【Master Forum】What is operations research?
Topic: What is operations research?
Speaker: Professor Jim Dai
Date: June 2, 2017, Friday
Time: 16:10- 17:30
Venue: Governing Board Meeting Room, Dao Yuan Building
Abstract：Through a set of examples including semiconductor wafer fabrication lines, customer call centers, data centers, hospital patient flows, and ridesharing systems, Prof. Jim Dai will illustrate the role of stochastic operations research, and stochastic processing networks in particular, in improving the efficiency of many complex engineering and service systems, both at the design and operations stages.
l Elected fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
l Elected fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
l Professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) of Cornell University
l Ph.D. of Stanford University
l Editor-in-Chief for Mathematics of Operations Research
Jim Dai is a professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) of Cornell University. He is currently on leave from the Chandler Family Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has been a faculty member since 1990. He is a Special Term Professor at Tsinghua University and a Visiting Professor in Decision Sciences at the National University of Singapore. For more than twenty years, he has worked on stochastic models arising from communications, manufacturing, and service systems that include data switches, semiconductor wafer fabrication lines, call centers, and healthcare-delivery systems.
Jim Dai received B.A. and M.S. degrees from Nanjing University and a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). His awards for research contributions include the Best Publication Award in 1997 and The Erlang Prize in 1998, both from the Applied Probability Society of INFORMS. He delivered the Markov Lecture at the INFORMS national meeting in October 2012. He is the Editor-in-Chief for Mathematics of Operations Research, a past Area Editor for Operations Research, and a past Series Editor for Handbooks in Operations Research and Management Science.