D.R. Fulkerson Centennial Celebration

The School of Operations Research & Information Engineering will be hosting Fulkerson100@Cornell September 20-21, 2024 on the Cornell Ithaca Campus, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ray Fulkerson’s birth on August 14, 1924.

The program will start with a general-audience public lecture highlighting the formative achievements of Fulkerson and his collaborators on foundations of both pure and computational mathematics in several important areas, as well as the profound real-world impact of Fulkerson’s work. This talk will be followed by three more technical surveys that will describe progress in key areas to which he contributed: discrete optimization via integer programming; network flows; and extremal combinatorics, perfect graphs & related polyhedra.

We are inviting collaborators, students, colleagues of Fulkerson, and the subsequent generations of scholars in these areas whose work has been influenced by this foundational work, including all Cornell faculty, students over the years, and expect that this will be an opportunity to reconnect in celebrating Fulkerson’s legacy.

Featured Speakers

  • Tom Magnanti
  • Karla Hoffman
  • Ted Ralphs
  • Andrew Goldberg
  • Gerard Cornuejols

A detailed schedule and more information will follow in the coming weeks.

In tandem with this event, the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo will be hosting a Fulkerson Centenary research workshop, July 17-19, 2024.