The Center for Applied Optimization at the University of Florida is an interdisciplinary center which encourages joint research and applied projects among faculty from engineering, mathematics and business. It also encourages increased awareness of the rapidly growing field of optimization through publications, conferences, joint research and student exchange. It was founded in September 1992. The co-directors are Dr. Panos Pardalos of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Dr. William Hager, from the Mathematics Department.
Center affiliates include several faculty from ISE, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Mechanics & Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Decision and Information Sciences.
Individual and joint research includes global and discrete optimization, acceleration of decomposition methods, new dynamic programming techniques for lot sizing models, network optimization methods, optimal control problems, optimization of elastic materials, inverse problems, and multicriteria optimization.
Current applied projects include applications in biomedicine, data analysis and data mining, randomization in algorithm design, multidimensional assignment problems, molecular conformation problems, modeling and solutions of water management problems, evacuation modeling, and warehouse location problems. Sponsors include the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Industries, AirForce, the Army Research Office and Florida Water Management Districts.
The Center is interested in promoting collaboration with researchers at other universities through visitors and student exchange. It administers a program for visiting students from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm.