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Operations Research: A Practical Introduction
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Operations Research: A Practical Introduction is just that: a hands-on approach to the field of operations research (OR) and a useful guide for using OR techniques in scientific decision making, design, analysis and management. The text accomplishes two goals. First, it provides readers with an introduction to standard mathematical models and algorithms. Second, it is a thorough examination of practical issues relevant to the development and use of computational methods for problem solving.


All chapters contain up-to-date topics and summaries

A succinct presentation to fit a one-term course

Each chapter has references, readings, and list of key terms

Includes illustrative and current applications

New exercises are added throughout the text

Software tools have been updated with the newest and most popular software

Many students of various disciplines such as mathematics, economics, industrial engineering and computer science often take one course in operations research. This book is written to provide a succinct and efficient introduction to the subject for these students, while offering a sound and fundamental preparation for more advanced courses in linear and nonlinear optimization, and many stochastic models and analyses.

It provides relevant analytical tools for this varied audience and will also serve professionals, corporate managers, and technical consultants.

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Michael W. Carter is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (since 1981) and founding director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering (in 2009). He received his PhD in Combinatorics and Optimization from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. He also spent seven years at Waterloo as a full-time Systems Analyst in the Data Processing Department. He is a member of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Health Applications Society (of INFORMS), the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) and the Society for Health Systems (SHS). He is the Canadian representative for ORAHS (EURO: Operations Research Applied to Health Services). Since 1989, his research focus has been in the area of health care resource modeling and capacity planning. As of January 2018, Dr. Carter had supervised 23 PhD students and 90 Masters and directed more than 250 undergraduate engineering students in over 100 projects with industry partners. He has over 100 former students who now work in the healthcare industry. He is cross appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. Dr. Carter teaches undergraduate courses in Healthcare Systems and Engineering Economics. Graduate courses include Healthcare Engineering, Healthcare Research and an Introduction to Operations Research for students in a part-time Master of Health Administration (MHSc) in IHPME. He was the winner of the Annual Practice Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) four times (1988, 1992, 1996, and 2009). In 2000, he received the CORS Award of Merit for lifetime contributions to Canadian Operational Research. He also received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto Student Administrative Council. He is on the editorial board for the journals Health Care Management Science, Operations Research for Health Care, Health Systems, and IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems. He is an adjunct scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto ( and a member of the Faculty Advisory Council for the University of Toronto Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and in 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow of INFORMS, the international society for Operations Research and Management Science. Camille C. Price has been a professor of Computer Science at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, and she now continues her academic association as emeritus professor. She has also held faculty appointments at the University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas; Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; Colby College, Waterville, Maine; and Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and was a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Cybernetic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. She holds BA and MA degrees in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and the PhD degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, with graduate specializations in Computing Science and Operations Research. She held a research fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, and subsequently was engaged as a technical consultant for research projects at the JPL. Professional memberships include the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the INFORMS Computing Society, life membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Computer Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Dr. Price has been the principal investigator on a variety of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Texas. She has twice received NASA Awards in recognition of technical innovation in task scheduling and resource allocation in specialized computer networks. She reviews research proposals for the National Science Foundation and the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. She has served as an advisory consultant for program accreditation assessments and curriculum reviews at universities in Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Jordan; and as a member of the research advisory board for the Texas Department of Transportation. As a consultant for IBM Corporation, she has taught courses in advanced operating systems to IBM technical employees in Tokyo, Rome, Texas, and Florida. She has been an editorial consultant and Series Editor in Operations Research for CRC Press, and is currently the Series Editor of the Springer International Series in Operations Research and Management Science. Her primary responsibilities as a faculty member have involved teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science and operations research, serving as graduate advisor for computer science and directing graduate student research projects. She is the recipient of Teaching Excellence Awards from her college and department; and her research interests and activities have resulted in numerous papers published in scientific journals and presented at conferences. Dr. Price's research projects have addressed various topics in Operations Research. Her work on heuristic algorithms for mathematical programming problems has been applied to scheduling and allocation of tasks and resources in distributed computing systems, novel computer architectures, load balancing in multiprocessor computer systems, flow control, routing, fault-tolerance in parallel computing systems, and design and analysis of parallel methods for combinatorial optimization. Ghaith Rabadi is a professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering (EMSE) at Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, Virginia. He received his PhD and MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, Florida, in 1999 and 1996 respectively, and his BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, in 1992. Prior to joining ODU in 2002, he worked at UCF as Post Doc where he led NASA funded projects on developing discrete-event simulations of the Space Shuttle ground processes. He was then a visiting assistant professor at the department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems at UCF. He then worked as a research director at Productivity Apex, a modeling and simulation firm based in Orlando, Florida. In summer 2003, he received the NASA Faculty Fellowship where he worked on operation modeling and simulation of future space launch vehicles at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. For their work with NASA, he and his colleagues were awarded the NASA Software Invention Award and the NASA Board Action Invention Award. In 2008, he received the Fulbright Specialist Program Award to work with the faculty at the German-Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan. He was a visiting professor for one year at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, in 2013-2014 academic year. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Operations Research, Engineering Economics, and Simulation, and collaborated with the faculty on research pertaining to port operation simulation and optimization. In 2016, he received ODU's Doctoral Mentoring Award for advising 14 PhD students to graduation over the past 14 years, and for continuing to work closely and publish with his students. Most recently, he with a team of professors and PhD students received NATO's Global Innovation Challenge Award for their work on humanitarian logistics optimization. Dr. Rabadi's research has been funded by NASA, NATO Allied Transformation Command, Department of Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, Virginia Port Authority, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, MITRE Corporation, Boeing, STIHL, CACI, Sentara Hospitals and Qatar Foundation. His research and teaching interests include Planning & Scheduling, Operations Research, Simulation Modeling and Analysis, Supply Chain Management & Logistics, and Data Analytics. He has published a book, and over 100 peer reviewed journal and conference articles and book chapters. He is a co-founder and is currently the chief editor for the International Journal of Planning and Scheduling.

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