The ECCO annual meetings aim to bring together researchers in the field of Combinatorial Optimization to present their work, share experiences, and discuss recent advances in theory and applications. The primary objectives are:
exchanging results and experiences in solving real-world combinatorial optimization problems
reporting on development and implementation of appropriate models and efficient solution methods for combinatorial optimization problems
establishing networking contacts between individuals and research groups working on related topics
promoting the work on combinatorial optimization (theory and applications) to the broader scientific community
identifying challenging research problems for the field, as well as promising research outlets (both in theory and applications)
promoting interactions with researchers in other related fields
Topics of interest:
theory and applications of combinatorial optimization
exact solution algorithms, approximation algorithms, heuristics, and meta-heuristics for combinatorial optimization problems
integer programming, global optimization, stochastic integer programming, multi-objective programming, graph theory and network flows
application areas include logistics and supply chain optimization, manufacturing, energy production and distribution, land consolidation, telecommunications, bioinformatics, finance, discrete tomography, discrete and hybrid dynamical systems, and other fields
A special issue of an international refereed journal containing selected full length papers will be dedicated to the conference.
The conference budget includes a limited amount of funds for fee waivers for PhD students from Eastern Europe presenting their work.
The conference is hosted by St. Petersburg Department of V.A. Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences which is located in the very center of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is particularly beautiful in the late spring — early summer, the white nights season. The city is surrounded by wonderful tsar parks and palaces; an excursion to one of them will be a social program of the conference.