Bellairs Workshop on Integer Programming:

March 30 - April 6, 2008. Bellairs Institute, Holetown, Barbados.

picture The workshop will be devoted to Integer Programming. During the first three days of the meeting we plan to have sessions focused on specific research areas. The idea is to promote discussions that can hopefully lead workshop participants to collaborative work. Each day will cover one area. Some background reading is here. The topics currently planned are:

We are also planning a day focused on problems inspired by computational studies, led by Andrea Lodi and Matteo Fischetti.

As in past workshops, there is plenty of time to form working groups. The workshop will have 25 to 30 participants, including a number of current PhD students. Accommodation at Bellairs is spartan (usually two to a room) at a modest daily rate. Sunday, March 30, is the arrival day, with a full program scheduled for Monday to Friday. Participants will depart on either Saturday or Sunday. The Bellairs' institute is only feet from the beautiful west coast beaches of the island. Further information can be found on the following web page, describing a 2007 workshop on combinatorial optimization.

Particpants include: David Applegate (ATT), Sylvia Boyd (Ottawa), Bill Cook (GATech), Gerard Cornuejols (CMU), Bill Cunningham (Waterloo), Sanjeeb Dash (IBM Research, Yorktown), Fritz Eisenbrand (EPFL, Lausanne), Marcos Goycoolea (Universidad Adolfo Ibanez), Oktay Gunluk (IBM Research, Yorktown), Daniel Espinoza (U. Chile), Matteo Fischetti (Padova), Volker Kaibel (Magdeburg), Andrea Lodi (Bologna), Gianpaolo Oriolo (Rome), Thomas Rothvoss (Paderborn), Laura Sanita (Rome), Andras Sebo (IMAG, Grenoble), Loic Seguin-Charbonneau (McGill), Bruce Shepherd (McGill), Paolo Ventura (IASI, CNR, Rome), Juan Pablo Vielma (GaTech), Don Wagner (ONR), Laurence Wolsey (CORE, Louvain), Christophe Weibel (McGill), Robert Weismantel (Magdeburg)

Location:The workshop takes place at the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados. The airport is on the south-east point of the island and Bellairs is on the west side (about a 30 minute taxi drive). Here is a map of Barbados.

Directions: Tell the taxi drivers to take you to Bellairs Research Centre in Holetown. Holetown is on the main street - you can't really miss it. The taxi ride should cost about $40 U.S. There are buses but one must first travel to Bridgetown (the capital) and transfer to another line.

Some things to know: Barbados is safe and one shouldn't worry about travelling alone. US currency is freely accepted at 2 Barbadian dollars per US dollar. Other currencies (Pound sterling, Canadian dollars) are not accepted; you will have to change them at banks or at the airport.  People had trouble using their bank cards from Europe, but Canadian and US cards seem to work fine. Note that some of the better restaurants in the area do require long pants in the evenings (swim attire is not accepted). Also, there are three computers (and one printer) at Bellairs for people to read e-mail. There is wireless hookup for laptops so you can bring your own laptop. There is a small fee for using the computers or using the line with a laptop to connect to the internet.

Accommodation: Reservations are already made. You pay Bellairs directly during the workshop. The cost of a room is between 35 and 40 US $ per day per person. Breakfast is "make it yourself" (food/instant coffee provided - bring your own ground coffee if you wish) and costs 5 US$ a day. We tend to buy lunch at local restaurants or at the shopping centre 10 minutes walk from the Institute. The cook prepares dinner (6:30pm sharp) for approximately $20 U.S. The accomodations are of the level of student dormitories, please do not expect the level of the (very expensive) hotels on either side of the institute. We can of course expect the mathematics and scenery to be at a very high level.
If you snore considerably, please let us know in advance. It helps when making the room assignments. Trust us, we have experience (famous last words of one colleague: "I'm determined to teach myself to embrace this").

A lot more information can be found at the website of Godfried Toussaint. Here is his workshop info package.

For more information please contact the organizers: William Cook (, Fritz Eisenbrand ( or Bruce Shepherd (