It is with a great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague and friend, Arne Løkketangen.
We have just learned with regret the death of Prof. Arne Løkketangen (Molde University College, Norway), who passed away, on June 10th, during the TRISTAN VIII conference in San Pedro de Atacama (June 9-14). Arne was a prominent researcher, very active in the Metaheuristics community and with his disappearance, we have lost a dear friend and valued colleague. EU/ME will be always grateful to him.
Arne Løkketangen was professor of informatics with an interest in metaheuristics for combinatorial optimization problems, with a focus on transportation planning problems. He joined Molde University College, in Molde, Norway, as associate professor in 1988, after 10 years of consulting in the private sector. He has obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Bergen in 1995, and was a full professor in informatics at Molde College since 2001. He has published more than 60 internationally refereed papers, organized 5 international workshops in Molde and been on the international or program committee of more than 50 international conferences. His work has been presented in around 130 lectures and 3 tutorials at international scientific meetings. He has given around 40 guest lectures at leading universities and research institutions around the world. He has been leader of the Nordic Math Programming Society chapter, and is on the editorial board of 6 international scientific journals (Journal of Heuristics, Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Algorithms, Informs Journal on Computing, Computers and Operations Research, EURO Journal on Computation Optimization, International Journal of Management Science and Engineering and Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing), as well as refereeing for more than 40 different journals and around 50 special issues, books and conferences. He was currently the leader of the Molde University College research group for Planning, Optimization and Decision Support. He was an associated member of CIRRELT, senior advisor for SINTEF, and also worked for Molde Research.
Professor Arne Løkketangen was 58 years old, has two children (aged 24 and 27). Our hearts go out to both of them.