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lec1 - IE221 Operations Research Probabilistic Methods Fall...

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1 Tue, 28 Aug 2001 IE221: Lecture 1 1 IE221: Operations Research – Probabilistic Methods Fall 2001 Lehigh University IMSE Department Tue, 28 Aug 2001 IE221: Lecture 1 2 History of OR n Britain, WWII (1938). Multi-disciplinary team of scientists explore how to use radar information to deploy and use fighter planes. n United States. Mathematical models (Search Theory) used to develop optimal air search patterns for anti-submarine tactics.
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2 Tue, 28 Aug 2001 IE221: Lecture 1 3 Evolution of OR n OR moves into industrial domain (1950’s), parallels computers’ growth as business planning/management tool. n Focus on development of mathematical modeling techniques to improve or optimize real- world systems. 1951 computer core memory Tue, 28 Aug 2001 IE221: Lecture 1 4 What is Operations Research? n Before : application of mathematics and the scientific method to military operations n Today : scientific approach to decision making. Seeks to determine best way to design and operate system, usually requiring allocation of scarce resources Winchester Warehouse, Winchester, KY photo from www. winchesterwarehouse. c o m
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