And so SBPO is gone…

The 2011 Brazilian Symposium on Operations Research (SBPO) has come to an end and the balance is very nice. Putting the articles running for the awards on tracks apart from the rest prevented me from missing them. I had the privilege to have a paper among the nominated ones but it was not as good as the ones from Manoel Campelo and Silvio Hamacher groups, who shared the best paper award. I also crossed my fingers for Rafael Cano’s work at Unicamp in the best undergraduate research award, but Lucas Pierezan work at UFRJ was unbeatable. I had the opportunity to do a lot of networking with other authors, Petrobras employees and current Unicamp students (no matter how long I’m not there, this alma matter issue induces me to hang around with Unicamp people). It was the second time that I attended to SBPO and this edition improved a lot over the other in what comes to organization, the venue and the quality of the works. Congratulations to all involved on that.

It seems that the pictures from the previous post provoked the desired effect on those who did not attend. Hope to see some of them next time.

O.R. by the Brazilian Beach: SBPO in Ubatuba

Ok, I’ve kind of stolen Tallys Yunes blog name for the post title, but I could not resist: it is winter time in Brazil but it is a sunny and hot day in Ubatuba, where the 2011 Brazilian Symposium on Operations Research (SBPO) is being held. I’ve presented my paper this morning and now I can watch the rest of the event without worrying about it at all (I love presenting earlier). In the hope to get some readers tempted to attend to the next SBPO editions, here goes some pictures of the conference hotel, the sea view and my colleagues working under extremely hard conditions:

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Offshore Resources Scheduling and the Brazilian Symposium on Operations Research

On August 17th, I will present an article about what I’ve been working on my M.Sc. thesis at the Brazilian Symposium on Operations Research (shortened SBPO in Brazil). This article is authored by me and some colleagues from work. We are tackling the problem of scheduling offshore resources to develop oil wells with Constraint Programming (CP). It took a great effort to present so much about the problem and how to solve it in a way that it accessible to a broader audience (I hope we have managed to do that). There are four other papers competing for the best paper award. We will try our best there. Anyway, I’m glad by the nomination.

The 2011 SBPO will be held in Ubatuba, a beach town half-way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.