The Aviation Applications Section of INFORMS awards a prize for the best dissertation in any area related to aviation operations research (e.g. involving airline operations or air traffic management including unmanned aerial systems). The winner will receive a plaque and an honorarium of $500. Other finalists will be considered for 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, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
- The dissertation must be in an area relevant to aviation research or practice.
Submit the following documents in portable document format (PDF) via email to Senay Solak (firstname.lastname@example.org), the AAS Dissertation Prize Committee Chair, before midnight Monday, July 31, 2018:
- the completed dissertation;
- an extended abstract (4 to 5 pages) 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. Senay Solak, Chair
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Emmanuel Carrier
Data Science Consultant
Dr. Bruno Santos
Dr. Richard Wu
Dr. Yu Zhang
University of South Florida
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.