12th edition

30-31 October 2017, Metz, France

Organized by


University of Lorraine, France


The Laboratory of Design, Optimization and Modelling of Systems (LCOMS)

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Conference Program

The program can be downloaded here.


Conference Chair: Imed Kacem (University of Lorraine, France)

Organizing Committee

  • Chair: Pierre Laroche (University of Lorraine, France)
  • Members:
    Sébastien Martin (University of Lorraine, France)
    Myriam Sahnoune (University of Lorraine, France)
    Alexandre Sava (University of Lorraine, France)
    Jérôme Vacant (University of Lorraine, France)
    Sarah Minich (PhD student, LCOMS, France)
    Fadelm Abdallah (PhD student, LCOMS, France)
    Youcef Abdelsadek (ATER, LCOMS, France)
    Théo Nazé (PhD student, LCOMS, France)

Scientific Committee

  • Kamel Barkaoui (Cnam Paris, France)
  • Cristina Bazgan (Université Paris-Dauphine, France)
  • Lyes Benyoucef (Université Aix Marseille, France)
  • Jean-Charles Billaut (Université de Tours, France)
  • Rafael Caballero (University of Málaga, Spain)
  • João Clímaco (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Abdelaziz Dammak (Université de Sfax, Tunisia)
  • Matthias Ehrgott (Lancaster School of Management, UK)
  • Thomas Erlebach (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Günter Fandel (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)
  • José Rui Figueira (University of Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Xavier Gandibleux (University of Nantes, France)
  • Said Gattoufi (ISG Tunis, Tunisia)
  • Dylan Jones (University of Portsmouth, UK)
  • Laetitia Jourdan (Université de Lille, France)
  • Nicolas Jozefowiez (Université de Toulouse, France)
  • Philippe Lacomme, (Université de Clermont-Ferrand, France)
  • Davide La Torre (University of Milan, Italy)
  • Peide Liu (Shandong University of Finance and Economics, Jinan, China)
  • Taicir Loukil (University of Tabuk, KSA)
  • Sebastián Lozano (University of Seville, Spain)
  • Ridha Mahjoub (University Paris Dauphine, France)
  • Laure Morel (Université de Lorraine, France)
  • Maria M. Munoz (University of Malaga, Spain)
  • Blanca Pérez-Gladish (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  • Patrice Perny (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
  • Carlos Romero (Technical University of Madrid, Spain)
  • Francisco Ruiz (University of Málaga, Spain)
  • Marc Sevaux (Université de Bretagne-Sud, France)
  • Ralph Steuer (University of Georgia, USA)
  • Vincent T’kindt (Université de Tours, France)
  • El-Ghazali Talbi (University of Lille, France)
  • Mehrdad Tamiz (Kuwait University,  Kuwait)
  • Madjid Tavana (University of Lasalle, USA)
  • Mehdi Toloo (Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
  • Alexis Tsoukias (Université Paris-Dauphine, France)
  • Daniel Vanderpooten (Université Paris-Dauphine, France)
  • Jian Wu (Shanghai Maritime University, China)
  • Zeshui Xu (Sichuan University, China)

Steering Committee 

  • Belaïd Aouni (Qatar University, Qatar)
  • Fouad Ben Abdelaziz (NEOMA Business School, France)
  • Hatem Masri (University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain)

Conference Location

The conference will take place in the new building of UFR MIM, 3 rue Augustin Fresnel, Metz-Technopole.new UFR MIM building

To reach the conference location from the center of the city or the station, take the local bus “Mettis”, B line direction “Hôpital de Mercy”, until LINIERES bus-stop. Then, continue the road and walk 400 meters to reach UFR MIM (the yellow one) (15-20 minutes travel from station/city center).bus trip from station to ufr


metz10Metz is one of the beautiful city in France’s northeastern Lorraine region, with gardens and leafy promenades along the Moselle and Seille rivers.Metz 11In the old town, the Gothic Metz Cathedral is famed for its massive amount of stained glass windows, many by noted artists. Nearby, the Musée de la Cour d’Or displays artifacts from Roman to Renaissance times.METZ 4The Centre Pompidou-Metz, with its undulating roof, has contemporary art exhibits. Metz Tourism Links

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Social Program

Visit of the Pompidou Center

Sunday afternoon. See the website

Visit of Pompidou Museum: Sunday 3pm. Meeting with Imed and Pierre in front of the museum. In case of late arrival, please go to the cash desk and say you’re a member of the “Université de Lorraine” group.

Conference Dinner

Monday 8pm.

For those who will attend the gala dinner, it will take place at Bistrot de G, 9 Rue du Faisan, 57000 Metz. This restaurant is located in the center of Metz, 5 minutes walking from the cathedral.

Invited Speakers

Fouad Ben Abdelaziz Fouad Ben Abdelaziz (NEOMA Business School, Mont Saint Aignan, France)

  • Title of the talk: From Decision to Optimization
  • Abstract:
    The seminar will address the modeling problem in Multi-criteria Decision Situations. We will discuss variety of situations where the researcher has to transform the real problem into a solvable model. We will present the different transformation strategies and the implications on problem solving. Research examples will be provided and illustrated. We will deal with uncertainty when addressing many objectives. We will address dynamic situations as the optimal stopping problem. Interactive decision making situations will be also briefly presented.
  • Bio: Fouad Ben Abdelaziz is currently Professor and head of the MSc in Supply Chain Management at NEOMA Business School, France. He was a Senior Fulbright scholar at the Rutgers Center for Operations Research, Rutgers University, NJ. He received his PhD in Operations and Decision Systems from Laval University, Canada. He has been working at the American University of Sharjah, University of Dubai, The American University of Beirut, and the University of Tunis. He is a leading researcher in multi-objective stochastic optimization with applications to SCM and Multi-attribute portfolio selection problems. Aside his publications in outstanding journals like EJOR, JORS, IJAR, FSS and CAIE, he served as Guest Editor for European Journal of Operations Research and Fuzzy Sets and Systems. He was also the chair and the organizer of many international conferences as the Multi-objective and Goal Programming Conference MOPGP and the International Conference on Multidimensional Finance Investment and Insurance ICMFII.
Matthias Ehrgott Professor Matthias Ehrgott (Department of Management Science, Lancaster University, UK)

  • Multi-objective Optimisation – Past, Present and Future
  • Abstract:
    Multi-objective optimisation is concerned with the simultaneous optimisation of several conflicting objective functions. Many scholars attribute the origin of this field to Vilfredo Pareto. Nevertheless, the term “Pareto optimality’’ was coined only 50 years later. The real history of multi-objective optimisation as a mathematical discipline begins in the 1950s when economists published first mathematical results. Since then the field has grown many prosperous branches, such as multi-objective linear programming, multi-objective combinatorial optimisation, evolutionary multi-objective optimisation and so forth. With increasing computing capabilities, it has also become possible to apply our methods to real world problems. Today we are in a situation, where the tools of multi-objective optimisation have a very strong theoretical foundation and can be applied to problems of sizes relevant to real decision makers. This, I think, opens many possibilities for the future of this field. In this talk, I will sketch the history of multi-objective optimization from its early sources to the bright outlook for the future.
  • Bio: Matthias Ehrgott studied Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany where he obtained Masters (1992), PhD (1997) and Habilitation (2001) degrees. In 2000, he moved to the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as a lecturer and became full Professor and Head of Department in 2011. Since 2013, he works at Lancaster University Management School. He served as Head of the Management Science Department from 2014-2017. Matthias’ research interest is in multi-objective optimisation, which he applies in a variety of areas such as medicine, transportation, and manufacturing. He has published about 80 journal papers, book chapters and proceedings contributions on theory, methodology, and applications of multi-objective optimisation. In addition, he has authored and edited about 30 books, proceedings volumes and special issues of journals on the topic. The book “Multicriteria Optimization” (Springer, 2005) is a standard monograph in the field. In total, his work has been cited more than 11,000 times (Google Scholar). He serves on the editorial board of several journals including Computers & OR and Journal of Global Optimization. Since 2002, he has been on the Executive Committee of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, where he is president elect for the period 2019-2023. In 2011, he received the Edgeworth-Pareto award of that Society. He organized the 19th International MCDM Conference in 2008 and was on the programme committee of many other international conferences, including several MOPGP and MCDM meetings.


Opening Ceremony

Plenary sessions

Parallel sessions

Closing Ceremony

One minute silence in memory of Bernard Roy (March 15, 1934 – October 28, 2017)

Conference Dinner