Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap: Workshops

Coming up: BTG workshops in System Science for Health

Workshops on System Science approaches to Cancer (10th March), and Inflammation (25th March), Winterbourne House, University of Birmingham.

Dynamic Optimisation in an Uncertain World: Challenges and State-of-the-Art

BTG Workshop 7; 24 February 2011, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Horton Grange, Conference Park, University of Birmingham

Optimisation is ubiquitous in the real world, from optimal design of electronic circuits to optimal design of aircraft wings, from optimal scheduling of trains to optimal routing of trucks in a network, from minimisation of inventory to maximisation of return from a financial portfolio. However, most of the textbook problems assume a static world where problems are unambiguously defined and fixed. In the real world, the objectives we are optimising may change with time. They may not be able to be measured accurately either. The decision variables may be corrupted by the noise. The implementation of decision variables may be corrupted by the noise too. All such factors in the real world call for more flexible and novel optimisation methods and algorithms that can deal with such complex situations. This one-day workshop provide a forum for discussing the challenges posed by such complex optimisation problems and the progresses made so far towards tackling them. Ample time will be devoted to interactions among the participants, with half-an-hour allocated to questions and discussions after each half-an-hour presentation.

The workshop is free for anyone to attend and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. We would like to ask anyone who intends to attend to register by email with Laura Fenney ( by Monday 21st Feburary, 12 pm. If you have any queries other than registration, please email Dr Thorsten Schnier (

This workshop is supported by EPSRC through its Bridging the Gap project and the dynamic optimisation project.

More detail available here.

Past Workshops

  • 19/01/2011 - International workshop on molecular network inference See here for detail
  • 15/16 December 2010 - Bridging The Gap Research Away Day on TransportSee here for the workshop program.
  • Birmingham BTG Research Away Day on Optimisation 19-20/04/2010. Detailed event information is available here
  • Computational Intelligence in Energy14/04/2010. See here for program and slides.
  • Computational Intelligence in Water Engineering and Hydroinformatics Bridging The Gap / Cercia workshop, 18 Feb 2010. Detailed workshop information is available here
  • Reducing the time complexity of chemical reaction-network simulations to O(N) BTG Talk, 4pm 16/10/2009, G40 Computer Science
  • 3rd Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics 19-20/10/2009, School of Computer Science (workshop page)
  • The Programming Challenge of Heterogeneous Architectures. BTG Application Workshop 2, 02-03/07/2009 See here for workshop program and information.
  • Real-world Routing and Scheduling. BTG Application Workshop 1, 09/06/2009 See here for workshop program and information.
  • 02/10/2008 - BTG Talk: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Research at UNSW at ADFA and Progress on Surrogate Assisted Optimization for Computationally Expensive Problems. See here for abstract and slides.
  • 19/06/2008 - Knowledge Workshop 1: Aspects of Mathematical Optimization Organized by Michal Kocvara. See here for program and slides.