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Operations Research Center


Operations research (OR) is the professional discipline that deals with the application of scientific methods to decision making. OR draws upon ideas from engineering, management, mathematics and psychology to contribute to a wide variety of application domains; the field is closely associated with several other fields in the "decision sciences" -- applied mathematics, computer science, economics, statistics, industrial engineering, financial engineering and systems engineering.

Operations research is distinguished by its broad applicability and by the wide variety of career opportunities and work styles it embraces. OR specialists may be theoreticians or practitioners; they may work in academia, in industry or in public service, teaching, conducting research, or consulting by developing and applying OR methods.

The Center brings together faculty with various research interests from the following departments:

  • Sloan School of Management
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

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  • Kung, Jerry Lai (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Health care expenditures in the United States have been increasing at unsustainable rates for more than thirty years with no signs of abating. Decisions to accept or reject deceased-donor kidneys offered to patients on the ...
  • Thraves Cortés-Monroy, Charles Mark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Revenue Management (RM) is an area with important advances in theory and practice in the last thirty years. This thesis presents three different new applications in RM with a focus on: the firms' perspective, the government's ...
  • Anoun, Amine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Economically motivated adulteration of imported food poses a serious threat to public health, and has contributed to several poisoning incidents in the past few years in the U.S. [1]. Prevention is achieved by sampling ...
  • Scully, Timothy (Timothy Edward) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    End-stage liver disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the only viable treatment is liver transplantation. Since the quality of a donor liver decreases with transportation time, United ...
  • Webb, Matthew Robert (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Combining social media posts with known user locations can lead to unique insights with applications ranging from tracking diffusion of sentiment to earthquake detection. One approach used to determine a user's home location ...