June 12–14, 2006, Loire Valley, France
The Seventh meeting (MOPGP’06) has been organised in the Loire Valley (Center-West of
France) in collaboration with Xavier Gandibleux (chairman), University of Nantes, and Vincent Tkindt (co-chairman), University of Tours. The conference was hosted during 3 days (June 12– 14, 2006) by the old city hall of Tours which is a beautiful building located in the center of the town.
The conference was sponsored by the University of Nantes, the LINA (Computer laboratory of Nantes-Atlantique), city of Tours, Regional Council of the Center, EURO, ESTECO and ILOG.
It has been strongly supported by the LI (Computer laboratory) of the University of Tours and its Polytechnic school. Also the conference has been promoted by the CNRS through the GDR “Operations Research” and the ROADEF (French OR society). All these financial supports and partners allowed us to set the registration fees low for the students and to keep the fees as in the edition of 2004 for academic participants.
Three external events welcomed the conference participants: a blue sky with high temperatures during the 3 days, an oldtimer race (cars and motorbikes) Sunday in front of the conference building, and a paint exposition of a Morocco artist at the ground floor of the conference building.
The conference was composed by 4 plenary sessions (M. Ehrgott, NZ; P. Perny, FR; R. Caballero and Fr. Ruiz, ES; S. Oussedik, FR) and 6 semi-plenary sessions (N. Jussien and V. Barichard, FR; D. Corne and J. Knowles, UK; H. Hoogeveen, NL; M. Wiecek, USA; E. Bampis, FR; F. Ben Abdelaziz, LB) and 82 regular talks. The (semi-) plenary speakers were invited, while the regular talks were selected by the International Scientific Committee composed by 61 eminent researchers on basis of a 4-pages abstract.
75% of submissions were finally accepted, covering 25 countries. A very low no-show rate was recorded since it is less than 2%. 125 participants attended to the meeting, including academics and practitioners (like Renault, Electricit de France, Ilog, Airbus). The biggest delegations were coming from France (22 + the 10 members from the local organising committee), Spain (21), USA (10), Japan (7), Germany (6), Tunisia (6), UK (6).
The Loire Valley is well-known for their historical traditions, its food and its wine. It was of course the opportunity to taste and enjoy them. The social events were based on the visit of the Langeais’ castle, wine production, wine museum, taste the local food. The conference has been closed by the banquet which was organised in a cave with a medieval atmosphere (troubadours, magician, etc).
A MOPGP’06 post-conference volume is now in on the track. The editors of this volume are V. Barichard, M. Ehrgott, X. Gandibleux and V. T’kindt. It will be published by Springer as a volume of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems series. The authors who presented a paper during the MOPGP’06 conference are invited to prepare a full version of their work. All papers submitted to this volume will be refereed by the MOPGP’06 international scientific committee, according to the standard reviewing process. The volume is expected for June 2007.
All the feedbacks from the participants were very positive and this edition of MOPGP has been perceived as a big success from both scientific and social viewpoints.