Fred W. Glover

Fred W. Glover
Fields Analytics
Mathematical Optimization
Artificial Intelligence
Institutions University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Texas, Austin
University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Notable awards

U.S. National Academy of engineering , Elected Member (2002)
John Von Neuman Theory Prize (1998)
Siwei Chen Award (2016)
Herbert Simon Award plaque.pdf Herbert A. Simon Award (2013)
INFORMS Impact Prize (2010)
INFORMS Special Recognition Prize (2004)
Creation of the Glover-Klingman Prize (2003)
Inaugural INFORMS Fellows Award(2002)
Honorary Doctorate, Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2006)
Honorary Professor, Mathematics, University of Colorado, Denver (2001) Distinguished Researcher, US West Advanced Technologies (1986)

Honorary Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1983)

Fred W. Glover (born March 8, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri) received his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Carnegie Mellon University and was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Miller Research Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, associated with [George Dantzig | George B. Dantzig’s] Center of Operations Research.[1] He is known for his contributions to the area of metaheuristics (a name he coined) [2] and for launching the computer-based optimization methodology of Tabu Search [3][4][5] and the associated evolutionary Path Relinking algorithm.[6][7] Glover's principal areas of research include the fields of analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and applied mathematics. His work is the subject of numerous books and international meetings of major societies.[1]

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 has held teaching and research positions in the University of Texas (1967–1970) and the University of California at Berkeley (1965–1967).[1]

Glover is chief technology officer of OptTek Systems, Inc., in charge of algorithmic design, computer software development, and strategic planning initiatives.[8] He 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.

Glover was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002.[9]


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]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Fred W. Glover personal faculty page at the University of Colorado
  2. F. Glover (1986) pubs/174 - Future Paths for Integer Programming TS.pdf "Future Paths for Integer Programming and Links to Artificial Intelligence," Computers and Operations Research, Vol. 13, No. 5, pp. 533-549
  3. F. Glover (1989) pubs/196 - TS - Part I-ORSA-aw.pdf "Tabu Search - Part I," ORSA Journal on Computing, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 190-206.
  4. F. Glover (1990) pubs/203 - TS - Part II-ORSA-aw.pdf "Tabu Search - Part II," ORSA Journal on Computing, Vol 2, No. 1, pp. 4-32
  5. F. Glover and M. Laguna (1997) Tabu Search, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Springer
  6. F. Glover (1997) pubs/282 - SS-PR Template.pdf “A Template for Scatter Search and Path Relinking,” in Artificial Evolution, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1363, J.-K. Hao, E. Lutton, E. Ronald , M. Schoenauer and D. Snyers, Eds. Springer, pp. 13-54
  7. F. Glover, M. Laguna and R. Marti (2000) pubs/306 - Fundamentals of SS & PR 2000.pdf "Fundamentals of Scatter Search and Path Relinking," Control and Cybernetics, volume 29, number 3, pp. 653-684
  8. "Our Team". OptTek Systems.
  9. "Dr. Fred Glover". NAE Members. National Academy of Sciences on behalf of the National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved February 8, 2016.

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