The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) has released a special issue of Interfaces titled “Humanitarian Applications: Doing Good with Good OR.”
Three professors from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Associate Professor Ozlem Ergun, Joseph C. Mello Professor Pinar Keskinocak, and Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Associate Professor Julie Swann, edited the issue and also wrote the introduction on the importance of using operations research (OR) and management science (MS) in the decision making process to analyze complex situations to have a wider, more systematic approach to promoting human welfare. “These activities cover a wide range of issues from health care and education delivery to developing livable cities and ensuring homeland security, issues that impact the entire society.”
The special issue also includes seven papers that address some of the key problems from the humanitarian and public sectors and suggests potential solution approaches. They are:
Interfaces, a bimonthly journal of INFORMS, is dedicated to improving the practical application of OR/MS to decisions and policies in today's organizations and industries. Each article provides details of the completed application, along with the results and impact on the organization.
INFORMS is the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of OR, MS, and business analytics. The Institute serves as a focal point for OR professionals, permitting them to communicate with each other and reach out to other professional societies, as well as the varied clientele of the profession's research and practice.
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Industrial and Systems Engineering