George Dantzig is considered a founding father of industrial engineering and operations research, but one of his most incredible achievements took place while he was still a doctoral student at Berkeley. Arriving late to a statistics class, Dantzig scrawled down two problems written on the blackboard, thinking that they were a homework assignment. He solved the problems…

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The UC Berkeley Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering (AUTOLAB) was featured in the New York Times today for its research on robotic grasping. The article featured AUTOLAB’s Dex-Net robot which can pick up and sort objects that it has never encountered before using machine learning and neural network algorithms. “What you really want is…

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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…

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Sometimes you can learn more by collaborating with others outside the classroom than you can learn inside of it. That was what San Francisco State University (SFSU) College of Business dean, Linda Oubre, told students to kick off the first ever Bay Area Decision Sciences Summit (BADSS), an event organized by undergraduate students and faculty…

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More than forty students volunteered their Saturday to talk to prospective students, families, and visitors from all over the globe for Cal Day, the University of California, Berkeley’s annual open house event. At the main table in the Etcheverry breezeway, students ran the “IEOR Machine Learning for Automation” program which helped visitors understand what IEOR is, what…

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While the drought seems to flow away with recent California rains, the demand for water in agriculture remains a problem. However, California is not the only place with this issue: all over the world, agriculture consumes at least 70% of the world’s freshwater.  To help address this problem, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided University of…

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IEOR Alum Mauricio G. C. Resende Chosen As INFORMS Fellow For Class Of 2016 Eugene Pang November 7, 2016 Mauricio G. C. Resende was chosen to be a 2016 INFORMS fellow. Resende received his PhD in Operations Research (’87) at the University of California Berkeley. Currently, he works as a principle research scientist for Amazon.com, Inc. According to…

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Professor Xin Guo to Publish New Book on Quantitative Trading Eugene Pang September 28, 2016 Professor Xin Guo, the Coleman Fung Chair in Financial Modeling at the University of California, Berkeley is releasing a new book titled Quantitative Trading: Algorithms, Analytics, Data, Models, Optimization. Guo wrote the book along with Howard Shek from North Dakota State University, and Tze Leung Lai & Po-Shing…

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Rhonda Righter Will Co-Chair European Conference On Queueing Theory Keith McAleer June 23, 2016 IEOR Professor Rhonda Righter is program co-chair for the European Conference on Queueing Theory (ECQT), to be held in Toulouse, France next month.  According to the conference website: ECQT aims to be a meeting place where scientists and technicians in the field can find…

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