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Thursday, 30 January
09:10-09:30Opening sessionAmphi Cuccaroni
09:30-10:30Plenary session - Adam Letchford (Chair: Martine Labbé)Amphi Cuccaroni
10:30-11:20Coffee breakB14-B15-B16
11:20-12:40Parallel sessions
  Multi-objective Optimization
Chair: Sara Tari
Room: E501
Chair: Véronique François
Room: E502
Public Transportation
Chair: Javier Duran Micco
Room: E503
Global Optimization
Chair: Olivier Rigal
Room: E601
Analytics 1
Chair: Rafael Van Belle
Room: E602
12:40-14:10Lunch/ORBEL Board meetingB14-B15-B16/E501
14:10-15:10Parallel sessions
  Air, Rail and Multimodal Transportation
Chair: Paola Paregrini
Room: E501
Game Theory
Chair: Lotte Verdnock
Room: E502
Transportation of People
Chair: Yves Molenbruch
Room: E503
Multi-level Optimization
Chair: Concepcion Dominguez
Room: E601
Analytics 2
Chair: Vedavyas Etikala
Room: E602
15:10-15:50Coffee breakB14-B15-B16
15:50-16:40Parallel sessions
  Sport Timetabling
Chair: Dries Goossens
Room: E501
Project Management and Scheduling
Chair: Fan Yang
Room: E502
Rich Routing and Graphs
Chair: Alexandre Bontems
Room: E503
Chair: Yuan Yuan
Room: E601
Analytics 3
Chair: Jari Peeperkorn
Room: E602
16:50-17:30ORBEL general assemblyAmphi Cuccaroni
19:00-20:00CocktailBar Zango
20:30-23:00DinnerLa Terrasse des Ramparts

Friday, 31 January
09:30-10:30Plenary session - Miguel F. Anjos (Chair: Luce Brotcorne)Amphi Cuccaroni
10:30-11:20Coffee breakB14-B15-B16
11:20-12:40Parallel sessions
  Automatic Configuration and Metaheuristics Analysis
Chair: Kenneth Sorensen
Room: E501
Real Life and Integrated Problems
Chair: Jeroen Belien
Room: E502
Warehouse Management
Chair: Harol Mauricio Gamez
Room: E601
Analytics 4
Chair: Noureddine Kouaissah
Room: E602
14:10-15:10Parallel sessions
  Orbel Award
Chair: Jeroen Belien
Room: E501
Chair: Julien Dewez
Room: E502
Trucking Optimization
Chair: Hatice Çalik
Room: E601
Analytics 5
Chair: Diego Olaya
Room: E602
15:10-15:50Coffee breakB14-B15-B16
15:50-16:50Parallel sessions
  Learning and Optimization
Chair: Johan Van Kerckhoven
Room: E501
Lot-sizing and Inventory
Chair: Philippe Chevalier
Room: E502
Rich Routing
Chair: Cristian Aguayo
Room: E601
17:00-17:15ORBEL award and closing sessionAmphi Cuccaroni
17:15-18:30Closing cocktailB14-B15-B16

Thursday 11:20 - 12:40 Multi-objective Optimization
Room E501 - Chair: Sara Tari

Thursday 11:20 - 12:40 Health-care
Room E502 - Chair: Véronique François

Thursday 11:20 - 12:40 Public Transportation
Room E503 - Chair: Javier Duran Micco

Thursday 11:20 - 12:40 Global Optimization
Room E601 - Chair: Olivier Rigal
  • Primal Decomposition Schemes for Mathematical Programming
    Renaud Chicoisne (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Global optimization in LocalSolver 9.5
    Nikolas Stott (LocalSolver)
  • Global optimization approaches to design a hybrid railway power station
    Adham Kaloun (Centrale Lille)
    Co-authors: Maxime Ogier and Stéphane Brisset
    Due to increased railway traffic and higher levels of power demand, development of rail networks has become a costly investment. Also, power supply to meet a railway power substation energy consumption proves to be a central issue. As a result, new promising solutions are being implemented worldwide like integrating renewable energies. These facilities, coupled with energy storage devices to tackle the intermittency issue of green energies, are known as hybrid railway power substations (HRPS). A HRPS can in this way satisfy the power demand while reducing costs and having a positive environmental impact. To maximize the efficiency of the HRPS, the size of its components (solar panels, wind turbines, storage capacity,...) have to be properly designed while considering their usage over a long period of time. The use of the storage device will also have an important impact on the energy bill, especially if the daily evolution of electricity prices and seasonal changes are considered. The energy stored is adjusted every 10 minutes during the conception cycle to minimize the overall cost. Thus, the optimization of dimensional and command parameters are strongly coupled. The global optimization problem falls in the category of Plant/Controller optimization problem which proves to be a challenging topic in a wide variety of disciplines. The optimization problem of the HRPS can be solved in several ways. In the case of a linear (or piece-wise linear) cost function, an all-at-once linear programming optimization can easily find the global optimum. On the other hand, if the number of total variables becomes important and the cost functions are nonlinear, different approaches should be explored. The main objective of this study is to compare three non-linear global optimization methods over a simplified HRPS case study with a piece-wise linear cost function. The solution found by linear programming will serve as a reference and the proposed methods will be assessed based on their precision and computation time. This work is based on a previous case study, where decomposition methods are compared. The first approach is an all-at-once optimization using a nonlinear programming algorithm : sequential quadratic programming (SQP).The second uses an iterative scheme, by solving the design and command problems separately. The third approach adopts a bi-level process where an outer loop only modifies the HRPS design while the role of the inner loop is to provide the optimal control for each design given by the external one. The design problem for both cases is solved using a direct optimization algorithm while optimal command is provided by a nonlinear energy management strategy. An improved version of a dynamic programming (DP) algorithm is introduced to accurately find an optimal command. The impact of the control strategy’s precision on global optimization results is assessed.
  • Resolution of mixed-variables problems in LocalSolver
    Olivier Rigal (LocalSolver)

Thursday 11:20 - 12:40 Analytics 1
Room E602 - Chair: Rafael Van Belle

Thursday 14:10 - 15:10 Air, Rail and Multimodal Transportation
Room E501 - Chair: Paola Pellegrini

Thursday 14:10 - 15:10 Game Theory
Room E502 - Chair: Lotte Verdnock

Thursday 14:10 - 15:10 Transportation of People
Room E503 - Chair: Yves Molenbruch

Thursday 14:10 - 15:10 Multi-level Optimization
Room E601 - Chair: Concepcion Dominguez

Thursday 14:10 - 15:10 Analytics 2
Room E602 - Chair: Vedavyas Etikala

Thursday 15:50 - 16:50 Sport Timetabling
Room E501 - Chair: Dries Goossens

Thursday 15:50 - 16:50 Project Management and Scheduling
Room E502 - Chair: Fan Yang

Thursday 15:50 - 16:50 Rich Routing and Graphs
Room E503 - Chair: Alexandre Bontems

Thursday 15:50 - 16:50 Logistics
Room E601 - Chair: Silia Mertens

Thursday 15:50 - 16:50 Analytics 3
Room E602 - Chair: Jari Peeperkorn

Friday 11:20 - 12:40 Automatic Configuration and Metaheuristics Analysis
Room E501 - Chair: Kenneth Sorensen

Friday 11:20 - 12:40 Real Life and Integrated Problems
Room E502 - Chair: Jeroen Belien

Friday 11:20 - 12:40 Warehouse Management
Room E601 - Chair: Harol Mauricio Gamez

Friday 11:20 - 12:40 Analytics 4
Room E602 - Chair: Noureddine Kouaissah

Friday 14:10 - 15:10 Orbel Award
Room E501 - Chair: Jeroen Belien

    Friday 14:10 - 15:10 Optimization
    Room E502 - Chair: Julien Dewez

    Friday 14:10 - 15:10 Trucking Optimization
    Room E601 - Chair: Hatiz Çalik

    Friday 14:10 - 15:10 Analytics 5
    Room E602 - Chair: Diego Olaya

    Friday 15:50 - 16:50 Learning and Optimization
    Room E501 - Chair: Jorik Jooken

    Friday 15:50 - 16:50 Lot-sizing and Inventory
    Room E502 - Chair: Philippe Chevalier

    Friday 15:50 - 16:50 Rich Routing
    Room E601 - Chair: Cristian Aguayo

      ORBEL - Conference chairs: Diego Cattaruzza and Maxime Ogier