UMass Amherst Lecture Series Features Experts in Operations Research and Management

AMHERST, Mass. – Air traffic management, the security of implantable medical devices and vehicle assembly-line problems are among the topics to be covered in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Fall Speaker Series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Sponsored by the UMass Amherst student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in the Isenberg School of Management, the series begins Sept. 19.

All talks take place on scheduled Fridays at 11 a.m. in 112 Isenberg School of Management and are open to the public. After each presentation, interested guests are welcome to join the speaker for additional conversation at lunch at the University Club.

The six speakers are:

Daron Acemoglu, the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at MIT, will speak on “Bayesian Learning on Social Networks” (Sept. 19). Acemoglu is the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal recipient from the American Economic Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His talk is jointly presented with the Finance Seminar Series at the Isenberg School.

Grace Lin, chief technology officer and director of Innovation and Emerging Solutions — Supply Chain Management, at IBM Global Business Services in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., (Oct. 3) will discuss “Enterprise of the Future.” Lin was the leader of the IBM team that received the 1999 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for its role in reengineering efforts that resulted in more than $750 million in savings for IBM in 1998. She is an INFORMS Fellow. Her research has been recognized in Forbes and China News.

Senay Solak, assistant professor in the department of finance and operations management at the Isenberg School, will speak on “Air Traffic Flow Management in the Presence of Uncertainty” (Oct. 24). Solak holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and Georgia Tech and just joined the faculty of the Isenberg School. He served for seven years as a naval officer and also worked as an analyst in the planning department of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Ahmed Ghoniem, assistant professor in the department of finance and operations management at the Isenberg School will speak on “Joint Vehicle Assembly-Routing Problems: An Integrated Modeling and Optimization Approach” (Nov. 7). A new faculty member at UMass Amherst, Ghoniem has degrees from Virginia Tech and the Ecole des Mines de Nantes in France. He has conducted projects with Volvo Logistics North America and Harley-Davidson.

Tom Vanderbilt of New York City will speak on Nov. 14. He writes about design, technology, science, and culture for Wired, Slate, The New York Times and other publications. His most recent book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What it Says About Us) was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review on Aug. 10 and has been the subject of extensive media coverage.

Kevin Fu, assistant professor in the UMass Amherst department of computer science, will discuss “Implantable Medical Devices: Security and Privacy for Pervasive, Wireless Healthcare” (Dec. 5). Fu is the co-director of the Medical Device Security Center and the director of the RFID Consortium on Security and Privacy. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His talk will take place in 128 Isenberg School of Management.

Support for the speaker series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management and its department of finance and operations management, the John F. Smith Memorial Fund, and INFORMS. Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management, serves as the faculty advisor to the speaker series.

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