The Technion Optimization Lab (TOL) was established in the late 80’s and is headed since then (starting at 1997 — as MOC) by Prof. Aharon Ben-Tal, joined in 1993 by Prof. Arkadi Nemirovski. From 1998 to 2011 the Laboratory was acting as a Minerva center. From 2014 to 2018 the laboratory was headed by Prof. Amir Beck, and since 2018 by Assistant Prof. Shimrit Shtern.

The major goals of TOL are:

  • Fundamental research in the area of Continuous Optimization and its applications, with emphasis on developing novel optimization methodologies, models and algorithms
  • Applications of optimization models and techniques in Engineering, Medicine, Industry, etc.
  • Supervising and supporting graduate research projects in the area of Continuous Optimization
  • Disseminating advances in optimization techniques via organizing workshops, schools, seminars, etc.