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{ Monthly Archives } May 2006

Constraint Programming and Google Scholar

I am in Cork, Ireland for this year’s CP/AI-OR conference. This is a conference series that revolves around issues that constraint programming and operations research have in common: integration of techniques, applications, software systems and so on. I really like this conference series (disclosure: I am on the steering committee for the conference, so I […]

More OR and Sports

I missed this earlier article from the Wall Street Journal entitled “The NBA Tries to Make Teamwork a Science” on how teams in the National Basketball Association are trying to measure “team” effects of their plays (thanks Otis Smith for pointing this out). Basketball, more than many sports, relies on smooth teamwork for a team […]

Future of Constraint Programming

I find constraint programming to be an interesting field. A lot of the work in the area is really operations research (in my view): problems are modelled within a particular structure, and solutions are then found to the models. Most constraint programmers don’t consider themselves in OR, preferring to stay within the computer science world. […]

More Operations Research in Business Week

Operations research is on a roll. The May 29th issue of Business Week has a cover story on the use of simulation and other methods to take the guesswork out of medical care. The key person for this article is Dr. David Eddy, described as a “heart surgeon turned mathemetician and health-care economist”, who was […]

Google Scholar and OR

One issue in faculty reviews is trying to determine the effect the research of a faculty member is having. For that, we do things like get outside letters, read papers, and so on. In the past, we also checked things like the Science Citation Index for counts on how often a paper is referenced. Recently, […]

Teaching Operations Research and Management Science

One of the ironies of academic life is that a large portion of it is taken over by an aspect that few of us have formal training in: teaching! The average high school teacher has a firmer foundation on pedagogic theory than almost any university professor. This is particularly problematic in operations research since the […]

Operations Research and Lego

The blog Deviant Abstraction points out that Lego’s (you know: building blocks that can be put into lots of different shapes) new Lego Factory has an interesting OR problem to solve: how can they put together packets of pieces so as to minimize waste when customers can order from more than 500,000 different pieces? Of […]

Welcome to the New Page!

I’ve moved my blog from blogger to my own system, using wordpress. This gives me some extra control and opportunities, including the brand-new categories (see sidebar). Please let me know of any problems.

Optimize magazine and Operational Excellence

Optimize is a 70,000 circulation magazine aimed at CIOs and CTOs. The topic of the May, 2006 issue is “Operational Excellence”, and it contains a host of articles about operations research, one done by yours truly. My article, entitled “CIO as Business Predictor” tries to talk about the role uncertainty plays in decision making and […]

Stephen Baker on Operations Research

Stephen Baker, the author of the Business Week cover story on how Math Will Rock Your World, is rapidly becoming a highly visible writer about Operations Research. His May 4 blog entry, entitled “Why journalists don’t cover how things work” had some comments on his experience at the INFORMS Practice Conference: At the O.R. conference […]