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{ Monthly Archives } April 2009

2009 Edelman Award winner is…

Hewlett Packard, for their product portfolio management systems. As a judge, I don’t want to say anything beyond saying I think the HP team makes an outstanding Edelman Award winner. Congratulations to them and all of the other finalists.

Further workshops at INFORMS Practice

Over at the INFORMS Practice Conference Blog, I have entries on Gurobi and ILOG, an IBM Company. Both presentations were inspiring in their own ways. Gurobi Post: It goes without saying that these statements are my individual views of the workshops, and are not the official word from either the companies or INFORMS. The world […]

Microsoft Solver Foundation: YAML?

Is the Microsoft Solver Foundation Yet Another Modeling Language? I have some views at the INFORMS Practice Conference Blog. Best part of the workshop: the tagline “The Right Decision”. Perhaps INFORMS should have used that instead of “The Science of Better”. Microsoft Solver Foundation became public late in 2008, and I have been curious what […]

Baseball and Operations Research

Blogged at the INFORMS Practice site on how to make a trip to a baseball game a legitimate business expense. I just arrived in Phoenix, and I’m off to this evening’s game between the Giants and the Diamondbacks.  There is an operations research connection, of course:  both the teams and the umpires are scheduled with […]

Blogging for the INFORMS Practice Meeting

I am one of a stable of guest bloggers for the INFORMS Practice Meeting. Rather than double post, I’ll move over to that blog for a few days (unless I have something to say that isn’t appropriate for an INFORMS blog), with pointers from here. My first entry there: Tough Choices!, where I complain about […]

INFORMS Practice Conference goes Web 2.0 Crazy!

The upcoming INFORMS Practice Conference has embraced new social networking technologies as no INFORMS conference has ever done. You have your choice of Blogging. A conference blog with a half dozen guest bloggers (including yours truly). Twittering. Just use the #ipc2009 tag LinkedIn. I’m not sure the value of a LinkedIn group, but I want […]

Sports Scheduling Woes

Being involved with sports scheduling (though not yet the National Football League), I sympathized the the schedulers, who missed an issue, from The NFL has moved up the start time of the New York Jets’ game against the Tennessee Titans on September 27 after the team complained to the league about having to play […]

Perhaps some clarity in Open Source?

I sit on the “Strategic Leadership Board” of COIN-OR (COmputational INfrastructure for Operations Research). There is a lot of great code at COIN-OR, and I find it very useful in my research. Despite being on the SLB, I get very confused when it comes to open source. It seems that 90% of the discussions on […]

The Importance of Stupidity in (Operations) Research

A colleague of mine (thanks Laurie, I think!) sent me a copy of the paper “The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research” by Martin Schwartz, published in the Journal of Cell Science in 2008. My colleague swears I should not take offense, and no offense was taken. I think the article is brilliant. One of […]

Operations Research is hot at IBM

IBM announced today that it is forming a new consulting group for business analytics and optimization, called Business Analytics and Optimization Services.  With 4000 people, this is a pretty serious operation!  You can check out the news release and the Business Week coverage.   I’ll pass over the fact that IBM doesn’t use the phrase “operations […]