Founded in 2007 as a spin off of the Operations Research (OR) team of the University of Bologna, Italy, Optit designs, develops and ensures long term provision of innovative Decision Support Systems that leverage on advanced data analytics, forecasting, machine learning, simulation and optimization techniques and Artificial Intelligence at large.
The company currently employs more than forty young talents, based in Bologna and Cesena, integrating mathematical and modeling experts, data scientists, a full stack software development factory and management consultants.
Optit operates in various industries, with a distinctive offering in transportation and logistics, energy, and environmental services. It also participates in numerous EU funded projects, mostly in the Energy sector (UpgradeDH and PlaMES ) and industrial retrofitting of Resource and Energy Intensive Industries (www.Retrofeed.eu), aiming to leverage on digitalisation and analytics to support decarbonisation and circular economy advancements.
The Company is one of the founders of the EURO Forum on Practice of Operations Research and manages several collaborations with universities and research institutes at national and international level to transfer know-how into the markets, fostering operational excellence and effective decision making, transforming data into tangible economic value (as well as environmental and societal benefits).
Optit contributes in the TUPLES project providing 2 use cases, one in energy and one in waste management, based on more than 10 years of experience in each field.
The academic partners, starting from the business requirements and challenges faced by Optit in the market, will explore new means to improve performance and capacity to comply with Trustworthy AI guidelines (with a particular focus on robustness and explainability, that represent ongoing challenges to ensure adoption by the end users).
It will also engage in the design and development of a Self-Assessment tool on Trustworthyness of AI, which represents one of the key project’s deliverables.
Finally, Optit is Work Package leader for WP7, coordinating Dissemination and Communication activities for the whole consortium.
Online collaboration is working fine but sometimes meeting face to face is really a good thing. So we did it for the third time in KU Leuven.
We are part of a broader community of research and development efforts dedicated to advancing AI in a responsible and human-centered manner.
FAI Group, part of the Saarland Informatics Campus, contribution to the TUPLES project and ongoing research efforts in the foundations of AI are significant steps forward in advancing our understanding of this technology and ensuring its safe and responsible use in the future.
We are very pleased to announce that our coordinator, Sylvie Thiebaux, is at the prestigious IJCAI23 conference both as Area Chair and as presenter of the paper "Formal Explanations of Neural Network Policies for Planning".