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{ Monthly Archives } April 2008

INFORMS Prize 2008

The INFORMS Prize is given to an organization for “effective integration of operations research into organizational decision making”.  It is given to organizations for sustained use of operations research.  The criteria are Variety of Applications of OR Competitive Advantage to the Organization Business Impact Business  Model for Success Endorsements (from top-level management) Overall Quality of […]

Chris Lofgren on “Hitting Potholes on the the Road to CEO”

If you are not at the INFORMS Practice Conference, you missed a plenary talk this morning that worth the price of admission alone. Chris Lofgren, President and CEO of Schneider National, gave a talk that was, at its heart, about being a successful OR professional, whether working as an analyst or working as a CEO. […]

Some Miscellany from the INFORMS Practice Conference

Some random things from today’s INFORMS Practice Conference: Sanjay Saigal, popular columnist for OR/MS Today and founder/CEO of Intechne, formerly of ILOG, just to continue a theme, chided me for not pointing to his blog. I actually read his blog, but he normally blogs on non-OR things. It is great (with a great title): check […]

ILOG Optimization Decision Manager Hands On

I sat through (OK, half of) the ILOG workshop on their Optimization Decision Manager.  The ILOG ODM can be seen as a front-end to the rest of the ILOG Optimization systems (like OPL).  I would think of it as a super-sized way of doing version control and what-if analysis.  I use ILOG software in a […]

Bixby, Gu, and Rothberg leave ILOG

I arrived at the INFORMS Practice Meeting, and one of the first people I met was Bob Bixby. I had heard some rumors, and noticed that the affiliation on his badge was Rice University, so I was eager to chat with him. I wrote about Bixby last year when he was the IFORS Distinguished Lecturer […]

Off to INFORMS Practice

After a quick sidetrip to Chicago, I’m off to the INFORMS Practice Meeting in Baltimore.  I’ll try to do some live (or almost live) blogging from the event.  If you are there and see me, be sure to say hi!

The Power of Teaching

Serendipity works, by definition, in amazing ways. Because I went to New Zealand, I rented a house on Waiheke Island, which is now being considered by another professor for his sabbatical next year, who emailed me. And his email led to my visiting his home page, and clicking on a pointer or two, and then […]

Genetic Programming

Ricardo Poli, William Langdon, and Nicolas McPhee have just published a book “A Field Guide to Genetic Programming” and have blog to support it.  The neat thing about this book is that the pdf is freely downloadable, with printed copies available cheaply through  I spent a half hour thumbing through the book, and am […]

Me and Kareem

I teach data mining here at the Tepper School, and one example I use of something that is hard to get computers to do is to recognize faces, a task any 2 month old baby can do reasonably well (at least with regards to mothers). But it seems that has this licked: given a […]

Six Kidney Exchange

Following up on a previous post on kidney exchanges and operations research (which becomes a pun in this context!), Johns Hopkins Hospital has just done a six-way kidney exchange.  Interestingly, this was not done done totally with friends and relatives: The procedure was made possible after an altruistic donor – neither a friend nor relative […]