Optimization Challenges

Last update: July 6, 2022.

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If you’re looking for optimization challenges/ competitions in Operations Research (and some related fields), this is the place to be. Here, we keep track of currently ongoing and past events. Quite frequently, different communities are involved in those events (people from Operations Research, (Meta-) Heuristics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Constraint Programming, …). As a corollary, having a central page might help disseminating announcements.
To be clear: We are not the organizers, but collect information on such projects.

Organizers: Please send us an email if we did miss your competition and you want to be listed (or if you want to be unlisted). Our work is free of charge, of course.

Active Challenges

Note: any information below provides are a rough orientation only. Please consult the official webpage for official announcements.

Permanent links

  • Fédération Française des jeux Mathématiques FFJM: http://www.ffjm.org/
  • Kaggle: http://www.kaggle.com
  • Topcoder: http://www.topcoder.com
  • OPTIL.io: https://www.optil.io/optilion/home
    The platform is an automated judgement system that enables the comparison of algorithms for different problems (such as, e.g., the Travel Salesman Problem, the Job Shop Scheduling Problem, among others). We recommend this article for more information on the topic: http://doi.org/10.1145/3143560
  • recomputation.org: http://www.recomputation.org/
    The underlying idea recomputation.org is „If we can compute your experiment now, anyone can recompute it 20 years from now“. Store experiments and conserve your work for the future.
    Remark: recomputation.org appears to be offline from time to time. Not sure what is happening.

Past events


While the above mentioned challenges are more related to optimization, there are other places of interest, too: SAT, Max-SAT, planning, etc.
Of course, there is an overlap with optimization as it is understood in the competitions above, but we chose to present them in another category. Apologies for not listing everything. We know that there are also many competitions in robotics (planning).


Letzte Änderung: 6. Juli 2022