"We can use some fancy math to predict how long the line will get," Keely Croxton of Ohio State says, then apply it to related problems.
Retailers and manufacturers are anxious about holiday shopping as they monitor supplies on delayed cargo ships.
It will help, but there are other jobs beyond the port that need to ramp up too.
Hundreds of thousands of freight containers wait to be offloaded at ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The longer there's a backlog, the more risk it poses to the recovering economy.
East Coast ports can learn a lot from Los Angeles about handling giant ships.