Project Description

Amedeo Odoni

Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: operations research, airlines


Room 33-218
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.7439
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  • S.B., MIT, 1965
  • S.M., MIT, 1967
  • Ph.D., MIT, 1969

Research Interests

Professor Odoni’s research interests are in applied probability theory, stochastic processes and decision-making under uncertainty, principally in air transportation system infrastructure. He looks at models and tools for exploring demand/capacity and demand/delay relationships in airports and air traffic control (ATC) and effective uses of available airport and ATC resources on a daily basis. He and his research group develop optimization algorithms for application in real-time flow management of air traffic; dynamic statistical models for predicting the occurrence of various events in real-time, such as the time of take-off from congested airports; a model to compute delays on a network of airports; computer-aided design of passenger terminals; and dynamic queueing models.

He also pursues research in risk assessment for railroads involving the development of a comprehensive safety performance index for railroad operations, as well as the exploratory analysis of data on accidents at railroad grade crossings and development of statistical models for inter-arrival times of very rare accidents. He also works in probabilistic extensions and variations of classical combinatorial optimization models such as the traveling salesman problem.

Teaching Interests

  • 1.200 Transportation Systems Analysis
  • 1.203 Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods

Selected Publications

Professor Odoni is the author or co-author of three books and more than 80 professional publications, as well as co-editor of six books. He served as editor-in-chief of Transportation Science from 1985 to 1991, and is a current or past member of the editorial boards of many professional journals, including Operations Research, Transportation Science, Transportation Research C, Interfaces, and the Journal of Aircraft.