Title of Presentation: A Sampling of Optimization Models for Making Hard Decisions
July 10, 2003
This talk will present examples of important decision problems that are addressed with optimization models. Because of the large scale and complexity of the real situations upon which these models are based, these efforts often provide challenges to the computational state of the art. Even as computers get faster and algorithms get smarter, our clientele’s thirst for solving larger and larger problems is very difficult to quench. The key for operations researchers to keep pace is better and better modeling.
Rick Rosenthal is a professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has been on the NPS faculty since 1984 and has served as chairman of the OR Department. He served for 15 years as the Editor-in-Chief of Naval Research Logistics. Rick has a passionate interest in the application of optimization. His research projects for the US military have touched all branches and include studies of transportation, logistics, manpower and operations. He has also worked on civilian applications, most recently as a Visiting Senior Scientist at Hewlett-Packard Labs. He is a winner of the INFORMS Award for the Teaching of Operations Research practice and several research awards. He earned a B.A. in mathematical sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1972 and a Ph.D. in OR from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975.