Guest Editorial to the Feature Cluster ``EURO/INFORMS 2013 Conference''by Marc Sevaux, Kenneth Sörensen, Eric Bourreau

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European Journal of Operational Research 244 (2015) 1–2

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Publishing a Feature Cluster after a conference is both the ideal ccasion and the last opportunity to thank everyone involved one ore time. It can also serve to remind us all of the fruitful time we pent during the conference, despite the enormous amount of work t took to make the conference possible.

On July 1-4 2013, the largest conference on Operations Research n Europe took place. This joint EURO/INFORMS conference was a uccess beyond all expectations of the programme committee and he organizing committee, both in terms of quantity as of quality.

The Programme Committee (PC) was chaired by Marc Sevaux

EURO) and David Simchi-Levi (INFORMS). They were flanked by an mpressive list of PCmembers:MariaAntoniaCarravilla, Universidade o Porto, Portugal, Marielle Christiansen, (EURO25 Chair) NorweianUniversity of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Paolo ell’Olmo (OC Chair), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, Guillermo allego, ColumbiaUniversity, NewYork,USA, JérémieGallien, London usiness School, United Kingdom, Michel Gendreau, Ecole Polytechique, Montreal, Canada, Diego Klabjan, Northwestern University, vanston, USA, Ana Meca Martinez, Universidade Miguel Hernàndez e Elche, Spain, Rolf Möhring, Tecnische Universitat Berlin, Germany, ichael Pinedo, New York University, USA, David Psinger (EURO27 hair) University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Christian Prins, Univerité de Technologie de Troyes, France, Abraham Seidmann, University f Rochester, USA, Ariela Sofer, GeorgeMasonUniversity, Fairfax, USA, enneth Sörensen, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, Fabio Tardella, apienza University of Rome, Italy, Tamas Terlaky, Lehigh Univerity Bethlehem, USA, Michael Trick, Carnegie Mallon University, ittsburg, USA, Steef van de Velde, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam,he Netherlands, Christos Vasilakis, University College of London, nited Kingdom, Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber (EURO Conference Advior), Middle East Technical University of Ankara, Turkey. Together, hese people created an excellent scientific programme, with a very arge number of presentations of the latest advances in operations esearch.

Naturally, a successful scientific programme of this size could not ave been realized without the enormous commitment of the Orgaizing Committee (OC), chaired by Paolo Dell’Olmo. With the suport of his team, he managed to streamline the local organization f this enormous conference and to minimize the number of orgaizational mishaps. The OC team was composed of a large all-Italian upport group, Renato De Leone, University of Camerino, Giovanni elici, Institut for SystemsAnalysis andComputer Science, CNR, Rome, aola Festa,University ofNaples, StefanoGiordani,University of Rome

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II, Laura Palagi, Sapienza University of Rome, Fabio Schoen, Univerity of Florence, Anna Sciomachen, (President of AIRO) University of enova, Roberto Tadei, Polytechnic of Turin, Walter Ukovich, Univerity of Trieste. This Organizing committeewas accompanied by a local ommittee from the Sapienza University of Rome: Umberto Ferraro etrillo, Natalia Golini, Isabella Lari, Federica Ricca, Nicoletta Ricciadi, Antonio Sgalambro (Institut for Systems Analysis and Computer cience, CNR, Rome) and Giovanni Storchi.

Another group of people that deserve one final thank your are he plenary speakers: Hal VARIAN (talk on Predicting the Present ith Search Engine Data), George L. NEMHAUSER (talk on Integer rogramming: the Global Impact) and John LITTLE (talk on Applicaions of Little’s Law). In addition to the plenary speakers, some people ere invited to give keynote and tutorial talks: Enrique Benavent, shish Goel, François Vanderbeck, Sanjay Mehrotha, Linet Ozdemar, oel Sokol, Dimitri Bertsimas, Stéphane Dauzère-Pérès, Zonghao Gu, oai An Le Thi, Günter Raidl, Rakesh Vohra and Clovis Gonzaga. This eature Cluster contains papers from some of these speakers.

In addition, we are also grateful to the generous sponsors who ontinue to follow EURO and its activities over the years: ACT Oprations Research, AIMMS, FICO, GUROBI, IBM ITALIA, AMPL, GAMS,

MP, QuanTek, SAS, SISTEMA, LocalSolver, LINDO and OPTIRISK. All of hem contributed to the conference, helping it to be successful.

Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to thank the Intitutional supporters, Facoltà di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Inforatica e Statistica (SapienzaUniversity of Rome), EURO, the European ssociation of EuropeanOperational Research, INFORMS, the Instituteor Operations Research and Management Science, AIRO, the Italian perations Research Society, IASI, the Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi d Informatica “Antonio Ruberti” and of course The Università degli tudi di Roma “La Sapienza”.

The 2013 EURO/INFORMS conference was the conference of ecords. In total the conference gathered 3592 participants from 83 ifferent countries, who gave 3171 presentations organized in 872 essions (71 sessions were run in parallel at any given time). As in ll EURO conferences, many prizes, awards and challenge results ere announced. The final report on the web site of EURO ( is the place to find all information. During the conference new software was implemented and tested for the first time. This oftware (“My Program”) connected the personal preferences of the articipants with their calendars and was downloadable on smarthones or tablets. 1430 users immediately adopted it and were very atisfied. 2 Guest Editorial to the Feature Cluster / European Journal of Operational Research 244 (2015) 1–2 straints, and structures of available mathematical models as well as solution methods. Additional information system applications in humanitarian logistics are also surveyed, since humanitarian logistics models and their solutions need to be integrated with information technology to enable their use in practice.