Readings

Some readings refer to sections of the course textbook, which is Baker, Kenneth R., Optimization: A Spreadsheet-Based Approach, Duxbury Press, 2003.

WEEK # SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 1 Introduction and Overview Baker: 1 & 2.1 - 2.19
  2 LP (Linear Programming) - Introduction, Formulations and Geometry Baker: Appendix 2A
  3 LP (Linear Programming) - Example Red Brand Case: Wilson, Robert B. Red Brand Canners. Stanford University, 1965. Available through Harvard Business School Publishers, Case No. OSA1.
2 4 Networks - Introduction Baker: 3

Polaroid Example: Tactical Shipping and Scheduling at Polaroid with Dual Lead-Times (PDF) - Paper courtesy of Kermit Threatte and Stephen C. Graves, October, 2001. Used with permission.

  5 LP (Linear Programming) - Example Filatoi Riuniti Case: at the end of Chapter 7 in Bertsimas, D., and R. Freund. Data Models, and Decisions: The Fundamentals of Management Science. Southwestern College Publishing, 2000.
3 6 LP (Linear Programming) - Example: Tony Palumbo, Ford Ford Case: Carmelo Anthony Palumbo under the direction of Stephen C. Graves. Ford Pan-European Durable Containers. MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Program, 2002.
  7 LP (Linear Programming) - Solution Methods and Sensitivity Analysis Baker: 5
4 8 Integer Programming - Formulations Baker: 6.1 - 6.27
  9 Integer Programming - Algorithms Baker: 6.28 - 6.33
  10 Integer Programming - Heuristics Baker: 8 (Skim)
5 11 Debriefing of Inventory Simulation (with 15.761)  
  12 Stochastic LP (Linear Programming) Baker: 2.20 - 2.26

Red Brand (B) Case: Wilson, Robert B. Red Brand Canners (B). Stanford University, 1965. Available through Harvard Business School Publishers, Case No. OSA1.

  13 Optimization in Practice: John Bean, Intel  
6 14 Introduction, Simulation Process and Stochastic Modeling Simulation Module Outline ClearPictures, Inc.
  15 Monte-Carlo Theory and Examples (with Crystal Ball®) Probability/Statistics Review 1
7 16 Ontario Gateway Case Discussion Ontario Gateway: at the end of Chapter 5 in Bertsimas, D., and R. Freund. Data Models, and Decisions: The Fundamentals of Management Science. Southwestern College Publishing, 2000.
  17 Discrete-Event Framework and Examples (with SIMUL8®) Introduction to SIMUL8® (Adapted for 15.066J from some of SIMUL8 Corporation’s training material.)
  18 Theory of Constraints (Joint Session with 15.761)  
8 19 Discrete-Event Case Discussion

Discrete-Event Case: Human Genome Project (PDF) - Paper courtesy of Jérémie Gallien and Scott A. Rosenberg, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2003. Used with permission.

  20 Experimental Design and Simulation Analysis Probability/Statistics Review 2
  21 Advanced Modeling, Simulation-Based Optimization  
9 22 Non Linear Programming - Formulations Baker: 7
  23 NLP (Non Linear Programming) - Examples and Algorithms DeWitt, Charles. Apollo Paper Company case study. MIT Sloan School of Management. Unpublished.
10 24 Project Presentations  
  25 Project Presentations  
  26 Project Presentations and Class Summary

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