Announcement of EWGLA XXV

Welcome on the website of EWGLA XXV. 

The conference took place from 5 until 7 June 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: January 15th 2019
Notification of acceptance: March 1st 2019
Early-bird registration deadline: April 15th 2019
Registration deadline: May 15th 2019


Aims and Scope
The meeting intends to gather the operational research community from different parts of the world to share experiences in the field of locational analysis. We invite participation from all areas related to location theory including, but not limited to:

  • Network location.
  • Continuous location.
  • Discrete location.
  • Obnoxious location.
  • Competitive location.
  • Hub location.
  • Location and routing.
  • Advanced location models.
  • Location applications (logistics, network design).
  • Exact and heuristic solution methods.

In addition to presentations from academia, industry or the public sector, the meeting is intended to be a forum for exchange of recent experiences and results. 

Scientific Committee
Sibel Alumur Alev, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Sergio Garcia Quiles, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Boglarka G.-Toth, Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem, Hungary.
Ioannis Giannikos, University of Patras, Greece.
Joerg Kalcsics, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Mercedes Landete Ruiz, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain.
Alfredo Marin Perez, Universidad de Murcia, Spain.
Olivier Peton, Ecole de Mines de Nantes, France.
Antonio Rodriguez Chia, Universidad de Cadiz, Spain.
Francisco Saldanha da Gama, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
Bernard Fortz, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Lieselot Vanhaverbeke, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (Chair).

Organising Committee
Katleen Cornelis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Quentin De Clerck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Manon Feys, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Evy Rombaut, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Hanne Van Ende, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Lieselot Vanhaverbeke, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (Chair).



On designing public sector systems in emergency medical services, disaster response, and homeland security
by Laura Albert

In this talk, Dr. Laura Albert will discuss her research that studies how to design and operate public sector systems using optimization methodologies. Public sector applications are complex systems that span people, processes, vehicles, and critical infrastructure, where design and operational decisions are not made in isolation. Rather, decisions are interrelated, with every decision potentially affecting every other decision due to congestion, processing delays, capacities, and uncertainty about what can happen next. Dr. Albert will discuss how she has connected application to theory in public sector applications in the United States ranging from emergency medical services, disaster response, security, and infrastructure protection. She will also discuss policy insights as well as insights obtained from putting the results into practice in real world settings.

Bio Laura Albert, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization and location modeling with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Dr. Albert’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Army, and Sandia National Laboratory. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings. She has been awarded many honors for her research, including the INFORMS Impact Prize, four best paper awards, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and a Department of the Army Young Investigator Award. Dr. Albert is the INFORMS Vice President for Marketing, Communication, and Outreach. She is the author of the blogs “Punk Rock Operations Research” and “Badger Bracketology.” You can find her on twitter at @lauraalbertphd.

Optimization and Data Science: From Music to the Heart
by Elaine Chew

The explosion in, and widespread access to, digital music information has spurred the developing of mathematical models and computational algorithms for accurate, efficient, and scalable processing of music information. Optimization concepts and methods have come to play an important role in machine models of how we engage with, experience, understand, and make music. In this talk, I will show how optimization ideas and techniques have been integrated into computer models of how we conceptualize and shape music, and into computational solutions to music generation and music structure analysis. Parallel to this, advances in medical and consumer devices for measuring and recording physiological data have given rise to developments in computing in cardiology. Music and heart signals share many structural similarities, which facilitates the transfer of analytical techniques. In the second part of the talk, I shall describe recent work applying music representation and analysis methods to electrocardiographic sequences, with applications to personalised diagnostics, cardiac-brain interactions, and disease and risk stratification.

Bio Elaine Chew is Professor of Digital Media in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London, where she is affiliated with the Centre for Digital Music, since 2011. Her research centers on the mathematical modeling and computational analysis of music structures, with recent applications to cardiac signal analysis. She is recipient of an ERC ADG for the project COSMOS: Computational Shaping and Modeling of Musical Structures, a PECASE and an NSF CAREER Award in the US, and fellowships at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is author of numerous research papers and a recent monograph on Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Tonality, the first volume on music in the Springer International ORMS Series. Prof. Chew received PhD and SM degrees in Operations Research from MIT, a BAS in Mathematical and Computational Sciences (honors) and Music Performance (distinction) from Stanford, and FTCL and LTCL diplomas in piano performance from Trinity College, London. She was previously a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, where she held the inaugural Viterbi Early Career Chair and joint appointments in the Viterbi School of Engineering and Thornton School of Music (courtesy). 




After filling out the registration form, you will be invited to do the payment online (preferred payment method).
For registrations without online payment, kindly send us an email via the Contact Page.

Each registration fee includes:
- Admission to all sessions
- Coffee breaks
- Lunches
- Abstract book
- Admission to the Welcome Reception
- Participation in the Social Event
- Admission to the Conference Dinner
Only the last three are for accompanying persons. 
Early-bird standard (until April 15th): 275€
Standard (after April 15th): 350€

Early bird student (until April 15th): 125€
Student (after April 15th): 150€
(Students are required to provide a copy of a valid ID that certifies their full-time student status.)

Early bird accompanying person (until April 15th): 125€
Accompanying person (after April 15th): 150€

Online Registration for EWGLA XXV

Your registration will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive an email, kindly contact us via the Contact Page.

Register here

Grants for EWGLA XXV participants

As in previous EWGLA meeting, we are pleased to announce that EWGLA is again offering a number of grants for participants. 

These grants will cover your expenses up to a maximum of €750. Eligible expenses are costs for travel & accommodation and the conference fee. 

To apply, you have to be a EWGLA member and should send the following documents as a single pdf by e-mail to the EWGLA Board (ewgla-board at euro-online.org):

  • An extended abstract of at least two full pages,
  • Your CV,
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervisor, if you are a PhD student.


The deadline for applications is 31st January, 2019.

Decisions about grants will be made by 2nd March, 2018.


We especially encourage PhD students and young researchers (no more than 2 years after completing a PhD).  

We would appreciate it if you could forward this information to your PhD students in case they are not yet members of EWGLA and, of course, encourage them to become EWGLA members!

If you have questions about the application or the grant, please do not hesitate to contact us. 





Detailed Program

The conference starts on Wednesday morning June 5th with the welcome session and ends on Friday evening June 7th with the conference dinner.

Click here for the detailed program with the schedule of the parallel sessions.

Click here for the conference book (abstracts and practical information).




The conference takes place at the U-Residence at the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The address of the venue is Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussels.


Accommodation: Hotels

Through our official housing partner, the Brussels Booking Desk, we provide reduced hotel rates for the EWGLA XXV conference.

Book through the simple-to-use reservation website or with helpful and friendly booking agents.

Please note: the Brussels Booking Desk is the only official housing company associated with the VUB. While other hotel resellers may contact you to offer accommodation for your trip, they are not endorsed by, or affiliated with the event and entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences.

You can book online using the following reservation website:

Alternatively, you can send an email request or call the Brussels Booking Desk: 0032 2 552 00 05 (Monday to Friday, during office hours, CMT) – contact person: Charlotte Viaene

Official Hotel Event Rates will begin to expire on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019.

Accommodation: student housing on site

At the U-Residence it is also possible to book 1-person rooms at 75EUR/Night or  2-persons rooms at 100EUR/Night.
Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, shower and a basic kitchen. Breakfast is not available at the U-Residence.
The VUB student restaurant offers a variety of breakfast options (sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea) on campus.

Rooms can be booked here.



The conference takes place in the U-residence, located at the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Generaal Jacqueslaan 271 
1050 Brussels

Did you know that there are 2 trains/hour between Etterbeek station and Zaventem Airport? It takes only 25 minutes by train to get here.

Finding your way on foot

The campus houses the Faculties of Arts and Philosophy, Law and Criminology, Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Economics, Social and Political Sciences and the Solvay Business School, Psychology and Educational Sciences and the Faculty of Physical Education and Movement Sciences. The office of the rector, the social services, the restaurant and the socio-cultural infrastructure are also accommodated here.

Campus maps:

Location of the campus in the Brussels agglomeration

Map of the surroundings of the campus

Campus map (2D)

Campus map (3D)

By public transport

At the request of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the MIVB/STIB has drawn up a reachability sheet for both campuses of the university. These sheets provide an overview of the different options for reaching the campuses using the Brussels’ public transport company:

Plan your journey by train (the closest train station is "Etterbeek") with the route planner of the NMBS/SNCB

For more information regarding metro, tram and bus (closest stop is "VUB", but you can also walk from "PĂ©tillon" or "Etterbeek station") please consult the website of the MIVB/STIB

By car

The main campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is enclosed between several major roads. Parking is available underneath the U-residence building. Since January 2018, the Brussels Capital Region is a LEZ. LEZ stands for "Low Emission Zone". The term is used to designate where polluting vehicles are not allowed to drive in a given city, or areas of that city. It is one of the measures taken in numerous European cities to improve air quality and consequently public health.
When driving to the Brussels Region by car or van, you can check here whether or not your vehicle is affected. If your vehicle is, you can use the transits parkings in Brussels or alternatives for the car (see above). For detailed or alternative routes, please consult Google Maps.



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