[ugrads] Seminar 4:40pm, Thursday 9/18

Hemanshu Kaul kaul at iit.edu
Wed Sep 17 15:02:42 CDT 2014

Dear Students,

We have a seminar talk tomorrow at 4:40pm that may be of interest to many
of you.
Students who are interested in Mathematical modeling, Data Analysis,
Discrete Optimization, etc. are strongly encouraged to attend.

Sheldon Jacobson from UIUC is a prominent researcher in operations
research, simulation, and discrete optimization with applications to public
health policy, political modeling, aviation security, data analysis, etc.
The talk title and abstract are given below and at


*Balance Optimization Subset Selection (BOSS): *

*An Alternative Approach for Causal Inference with Observational Data*

*Sheldon Jacobson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign*

*4:40pm, Thursday September 18th, Room 124 E1 bldg.*

 Researchers in medicine and the social sciences attempt to identify and
document causal relationships. Those not fortunate enough to be able to
design and implement randomized control trials must resort to observational
studies.  To preserve the ability to make causal inferences outside the
experimental realm, researchers attempt to post-process observational data
to draw meaningful insights and conclusions.  Finding the subset of data
that most closely resembles experimental data is a challenging, complex
problem. However, the rise in computational power and discrete optimization
algorithmic advances suggests an operations research solution as an
alternative to methods currently being employed.

Joint work with Jason J. Sauppe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Professor and Director of the Simulation and
Optimization Laboratory at the University of Illinois.  He has a broad set
of basic and applied research interests, including problems related to
optimal decision-making, national security, and public health. His research
has been disseminated in numerous archival journals, including *Operations
Research, Mathematical Programming, *and* SIAM Journal on Control and
Optimization, *among others.  He has been recognized with several national
awards, including a Best Paper Award in *IIE Transactions* Focused Issue on
Operations Engineering (2003), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), the
Outstanding IIE Publication Award (2009), and the IIE Award for Technical
Innovation in Industrial Engineering (2010).  His research has been
supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force
Office of Scientific Research.  He is a Fellow of INFORMS and IIE.

Hemanshu Kaul
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Illinois Institute of Technology

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