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The role of the tutorials is to provide a platform for a more intensive scientific exchange amongst researchers interested in a particular topic and as a meeting point for the community. Tutorials complement the depth-oriented technical sessions by providing participants with broad overviews of emerging fields. A tutorial can be scheduled for 1.5 or 3 hours.


“The State of Operations Research: A 75th Anniversary Perspective”


Greg H. Parlier
United States
Brief Bio
A retired US Army Colonel, Greg was a paratroop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division for 8 years, and served in over 20 foreign countries during 5 deployments and 12 named operations. A West Point graduate with advanced degrees in National Security Studies, Operations Research, and Systems Engineering, he was a National Defense Fellow at MIT, distinguished graduate of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and graduate of the Army War College. Since retiring he has been senior OR analyst supporting Multi-National Forces in Iraq, consultant to government organizations and commercial firms, and advisor to several foreign governments. He served on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses for 12 years and is a past president of the Military Applications Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), was elected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and serves on the board of directors for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). Dr. Parlier is adjunct Professor of Operations Research at North Carolina State University, president of a small OR consulting business, and program chair for ICORES.

Tutorial Abstract:

Early during World War II, a new multi-disciplinary approach for solving complex military problems was pioneered by the British during the Battle of Britain. Combining civilian scientific talent with operational staffs, initially within Fighter Command to operationalize newly invented radar, “Operational Research” rapidly gained credibility within the Royal Air Force and quickly spread to support the US Army, both ground and air forces, as well as British and US naval forces.

Now, 75 years later on this diamond anniversary of the marriage between the art of warfare and the application of the scientific method, Operations Research (OR) appears to be at a crossroads. The current trajectory of this unique professional discipline must be realigned to adequately address ongoing challenges, including the unraveling geopolitical landscape, precarious financial predicaments, and worrisome socio-demographic patterns. Indeed, emerging conditions now warrant a comprehensive assessment of the current state of OR. This tutorial provides a framework for such a review and addresses past, present, and future practice. Enduring principles are derived and opportunities for applying advanced analytics to present challenges are described.

Future directions are suggested which leverage traditional technology innovation, both physics-based and information (IT), along with new management “engines for innovation” to guide transformational endeavors during a period of inevitably disruptive change. Logically structured using descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive analytics within an enterprise systems framework, the new concept of “management innovation as a strategic technology” (MIST) is introduced. Cutting-edge theory, powerful analytical methods, and innovative strategic planning and management concepts are applied to persistent and seemingly intractable challenges. This tutorial simplifies very complex, “large-scale” enterprise systems to enable clarity, provide insight, and guide understanding through rigorous analysis, synthesis (integration), design and evaluation, and change management. In order to fully capitalize on advances in information technology (IT) and rapidly growing “big data” challenges, the complementary power of operations research, advanced analytics, and management innovation for dramatic performance improvement is demonstrated, including cost savings on the order of many billions of dollars.

Secretariat Contacts
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