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{ Monthly Archives } October 2008

A New Honorary Doctorate

To me, honorary doctorates are things given to people much older than myself. For instance, my colleague Egon Balas received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liege. But Egon is a bit older than me (though I suspect he will be working long after I have shuffled off to some retirement community). I was […]

More on Majority Judgement

Michel Balinski has provided the references related to his IFORS Distinguished Lecture in Washington.  I have included them in the original post. He also is encouraging people to try out the system themselves (he did this for INFORMS conference, but this is a more global experiment).  Here is the invitation: Dear Friends and Colleagues, This […]

Autism and enthusiasms

The New York Times has an article on “Reaching an Autistic Teenager” describing an approach for teaching autistic kids, who generally are extremely self-absorbed and difficult to reach. The approach, where teachers and students alike work out how the day will go, with students learning to learn and to interact, sounds fantastic: I would have […]

Happy Birthday CPLEX

More than 20 years ago, Bob Bixby decided the world needed a better linear programming code. This wasn’t a particularly obvious decision. First, there were already existing linear programming codes. Second, linear programming implementation was not exactly a hot research topic. Third, Bixby was not particularly known in this area. A typical paper for Bixby […]

Michel Balinski IFORS Distinguished Lecture

The IFORS Distinguished Lecturer for the INFORMS meeting was Michel Balinski of Ecole Polytechnique and CNRS, Paris. Michel spoke on “One-Vote, One-Value: The Majority Judgement”, a topic close to my heart. In the talk, Michel began by discussing the pitfalls of standard voting (manipulation, “unfair” winners, and so on). He then spent most of his […]

Operations Research as a path to academic administration

For most young researchers, administration is a word filled with horror.  Why would anyone want to be an academic administrator when you could spend your days exploring the wonder of operations research?  And many days, I (a not so young researcher) agree with them.  There is almost nothing better than spending time thinking, writing code, […]

Greetings from Washington

I am at the Washington INFORMS and have just come back from the first session (on experiences with COIN-OR).  Sixty-eight parallel tracks!  Looks like there might be 5000 people at this conference.  It is amazing how big the conference has become.  I was on the INFORMS Board around 2000 when the decision was made to […]

Gurobi goes live

I had previously written about the exit of Gu, Rothberg, and Bixby from Ilog. I was curious where they would end up: Google, IBM, Yahoo? Somehow, I thought they would be together, but where? That has now been answered. Gurobi Optimization has gone live today. From their page: Gurobi Optimization is in the business of […]

Update on the blog-or-sphere get-together

I have confirmation from bloggers Laura McLay (Punk Rock Operations Research), Aurelie Thiele (Thoughts on Business, Engineering, and Higher Education), and Bill Hart (William E. Hart’s Blog) that they will be at booth 504 (the Coin-OR booth) at 8PM on Sunday at the INFORMS DC meeting (or at least will try hard to do so). […]

Meet at INFORMS?

I had meant to do something a little more formal for the blogging world at INFORMS DC, but until recently it was unclear whether I could make it to the conference (I am teaching now, and with a final exam coming up, I wanted to be sure my classes were ready). But I will be […]