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Operations Research Techniques and Applications School for Africa (ORTASA)

Dangbo, BENIN, November 26th – 30th 2018

    • Important Dates
Date Milestone
May 20/2018 First call for participation.
June 10/2015 Second call for participation.
June 1/2018 ORTASA 2018 website opening.
July 15/2018 Deadline for application
August 15 /2018 Notification of selected participants
September 15/2018 Deadline for confirming attendance
November 19-23/2016 ORTASA 2018

Half of the speakers will be OR practitioners and the other half will be from academia. Six mini-courses by international scholars and three lectures by regional researchers (to be selected) on advanced topics of specific interest and panel discussions will be held.  Priority will be given to courses and applications, based on joint work between Academia and Industry. The official languages of the school will be English.

The program of ORTASA 2018 will include 3 tutorials by international invited speakers, 8 sessions on the applications where participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

Introduction

ORTASA is a one-week school organized the Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMSP), Benin, promoted by the Government of Benin/World Bank supported African Center of Excellence in Mathematical Sciences and Applications (ACE-SMA) and different OR Societies around the world, aimed at young researchers, graduate students (PhD and Master students) and professionals from African countries, with outstanding performance and interest in the areas of Operations Research, Machine Learning, Systems Engineering and Applied Mathematics. Professionals are highly encouraged to attend this school that will focus on decision making tools and the applications of OR in areas such as health, transport, communication, logistics, finance and project management.

ORTASA 2018 will take place in the city of Dangbo, Benin Republic, between November 26th and 30th, 2018. Dangbo is a 100 thousand population town, located at 18 km away from Porto-Novo, the colourful capital city of Benin Republic. Dangbo is the main town and entry point to the Oueme Valley which is the second richest valley in the world, after the Nile valley.

The event will be hosted by the University of Abomey-Calavi and its Institute of Mathematics and Physical Science which has been a regional center of excellence in mathematics for the past three decades.

Venue

The ORTASA school will be held in the main auditorium and lectures’ rooms within the 15-hectare beautiful campus of the Institute of Mathematics and Physical Science in Dangbo (IMSP). The accommodation for all participants will be in Porto-Novo, mainly at the Songhai Project Center, which is an inspiring place. The aim of the Songhai Project is to help restore the dignity of the Black Man, restore confidence and hope, and offer Africa a new image by removing it out of the cycle of poverty and placing it in charge of its own destiny. The transportation between Songhai and Dangbo will be done by the Institute’s buses. Wi-Fi will be available at all sites.

More information about the venue can be found at http://www.imsp-benin.com/ and http://www.songhai.org.

Organizing and Academic committee

  • Léonard TODJIHOUNDÉ, IMSP/ACE-MSA, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
  • Joel Tossa, IMSP/ACE-MSA, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • Guy DEGLA, IMSP/ACE-MSA, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
  • Jules DEGILA, IMSP/ACE-MSA, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
  • Luciana BURIOL, UFRGS, Brasil

Academic and professional committee

  • Brunilde Sansò, École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Babacar Thiongane, AD OPT Kronos, Montreal.
  • Joel Amoussou, Mind Networks & Algorithmic Health
  • Tekogan Hemazro, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ)

The following researches compose the academic committee that will select the attendants to the school among the applicants of their countries.

Name Country University
Guy Dègla Benin University of Abomey-Calavi
Jules Dégila Benin University of Abomey-Calavi
André Langevin Canada Polytechnic School of Montreal
Babacar Thiongane Canada Kronos
Adam Ouorou France Orange
Habib Sidi France Ericsson
Ayoub Insa Correa Sénégal University Gaston Beger of Saint Louis
Luciana Buriol Brazil Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Tekogan Hemazro Canada Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec
Hugues Djikpesse USA Schlumberger
ISSMAIL EL HALLAOUI Canada Polytechnic School of Montreal
MAMANE SOULEYE Ibrahim Niger Université Abdou Moumouni
Babacar Ndiaye Senegal UCAD

Invited Speakers and Program

At the school, half of the speakers will be OR practitioners and the other half will be from academia. Six mini-courses by international scholars and three lectures by regional researchers (to be selected) on advanced topics of specific interest and panel discussions will be held.  Priority will be given to courses and applications, based on joint work between Academia and Industry. The official languages of the school will be English and French. Short courses and lectures will be either in English or in French (in the latter case with English slides). Participants will be asked to prepare their slides in English and can present in English or French.

The invited speakers for the mini-courses that have confirmed their participation are the following (Abstracts of their short curses will be included at the end of the document):

The detailed schedule follows

Additionally, networking and cultural activities will be included on Thursday afternoon. We will have a cultural event (outside the venue of the event) showing the folklore of the region.

The detailed schedule follows:

The site is hosted and maintained by the organizing universities under the web domain of IMSP at the following address http://www.imsp-uac.org/ortsa2018

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