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"Adventures in Policy Modeling!" with Yale SOM Professor Edward H. Kaplan, London

Tuesday, Mar 12 2013 at 10:15 pm - Wednesday, Mar 13 2013 at 12:00 am EDT

Edward Kaplan, Professor of Management Science, of Public Health and of Engineering, is an international expert in the world of Policy Modeling – applying academic rigour to solve intractable real-life problems. Looking at topics ranging from counterterrorism to basketball, join us for what promises to be one of the most intriguing talks of the Series. When: March 12, 2013, 6:15-8:00pm Where: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 16 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JA Cost: $20 US Dollars Register: Policy Modeling refers to the application of operations research, statistics and other quantitative methods to model policy problems. Recognising that analyses of all sorts often exhibit diminishing returns in insight to effort, through his work he hopes to capture key features of various policy issues with relatively simple ‘first-strike' models. Problem selection and formulation thus compete with the mathematics of solution methods in determining successful applications. Where do good problems come from? How can analysts tell if a particular issue is worth pursuing? In addressing these questions, Kaplan will review some personal adventures in policy modeling selected from in vitro fertilization, predicting presidential elections, suicide bombings and counterterrorism, HIV/AIDS prevention, bioterror preparedness, and March Madness. Edward H. Kaplan is the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Engineering at the Yale School of Management, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. His courses at Yale have included Introduction to Probability, Policy Modeling, Mathletics, and Modeling Infectious Diseases, among others. An elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2003) and the Institute of Medicine (2004), Kaplan has applied operations research methods to study and solve problems in public health, public housing and counterterrorism. His research has been recognized with numerous awards from professional associations and government agencies. For further details, visit

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