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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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  • Remorov, Alexander (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    The problem of investing over time remains an important open question, considering the recent large moves in the markets, such as the Financial Crisis of 2008, the subsequent rally in equities, and the decline in commodities ...
  • Grigas, Paul (Paul Edward) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    We present several contributions at the interface of first-order methods for convex optimization and problems in statistical machine learning. In the first part of this thesis, we present new results for the Frank-Wolfe ...
  • Yuan, Rong, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    The supply chain management for an online retailing business is centered around the operations of its fulfillment centers. A fulfillment center receives and holds inventory from vendors, and then uses this inventory to ...
  • Shaposhnik, Yaron (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    Motivated by several core operational applications, we introduce a class of multistage stochastic optimization models that capture a fundamental tradeoff between performing work under uncertainty (exploitation) and investing ...
  • Wang, He, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    With the advances in information technology and the increased availability of data, new approaches that integrate learning and decision making have emerged in operations management. The learning-and-optimizing approaches ...