Date posted: 03/08/18

Last week, there was an unusual sight in UC Berkeley’s Industrial Engineering 185 course: stuffed animals.

The toys, called Animoodles, put an innovative twist on the traditional plushie. As students passed them around the class, they found that hidden magnets allowed them to pop off each toy’s head or limbs and mix and match parts with other types of animals. Some put the head of a unicorn on a sloth or switched a lion’s limbs with those of a frog.

Date posted: 03/08/18

The DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS RESEARCH at University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in the department should an opening arise. Positions may range from 11% to 100% time in a given semester, and they may begin as early as Fall 2018. Applications will be accepted and reviewed for department needs until March 1, 2019. We typically review applications for fall course needs in April and May, and in October and November for spring course needs.

Date posted: 03/06/18

Attention undergraduates! The 2018 Jengyee Prize - Leadership for a Better World — is now accepting applications.

The $2,000 prize is awarded annually and is open to all undergraduate students with a sophomore or higher standing, regardless of gender, race, creed, or national origin.

Date posted: 03/06/18

IEOR graduate students Mo Zhou and Yonatan Mintz are addressing exercise commitment issues with a new app that uses machine learning to adjust goals on a daily basis.

Date posted: 03/06/18

While the use of robots in surgery has come a long way with the advent of the da Vinci Surgical System. However, current technology still requires a human mind to operate successfully. The most difficult aspect of building a self sustaining surgical robot is creating a robot with the ability to respond to its changing environment. A small part of that challenge is dealing with a pumping heart and a heaving chest during surgery. These small movements may differ per patient per surgery. Within those variables, the movements are predictable.

Date posted: 02/28/18

After retirement, Dr. Paul Wing (IEOR PhD '71) was worried that without the right education children would be missing out on scientific and technological discoveries in "this amazing period of scientific advancements," so he decided to take action to be sure his local schools were teaching the latest science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. 

Read more at California Magazine

Date posted: 02/07/18

IEOR professor Paul Grigas was recently awarded the National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) grant in the amount of $175,000 to investigate large-scale optimization methods and develop algorithms to improve scalability and accuracy with large datasets.

Date posted: 02/02/18

IEOR Professor Shmuel Oren was recently interviewed by Dr. Ramteen Sioshanshi, professor of integrated systems engineering at The Ohio State University, presented by INFORMS as part of the History and Traditions series.

Prof. Oren was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

Date posted: 02/02/18

By: Jessica Lynn

The night before Nikita Bier launched his app TBH, he was on the phone with his lawyer, asking how to liquidate a business. About three months later, more than 5 million people had downloaded his app and Facebook was acquiring it.