Two days National Conference on Recent Trends in Operations Research was organised by the Department of Mathematics, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani on 22-23 February 2014. The aim of the conference was to provide a platform to the researchers from different parts of the country to discuss the challenges in the area of Operations Research (OR) and their applications in real world.
Speaking on the occasion of inauguration, Director of the Institute, Prof G Raghurama said that Operations Research (OR) is a great tool in decision making. Citing examples of how OR improves the efficiency in cancer research and management of luggage delivery in airports, Prof Raghurama said that OR gives solutions to real life problems.
Chief Guest, Prof. D. S. Hooda, Head of the Department of Mathematics and Dean, Research and Consultancy, Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology, Guna, said that Operations Research evolved since World War II as a scientific method to study the human phenomenon in military operations. To start with, it was used for studying the operating of the radar equipment and its communication networks, expanding later to include the operating personnel's behavior. With expanded techniques and growing awareness of the field at the close of the war, operational research was no longer limited to only operational, but was extended to encompass equipment procurement, training, logistics and infrastructure. Operations Research also grew in many areas other than the military once scientists learned to apply its principles to the civilian sector.
Convener of the Conference, Prof. C B Gupta explained the theme of the conference and said that Operations Research uses various techniques including Simulation, Mathematical Modeling, Econometrics, Numerical Methods, Computer and Information Technology, Financial Engineering, Forecasting, Probability and Statistics and Mathematical Optimisation. The Conference coincides with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Institute, Prof Gupta added.
Head of the Department of Mathematics, Prof. P H Keskar gave a brief profile of the Department and said that 21 faculty members of the department work in various areas of research such as Probability, Operations Research, Numerical Methods, Pure Mathematics, etc. Prof Keskar said that the curriculum of the department has been strengthened under the Vision 2020 programme of the Institute.
Coordinator of UGC SAP Programme, Prof Balram Dubey said that the seminar covers 77 papers which will be held in 7 technical sessions. There are 7 invited speakers, Prof Dubey added.
Prof Chandra Shekhar, Organising Secretary of the Conference conveyed vote of thanks at the end of the inaugural session.
The two days conference focused on the development of new mathematical and computational techniques along with their applications. The Conference provided a means to create a bond among scholars from the different parts for the country with an objective of enhancing awareness of the recent trends and developments in the field of Operations Research.