MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014 Activities by Sponsor - Operations Research Center

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Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Martin Bazant, Professor

Jan/27 Mon 02:00PM-03:30PM 26-168

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling is an international competition where teams of three undergraduates come up with ideas to solve real-world problems using mathematical modeling. The format of the competition is that teams have four consecutive days (February 6-10) to solve and write up a solution to one of three different problems. In this session, we will discuss an overview of the competition, tips for competing, forming teams, and mathematical tools. Teams should be well-rounded, interdisciplinary, and have members that can model, program, and write well. We will help people form teams at the session. We will also select one team to be the local MIT winner of the MCM who will win a grand prize of $300, lunch reception, and the title of MIT MCM winners. All courses are welcome and previous teams are encouraged to compete again! This session is not mandatory for participation but encouraged for newcomers.

Sponsor(s): Operations Research Center, Mathematics
Contact: Angie King, E40-129, 3-6185, aking10@MIT.EDU

ORC IAP Seminar "Analytics and Big Data"

Iain Dunning, Christina Epstein, Jonathan Paynter

Jan/29 Wed 09:00AM-03:00PM E25-111

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

The OR Center participates in MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) by offering informational seminars focusing on the OR Center and on current research and the practice of OR.

The "big data revolution" is in full swing, and as we move into 2014 the true power of big data is revealing itself in a variety of areas. The MIT Operations Research Center has organized a day-long seminar on the uses of big data in analytics, the scientific process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions. Four speakers will present their experiences in using big data for decision making, with applications in finance, retail, medicine, and the use of social graph data to improve services.

Date: Wednesday, January 29th
Time: 9:30am-3:00pm 
Place: E25-111

For all information about speakers, etc, see the seminar website:

Student Coordinators: Iain Dunning, Christina Epstein, Jonathon Paynter
Faculty Coordinator: Dimitris Bertsimas

Sponsor(s): Operations Research Center
Contact: Iain Dunning, 617 304-6934, IDUNNING@MIT.EDU