Section: Overall Objectives
This year, the team got the opportunity to recruit an assistant professor on a Chair of Excellence granted by the INRIA. Gautier Stauffer has been granted this position. After a PhD in Operations Research at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne, he spent one year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining us, he worked as a researcher at the IBM research center of Zurich.
The field of his research concerns combinatorial optimization, integer programming and polyhedral combinatorics. His main result was to prove the Ben Rebea conjecture, that was open for 25 years, yielding a better understanding on the stable set polytope, a subject that get a intensive attention the 20 last years.
We can also emphasize the promotion of Arnaud Pecher who took a Professorship at the University of Toulouse.
F. Vanderbeck and L. Wolsey have contributed to the book “50 Years of Integer Programming 1958-2008: From the Early Years to the State-of-the-Art”  . This book is a uniquely useful celebration of the past, present and future of this important and active field. The chapter to which we contributed, presents the state-of-the-art in reformulation and decomposition approaches in integer programming. This was a great opportunity to place RealOpt as one of the excellence center in these thematics that are in the core of our project.