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Operations Research A Practical Introduction

    470 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    470 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    470 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

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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.




    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 (www.ices.on.ca) 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


    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,


    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.