Optimization Society


The INFORMS Optimization Section was formed in the fall of 1995 and became a Society in 2004.

The Optimization Society has two goals:

  1. to promote the development and application of optimization methods and software tools for the solution of problems in Operations Research/Management Science, and
  2. to encourage the exchange of information among practitioners and scholars in the optimization area.



The Spring 2014 edition of the Optimization Society Newsletter is now available.

Discussions platform

The INFORMS Optimization Society has a community web page. You are very welcome to join it and participate in its discussions.

OS Conference 2014

The 2014 Optimization Society conference was held at Rice University, Houston, TX, March 6-8, 2014. Its theme was "Theory and Practice: Dealing with Big Data and Other Challenges". See the webpage for details.

Optimization Stories

The OS website has a page for Optimization stories: success stories of Optimization that are documented as videos and other easily shared formats.

Winners selected for the OS Prizes

The winners of the 2014 INFORMS Optimization Society prizes have been selected. Please refer to the Prizes web page for details.

Newly elected OS officers

We would like to congratulate and introduce the newly elected officers of the Society: Daniel Robinson (Vice-chair for Nonlinear Optimization), Warren Powell (Vice-chair for Optimization Under Uncertainty), and Aida Khajavirad (Vice-chair for Global Optimization).


  • WCGO: World Congress on Global Optimization, February 22-25, 2015, Gainesville, Florida;
  • HPSC 2015: 6th International Conference on High Performance Scientific Computing, March 16-20, 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam;
  • CPAIOR 2015, Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Constraint Programming, May 22-26, 2015, Barcelona, Spain;
  • ISMP 2015, 22nd International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, July 12-15, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;

Key Contacts

Chair: Suvrajeet Sen (s.sen@usc.edu)

Web editor: Pietro Belotti (pietrobelotti@fico.com)

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