The Technion Optimization Center (TOL) was established in the late 80's and is headed since then (starting with 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. Since 2014 the laboratory is headed by Prof. Amir Beck.
The major goals of TOC 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.