The Center integrates two independent research communities, the researchers of mathematics and engineering, through intensive cooperation. Conventionally, the mathematical programming tools have been developed independently of the engineering problems without taking into account the specific features of the problems. Since the current research issues of the Center are highly complex (e.g., optimization problems with large number of integer variables), this approach is not able to solve the problems. Since the Center has good interface with both communities, i.e., mathematicians and engineers, it can incorporate the best knowledge of both. This is the basis of the development of mathematical programming methods exploiting the specific features of the problems to be solved. This illustrates the interdisciplinarity of the Center.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
Department of Process Integration, The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, United Kingdom
Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Department of Chemical Engineering, Technische Universitšt Graz, Graz, Austria
Department of Foundations of Computer Science, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary