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Systems Modeling and Optimization

An optimization problem involves finding values of the variables that minimize or maximize an objective function while satisfying constraints.

For example, how might a meat packer running a supply chain minimize fuel use given the constraint of needing to get a ton of hamburger to 50 customer warehouses by 6 a.m. each day?

The Systems Optimization Laboratory conducts basic and applied research on large-scale mathematical programming, including algorithmic development, model formulation and software production. The field has a strong intersection with scientific computing, and the director of this research area in MS&E, Professor Walter Murray, was a former director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.  Margot Gerritsen is the current director of ICME.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Minimizing the risk of contracting HIV | Illustration/Stefani Billings


Study aims to help policymakers and clinicians understand how a variety of interventions can help improve health outcomes and prevent HIV

Friday, August 12, 2016 -
10:00 to 13:00

Coalitions in Loyalty Programs: Network Formation, Credit Settlement, and Customer Behavior

Monday, April 18, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the Syngenta Crop Challenge.   MS&E PhD students Xiaocheng Li, and Hayden Huaiyang Zhong were awarded First Prize in the Syngenta Data Challenge at the INFORMS Conference in Orlando, Florida in April 2016.   The prize was for their work on "Hierarchical Modeling of Soybean Variety Yield and Decision Making for Future Planting Planning."

Thursday, March 3, 2016 -
09:45 to 12:45
Deep Exploration via Randomized Value Functions
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