IEEE AP-S seminar: The science of airplane boarding


Airplane boarding is a process which is experienced by roughly 500,000,000 passengers annualy.

In the talk I, as time permits, will explain how the boarding process is related to relativity theory, combinatorics, directed growth processes, wave propagation, random matrices, optics, classical queueing theory, modular symmetries, phase transitions,...

 In particular, I will claim that the motion of the earth around the sun is completely random.

 No previous knowledge will be assumed, experience with boarding airplanes is a plus, so please practice.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 06 Apr 2017
  • Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • UT Austin
  • Austin, Texas
  • United States
  • Building: RLM
  • Room Number: 8.136


Eitan Bachmat


Eitan studied mathematics at Hebrew U. and M.I.T. and was a postdoc at Brown, working on arithmetic geometry. He then joined

the computer science department at Ben-Gurion U.

In addition, Eitan has been a consultant to many companies and organizations, large and small, mostly in the area of storage systems, where he is a co-inventor of 37 patents. he has received 3 IBM faculty awardsLately he has also been interested in healthcare and medicine, conducting research in Autism and other conditions, consulting to Clalit Research institute.  The first project in Clalit, led by his student Noa Dagan won the New England Journal of Medicine data analysis challenge. Eitan's work on airplane boarding has been noted by Nature news, the Guardian, the Wall street journal, New Scientist, USA Today and the Sun, among others.