06 Sep

Call for Nominations for Directors, COIN-OR Foundation

Nominations are solicited for candidates for up to three director positions
on the Strategic Leadership Board (SLB) and one director position on
the Technical Leadership Council (TLC). All positions are for three
-year terms. Any interested individual is eligible to be a director of
the Foundation.

COIN-OR is evolving rapidly, and directors can have a significant
influence on the development of the Foundation. Candidates should have
an active interest in COIN-OR and be committed to active participation
in SLB and TLC business. For more information on the activities of and
expectations for directors, prospective candidates are encouraged to
contact any of the current directors or the Foundation Secretary (
secretary@coin-or.org).

Up to three directors will be elected to the SLB. Note that membership in
COIN-OR is not required; in fact, one of the open positions is reserved
for a non-member. Candidates with expertise in the software industry or
experience as a director for a non-profit organization will be eagerly
welcomed.

Up to one director will be elected to the TLC. Membership in COIN-OR
is not required.

The Foundation encourages the nomination of any interested individuals,
and particularly users of COIN-OR software, who have not previously
been active participants in COIN-OR projects. Diversity of viewpoint
and skills is both needed and appreciated.

For all director positions, a candidate may be nominated by any
interested individual. Self-nomination is allowed. All nominations
must be seconded by a full member of the Foundation.

Nominations should be emailed to the Secretary (secretary@coin-or.org)
and will be accepted until October 6, 2021. Candidates must agree
to be nominated and will be contacted to provide a short biography and
statement to be distributed to the full members of the Foundation prior
to the election.

More information on the COIN-OR foundation can be found at
https://www.coin-or.org/about-the-foundation/

06 Sep

COIN-OR Cup Nominations Open

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 17th annual “COIN-OR Cup” competition sponsored
by the COIN-OR Foundation.

The COIN-OR Cup recognizes and celebrates the best contributions to
open source operations research software development and use
associated with the COIN-OR software collection. To remind you,
COIN-OR stands for “COmputational INfrastructure for OPerations
Research”. It is the definitive collection of free open source
operations research software that lets you concentrate on your
research instead of re-implementing software. See
https://www.coin-or.org. Get on board!

GUIDELINES FOR COIN-OR CUP SUBMISSIONS:

A submission or nomination must contain:
1. A synopsis of an effective use of COIN-OR or valuable contribution
to COIN-OR (or both!), including an explanation of its significance.
Maximum 3 pages (pdf format).
2. Copies of relevant papers or documents (pdf format).
We especially encourage nominations describing effective use of
COIN-OR that the community may not know about.
Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

Submission deadline: Friday, October 3, 2021.

Please e-mail your submissions to coin-cup@coin-or.org in a single
zipped archive, containing a description of your submission and copies
of all relevant papers/documents in pdf format.

The winner is normally announced and celebrated during the INFORMS
annual meeting. Due to travel uncertainty, the winner may instead
be announced online at the COIN-OR general meeting; details for the
announcement and celebration will be revealed when available.

21 Nov

2018 Coin-OR Cup winner:

We are pleased to announce that Andreas Lundell, Jan Kronqvist, and Tapio Westerlun from Finland have won the 2018 COIN-OR Cup for their work on “The Supporting Hyperplane Optimization Toolkit” (Shot), a new COIN-OR solver for MINLP (Mixed Integer Non-linear Programs). You can read about this solver at optimization-online.org, find the code at the COIN-OR GitHub site, and view the celebration on twitter.

15 Mar

Annual General Meeting Mar 21st 2018

All COIN-OR members are invited to participate to the general meeting that will take place on March 21st, 3:30PM EST (estimated duration: one hour).
The meeting will take place online via Zoom. Instructions to join are
given below. The Agenda is below.

The meeting serves several purposes.
1) Discussion of strategy for the upcoming year.
2) Discussion of the latest annual report: https://projects.coin-or.org/Events/wiki/AnnualReport2017
3) Installation of officers.
4) General discussion and feedback with board members.

Please join if your schedule allows!

How to join the Zoom teleconference:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://auckland.zoom.us/j/763149997

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
New Zealand: +64 (0) 9 801 1188 or +64 (0) 4 831 8959
United States: +1 646 558 8656, +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 763 149 997
International numbers available:
https://auckland.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WFp0u8nITUcuYs0vwSKRks6QJZABgcPF

Agenda Items
1) Election of officers. President: Matthew Saltzman. Secretary: Giacomo Nannicini. Treasurer: TBA.
2) Discussion of the latest annual report: https://projects.coin-or.org/Events/wiki/AnnualReport2017
3) Consideration of the updated mission statement below.
4) General discussion and feedback with board members.

Proposed New Mission Statement:
The mission of the COIN-OR Foundation, Inc., is to create and disseminate knowledge related to all aspects of computational operations research. To accomplish this mission, the Foundation will:

  • Promote and support community-driven development of open-source software that exploits state-of-the-art research in OR;
  • Develop and deploy an academic peer review process and forum for publication and citation of open-source software for OR;
  • Facilitate the sharing of OR technology among scholars and practitioners;
  • Increase community awareness and use of software tools published by the Foundation;
  • Support the establishment of open standards for data interchange and software interoperability.

COIN-OR AGM Attendees

07 Nov

2016 COIN-OR Cup Competition, Deadline Extended to October 14

Announcing the twelfth annual “COIN-OR Cup” competition, sponsored by the COIN-OR Foundation.

Guidelines:
* A submission or nomination must contain:
1. a synopsis of an effective use of COIN-OR or valuable contribution to COIN-OR (or both!),
2. an explanation of its significance.

* The winner must accept the prize in person at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting so we can all celebrate appropriately (see “Celebration” below).

* Submission deadline: Friday, October 14th, 2016.

* Self-nominations are welcome.

* We especially encourage nominations of effective use of COIN-OR that the community may not know about.

Celebration: The 2016 COIN-OR Cup will be awarded at a celebration during the INFORMS Annual meeting in Nashville, TN. All entrants, their supporters, and other interested parties are welcome to join the celebration and regale, rile, and roast the prize winners. The celebration will take place Monday, November 14, 7:30 pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Ave. S. 310, Nashville TN 37203. Details of the
winning entry will be announced at this celebration event, and posted on the COIN-OR Cup website. Please e-mail your submissions to coin-cup@
coin-or.org.

Details of the winning entry will be announced at this celebration event, and posted on the COIN-OR Cup website
https://www.coin-or.org/coinCup
Please e-mail your submissions to coin-cup at coin-or.org.

2016 COIN-OR Cup Committee:
Stefan Wild (chair), Argonne National Laboratory
Joey Huchette, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jeffrey Linderoth, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Miles Lubin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

07 Nov

RBFOpt – A New Library for Black-box Optimization

RBFOpt is a library written in Python for black-box (also known as derivative-free) optimization. It is a global solver that requires zero-order information – just function values, not even gradients! RBFOpt is aimed at finding the global minimum in a small number of function evaluations, which is particularly useful when each function evaluation requires an expensive computation, e.g. a time-consuming computer simulation.

03 Nov

COIN-OR Pioneers Win 2014 INFORMS Impact Prize Award

The INFORMS Impact Prize recognises an individual or team whose contributions have had a widespread impact on the practice of operations research. With great pride, the COIN-OR Strategic Leadership Board extends its congratulations to nine of the pioneers of COIN-OR, Brenda Dietrich, JP Fasano, Lou Hafer, John Forrest, Brady Hunsaker, Laszlo Ladanyi, Robin Lougee, Ted Ralphs, and Matthew Saltzman, the recipients of the 2014 INFORMS Impact Prize.

In its citation, the Impact Prize Award Committee writes: The Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN-OR) is an initiative to spur the development of open-source software for the operations research community in order to accelerate the adoption and the evolution of computational operations research. COIN-OR provides development tools, distribution, standards, licensing information, and other infrastructure needed to facilitate and nurture open, community-driven software.

The COIN-OR initiative was launched at the 2000 International Symposium on Mathematical Programming as a three-year experiment by IBM Research. In 2004, a dedicated nonprofit corporation was formed to take over the successful and growing initiative. In the fourteen years of its existence, COIN-OR has grown from its initial offerings of four software projects, to more than fifty projects spanning much of computational operations research. COIN-OR has influenced every aspect of operations research: research, practice, education, community, and outreach.

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 in practice. People use COIN-OR software every day to implement advanced operations research solutions to important problems. Through its on-line, in-person, and print activities, COIN-OR has been educating the operations research world about OR software and the potential of open source.

Thousands of people have been involved with COIN-OR; over 1400 people subscribe to one or more COIN-OR mailing lists today. COIN-OR is the result of the collaboration of many people over many years, but there are key individuals whose significant early contributions and leadership distinguish them. We recognize the individuals who launched COIN-OR at IBM Research, where the initiative was conceived and grew over the first four years to a successful community repository, and the individuals who incorporated the non-profit COIN-OR Foundation, Inc., where the initiative has thrived and continues to grow today. For their pivotal role in the creation and wide-spread adoption of COIN-OR, INFORMS is pleased to award the 2014 Impact Prize to Brenda Dietrich, JP Fasano, John Forrest, Lou Hafer, Brady Hunsaker, Laszlo Ladanyi, Robin Lougee, Ted Ralphs, and Matthew Saltzman.

The INFORMS Impact Prize recognises nine individuals. Without diminishing the well-deserved recognition given to the recipients, the Board would also like to extend its congratulations to all the members of the COIN-OR community. The COIN-OR initiative would not have been so successful without all those individuals who have contributed their time, expertise and software to support our endeavors, and all those users who have spurred us on to greater effort with their valuable feedback. The Board takes this opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of our community over the past decade. We look forward to the accomplishments we know will come in the future.

11 Mar

Stochastic Modeling Interface Enhancements

The Smi (Stochastic Modeling Interface) has the capability to assemble stochastic linear programs based on scenario trees. Alan King announced that quadratic programming has recently been added to the Smi capabilities. The current stable version 0.94 includes interfaces for constructing a quadratic stochastic program using the core problem / stochastic data paradigm. The unit test contains a use case.