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Blogs and Labs

Why don’t more research labs have blogs? Most of us are passionate about our fields and our perspective on the world. For instance, I really believe operations research is a great way to view the world, and I trust that comes out through the blog.

David Goldberg of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois is another with a passionate view of how his lab’s research fits into the world, and it comes through in the lab blog. I even get a mention as “worth a read”. David is, of course, a guru on genetic algorithms, an area I consider part of operations research, though I suspect David disagrees. In any case, we need more discussion and even conflict if our field is to be taken seriously.

Another lab with a blog is at the Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Lab.  To be honest, I did not know what an “Estimation of Distribution Algorithm” (EDA) was.  I do now, due to the blog.

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  1. […] In his Operations Research Blog, Michael Trick raised a question why more research labs do not have blogs (see his post here). I certainly agree that blogs provide a great venue for presenting one’s ideas and views, and more researchers and research labs should get involved. MEDAL Blogging got a mention in the post, thanks. […]