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Please save the date September 29, 2021, for a one day workshop on Machine Learning for Optimization. Details on the location will be published in due course.

Event details of Machine Learning for Optimization workshop
Date 29 September 2021
Time 09:00 -17:00

Workshop on Machine Learning and Optimization

We kindly invite you for a one day workshop on Machine Learning for Optimization.


Ilker Birbil (University of Amsterdam)Dick den Hertog (University of Amsterdam) and Krzysztof Postek (Delft University of Technology) with the OPTIMAL consortium.


Seven speakers (five from the industry and two from the academia), each in a 45-minute talk, will provide us with a compact overview of successes, failures and key challenges to be faced by the combination ML+Optimization. Also, the physically organised (and streamed online) workshop would be an opportunity to make room for new industrial/academic collaborations.

Our confirmed excellent speakers are (academia):

Ilker Birbil (UvA)
Herke van Hoof (UvA)

and (industry):

Diederik Fokkema, Naser Asghari (ING)
Joaquim Gromicho (ORTEC, UvA)
Seppo Pieterse, Willem Feijen (Quintiq/Dassault Systemes/CWI)
Max Barkhausen, Max Snijders (BCG Gamma)
Guillaume Baquiast (McKinsey/QuantumBlack)

Programme of the day

9:00-9:25: Doors open
9:25-9:30: Welcome

9.30-10.15: Ilker Birbil (University of Amsterdam)
10:15-11:00: Seppo Pieterse, Willem Feijen (Quintiq/Dassault Systemes/CWI)

11:00-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-12:00: Max Snijders, Max Barkhausen (BCG Gamma)

12:00-13:00: Lunch break

13:00-13:45: Herke van Hoof (University of Amsterdam)
13:45-14:30: Joaquim Gromicho (ORTEC)

14:30-15:00: Coffee break

15:00-15:45: Guillaume Baquiast (QuantumBlack)
15:45-16:30: Diederik Fokkema, Naser Asghari (ING)

16:30: Closing

Information and registration

This workshop will be organised in a hybrid setting in the Hybrid Learning Theatre of the Amsterdam Business School. The theatre can host up to 40 people (current status 03-09-2021). To participate in this meeting, please register through the link below. In due course the organising committee will make a selection of participants who will be invited to join on-site and who will be invited to join online, in case there will be more registrations than 40. Those who will participate via a digital meeting will receive a zoom-video link a few days before the meeting by email. For general inquiries, please send an email to


OPTIMAL Research project

The research project Optimization for and with Machine Learning (OPTIMAL) is an ENW-GROOT research project funded by NWO. It is a collaboration between researchers from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). It started in 2020 and will end in 2025. Research from this project will be shared in various events. For more information about this research project visit the project site and the events calendar.