Workshop on Robust Optimization

Welcome to the workshop on Robust Optimisation, taking place at the Université d'Avignon on June 28th-29th 2018. The aim of the workshop is to gather researchers interested in theoretical and numerical aspects of robust optimization. The workshop is free, thanks to the support from a PGMO project, including lunches and coffee breaks and the participation to the tour in Avignon on Friday afternoon. The dinner should cost around 50€. 


The workshop will take pace in the Campus Hanna Arendt of the University of Avignon located in the city center, see the map above, more specifically in the second floor of the Bâtiment Nord. The room will be 2E07, see the figure below.



In case the strike makes it difficult to attend the workshop on Wednesday evening, the contingency plan is to start on Thursday at 11:00-11:30, moving the talks of Thursday morning to Friday afternoon and canceling the city trip.

9:00 ??? Yue Zhou-Kangas
9:30 Adam Kasperski Erick Delage
10:30 coffee break coffee break
11:00 Ayse Nur Arslan

Marco Silva

Exact Solution Algorithms for the Robust Total Tardiness Problem

11:30 Dimitri Papadimitriou Eric Bourreau

Michael Poss

Robust combinatorial optimization with knapsack uncertainty

Nicolas Dupin
12:30 lunch lunch
14:00 Dick den Hertog Wolfram Wiesemann

Frans de Ruiter

Improved decision rules for robust optimization by lifted uncertainty sets

Pawel Zielinksi
15:30 coffee break ???

Jannis Kurtz

Min-max-min Robust Optimization for the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem under Uncertain Travel Times


Laurent Alfandari

Robust Optimization for non-linear impact of data variation

city-tour. Meeting Tour Saint-Jean (Place Pie) at 16:30
17:00 Marc Goerigk  

Confirmed participants

Adam Kasperski Wrocław University of Technology
Antoine Perraudat Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne
Ayse Nur Arslan Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest
Boris Detienne Université de Bordeaux
Dick den Hertog Tilburg University
Dimitri Papadimitriou Bell Labs
Douglas Alem Federal University of São Carlos
Erick Delage HEC Montréal
Evgeny Gurevsky University of Nantes
Farés Jalled Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Fränk Plein Université Libre de Bruxelles
Frans de Ruiter Tilburg University
Jannis Kurtz RWTH Aachen University
Laurent Alfandari ESSEC Business School
Marc Goerigk Lancaster University
Marco Silva Université d'Avignon
Michael Poss LIRMM
Nadjib Brahimi Rennes School of Business
Nicolas Dupin DGA and ISAE-Supaéro, Toulouse
Nicole Megow Universität Bremen
Pawel Zielinksi Wrocław University of Technology
Rosa Figueiredo Université d'Avignon
Sérigne Gueye Université d'Avignon
Wolfram Wiesemann Imperial College London
Yue Zhou-Kangas University of Jyvaskyla


The most convenient way to reach Avignon by public transportations is train. 


The “Avignon-TGV” railway station is easily accessed by high speed trains (TGV) from Paris (2h40), Lyon (1h10), Marseille (0h30), Nice (2h50), Lille (4h10), Geneva (3h), Brussels (4h50) but also directly from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (3h10) and Lyon-Saint Exupéry (1h40) international airports (airport railway stations).

 The “Avignon-TGV” station is located six kilometers south of Avignon downtown where is located the Palais des Papes conference center that can be reached by a local “TER” train (few minutes plus about 15 mn walk) or by taxis (10 to 15 mn, fares about 15 €). 


The closest international airport from Avignon is Marseille-Marignane, about 80 km south. Two solutions to reach Avignon from the airport: 1) take the shuttle to Marseille-Saint Charles railway station, then high speed train to Avignon; 2) rent a car (about one hour drive). However, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Lyon-Saint Exupéry international airports are more convenient both in terms of destinations and access to Avignon (high speed train station at airports, see above).

For people coming from London or Bruxelles, another possibility is Nîmes airport server byRyanair. From Nîmes, you may reach Avignon by local train or car (~ 30min).

Plane + train

This is recommended for travelers flying to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. If you travel with Air France or an affiliate company, you can book a combined plane + train ticket (see this page). In the Air France online booking form, just enter "Avignon, Train station (XZN)" as your destination.

If you cannot travel with Air France, you may book a separate train ticket on the French National Railway Company (SNCF) website. Be careful: there are two train stations in Avignon, one for regular trains (Avignon), the other for high speed trains (Avignon TGV), the latter being 6 km from downtown. From Avignon TGV, you can take a train to Avignon (few minute travel) or a taxi (about 15 €) to reach Avignon downtown. The railway station at Charles de Gaulle airport is located in terminal 2. You can get an electronic ticket: print it or have it on your smartphone to travel. 


Avignon is located near highway A7 between Lyon and Marseille. Exits 23 when coming from North and 24 from the South. Exit 23 on highway A9 when coming from south-west (Barcelona, Montpellier, Nîmes). Note that the car access to Avignon downtown, and especially the vicinity of the Palais des Papes, is very limited (public pay parkings available).



Avignon, capital of the Christian world in the Middle Ages and home to an outstanding architectural heritage, lies in the heart of Provence.

There are many hotels in the centre of Avignon near the conference venue which can be viewed and booked directly via the Avignon Tourist Board :


Marc Goerigk

Michael Poss


Last update on 16/05/2018