This year’s OR – the Annual International  Conference on Operations Research of  the  German Operations Research Society (GOR) – was held on the campus of the Freie Universität Berlin from 6th-8th September.

Practitioners and academics from the fields of mathematics, IT and economics gathered here to discuss the latest trends in Operations Research, including “Decision Analytics for the Digital Economy” which was also the motto of this year’s Conference.

OR2017 was well attended this year; about 900 people participated in more than 240 talks and  workshops on the Freie Universität Berlin campus  over a period of four days.

It isn’t easy to pinpoint the main focus of the agenda – the subjects which the researchers deal with are too broad. Lectures on Machine Learning and those on current community issues such as Sustainable Logistics proved to be very popular.

The atmosphere in the community was excellent: there was lively, constructive discussion among the researchers as well as the providers and any rivalry was pushed aside. What counts more is that it is done well – not who does it.

OPTANO at OR2017

This year, ORCONOMY  brought  OPTANO to the fore . The technology platform was a sponsor of the Conference and was represented there with its own stand. The following three events were also held on OPTANO:

  • Patrick Briest and Ingmar Steinzen held a joint lecture on the optimization solution CEP²NET.
    CEP²NET is installed by means of Rapid Prototyping on the OPTANO platform and is deployed as an essential component of McKinsey & Company’s consultancy program.
  • An introductory workshop to OPTANO Modeling is a mathematical modeling language which is distributed free-of-charge under a MIT license. During this workshop, two models were developed and implemented together with the participants. In general, OPTANO Modeling is very easy to use and so we were glad to see that all those who took part managed to install and use Modeling within a short time.
  • A talk on the advantages OPTANO Modeling has to offer and possible research themes in the future such as Algorithm Configuration and Tuning.

We had a lot of interesting discussions at our stand about the OPTANO Platform and OPTANO Modeling and the possibilities they both offer. We willingly took up the challenge to install OPTANO  Modeling on every laptop within just 5 minutes and to write an initial model. This was tested numerous times.

Many thanks to everybody who showed an interest and provided us with useful feedback.

The Results

In the coming weeks we will:

  • extend the documentation site of OPTANO Modeling and, in line with the workshop, put a Quick-Start Guide online.
  • advise on which components are suitable for working with OPTANO Modeling, e.g. to read data from files and databases or to visualize graphs.
  • release a booklet to allow a smooth introduction to OPTANO Modeling


Our thanks go to the entire team in Berlin for organizing the Conference as well as to Patrick Briest (McKinsey) and Lars Beckmann (Team OPTANO Modeling) for their support in our joint lectures.