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Seminar Series

Each semester the Department of Industrial Engineering hosts a seminar series to educate our students, faculty, alumni, and partners. The department invites guest presenters from prominent industrial engineering programs as well as features the research of our own faculty and students.

Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Industrial Engineering Distinguished Researcher Seminar Series
Date  Time Location Speaker
Sept. 1 1:25 - 2:15 p.m. Freeman Auditorium Dr. Robert Hampshire
Assistant Research Professor
Transportation Research Institute

University of Michigan

Title: Systems Modeling for Shared Transportation Systems: Bike Sharing and Ride-Hailing

Abstract: In this talk, we present a quantitative analysis of the pioneering large-scale bicycle sharing system, Ve´lib’ in Paris, France. This system involves a fleet of bicycles strategically located across the network. Users are free to check out a bicycle from close to their origin and drop it off close to their destination to complete their trip. The analysis provides key insights on the functioning of such systems and serves to inform policy makers in other urban communities wanting to explore bicycle-sharing systems. We analyze the Ve´lib’ system from several aspects, including system characteristics, utilization patterns, the connection between public transit and bicycle-sharing systems, and flow imbalances between stations. Since flow from one station to another is seldom matched by flows in the reverse direction, the bicycle fleet can become spatially imbalanced over time. This leads to lower levels of service for users who must seek alternate stations to park or check out vehicles. Using a stochastic characterization of demand and a model developed in prior work, fleet-management strategies to deal with this flow asymmetry are presented. Reliability metrics using this characterization show the performance of the system and help identify stations with capacity bottlenecks. Utilization rates also suggest that close coupling of transit and vehicle-sharing systems are beneficial. View Full Abstract & Bio »

Date  Time Location Speaker
Sept. 25 1:25 - 2:15 p.m. Freeman Auditorium Dr. Renata Konrad
Assistant Professor
Foisie Business School

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Title: Opportunities to address human trafficking using operations research and analytics

Abstract: Human trafficking is a complex issue affecting society and economy. It transcends national borders, is prevalent in both impoverished and wealthy countries, and undermines fundamental human rights. Forced labour and sexual exploitation are estimated to generate $150 billion (U.S.) globally in illegal profits each year, and involve over 20 million victims worldwide. While human trafficking has been studied largely in sociology and clinical contexts, other than a few data mining applications its study in the field of operations research and analytics has largely been missing. This talk highlights how operations research and analytics techniques can be used to address the growing issue of human trafficking by discussing the unique challenges and opportunities for the operations research community.  I will present a few examples of operations research applications in human trafficking and share my experiences of working in the field. View Full Abstract & Bio »

Industrial Engineering Alumni Seminar Series
Date  Time Location Speaker
Sept. 11 1:25 - 2:15 p.m. Freeman Auditorium Mr. Kevin Hovis '05

Announcement: On Monday, September 11, we will have Mr. Kevin Hovis, a 2005 graduate of Clemson’s Industrial Engineering department, join us to give a seminar from 1:25 – 2:15pm in the Freeman Auditorium.  Kevin Hovis has held several positions with various organizations, most recently with the Department of Defense (Marine Corps & Navy).  We are pleased to have him present some of his experiences in how his engineering degree has translated into a career that delved into unexpected applications. 

I hope that you will be able to join us.  This talk will be especially interesting to those who want to know how IE is applied in real settings, especially when those settings involve life-and-death situations.  This will not be a technical presentation with a lot of equations, but will instead be far more on the applied side.  Thus, students of all levels of experience will benefit.

We hope to see you there!


Cole Smith