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{ Monthly Archives } May 2008

Open Access at Springer

Despite some philosophical/moral issues, I do a fair amount of work with commercial publishers. I just was co-Program Chair for the CPAIOR conference, and was delighted to publish the conference volume in Springers Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (despite the fact that LNCS has been dropped from the ISI indexing). I am considering starting […]

Travel to South Africa

With the upcoming IFORS meeting in Sandton, South Africa, it was disheartening to see the recent violence in South Africa.  Of course, the violence against “foreigners” was not against tourists:  it was against Zimbabweans and other non-South Africans living in the townships.  Things seem to have calmed down, and here is one recent summary of […]

More success for OR and sports

ILOG has a press release on using constraint programming for the Japanese Football (soccer for Americans) League.  Seems like a pretty big league: J. LEAGUE is a top professional football (soccer) league in Japan and one of the most successful leagues in the Asian Football Confederation. The organization recognized a need to automate and streamline […]

Some Final CPAIOR Thoughts

I have returned from Paris (my original plan was to go to Italy for IPCO, but I had to change that). Here are some thoughts from the CPAIOR conference: It is impossible to blog while being Program Chair, particularly in Europe (for me). Program Chair at the conference is the easiest job: the choices have […]

More about Airlines and Operations Research

Another sign of the difficulty operations research has in getting implemented within airlines comes from the National Post in Canada: Attention passengers: most airlines make boarding more painful than necessary by insisting on traditional back-to-front boarding even though new research shows it can be done faster. Back-to-front boarding is only marginally more efficient than front-to-back […]

Cindy Barnhart at CPAIOR

I am in Paris attending the CPAIOR (Constraint Programming/Artificial Intelligence/Operations Research) conference. I was the co-Program chair for this, which means my work is done, but now I get to see how good the papers we accepted are. On the whole, things are very good, with a surprise or two (each way!). Cindy Barnhart of […]

More on Operations Research in the Air

The New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell entitled “In the Air” had a second theme (I talked about the first theme: the multiple near-simultaneous discovery of inventions): the engineering of the sorts of insights that lead to invention. Can you create an environment where invention occurs? The typical picture of an inventor is an obsessed […]

Operations Research in the Air

My colleague Steve Spear has a posting on the “Against Monopoly” blog (not against the board game, but commentary on intellectual property issues) regarding a New Yorker article entitled “In the Air” by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell makes the point that many advances have been simultaneously made by multiple groups. From the discovery of dinosaur bones […]

Change in attire

Since today was The first working day after classes ended last week, and Warm and sunny in Pittsburgh, I went to work in shorts and sandals. In honor of this, I would like to direct your attention to an article in Inside Higher Ed by Erik M. Jensen entitled “A Call for Professional Attire“. In […]

Business Intelligence and Operations Research

In the past couple of years, a field called “business intelligence” has sprung up. Based on the premise that businesses should get more out of data, business intelligence mixes data mining, algorithms, visualization and other approaches to help businesses make better decisions. Of course, I thought that was the definition of operations research! Ever since […]