Vice President – Meetings

Tamás Terlaky

Tamás Terlaky

George N. and Soteria Kledaras '87 Endowed Chair Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Vision Statement

As meetings are one of the most, if not the most, important activities of INFOMRS, I am honored to have been nominated, and looking forward to serve the INFORMS community as V.P. for Meetings. At meetings we demonstrate that Operations Research and Analytics are core components of success for industrial, government, and pro-bono organizations. The analytics movement, the exploding word of Big Data, the ever- growing need for data driven decisions and scientifically well founded decision making creates an exciting time for INFORMS. Meetings provide the platform for the vibrant INFORMS community to interact, they are increasingly the venue for recruiting and job search. Meetings provide unlimited opportunities to networking, making new friends, they are the venue for education and idea generation to advance research. While journals archive the results, the seeds of ideas and collaboration frequently planted at meetings.

INFORMS is fortunate to have an exceptionally motivated and devoted membership who volunteer to make our meetings great, and a highly professional INFORMS staff who deliver superb service to the INFORMS community. Our joint efforts ensure that the meetings will continue to advance our society for the benefit of all members individually, and serve all subdivisions and partner organizations well. Meetings are not only for our current members, meetings are where students and prospective members experience the vibrant atmosphere and many of them become lifetime members. Meetings are where our subdivisions meet and conduct their business meetings, launch new initiatives, discuss trends, challenges and opportunities, and initiate new collaborations.

The INFORMS portfolio of meetings reflect to, and serve the interests of our broad constituencies, stretching from numerous methodological and academic areas through application domains and practitioner communities, to regional and international meetings. As V.P. for Meetings I will continue to further build on this stellar portfolio, to work with all the subdivisions, internal and external partners to ensure that their needs are met and the meeting portfolio is well coordinated and aligned with INFORMS’ short and long term goals.

The Annual Meeting is the flagship event which sets trends, aligned with the fundamental goals of the INFORMS community, and facilitates interaction and cross-fertilization among the communities. As V.P. for Meetings I work with the conference committee to ensure the technical program, venue and social events facilitate these objectives. The Analytics meeting designed to provide an opportunity for the practitioner community to interact with their peers and the academic community. The emphasis is on expanding professional skills and increasing societal impact. It is the responsibility of the V.P. for Meetings and the conference committee to ensure that attendees learn from leading industry and university experts how to develop OR and Analytics solutions to solve real-world problems. International Meeting are the vehicles to generate new opportunities for international collaborations, to further spread the benefits of OR and Analytics to a world-wide audience, and to promote INFORMS as the leading OR/MS society. Last, but not least, the V.P. for Meetings has the duty and opportunity to work with all the subdivisions to support their thematic and regional conferences and to identify opportunities for Special Topics conferences in emerging areas.

Personally, I have a broad experience with organizing and managing meetings, conferences and workshops. Within INFORMS I launched the OS bi-annual conferences, organized numerous streams and sessions, and served on the program committee of regional and international meetings. Outside INFORMS, I served as Chair of the ICCOPT Steering Committee, served as Chair of ICCOPT, EUROPT, MOPTA and HPOPT conferences, I am serving as Co-Chair of the 2020 SIAM Optimization conference. My track record of society leadership positions; the above listed extensive experience with scientific meetings, combined with my academic leadership and extensive journal editorship track record uniquely positions me for the VP Meetings position.

Finally, I thank you all for being a devoted, loyal member of INFORMS, and taking the time to vote. I look forward to seeing all of you at many future meetings, hearing your suggestions and seeing your initiatives on how our meetings can be made even more enjoyable and of higher impact. Together, through your work presented at our meetings, we can make evident how Operations Research and Analytics advances society and make the world a better place.

Biographical Profile


  • Ph.D. Eötvös University. Budapest, Hungary, 1981
  • B.Sc/M.Sc., Eötvös University. Budapest, Hungary, 1979

Professional Experience

  • Chair, ISE Department, Lehigh University, 2008-2017
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Pannon University, Veszprém, Hungary, 2005-2017, and Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK, 2008-2014
  • Founding Director, School of Computational Engineering and Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2005-2008
  • Professor, Canada Research Chair, McMaster University, 1999-2008
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, TU Delft, Netherlands, 1989-1999
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary1981-1994
  • OR Specialist Hungarian Oil & Gus Trust, 1979-1981

INFORMS Activities

  • General Chair 2015 Annual Meeting
  • Member: Nomination Committee 2015-2016
    • Subdivision Council, 2003-2006
    • Ad-Hoc Publication Committee, 2006
    • Program Committee: EURO-INFORMS Meeting, Rome
  • Chair and member of numerous prize committees, including Nicholson, Khachiyan, Farkas, OS Young Researcher
  • Chair Optimization Society 2004-2006, Vice Chair 2001-2003
  • Stream organizer of several INFORMS meetings

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of SIAM 2018, INFORMS 2016, Fields Institute 2006
  • Wagner Prize for Excellence in OR Practice, 2017
  • Egerváry Award, Hungarian OR Society, 2017
  • Finalist UPS-INFORMS George Smith Prize, four-times, 2012-2015
  • Award of Merit, Canadian OR Society, 2015
  • Mentorship Award of Excellence, MITACS, Canada, 2008
  • Numerous distinguished public, plenary, and keynote lectures

Other Professional Activities

  • SIAM Optimization Conference, Organizing Committee Co-Chair, 2020
  • Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization (SIAG/OPT), 2017-2020
  • Chair, ICCOPT Steering Committee, MPS, 2007-2013
  • Chair of the ICCOPT Conference, Hamilton, ON, Canada, 2007
  • Founding Chair of EUROPT, 2000-2003
  • Founding Editor in Chief of Optimization and Engineering, 1999-2012
  • Founder of the annual MOPTA: Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications conference series, 2000-present
  • Editorial Board Member: 2 book series, 10 journals, e.g., EJOR, JOTA, COAP, OMS, CEJOR
  • Organizing and Program Committee member of over 50 conferences

Publication Summary

Co-Authored 4, edited over 15 books and journal special issues. Books include:

  • Interior Point Approach to Linear Optimization: Theory and Algorithms, JW&S, 1997, Springer 2006
  • Self-Regularity: A New Paradigm for Primal-Dual Interior Point Methods, Princeton U.P., 2002
  • Interior Point Methods in Mathematical Programming, Kluwer, 1996
  • Advances and Trends in Optimization with Engineering Applications, MOS-SIAM Book Series on Optimization, SIAM, 2017
  • Published over 180 refereed papers