History of APCOM

APCOM was founded in 1961 by four American universities - the University of Stanford, the University of Arizona, the Pennsylvania State University, and the Colorado School of Mines - to promote the application of computer and operations research in the minerals industry. APCOM has become an international forum to present, discuss, and examine state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in the minerals industry. The APCOM event series has become a major driver of innovation in the minerals industry, facilitating the advancement of computer and operational research methodologies applied to the minerals industry. Thanks to the personal commitments of APCOM's loyal participants and supporters, the APCOM symposia continue to be a thriving success.

APCOM in 2017

The APCOM 2017 symposium aims to further the APCOM goal of contributing to effective decision-making processes throughout the entire minerals industry. The technical program of this symposium represents a balanced mix of traditional areas of exploration, including geostatistics, mine design, production planning, investment analysis, artificial intelligence, simulation, mine automation, rock mechanics, mineral processing, and data management systems.

So join us in Golden, Colorado in the summer of 2017 to present and discuss the latest developments in the field. We hope to see a wide range of theoretical and applied advances. Furthermore, we expect to see improvements in established methods, as well as new and innovative methods and applications. Of equal importance to us is the facilitation of networking between colleagues and students working in these fields.


Organizing Committee

Prof. Kadri Dagdelen • (Chair) Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA

Prof. Earnest Baafi • University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia

Prof. Sukumar Bandopadhyay • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA

Prof. Snehamoy Chatterjee • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA

Prof. Joao Felipe Costa • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Prof. Roussos Dimitrakopolous • McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Dr. Marcelo Godoy • Newmont Inc., Denver, CO, USA

Dr. Kazu Kawahata • Newmont Inc., Denver, CO, USA

Prof. Mohammad Waqar Ali Asad • Curtin University, Kalgoorlie, Australia

Prof. Erkan Topal • Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Ebrahim Tarshizi • Michigan Tech. University, Hoghton, MI, USA

International APCOM Council

Prof. Kadri Dagdelen, representing Colorado School of Mines, USA

Dr. Ernest Baafi, representing, Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australia

Dr. Sukumar Bandopadhyay, representing Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc., USA

Dr. Sean Dessureault, representing University of Arizona , USA

Dr. Christina Dohm, representing South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, South Africa

Dr. Robert Hall, representing Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Canada

Dr. Antonio Nieto, representing Pennsylvania State University, USA

Prof. Julian Ortiz, representing University of Chile, Chile

Dr. Andrej Sublj, representing Institute of Mining, Geotechnology and Environment, Solvania

Dr. Wang Yuehan, representing China University of Technology, Beijing, China