University Time: September 25th 5pm-7pm Venue: South 1 Lecture Theatre, Building 64, ground floor, Monash University - Clayton campus The Monash Academy for Cross and Int...
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It was a major effort in preparing these designs, but well worth the effort.

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    Computer Science, 2008 - 2012
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    Computer Science, 2001 - 2006
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The restaurant part of this establishment serves an all you can eat buffet for around 600 LKR (as of 2015). Make sure not to miss the clay pots at the end of the buffet contain the classic Sri Lankan dishes. The atmosphere is nice and the Sri Lankan dishes are well done. This is a popular stop for tour buses that pass through.
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This place serves a classic Sri Lankan lunch; a selection of curries over rice, on top of a water lily petal for around 200 LKR (as of 2015). The leaf is easily wrapped up for takeaway orders. It appears to be a popular lunchtime destination for local business men. Of all the food I have had in Sri Lanka, these curries were some of the best. The verity of complex flavors were well balanced and nothing was too spicy or too tart.
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