INFORMS News: COIN-OR has Plenty to Celebrate in Austin

The Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN-OR) was launched by IBM Research in 2000 as an experiment to promote open-source tools, standards, distribution, licensing information and other infrastructure needed by operations research software developers and users. In the 10 years of its existence, COIN-OR has grown into an independent, active and important force in the operations research world, and now hosts and supports more than 40 projects spanning much of computational operations research.

This 10th-anniversary year for COIN-OR, coincidentally, marks the “retirement” of John Forrest, the mastermind behind some of the most widely used open-source software packages for optimization in the world. In honor of these two events, COIN-OR leaders have planned special activities for the 2010 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, Nov. 7-10.

The “John Forrest-fest” is a special invited cluster, co-sponsored by the INFORMS Computing Society. The John Forrest-fest/COIN-OR 10th Anniversary Reception and Cup Award presentation will be held Nov. 7 from 8-10 p.m. at the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar, corner of Trinity & 6th Streets. All are invited.

The annual COIN-OR Foundation business meeting will be held Nov. 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in a room to be announced. Bring your lunch and join members of the COIN-OR community for business and discussion. Check the INFORMS Conference Bulletin for more information.
For details on these events, see and the INFORMS Conference Bulletin.