CORAL Seminar: Jakob Krarup, University of Copenhagen

Title: How OR found its way into Denmark

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Wednesday 30 August 2017,  at 14:30 - 15:30


Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2621(B), room 122


Marcel Turkensteen

Speaker: Jakob Krarup, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., D.Sc. & h.c., DIKU, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen

Title: How OR found its way into Denmark

Abstract: Operational Research (OR) is the science of decision-making. From its military origin on the eve of World War II, OR has over the past seven decades matured to become a discipline that is recognized worldwide for its contributions to managerial planning and complex operations on all levels within both private companies and public institutions. Besides being an indispensable tool as a means of decision support, OR is today a well-established academic discipline and a field with its own institutions. Thus, OR-professionals are joined in national societies worldwide, assembled since 1959 in the global organization International Federation of OR Societies (IFORS) which again is subdivided into four Regional Groupings. Among those is the Association of European OR Societies (EURO) having as members the national societies of 32 countries notably in Europe.    
     Frederik Johannsen, Managing Director of Copenhagen Telephone Company (KTAS) authored in 1907 the first paper on applied OR in Denmark. Besides, he had a remarkable talent for recruiting the right people including Agner Krarup Erlang, worldwide recognised for his pioneering works as evidenced by his inclusion in 2004 in “IFORS’ Operational Research Hall of Fame”. Also Arne Jensen was employed by KTAS until he in 1963 became the first professor of OR in Denmark and later President of IFORS (1971-73). Furthermore, an OR division was established in 1959 at Regnecentralen (RC), the Danish Institute of Computing Machinery (RC), which experienced its ‘golden years’ up to 1964. Eight former RC-staff members became afterwards full professors of OR or Computer Science and spread the message to various Danish universities.

Organizer: Marcel Turkensteen, CORAL