Faculty & Research

Robert Freund

  • Theresa Seley Professor in Management Science
  • Professor of Operations Research

Robert Freund is the Theresa Seley Professor in Management Science and a Professor of Operations Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Freund is affiliated with the Master of Science Program in Computation for Design and Optimization. His research is in the area of large-scale mathematical models that optimize or improve the performance of management systems, such as personnel scheduling, capacity planning, transportation and routing, and portfolio selection. His practice-oriented research focuses on applying large mathematical models to complex management and engineering problems, while his more theory-oriented research concerns the underlying mathematical structure of optimization models in general.

Freund’s most recent studies have looked at real-time computer pattern recognition, cluster analysis in data mining, and dynamic conjoint analysis for new product development. His textbook, Data, Models, and Decisions (Dynamic Ideas, 2004), co-written with Dimitris Bertsimas, presents the fundamental techniques of management science, including decision trees, probability, statistical inference, regression models, simulation models, and linear and nonlinear optimization models.

Freund holds a BA in mathematics from Princeton University and an MS and a PhD in operations research from Stanford University.