The INFORMS Aviation Applications Section awards a prize for the best dissertation in any area related to aviation Operations Research (including air traffic management Operations Research and/or airline Operations Research). The winner will receive a plaque and an honorarium of $500. Other finalists will receive an honorable mention and a certificate.
Doctoral dissertations meeting the following criteria are eligible for consideration:
- Dissertation must be completed and submitted between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
To apply, submit the following documents in portable document format (PDF) via email to Dr. Alessandro Bombelli (email@example.com), the committee chair, before midnight Friday, July 23, 2021:
- Dissertation must be in an area relevant to aviation research or practice.
- the completed dissertation
- an extended abstract (4 to 5 pages, single spaced) describing the work and its relevance
- a letter of nomination from the dissertation supervisor supporting the submission and highlighting the importance of the research
- a short paper (20 to 25 pages, double spaced) that is based on the dissertation (optional, but welcome)
Dr. Alessandro Bombelli (Delft University of Technology, NL), ChairDr. Mattia Cattaneo (University of Bergamo, IT)Dr. Virginie Lurkin (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL)Dr. Kai Wang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US)Dr. Peng Wei (George Mason University, US)
Keji Wei, Dartmouth College
Schedule Planning and Endogeneity of Travelers’ Decisions in Congested Large-Scale Transportation Networks
David Torres-Sanchez, Lancaster University
Optimising Airline Maintenance Scheduling Decisions
Maximilian Pohl, Technical University of Munich
Runway Scheduling During Winter Operations: Models, Methods, and Applications
Nuno Ribeiro, University of Coimbra
Airport Capacity Management: Towards a Slot Allocation Modelling Approach Compliant with IATA Rules
Gita Taherkhani, University of Waterloo
Hub Location Problems with Profit Considerations
Chiwei Yan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Airline Scheduling and Air Traffic Control: Incorporating Uncertainty and Passenger and Airline Preferences
Heng Chen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Service Improvement and Cost Reduction for Airlines: Optimal Policies for Managing Arrival and Departure Operations under Uncertainty
Virginie Lurkin, University of Liège
Modeling in Air Transportation: Cargo Loading and Itinerary Choice
Virginie Lurkin (Center) with the Prize Committee Member, Alexandre Jacquillat (Left) and the Section Chair, Senay Solak (Right)
James Jones, University of Maryland, College Park
Optimization Models for Speed Control in AirTraffic Management
James Jones (Center) with the Prize Committee Member, Alexandre Jacquillat (Left) and the Section Chair, Senay Solak (Right)
Michael Bloem, Stanford University
Optimization and Analytics for Air Traffic Management
Michael Bloem (Left) with the Prize Committee Chair, David Lovell (Right)
Stephen Maher, University of New South Wales
The Application of Recoverable Robustness to Airline Planning Problems
Clayton Tino, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wind Models and Stochastic Programming Algorithms for En Route Trajectory Prediction and Control
Clayton Tino (Center) with the Prize Committee Chair, Milind Sohoni (Right) and the Section Chair, Thomas Vossen (Left)
Farshid Azadian, Wayne State University
An Integrated Framework for Freight Forwarders: Exploitation of Dynamic Information for Multimodal Transportation
Farshid Azadian (Center) with the Prize Committee Chair, Amedeo Odoni (Left) and the Section Chair, Thomas Vossen (Right)
Bo Vaaben, Technical University of Denmark
Sustainable Disruption Management
Bo Vaaben (Center) with the Prize Committee Chair, Amedeo Odoni (Left) and the Section Chair, Thomas Vossen (Right)
Marcial Lapp, University of Michigan
Methods for Improving Robustness and Recovery in Aviation Planning
Douglas Fearing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Case for Coordination: Equity, Efficiency, and Passenger Impacts in Air Traffic Flow Management
Douglas Fearing receives the award from Prize Committee Member Dr. Karla Hoffman.
Poornima Balakrishna, George Mason University
Scalable Approximate Dynamic Programming Models
Poornima Balakrishna receives the award from the Prize Committee Chair, Diego Klabjan.
Gizem Keysan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tactical and Operational Planning for Per-Seat On-Demand Air Transportation
Gizem Keysan receives the award from the Prize Committee Chair, Amy Cohn.
Mustafa Akan, Northwestern University
Essays on Revenue Management
Mustafa Akan receives the award from the Prize Committee Member, Mirela Stojkovic.