Michael A. Trick
Operations Research has had tremendous impact on companies and organizations over its 70+ year history. Recent advances in algorithms, computing, and data capture have created an environment where our field can be even more influential. By combining predictive analytics, such as data mining and statistical approaches, with prescriptive analytics, such as optimization methods, our field can create systems that span multiple functions within an organization. I will discuss the key trends that are affecting the world of operational research, and illustrate the impact of those trends in my own work in sports scheduling, telecommunication design and other application areas.