The conference, Optimization, Control and Applications in the Information Age, is in honor of the superstar operations researcher, the scientist Professor Panos Pardalos of the University of Florida, who has received numerous deserved accolades.
The conference consists of single tracks, so we are all together, which makes for lively exchanges and cameraderie, plus the program is fantastic from theoretical advances to applications ranging from the modeling of brush fires and debris flows (and damage minimization through mitigation) to network modeling of vaccine dissemination to supply chain network competition for time-sensitive products, as an illustration. The full program is available here.
We traveled many miles to get to this location, flying in from around the globe to the Thessaloniki Airport, and then driving (or being driven by taxi) to the conference venue which is on the Mediterranean Sea.
The opening reception last Sunday at which it was great to see Panos and his family, and many colleagues and friends
The opening session at which Professor Butenko shows the Pardalos academic tree and I give my talk (Panos has graduated over 50 PhD students!)
We thank Professor Pardalos for being the extraordinary scholar and leader in operations research, who has been a mentor to many!
As for more good news, Professor Oleg Prokopyev's suitcase (from the University of Pittsburgh, which was traveling through Boston and Istanbul) finally arrived after 3 additional days in transit. His friend, Dr. Matsypura, in the meantime, had gone with him on the ferry to the neighboring town of Marmara, to buy the nice t-shirt below!