High-school students are invited to participate in the first annual Operations Research Challenge, a one-day contest organized by Professor Chris Beck
's Toronto Intelligent Design Engineering Laboratory (TIDEL) in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering.
The contest will educate and interest students in operations research, a field of study that, through the use of techniques from engineering, computer science and mathematics, aims to understand and solve complex decision-making problems.
This year, teams of four students will test their abilities to make good decisions in a variety of situations. For example, they will have to choose the best lineup for the Toronto Maple Leafs and see if they can maximize a company's profit. The competition will be followed by a 30-minute "Introduction to Operations Research" lecture by Prof. Timothy Chan
, a discussion of the solutions and an awards ceremony.
Follow the link to register for the event
or to learn more about it. Deadline for registration is March 14th at 8 a.m.