Profitable sports event scheduling is topic of U of M math
lecture March 4
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 2/23/2009 ) — The University of
Minnesota Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA)
continues its Math Matters Lecture Series with "Sports
Scheduling and the Practice of Operations Research," presented
by Carnegie Mellon University Professor Michael Trick at 7
p.m., Wednesday, March 4, Willey
Hall, Room 125, 225 19th Ave.
S., Minneapolis. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Major League Baseball is a multi-billion dollar per year
industry that relies heavily on the quality of its schedule.
Teams, fans, TV networks, and even political parties rely on
the schedule for profits and enjoyment, says Trick, a professor
of operations research in Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of
In this lecture, Trick will discuss his work in scheduling
college basketball, major league baseball, and other sports,
and show how operations research is revolutionizing sports
scheduling. Operations research is an interdisciplinary branch
of applied mathematics and science that uses methods such as
modeling, statistics, and algorithms to find solutions to
complex problems. Only recently have the computational tools of
operations research been powerful enough to address the issue
of finding "optimal" sports schedules.
The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) was
founded at the University of Minnesota in 1982 as a result of a
competitive national process. It fosters interdisciplinary
research between mathematics, other science disciplines, and
industry in order to find solutions to important scientific and
technological problems. The IMA is funded primarily by the
National Science Foundation.