On Tuesday 11th September, the mini-workshop OR in Practice: italian experiences of Technology Transfer will take place. 


The mini-workshop will bring together researcher, practitioners and transfer facilitators in OR and Analytics, from academia, OR start-up/spin-off and intermediary organizations, with the aim of exchanging ideas, knowledge and expertise about ways to develop and improve practice in OR and foster visibility of real-world benefits for the companies.

The mini-workshop includes two main sessions as follows:


11.30-13.00 (chair Antonino Sgalambro) Sportello Matematico: experiences, perspectives and success stories of Technology Transfer and Operational Research

This session is focused on the possibilities that Sportello Matematico offers to Companies and Research Centers (Departments, public and private Research Institutes of excellence, Spin-Offs), also providing concrete examples of the facilitation role secured by the project team - through direct testimonies, and discussing future directions. 


14.30-16.00 (chair Laura Palagi) Practice of OR - having impact on the outside world: spin-off and start-up experiences in Italy

In this session, several spin-off and start-up founded by OR Researcher will present some best practice in doing OR in the real world.  

OR Spin-off and start-up that wants to present their projects or share their  experiences can send an email to Laura Palagi.

Some changes in the timing can occur on the basis of the level of partecipation.


Practitioners and researchers  who are interested in attending only the mini-workshop can take advantage of a fee reduction.


Round Table


In the morning of Wednesday 12th September, the round table on Quantitative Tools in Health Care: Case Studies and Opportunities for Improvement will take place. 

The round table will include contributions by

A. Agodi (Universit√† di Catania), C. Bianciardi (Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese) Riorganizzazione del Pronto Soccorso alla luce della nuova delibera, M. De Natale Bed Management in un ospedale dedicato alle emergenze, F. Frosini and E. Ciagli LaSTh (Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Careggi - FI), Analisi ed ottimizzazione di percorsi clinici per pazienti oncologici, J. Guercini (AOU IRCCS San Martino), Progettazione dei flussi del nuovo polo emato-oncologico.

Practitioners and researchers  who are interested in attending only the round table can take advantage of a fee reduction.


Themes & Scope


The scope of the conference is presenting ideas and experiences, sharing knowledge and creating a point of contact among researchers and practitioners from various sectors (applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics), private and public companies, industries and policy makers.

The theme is open in the wide field of optimization, decisions science and problem solving methods, and their application in industrial and territorial systems. A partial list of conference topics is reported here, but the list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Related topics are also acceptable.

All researchers, academics, practitioners and students working on the conference themes are invited to participate to ODS2018 submitting a short paper or an abstract, and organizing sessions.

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Industrial Sponsors




Selection of Papers

The ODS2018 Program Committee will select the papers to be presented at the conference.



The conference is organized into plenary and parallel sessions. The conference languages are Italian and English. Each speaker can give only one talk.

We already encourage prospective session chairs to submit us proposals for sessions they could be willing to organize.