Workshop - INFORMS Annual Meeting Phoenix (October 13th, 2012)

Deploying MPL Optimization Models on Servers and Mobile Platforms

Maximal Software will be hosting a three-hour workshop, Deploying MPL Optimization Models on Servers and Mobile Platforms, on Saturday October 13th, 2012, before the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The purpose of the workshop is to provide participants with an insightful overview and give step-by-step instructions for successfully building optimization applications.

The speaker for the workshop, Bjarni Kristjansson has decades of experience in the optimization field. He will take you through all the steps of an optimization project using optimization software tools from Maximal Software, IBM-ILOG, GUROBI, COIN, Ziena Optimization, ARKI Consulting, and Pinter Consulting.

The workshop foucuses on optimization modeling and how to embed optimization models into end-user applications. It is designed to teach participants how to develop their own optimization models, connecting them to data sources, and solve the models using state-of-art, industrial strength solvers. The speakers will take you through all the steps of implementing O.R. projects using Optimization software tools from Maximal Software, IBM-ILOG and GUROBI. Participants will leave with an excellent overview of optimization modeling and a good working knowledge of how to successfully build optimization applications. In the second part of the workshop, we will demonstrate the new "MPL for Python", a scripting and library interface for the MPL Modeling Language that takes full advantage of the many powerful features of Python. We will be introducing as well several new special programs by Maximal Software, where we are now giving away FREE development copies of our MPL software.

Software Used
The workshop is designed to give the participants hands-on experience with industrial-strength optimization and modeling tools.
The software used in the workshop will include:

The purpose of the workshop is to show how optimization models can be brought together into business applications. At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to develop their own optimization models, link them to data sources and solve the models using state-of-the-art industrial-strength solvers. Participants will also acquire a good working knowledge on how to embed optimization models into applications.

By attending this workshop you will learn how to:

Each registered participant will receive a full perpetual development copy of MPL for FREE!

Attendance is Free for registered conference participants. To register, please send an email to with your full contact information. We also accept walk-ins on-site without prior registration.

Workshop Schedule - Deploying MPL Optimization Models

12:00 - 12:20 Introduction to Maximal Software

12:20 - 12:40 The New MPL Free Development and Academic Programs

12:40 - 1:20 Formulating and Solving Optimization Models in MPL

1:20 - 1:40 Connecting to Databases and Spreadsheets

1:40 - 2:00 Embedding Optimization in Applications

2:00 - 2:20 Running MPL models with Python

2:20 - 2:40 Deploying Optimization on Servers

2:40 - 2:50 Discussion and Questions (optional)

Workshop Presenter

Bjarni Kristjansson, Maximal Software, Inc.

Bjarni Kristjansson is the president and founder of Maximal Software, Inc., a leading vendor of optimization modeling software. Maximal Software is the developer of the MPL Modeling System; an algebraic modeling language that allows the user to formulate complicated optimization models quickly and easily. Maximal Software also provides the OptiMax Component Library, which allows MPL models to be easily embedded into end-user applications.

Bjarni Kristjansson has many years of practical experience providing innovative solutions, especially in regards to integrating optimization with wide range of information technologies and business applications. Bjarni Kristjansson has served as the treasurer for the Icelandic ICORS and the INFORMS Computing Society, and was one of the main organizers for the EURO 2006 Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has also served on the COIN Strategic Leadership Board, as the ICS Secretary, and as the Vice President 3 (Practice) of EURO.