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  • time management tips for assistant professors (and everyone)

    Punk Rock Operations Research
    Laura McLay
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    I recently saw a short list of advice for new assistant professors by Chris Blattman [Link]. Chris is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (soon to be tenured). His list is summarized below. Go to his blog post for the full discussion: Learn to say no to new projects. Have a higher bar for projects with big exit costs. Book chapters and reviews are a waste of time. Get your dissertation papers or book out. Seek out mentorship. This list is not comprehensive. This is not a weakness, but rather an opportunity to add to the…
  • The Year of Blue and Gold

    RENeW
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Today we marked the one year anniversary of the horrific Boston Marathon Bombings.This day in western Massachusetts is filled with strong winds and torrential rains as though nature is crying, too, for the 3 lives lost, the over 260 injured, and for our community being transformed.It is a year of blue and gold with Boston Strong becoming a symbol and mantra for resilience.These are the colors of the Boston Marathon finish line  the colors of One Fund Boston,  and also the colors of Boston Strong.A friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Alla Kammerdiner, who is Ukrainian, and…
  • The future of logistics lies in Analytics

    OR at Work
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:40 am
    In a world in which everything and everyone is connected, in which the amount of data generated is growing faster every day and in which lifecycles of products become shorter and shorter, the need to be able to make smarter decisions is rising fast. Maybe in logistics this need is felt the most as logistics is vital in every supply chain. It requires the logistics manager to be well equipped for making though decisions. It’s my strong belief that access to data analysis, predictive and prescriptive analytics will become crucial for every manager, for the logistics manager in particular. For…
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    Punk Rock Operations Research

  • time management tips for assistant professors (and everyone)

    Laura McLay
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    I recently saw a short list of advice for new assistant professors by Chris Blattman [Link]. Chris is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (soon to be tenured). His list is summarized below. Go to his blog post for the full discussion: Learn to say no to new projects. Have a higher bar for projects with big exit costs. Book chapters and reviews are a waste of time. Get your dissertation papers or book out. Seek out mentorship. This list is not comprehensive. This is not a weakness, but rather an opportunity to add to the…
  • Bill Cook’s TSP talk at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Laura McLay
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    On Monday, Professor Bill Cook, Professor in Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo gave the Hilldale Lecture at the University of Wisconsin. See my earlier blog post about this here. Bill’s talk on the Traveling Salesman Problem (“One NP-hard problem to rule them all“) was terrific! Bill is a master multi-tasker as evidence by how he effortlessly controlled his talk on three separate screens by three iPhones that he carried around his talk (one was strapped to his wrist). Bill gave a great overview talk about the TSP. He talked about the history…
  • land O links

    Laura McLay
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    An except from the forthcoming book Why we all love numbers by Alex Bellos (HT @wjcook) Life was not boring before the Internet by Jordan Ellenberg (@JSEllenberg) Delta Airlines is using data analytics to predict which parts will fail to schedule maintenance (HT @scianalytics) The art of live tweeting. A new paper by Brett Green and Jeffrey Zwiebel find evidence of the hot hand effect in ten statistical categories in baseball. The idea here is that the hot hand effect could exist in other sports such as basketball, but the defense can react and counter the hot hand effect. In baseball,…
  • the traveling salesman problem challenge for cheeseheads

    Laura McLay
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Bucky the Badger is ready to tour Wisconsin! This TSP blog post is in honor of Bill Cook’s lecture at the University of Wisconsin on Monday, April 7: HF Deluca Forum The Discovery Building. 12 – 1 pm. More info: go.wisc.edu/salesman. We are very excited to host Bill on Monday. Bill informally launched an information Dairyland TSP challenge on twitter, a tour through all 165 stops in America’s Dairyland [link to pdf]. What is the shortest tour? Hint: try using Bill’s TSP iPhone/iPad app! @lauramclay Cheese TSP Challenge? 165 stops in America's Dairyland.
  • my talk at the University of Michigan IOE department

    Laura McLay
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    On Friday I gave a seminar at the University of Michigan’s Industrial and Operations Engineering Department. I was invited by the INFORMS student chapter and the Michigan IOE Diversity Initiative headed by Mariel Lavieri. I owe a special thank you to the INFORMS Speakers Program that subsidized the cost of my trip. Women, minority, and international students attended the lunch. I was overjoyed to speak to such a large, diverse group including some students not from under-represented groups (white men). As I’ve written about before, you don’t need to be from an…
 
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  • The Year of Blue and Gold

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Today we marked the one year anniversary of the horrific Boston Marathon Bombings.This day in western Massachusetts is filled with strong winds and torrential rains as though nature is crying, too, for the 3 lives lost, the over 260 injured, and for our community being transformed.It is a year of blue and gold with Boston Strong becoming a symbol and mantra for resilience.These are the colors of the Boston Marathon finish line  the colors of One Fund Boston,  and also the colors of Boston Strong.A friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Alla Kammerdiner, who is Ukrainian, and…
  • Latest Newsletter from the Supernetwork Center is Now Online

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Spring has arrived in New England with warm temperatures and the snow has finally melted.It has been a very busy couple of months at the Supernetwork Center at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.It is a privilege to serve as the Center's Director and to work with such great students and colleagues.The latest edition of The Supernetwork Sentinel is now out and it is filled with news about various events, including conferences, accolades, upcoming activities,  and highlights of our latest research and teaching activities.The full newsletter can be downloaded…
  • Photos from Emergency Sheltering Exercise and the Best of Town and Gown

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Yesterday, several students from the Isenberg School of Management  spent the late afternoon with me at the Mullins Center in Amherst where an emergency sheltering exercise was being conducted involving hundreds of volunteers, including many students (kudos to nursing and others), and multiple organizations such as UMass Amherst and the Medical Reserve Corps of Hampshire County.Some of my students are overnighting there on cots to learn from the experience and since they work as interns in emergency preparedness or have been fire fighters. We were especially interested in this well-timed…
  • Design and Analysis of a Content-oriented Internet

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Yesterday,  I marched down the hill from the Isenberg School of Management with my three doctoral students to attend the Distinguished Faculty Lecture given by Professor James Kurose of the Computer Science Department at UMass Amherst.The title of his lecture, which was given in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center to a standing room audience, was "Design and Analysis of a Content-oriented Internet."Professor Kurose was introduced by Provost James Staros and Dean Steven Goodwin and our Chancellor, Dr. Subbaswamy,  was in attendance as well as our VCRE Mike Malone. Professor…
  • Choosing a Speech Topic and the Winner Is - Our Outstanding UMass Amherst Students

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    I enjoy giving talks, from seminar and conference presentations to keynotes in exciting locations around the world and these are, typically, of a technical nature.I also enjoy giving talks to audiences such as at the World Science Festival or at  the NYTimes EnergyforTomorrow Conference or at the AAAS Annual meetings. The audiences at such venues are always fabulousCertain special occasions also call for a "speech" whether at a graduation commencement or at an honor society induction or, perhaps, a banquet of some sort.Today I had the honor and privilege of being the Guest Speaker at the…
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  • The future of logistics lies in Analytics

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:40 am
    In a world in which everything and everyone is connected, in which the amount of data generated is growing faster every day and in which lifecycles of products become shorter and shorter, the need to be able to make smarter decisions is rising fast. Maybe in logistics this need is felt the most as logistics is vital in every supply chain. It requires the logistics manager to be well equipped for making though decisions. It’s my strong belief that access to data analysis, predictive and prescriptive analytics will become crucial for every manager, for the logistics manager in particular. For…
  • Intuition vs Analysis

    28 Feb 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Last week the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook was breaking news, a typical Mergers and Acquisitions decision. These types of decisions are one of a kind, need to be made in secrecy and at high speed as they can have huge impact on shareholder value. Many executives would argue that in these situations their intuition and experience is what makes the difference.  In their opinion, analysis would take too much time, moreover mathematical models can’t take into account the forces that either make or break the success of such a decision. They believe that intuition is…
  • The analytical crime watch; why your 13-year-old shouldn’t have a high-end mobile phone

    9 Jan 2014 | 1:34 am
    As an inhabitant of the metropolitan area of Rotterdam I am always curious to know how the city is doing, especially with respect to community safety. In Rotterdam community safety has improved in the past 12 years. Among other things, the number of incidents has gone down significantly and the resolution rates for high impact crime (Burglary, Street robbery and Robbery) have never been higher. Reasons for this decline are better deployment of the police force, the introduction of city guards and city marines (officials, appointed to improve tough safety problems in a certain part of the…
  • Gaining a competitive advantage; a value chain approach to analytics and optimisation

    28 Nov 2013 | 12:04 pm
    For decades companies have been exploiting new technologies to improve their performance and to gain a competitive advantage. Over time the areas in which they want to improve and the challenges they want to address haven’t changed. Every company wants to identify its most valuable customers, its most important products/markets and wants to perform its activities most efficient.  The competitiveness of a company comes from how successful it is in achieving “most valuable”, “most important” and “most efficient”. Operations Research and analytics offer new ways to achieve…
  • The Impact of Operations Research on People, Business and Society

    13 Sep 2013 | 11:52 am
    Last week the international conference on Operations Research OR2013 took place in Rotterdam. The conference was the result of the close corporation of the GermanOR society (GOR), the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Dutch OR society.  The conference started with a keynote from Alexander Rinnooy Kan, an expert in our field and several times ranked as the most influential Dutch Person, on “How to educate Operations Research practitioners”.  Key point in his lecture was that although Operations Research practitioners have been successful in applying their knowledge, continued…
 
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