Workshop session at MISTA 2017 in Kuala Lumpur | EventMAP

MISTA 2017: EventMAP workshop

As part of this year’s MISTA conference in Kuala Lumpur, we’re delighted to announce a workshop session that will be hosted by Dr. Barry McCollum of EventMAP (a long-standing co-chair of MISTA), and Dr. Paul McMullan, EventMAP’s Chief Technical Officer. In the workshop, entitled The future will be optimised: from research in optimisation to successful commercialisation at EventMAP, Dr. McCollum and Dr. McMullan will be looking at EventMAP’s successful journey that’s taken their research work in optimisation algorithms from research to full commercialisation.

The workshop will cover the growth of optimisation software for timetabling and planning within education into ‘the cloud’ and EventMAP’s subsequent expansion into sectors such as healthcare, defence and policing, looking at bespoke, algorithm-level approaches to new sectors and generalised approaches that span across sectors.

The EventMAP team will also be giving a sneak preview of some of their latest cloud-based tools to demonstrate how the optimisation algorithms have been used within the products to create a highly effective environment for planning, timetabling and space management.

MISTA are offering special rates, which are significantly lower than the standard rate, to students/staff at Malaysian universities to attend the MISTA workshops (as low as RM 450). This is being done to help the development of Malaysia’s research in line with the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education’s 2015-2025 blueprint, in the hope that the rates offered will enable more people to attend.

As part of the 2017 conference, a set of eight tutorials will be hosted on Tuesday 5th December, drawing on the expertise that the MISTA conference attracts. Tutorials in the Getting Published stream are 1.5 hours and will feature the following topics:

  1. Getting published in high quality journals (09:45 – 11:15)
  2. Be more organised and efficient when writing papers (11:45 – 12:30)
  3. Social Media for Researchers (13:30 – 15:00)
  4. Panel Session: Meet the Editors (15:30 – 17:00)

Tutorials in the Applications stream are also 1.5 hours and will feature the following topics:

  1. Parameter Tuning of Metaheuristics Using the Taguchi Method (09:45 – 11:15)
  2. The methods and applications of the Orienteering problem (11:45 – 12:30)
  3. University Timetabling: Methodologies used in a commercial system (13:30 – 15:00)
  4. Crew Scheduling Optimizers for the Airline Industry (15:30 – 17:00)

Attendees are welcome to attend any of the above tutorials if registering for the workshop day. Further details are available at:


MISTA is an international conference that has been held every two years since 2003. It has been held in Nottingham, UK (2003); New York, USA (2005); Paris, France (2007); Dublin, Ireland (2009); Phoenix, USA (2011); Ghent, Belgium (2013) and Prague, Czech Republic (2015). This year MISTA will be held in Kuala Lumpur (5-8 Dec 2017).

For the 2017 event, MISTA are offering:

  1. Attendance at all three days of the conference, which include the workshop (225 GBP (RM 1,300) for students, 300 GBP (RM 1,600) for staff)
  2. Attendance at the workshop (5th Dec 2015) (75 GBP (RM 450) for students, 100 GBP (RM 550) for staff)
  3. Attendance at the conference (6th Dec 2015) (75 GBP (RM 450) for students, 100 GBP (RM 550) for staff)
  4. Attendance at the conference (7th Dec 2015) (75 GBP (RM 450) for students, 100 GBP (RM 550) for staff)
  5. There is also the option to attend the banquet, reception and social day, but these are at additional cost

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