University of Pittsburgh
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

INFORMS Student Chapter Hosted Events

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April 8, 2010 – Seminar: A Time-based Approach to Modeling Inventory Problems

A joint seminar featuring Kaan Katircioglu, Ph.D., a leading researcher and a consultant in the area of supply chain management, inventory optimization and e-business models at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

Abstract: We will introduce a time-based approach to modeling and solving a class of inventory problems. This approach does continuous review of inventory and updates the system status continuously. It also enables us to calculate best times to place orders to service the incoming demand units. We will present new optimal policies for some problems obtained by using this approach. We will conclude with comments on the potential opportunities for using this approach.

November 2, 2009 – GLPK Workshop

The INFORMS Student Chapter and industrial engineering Ph.D. student Andy Trapp hosted a free workshop on modeling with GLPK, a free software package for solving large scale linear programming (LP), mixed integer programming (MIP) and related problems. Topics covered were as follows:

  • What GLPK is,
  • What GLPK is used for,
  • How it may be used:
    • Via the glpsol stand-alone solver,
    • In combination with the GMPL modeling language,
    • With callable library routines.

The software and presentation materials are available at the following links:

October 23, 2009 – Student Chapter Bowling Night

The INFORMS Student Chapter officers joined current and future members for an informal social/networking event at a local bowling alley.

October 6, 2009 – Careers in Operations Research

Brady Hunsaker of Google Pittsburgh and Mehmet Demirci of SmartOps, a provider of inventory optimization solutions for the large enterprise, held a presentation on career opportunities in the field of operations research for students of industrial engineering.

September 9, 2009 – ESC Academic Year Kickoff

The INFORMS Student Chapter participated in the ESC Academic Year Kickoff, an opportunity for new and continuing students to network with engineering student organizations on campus.

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