Past Webinars

Operations Optimization Applications at General Electric

Speaker: Srinivas Bollapragada 

During my career spanning over two decades at GE Research Center, I had the opportunity to develop solutions to several complex operations optimization problems facing the company. I will share some those solutions which we had implemented in a number of industries including aviation, renewables, energy, healthcare, rail, finance, and broadcasting.


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    The Princeton 20: A Framework for Identifying and Managing AI Project Risk

    Speaker: Steve Sashihara

    For 40 years, Princeton Consultants has had the privilege to work with many of the world's most successful companies to improve their core business processes with AI and Optimization. Our clients have spanned virtually every industry: Transportation and Logistics, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Manufacturing and Distribution, Media and Technology, E-commerce and Retail, Education and Government, and Financial Services. Throughout this time, we have come to believe that the hardest part of any project is "Deployment" -- the phase where a promising innovation moves from the laboratory to broad field production. In this talk, Steve will present "The Princeton 20," an internally developed framework we use to identify and manage the most important risk factors for the Deployment of an AI/Optimization system, independent of industry or application.


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      Building a Vibrant Enterprise Analytics Organization at Meta (Facebook)

      Speakers: Dr. JP Loose and Dr. Julie Ward Drew, Meta

      Meta's Enterprise Products team develops and maintains scalable products that power the enterprise. JP and Julie will describe the Enterprise Products Analytics organization, the roles within the team, how we recruit and retain talent, and how we enable step-level improvements in enterprise productivity.


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        Using AI to Co-develop New Product Formulations and the Future of Flavor Innovation

        Speaker: Robin Lougee, The National Academies

        Each year, more than 30,000 new consumer products are launched. An estimated 80% fail. In this presentation, I will introduce “computational creativity,” present challenges in new product creation and share results from a novel AI system that helps product developers more efficiently and effectively create new product experiences.


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          Advanced Analytics in the Land of MOORE’S LAW

          Speaker: Karl Kempf, Intel

          The Decision Engineering Group was founded at Intel Corporation in August 1987. For the first 20 years, we focused on manufacturing and supply chain problems, then in 2007  expanded our scope to include product design and development problems. I will briefly describe the major projects over this time. Then I will present a few of the basics of how the group is constituted – how we pick projects – our development process – interactions with our internal customers – and more. 


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            O.R. for Social Good Practical Implementations

            Speaker: Dr. Natalia Summerville, SAS Institute

            Natalia will provide overview of four Data4Good Optimization applications:

            • Medical Resource Optimization for Cleveland Clinic
            • Student Monitor Optimization for Boston Public Schools
            • Collection Site Optimization for Mothers Milk Bank
            • Back-to-School Optimization for Durham Public Schools

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              Driving Business Value at Ford through Analytics

              Speaker: Erica Klampfl, Ford Motor Company

              Ford Motor Company and the automotive industry have a long history of applying analytics to solve tough business problems. New technology, data sources and analytics methodology are unlocking business value and enabling Ford to address some of the most challenging problems facing the industry.  Erica will share her lessons learned from leading an analytics organization at Ford.

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              Deep Transformation with Smart Supply Chain Digitization

              Speaker: David Simchi-Levi, MIT

              The presentation is focused on a practical supply chain digitization strategy that includes three important components: a unified, single, view of demand; supply chain segmentation; and smart planning and execution, all of which are powered by Digitization, Analytics and Automation.

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              Veritec Solutions Revolutionizes Self Storage Pricing Practices

              Speaker: Dr. Warren H. Lieberman, Veritec

              Using customer segmentation techniques in a new and innovative manner, we highlight an automated and dynamic capability known as Value Pricing. Without using purchase fences/restrictions, Value Pricing allows offering customers multiple rates for a product previously offered at a single price. By introducing the concept of “dynamic relative desirability,” Value Pricing enables greater revenue gains than the static inventory allocation approach used in some industries to differentiate inventory, such as the seat selection process for airlines, where certain types of seats are sold for premiums. We will show how Value Pricing is incorporated into the websites of several companies.

              The increased revenues made possible by these methods is a “game changer” for many self-storage companies. The President of one company has described it as the “next step in self storage evolving and growing.”

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              Building and Sustaining Analytics at Chevron

              Speaker: Margery Connor, Chevron

              Chevron and the energy industry have a long history of applying analytics to solve tough business problems. See examples in this article. With the business challenges and the technologies to solve them growing dramatically over the past decade, building an analytics team of the appropriate size and skillset has been a moving target. Margery will share her lessons learned from leading the analytics organization at Chevron.

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              Predictive Models for Optimizing Imaging Decisions for Detection of Metastatic Prostate Cancer

              Speaker: Dr. Brian Denton, University of Michigan

              We used data-analytics approaches to develop, calibrate, and validate predictive models, to help urologists in a large state-wide collaborative make prostate cancer staging decisions on the basis of individual patient risk factors. The models we developed predict the probability a patient who receives radiographic imaging will have metastatic cancer. The models were developed using observational data for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. We experimented with a variety of machine learning methods and compared their performance at predicting outcomes of imaging. The models were validated using statistical methods based on bootstrapping and subsequent evaluation on out-of-sample data. These models were used to design guidelines that seek to optimally weigh the benefits and harms of radiological imaging for detection of metastatic prostate cancer. The Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative, a state-wide medical collaborative, implemented these guidelines, which were predicted to reduce unnecessary imaging by more than 40% and limit the percentage of patients with missed metastatic disease to be less than 1%. The effects of the guidelines were measured post-implementation to confirm their impact on reducing unnecessary imaging across the state of Michigan.

              Co-authors:
              Selin Merdan, Christine Barnett
              Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
              James E. Montie, David C. Miller
              Department of Urology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,
              Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative, Ann Arbor, MI

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              Model Serving and MLOps

              Speaker: Dr. Diego Klabjan, Northwestern University and Center for Deep Learning

              Advanced analytics, in particular deep learning and real-time decision making, is ready to take the next step to transition to production and operations where MLOps and DevOps become crucial. Model serving, one of the most important part of MlOps, possesses unique challenges not present in training. We will discuss differences and challenges, and common solution principles and frameworks. You will learn the concepts of drift detection, monitoring, and feature stores. IoT use cases will be discussed

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              Optimization: It’s Math and Psychology

              Speaker: Jack Levis, retired

              Turning data into a business advantage through optimization is the goal of most organizations. The ever growing availability of data, along with expanding computing power and tools, opens the door to businesses gaining competitive advantage through analytical processes and skill. But, there is much more to making an impact than just creating advanced algorithms.  Organizations change is also essential.

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              Media Manipulation in the 2020 Elections: Implications for National Security

              Speaker: Douglas A. Samuelson, InfoLogix, Inc.

              Elections have become increasingly driven by images, memes and social media messaging rather than policy statements.  We review some prominent examples from US Presidential campaigns and discuss how confusing and disruptive messaging was used.  We note how these methods could also be used to disrupt defense and intelligence networks and draw some lessons learned about how to increase national security.

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              Analytics for Infectious Disease Control

              Speakers: Dr. Pinar Keskinocak, Georgia Institute of Technology and Dr. Julie Swann, NC State University

              There has been a lot of progress in medicine and science in understanding and preventing infectious diseases over time; however, these diseases still threaten human health. A variety of prevention or intervention measures may be available, and it is important to understand which combination of these measures would be most impactful, when and where, particularly under resource limitations.  In this presentation we will provide examples on how operations research and analytics methods can  be used in supporting public health interventions for infectious diseases.

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              Supply Chain Resilience Through Planning and Design

              Speakers: Zahir Balaporia, CAP, FICO Xpress Optimization and Duncan Klett, Kinaxis, Inc.

              The COVID pandemic demonstrated, yet again, the importance of supply chains and their susceptibility to disruption.

              This webinar will cover processes and technology for measuring and improving resiliency, as well as mechanisms  that allow organizations to respond with confidence in re-planning and execution, enabling a resilient supply chain.

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              Inventory, Packages, Price Points and People: An Inside Look at Leading Technical People

              Speakers: Pallav Chhaochhria, Citi; Pooja Dewan, Otis Elevator; Mallory Freeman, UPS; Anne Robinson, Kinaxis

              How do the best geeks in the industry motivate and manage their technical teams? Hear from:

              • Pallav Chhaochhria, PhD
                Director of Pricing Algorithms at Citi
              • Pooja Dewan, PhD
                VP, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Otis Elevator,
              • Mallory Freeman PhD
                Director of Data Science and Machine Learning at UPS
              • Anne Robinson, PhD
                Chief Strategy Officer at Kinaxis

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              Blood, Sweat, and PPEs: Rescuing Perishable Product Supply Chains and Impacting Policy through Analytics

              Speaker: Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Supernetworks

              In this webinar, Dr. Nagurney will talk about how this pandemic is affecting perishable product supply chains and how analytics can be used to determine the steps for recovery.

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