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Operations research, also known as decision science, is a subsection of applied mathematics that uses various analytical methods to inform decision-making processes. It can be used in agriculture to optimally allocate breeding program resources given project-specific goals (e.g. yield) and constraints (e.g. financial, labor, land). This workshop will walk participants through the basics of operations research, using examples from plant breeding.

Register here (Registration deadline: Friday, May 10)

  • Time: Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 24, 2019 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm, ends 12:00 pm Friday)
  • Location: 135 Emerson in Ithaca
  • Structure: The course will be a mixture of lectures and hands-on workshops with various software tools: Gusek, R, and Excel.
  • Fee: $100

Instructors:

  • Bill Beavis, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Iowa State University
  • Lizhi Wang, Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Guiping Hu, Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Deniz Akdemir, Statistical Consultant, Cornell University
  • Sotirios Archontoulis, Associate Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand roles of climate and crop modeling in designing cultivar profiles
  • Clearly define breeding objectives using measurable metrics based on cultivar profiles
  • Translate objectives into Mathematical Programming Models
  • Recognize various types of Mathematical Programming Models
  • Distinguish single vs. multiple objective models based on inherent trade-offs among competing objectives
  • Apply software with advanced algorithms to solve Mathematical Programming Models