NEXT SCIENCE LECTURE: "Waiting in Lines"
Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Muhammad El-Taha
USM Mathematics Department
Waiting in Lines
Waiting in lines (in a queue) at a check-out in a supermarket or at a traffic signal is a frustrating experience to many of us. In addition, the social and economic implications are enormous. Dick Larson of MIT speculates that thirty-seven billion hours per year are spent standing in lines in the United States alone. Queueing theory is a discipline that is devoted to the study of this congestion phenomenon. Its applications also include Internet traffic and Web-server designs, among others. This non-mathematical talk is directed towards undergraduate students and general audience. Only a background in high school mathematics is needed to enjoy the talk.
Admission by donation.