Speakers

Professor Dimitris Bertsimas

Professor Dimitris Bertsimas is currently the Boeing Professor of  Operations Research, the co-director of the Operations Research Center and the Faculty Director of the Master of Business Analytics  at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has  received a BS   in  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the National  Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1985, a MS  in Operations Research at MIT  in 1987, and a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research at MIT in 1988. Since 1988, he has been with the MIT faculty.
Since the 1990s he has started several successful companies in the areas of financial services, asset management, health care, publishing, analytics  and aviation.

His research interests include  analytics, optimization and their applications   especially in health care. He has co-authored more than 200 scientific papers  and   four textbooks, including the book "The Analytics Edge"’  published in 2016.  He is   former area editor  in Operations Research in Financial Engineering and in Management Science in Optimization. He has supervised 60 doctoral students and he is currently supervising 20 others.   

He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and an INFORMS fellow. He  has received several research awards including the Philip Morse lectureship award (2013), the William  Pierskalla award for best paper in health care (2013),  the best paper award in Transportation Science (2013),  the Farkas prize (2008), the Erlang prize (1996),  the SIAM prize in optimization (1996), the Bodossaki prize (1998) and  the Presidential Young Investigator   award (1991-1996).

Professor Stephen Graves

Professor Stephen Graves is the Abraham J. Siegel Professor of Management and a Professor of Operations Management in the Leaders for Global Operations and Engineering Systems Division at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has served as a department editor of Operations Research and the editor-in-chief of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

Professor Graves develops and applies operations research models and methods to solve problems in manufacturing and distribution systems and in service operations. His current research is focused on supply chain optimization, strategic inventory positioning in a supply chain, and production and capacity planning for various contexts.

Professor Graves holds an AB in mathematics and social sciences and an MBA from Dartmouth College and an MS and a PhD from the University of Rochester.

Note: taken from http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-directory/detail/?id=41387

Professor Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo

Professor Zhi-Quan Tom Luo received my PhD Degree in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. From 1989 to 2003, Professor Luo held a faculty position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, Canada and a Canada Research Chair in Information Processing. Professor Luo moved to Minnesota in April 2003 and has since been a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota. Professor Luo also holds an endowed ADC Chair in Digital Technology.

Professor Luo has served as an associate editor of the journals Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research and Mathematical Programming.

Professor Luo’s general research interests include the theory, design and analysis of efficient optimization algorithms with application to data communication, wireless and optical networks and systems, and signal processing. He is especially interested in computation/communication complexity issues arising from these problem areas.

This includes both providing theoretical lower bounds on the complexity and designing efficient methods whose complexity closely match the lower bounds. His current research interest lies in the theory of multi-user communications and the application of optimization techniques to the design of multi-antenna communication systems.

Note: slightly adapted from http://people.ece.umn.edu/~luozq/

Professor Thomas L. Magnanti

Professor Thomas Magnanti is the founding President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and Institute Professor and former Dean of Engineering at M.I.T.  His technical expertise is in large-scale optimization and its applications in telecommunications, transportation, production planning and scheduling, and logistics. He is the co-author of two textbooks (Network Flows and Applied Mathematical Programming) and numerous research articles.

Professor Magnanti has led several centers and programs at M.I.T. including, (i) as co-director the Interdepartmental Operations Research Center, (ii) as founding co-director, MIT’s Leaders for Manufacturing and System Design and Management Programs and, (iii) as founding director, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).  He has served as president of ORSA, INFORMS and IFORS and editor of Operations Research  He has also headed one third of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and has served on a number of university, corporate and government boards and councils.

Professor Magnanti has received numerous educational and research awards including four honorary degrees. He is a member of the U.S. and Singapore National Academies of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University, and masters’ degrees in Statistics and in Mathematics as well as a Ph.D. in Operations Research, all from Stanford University.

Professor Georgia Perakis

Professor Georgia Perakis is the William F. Pounds Professor of Management and a Professor of Operations Research and Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Professor Perakis teaches courses on optimization, quantitative models for managers, analysis of transportation systems, dynamic pricing, and revenue management. In her research, she investigates the theory and practice of optimization and equilibrium problems. She is particularly interested in how optimization models can be applied to solve complex problems in transportation, pricing, and revenue management. Professor Perakis also studies the mathematical structure that lies behind optimization, as well as the equilibrium problems in static and dynamic environments. She has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the PECASE Award from the Office of the President on Science and Technology. She is an associate editor of Operations Research and Management Science.

From 1998 to July 2015, Professor Perakis was also the Co-director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Professor Perakis holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Athens as well as an MS in applied mathematics and a PhD in applied mathematics and operations research from Brown University.

Note: taken from http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-directory/detail/?id=41137

Professor David Simchi-Levi

David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and Chairman of Opalytics, a cloud analytics platform company.  He is considered one of the premier thought leaders in supply chain management and business analytics. 

His research focuses on developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for operations management. He has published widely in professional journals on both practical and theoretical aspects of supply chain and revenue management. 

His Ph.D. students have accepted faculty positions in leading academic institutes including U. of California Berkeley, Columbia U., Cornell U., Duke U., Georgia Tech, Harvard U., U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, U. of Michigan, Purdue U. and Virginia Tech.

Professor Simchi-Levi co-authored the books Managing the Supply Chain (McGraw-Hill, 2004), the award winning Designing and Managing the Supply Chain (McGraw-Hill, 2007) and The Logic of Logistics (3rd edition, Springer 2013). He also published Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations (MIT Press, 2011). 

He served as the Editor-in-Chief for Operations Research (2006-2012), the flagship journal of INFORMS and for Naval Research Logistics (2003-2005). He is an INFORMS Fellow, MSOM Distinguished Fellow and the recipient of the 2014 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice; 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award; 2009 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize and Ford 2015 Engineering Excellence Award.

Professor Simchi-Levi has consulted and collaborated extensively with private and public organizations. He was the founder of LogicTools which provided software solutions and professional services for supply chain optimization. LogicTools became part of IBM in 2009. In 2012 he co-founded OPS Rules, an operations analytics consulting company. The company became part of Accenture in 2016. 

Note: taken from https://esd.mit.edu/Faculty_Pages/simchi-levi/simchi-levi.htm

Professor Brian Tomlin

Professor Brian Tomlin is a Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. His research explores operations strategy and supply chain management, with a focus in the areas of supply chain risk and process innovation. He is past president of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society. Brian has published widely in the leading academic journals and in practice-focused outlets such as the Financial Times and Supply Chain Management Review. He is also a department editor of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and an associate editor of Management Science. At Tuck, he teaches the core operations management class and an operations strategy elective.

Professor Tomlin received his PhD from MIT's Sloan School of Management, where he was awarded the Zannetos PhD Dissertation Prize. His undergraduate degree is from University College Dublin in Ireland. Prior to becoming an academic Brian worked full time for a number of companies, including General Electric and the Boston Consulting Group.

Note: taken from http://faculty.tuck.dartmouth.edu/brian-tomlin/