# Operations research at Melbourne

## The discipline of Operations Research (OR) provides a scientific approach to decision-making.

## Also known as Management Science or Logistics, OR involves formulating mathematical models of decision-making problems and developing or applying mathematical tools to obtain solutions.

Many businesses and all large complex organisations face difficult decisions on a daily basis, which interact with each other and may have complex repercussions that are difficult to evaluate. The mathematical techniques used in OR are drawn from areas of mathematics such as Optimisation, Optimal Control and Probability and Statistics.

Optimisation, which is concerned with the mathematical problem of minimising or maximising a function or functions subject to constraints, plays a particularly important role since the objective of many decision making problems is to determine the minimum or maximum out of a set of alternatives – for example, a production company wishing to minimise its transportation costs and maximise its workers' job satisfaction. We actively research all the major Optimisation subfields:

- Mathematical Programming
- Dynamic Programming
- Network Optimisation
- Stochastic Modelling.

## Latest news

## Academic staff

### A/Prof Alysson COSTA

### Dr Mark FACKRELL

### A/Prof Charl RAS

### Prof Kate SMITH-MILES

### Dr Matthew TAM

### Prof Peter TAYLOR

### Dr Lele (Joyce) ZHANG

### Prof Sanming ZHOU

## Graduate researchers

### Nicolau ANDRES THIO

### Edward BARKER

### Pamela CANDIDA CORTEZ

### Hritika GUPTA

### Nadhir HASSEN

### Amin KARIMI

### Weerasekara KARUNARATHNE

### Vivek KATIAL

### James KERLIDIS

### Maryam KOLYAEI

### Jae Myeong LEE

### Yuxuan LI

### Kelvin LIU

### Achini Erandi MADDUMA WELLALAGE

### Amy RIECK

### Adalberto SATO MICHELS

### Farhana Ahmed SIMI

### Daniel UTEDA

### Lennart VAN HIRTUM

### Qin XU

### Lijun ZHANG

### Yi ZHEN

## Honorary staff

### Dr Moshe SNIEDOVICH

### Dr Andre COSTA

### Dr Olivia SMITH

## Operations research seminars

We run regular seminars and reading group meetings on combinatorics, optimisation and smoothing methods and splitting strategies. You can find an archive of selected past seminars on the University events calendar.