ROADEF Challenge 2005

After the full success of the first three challenges ROADEF'99, ROADEF'2001 and ROADEF2003, the French Society of Operations Research and Decision Analysis (ROADEF) decided to organize consecutively a fourth challenge. This time the results will be presented at the annual conference of the French Operations Research society ROADEF which will be held on february 14-16, 2005 at Tours (closed to the famous Loire castles). The dates and the place of the conference will be announced later.

The subject of this fourth challenge is proposed and sponsored by the automobile manufacturer RENAULT.

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. Since the Senior category has been added, this challenge allows qualified researchers to show their knowledge and demonstrate their know-how on pratical problems. This gives opportunities to establish partnerships with industrial companies.

We encourage and invite industrial partners, public or private orgnizations to submit new proposals for forthcoming challenges.

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