The French Operational Research (OR) and Decision Support Society (ROADEF) organizes exceptionaly jointly with the European Operational Research Society (EURO) the ROADEF/EURO challenge 2012 dedicated to trains assignment in collaboration with SNCF.

This challenge is open to everyone, and particularly to young researchers, excluding people professionally involved with the industrial partners.

The goal of this challenge has multiple aspects.

First, it allows some of our industrial partners to follow recent developments in the fields of Operations Research and Decision Analysis.

Second, through the junior category young researchers have the opportunity to face up to a complex industrial optimization problem. The challenge will give them an opportunity to explore the requirements and difficulties encountered in industrial applications. We hope that this challenge will help to establish a permanent partnership between manufacturers and young scientists on industrial-sized projects which require both high scientific qualification and the real-life practices in companies making use of decision analysis.

Third, through the senior category, this challenge allows qualified researchers to demonstrate their knowledge and share their know-how and expertise on the practical problems. This also gives them the opportunity to establish partnerships with industrial companies.

Last, this year, a new scientific prize dedicated to qualitative submissions is proposed and a special price for the best team in qualification phase.