Seminar: Adventures in Sports Scheduling and Trends in Operations Research

Joint Seminar

Department of Computer Science and Engineering  And            
Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Title: Adventures in Sports Scheduling and Trends in Operations Research

Speaker: Prof. Michael Trick
               Tepper School of Business
               Carnegie Mellon University

Date: March 9th, 2012 (Friday)

Time: 4:30p.m. - 5:30p.m.

Venue: 9/F,ERB LT
            William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
            (Engineering Building Complex Phase 2)

Major League Baseball is a multi-billion dollar per year industry that relies heavily on the quality of its schedule.  Teams, fans, TV networks, and even political parties (in a way revealed in the talk) rely on the schedule for profits and enjoyment.  Only recently have the computational tools of operations research been powerful enough to address the issue of finding "optimal" schedules.  I'll discuss my experiences in scheduling college basketball, major league baseball, and other sports, and discuss major trends in optimization that lead to practical scheduling approaches, with some of these trends only appearing in the last two years.


Michael Trick is Professor of Operations Research and Associate Dean, Research at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon, where he has been on faculty since 1989.  His research interests are in sports scheduling, integer and constraint optimization, and social choice. In 2002 he was President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and is a Fellow of the Society.  The author of more than 50 journal articles and editor of six volumes of refereed articles, Trick is also a the author of a popular blog on the world of operations research, available at

************************* ALL ARE WELCOME ************************

Host: Prof. Leung May Yee, Janny

Tel : (852) 3943-8238


Enquiries: Prof. Nan Chen or Prof. Sean X. Zhou
                 Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management





Friday, March 9, 2012 - 08:30 to 09:30