Carnegie Mellon professor to present sports scheduling trends

Published: Oct 27, 2008 9:55:31 AM
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Michael Trick, professor of operations research at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss "Sports Scheduling and Trends in Operations Research" on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in 3210 Shelby Center. His lecture is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Trick will discuss his experiences in scheduling college basketball, major league
baseball and other sports, as well as major trends in optimization that lead to practical scheduling approaches. He will reveal the quality of scheduling as it relates to the multi-billion dollar per year industry of major league baseball, its teams, fans, television networks and effects on profits and entertainment value.

Trick's research interests include combinatorial optimization and sports scheduling. He is co-owner of a company that currently provides schedules for major league baseball and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) basketball. He is a fellow and past president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

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