The INFORMS 2013 Annual Meeting took place this past week in Minneapolis, and I was lucky enough to have the chance to go. Miles Lubin and I were there to present a talk based on our paper “Computing on Operations Research using Julia” (paper, slides). I’d never been to a conference like this before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect - it turned out to be a bit overwhelming! There were four time slots per day, with up to 72 sessions running during each time slot. As a result it was impossible to see anything but a small fraction of the talks. The highlights for me would have to be:
Miles and I put a lot of thought into whats next for the burgeoning collection of optimization software and interfaces in Julia, and felt it would be appropriate to emulate the example set by JuliaStats and pull all the code together in one place. We want to go further and make sure everything works together, is well documented, and well tested. One of the end goal is to make Julia the choice for people working with optimization problems.