ECSO 2017 

About ECSO

Optimization models and techniques under uncertainty are playing a relevant role in many business and research applications. The challenges arising in these contexts are often formulated and solved in a framework of Stochastic Optimization. Services are expanding rapidly throughout the world and important classes of decision problems (e.g., resource allocation, workforce management, services location, inventory management, routing and scheduling) are commonly faced by many service providers in different domains. Stochastic Optimization includes a variety of powerful modelling and algorithmic approaches and can offer a valuable support to tackle complex problems in the Service Science. 
ECSO 2017 will be held on September 20-22, 2017, in Rome, Italy. It is the 2nd edition of a stream of triennial conferences organized by the EURO Working Group on Stochastic Optimization (EWGSO) - formerly the EURO Working Group on Stochastic Programming-. The previous edition was held in Paris in 2014 (September 24-26), organized by Abdel Lisser.


The scope of this EWGSO Conference ECSO-2017 “Stochastic Optimization in Service Science” is to discuss the latest trends and challenges in Stochastic Optimization and its advanced applications to services. 
The conference aims to bring together the leading researchers in Stochastic Optimization, practitioners in the field, PhD students, clients and users. Participants are welcome from academia and industry, media and institutions concerned with data uncertainty as well as decision making involving stochastic applications in services. Representatives of these areas of practice will get in contact with leading experts of Stochastic Optimization, and the state-of-the-art of research, and learn about new academic solutions and tools suitable for future applications. Participants from academia will be informed about the challenges faced by practitioners and about their unsolved needs and concerns when adopting Stochastic Optimization methods and models. 
Finally, it is expected the participation of a considerable number of PhD students. Young researchers starting or developing their research related to Stochastic Optimization are encouraged to present their work for discussion and take part in the sessions and plenary lectures on the challenging topics of Stochastic Optimization theory and practice, held during the conference.
The conference will be held at the Engineering School of Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and it is the country's largest and most populated city. It is one of the most important hubs in Italy and hosts several leading universities. The 2nd edition of ECSO will accept contributions related to Stochastic Optimization theory and applications, with particular emphasis on Service Science.
The program of the conference consists of plenary sessions, and parallel organized (i.e., invited and contributed) sessions. 

The 5th EWGSO annual meeting will take place on September 21st in Rome, during ECSO 2017 conference.

ECSO 2017



Plenary Speakers

John Birge

The University of Chicago

Nicholas G. Hall

The Ohio State University

Rüdiger Schultz

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Submit Your Contribution

Call for Papers

     We invite authors to submit high quality contributions describing significant results on different research topics related to Stochastic Optimization, including:

Contribution/session proposal Submission

All researchers, academics, practitioners and students working on the conference themes are invited to participate to ECSO 2017 submitting a contribution proposal, and proposing sessions. ECSO 2017 allows submissions in the following categories:

  1. Contribution proposals ( One Page Abstract ) Contributions will be selected by ECSO 2017 Programme Committee to be presented in the conference and included in the book of abstracts which will be delivered during the conference. An edited volume with the conference proceedings (selected full papers) will be published at the end of the event. Contribution proposals should be submitted as a single PDF file as described in the SUBMISSION INFORMATION SECTION. Information about post-conference special issues on recognized international journals will be given in the PUBLICATIONS SECTION, and in successive announcements.
  2. Session proposals ( Max 3 pages ) Topics of interest include all areas of Stochastic Optimization. ECSO 2017 specifically welcomes sessions (composed of 4 contributions) tackling novel, cutting-edge topics, sessions covering lesser-addressed sub-areas, cross-discipline sessions and sessions dealing with possible and expected future evolutions of the Stochastic Optimization in Service Science. The organizers of approved sessions are responsible for advertising their sessions and will be involved in the review process. Organizers are expected to attend and chair their sessions. Session proposals should be submitted (by email to as a single PDF file (max 3 pages) containing the following information: title, organizer(s), topic description, and a preliminary/tentative list of contributions.

Here can be dowloaded the PDF version of the Call for Abstracts and Sessions


Submission Information

All Contribution proposals must be formatted as one-page-abstract and submitted in PDF.  Conference language is English.
Here are the corresponding MS Word and LaTeX templates for the abstracts:

- MS Word Template for the abstracts
- LaTeX Template for the abstracts

ECSO 2017 submissions are reviewed following a single blind review process, meaning, you do not need to hide authors’ names and affiliations.
Abstract must be in compliance with the required submission format, and both submission and review processes are supported by the EasyChair system at .
In order to submit an abstract, you need to have an EasyChair account. Simply follow the provided instructions to create an account. The same account can be used for several conferences over several years. Once you have logged in, you can upload your contribution in the section: "New submissions". Simply follow the instructions.
Accepted contributions included in the conference program will appear in the ECSO 2017 booklet of abstracts which will be delivered during the event.
Information about post-conference Proceedings and Special Issues on indexed international journals will be given in the PUBLICATIONS SECTION, and in following announcements.

Important Dates

Conference site open October, 30 - 2016
Deadline for abstract (contribution) submission April, 30 - 2017
Notification of abstract (contribution) acceptance May, 30 - 2017
Deadline for Session Proposals APRIL, 20 - 2017 (EXTENDED)
Deadline for early registration June, 15 - 2017
Final deadline for (authors) registration July, 15 -2017
Conference program publication (for registered authors): July, 30 - 2017
Conference September, 20-22 - 2017
5th EWGSO Annual Meeting September, 21 - 2017

Conference Registration

     Conference registration includes the welcome reception, coffee breaks, participant’s package, booklet of abstracts and program, participation in all the conference sessions. Authors are expected to register Early (at a reduced fee) and to attend the conference to present the accepted papers. Without an Early or Regular registration, the paper cannot be included in the conference program. Each registration entitles to present only one paper at the conference. Information about the registration procedure will be given in this website, and in successive announcements.
The Conference Registration Fees are the following:

Until June 15, 2017
From June 16, 2017 to July 15, 2017
After July 15, 2017
For Regular Participants 350 EURO 400 EURO 450 EURO
For Students 260 EURO 300 EURO 350 EURO
Accompanying Persons 90 EURO 100 EURO 150 EURO
Visit/Excursion To be defined To be defined To be defined
Conference Dinner To be defined To be defined To be defined


Accepted contributions included in the conference program will appear in the ECSO 2017 booklet of abstracts which will be delivered during the event. Information about post-conference Proceedings will be given soon.
There will be a Special Issue of EJOR on the theme of ECSO. Other Special Issues on indexed international journals will be announced soon:


ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH (Springer) - CfP to be announced

INFORMATICA (IOS) - CfP to be announced


Event Partners

Event Location

Department of Engineering
Roma Tre University
Via Vito Volterra, 60
00146 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 57333481
Fax: +39 06 5593732

View ECSO 2017 in a larger map.

The Venue is located in the former plant Ottica Meccanica Italiana e Rilevamenti Aerofotogrammetrici (OMI) founded in 1924 for the production of precision optical instruments for Aeronautics. During the 2nd World war, the company assumed strategic importance, given to the predominantly military production. In December 1989 the OMI ceases to exist. After a renovation, it became part of the Engineering School of Roma Tre University.

Location: 41.85532, 12.46961 (or 41° 51′ 19.1514″, 12° 28′ 10.5954″)

The pedestrian gate to the Venue is Via Vito Volterra 60 (pay attention to the street Via Volterra located in a different district). The quickest and easiest way to get to the Venue is by metro. The nearest station is Stazione Basilica S. Paolo (B line or blue line). After a 10-minute walk you get to the Venue (see map):

  1. Leave the station towards the Basilica di San Paolo (if you are on the right side you can spot the white bell tower of the basilica)
  2. Go ahead and cross the stop light and go west to Viale Ferdinando Baldelli keeping the left lane
  3. At the cross light, just after the hospital Bambino Gesù, turn left on Via Tullio Civita Levi keeping the right lane
  4. Cross the wide Viale Guglielmo Marconi and go west one more block on Via Corrado Segrè, reaching the pedestrian gate of the Department (with the University pyramid shaped logo)
  5. Go down the outdoor stairs and follow the indications to the Conference welcome area
Bus 170 connecting Stazione Termini (interchange stop between A and B metro lines) with EUR district stops at Viale Guglielmo Marconi, one block far from the Venue, on both directions southbound and northbound. Bus 23 leaves from the terminal bus stop at Largo San Leonardo Murialdo (5-min walk from the venue) and connects the venue to the Vatican city district. The Bus service suffers usual delays during heavy traffic or rush hours.

ATAC (desktop) and  (mobile) websites help you to find   connections, route planning and bus waiting times.   Downloadable   maps of the public transportation system in the city ( Rome centro  for city centre and Rome città  for the wider area that includes the ECSO venue) and metro railways (see Metro e ferrovie metropolitane) are to be found  here.

A large free car parking opened till late evening is located 50mt from the Venue on Via della Vasca Navale 109. Reach the venue from there going east till the gate at Via della Vasca Navale 81 ( map ).

Further Information About the Venue
  • Wi-Fi is provided in all the Campus.
  • AC Power Sockets are CEI 23-16/VII or  Schuko .
  • Each conference room is equipped with screens and projectors. A limited number of electrical outlets are available in the rooms.
  • The facility is built considering the needs of users with physical disabilities. For any assistance during the visit, please contact beforehand.
  • An ATM is present inside the venue building. The nearest bank (900mt) is located at:  Piazza Righi 18, 00146 Rome.
  • The nearest pharmacy (100mt) is at  Largo Enea Bortolotti 1, 00146 Rome.
  • Print stores are located in proximity of the Campus; the staff will give you recommendations.
  • WEATHER: Average termperatures in September are around 23°C with less than 9 days of rainfall (about 60mm) and 10 hours of daily sunshine.


General Conference Chairs

  • Carlo Meloni (Chair), Politecnico di Bari
  • Dario Pacciarelli (Co-Chair), Università Roma Tre

Local Organizing Committee

  • Andrea D'Ariano, Università Roma Tre
  • Gabriella Dellino, Politecnico di Bari
  • Renato Mari, ACT-Operations Research
  • Carlo Meloni (Chair), Politecnico di Bari
  • Dario Pacciarelli (Co-Chair), Università Roma Tre
  • Marco Pranzo, Università di Siena
  • Marcella Samà, Università Roma Tre

International Program Committee

  • Alessandro Agnetis, Italy
  • Patrizia Beraldi, Italy
  • Giorgio Consigli, Italy
  • Gabriella Dellino, Italy
  • Laureano Escudero, Spain
  • Csaba Fabian, Hungary
  • Milos Kopa, Czech Republic
  • Raimund Kovacevic, Austria
  • Abdel Lisser, France
  • Guglielmo Lulli, United Kingdom
  • Francesca Maggioni, Italy
  • Carlo Meloni (Co-Chair), Italy
  • Enza Messina (Chair), Italy
  • Inneke Van Nieuwenhuyse, Belgium
  • Georg Pflug, Austria
  • Dario Pacciarelli, Italy
  • Warren B. Powell, USA
  • Leonidas Sakalauskas, Lithuania
  • Asgeir Tomasgaard, Norway
  • Daniele Vigo, Italy
  • Stein W. Wallace, Norway

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For any inquiry concerning the conference, please contact:

ECSO 2017                                                                ROME                                                     20-22 SEPTEMBER 2017