The 226th lecture titled “PROBLEM TRACTABILITY AND SOCIAL COMPLEXITY: THE OPERATIONS RESEARCH, INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVE” in the inaugural lecture series of the University of Benin was held recently at the Akin Deko Main Auditorium. The lecture was delivered by Prof. Godwin Chukunede Ovuworie, a Professor of Industrial and System Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering.
The event commenced with an opening speech by the Chairman of the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Osasere Orumwense. The Vice Chancellor intimated the audience on the recent happenings in the university and charged the audience to pay undivided attention to the lecture as he assured the congregation of an impactful lecture.
Delivering his lecture, Prof Ovuworie emphasized on the systematic way of getting large scale system problem solved. Also in his lecture he provided a template which he said have worked for developed countries which we need to embrace in order to move Nigeria forward. In his lecture he ex-rayed the subject of problem solving, with special emphases on problems which solutions, are within the reach of man. He provided well tested platforms driven by a well engineered marriage of Operations Research, Industrial and Systems Engineering for pursuing solutions to large scale system problem with profit. In his lecture he touched on puzzles only in passing, in order to situate properly the problem arising from maintenance and management of large scale systems in all its ramifications.
The inaugural lecturer during in his lecture recommended that there is an urgent need for a paradigm shift in our approach to problem solving. He also advocated that the University of Benin should start a process of getting the University to work closely with the industries around as well as government organization. As part of his recommendation he said the University of Benin should find a way of generating funds to boost the availability of funds for research.
After the lecture, the Vice Chancellor decorated the lecturer with the inaugural lecture medal and ushered him into the Inaugural Lecturers’ Hall of Fame.
Watch the 226 Inaugural Lecture here