European Chapter on Combinatorial Optimization (ECCO)


The 22nd Conference of the

European Chapter on Combinatorial Optimization (ECCO XXII) 
May 17-19, 2009

Jerusalem, Israel

Organized by the

Operations Research Society of Israel (ORSIS)


A final list of participants with their affiliations is now available (see this link).

A revised scientific program is now available (see this link).


An abstract booklet is now available (see this link).


Additional plenary speaker: Maurice Queyranne (University of British Columbia).


Extended submission deadline: the new submission deadline is March 15th, 2009.


Registration to the conference is now open!



Aims and Objectives:


The ECCO annual meetings aim to bring together researchers in the field of Combinatorial Optimization to present their work, share experiences, and discuss recent advances in theory and applications. The primary objectives are:

exchanging results and experiences in solving real-world combinatorial optimization problems,
reporting on development and implementation of appropriate models and efficient solution methods for combinatorial optimization problems,
establishing networking contacts between individuals and research groups working on related topics,
promoting the work on combinatorial optimization (theory and applications) to the broader scientific community,
identifying challenging research problems for the field, as well as promising research outlets (both in theory and applications),
promoting interactions with researchers in other related fields.


Topics of Interest


exact and approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems,
heuristics and meta-heuristics,
graph theory and networks,
cutting and packing, routing, scheduling, location and capacity planning,
integer programming, global optimization, stochastic integer programming,
applications in logistics and supply chain management, manufacturing, energy production and distribution, telecommunications, and other fields.


Plenary Speakers


Maurice Queyranne, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Yefim Dinitz, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

Julian Molina, Universidad de Malaga, Spain.

Alain Hertz, GERAD and Ecole Polytechnique Montréal, Canada.


Scientific Committee

Asaf Levin

The Technion, Israel (chair)

Gur Mosheiov

The Hebrew University, Israel

Michal Penn

The Technion, Israel

Silvano Martello

University of Bologna, Italy

Jacek Blazewicz

Polish Academy of Sciences

Van-Dat Cung

Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

Alain Hertz

GERAD and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada

Paolo Toth

University of Bologna, Italy

Organizing Committee

Asaf Levin, The Technion Israel (chair)

Gur Mosheiov, The Hebrew University, Israel

Michal Penn, The Technion, Israel


Nilly Schnapp, Israel

Important dates

Deadlines (after extension of the submission deadline):

March 15, 2009

Submission of abstracts

March 23, 2009

Notification of acceptance

March 31, 2009

Early registration fee

May 17-19, 2009

ECCO XXII 2009 Annual Conference

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of their paper in English (one A4 page maximum) by March 15, 2009.

Submission should be sent electronically to the following email address: mailto: . Abstract files should be in Word format or plain text, and should be free of mathematical formulas, references and images; they should indicate a descriptive title, institutional affiliations of authors, presenting author, and contact details for the corresponding author.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to the corresponding authors by March 23, 2009.

The accepted abstracts will be posted on the conference website and will be included in a booklet that will be distributed during the conference.

Participants should register individually. Registration is mandatory for presenting authors.


The conference will take place in Jerusalem in the conference center at The Maiersdorf faculty club, which is located on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University.


The registration fee includes conference materials, attendance to lectures, welcome cocktail (including dairy dinner), coffee breaks, three lunches, half day excursion with conference gala dinner.

The registration fee for accompanying persons includes welcome cocktail (including dairy dinner) and half day excursion with conference gala dinner.

Please, send the registration form to Ms. Nilly Schnapp

Registration fee

Before March 31, 2009


After March 31, 2009


Accompanying person



Orsis (operations research society of Israel) subsidizes the registration fee of members of ORSIS and of students of Israeli academic institutes. For details see the following link.


Accommodation is in three locations: the Guest House at "The Maiersdorf faculty club"(conference center), "Olive Tree Hotel" and Moriah - Classic Hotel (the 2 hotels are located just few minutes drive from the conference center).

Participants can make their reservation for one of the following hotels, using the conference registration form.

The rates below are per room, per day, and include breakfast:

Guest House at "The Maiersdorf faculty club"

70 / 110 $ / 365 NIS - double room

56 / 88 $ / 290 NIS - Single room


"Olive Tree" Hotel

200 $ - double room

190 $ - single room

Israelis must add VAT.


"Moriah Classic" Hotel

128 / 160 $ / 680 NIS - Double room

120 / 150 $ / 612 NIS - Single room



Travel Information

Transportation from/to Ben-Gurion International Airport

The recommended way to get to Jerusalem from Ben-Gurion International Airport is by "Nesher Tours" Taxi which is operated under supervision of the Israel Airports Authority. This is a shuttle service from the airport to Jerusalem (and other way around).

The Taxi Station and dispatcher's counter at Terminal 3 are located on Level "G" of the Multi Level Road.

The normal driving duration to Jerusalem is about 50 min. and the cost is about 50 NIS.

The taxi will bring you directly to the hotels.

Please note: In order to return to Ben-Gurion airport via "Nesher Tours" Taxi, you should reserve by phone 1 day before departure (Tel: (02) 6257227). There is no need to pre-book this service on the way from Ben-Gurion airport to Jerusalem.

If you need further assistance upon arrival, you can contact

Ms. Nilly Schnapp:



Transportation in Jerusalem


There are regular buses in Jerusalem. Note that on Saturdays there is no bus service (until after sunset), and on Fridays the bus service stopped around 15:00. For an updated schedule of the buses, you can use the following website of the bus company. One easy and relatively cheap way to get around is by taxis. When you go on a taxi, it is cheaper to ask the driver to apply the meter (this is mandatory, but they sometimes do not apply them, and before or after the journey ask for a relatively higher rate).


Transportation from "Beit Maiersdorf" to the city


Bus line No. 30 to the "Old city" 15 minutes duration drive.

Bus lines No. 19 & 4A to the other parts of the city include the "city center" 30 minutes duration drive.


Social Program

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cocktail Reception including dairy dinner (19:30) will take place at the conference venue (Maiersdorf faculty club).

All registered Participants and accompanying persons are welcome.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Guided tour in the old city by foot (14:30 18:30)

The Western Wall Tunnels tour (18:30 20:00)

Conference gala dinner (20:00 21:30)

Continue the guided tour by night (21:30 23:00)