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The Award Committee of the MINOA Research Challenge is happy to announce the results. 11 teams have registered to the Challenge from Europe and beyond, although unfortunately we finally got no results from "Junior" teams. After the specified deadline we have collected all the received the results and the accompanying reports. The ranking for all the categories have been produced and verified: it has then been sent to all participating teams, who have accepted it. Therefore, the results are now final. The winning teams are:

- Category 'Senior': Team "miLoa" (Daniela Bernhard, Ariane Fazeny, Kai Häufel, Sebastian Kreuz, Richard  Schwank)

- Category 'Professional': Team "DEV" (Valentina Cacchiani, Daniele Pettinari, Emanuele Tresoldi)

We are grateful to all participating teams for their hard work, and we are looking forward to hearing the presentations of the winning teams.

We are also very grateful to MAIOR staff, whose valiant efforts throughout all the Challenge have been instrumental in its success.

The Award Committee, on behalf of the MINOA project consortium

Etienne de Klerk‬, Samuela Carosi, Antonio Frangioni

We are pleased to announce the MINOA Summer School 2021, which will be held online from June 21st until June 29th. Two topics are covered, „Nonlinear Optimal Control Problems: Methods and Applications“ from June 22nd till June 25th and "„Conic Optimization and Applications“ on June 28th and June 29th (the complementary skills training is for MINOA students only). Speakers are
Matthias Gerdts (Universität der Bundeswehr München), Christian Kirches (Technische Universität Braunschweig), Sven Leyffer (Argonne National Laboratory), Karl Worthmann (TU Ilmenau), Ottmar Gehring (Daimler AG), Sebastian Albrecht and Armin Nurkanovic (both Siemens), Mirjam Dür (Universität Augsburg), Fernando Mario de Oliveira Filho (TU Delft), Matteo Pozzi (Optit Srl) and Michael Mende (GSP_ARM!d).

You can find the program and the registration link here. The required zoom links will be provided as soon as they are available.

Our ESR Martina Cerulli added some benchmark instances about the aircraft deconfliction problem via subliminal speed regulation in 3 dimensions to open-source benchmark library. Furthermore, she modified the wikipedia entry about bilevel optimisation by modifying the Section 'Stackelberg competition' and two subsections in the section 'Solution methodologies' - furthermore, she added some references.

As a part of the project, we organise some schools and workshops from which not only the participants, but the optimisation community as a whole should benefit. Thus, we recently uploaded slides and talks (whenever possible) or provided links of talks, lectures and tutorials given at our events.

You can find them by clicking here.

We are pleased to announce our second online-workshop "ESR Days 2.0" that is organised by our ESRs Martina Cerulli, Chaitanya Gudapati and Henri Lefebvre! It takes place on March 4th and March 5th. Different lectures and tutorials about different topics of mixed-integer programming are held by Marianna De Santis, Antonio Frangioni, Guillaumes Marques, Tamás Terlaky, Utz-Uwe Haus, Didier Henrion. The closing tutorial is an introduction to SCIP. For details and abstracts, please click here.

The workshop is open to everyone. Due to technical limitations, at most 100 people can participate. If you would like to participate, please contact Martina Cerulli (mcerulli@lix.polytechnique.fr), Chaitanya Gudapati (chaitanya.gudapati@unibo.it) and Henri Lefebvre (henri.lefebvre@unibo.it).

We are very pleased to announce the online-conference "Trends in Modelling, Simulation and Optimisation: Theory and Applications" that is organised jointly by MINOA and the SFB Transregio 154 ("Mathematische Modellierung, Simulation und Optimierung am Beispiel von Gasnetzwerken"). It takes place on March 2nd, 3rd.
The conference will bring together leading experts from applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. The goal is to stimulate discussions between researchers and industrial representatives who are interested in today's challenges in energy, logistics and engineering. A focus will be on network problems. The conference aims to to offer a platform for discussions between the various disciplines. This event follows the conference series "Mathematics of Gas Transport" that took place in 2016 and in 2018.

For further information, please visit the conference homepage. After the conference, we will hold our annual conference on March 4th and the ESR Days 2021 on March 5th and 6th that are organised by our ESRs.

The MINOA Research Challenge is online! From 01/12/20 to 31/05/21, everyone (high-school students, university students, researchers and other professionals) has a chance to participate in our challenge about solving a (non-periodic) Integrated Timetable and Vehicle Scheduling Problem! It is a challenging problem in the field of logistics. Three different versions of the problem with different levels of difficulty are posed.

As a prize, the winning teams (one team of each category) will present their solution at the next Long Night of Sciences at FAU Erlangen Nuremberg.

For more information about the challenge and for registration, please click here. We are looking forward to your participation!