Past Webinars

Addressing Pay Inequity: The Building of an Analytics Startup

Speaker: Dr. Margret Vilborg Bjarnadottir

    

Dr. Bjarnadottir founded PayAnalytics which has grown from a research idea to a solution with users in over 40 countries on all continents, impacting hundreds of thousands of people. The organization now employs 20 people and closed early A funding late last year. In this presentation and fireside talk, Dr. Bjarnadottir will introduce her company, talk about the hurdles, the mistakes, the surprises and the successes.

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    Optimizing Population Management in Correctional Systems

    Speaker: Mohammad Shahabsafa, Tamás Terlaky and Anshul Sharma

    The Optamo team, in collaboration with Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), have developed the Inmate Assignment Decision Support System (IADSS) to optimize the assignment of the inmates to facilities and schedule their rehabilitative programs. Implementation of IADSS has equipped the PADOC to efficiently and accurately make inmate assignment decisions based on legal restrictions and best practice constraints, including security, rehabilitation programing, medical and mental health needs, education and vocational requirements, and distance of the inmates to home. IADSS has enabled the PADOC to reduce the operational costs by $2.9 Million in the first year of implementation and the projection of the savings over five years is over $19 Million.

    IADSS has also been implemented at the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) and has been used for the daily assignment of inmates to facilities and housing units since July 2021. IADSS has enabled the GDC to save millions of dollars annually.

    To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that operations research methodologies have been incorporated directly into the business operations of correctional systems. The successful implementation of IADSS in correctional systems opens a rich and untouched area for the application of operations research and optimization methodologies.


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      Towards Healing Healthcare – Value-Driven, Innovative and Agile Analytics

      Speaker: Janine (Coelho) Kamath

      The healthcare landscape across the world is on a transformational journey which is likely to accelerate recognizing the significant lessons from the COVID -19 pandemic. Many healthcare organizations are rethinking their business model and value differentiation. We can expect analytics, digital technology, consumerism and value-driven care to play a greater role in the delivery of care especially with the growth of telemedicine, hospital-at-home initiatives, and remote patient monitoring devices. Mayo Clinic has a rich legacy and culture of using analytics, operations research, technology and management engineering for sustained excellence in clinical care, research, education and operations. This session will highlight the strategic priorities, novel application, learning journey and key success factors related to leveraging analytics to deliver patient focused healthcare.


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        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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