Upcoming Speaker Topics


INFORMS Atlanta chapter meeting
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Thursday, March 29th, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Newell Brands office @ 3 Glenlake Parkway; Atlanta, GA 30328.  Rubbermaid room


Program at a glance

6:00 – 6:45 pm   Registration and networking

6:45 – 7:00 pm   Welcome and introductions

7:00 – 7:45 pm   Keynote: Dr Sheldon Jacobson, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois: Politics, Gerrymandering, and Dancing Pigs

7:45 – 8:00 pm   Q&A and wrap-up


Topic Overview

Every ten years, United States Congressional Districts must be redesigned in response to a national census. While the size of practical political districting problems is typically too large for exact optimization approaches, heuristics such as local search can help stakeholders quickly identify good (but suboptimal) plans that suit their objectives. However, enforcing a district contiguity constraint during local search can require significant computation; tools that can reduce contiguity-based computations in large practical districting problems are needed. This talk introduces the geo-graph framework for modeling geographic districting as a graph partitioning problem, discusses two geo-graph contiguity algorithms, and applies these algorithms to the creation of United States Congressional Districts from census blocks in several states. The experimental results demonstrate that the geo-graph contiguity assessment algorithms reduce the average number of edges visited during contiguity assessments by at least three orders of magnitude in every problem instance when compared with simple graph search, suggesting that the geo-graph model and its associated contiguity algorithms provide a powerful constraint assessment tool to political districting stakeholders.


About our presenter:

Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Founder Professor of Engineering, and Director of the Bed Time Research Institute at the University of Illinois.  He has a broad set of basic and applied research interests, including problems related to optimal decision-making, aviation security, obesity and public health, and NCAA basketball bracketology (the web site, http://bracketodds.cs.illinois.edu features much of this research). His research has been disseminated in numerous journals, including Operations Research, Transportation Science, and INFORMS Journal on Computing, among others.  His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  He is a Fellow of INFORMS and IISE.


About our chapter president:

John is a supply chain design/strategy professional with 20+ years in logistics.  He currently works for Newell Brands as Sr Manager, Data-driven Insights, Distribution & Transportation where he is responsible for supply chain network optimization and simulation.  Prior to that he worked for LLamasoft as Product Manager and consulting Project Manager.  He has an MBA from Georgia State University with a focus in Decision Science and a BA from the University of Michigan.