GAMS was attending the OR2019 in Dresden. But I don’t want to report about the conference itself at this point. We gave a workshop, held talks, and had a booth - the usual. However, in Dresden, I was asked not for the first time what GAMS actually does at such a conference.
On May 31- June 2, 2019, our reseller Beijing Uone Info & Tech Co. , Ltd hosted a three-day course on CGE Modeling with GAMS at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China. More than 20 participants attended this successful training course. “We enjoyed the opportunity to connect with some GAMS users from different universities there to hear about their projects and to answer some of their questions along the way,” said Crystal from Beijing Uone Info & Tech Co.
Three very exciting and well-organized workshops on advanced GAMS features as well as CGE modeling took place this May. For this adventure, Michael, Steve and Freddy from GAMS teamed up with Agapi Somwaru who recently retired from USDA and Xinshen Diao from IFPRI, two experts in CGE modeling. Yumei Zhang from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) was our main local contact for the entire trip.
In April this year, Franz, Lleny, Freddy, and Marius traveled to Austin for the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference. Franz and Freddy held a Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday morning, talking about GAMS and our interactive web application framework GAMS MIRO, which was well received. Then in the evening, the conference started.
GAMS staff Michael Bussieck and Robin Schuchmann attended the meeting Mathematical Optimization for the Hidden Champions of the GOR working group Real World Optimization at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Pforzheim, Germany. The focus of the 2-day event was on optimization-based analysis and decision making, especially from the perspective of small businesses in the manufacturing industry.
As usual, CAPD was a well-organized 2-day conference. It is small enough that there are no parallel sessions. So the group was together from breakfast through dinner, which allows for and fosters lots of interaction on professional and social levels. The venue - CMU’s campus and the conference dinner at Monterey Bay - was very pleasant and conducive to good discussion.
This February, I spent three days at IEWT (Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung) in beautiful Vienna, Austria. Even though the “I” stands, supposedly, for “International”, virtually all of the attendants were either Austrian or German.The event was very successfully hosted by TU Vienna - which appears to be the alma mater of most Austrian participants.