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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.

Contact Dr. Khademi about seminar speakers, dates, and times for this semester.

Seminar Series - Spring 2015
Date  Time Location Speaker
February 23 12:20pm - 1:10pm Riggs 305 Jean-François Boujut, PhD
Professor in Engineering Design
Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP)

Title: Industrial Engineering @ Grenoble - Research and Education

Abstract: Industrial Engineering started in Grenoble in the late 80s. At that time a group of top managers and CEOs of some big companies converged towards the idea that we needed in France a high level engineering school dedicated to industrial performance. They felt the necessity to have in their companies potentially high-level managers able to deal with complex industrial issues at the strategic and operational levels. Grenoble has been chosen due to its scientific and industrial environment together with a long history of high-level interdisciplinary scientific research and education. The Industrial Engineering School was born in 1990 with the strong support of the ministry of education and the local and regional politics. View Full Abstract & Bio »

February 27 2:15pm - 3:05pm Freeman 140 Kim LaScola Needy, PhD
Professor & Dean of Graduate School and International Education
Industrial Engineering
University of Arkansas

Title: Creating Quality Metrics for the Capital Facilities Delivery Industry

Abstract: This study investigated quality metrics for the capital facilities delivery industry.  In particular, the researchers aimed to establish a method and a set of standard metrics that can be used to effectively measure, categorize, and benchmark quality performance across the project delivery process. View Full Abstract & Bio »

March 6 2:15pm - 3:05pm Freeman 140 Jeffrey P. Kharoufeh, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Title: Call Center Co-Sourcing:  A Joint Pricing and Staffing Framework 

Abstract: Increasingly, service organizations are electing to co-source some of their customer support functions, especially those handled by call centers. That is, rather than servicing requests exclusively with in-house agents, a portion of service capacity can be delegated to an outside service provider (or contractor) to reduce costs. Indeed, the business of co-sourcing customer service centers has rapidly grown into a multinational, multibillion dollar industry.  However, organizations must weigh the economic benefits of co-sourcing against the perceived (or real) costs of surrendering control of their primary source of direct customer support. Specifically, they must decide how much of the operation should be co-sourced, and how much should be kept in-house, when faced with uncertain and dynamic demand. View Full Abstract & Bio »

March 13

2:15pm - 3:05pm Freeman 140 Stephen Patek, PhD
Associate Professor
Systems and Information Engineering
University of Virginia

Title: Behavioral Aspects of the Artificial Pancreas

Abstract: Behavioral influences, particularly eating and exercise activities, have an important affect on the quality of control, yet these types of disturbances are difficult to log. This seminar will explore the possibility of inferring behavioral disturbances from (i) continuous glucose monitoring data and (ii) insulin pump records, leading to the computation of carbohydrate "net effects" via deconvolution, where a net effect curve describes the estimated rate of ingested carbohydrates throughout the day. View Full Abstract & Bio »

April 3

2:15pm - 3:05pm Freeman 140 Anas Salmi
PhD 2nd Year*, Visiting Scholar at Clemson University
School of Industrial Engineering
Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP)

Title: Deciding the Level of Automation for the Design of Assembly Systems: Systems Modelling and Profitability Considering

Abstract: This project aims at defining a procedure and tool to orient assembly manufacturers in the decision about automation for their assembly processes design with optimal LoA since the early conceptual design phase. The purpose is to fulfill with a least cost the production requirements, considering product parts design and characteristics, assembly sequencing, and manufacturer’s exigencies from different point of views such as quality level, ergonomics, reliability, and preferences about certain tasks executing technologies. Different manufacturer’s constraints have also to be also taken into account in the decision such as social, financial context, as well as the location. View Full Abstract & Bio »

April 17

2:15pm - 3:05pm Freeman 140 Huseyin Topaloglu, PhD
School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
Cornell University

Title: Revenue Management Under Markov Chain Choice Model

Abstract:  A recent choice model is based on modeling the customer choice process through a Markov chain. In this choice model, a customer arrives into the system with the intention of purchasing a particular product. If this product is available for purchase, then the customer purchases it and leaves the system. Otherwise, the customer transitions to another product according to a Markov chain and considers purchasing the other product. In this way, the customer transitions between the products until she reaches a product that is available for purchase or she decides to leave the system without purchasing anything. In this talk, we consider revenue management problems when customers choose according to the Markov chain choice model. View Full Abstract & Bio »