Spring 2008 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, March 28, 2008

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

Speaker: Professor Eitan Bachmat

Department of Computer Science
Ben-Gurion University
(visiting Brandeis University)
Biography: Eitan Bachmat is a senior lecturer at the Computer Science Department at Ben-Gurion University. His research focuses on performance analysis, mostly of storage systems and on applied probability. Professor Bachmat  received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Mathematics from Hebrew University and his Ph.D (1994) in Mathematics from M.I.T. After being a Tamarkin Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brown University, he joined the Computer Science Department at BGU. In addition to his academic activities, he has served as a consultant for several companies in the storage industry and is listed as an inventor on 29 approved U.S. patents.

TITLE: Airplane Boarding and Space-Time Geometry
Abstract: It is hard to think of a process that is more boring than boarding an airplane. In the hope of relieving, or at least shortening, some of the pain, airlines have devised various boarding strategies which lead to announcements like "All passenger from rows 40 and above are now welcome to board the plane, or more recently, "Zone 1+2 passengers are now welcome to board", or even unassigned boarding. In the talk we will try to overturn the negative image that airplane boarding has and will try to portray it as a very exciting process. We will present an analytical model for airplane boarding and try to figure out what are the better strategies. Surprisingly, the model is based on the same math that models relativity theory. In particular, if time permits, we will use airplane borading to suggest a nice interpretation for Einstein's law of motion. The talk is entirely self contained. Partly based on joint works with D. Berend, L. Sapir, S. Skiena, M. Elkin and V. Khachaturov.
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