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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  • Integrated robust and adaptive methods in the heating oil industry 

    Tay, Joel(Joel Wei En) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
    Almost six million households in the United States alone use heating oil as their main fuel, the vast majority of these in the Northeastern US. In this thesis, we examine some problems faced by a planner who is contracted ...
  • Demand uncensored : car-sharing mobility services using data-driven and simulation-based techniques 

    Fields, Evan(Evan Jerome) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
    In the design and operation of urban mobility systems, it is often desirable to understand patterns in traveler demand. However, demand is typically unobserved and must be estimated from available data. To address this ...
  • Dynamic matching algorithms 

    Burq, Maximilien. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
    We study marketplaces in which participants arrive over time, looking to interact with each other. While such interactions have historically been decentralized, the past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number ...

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