Roadef Challenge 2001

After the full success of the first ROADEF'99 the French Society of Operations Research and Decision Analysis (ROADEF) decided to organize a second challenge. This time the final stage will be presented at the International french speaking conference on Operation Research FRANCORO III which will be held in the city of Québec (CANADA), may 09-11, 2001.

The subject of this second challenge is proposed and sponsored by CELAR de la Direction Générale pour l'Armement of the Ministère de la Défense (French Department of Defense).

This challenge is open to everybody, in particular to young researchers, except those working for the industrial partner having submitted the problem, or any of its subsidiaries.

We remind that this Challenge has double goals. On the one hand, it allows some of our industrial partners to witness recent developments in the field of Operations Research and Decision Analysis, and young researchers to face up to a decisional problem, often complex, occurred in industry. The challenge will give them an opportunity to explore the requirements and difficulties encountered in industrial applications. On the other hand, we hope that this challenge will help to establish a permanent partnership between manufacturers and young scientists on industrial size projects which require both high scientific qualification and the real-life practices in companies making use of decision analysis.

We encourage and invite industrial partners to submit new proposals for forthcoming challenges.