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DTC Science and Technology Innovators Lecture Series

Operations Research in Health Care: Opportunities, Perspectives and Progress


Dimitris J. Bertsimas
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday, November 20, 2008
4:30 p.m. reception
5:00 p.m. seminar

402 Walter Library

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In recent years the availability of massive amounts of electronically available data involving millions of people and the development of new data mining algorithms present an exciting new opportunity for Operations Research to have a significant impact in health care. We present our research program in assessing the risk of patients, their quality of care and also propose a new data driven assessment for cancer research. We also discuss further research directions.


Dimitris Bertsimas is the Boeing professor of Operations Research and the co-director of the Operations Research Center at MIT. He has received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1985, a MS in Operations Research at MIT in 1987, and a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research at MIT in 1988. He has been in the faculty at MIT ever since. His research interests include optimization, stochastic systems, data mining and their applications especially in health care and finance. He has published widely and has written three graduate level textbooks. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received several awards for his work including the Erlang prize, the Farkas prize, the SIAM optimization prize, the Bodossaki prize and NSF's presedential young investigator award. The present talk is part of his ongoing research effort on data based approach to health care.