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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  • Probabilistic models and optimization algorithms for large-scale transportation problems ?

    Lu, Jing,Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
    This thesis tackles two major challenges of urban transportation optimization problems: (i) high-dimensionality and (ii) uncertainty in both demand and supply. These challenges are addressed from both modeling and algorithm ...
  • New approaches to maximizing influence in large-scale social networks ?

    Hunter, David Scott,Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
    With the widespread adoption of social media in today's society, the problem of identifying the most influential individuals whose adoption of a product or action will spread maximally in the network is of increased practical ...
  • Leveraging data analytics to improve outpatient healthcare operations ?

    Hu, Michael,Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
    Healthcare reform in the United States has received significant attention from the public, physicians, health administrators, and insurance payors. The important policy discussions surrounding healthcare reform have a ...

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