Introduction
 Optimization techniques pierced through many chapters of OR, because their utilization “facilitates the choice and the implementation of more effective solutions which, typically, may involve complex interactions among people, materials and money problems” (www.euro-online.org). The latter challenge stimulates a study of existing techniques as well as development of new concepts for optimization. Conference EurOPT-2008 aims at a more exhaustive study of optimization and optimal decision making towards knowledge-based technologies.
The scope of the International conference “Continuous Optimization and Knowledge-Based Technologies” is to overview trends, to gain a common attitude towards latest challenges in continuous optimization and advanced applications for knowledge-based technologies, such as robust optimization, optimization in finance, supply chain management and data mining. We wish to contribute to education in Europe and the world, and to a deepening and initializing of scientific collaboration in the family of EURO and among our peoples.
The Continuous Optimization Working Group of EURO
The Association of European Operational Research Societies
German OR Society
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
IBM Europe
Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lithuanian operational reserch society
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
European Office of Aerospace Research and Development
Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning