Optimization Laboratory

316 Transportation Building
Director: Xin Chen

Operations research is a mathematically-inclined discipline with the goal of making better decisions. Specifically, OR researchers and practitioners draw from the areas of optimization, probability, and simulation to model, analyze, and control complex systems. OR techniques are applied to a whole host of problems ranging from managing inventories under uncertainty to better scheduling of airline crews. The Operations Research Laboratory is a new facility located in room 316 of the Transportation Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The lab shall consist of 20 high-end PCs, 10 Linux-based workstations, and an 8-CPU server. In addition, there will be a projection facility to allow for audio-visual instruction of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.