Michael Trick is the Dean of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and Harry B. and James H. Higgins of Operations Research at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon. He received his doctorate in 1987 and has been at Carnegie Mellon since 1989.  His research interests are in computational integer programming, constraint programming, and applications in telecommunications, scheduling, and social choice.  He has consulted extensively with organizations such as Major League Baseball, the FCC, and many other firms on scheduling and optimization issues.  In 2002, he was President of INFORMS and he is the current President of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, an umbrella organization of societies for which INFORMS is its US member.

Prof. El-ghazali Talbi received the Master and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science, both from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in France. Then he became an Associate Professor in Computer Sciences at the University of Lille (France). Since 2001, he is a full Professor at the University of Lille and the head of the optimization team of the Computer Science laboratory (CRISTAL). His current research interests are in the field of multi-objective optimization, parallel algorithms, metaheuristics, combinatorial optimization, cluster and grid computing, hybrid and cooperative optimization, and application to energy, logistics/transportation, bioinformatics and networks. Professor Talbi has a h-index of 43 and has to his credit more than 300 publications in journals, chapters in books, and conferences. He is the co-editor of five books. He was a guest editor of more than 10 special issues in different  journals (Journal of Heuristics, Journal of Parallel and Distributed  Computing, European Journal of Operational Research, Theoretical Computer Science, Journal of Global Optimization). He is the head of the INRIA Dolphin project.  He has many collaborative national, European and international projects. He is the co-founder and the coordinator of the research group dedicated  to Metaheuristics: Theory and Applications (META). He is the founding  co-chair of the NIDISC workshop on nature inspired computing (IEEE/ACM IPDPS). He served in different  capacities on the programs of more than 100 national and international  conferences. He is also the organizer of many conferences (e.g. EA’2005, ROADEF’2006, META’2008, IEEE AICCSA’2010, META’2014, MIC’2015).

Imed Kacem is Full Professor since 2009 at the University of Lorraine, France, in Computer Science. He is the Founder and the Head of LCOMS Laboratory of the University of Lorraine since 2013 (LCOMS is the Laboratory of Design, Optimization and Modelling of Systems) after being the Head of the Computer Science Department. His scientific activity is in the Operational Research. More precisely, his contributions are related to the design of exact and approximate algorithms with a guaranteed performance for the NP-hard combinatorial problems. Such problems are mainly related to the scheduling theory. The applications are interdisciplinary and various (production, packing in electronic design, healthcare, transportation, information visualization…). His contributions have been published in referred journals (Theoretical Computer Science, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Discrete Optimization, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, Journal of Scheduling, JIMO, IJPE, JIM, EJOR, IJOR, 4OR, CAIE, IJCIM, IEEE/SMC Transactions, CAORIJPR,…). These research activities have involved the supervision of 10 PhD theses as well as several selective projects (some of them have been funded by the ANR, the European Commission, the CNRS, …). He serves as area editor or guest editor for several journals (Computers & Industrial Engineering-Elsevier, European Journal of Industrial Engineering, RAIRO-Operations Research, AutoSoft Journal-Taylor & Francis, Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering-Springer,…) and as Keynote Speaker for several conferences (IEEE/CIE40, Japon (2010); FUBUTEC2011, United Kingdom (2011); IEEE/CoDIT2013, Tunisia (2013); IEEE/ICSCS2013, France (2013); META2016, Morocco (2016); CIE46, China (2016)). He chaired or co-chaired the program committee or the organizing committee of several international conferences (IEEE/ICSSSM06 (Troyes, 2006); IEEE/CIE’39 (Troyes, 2009); CIE’41 (California, 2011); IEEE/CoDIT’14 (Metz, 2014); CIE’45 (Metz, 2015); IEEE/CoDIT’16 (Malta, 2016)). He obtained the « Great Award of Research 2010 » from the Universities of Lorraine, the 3rd Robert Faure Award 2009 from the French Society of Operational Research and Aid Decision (ROADEF), the 2015 Steffan Schwarz Award (Best Paper Award of the European Conference ECEC’2015 in Portugal), and he has regularly the PEDR or the PES Premium (with the highest level A) since 2006.

Samir Elhedhli is Professor and Chair of the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. He holds a BSc and MSc from Bilkent University and PhD from McGill University. He has research interests in Large-scale Optimization and Data Analytics with applications in Logistics, Supply chain, and Service Systems Design. His work has appeared in scientific journals such as Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, INFORMS Journal on Computing,  IISE transactions, and European Journal of Operational Research among  others. He held grants from NSERC, CFI, OCE and MITACS and collaborated with industries in aircraft manufacturing, airline scheduling, and warehouse management. He served as president of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) in 2011-2012.  He is currently the Education Chair and co-Editor-in-Chief of their flagship journal INFOR. He is the recipient of the CORS Service Award in 2013 and the University of Waterloo’s distinguished and outstanding performance awards in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2016.

Prof. Taicir Moalla Loukil  has received her State doctorate from the Faculty of Economics and Management of Sfax, Tunisia in 2001. She worked as a chief of the department development and studies at the ‘’Office des ports Aériens de Tunisie’’ prior to joining the University of Sfax. She is curently on detachment at the Faculty of Business Administration of Tabuk KSA. Her research activities include decision aid, combinatorial optimization, multicriteria optimization, scheduling and logistics problems. She acted as a guest editor of a special issue on ‘’Developments in Multiple Objective Programming and Goal Programming’’ at International Transactions in Operations Research (ITOR). Taicir Moalla Loukil  has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific papers published in specialized reviews. She has supervised twenty PhD thesis and more than 30 master thesis. Taicir is currently the president of the Tunisian Operations Research Society (TORS).

Mohamed Limam holds a PhD in Statistics from Oregon State University (OSU), USA, in 1985, and a MSc in Statistics, from the same university in 1981. He started his career as an Assistant Professor at OSU, then at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. In 1994, he moved to Tunisia as Associate Professor of statistics at the University of Tunis. His research interests include the area of applied statistics, computational statistics, Data Mining, Statistical Quality Control and Quality Management. He is the author of many research publications and the advisor of more than 20 PhD students. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Quality and Standards. He was the head of the Laboratory of Operations Research Decision and Control of Processes (LARODEC), the Founder and President of the Tunisian Association of Statistics and its Applications from 2008 to 2011 and co-founder of the Tunisian Management Science Society.  Prof. Limam was the dean of the business School at the University of Tunis from 1995 till 2001, then Vice President of the same University from 2007 till 2011. Currently he is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Dhofar University, Sultanate of Oman.