2021年1月18日，【明理讲堂2021年第11期】有幸邀请到美国科罗拉多大学博尔德分校大学Dan Zhang教授为大家带来题为“Recent Results on Approximate Linear Programming for Network Revenue Management”的学术报告，报告采用腾讯会议在线直播的形式。管理与经济学院部分领导、教师、硕博研究生等多名师生参加了本次讲座，主持人为管理与经济学院技术经济及战略管理系李果教授。
Dan Zhang教授在报告中指出，基于线性规划的近似动态规划在最近的文献中受到了广泛的关注。在这种方法中，高维动态规划近似地作为大规模线性规划来求解，以解决维数灾难问题。线性规划公式被称为近似线性规划（ALPs），通常有大量的决策变量和约束。因此，该方法的一个主要挑战在于有效解决阿尔卑斯山问题。基于此，Dan Zhang教授讲解了网络收益管理近似线性规划的最新结果以及在网络收入管理问题上的应用。此外，Dan Zhang教授指出了未来的研究方向和其他商业问题的应用，大家深受启发。
Dan Zhang is Professor of Operations Management at Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Zhang’s primary research interest is revenue management and approximate dynamic programming. He frequently speaks at conferences, companies, and academic institutions, and consults in his area of expertise. Between 2017 and 2018, he is the chair of INFORMS Pricing and Revenue Management Section, an international society of pricing and revenue management researchers and professionals. He was the Department Editor for the Revenue Management and Pricing Area at the journal Decision Sciences between 2017 and 2018 and a Senior Editor for the journal Production and Operations Management between 2014 and 2018. He is currently Department Editor of Revenue Management Area at Production and Operations Management, an Associate Editor at both INFORMS Journal on Computing and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Dr. Zhang teaches operations management, statistics, and data analytics courses at all levels. He also offered PhD level courses on Operations Management Research and Approximate Dynamic Programming at several universities. Together with two colleagues, he has been offering a five-course specialization on Data Analytics for Business since September 2016 on the MOOC platform Coursera, which has enrolled over 130,000 students worldwide. Dr. Zhang held visiting appointments at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and College of Business, City University of Hong Kong. He is a Changjiang Chaired Professor awarded by the Chinese Ministry of Education.