Tips & tricks in OR practice

Operations Research (OR) is a science with solid grounds coming from mathematics (graph theory, combinatorial optimization, convex and non convex geometry …), artificial intelligence (A*, constraint programming), local search and other metaheuristics such as evolutionary methods (Genetic Algorithms), simulated annealing or even nature-inspired methods such as ant-colony or swarm particle.

Carhartt Manufacturing Clothes


Carhartt, Inc., is a U.S.based apparel company founded in 1889. Traditionally, Carhartt is known for its work clothes; however, recently Carhartt has diversified to add a much larger audience with clothing for everyday casual wear.


In this customer case study, we discuss Serco and DecisionBrain working together to optimize the London Cycle Hire Scheme, one of the largest in the world.

When to (not) use mavenLocal() in your Gradle build script

If you’re like me and you work in a company that uses Gradle as its build tool, you may have wondered, while writing the build scripts for your project, what exactly should go into that repositories block. And in particular whether or not to include mavenLocal(), and if so where: as the first element? the last one? The short answer is that you don’t want to include it.