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2020 Virtual Smart-City Operations and Analytics Conference, October 20

  • 1.  2020 Virtual Smart-City Operations and Analytics Conference, October 20

    Posted 10-16-2020 14:50
    Dear Colleagues and Students, 

    We would like to cordially invite you to join the upcoming 2020 Virtual Smart-City Operations and Analytics Conference on Tuesday, October 20 (conference website).

    We are entering an era of great expectations towards our cities. The vision of "smart cities" has been pursued worldwide to transform urban habitats into superior efficiency, quality, and sustainability. This phenomenon prompts us management science researchers to ponder what a smart city means through our lens, what roles to assume, and how to benefit our society. The goal of this event is to facilitate such discussions and interactions by virtually convening a diverse group of leading scholars to share their cutting-edge research as regards smart-city operations and analytics.

    This virtual conference features the following presentations:

    Saif Benjaafar, University of Minnesota,  9:00-9:30 AM 

    Dimensioning On-Demand Vehicle Sharing Systems

    Chung-Piaw Teo, National University of Singapore, 9:30-10:00 AM
    Last Mile Innovation: The Case of the Locker Alliance Network

    Ho-Yin Mak, University of Oxford,  10:00-10:30 AM 

    Dimensionality Reduction for Stochastic Optimization

    David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 11:15-11:45 AM

    A New Approach for Vehicle Routing with Stochastic Demand: Combining Route Assignment with Process Flexibility

    Maxime Cohen, McGill University, 1:00-1:30 PM

    Incentivizing Commuters to Carpool: A Large Field Experiment with Waze

    Anton Kleywegt, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1:30-2:00 PM

    Infrastructure-Guided Self-Driving Vehicle Flow on a Street Network

    Zhenhui (Jessie) Li, Pennsylvania State University,  2:00-2:30 PM    

    Reinforcement Learning for Traffic Signal Control

    Ming Hu, University of Toronto,  3:30-4:00 PM    

    Temporal or Spatial Pooling Solves the Wild Goose Chase

    Marta C. Gonzalez, University of California, Berkeley,  4:00-4:30 PM    

    Deconstructing Laws of Accessibility and Facility Distribution in Cities

    Peter I. Frazier, Cornell University,  4:30-5:00 PM    

    Fighting COVID-19 with Testing

    In addition, we invite our speakers and Prof. Elena Belavina at Cornell University as panelists to share their perspectives on smart cities in two panel discussion sessions.

    Time: 8:45am – 5:30pm (Eastern Time), Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

    Register here for the webinar.  

    We cordially invite you to join this event!


    Wei Qi (McGill) and Zuo-Jun Max Shen (Berkeley)

    Wei Qi
    Assistant Professor
    McGill University
    Montreal QC