Colloquium Series

Fall 2021 Colloquium Schedule

Distributionally Robust Facility Location Problem Under Decision-Dependent Stochastic Demand

Dr. Beste Basciftci – Associate Professor, Dept. of Business Analytics, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa

  • Friday, 12/3/2021
  • 1163 Mechanical Engineering




Colloquium Recordings


Optimization Models to Increase Supplier Autonomy and Resource Utilization

Speaker: Dr. Jen Pazour, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Date: November 5, 2021
Duration: 59:55


Sparse PSD Approximation of the PSD Cone

Speaker: Dr. Santanu Dey, Georgia Tech University October 29, 2021
Duration: 1:00:32


Modeling and Analysis of Electronic Services Operations in Healthcare

Speaker: Dr. Xiang Zhong, University of Florida
Date: October 22, 2021
Duration: 52:34

Human Factors and Systems Engineering in Health Care:  The SEIPS Journey

Speaker: Dr. Pascale Carayon, UW-Madison Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Date: April 30, 2021
Duration: 57:24


Human Factors and Ergonomics – The Integral Aspect of Multisensory Medical Alarms

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Schlesinger, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; McGill University
Date: April 9, 2021
Duration: 1:03:59


Power of Monte Carlo Methods- Tree-Search, Convergence and Stability

Speaker: Qiaomin Xie, Cornell University
Date: February 25, 2021
Duration: 1:08:00

Optimal Transport in Decision Analytics

Speaker: Viet Anh Nguyen, Stanford University
Date: February 17, 2021
Duration: 54:50


Large-Scale Optimization for Machine Learning and Data Science

Speaker: Nicolas Loizou

Date: February 16, 2021

Duration: 1:04:08

Demystifying (Deep) Reinforcement Learning: The Optimist, The Pessimist, and Their Provable Efficiency  (Access Passcode: @zQfY!59)

Speaker: Zhuoran Yang, Princeton University

Date: February 3, 2021

Duration: 1:13:10



A Career of Risk and Uncertainty

Speaker: Dr. Vicki Bier, UW-Madison

Date: Jan. 29, 2021


Duration: 1:00.01


Active Preference Elicitation via Adjustable Robust Optimization

Speaker: Phebe Vayanos, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Date: Dec. 4, 2020

Duration: 1:01:08



Transportation Polytopes and the Hirsch Conjecture

Speaker: Edward D. Kim, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 46:12


The rest of our Spring 2020 Colloquium Series has been postponed. Please check back with us in the Fall! 



Blending Synthetic Data with Real Data: Modeling Geospatially Detailed Excess Cardiovascular Disease and Social Determinants of Health

Speaker: Mark S. Roberts, University of Pittsburgh
Date: September 13, 2019
Duration: 1:00:18


Mixed-Integer Conic Programming for Learning Directed Acyclic Graphs from Continuous Data

Speaker: Simge KucukyavuzNorthwestern University
Date: October 4, 2019
Duration: 57:47


Tactical Design of Same-Day Delivery Systems

Speaker: Alan Erera, Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: October 25, 2019
Duration: 1:04:21


A Formal Analysis of Masking Between Alarm Sounds of the International Medical Alarm Standard

Speaker: Matthew Bolton; University at Buffalo
Date: November 8, 2019
Duration: 1:01:49



Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approaches to Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections

Speaker: Nasia Safdar
Date: December 6, 2019
Duration: 50:11

Liver Transplant Equity Through Redistricting Optimization

Speaker: Sommer Gentry, Professor US Naval Academy
Date: April 26, 2019
Duration: 56:28


Thoughtful Purposeful Leadership

Speaker: Janis Terpenny, Penn State
Date: April 19, 2019
Duration: 53:38


Partial Symmetries and Grid-Free Algorithms for Cut-Generating Functions in the Gomory-Johnson Model

Speaker: Matthias Koeppe, UC-Davis
Date: March 29, 2019
Duration: 1:02:52



Efficient Training and Inference for Deep Learning

Speaker: Ji Liu, University of Rochester
Date: March 27, 2019
Duration: N/A 


Challenges and Opportunities in Dense Warehousing

Speaker: Don Taylor, Professor Virginia Tech
Date: March 8, 2019
Duration: 51:35


Overcoming the Cost Challenge of the Current Fleet of Nuclear Power Plants

Speaker:  Ahmad Al Rashdan, Research and Development Scientist – Idaho National Laboratory
Date: March 5, 2019
Duration: N/A


Optimizing the Regional Trauma Network via Bi-Level Integer Programming

Speaker:  Nan Kong, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University
Date: March 1, 2019
Duration: 1:01:49 


Effectively Using Negative Curvature in Optimizations and Scalable Methods for Subspace Clustering

Speaker: Daniel Robinson
Date: February 14, 2019
Duration: N/A


Data Analytics for Order Assignment in Last Mile Delivery 

Speaker: Sheng Liu
Date: February 11, 2019
Duration: 59:29


Gradient Boosting Machines: New Insights, Algorithms, and Improved Complexity 

Speaker: Haihao Lu
Date: February 7, 2019
Duration: 57:53


Physics-Based and Data-Driven Pattern Analysis for Improved Manufacturing Equipment and Process Modeling

Speaker: Peng Wang
Date: February 4, 2019
Duration: 58:05


Power System Planning in Disparate Systems: Modeling Sustainability and Electricity Access

Speaker: Destenie Nock, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Date: January 29, 2019
Duration: 57:28


Spatio-Temporal Modeling for Engineering Systems: An Example from Wind Energy Analytics

Speaker: Aziz Ezzat, Texas A&M University
Date: January 24, 2019
Duration: 1:10:00


Reinforcement Learning for Solving the Vehicle Routing Problem

Speaker: Reza Azari, Lehigh University
Date: January 17, 2019
Duration: 1:06:53




From Automated Vehicles To Inclusive Mobility: Challenges and Opportunities 

Speaker: Clive D’Souza, Assistant Professor, Center for Ergonomics, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
Date: November 30, 2018
Duration: 01:03:53



Algorithmic, Combinatorial, and Geometric Aspects of Linear Optimization

Speaker: Antoine Deza, Professor, Department of Computing and Software, McMaster University
Date: November 2, 2018
Duration: 49:56


Two Stage Invest-Defend Game: Balancing Strategic and Operational Decisions

Speaker: Melike Baykal-Gürsoy, Associate Professor, Graduate Director, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rutgers University
Date: October 26, 2018
Duration: 54:21


Journey After Graduation – Engineer’s Day Seminar
Speaker: Rahul Shinde
Date: October 19, 2018
Duration: 44:20


Wind Turbine Reliability and Performance Assessment, and the Data Science Relevance

Speaker: Yu Ding, Mike and Sugar Barnes Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University
Date: October 5, 2018
Duration: 01:10:28


Optimizing the Interaction between Residents and Attending Physicians

Speaker: Hayriye Ayhan, Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech
Date: September 28, 2018
Duration: 01:03:27


Dynamic Learning in Strategic Pricing Games

Speaker: John Birge, Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Distinguished Service Professor of Operations Management, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Date: September 7, 2018
Duration: 01:01:58

Leveraging Network Structure in Covering Path Problems: An Application to School Bus Routing

Speaker: Karen Smilowitz, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Duration: 00:56:30


Spatial-Temporal Kriging and Navier-Stokes Equations: A Prominent Example of Engineering Analytics

Speaker: Jeff Wu, Professor and Coca-Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Duration: 01:00:21


Game Theory Network Models for Disaster Relief (Recording coming soon)

Speaker: Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor, Director of Virtual Center for Supernetworks, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time and Location: 12:00 PM in ME 1163


Binary Decision Diagrams, Consistent Paths, and Combinatorial Optimization

Speaker: J. Cole Smith, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering, Clemson University
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Duration: 00:58:42


Cognitive Systems Engineering and Health Informatics: Analysis Outcomes and Design Implications

Speaker: Ann Bisantz, Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Buffalo
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Duration: 01:02:52


Modeling and Implementation Challenges in Scheduling Medical Residents

Speaker: Amy Cohn, Associate Professor and Thurnau Professor, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering
Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Duration: 01:02:43


Patient Type Bayes-Adaptive Treatment Plans: The Case of Chronic Kidney Disease

Speaker: Reza Skandari, Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases at the University of Chicago
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Duration: 01:02:57


Emergency Medical Response Optimization in Developing Urban Centers

Speaker: Justin Boutilier, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Duration: 01:02:45


Data Fusion and Statistical Learning in Patient Care Cycle: From Diagnosis to Care to System-Level Decision-Making

Speaker: Bing Si, School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Duration: 00:59:05


Using a Human Factors Approach to Improve Health Equity: A Study in Understanding and Improving Communication with Patients with Language Barriers

Speaker: Natalie (Nat) Benda, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Duration: 00:56:54


Towards the Development of Adaptive Multimodal Displays

Speaker: Dr. Sara Riggs, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Clemson University
Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Duration: 01:01:13


Characterizing Occupational Fatigue in Nurses – Implications for the Design of Fatigue Risk Management Systems

Speaker: Dr. Linsey Steege, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Duration: 00:58:46


Cash Conversion Systems in Corporate Subsidiaries

Speaker: Dr. Weiwei Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management, Rutgers Business School
Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Duration: 01:06:08


Direct Digital Manufacturing of High Performance Mechanical Parts

Speaker: Dr. Richard Wysk, Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Duration: 00:57:07


College to Career

Speaker: Denita Willoughby (’88), 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient and Vice President of Procurement at Sempra Energy utilities
Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Duration: 01:08:09


Meta-ergonomics: A Concept whose time has come

Speaker: Dr. Najmedin (Najm) Meshkati, Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Civil/Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Duration: 01:02:50


Sports Scheduling Meets Business Analytics

Speaker: Michael Trick, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research; and Professor of Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business
Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Duration: 01:01:08


Innovations in Virtual Reality – The Changing Face of Simulation based Education

Speaker: T. Kesh Kesavadas, Professor, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Duration: 01:06:30


The Impact of Structure: From Optimization to Game Theory

Speaker: Carla Michini, Postdoctoral Researcher, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Duration: 00:49:13

Attention Management in Complex Data-Rich Domains

Speaker: Nadine Sarter, Professor, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Duration: 01:08:39


Sequential Analysis of Functional Data for Online Anomaly Detection

Speaker: Dr. Kamran Paynabar, Assistant Professor, Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Duration: 00:59:35


Network Dynamics and Systemic Risks: From financial systems to trade to supply chains

Speaker: Dr. Elena Rovenskaya, Program Director, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Duration: 00:55:37


Energy-Aware Manufacturing*

Speaker: Dr. Vittal Prabhu, Professor in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Penn State University
Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Duration: 00:57:15
*Due to technical difficulties the slides are not included in the recording but are in this document: PowerPoint presentation.


Navigating NSF: Funding Opportunities for Operations Research

Speaker: Georgia-Ann Klutke, Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research Program Director at the National Science Foundation
Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Duration: 00:54:54


On Cutting Planes for Cardinality-Constrained Linear Programs

Speaker: Jean-Philippe P. Richard, Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida
Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Duration: 00:55:05


A Multidisciplinary Technology-based Approach to Improving the Lives of Older Adults

Speaker: Sara J. Czaja, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami and Director of the Center for Aging at the University of Miami; Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE)
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Duration: 01:00:34


Learning, Optimization and Incentive Design for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Speaker: Dr. Dileep Kalathil, Postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Duration: 00:54:22


Mathemathical Classification of Bipolar Disorder

Speaker: Amy Louise Cochran, T.H. Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor (post-doc) in the Mathematics Department at the University of Michigan
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Duration: 01:01:04


Mitigating Hard Capacity Constraints in Facility Location Modeling

Speaker: Kayse Maass, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
Duration: 01:04:12


A Transdisciplinary Approach to Teams: Improving Systems through Team Cognition in Multiple Sociotechnical Settings

Speaker: Dr. Nathan J. McNeese, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Scholar in Human Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
Date:Thursday, January 26, 2017


Dynamic Control of a Single Server System When Jobs Change Status

Speaker: Dr. Gabriel Zayas-Cabán, Postdoctoral Fellow/Assistant Professor at the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, Department of Industry and Operations Research, University of Michigan
Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Duration: 00:57:05


Data-Driven Algorithms for Complex Supply Chain Systems with Censored Demand

Speaker: Huanan (Robert) Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Duration: 00:59:46


Perception and Use of a Novel Health IT Application to Improve Care and Family Engagement in Pediatrics ICU

Speaker: Onur Asan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Duration: 00:55:20


Ten Things You Could Do with Your ISyE Degree

Speaker: Kim Christopher, 2016 UW-Madison College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient, Director of Product Management, Optum Solutions and Technology at UnitedHealth Group
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Duration: 00:76:17


When Will My Order be Done?: Approximate Analysis of Queueing Networks with Nonstationary Demand

Speaker: Ron Askin, Ph.D., Professor in Industrial Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Duration: 00:60:03


A Sequential Algorithm for Solving Nonlinear Optimization Problems with Chance Constraints

Speaker: Andreas Wächter, Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences, Northwestern University
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Duration: 00:60:49


Elective Surgery Scheduling Considering Time-Dependent Patient Health Conditions

Speaker: Dr. Yuehwern Yih, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and Associate Director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Duration: 00:52:18


Distributionally Robust Chance-Constrained Bin Packing

Speaker: Siqian Shen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, and Associate Director for Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering,University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Date: Friday, September 9, 2016
Duration: 00:50:14

Intellectual Property Basics and Technology Transfer for UW Researchers
Speaker: Leah Haman, Intellectual Property Associate, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Duration: 00:55:04


Valuing Prearranged Paired Kidney Exchanges: A Stochastic Game Approach
Speaker: Murat Kurt, Merck & Co.
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Duration: 00:59:44


Demand Modeling with Forecast Evolution:  An Application to Production Planning
Speaker: Dr. Reha Uzsoy, North Carolina State University
Date: Friday, February 26, 2016
Duration: 00:58:43


Interactive Team Cognition: From Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Control to Healthcare
Speaker: Dr. Nancy J. Cooke, Arizona State University
Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
Duration: 00:55:10


Collaborative Quality Improvement in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

Speaker: Dr. Richard Hughes, University of Michigan
Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Duration: 00:56:12