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Research activities at the Operations Research Center span a wide spectrum of methodological topics and applications, ranging from small, unsponsored projects involving a single faculty supervising a student's thesis to much larger, sponsored programs involving several faculty/staff and students.

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Methodological research includes such topics as

  • mathematical programming and combinatorial optimization
  • solution methods for integer programming
  • interior point methods for linear programming
  • cluster analysis
  • parallel and distributed computation and algorithms
  • network flow algorithms
  • network design
  • probabilistic combinatorial optimization
  • deterministic and stochastic facility location
  • queueing theory and queueing networks
  • equitability in queueing systems
  • risk analysis, stochastic processes
  • classical and Bayesian statistics
  • and decision analysis and statistical decision theory.

ORC faculty are also currently contributing to a wide range of application domains:

  • flexible manufacturing systems
  • financial engineering services
  • marketing
  • transportation systems
  • life-cycle modeling of municipal solid waste
  • air traffic control
  • public services, such as urban emergency systems
  • criminal justice
  • safety and risk analysis in air transportation
  • communication systems
  • nuclear engineering
  • supply chain management
  • industrial production and transportation logistics.

The ORC maintains broad interactions with the national and international operations research community through the appointment of visiting scientists and through seminar presentations by faculty and scientists from public and private institutions as well as other universities. ORC students conduct a seminar series in which prominent OR professionals from around the world present topics in operations research. In addition, the faculty offer reading seminars, in which MIT students and faculty review and present summaries of current research papers on advanced study topics not covered in other courses. ORC faculty and students participate in the Sloan School of Management Operations Management Workshop, which invites faculty and students to present their current research each week throughout the academic year.

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