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  • State of Operations Research Blogging

    Michael Trick's Operations Research Blog
    Michael Trick
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    It has been almost a year since I had a blog entry here.  Not that I don’t have a lot to say!  I am using twitter more, and I do have ideas for blog entries in cases where 140 characters is not enough.  But there is limited time. But I think something more fundamental is at work.  What is the state of blogging, and, in particular, the operations research blogging world?  It doesn’t appear all that healthy to me, but perhaps I am not seeing things correctly. I think the blogging world was badly hurt by the cancellation of Google Reader.  At least for me, Google Reader was a…
  • aviation security: there and back again

    Punk Rock Operations Research
    Laura Albert McLay
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    This week I attended the CREATE/TSA Symposium on Aviation Security at the University of Southern California campus. Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It was a nice conference attended by academics, those at government agencies (TSA, DHS, Coast Guard, etc.), and those in the private sector. It was a good mix of attendees and speakers, and no one was shy about raising interesting and provocative ideas. Many issues were discussed in the conference from multiple viewpoints, including: Are we more…
  • Internet of Things

    greenOR
    or4green
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    With all of the energy- and environment-related data now available through sensors, machines, and other equipment there are great possibilities for green O.R. and analytics surrounding the “Internet of Things”.    A recent blurb in Harvard Magazine by Stephanie Garlock discusses work of HBS professors Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani who found many business have undergone serious transformations by actively utilizing data from this new realm.  The example of G.E. is mentioned in article: The “industrial internet” is the term GE executives have coined to refer to these…
  • Latest News from the Supernetwork Center @IsenbergUMass

    RENeW
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    It's a very exciting time to be an operations researcher and analytics professional with so many fascinating problems to work on and to contribute to the solution of.I have been so lucky to have had and to continue to have such fabulous students, both graduate and undergraduate ones, as well as collaborators from around the globe.Much of our research is done through the Virtual Center of Supernetworks that I founded back in 2001.What makes me so proud is the successes of my students, both present and former! It's always a delight to receive email messages or a phone call in which they share…
  • ResearchGate profile for Darrell Ulm, Computer Science

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    Darrell Ulm
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    The ResearchGate profile for Darrell Ulm contains links, skills, and references to Comp. Sci. research papers. ResearchGate.net profile for Darrell Ulm, Computer Science
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    Michael Trick's Operations Research Blog

  • State of Operations Research Blogging

    Michael Trick
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    It has been almost a year since I had a blog entry here.  Not that I don’t have a lot to say!  I am using twitter more, and I do have ideas for blog entries in cases where 140 characters is not enough.  But there is limited time. But I think something more fundamental is at work.  What is the state of blogging, and, in particular, the operations research blogging world?  It doesn’t appear all that healthy to me, but perhaps I am not seeing things correctly. I think the blogging world was badly hurt by the cancellation of Google Reader.  At least for me, Google Reader was a…
  • Using Analytics for Emergency Response

    Michael Trick
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    I just attended a great talk by Laura McLay at the German OR Society meeting in Aachen.  In her semi-plenary, Laura talked about all the work she has done in Emergency Medical Response.  Planning the location and operation of ambulances, fire trucks, emergency medical technicians, and so on is a difficult problem, and Laura has made very good progress in putting operations research to use in making systems work better.  She has been recognized for this work not only in our field (through things like outstanding paper awards and an NSF CAREER award) but also by those directly involved in…
  • Taking Optimization With You After Graduation

    Michael Trick
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    In the Tepper MBA program, we use versions of Excel’s Solver (actually a souped up version from Frontline Systems)  for most of our basic optimization courses.  Students like this since they feel comfortable with the Excel interface and they know that they can use something like this in their summer internships and first jobs, albeit they are likely to the more crippled version standard with Excel.  For those who are particularly keen, we point them to an open source optimization system that can allow them to stay within the Excel structure. In our most advanced course, we use AIMMS…
  • The Baa-readth of Operations Research

    Michael Trick
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    At the recent International Federation of Operational Research Society (IFORS) meeting in Barcelona (a fabulous conference, by the way), I had the honor of being nominated as President of that “society of societies”.  If elected, my term will start January 1, 2016, so I get a bit of a head start in planning. I was looking through one of the IFORS publications, International Abstracts in Operations Research.  I am sure I will write about this more, since I think this is a very nice publication looking for its purpose in the age of Google.  This journal publishes the abstracts…
  • Optimization, Operations Research and the Edelman Prize

    Michael Trick
    23 May 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This year, I have the distinct honor of chairing the committee to award the Franz Edelman Award, given out by INFORMS for the best work that “attests to the contributions of operations research and analytics in both the profit and non-profit sectors”.  This competition has been incredibly inspiring to me throughout my career.  Just this year, as a judge, I got to see extremely high-quality presentations on eradicating polio throughout the world, bringing high-speed internet to all of Australia, facilitating long kidney exchange chains, and more.  I have seen dozens of…
 
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    Punk Rock Operations Research

  • aviation security: there and back again

    Laura Albert McLay
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    This week I attended the CREATE/TSA Symposium on Aviation Security at the University of Southern California campus. Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It was a nice conference attended by academics, those at government agencies (TSA, DHS, Coast Guard, etc.), and those in the private sector. It was a good mix of attendees and speakers, and no one was shy about raising interesting and provocative ideas. Many issues were discussed in the conference from multiple viewpoints, including: Are we more…
  • punk rock OR featured on math podcast “The Other Half”

    Laura Albert McLay
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    One of my blog posts about starting a fire at a gas station was featured on the math podcast The Other Half called “The Road Trip” by podcasters and professors Dr. Annie Rorem and Dr. Anna Haensch [Listen here] The podcast is about taking an optimal road trip (the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP)) and rare risks associated with travel. In The Road Trip, Anna and Annie look into the math that undergirds the great American summertime tradition of rolling down the windows, turning up the stereo, and touring the countryside by automobile. Randy Olson has made the planning part easy by…
  • Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.

    Laura Albert McLay
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    I recently discovered one of Grace Hopper’s quotes: Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems. This reminds me of the origins of operations research in military planning in World War II. Coincidence? I think not. Operations research became a formal discipline at the same time it was desperately needed for real problems. To be fair, systems go way back beyond World War II — I immediately thought of Ancient Rome’s bureaucracy and engineered systems of aqueducts and roads. But I appreciate what Grace Hopper implied: we continue to live in a world…
  • just write, damn it: the dissertation edition

    Laura Albert McLay
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    One of my recent blog posts entitled “just write, damn it” got a lot of hits and positive feedback. All the feedback was for just writing and none was in favor of planning first. I was surprised that my methodological and analytical readers preferred to cannonball into writing without a lot of planning. Someone told me about an approach to writing a dissertation that was somewhere in between just writing willy nilly and planning. It’s called the One Draft PhD Dissertation [pdf] by John Carlis, a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Minnesota. His approach is…
  • ORiginals: a youtube channel about outstanding research in everyday language

    Laura Albert McLay
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    I am very excited about a new project by Banafsheh Behzad (@banafsheh_b) and David Morrison (‏@drmorr0) promoting operations research. Their project is a YouTube channel called ORiginals: outstanding research in everyday language. I may be a bit biased because their first episode is about my research (Thanks Banafsheh and David!), but I think you will agree that the final product is gorgeous and leaves me anxious more. Both Banafsheh and David are young OR professionals and both are already movers and shakers in our field. Banafsheh is a Professor of Information Systems at California…
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  • Internet of Things

    or4green
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    With all of the energy- and environment-related data now available through sensors, machines, and other equipment there are great possibilities for green O.R. and analytics surrounding the “Internet of Things”.    A recent blurb in Harvard Magazine by Stephanie Garlock discusses work of HBS professors Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani who found many business have undergone serious transformations by actively utilizing data from this new realm.  The example of G.E. is mentioned in article: The “industrial internet” is the term GE executives have coined to refer to these…
  • Gene Woolsey

    or4green
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Gene Woolsey (src: http://inside.mines.edu/fs_home/rwoolsey/) I was saddened to learn in the June issue of ORMS today that Gene Woolsey passed away.  There is a poignant “In Memoriam” article about him in that issue with remembrances from former students and colleagues.  Gysbert Wessels, a former student of Woolsey’s describes the “OR/MS Guild” in place under Woolsey at the Colorado School of Mines: Gene’s approach to teaching O.R. was unique.  All students sat with him, an open plan without any partitions.  As the number of students increased, he had a classroom converted…
  • Bits and Pieces

    or4green
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    Here are a few interesting bits and pieces I have come across recently: Check out the “Gestión de Operaciones” website.  It is a blog on operations  management and operations research in Spanish, written by Francisco Yuraszeck, professor in Operational Research at the Universidad Santa Maria in Viña del Mar, Chile.  The purpose of the site is to expose students from Spanish speaking countries to the basics and most important topics in these fields. A while back I posted a bit about “The Toaster Project” in which Thomas Thwaites attempted to build a toaster from…
  • Upcoming Talk on Carbon Emissions Game

    or4green
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Carbon Game On October 30, I will be giving a talk on a carbon emissions game I developed with Bob Day from the University of Connecticut.  I have run the game in numerous classes at the Coast Guard Academy and it has also been run by a professor at West Point.  Bob and I are working on a paper about it and as that wraps up, I hope to post more about it here over time including the rules and materials needed to run the game. Here is more information about the talk: Title:  On Decision Making in a Carbon Emissions Game Abstract: This talk describes a carbon emissions game we…
  • Battery Recycling

    or4green
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I recycled this image from an earlier greenOR post. It is nice to see a battery recycling program in the works in my state of Connecticut. I learned of this from a recent article in the Danbury (CT) Republican American by Paul Singley: Connecticut environmental officials are working with battery manufacturers to come up with a bill that will be introduced in the 2015 legislative session. Connecticut and the battery industry hope it will be a model for the rest of the country. The law would cover single-use alkaline batteries as well as rechargeable ones. “This increases recycling, it…
 
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  • Latest News from the Supernetwork Center @IsenbergUMass

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    It's a very exciting time to be an operations researcher and analytics professional with so many fascinating problems to work on and to contribute to the solution of.I have been so lucky to have had and to continue to have such fabulous students, both graduate and undergraduate ones, as well as collaborators from around the globe.Much of our research is done through the Virtual Center of Supernetworks that I founded back in 2001.What makes me so proud is the successes of my students, both present and former! It's always a delight to receive email messages or a phone call in which they share…
  • Green Spaces in Some Favorite Cities

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    After spending multiple weeks in Europe this past summer, as a Visiting Professor in Sweden, and also speaking and attending plus co-organizing conferences in various countries, I am enjoying being in very green Amherst, Massachusetts.But,  before long, I will be heading out again, to give a plenary talk in Bogota, Colombia. I will be speaking on Sustainable Supply Chains for Sustainable Cities.Reflecting back on the places that I had been recently what stood out in my mind is the importance of green spaces in cities.The New York Times recently even had an article on a scientific study…
  • Sir Alan Wilson, Regional Science, Operations Research, and the Future of Cities

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    I returned last night from Europe where I spent the last 3 weeks at 3 different conferences and transiting between them. During this period I was privy not only to major current events but also history in the making since I was in Greece during the financial crisis (and ultimate bailout)  and even in Vienna where US Secretary of State John Kerry helped in the successful Iran nuclear negotiations.This past week, I had the pleasure of taking part in the EURO 2015 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which I have blogged about, and, on Tuesday, I was privileged to hear Professor Alan…
  • Operations Researchers Take Over Glasgow, Scotland with Fabulous EURO Conference

    14 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    We arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, this past weekend, to attend and speak at the EURO 2015 conference, which has 2,300 operations research delegates from around the world. This is the biggest conference ever held in Glasgow and I was reminded of EURO 2006, which was in Reykljaik, Iceland, with 700 delegates and the biggest scientific conference there to that date. Frankly, the climate is not so different between the two but with more rain in Glasgow.We were greeted, when we disembarked from the train from Edinburgh, by welcome banners in George Square.  The University of Strathclyde is the…
  • Optimization Workshop in Majestic Edinburgh, Scotland

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    I am spending 3 weeks in Europe engaged in some very serious conference" chaining." I have been blogging from different countries, beginning with Greece, where the Dynamics of Disasters conference that I co-organized with Professors Pardalos and Kotsireas took place in Kalamata.Today we will be taking the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, where the EURO 2015 conference will begin tomorrow.While in majestic Edinburgh, which is breathtakig with its architecture (including the Edinburgh Castle), greenery of the Meadows,  stunning shops, multiple modes of transport (we arrived from London via…
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  • ResearchGate profile for Darrell Ulm, Computer Science

    Darrell Ulm
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    The ResearchGate profile for Darrell Ulm contains links, skills, and references to Comp. Sci. research papers. ResearchGate.net profile for Darrell Ulm, Computer Science
  • Associative Computing, Computer Science Department: Research Papers, at Kent State University

    Darrell Ulm
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Includes Papers co-authored by Darrell Ulm on Parallel Computation Includes papers of Darrell Ulm, and others, authored while at Kent State University.
  • Google Scholar Search for Darrell Ulm

    Darrell Ulm
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Google Scholar Search for Darrell Ulm Includes papers written and references to research papers written on parallel computation.
  • Solving a Two-Dimensional Knapsack Problem on SIMD Computers, Research Paper, Darrell Ulm, 1992

    Darrell Ulm
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Research Paper from 1992 by Darrell Ulm, Solving a Two-Dimensional Knapsack Problem on SIMD Computers Early paper concerning a SIMD solution to a 2D cutting stock, operations research problem.
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