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April 19, 2007

Engineering Talk On Operations Research In Medicine Set For April 26

Panos Pardalos, Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and co-director of the Center for Applied Optimization at the University of Florida, Gainesville, will deliver a Caterpillar Colloquium Series Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The lecture, titled "Operations Research in Medicine" and hosted by the UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is free and open to the public.

Pardalos will discuss how operations research is widely used to solve complex and very difficult problems in biomedicine. He will focus on global optimization techniques used in computational neurosciences and data mining approaches used in cancer research.

Pardalos, who is an affiliated faculty member of the Computer Science Department, the Hellenic Studies Center and the Biomedical Engineering Program, has research interests in network design problems, optimization in telecommunications, e-commerce, data mining, biomedical applications, and massive computing. He earned his doctorate in computer and information sciences from the University of Minnesota.

Pardalos is a world-leading expert in global and combinatorial optimization. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Global Optimization, Journal of Optimization Letters, and Computational Management Science. In addition, he is the managing editor of several book series, and a member of the editorial board of several international journals. He is the author of eight books and the editor of several books. He has written numerous articles and developed several well-known software packages. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and other government organizations. Pardalos received the degree of Honorary Doctor from Lobachevski University in Russia, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and in 2001 he was awarded the Greek National Award and Gold Medal for Operations Research.

The Caterpillar Colloquium Series is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at 319-335-5668.

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