OR: Changing the Way Firms OperateMember Societies

Andres Weintraub

Department of Industrial Engineering – University of Chile, Chile


An important question in the OR field is how important OR is in actual decision making.Given the number of people working in the field, what has been its impact? Thispresentation shows the significant impact of OR in various applications done by our group.The areas span a variety of applications covering forest and mine planning, distribution ofmeals to schools, management of containers scheduling for a large shipping company,organizing fire truck dispatching, and most entertainingly, scheduling matches for thefootball (soccer)  season. The OR based-implementation for these institutions andindustries, in most cases, had been in place for decades with impacts measured in thehundreds of millions of dollars.