Please note: this talk will be live streamed to Gates 310 rather than the usual Gates 114.

We consider two operations management problems in criminology: using pretrial release and split sentencing to minimize crime subject to a constraint on jail overcrowding, and using technology (ballistic imaging and DNA matching, respectively) to maximize violent (gun and sexual assault, respectively) crime solving subject to a capacity constraint. We use data from Los Angeles County (jails), Stockton CA (ballistic imaging) and Detroit (sexual assault kits) to guide the development of new operations management models to address these problems.

Lawrence M. Wein is the Jeffrey S. Skoll Professor of Management Science at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He received a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research at Stanford University in 1988. He was a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management from 1988 to 2002. His research interests are in operations management and public health, including problems in mathematical biology and homeland security. He was Editor-in-Chief of Operations Research from 2000 to 2005. He has been awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Erlang Prize, the Koopman Prize, the INFORMS Expository Writing Award, the Philip McCord Morse Lectureship, the Omega Rho Lectureship, the INFORMS President’s Award, the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize, the George E. Kimball Medal, and a best paper award from Risk Analysis. He is an INFORMS Fellow, a M&SOM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.