INFORMS Student Chapter Speaker Series: Renata Konrad
October 13, 2017
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst Campus
This talk by Renata Konrad of Worcester Polytechnic Institute highlights how operations research and analytics techniques can be used to address the growing issue of human trafficking by discussing the unique challenges and opportunities for the operations research community.
Human trafficking is a complex issue affecting society and economy. It transcends national borders, is prevalent in both impoverished and wealthy countries, and undermines fundamental human rights. Forced labor and sexual exploitation are estimated to generate $150 billion (U.S.) globally in illegal profits each year, and involve over 20 million victims worldwide. While human trafficking has been studied largely in sociology and clinical contexts, other than a few data mining applications its study in the field of operations research and analytics has largely been missing.
There will be a reception at 10:30 a.m. before the talk.
The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.