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About the University of Toronto Operations Research Group

The University of Toronto Operations Research Group (UTORG) is a graduate student-run organization located in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. UTORG represents the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) as the Toronto student chapter.

UTORG serves the interests of the operations research community at the University of Toronto by hosting social and academic events including lunch talks, workshops, distinguished speakers, coffee breaks, and socials. People that participate in UTORG events often find that it is a great way to build a network with students, professors and industry guests. It is also a low-pressure environment under which to learn how to give academic presentations, or even just to get feedback about interesting research directions.

UTORG welcomes new members and ideas about new events. Please contact us if you are interested in giving a talk, holding a workshop, or even if you have some ideas on how we could improve!

You can find and learn about us at : Ulife, CORS Bulletin, MIE, and Facebook.

What is OR?

Operations Research (OR) is a branch of applied mathematics that uses mathematical modeling and optimization techniques to solve real-world decision-making problems. It provides a quantitative approach to optimize industry-driven objectives that are desirable to specific fields of applications. Major methodologies used in OR include simulation, mathematical programming, probability and statistics. Application areas of OR include financial engineering, health care, manufacturing, service sciences, supply chain management, policy modeling and public sector work, revenue management, and transportation, among others.