Dates: June 12-14, 2005
Location: Lafayette Room, Purdue Memorial Union Bldg.
Combinatorial optimization problems - such as the well-known travelling
salesperson problem - involve the search for an optimal solution in a collection
of possible solutions. Typically, the number of possible solutions grows exponentially
with the number of elements in the problem, so it is often not possible to
find the optimal solution by brute-force computation. In recent years, experimental
psychologists have demonstrated that humans have the ability to quickly
find near-optimal solutions to some optimization problems. This is intriguing,
as it suggests that the human brain implements quite efficient heuristics for
This workshop is the first ever meeting to bring together scientists to discuss
human optimization ability. Delegates from the USA, Canada, Australia, Great
Britain, The Netherlands, and Austria, representing six different academic
disciplines, will meet at Purdue University. The workshop aims to be a forum
for the open exchange of ideas and research findings and to develop a roadmap
for the future of this novel and important area of research
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