Stochastic Models in Operations Research

Course Syllabus

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Course Objective

A study of basic stochastic processes that arise frequently in the modeling of Operations-Research problems. Each student is to select and study a research paper, for presentation at the end of the semester. The topic of the selected paper should be related to the material in this course. A list of suggested papers will be distributed later.

Office Hours

Mondays, 3:00pm--5:00pm
Jonsson 4.912


To be announced.


Stochastic Processes, by Sheldon M. Ross, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 1996.


OPRE 6330; or consent of the instructor.

Grading Scheme

Homework: 30%
Final: 35%
Presentation: 35%

Course Outline

Chapters 3, 4, 5, and parts of 6, 7, 8. (Other related materials will be announced in class.)
  1. Poisson (Review) and Renewal Processes
  2. Markov Chains
  3. Continuous-Time Markov Chains
  4. Semi-Markov Processes
  5. Queueing Theory
  6. Stochastic Ordering Concepts
  7. Brownian Motion

Papers Suggested for Presentation