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INFORMS 2016 has begun

I am guest blogging for the INFORMS Conference in Nashville.  See my first post on the new INFORMS logo and website.  

The Dangers of Preprint Servers

Now that I have moved (at least partially!) into academic administration, my colleagues ask for advice on publishing strategy.  A situation has occurred with one of my colleagues that has made me question my understanding of precedence of research results.  I’d love some feedback to help me understand what went wrong here. My colleague, call […]

Helping Operations Researchers start young

Now that my son has turned twelve, I am beginning to see among his friends a bifurcation:  some “love” mathematics and some “hate” mathematics.  This is frustrating to me since I know that if the kids see operations research then they will all love it.  What is not to like?  Coloring maps, finding paths, scheduling […]

IFORS Regional Groupings – IFORS News September 2016

As President of IFORS I write a quarterly column for its IFORS Newsletter (which I highly recommend).  This is my column for September 2016. As I write this, I have just returned from a EURO (the Association of European Operational Research Societies) conference in Poznan, Poland. It was a fascinating conference with interesting plenary sessions, […]

Operational Research and the Age of Analytics – IFORS News June 2016

As President of IFORS, I write a quarterly column on operational research issues for the IFORS News.  Here is my June, 2016 column. When I was a doctoral student way back in the 1980s, getting and using data was a tremendous impediment to finishing a dissertation. Data was precious and very difficult to obtain. Even […]

The Members of IFORS – IFORS News 2016

As President of IFORS (the International Federation of Operational Research Societies), I write a quarterly column for the IFORS News.  I am biased, but I think the newsletter is amazingly well done (thanks Elise!) and I highly recommend reading all of it.  Here is my March 2016 column. I recently received an email from some […]

Touring the Rio Olympics

I’m a sportswriter who is bound for the Olympics, and I’m writing an article about maximizing the number of events I see in a particular day. I thought the input of a mathematician with expertise in these matters would be helpful to the story. This was an interesting start to day a month ago.  I […]

The American Scientist Magazine Understands Nothing about the Traveling Salesman Problem

I like to think there are some solid foundations to my life. I will be able to do the Monday New York Times crossword and I will not be able to do the Thursday version. My dental hygienist will not be satisfied with the amount of flossing I do. I will get my favorite spaghetti […]

Complete Enumeration Arguments Deemed Harmful…

… or “The Traveling Salesman Problem is Not That Hard”. When I talk to people about what I do for a living, I often face blank stares (or, worse, rapidly retreating backs) when I describe problems like the Traveling Salesman Problem. Me: “Well, suppose the dots on this napkin represent cities, and you want to […]

State of Operations Research Blogging

It has been almost a year since I had a blog entry here.  Not that I don’t have a lot to say!  I am using twitter more, and I do have ideas for blog entries in cases where 140 characters is not enough.  But there is limited time. But I think something more fundamental is […]