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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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  • Lin, Maokai (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
    This thesis discusses optimization problems and equilibrium in networks. There are three major parts of the thesis. In the first part, we discuss optimization in dynamic networks. We focus on two fundamental optimization ...
  • Sahyoun, Alexandre Paul (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    In the face of large increases in the number of passengers and flights, busy airports worldwide have been trying to optimize operating efficiency and throughput and minimize congestion on a daily basis. In the case of ...
  • Zhu, Zhe (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This thesis presents new statistical techniques for designing future generation retirement and insurance solutions. It addresses two major challenges for retirement and insurance products: asset allocation and policyholder ...
  • Leung, Ngai-Hang Zachary (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    The thesis applies optimization theory to three problems in operations management. In the first part of the thesis, we investigate the impact of inventory control on the availability of drugs to patients at public health ...
  • Elmachtoub, Adam Nabil (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    First, we describe a general framework called online customer selection that describes natural settings where suppliers must actively select which customer requests to serve. Unlike traditional revenue management models ...