About the Winter School

The objective of the Winter School is to expose the audience to modern topics on Data Science, Optimization and Operations Research. Every year, two prominent researchers are invited to provide tutorials on selected topics, and to discuss some of their recent research with the students. Designed for doctoral education, the course is open to academic researchers (professors, researchers, PhD students) and professionals (from industry and public authorities), interested in optimization and operations research.

The course is organized by Prof. Michel Bierlaire, Transport and Mobility Laboratory (TRANSP-OR), School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL). It takes place in Zinal, a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. The special environment triggers a specific atmosphere that encourages scientific and personal exchanges among the participants.

In addition to the lectures, workshops will be organized every day where the students will have the opportunity to work on recent papers of the invited lecturers, under their guidance.

Previous courses

Our lecturers

Who’s teaching

Prof. Negar Kiyavash
Prof. Negar Kiyavash

ISyE, Georgia Tech

Prof. Marco
					       Campi
Prof.Marco Campi

University of Brescia

Our Timetable

Schedule Plan

Welcome cocktail

Sunday, 18:30

Main restaurant

Lecture 1

by Negar Kiyavash

08:30 - 10:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Coffee break

10:00-10:30

Restaurant

Lecture 2

by Marco Campi

10:30 - 12:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Sports and discussions

12:00-17:00

Workshop

17:00 - 19:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Readings
Lecture 3

by Marco Campi

08:30 - 10:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Coffee break

10:00-10:30

Restaurant

Lecture 4

by Negar Kiyavash

10:30 - 12:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Sports and discussions

12:00-17:00

Workshop

17:00 - 19:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Readings
Lecture 5

by Negar Kiyavash

08:30 - 10:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Coffee break

10:00-10:30

Restaurant

Lecture 6

by Marco Campi

10:30 - 12:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Sports and discussions

12:00-17:00

Students presentations

17:00 - 19:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Lecture 7

by Marco Campi

08:30 - 10:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Coffee break

10:00-10:30

Restaurant

Lecture 8

by Negar Kiyavash

10:30 - 12:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Sports and discussions

12:00-17:00

Students presentations

17:00 - 19:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Workshop dinner

19:30

Restaurant

Lecture 9

by Negar Kiyavash

08:30 - 10:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Coffee break

10:00-10:30

Restaurant

Lecture 10

by Marco Campi

10:30 - 12:00

Sport hall - Level -2

Slides
Venue

The workshop will take place at Hotel Europe in Zinal. The lectures will take place at level -2 of the hotel, in the sport hall. The coffee breaks will take place in the restaurant. Map

Accommodation

We recommend the participants to stay at the hotel Europe. Book directly at the hotel, and mention that you are participating to the seminar.

If you are not staying at Hotel Europe, you may want to join us for dinner. In that case, please mention it to the hotel.

Hotel Europe
Tuition fees

The tuition fee includes: the participation to the lectures, the participation to the workshops, the coffee breaks, the welcome cocktail on Sunday, the conference dinner on Thursday.

The event is financially supported by the Canton du Valais and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Early registration

Regular: 500 CHF

Students and staff from Swiss universities: 200 CHF

Late registration

Regular: 600 CHF

Students and staff from Swiss universities: 300 CHF

ECTS credits

The course is worth 2 ECTS credits. The students who need to be evaluated to obtain the credit must inform the organizer during registration. In order to obtain the credit, the students must participate to the lectures, participate to the workshops, provide an oral presentation, submit a report. The students will be organized by groups. A scientific paper authored by one of the lecturers will be assigned to each group. During the workshops, the students will have the opportunity to interact with the author of the paper. An oral presentation of the paper by the group will be organized.

After the course, each student will prepare a technical report on a topic related to the course. The topic cannot be associated with the same lecturer as the paper presented during the workshop. This is personal work, and the topic should be approved by the lecturer during the workshop. The report should summarize the topic, provide a literature review, and a personal discussion about the topic (strengths and weaknesses, potential applications, possible extensions, etc.) The objective is to show that the students have understood the concepts, and are able to be critical about it. The report does not need to be long (about 10-15 pages).

The workload for the course is 15 hours of lectures, 8 hours of workshop, preparation of the presentations, report writing.

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