Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Applications "R. Caccioppoli"
University of Napoli, Italy
Paola Festa obtained her Ph.D. degree in Operations Research in 2000. She is currently Associate Professor in Operations Research at the University of Napoli FEDERICO II, where since 2002 she has been teaching Programming (undergraduate degree), Operations Research (undergraduate degree) and Combinatorial Optimization (Master degree). She is in the scientific committee of the Ph.D. Program in Operations Research (University of Calabria) and of the Ph.D. Program in Computational Sciences and Computer Science. She has been in the scientific committee of the Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (University of Napoli FEDERICO II). Since 1999 she has been frequently Research Scholar at several national and international research institutes, including CNRs, MIT Lab. for Information and Decision Systems (USA), AT&T Labs Research (USA), and Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida (USA). She is author/coauthor of more than 60 publications appeared in international journals, books, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
Her research spans several fields, including network optimization, shortest paths, hard combinatorial optimization, and computational biology. She is referee for several international journals, including Computers & Operations Research, Discrete Optimization, Discrete Mathematics, Optimization and Engineering, Global Optimization, Optimization Methods & Software, and Journal of Heuristics.