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Fred W. Glover

Fred W. Glover (born on March 8, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri)[1] is a professor of computer science and applied mathematics at the University of Colorado and the chief technology officer at OptTek Systems.[1] He is widely known for his contributions to combinatorial optimization, and for inventing the tabu search algorithm,[2] as a method for solving large and complex optimization problems. He is also responsible for coining the term "metaheuristic".,[3] which is now the subject of numerous books and annual international meetings of major societies.

Professional background

Glover obtained his bachelor degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1960, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University,1965. He has been head of research at the Hearin Center for Enterprise Science (2000–2002), at Analysis, Research and Computation, Inc. (1969–1981), at the University of Colorado NASA Center for Space Construction (1990–1991) and the University of Colorado Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence (1984–1990). He also held teaching and research positions in the University of Texas (1967–1970) and the University of California at Berkeley (1965–1967).[1]

Glover is currently chief technology officer of OptTek Systems, Inc., in charge of algorithmic design, computer software development and strategic planning initiatives, where software incorporating his methods has been distributed to over 90,000 licensed users for applications in simulation and optimization. He also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, in the School of Engineering and in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Throughout a career launched by publications in discrete optimization in the 1960s and extending soon thereafter to networks, graph theory and nonlinear optimization, he has authored or co-authored more than four hundred published articles and eight books. His work focuses on models and methods uniting the fields of mathematical programming, computer science and artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on applications in industry, science and government. Computer software implementations of his methods are being applied to improve the solution of problems in bioinformatics, energy, environmental systems, healthcare, chemical processes, supply chains and many other areas.


Glover’s principal areas of research are in a number of fields, including: applications of computers to the fields of optimization, applied artificial intelligence, systems design, multicriteria analysis, decision support, logistics, natural resources planning, large scale allocation models, transportation, financial analysis and industrial planning.[1]


External links

  • Home page at the University of Colorado
  • OptTek website
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