Ilias S. Kotsireas serves as a full professor of Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
In 2002 he founded the CARGO Lab, and serves as its director for more than 15 years. He has over 150 refereed journal and
conference publications, chapters in books, edited books and special issues of journals, in the research areas of Computational
Algebra, Metaheuristics, High-Performance Computing, Dynamical Systems and Combinatorial Design Theory. He serves on the Editorial
Board of 7 international journals. He serves as the Managing Editor of a Springer journal and as the Editor-in-Chief of a
Springer journal and a Birkhauser book series. He has organized a very large number of international conferences in Europe,
North America and Asia, often serving as a Program Committee Chair or General Chair. His research is and has been funded by
NSERC, the European Union and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He served as Chair of the ACM Special
Interest Group on Symbolic Computation (SIGSAM) on a 4-year term: July 2013 to July 2017. He is a co-chair of the Applications
of Computer Algebra Working Group (ACA WG), a group of 45 internationally renowned researchers that oversee the organization
of the ACA conference series. He has delivered more than 10 invited/plenary talks at conferences around the world.Anna Nagurney
is the John F. Smith Memorial Professor in the Department of Operations and Information Management at the Isenberg School
of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is also the Founding Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks.
Anna received her AB, ScB, ScM, and PhD degrees from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the author/co-author
of over 190 refereed journal articles and 14 books and has been recognized for her research with honors and awards, including
being elected an INFORMS Fellow in 2013 and an RSAI Fellow in 2007. She is the recipient of a 2016 INFORMS Volunteer Service
Award for Distinguished Service, the 2007 WORMS Award, and the 2005 Moving Spirit Award of INFORMS. Anna has held a variety
of visiting positions, including being a Science Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University,
a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University in the UK, a Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg
and at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. She has also been a Fulbrighter twice - in Austria and Italy and her research
has received support from the National Science Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Panos M. Pardalos
is a Distinguished Professor and the Paul and Heidi Brown Preeminent Professor in the Departments of Industrial and Systems
Engineering at the University of Florida, and a world renowned leader in Global Optimization, Mathematical Modeling, and Data
Sciences. He is a Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, and INFORMS and was awarded the 2013 Constantin Caratheodory Prize of the International
Society of Global Optimization. In addition, Dr. Pardalos has been awarded the 2013 EURO Gold Medal prize bestowed by the
Association for European Operational Research Societies. This medal is the preeminent European award given to Operations Research
(OR) professionals for "scientific contributions that stand the test of time." Dr. Pardalos is also a Foreign Member of the
Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Spain, and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is the Founding
Editor of Optimization Letters, Energy Systems, and Co-Founder of the International Journal of Global Optimization. He has
published over 500 papers, edited/authored over 200 books and organized over 80 conferences.