INFORMS Awards 2014 Impact Prize to Open Source Software Program COIN-OR


Ashley Smith
Public Affairs Coordinator

SAN FRANCISCO, November 12, 2014 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) recognized a longstanding open source software program with its 2014 INFORMS Impact Prize for the developers’ creation of software that has spurred the growth of new applications over its more than dozen years of existence.

The Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN-OR) initiative was launched at the 2000 International Symposium on Mathematical Programming as a three-year experiment by IBM Research. In 2004, a nonprofit corporation was formed to take over the s initiative. It has grown from an initial four software projects to more than 50 projects spanning much of computational operations research.

Software supported by COIN-OR has been an essential part of hundreds of peer-reviewed research papers and is embedded in dozens of software systems, including the most widely used environments for performing analytics.

The prize recipients are Brenda Dietrich, IBM; JP Fasano, IBM; Lou Hafer, Simon Fraser University; John Forrest, IBM; Brady Hunsaker, Google; Laszlo Ladanyi, IBM; Robin Lougee, IBM; Ted Ralphs, Lehigh University; and Matthew Saltzman, Clemson University.

The INFORMS Impact Prize awarded once every two years, is intended to recognize contributions that have had a broad impact on the field.of operations research. This year’s prize was presented at the 2014 INFORMS annual meeting in San Francisco on Sunday night, November 9.


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