Dear EUROPT members,


friendly regards! We hope you feel fine. With this e-mail and the attached documents we, Florian Jarre and Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber, would like to give to you some basic and recent information about our EUROPT, EURO Working Group on Continuous Optimization. More details you can find in EUROPT annual report for 2004 which we wrote together with our Honorary Coordinators Tamas Terlaky and Tibor Illes; please find europt2004.doc enclosed. Furthermore, in enclosed optimiz. price for young researchers.doc, you find a call for nominations.


Now, our EUROPT homepage is hosted by Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM) of Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. The new internet address is




This home-page contains valuable information related to the various scientific activities of EUROPT and its members in continuous optimization and related topics from OR. All those who are interested in EUROPT and would like to participate in the activities of  EUROPT can register here via internet.  Başak Akteke became the new webmaster and helped to update the homepage information of EUROPT, and Mr. Köksal Yücesoy takes care of the data base. Furthermore, our EUROPT  representation at EURO homepage, http://www.euro-online.org/, is supervised now by C. Vogelbusch from Chair of Mathematical Optimization, University of Düsseldorf, Germany.


The new year 2004 will contain a number of  highlights which EUROPT

is looking and working for. These scientific meetings will take place in Greece and Turkey in July 2004, and they are, in chronological order: Workshop on Challenges of Continuous Optimization in Theory and Applications, Rhodes, Greece, July 2-3, 2004,  EURO XX Conference in Rhodes, Greece, July 5-7, 2004, and, last but not least, our long event EURO Summer Institute 2004 - ESI XXII – Optimization and Data Mining in Ankara, Turkey, July 9-25, 2004. Closer information about all these three meetings can be found by links under the Scientific Events page of our EUROPT homepage. As the preparations for these meetings proceed very well, information about invited lectures and committees may already be given:


For our annual EUROPT workshop to which we  invite  you very much,

http://www.iam.metu.edu.tr/contopt04/index.html, we are glad that the

following colleagues accepted to become invited speakers:


  • M. Goberna  (University of Alicante, Spain),
  • J.-B. Hiriart-Urruty (University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France),
  • K. Klamroth  (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany),
  • M.A. Lopez  (University of Alicante, Spain),
  • A. Nemirovski  (Israel Institute of  Technology, Haifa, Israel),
  • T. Trafalis  (University of  Oklahoma, Norman, USA).


Organization Committee consists of


  • N. Ampazis (University of the Aegean, Greece),
  • E. Avgerinos (University of the Aegean, Greece),
  • M. Dür (TU Darmstadt, Germany),
  • A. Hayfavi  (METU, Ankara, Turkey),
  • K. Klamroth  (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany),
  • D. Konstandinidis (University of the Aegean, Greece),
  • G.-W. Weber (METU, Ankara, Turkey).


Homepage and data administration of both workshop and ESI 2004, are

in the good hands of  A. Dogan, A.G. Sagdicoglu, A. Tezel and C.

Vakifahmetoglu, respectively. The members of  Scientific Committee of

our workshop are


  • J.-L. Goffin  (McGill University, Montreal, Canada),
  • T. Illes  (Eötös University, Budapest, Hungary),
  • F. Jarre  (University of Düsseldorf, Germany),
  • B. Karasözen  (METU, Ankara, Turkey),
  • J. Kolumban  (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania),
  • M. Pinar  (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey),
  • B. Polyak  (Institute of Control Science, Moscow, Russia),
  • K. Roos  (Deft University of Technology, The Netherlands),
  • A. Rubinov  (School of Information Technology and 

                           Mathematical Sciences, Ballarat, Australia),

  • K. Scheinberg  (Columbia University, IBM, New York, USA),
  • M. Teboulle  (Tel-Aviv University, Israel),
  • T. Terlaky  (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada),
  • M. Todorov  (Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico),
  • T. Trafalis  (University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA),
  • M. Türkay  (Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey). 


This important EUROPT event on the beautiful and unique island of Rhodes, pearl of nature and history in blue sea, will additionally be supported IAM of METU, Ankara, Turkey, by German OR Society (GOR) and by University of the Aegean, Greece.


At EURO conference, http://www.euro-rhodes2004.org/,  EUROPT

will be contributing by a semi-plenary lecture given by our friend from

EUROPT and POP, A. Rubinov (School of Information Technology and  Mathematical Sciences, Ballarat, Australia) and by 5-7 sessions to three fields modern fields of modern continuous optimization. These are Semi-Infinite Optimization and Related Topics, organized in a devoted way already by M. Goberna, M.A. Lopez (both from University of Alicante, Spain), M. Todorov (Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico), Optimization of Biosystems (Computational Biology), organized by S.W. Pickl (University of Cologne, Germany),  B. Karasözen (METU, Ankara, Turkey),  M. Türkay (Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey), G.-W. Weber (METU, Ankara, Turkey), and a third attractive session about further fields, e.g., global optimization, which will organized by M. Dür (TU Darmstadt, Germany).


Finally, there will be a special EUROPT event, valuable for the young

generation and famous speakers: our ESI 2004,

http://www.iam.metu.edu.tr/esi04/index.html. This summer institute in Ankara is a joint scientific project of  EUROPT, Operational Research Society of Turkey (ORST), EURO, and IAM of  METU. On the wide and modern campus of METU, we will welcome about 25 young people from all over Europe and their teachers, the invited speakers


  • A. Rubinov   (School of Information Technology and

                                  Mathematical Sciences, Ballarat, Australia),

  • L.T. Biegler  (Carnegie Mellon University, USA),
  • S.D. Flam  (Bergen University, Norway),
  • J. Kogan  (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA),
  • B. Polyak  (Institute of Control Science, Moscow, Russia),
  • G. Still  (University of Twente, The Netherlands).


Also a further of our EUROPT friends and founding members, J. Krarup (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), who will visit ESI 2004 and IAM during that time, will be with us and introduce into EURO by a refreshing lecture and welcome address. Our Organization Committee consists of


  • B. Karasözen  (Chairman of ESI, METU, Ankara, Turkey),
  • M. Dür  (TU Darmstadt, Germany),
  • J. Friedrich  (Tübitak Bilten, Ankara, Turkey),
  • T. Illes  (Eötvös Lorand University of Sciences, Budapest,


  • S. Kayaligil  (METU, Ankara, Turkey),
  • S.W. Pickl  (University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany),
  • M.C. Pinar  (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey),
  • L. Sakalauskas  (Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

                                       Vilnius, Lithuania),

  • G.-W. Weber  (General Coordinator; METU, Ankara, Turkey).


The organization team furthermore includes a number of students from the renowned local universities METU and Bilkent, who want to take care of the awaited participants with Turkish hospitality. The members of Scientific Committee are


  • A. Aytuna   (Director of  IAM, METU, Ankara, Turkey),
  • M. Goberna   (University of Alicante, Spain),
  • R. Güllü   (METU, Ankara, Turkey),
  • F. Jarre   (University of Düsseldorf, Germany),
  • T. Terlaky   (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada),
  • H. Körezlioglu   (METU, Ankara, Turkey),
  • K. Scheinberg   (Columbia University, IBM, New York, USA),
  • M. Teboulle  (Chairman of  Scientific Committee; Tel-Aviv

                                   University, Israel),

  • T. Trafalis  (University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA).


The organizers want to please the guests by a rich program settled in the historical landscape of Anatolia and in the exciting nature of Cappadocia


Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to all our members, colleagues, friends and institutions who work with us to keep our group EUROPT developing so well, valuable and promising for us and other ones. We sincerely invite you for fruitful collaboration also in future. In case you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.


With friendly regards

and best wishes,

yours sincerely,


          Florian  Jarre                                                  G.-W. Weber    

  Coordinator of  EUROPT                               Vice Coordinator of  EUROPT

jarre@opt.uni-duesseldorf.dedee                              gweber@metu.edu.tr



                       Düsseldorf, Ankara,    February 14, 2004


Enclosure:     europt2004.doc

                      optimiz. price for young researchers.doc