Fall 2006 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, October 27, 2006

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Professor Cynthia Barnhart

Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
and the Engineering Systems Division
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography: Cynthia Barnhart is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  At M.I.T., Professor Barnhart has served as Co-Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics and is currently Co-Director of the Operations Research Center.  She has developed and taught courses including Carrier Systems, Optimization of Large-Scale Transportation Systems, Airline Schedule Planning and The Airline Industry.  Professor Barnhart's research activities have focused on the development of optimization models and methods for designing, planning and operating transportation systems.  Her work has been published in several books and scholarly journals.  She has served in editorial positions for Operations Research, Transportation Science, and Management Science, as Director at Large for INFORMS, as President of the INFORMS Women in Operations Research/ Management Science Forum, and as President of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Section.  Professor Barnhart has been awarded the Franz Edelman Prize for Achievement in Operations and the Management Sciences, the INFORMS Award for the Best Paper in Transportation and Logistics, the INFORMS award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and Management Science, the Mitsui Faculty Development Chair, the Junior Faculty Career Award from the General Electric Foundation and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

Abstract: Commercial aviation operations are supported by an extremely complex transportation system, with airports defining the fixed nodes on which the system is built, and aircraft providing the basic transportation services between these nodes.  These services are provided for passengers, who demand transportation between a multitude of origins and destinations, and request specific travel dates and times; and are provided by crews of pilots and flight attendants who operate the aircraft and provide service to passengers.  The process of coordinating the schedules and plans for these various entities is referred to as aircraft and crew scheduling, or airline schedule planning.  In this paper, we highlight some earlier work in schedule planning, describing the approaches taken and the resulting impacts.  We then describe more recent efforts that recognize the dynamic, stochastic nature of the air transportation system and attempt to build improved schedules that are more resilient to disruptions; easier to adjust to realized operating conditions; and achieve improved performance and increased utilization of personnel, aircraft and airport resources.
This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

For questions, please contact the INFORMS Student Chapter Speaker Series Coordinator, Ms. Trisha Woolley, twoolley@som.umass.edu