ASOR Recent Advances 2016

ASOR Recent Advances 2016 was successfully held at Monash University on 31/3 - 1/4 2016. ASOR thanks MAXIMA (at Monash) and Data61 for their sponsorship and assistance. Recent Advances will return in the first half of 2017.


The ASOR Recent Advances Conference is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the promotion of growth and activity in the Australian Optimisation community. It is a conference where presentations on completed academic research are complemented with sessions on interesting and/or novel applied work, the discussion of new research ideas and directions, and research work-in-progress.

ASOR Recent Advances will run over two days and be hosted by the Monash University School of Mathematical Sciences, at the Clayton Campus in Melbourne, with support from ASOR, CSIRO Data61 and Monash Business School. While attendance in person is highly encouraged, the event will also be teleconferenced across multiple coordinated sites outside of Victoria (site locations and facilities will be coordinated by local ASOR branches and/or CSIRO Data61).

The ASOR National AGM will also be held at Recent Advances, at 5pm on 31 March 2016. Like the rest of the conference, it will be by video conference.


Science Lecture Theatre S3
16 Rainforest Walk
Monash University (Clayton Campus)
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Attending Recent Advances

As in previous years, attendance and presentations can be from the host site in Monash University, or by teleconference from interstate venues including U. Newcastle and QUT.

For people attending in Melbourne, we have organised an evening event at the Monash Club, with drinks and food, starting at around 5pm and included in the registration fee.

At site outside Victoria, local arrangements will apply.


Recent Advances has three presentation formats:

  • 45 minute invited keynote talks;
  • 20 minutes (plus 5 minute questions) abstract-only full presentations;
  • 10 minute lightning presentations, particularly suited to students presenting research in progress.

The abstract for your presentation should be between 150 words and one page, may include diagrams or charts, and can be supplied in plain text, MS Word or Latex formats. 

Key Dates (and forms)

Deadline for submission of abstracts for presentations has now closed.

29 March 2016. Extended Deadline for registration - REGISTER FOR RECENT ADVANCES.
-- Please note that for people in Newcastle, attendance will be free (so please register using the form, but do not provide payment details).

31 March 2016 – 1 April 2016. Recent Advances conference.

Organising Committee

Andreas Ernst (MAXIMA @ Monash), Kristian Rotaru (ASOR, Monash U), Simon Dunstall (ASOR, CSIRO Data61), Toby Walsh (UNSW, CSIRO Data61), Paul Lochert (ASOR), Amie Albrecht (ASOR, UniSA), Hamish Waterer (ASOR, U. Newcastle)


We now have a very full program, and so plan to start at 9:30am on Thursday 31 March, and finish at 4:30pm on Friday 1 April.

The SCHEDULE for the event is now available.

(Final update 25 March)

Invited Keynote Talks

Toby Walsh (Data61/UNSW) - Optimising Deceased Organ Allocation.

Andreas Ernst (MAXIMA @ Monash) - Breaking it up with Benders.

Ariel Liebman (Monash and MEMSI) - Title TBA.

Alex Dokumentov (Monash U) - Decomposition and forecasting of data with multiple seasonality using regularization and optimization

Full Presentations

Haris Aziz, UNSW/Data61 - Strategyproof Peer Selection.

David Marlow, DTSG Fishermans Bend - Optimal short-term fleet planning incorporating flying and maintenance constraints.

* Mahmoud Masoud, QUT - Advanced Operations Research Techniques to Optimise Cane Rail Systems

Fabricio Oliveira, RMIT - Stochastic Optimization in Real-World Problems – cases from the Oil & Gas Industry.

* Parisa Charkhgard, U. Newcastle - Order acceptance and scheduling problems in two machine flow shops: New mixed integer programming formulations

Gleb Belov, Monash University - Linearization in MiniZinc

Guido Tack, Monash University - Interactive Optimisation

Lusheng Shao, U. Melbourne - Supplier Competition with Option Contracts for Discrete Blocks of Capacity.

Moshe Sniedovich, U. Melbourne - On the intuitive appeal of the concept Radius Of Stability.

* Robert Burdett, QUT - Analytical Methods for Hospital Capacity Analysis.

* Jason Matthews, U. Newcastle - Order sequencing on unidirectional cyclical picking line.

Nicholas Mattei, UNSW/Data61 - A Study of Proxies for Shapley Allocations of Transport Costs.

Andreas Schutt, Data61 - State-of-the-art of resource constrained scheduling and packing.

Kristian Rotaru, Monash University - Empirical evidence for the effect of uncertainty upon decision making rationality within sequential decision processes.

* Mehrdokht Pournader, Macquarie University - Prospect theory and ordering behavior in multi-echelon supply chains.

Geoffrey Chu, Data61 - Nested Constraint Programming.

* Felipe Trevizan, Data61 - i-dual.

Hans De Sterck, Monash U. - Accelerated Optimization Algorithms for Distributed Big Data Recommendation in Apache Spark.

Michael Hynes, U. Waterloo - Accelerated distributed line search algorithms for optimization and big data analytics in Apache Spark.

* Alban Grastien, Data61 Canberra - Critical Observations for Situation Awareness.

* Arthur Mahéo, Data61 Canberra - Fleet Size-and-Mix, Split Delivery VRP with Compatibility Constraints.

[* indicates host location which is not Monash Clayton]

Lightning Presentations

Nicholas Davey, U. Melbourne - Routing roads and optimally controlling traffic through ecologically sensitive areas.

Valentin Mayer-Eichberger UNSW/Data61 - The Power of SAT Solving.

Joe Bunton, Monash U. - Spatial disaggregation for estimating landownership boundaries in Brazil.

Steven Edwards, Monash U. - Scheduling problems in the next-generation of cancer diagnostic instruments.

Simon Bowly, Monash U. - Upgrading MIP benchmark sets to maintain difficulty and diversity.


Monash University School of Mathematical Sciences, at the Clayton Campus in Melbourne


ASOR Recent Advances 2016 is being supported by financial and in-kind contributions from:

  • ASOR Melbourne Chapter
  • Monash University School of Mathematical Sciences
  • Monash Business School
  • CSIRO Data61