Last update: 24/01/2020

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers





Tobias Harks

Professor of optimization in the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Augsburg.

Before joining Augsburg, he was a Postdoc at the Technical University Berlin, and afterwards Assistant and Associate Professor at Maastricht University.

His research interests include the design of algorithms, algorithmic game theory, and discrete and continuous optimization.


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Ivana Ljubic

Professor of Operations Research at the ESSEC Business School of Paris. She received her habilitation in Operations Research at the University of Vienna (2013), and she holds a PhD degree in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology (2004) and master's degree in mathematics from the University of Belgrade (2000). She worked for two years in a company dealing with portfolio optimization before continuing her university career at the University of Vienna where she was appointed until 2015. She was also Visiting Researcher/Professor at the following institutions: University of Maryland, TU Berlin, TU Dortmund, University of Paris Dauphine, etc. As of September 2015, she is appointed at the ESSEC Business School of Paris.

She is Associate Editor of Omega and member of Editorial Advisory Board of Computers and Operations Research. She also served as guest-editor of journals: European Journal of Operational Research and Annals of Operations Research and she is currently vice-president of the INFORMS Telecommunication Section

Research interests of Ivana Ljubic include network design problems, combinatorial optimization, optimization under uncertainty, bilevel optimization. She uses tools and methods of mixed integer programming, (meta-)heuristics and their successful combinations for solving optimization problems with applications in telecommunications, design of data and distribution networks and bioinformatics. 

She received PhD Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (DOC Fellowship, 2003-2004), PhD award of the Austrian Society for Operations Research (2005), Hertha-Firnberg Post-Doc Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (2007-2010) and APART Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2011-2013). 


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Milind Tambe

Milind Tambe is Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California(USC) and the Founding Co-Director of CAIS, the USC Center for AI in Society, where his research focuses on "AI for Social Good". He is a fellow of AAAI and ACM, as well as recipient of the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award, INFORMS Wagner prize in Operations Research, Rist Prize of the Military Operations Research Society, IBM Faculty Award, Okawa foundation award, RoboCup scientific challenge award, and other awards including the Orange County Engineering Council Outstanding Project Achievement Award, USC Associates award for creativity in research and USC Viterbi use-inspired research award. Prof. Tambe has contributed several foundational papers in AI in areas such as security games and multiagent systems; these papers have received over a dozen best paper and influential paper awards at conferences such as AAMAS, IJCAI, IAAI and IVA.

In addition, Prof. Tambe pioneering real-world deployments of security games has led him and his team to receive meritorious commendations from the US Coast Guard Commandant, LA Airport Police, and the US Federal Air Marshals Service. For his teaching and mentoring Prof. Tambe has received the USC Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring award; to date he has graduated 25 PhD students and mentored 10 postdocs. Prof. Tambe has also co-founded a company based on his research, Avata Intelligence , where he serves as the director of research. Prof. Tambe received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.


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