Spring 2005 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, February 18, 2005

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

Speaker: Professor Catherine C. McGeoch

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Amherst College
Amherst, MA

Biography: Catherine McGeoch is a Professor of Computer Science at Amherst College, where she conducts research in experimental analysis of algorithms, a field which combines the abstract/universal sensibilities of the theoretician with
the concrete/specific needs of the practitioner.  Since 2003 she has been editor in chief of the ACM Journal of Experimental Algorithmics. She was co-founder of the annual ALENEX Workshop (on Algorithm Engineering and Experimentation), and she was the founding coordinator of the DIMACS  Implementation Challenges, which promote experimental research on (you guessed it) algorithms.  

TITLE: What Computers Can't Do For You
Abstract: We are living in a golden age of computing, enjoying unprecedented access to vast repositories of information (and entertainment),  near-instant communication with friends and colleagues anywhere in the world, and powerful computational tools for solving all kinds of problems,  including the types of logistical problems arising in Operations Research. 

The future potential of computing technology seems unlimited -- but it is limited. This talk will explore some results from theoretical computer science that set out the boundaries of feasible computation.  Besides those fundamental boundaries, I will also discuss some practical obstacles to solving every possible problem with computers. 

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, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

For questions, please contact the INFORMS Student Chapter President, Ms. Tina Wakolbinger, wakolbinger@som.umass.edu