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Movie Night! Travelling Salesman

"Travelling Salesman’s mathematicians are all too aware of what their work will do to the world, and watching them argue how to handle the consequences offers a thriller far more cerebral than most."

You’re invited to a FREE private screening of the Traveling Salesman on October 29th at GWU! Join fellow OR, Analytics, and Computer Science practitioners for a free screening of Travelling Salesman, a 2012 intellectual thriller film about four mathematicians solving the P versus NP problem, one of the most challenging unsolved mathematical problems in history and one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems selected by the Clay Mathematics Institute to carry a $1,000,000 prize for the first correct solution. The title refers to the Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP), an optimization problem that acts like a key to solving other mathematical problems that are thought to be hard.

The event is co-sponsored by the Washington DC Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (DC ACM), Data Community DC, and the Washington DC Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WINFORMS).

The event is free, although donations ($5-$10) are welcome. Donations are not expected from students or faculty, thanks to sponsorship from the GWU EMSE Department and the INCOSE Student Chapter.

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  • Rob K.

    Great meetup!

    October 30, 2013

  • Janet D.

    Hi Layne,
    This sounds fun! Last week on the PBS NOVA episode, there was a section on the Traveling Salesman Problem too. http://video.pbs.org/video/2365099550/
    That section features Jack Levis of UPS (VP of INFORMS) which starts at 23:56 and the Traveling Salesman Problem starts at 25:30. The show goes on to show a Monte Carlo maneuver regarding boarding planes, which was also pretty entertaining.

    1 · October 24, 2013

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