Optimization has long been a cornerstone for advancement of various industrial, government, and military applications. To highlight and support the role of optimization in current advances, and to promote interaction between researchers in various application areas within optimization, the INFORMS Optimization Society is launching a biannual meeting to foster sharing of ideas, methods, and models, and to promote collaborations among researchers with related, but distinct research areas. Each meeting will focus on a specific broad theme (e.g., healthcare, finance, defense, etc).

The 2006 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference (OPT 2006) will focus on Optimization and HealthCare. Computational and optimization technologies play an increasingly important role in modern medicine, life sciences and healthcare issues. Many healthcare problems can be formulated into mathematical models and can be analyzed using sophisticated optimization and computational techniques. We seek original, high quality contributions that investigate theoretical or methodological work on models and algorithms involving optimization approaches applied to healthcare, medical and biological applications. Such applications include, but are not limited to, problems in biological imaging, medical diagnosis, treatment planning, epidemiology, molecular biology, disease modeling, and health-care delivery, operations management, and scheduling.

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