Business Wire

Gurobi Unveils New Interactive Educational Game Highlighting the Power of Optimization

Share

Gurobi Optimization, LLC, creator of the world’s fastest mathematical optimization solver, announced the launch of their new educational game that aims to show players the power of optimization. The “Burrito Optimization Game” is a free, web-based app designed for data science and operations research students, as well as anyone who stands to benefit from mathematical optimization. In addition to demonstrating the value of optimization, the game also proves its difficulty, as well as the importance of algorithms and solvers in finding an optimal solution.

Gurobi created the Burrito Optimization Game in collaboration with Dr. Larry Snyder of Lehigh University, who explains that at the time he and Gurobi started work on the project, there were several other projects in the data science community that used the premise of locating a hypothetical new restaurant. The projects scored possible locations based on demographics, demand, and other data science factors.

“As optimizers, we know it can be easy to pick the single best location once you have a score, but if you need to pick five, ten, or fifty locations, especially when there are thousands to choose from, that becomes a very different kind of problem,” says Dr. Snyder. “So we decided to use this as a way to introduce the optimization story, hoping that the idea of first coming up with a score for each location and then putting that into an optimization context would resonate, even for data scientists who hadn’t seen the restaurant examples.”

Gurobi’s game is based on a classic facility location problem and allows players to choose the best locations for a “Guroble” food truck, with the goal of maximizing their total profit. For each level, players are presented with a new story, with added complexity, and a set of data to help them make decisions. The data provided typically includes the cost of each truck, the price of ingredients, and the total sales revenue for each burrito sold, as well as scenarios that will impact decision-making—such as disruptions in the burrito ingredient supply chain, or weather conditions that impact a customer’s willingness to travel.

Players can drag and drop their Guroble trucks around an illustrated map, where they can see how many customers are in each building. The closer the truck is to a building, the more customers from that building will be willing to walk to the truck to buy a burrito. Players can see how their profits adjust when they drag and drop the truck to a different location, highlighting the importance of trade-offs in complex decision-making.

Once a player is satisfied with their placement of the trucks, Gurobi will solve the problem and find the optimal solution within a fraction of a second. Players can then see how far they were from the optimal solution in terms of total profit.

The game also provides tips along the way to further the learning experience once players submit their solution. For example, players might be notified that a certain part of the city is underserved, or they’ll see a hint that their solution has the optimal number of trucks, but in the wrong locations.

In subsequent rounds, the game introduces uncertainties for an added challenge. Players need to build their solutions based off of forecasts rather than actual demand in this game—a concept that’s very familiar for data science students. For example, there might be 25 potential customers forecast in a building, but the actual amount could be off by up to five customers. Error bars indicate how far in either direction the actual demands might be.

“What we’re hoping to convey is that if you were to try optimization by trial and error, it’s not only tedious and time-consuming, but it’s also hard to make good decisions,” explains Dr. Snyder. “We also wanted to make clear that although optimization is hard, it’s a mature scientific field with robust commercial and open-source software that can solve these problems for us.”

“We launched this a little while ago, and the early feedback has been extremely positive,” explained Dr. Edward Rothberg, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Gurobi Optimization. “One common response from optimization professionals is excitement about the prospect of having a simple, entertaining way to show the people they work with the sorts of problems optimization can solve and the power that it brings.”

The Burrito Optimization Game is available on Gurobi’s website, accompanied by a series of resources that highlight intended educational takeaways and explain how instructors can teach the game in a classroom setting or how players can use the game on their own.

About Gurobi Optimization

Gurobi produces the world’s fastest and most powerful mathematical optimization solver—the Gurobi Optimizer—which is used by leading global companies across more than 40 different industries to rapidly solve their complex, real-world problems and make automated decisions that optimize their efficiency and profitability. As the market leader in mathematical optimization software, we aim to deliver not only the best solver, but also the best support—so that companies can fully leverage the power of mathematical optimization (on its own or in combination with other AI techniques such as machine learning) to drive optimal business decisions and outcomes.

Founded in 2008, Gurobi has operations across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and has more than 2,500 customers globally including SAP, Air France, Uber, and the National Football League (NFL). For more information, please visit https://www.gurobi.com/ or call +1 713 871 9341.

To view this piece of content from cts.businesswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.

Contact information

Nell-Marie Colman
(540) 952 9719
Gurobi Optimization
colman@gurobi.com

About Business Wire

Business Wire
Business Wire



Subscribe to releases from Business Wire

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Business Wire

Teva Announces Promising Interim Results From Its Study PEARL, About the Impact of AJOVY ® (fremanezumab)24.6.2022 18:54:00 CEST | Press release

Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe B.V. today announces promising interim results from its Pan-European Real World study (PEARL), presented for the first time at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress in Vienna, Austria. The two-year Pan-European Real World (PEARL) prospective, observational study of AJOVY® (fremanezumab), looks at its effectiveness in patients with chronic migraine or episodic migraine, and is an ongoing study sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe BV.1 These findings further offer insight into the treatment of migraine in real-world clinical practice. The interim findings were presented by Faisal Mohammad Amin, Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Out of the total planned 1100 patients in PEARL, 389 patients are included in the interim analysis presented. These findings show that 54.7% of patients in the study had their monthly-migraine-days reduced by 50% or more, over the six-month period from the start of treatment. Addit

Brigade-M3 European Acquisition Corp. 2021 Annual Report24.6.2022 16:59:00 CEST | Press release

Brigade-M3 European Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”), a special purpose acquisition company that was incorporated on 21 April 2021 under the laws of the Cayman Islands as an exempted company with limited liability and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam, today published its annual report for the period 21 April 2021 to 31 December 2021. The full report can be downloaded from the Company’s website via the following link: https://www.brigadem3eac.com/documents IMPORTANT INFORMATION This press release contains information that qualifies as inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation. DISCLAIMER This announcement is not for distribution or release, directly or indirectly, and should not be distributed in or sent into, the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Cayman Islands or South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which such distribution or release would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures. This announcement does n

PUMA Kicks Off Its Largest Web3 Collaboration To Date, with 10KTF Shop24.6.2022 16:41:00 CEST | Press release

PUMA has entered New Tokyo, the virtual city 10KTF calls home. The shop is known for its streetwear offerings and is owned by Wagmi-san, a digital artisan whose collections and NFT community recently welcomed the global sports brand. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220624005314/en/ PUMA Kicks Off Its Largest Web3 Collaboration To Date, with 10KTF Shop PUMA has entered New Tokyo, the virtual city 10KTF calls home. The shop is known for its streetwear offerings and is owned by Wagmi-san, a digital artisan whose collections and NFT community recently welcomed the global sports brand. (Photo: Business Wire) News of the partnership was shared at an event hosted by 10KTF last night in New York. Their event was one of many hosted during the week of NFT.NYC, a conference attended by crypto industry professionals, traders, and other web3 enthusiasts. The official announcement confirms weeks of speculation after PUMA tw

Suzano outlines ESG milestone achievements and commitments at second annual ESG call24.6.2022 16:14:00 CEST | Press release

Suzano, the world’s largest hardwood pulp producer, today held its second annual ESG Call centered around its ambition to be a ‘regenerative company for a regenerative society’. Today’s ESG Call spotlighted measurable progress and ambitions across three core areas of action: climate change, biodiversity and social development. On Climate Change, the ACT initiative of the French Government and CDP scored Suzano ahead of its pulp and paper industry peers in virtually every metric. In 2021, Suzano brought forward its target for removing 40 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere from 2030 to 2025 which is being achieved through improvements to its industrial processes, such as systematically replacing the use of fossil fuels at its industrial plants with biomass, and through conversion of degraded land. As part of the company’s social commitments, Suzano launched a target in 2020 to lift 200,000 people out of poverty. This is more than pertinent, given that in Brazil, 10% of th

Kyowa Kirin Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Use of CRYSVITA ® ▼ (burosumab) for the Treatment of Tumour-Induced Osteomalacia (TIO)24.6.2022 15:38:00 CEST | Press release

Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. (TSE: 4151, Kyowa Kirin) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that CRYSVITA® (burosumab) be approved for the treatment of FGF23-related hypophosphataemia in Tumour-Induced Osteomalacia (TIO) associated with phosphaturic mesenchymal tumours (PMTs) that cannot be curatively resected or localised in children and adolescents aged 1 to 17 years and in adults.1 CRYSVITA is also already licensed for use in the rare disease X-Linked Hypophosphataemia (XLH), for children and adolescents between 1 and 17 years of age with radiographic evidence of bone disease, and in adults.2 Also known as oncogenic osteomalacia, TIO is an acquired disorder caused by typically small, slow-growing, benign PMTs.3,4 It is a rare condition with less than 1000 cases reported in the medical literature,4 which mainly affects adults and with a mean onset age of 40 – 45 years.3,5 TIO is associated with p

In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.

Visit our pressroom