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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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  • 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 ...
  • Mundell, Lee Carter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    The rapid growth of the availability of wearable biosensors has created the opportunity for using physiological signals to measure worker performance. An important question is how to use such signals to not just measure, ...
  • Dunning, Iain Robert (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    Optimization in the presence of uncertainty is at the heart of operations research. There are many approaches to modeling the nature of this uncertainty, but this thesis focuses on developing new algorithms, software, and ...
  • Mišić, Velibor V (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    Modern business decisions exceed human decision making ability: often, they are of a large scale, their outcomes are uncertain, and they are made in multiple stages. At the same time, firms have increasing access to data ...
  • Shi, Peng, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    In this thesis, I study how data-driven optimization can be used to improve school choice. In a typical school choice system, each student receives a set of school options, called the student's menu. Based on his/her menu, ...