The challenge was to solve the Magic Square Problem (constrained and un-constrained versions) using modern heuristic methods, in an international optimisation competition organized by SolveIT Software Pty Ltd, a leading provider of enterprise software for supply & demand optimisation and predictive modelling.

The purpose of this competition was to identify world-class talent in the areas of optimisation science. The organizer was keen on promoting the benefits and capabilities of these methods, and rouse interest amongst individuals of the academic and scholastic communities on the real-world application of these methods.

SolveIT Software would like to recognize three individuals who submitted very good optimisation solvers based on modern heuristic methods:

• The 2nd runner-up was Xiaofeng Xie from Carnegie Mellon University; his program solves the constrained version of a 400 × 400 magic square within a minute.


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