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Sheldon Jacobson and OR Videos

The October, 2007 issue of OR/MS Today has a short article by Sheldon Jacobson of the University of Illinois on creating videos about the work he and his lab does. There are two videos: one on pediatric vaccines and one on airline security (I love the variety of work you can do in OR!) (they are a little slow-loading). It is too bad that they aren’t YouTube videos, where more people can see them (and the technology allows better incremental loading), but I am extremely impressed with the professionalism that went into the videos. Of course, it is not cheap:

When it comes to video production, you get what you pay for. As a rule, the videos cost $1,000 per minute of the final product. Using a cell phone camera to film yourself speaking about your work will result in predictably poor quality. The professionals in the video production industry — the producer, videographer and editor — have a wealth of experience (and some interesting tricks of the trade) to make you and your work come to life.

Check out Sheldon’s page for more about the impact this work (and others he has done) has had.

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