Seminar: Understanding Probability & Randomness by İlhan Or

Department of Industrial Engineering

Understanding Probability & Randomness 


Ilhan Or



An IE/OR student becomes quite fluent in probability/statistics by the time his/her course work is complete. On the other hand, probabilistic and randomness considerations in real life remain very much challenging because of, insufficient technical background of many decision makers and experts regarding probability and statistics; behavioral and very much personal aspects of understanding(perceiving) probability/randomness; tendency to seek causality in random environments; technical, behavioral & organizational difficulties in conveying ones models / results / conclusions, regarding probabilistic and randomness considerations, to others; having to live by decisions made by others based  on faulty perceptions related to probability and randomness. This presentation consists of examples from real life.



Ilhan Or obtained his B.S.,  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Industrial Engineering Department at Northwestern University (Evanston, U.S.A.). He was a faculty member at the Boğaziçi University Industrial Engineering Department between 1976-2018. He also held various administrative positions at Boğaziçi University, including the Directorship of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (2006-2018), Senatorship at the University’s Senate (2006-2018), membership at the University Steering Committee (2012-2018) and Chairmanship of the Industrial Engineering Department (between 1994-98 and 2003-06). In the 1983-84 period, he was employed at the Syracuse University (New York – U.S.A.) and at the University of Maryland (Maryland – U.S.A.) as a visiting professor. He received his Associate Professor and Professor titles in 1984 and 1991, respectively. Currently, he is a part time faculty member at the Boğaziçi University Industrial Engineering Department.

Major fields of research and teaching interest of İlhan Or are linear optimization, risk analysis and management and operations research applications in energy planning. He has published many articles in international scientific journals and made numerous presentations in international and national scientific meetings, in these areas. He has also conducted continuing education and training seminars and worked as a consultant to industry in his fields of interest.

Ilhan Or served as an Associate Editor of Naval Research Logistics Journal in the 1993-2004 period. He is a founding member of the Energy Economics Association of Turkey and of the Solid Waste Turkish National Committee; he is a member of the Global Relations Forum, the Turkish Statistics Society and the Operations Research Society of Turkey.


Date: Friday, April 9, 2021


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Meeting ID: 934 3051 2540

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