This Special Issue of JOTA is dedicated to the Annual Conference of the Italian Operations Research Society (AIRO 2012), which took place in the beautiful landscape of the Amalfi Coast, Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy, during September 2012.

The AIRO (Italian Association of Operations Research—Optimization and Decision Sciences) was founded in 1961 by a group of scholars, engineers and industrial managers coming from major public and private companies, universities and research institutions. AIRO counts today more than 400 members from both Academia and Industry. Its goal is to promote the use and the dissemination of the Operations Research in Italy.

The annual conference was aimed at providing a high-level forum for scientific exchange and cooperation. The Scientific and the Organizing Committees of AIRO 2012 were chaired by Raffaele Cerulli, Monica Gentili and Francesco Carrabs (University of Salerno). The conference program was enriched by four plenary lectures held by outstanding...

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