Ortec sponsors the 2011 annual conference of the European Chapter on Combinatorial Optimisation (ECCO)

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Ortec, international specialist in consultancy services and Operations Research, will be sponsoring a lecture by a promising European researcher in the field of Combinatorial Optimisation/Operations Research. The Ortec lecture will be delivered during the ECCO annual conference, which will take place in Amsterdam from 30 May till 1 June 2011.

The ECCO annual conference provides a forum for researchers to present their work, share experiences, and discuss recent developments in the theory and applications of combinatorial optimization. This will be the 24th annual conference of the European Chapter on Combinatorial Optimisation (ECCO) and is being organized by members of the Operations Research divisions of the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam.

The Ortec-sponsored lecture will be presented by Nicole Megow, a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrcken, Germany. Nicole Megow received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the Berlin Institute of Technology, in 2006 under the supervision of Rolf Mhring. Her main research interests lie in the area of combinatorial optimisation and a particular focus is algorithm design and analysis for problems in scheduling and logistics. Her main focus is on optimization under uncertainty, including stochastic and online models, robust and universal solutions.

Gerrit Timmer, CFO of Ortec, states: At Ortec we believe it's important to stay in touch with the next generation of Operation Research Specialists. More and more new recruits are joining our global team on a weekly basis and that's why Ortec maintains close relationships with academia and related institutions, such as ECCO. By doing so we can encourage talented individuals such as Nicole, who have shown to be able to carry out high level scientific research and come to highly innovative results."
The 2011 ECCO XXIVth Conference of the European Chapter on Combinatorial Optimisation will take place at the Amsterdam Business School in Amsterdam between 30 May and 1 June 2011. The Amsterdam Business School is the business school of the University of Amsterdam (Faculty of Economics and Business), and is ranked as one of the world's leading business schools. It is located on the east side of the centre of Amsterdam.
About ECCO
The ECCO annual conference has the following primary objectives:
Exchanging results and experiences in solving real-world combinatorial optimisation problems.

Reporting on development and implementation of appropriate models and efficient solution methods for combinatorial optimisation problems.

Establishing networking contacts between individuals and research groups working on related topics.

Promoting the work on combinatorial optimisation (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.

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