Operations research at CSIR: A brief history through cases

  • HW Ittmann Logistics and Quantitative Methods, Built Environment, CSIR
  • FE van Dyk Logistics and Quantitative Methods, Built Environment, CSIR
  • IA Meyer Logistics and Quantitative Methods, Built Environment, CSIR
  • SJJ van Rensburg Logistics and Quantitative Methods, Built Environment, CSIR

Abstract

Apart from work in the mining industry during the 1950s, the first real Operations Research (OR) group in South Africa was established at CSIR in the early 1960s. Those initially involved in this group played a significant role in establishing OR at various universities in South Africa. The OR group at CSIR did, however, continue and today the group still exists. This paper presents a brief history of this group and endeavours to provide a glimpse of some of the projects conducted over the many years since its establishment.
Published
2007-06-01
Section
Research Articles