Optimization Challenge by Kaggle and FICO

Kaggle has kicked off its annual winter optimization challenge (https://www.kaggle.com/c/helping-santas-helpers): an unusual and difficult job shop scheduling problem that has to be solved.

Researchers, professionals and students are invited to participate and have a go at the prize money. You are free to use the tools of your choice and there is a special prize for submissions (<https://www.kaggle.com/c/helping-santas- helpers/details/compete-with-fico-xpress>) using FICO Xpress; see <https://community.fico.com/community/products-%26-solutions- support/xpressdiscuss> for more information.

Kaggle is known mainly for hosting analytics competitions. This is an opportunity for OR practitioners to compete with data scientists on a large- scale problem.

Good luck!

Pietro Belotti
Xpress Optimizer Team
Birmingham B37 7GN
United Kingdom