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{ Monthly Archives } February 2008

OR at P&G

Let me be late in the OR blogging game and note that there is a great article on operations research at Proctor and Gamble on bnet. It is wonderful advertising for our field, including phrases like “P&G’s Killer Apps in OR”. INFORMS was strongly involved in the article, with quotes from Past-President Brenda Dietrich and […]

Soo-Haeng Cho and the Influenza Vaccine

I’ve been back in the US for about six weeks now, and am getting used to being back in my academic life. A sign of the slowness of this transition, however, is that our operations management group here at the Tepper School is hiring a junior faculty person, and I didn’t notice, so I have […]

Summary of Quantum Computing

Scott Aaronson, whose writings I both admire and am jealous of, has an article in the month’s Scientific American on the limits of quantum computing.  He has posted a preliminary version of the paper on his site.  I found this extremely useful in trying to make sense of what quantum computing can and can’t do.  […]

Death of Mike Rothkopf

Mike Rothkopf, former president of INFORMS, died while swimming on the campus of Penn State. A regular natatorium patron, the 68-year-old supply chain information systems professor appeared to be “just relaxing” — floating on his back — when concerned lifeguards tapped him on the shoulder at about 8 a.m. yesterday, said Tom Griffiths, manager of […]

Edelman Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2008 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences have been announced. The Edelman Awards are a big thing in OR. The prize is given to the best use of operations research in practice. Even getting to be a finalist is a lot of work: this is […]

A Good List to be On

Sandy Holt of Systems Analysis and Planning, Inc. (and one of my contacts on LinkedIn) wrote to let me know that “operations research analyst” was one of the careers on MSN’s list of “Ten Jobs that pay more than $30/hour”, albeit on the list at number 10 with a median salary of $31.08/hour ($64,650/year). The […]

Andy Boyd, Pricing, and “The Engines of Our Ingenuity”

Andy Boyd, formerly chief scientist of PROS (he is actually still on their scientific board, but is not an active employee) visited CMU today as part of our CART (Center for Analytical Research in Technology) seminar series. He talked about the challenges those in pricing research face. The main point he made is that it […]

Call for Short Papers, CP-AI-OR 2008

I am co-program chair for CP-AI-OR 2008 to be held in May in Paris.  This year, we decided to allow “short papers” primarily to encourage presentation of preliminary work or work that might have appeared in another outlet but would still be of interest to the CP-AI/OR community.  If you aren’t familiar with CP-AI/OR, it […]