The Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS) is an
international organization dedicated to the promotion and the maintenance of high professional
standards in the subject of mathematical optimization.
The MOS is incorporated as a non-profit tax-exempt
scientific organization in the United States. It publishes the journals Mathematical
Programming A and B, consisting of technical articles on all aspects of the subject; the
journal Mathematical Programming Computation, for articles with a computational focus; the
MOS/SIAM Series on Optimization, comprising monographs and texts on particular optimization
topics; and the newsletter Optima. Every three years the Society sponsors the International
Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP). In other years, it supports the Conference on
Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization (IPCO) and the International Conference on
Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT).
Some background documents on MOS and its activities that the Society has produced from time
to time are:
- An account of the history and procedures of the Society by Philip Wolfe, written in the
mid-1980s. First appeared in Optima.
- The MPS brochure, written in 2000, is no longer available. A new one is in progress and will
come up soon. For a hard copy of the old brochure, including pictures, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bylaws and Constitution
More detailed information is available in the following:
- MOS Bylaws, including Prize Rules [pdf] (Jan 29, 2011)
- Current Constitution [pdf]
Technical and Regional Sections
MOS is a tax-exempt organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
The tax returns of the last few years may be downloaded here:
MOS Photo Album
MOS History: Photo Album
List of current and past MOS Officers
What is mathematical optimization?
In a mathematical optimization (or programming) problem, one seeks to minimize or maximize a
real function of real or integer variables, subject to constraints on the variables. The term
mathematical optimization refers to the study of these problems: their mathematical properties,
the development and implementation of algorithms to solve these problems, and the application
of these algorithms to real world problems. Note in particular the word
"programming" does not specifically refer to computer programming. In fact, the term
"mathematical programming" was coined before the word "programming" became
closely associated with computer software. This confusion is sometimes avoided by using the
term optimization as an approximate synonym for mathematical programming.
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