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AMPL Optimization develops and markets the AMPL modeling language and system, a software product dedicated to the difficult task of building, maintaining, and deploying complex, custom-designed optimal decision models. Our company and its products are known and used worldwide for businessresearch, and teaching in numerous companies and organizations encompassing a broad range of applications.


AMPL was developed by Robert Fourer, David M. Gay, and Brian W. Kernighan at AT&T Bell Laboratories to capture the power and convenience of familiar algebraic formulations much more fully than any other modeling language. Upon release to the professional community, AMPL’s reputation grew rapidly leading to the publication of the AMPL Book – A Modeling Language for Mathematical Programming, now the most well-recognized optimization reference book on the market.

Since 2010, we have dedicated our professional efforts to providing the world of scientists, engineers and business application developers with the most powerful modeling language on the planet. The response has been overwhelming, with demand for the product growing by 800% in just three years, making AMPL the latest technology success story coming out of Silicon Valley.

If you would like to learn more about how your business can profit by riding this technology wave please contact us.

The AMPL Team

  • Robert Fourer, founder and President, was Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University for 33 years. Since 2012 he has devoted full time to AMPL Optimization. He is the author of numerous articles on optimization modeling and has served as Area Editor of three leading journals in this area. His work has been recognized by the Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize for computational optimization and by election as a Fellow of INFORMS.

  • David M. Gay, founder and director, has had a distinguished research career at M.I.T., Bell Laboratories, and Sandia National Laboratories. Since 2010 he has devoted full time to AMPL Optimization. His numerous investigations in nonlinear optimization and modeling systems have led to recognition as a Highly Cited Researcher in mathematical and in computer science.

  • Brian W. Kernighan, founder and director, is Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He is internationally known for his work at Bell Laboratories on numerous languages and systems including C and Unix, and for books in computer science including most recently D is for Digital. In 2002 he was elected a member of the U.S. National Academic of Engineering.

  • William M. Wells, Executive Vice President, joined AMPL Optimization in 2010 as director of business development. He has been a member of executive teams as a Senior Vice President at Talus Solutions, a revenue management company, and Quovera, a business consulting and technology integration firm, with responsibility for operations and customer relationships.

  • Victor Zverovich, Software Developer, joined AMPL Optimization in 2012 as an expert in AMPL development and support. He completed his PhD research on stochastic optimization algorithms and systems at Brunel University and worked on numerous AMPL projects at OptiRisk Systems.

Broad availability

Available solvers include the most popular and powerful optimization engines:

Hook your own solver to AMPL using our open-source AMPL-solver library.

Supported platforms include Windows, Linux, MacOS, and several Unix-based workstations.

Extensive supporting materials

The AMPL book provides a detailed introductory tutorial plus tutorial introductions to all basic and advanced features.

Numerous examples are available including all models and data from the AMPL book as well as a variety of scripts for common iterative schemes.

The AMPL user forum on Google groups is open to the public for searching or posting.