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15.066J / 2.851J / 3.83J System Optimization and Analysis for Manufacturing, Summer 2003

Flow chart beginning with an industrial problem and ending with a decision.
As this diagram shows, industrial decision-making is interdisciplinary. (Diagram by Prof. Jérémie Gallien.)

Highlights of this Course

Assignments give students hands-on experience at solving problems and developing models. The case studies and other readings provide examples of how system optimization is used in business today.

Course Description

One objective of 15.066J is to introduce modeling, optimization and simulation, as it applies to the study and analysis of manufacturing systems for decision support. The introduction of optimization models and algorithms provide a framework to think about a wide range of issues that arise in manufacturing systems. The second objective is to expose students to a wide range of applications for these methods and models, and to integrate this material with their introduction to operations management.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. Microsoft® PowerPoint® software is recommended for viewing the .ppt files in this section. Free Microsoft® PowerPoint® viewer software can also be used to view the .ppt files.

Crystal Ball® is a registered trademark and CB Predictor is a trademark of Decisioneering, Inc.
Microsoft® and PowerPoint® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
SIMUL8® is a registered trademark of SIMUL8 Corporation.



Prof. Jérémie Gallien
Prof. Stephen Graves

Course Meeting Times

Twenty-six sessions for 10 weeks
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1.5 hours / session




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