Operations – Webinar archive

Plant Breeding: Opportunities and Challenges for Operations Researchers

In this webinar, Dr. Lizhi Wang from Iowa State University will share his decade-long collaboration experience with plant breeders and geneticists. In particular, he will introduce the predicted cross value approach for the multi-allele trait introgression problem, which is to combine desirable traits from multiple plants into one elite individual. The new approach has demonstrated significant improvement over existing approaches commonly used in breeding practices.

A Tutorial on Bi-level Optimization

This webinar will cover the fundamental aspects of bi-level optimization, including popular models for interdiction problem, leader-follower game and mathematical program with equilibrium constraints (MPEC), their structural properties and popular computational methods, and typical industrial applications on pricing, energy market, and system reliability and security.  

Using Operations Research to Solve Freight Transportation Problems Faced by Railways 

Freight transportation by rail consists of complex decision making processes in planning and execution stages.  In this webinar, you will be introduced to important business problems and their significance. 

Fundamentals of Reliability Engineering - Part 1

This is a two-part webinar series which covers the basics and fundamentals of reliability engineering. Part 1 begins with introduction of reliability definition and other reliability characteristics and measurements.

Use Energy to Power a Continuous Improvement (CI) Initiative

Energy management can be used to start or accelerate a continuous improvement program. Energy costs can provide direction to a company's most significant opportunities for improvement. Energy reduction projects can be used as the cornerstone of a turnaround program. This webinar highlights why energy costs can guide a cost reduction effort, how to get an initiative started, and what common pitfalls to avoid.

Project Management: Why it is Needed in the Ever-Changing World 

Jain introduces project management and talks about some of the changes happening in the world today. He then discusses some of the challenges of project management like organizing for projects, managing virtual diverse teams, integrating projects, managing risks, and monitoring and controlling the project.