Product and process design can be largely improved using modern modeling, simulation and optimization techniques. [ citation needed ] The key question in optimal design is the measure of what is good or desirable about a design. Before looking for optimal designs it is important to identify characteristics which contribute the most to the overall value of the design. A good design typically involves multiple criteria/objectives such as capital cost/investment, operating cost, profit, quality and/or recovery of the product, efficiency, process safety, operation time etc. Therefore, in practical applications, the performance of process and product design is often measured with respect to multiple objectives. These objectives typically are conflicting, . achieving the optimal value for one objective requires some compromise on one or more of other objectives.
The first MOPGP conference was held at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, June, 1994. The second conference was organized by University of Malaga, in Torremolinos, Spain, May, 1996. The third was held at the Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, May-June, 1998. The fourth was organized by University of Economics in Katowice and took place at Beskidy Mountains at the south of Poland from 29 May to 1 June, 2000. The fifth was organized in Nara, Japan on June 4 – 7, 2002. The sixth was organized by the University of Tunis in Hammamet, Tunisia on April, 14-16, 2004. The seventh took place in the EURO Loire Valley, City of Tours, France from 12 to 14 June 2006. The eight edition went back to the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom from 24 to 26 September, 2008. The ninth edition was organized by the University of Sfax on May 24–26, 2010. The tenth edition was organized jointly with The 54th Annual conference of the Canadian Operational Research Society in the wondrous city of Niagara Falls from June 11 to 13, 2012. The eleventh edition took place in Tlemcen (the pearl of the Maghreb), Algeria from 13 to 15 December 2015. The twelfth edition will be held from 30 to 31 October 2017 in Metz, France and chaired by Imed Kacem. There will be rigorous plenary talks by invited speakers as well as contributed talks. The language of the conference is English.