Sunday, August 8, 2010

Photos from the Yalta Optimization Conference on Network Science and More

The Yalta Optimization Conference on “Network Science” took place August 2-4, 2010 in one of the world's most renowned historical conference sites in Yalta, Ukraine. The conference was organized by Professor Sergiy Butenko from Texas A&M University, Professor Oleg Prokopyev from the University of Pittsburgh, and by Professor Volodymyr P. Shylo of the Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics of the National Academy of Sciences in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Funding for the conference, which attracted speakers and participants from the US, Ukraine, Romania, Ialy, Sweden, and Russia, was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with support from the Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, Texas A&M University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Industrial Engineering.

A notable aspect of the conference was the inclusion of undergraduate and graduate students who had been participants in the International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Workshop on Discrete and Nondifferentiable Optimization: Algorithms and Applications, also funded by NSF, that took place at the Glushkov Institute in Kyiv, July 20-August 10, 2010, with participants from both the US and Ukraine. Several students from the workshop delivered talks at this conference and the fields that they represented included optimization, operations research, computer science, engineering, and statistics.

I had the great honor and pleasure of opening up this Yalta Conference, with my keynote talk,

“Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World,”

which is also the title of my latest book, with Professor Patrick Qiang , and published in 2009 by John Wiley & Sons. Another keynote talk was given by Professor Yaroslav Sergeyev of the University of Calabria in Italy and of the N. I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod in Russia. Among the talks, which focused both on the methodological aspects of networks from transportation and logistics applications to biological and medical ones, was one given by Dr. Vitaliy Yatsenko of the Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, who spoke on sensor networks and weather in outer space with risk assessment.

In addition to the scientific presentations and discussions, the conference also included a social program with a banquet.

The venue of the conference was the Yalta Hotel, a 1,000 room hotel.

The conference program with talks and abstracts can be accessed here.

Above I have included some photos taken at this excellent conference.

For a full page of additional photos, which are downloadable, click here.

I thank the organizers of this conference for so many wonderful talks, discussions, and, most of all, for the very special memories.