A software tool for teaching management analytics in engineering courses

Rallis Papademetriou

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review


The plethora of management tools currently available presents an overwhelming choice to users of various needs. Commonplace is tools developed for specific markets, like OR/MS used in academia and MPSIII used in the commercial market. MagLab is an intelligent interactive learning environment that provides a wide ranging theoretical content, backed with calculation tools that can be used as problem solvers, implemented in an expandable and integrate-able fashion. The integration framework allows for the masking of the underlying application and applied theory by a highly intuitive and usable interface. MagLab uses the high level scripting language Tcl/Tk (standing for Tool Command Language/Tool Kit), which provides support for powerful GUIs (graphical user interfaces). The use of Tcl/Tk gives MagLab an advantage over existing packages by providing true cross platform compatibility, requiring only a Tcl/Tk interpreter per platform and removing the need for code recompilation. The interpreter is royalty free, which removes licensing issues (traditionally found with cross-platform applications) and allows MagLab to be provided in a run-from-disk format with no installation required. MagLab implements intelligent learning through the use of wizards in order to simplify and de-skill the selection and use of appropriate analytical management techniques. This simplification enhances the learning process and reduces the prerequisite theoretical knowledge required by the user.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015
Event27th European Conference on Operational Research - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Jul 201515 Jul 2015


Conference27th European Conference on Operational Research
Abbreviated titleEURO 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Management Analytics
  • interactive systems
  • Tcl/Tk
  • Intelligent Learning Environment
  • GUI
  • Software for OR/MS Analysis
  • Decision Analysis
  • Education & Distance Learning


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