OMEGA Schedule

The Omega Research Seminars are hosted by the Operations Management faculty at the Zicklin School of Business, and primarily focus on operations and supply chain management, and its interface with marketing, economics, statistics, computer science, and information systems. The featured talks will utilize various operations research, optimization and/or economics-based theories (such as game theory, principal agent models, behavioral economics) with business applications in retail, supply chain, healthcare and service industries. Seminars for Spring 2024 will be delivered in-person on Thursdays from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. To receive regular seminar announcements, please contact Prof. Aditya Jain by  email.


Spring 2024:

Date Room Speaker Affiliation Title
15-Feb-24 9-215 Qiuping Yu Georgetown  Racial and Gender Biases in Customer Satisfaction Surveys: Evidence from a Restaurant Chain
22-Feb-24 9-215 Ken Moon Wharton Bringing Data Science to the Management of Workforces
29-Feb-24 9-215 Temple When Less is More: Analysis and Empirical Evidence of Control Limit Strategies in a Diagnosis Crowdsourcing Platform
15-Mar-24 9-215 Maxine Cohen McGill  Incentivizing Healthy Food Choices Using Add-on Bundling: A Field Experiment
29-Mar-24 9-215 Naren Agrawal Santa Clara Dynamic Pricing and Bidding for Display Ad Campaigns
04-Apr-24 9-215 Mehmet Gumus McGill Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: Personalized Delivery and Fulfillment Optimization
02-May-24 9-215 Hummy Song Wharton Redesigning Shift Work to Incorporate Heterogeneous Worker Preferences

Fall 2023:

Date Room Speaker Affiliation Title
7-Sep-23 9-215 Noam Shamir Tel Aviv Information Provision from a Platform to Competing Sellers: The Role of Strategic Ambiguity
14-Sep-23 9-215 Gad Allon Wharton Leveraging Consensus Effect to Optimize Ranking in Online Discussion Boards
28-Sep-23 9-215 Abhishek Roy Temple Collaborative New Product Development: Co-creating with a Shared Supplier in the Presence of a Competitor
5-Oct-23 9-215 Ashish Kabra Maryland Performance Guarantees for Network Revenue Management via Approximate Dynamic Programming
2-Nov-23 9-215 Mohammad Delasey Stony Brook Models for evaluating disease transmission risk in service facilities
16-Nov-23 9-215 Saravanan Kesavan UNC Chapel Hill Augmenting Algorithms with Human Input: Estimating the Value of Private Information with a Large-Scale Field Experiment
7-Dec-23 9-215 Daniel Freund MIT On the supply of Autonomous Vehicles in Platforms


Spring 2023:

Date Room Speaker Affiliation Title
23-Feb-23 Rescheduled Bradley Staats  UNC  
9-Mar-23 14-235 Santiago Balseiro Columbia University The Best of Many Worlds: Dual Mirror Descent for Online Allocation Problems
16-Mar-23 14-235 Anita Carson Boston University Linking Medication Errors to Supply Chain Disruptions: Evidence from Eparin Shortages Caused by Hurricane Maria
20-Apr-23  14-235 Joline Uichanco University of Michigan Overcoming the profitability problem of e-commerce retail using data-driven product framing
4-May-23  14-235 David Rea Lehigh University Who Gets Transferred When Hospitals are Busy?
11-May-23 Rescheduled Wedad Elmaghraby University of Maryland  

Fall 2022:

Date Room Speaker Affiliation Title
14-Nov-22 Hybrid Vincent Slaugh Cornell Service Staffing for Shared Resources
17-Nov-22 Zoom Víctor Martínez de Albéniz IESE Store-Specific Assortments in the Presence of Product Constraints
1-Dec-22 Hybrid Yao Cui Cornell Should Gig Platforms Decentralize Dispute Resolution?

Spring 2022:

Date Room Speaker Affiliation Title
24-Feb-22 Hybrid Mohammad Akbarpour Stanford University Unpaired Kidney Exchange: Overcoming Double Coincidence of Wants without Money
3-Mar-22 Hybrid Pengyi Shi Purdue University Data-pooling Reinforcement Learning for Personalized Healthcare Intervention
31-Mar-22 Zoom Fernando Bernstein Duke University Managing Customer Search: Assortment Planning For A Subscription Box Service
7-Apr-22 Hybrid David Shmoys Cornell University Algorithmic Tools for Congressional Districting: Fairness via Analytics
12-May-22 Zoom Garrett van Ryzin Amazon, Columbia University Labor Cost Free-Riding in the Gig Economy

Fall 2021:

Date Room Speaker Affiliation Title
23-Sep-21 In Person Shlomo Globerson Tel Aviv University Measuring productivity in multi-stage, multi-product environment
21-Oct-21 Zoom Fanyin Zheng Columbia University Private vs. Pooled Transportation: Customer Preference, Environmental Impact, and Congestion Management
28-Oct-21 Zoom Nicos Savva London Business School The Power of Data: Assessing Primary Care Performance Using Routinely Collected Emergency Department Data
4-Nov-21 Zoom Huseyin Topaloglu Cornell /
Cornell Tech
Joint Assortment Optimization and Customization under a Mixture of Multinomial Logit models: On the Value of Personalized Assortments
18-Nov-21 Zoom Georgia Perakis MIT

The M&SOM Journal and a Taste of the Role of Analytics in the Fight of the COVID-19 Pandemic

2-Dec-21 Zoom Brian Tomlin Dartmouth College After-Sales Service Contracting: Condition Monitoring and Data Ownership
9-Dec-21 Zoom Pnina Feldman Boston University Managing Relationships Between Restaurants and Food Delivery Platforms: Conflict, Contracts, and Coordination

2020 – 2021 Academic Year:

4-Sep-20 Zoom Adam Elmachtoub Columbia Pricing Analytics for Reusable Resources
25-Sep-20 Zoom Omar Besbes Columbia Data-Driven Pricing
16-Oct-20 Zoom Karen Zheng MIT Improving Farmers’ Revenue on Digital Agricultural Platforms
30-Oct-20 Zoom Tinglong Dai Johns Hopkins Does Transportation Mean Transplantation? Impact of New Airline Routes on Sharing of Cadaveric Kidneys
6-Nov-20 Zoom Zhi-Long Chen Maryland Nonprofit Peer-to-Peer Ridesharing Optimization
20-Nov-20 Zoom Feryal Erhun Cambridge Rapid COVID-19 Modeling Support for Regional Health Systems in England
4-Dec-20 Zoom Michael Galbreth Tennessee The Impact of Return Logistics on Customer Repurchase: A Service Co-Production Perspective
11-Dec-20 Zoom Necati Ertekin Minnesota Online-Exclusive or Hybrid? Channel Merchandising Strategies for Ship-to-Store Implementation
18-Dec-20 Zoom Lerzan Ormeci Koc Modeling Strategic Walk-in Patients in Appointment Systems
29-Jan-21 Zoom Daniela Saban Stanford Online Assortment Optimization for Two-sided Matching Platforms
6-Feb-21 Zoom Annabelle Feng Purdue Applications of Operational Data Analytics
19-Feb-21 Zoom Kimon Drakopoulos USC Testing for COVID-19: From Modeling to Practice
26-Feb-21 Zoom Anton Ovchinnikov Queen’s Customization and Returns
5-Mar-21 Zoom Dorothee Honhon UT Dallas Buy-One-Get-One-Free: Impact on Waste and Profit
12-Mar-21 Zoom Pelin Pekgun South Carolina Estimating Personalized Demand with Unobserved No-purchases using a Mixture Model: An Application in the Hotel Industry
19-Mar-21 Zoom Rouba Ibrahim UCL Priority Queueing Systems with Deceiving Customers
26-Mar-21 Zoom Felipe Caro UCLA Believing in Analytics: Managers’ Adherence to Price Recommendations from a DSS
9-Apr-21 Zoom Song-Hee Kim USC Eliciting Human Judgment for Prediction Algorithms
16-Apr-21 Zoom Leela Nageswaran Washington Offline Returns for Online Retailers via Partnership
23-Apr-21 Zoom Srinivas Talluri Michigan State Multivariate Process Control Methods for Evaluating and Monitoring Distribution Network Efficiency
30-Apr-21 Zoom Kris Ferreira Harvard Demand Learning and Dynamic Pricing for Varying Assortments
7-May-21 Zoom Nicole DeHoratius Chicago Customer Preferences For Delivery Service Attributes In Attended Home Delivery

2019 – 2020 Academic Year:

19-Nov-19 9-215 Srikanth Jagabathula NYU Personalizing Retail Promotions through a DAG-based Representation of Customer Preferences
26-Nov-19 14-269 Ruth Beer Indiana Increased Transparency in Procurement: The Role of Peer Effects
5-Dec-19 9-210 Itai Gurvich Cornell Tech Dynamic Resource Allocation: On the Geometry of (Bounded) Regret
12-Dec-19 14-269 Vishal Gaur Cornell Consumer Learning from Own Experience and Social Information: An Experimental Study
18-Feb-20 14-285 Sergei Savin Wharton Investing in Performance: Information and Merit-Based Incentives in K-12 Education
2-Mar-20 Field Center Saibal Ray McGill Retail Power: A Double-Edged Sword for Upstream Suppliers

2018 – 2019 Academic Year:

20-Sep-18 14-269 Nagesh Gavirneni Cornell Co-opetition in Service Clusters with Waiting-Area Entertainment
13-Nov-18 14-275 David Dreyfus Rutgers Operating Room Disruptions
27-Nov-18 14-290 Yao Zhao Rutgers Shipping Unpredictable Demand for Online Sellers: Risk Penalty vs. Flat Rate
4-Dec-18 14-275 Andrew Davis Cornell Private Information and Endogenous Matching in Supply Chains: Theory and Experiments
5-Feb-19 14-270 Yunchao Xu NYU On Withholding Capacity From Strategic Patients
5-Mar-19 9-215 Lauren Lu UNC Does Ownership Conversion From Non-Profit to For-Profit Benefit The Public: Evidence From U.S. Nursing Homes
12-Mar-19 14-280 Fei Gao Indiana The Effect of Multi-channel and Omni-channel Retailing on Physical Stores
19-Mar-19 14-270 Vishal Agrawal Georgetown Non-ownership Business Models for Solar Energy
2-Apr-19 14-275 Enno Siemsen Wisconsin  Production Process Moves: Template Use and Barriers to Knowledge Transfer
9-Apr-19 9-215 Mark Ferguson South Carolina Estimating Demand with Constrained Data and Product Substitutions
14-May-19 14-275 Ozalp Ozer UT Dallas Establishing Trust and Trustworthiness in Global Businesses

2017 – 2018 Academic Year:

19-Sep-17 14-240 Wenbo (Selina) Cai NJIT A Principal-Agent Problem with Heterogeneous Demand Distribution for a Carbon Capture and Storage System
26-Sep-17 14-240 Suresh Muthulingam Penn State Does Learning from Inspections Affect Environmental Performance? Evidence from Unconventional Well Development in Pennsylvania
3-Oct-17 14-240 Elena Katok UT Dallas Negotiating Supply Contracts
10-Oct-17 14-240 Kyle Hyndman UT Dallas Understanding the Behavioral Drivers of Execution Failures in Retail Supply Chains: An Experimental Study Using Virtual Reality
17-Oct-17 14-240 Sripad Devalkar Indian School of Business  Payment for Results: Funding Non-Profit Operations
21-Nov-17 14-240 Tingliang Huang Boston College Dynamic Management of Opaque Selling When Customers Use Anecdotal Reasoning
28-Nov-17 14-240 Meng Li Rutgers Beneficial Consumer Returns
27-Feb-18 14-280 Maqbool Dada Johns Hopkins Pricing Ancillary Service Subscriptions
1-Mar-18 14-270 Levent Kocaga Yeshiva Operational Perils and Benefits of Free Trials in Large Scale Service Systems
27-Mar-18 14-290 Gilvan Souza Indiana The Value of Battery Energy Store for Energy Shifting
10-Apr-18 14-270 Maxime Cohen NYU Frustration-based Promotions: Field Experiments in Ride-Sharing
24-Apr-18 14-270 Robert Bray Northwestern Ration Gaming and the Bullwhip Effect
1-May-18 14-240 Robert Swinney Duke Becoming Strategic: The Endogenous Determination of Time Preferences and Its Implications for Multiperiod Pricing
15-May-18 14-240 Ilan Lobel NYU  Surge Pricing and Its Spatial Supply Response

2016 – 2017 Academic Year:

8-Sep-16 14-240 Ozge Sahin Johns Hopkins The Impact of Consumer Search Cost on Assortment Planning and Pricing
11-Oct-16 14-240 Ken Boyer Ohio State Enhancing Outcomes in Healthcare: Studies on Process Improvement and Healthcare IT Impacts
14-Oct-16 14-240 Xuanming Su Wharton Omnichannel Self-Service Technologies
18-Oct-16 14-240 Tarek Abdallah NYU Demand Estimation under the Multinomial Logit Model from Sales Transaction Data
1-Nov-16 14-240 Nan Liu Columbia When Waiting to See a Doctor is Less Irritating: Understanding Patient Preferences and Choice Behavior in Appointment Scheduling
8-Nov-16 14-240 Volodymyr Babich Georgetown R&D Investments in the Presence of Knowledge Spillover and Debt Financing: Can Risk-shifting be a Cure for Free-riding in Equilibrium?
22-Nov-16 14-240 Sezer Ulku Georgetown When Is Necessity The Mother of Invention?
29-Nov-16 14-240 Yuqian Xu  NYU The Effect of Online Reviews on Physician Demand: A Structural Model of Patient Choice
13-Dec-16 14-240 Gustavo Vulcano NYU A Partial-Order-Based Model to Estimate Individual Preferences Using Panel Data
31-Jan-17 14-240 Vidya Mani Penn State Estimating Substitution and Basket Effects in Retail Stores: Implications for Assortment Planning
21-Mar-17 14-240 Jiri Chod Boston College A Signalling Theory of In-Kind Finance
28-Mar-17 14-240 Pinar Yildirim Wharton Matching Pennies on the Campaign Trail: An Empirical Study of Senate Elections and Media Coverage
4-Apr-17 14-240 Fuqiang Zhang Washington University in St. Louis 3D Printing vs. Traditional Flexible Technology: Implications for Manufacturing Strategy
6-Apr-17 14-240 Antonio Moreno-Garcia Northwestern The Value of Fit Information in Online Retail: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
2-May-17 14-240 Tim Kraft Virginia Supply Chain Visibility and Social Responsibility: Investigating Consumers’ Behaviors and Motive

2015 – 2016 Academic Year: 

1-Sep-15 9-215 Michael Pinedo NYU Budget Allocations in Operational Risk Management
18-Sep-15 9-215 Vera Tilson Rochester The Impact of Custom Contracting and the Intermediary Roles of Healthcare GPOs
20-Oct-15 9-215 Aydin Alptekinoglu Penn State Flexible Products for Dynamic Preferences
27-Oct-15 14-240 Kinshuk Jerath Columbia Incentive Contracting with Operational Considerations
5-Nov-15 4-120 Dmitry Ivanov Berlin School of Economics and Law Global Supply Chain Planning: Ripple Effect and Structure Dynamics Considerations
17-Nov-15 14-240 Wenqiang Xiao NYU Optimal Long-Term Supply Contracts with Asymmetric Demand Information
8-Dec-15 14-240 Carri Chan Columbia Queues with Time-Varying Arrivals and Inspections with Applications to Hospital Discharge Policies
2-Feb-16 14-240 Haresh Gurnani Wake Forest Demonstrations and Price Competition in New Product Release
9-Feb-16 14-240 Gur Mosheiov Hebrew University of Jerusalem Due Window Assignment with Lead Time Cost
23-Feb-16 14-240 Neda Ebrahim Khanjari Rutgers The Impact of Manufacturer SPIFFs on a Supply Chain with Retailer-hired Sales Agent
5-Apr-16 14-240 Subodha Kumar Texas A&M Competitive Strategies for Brick-and-Mortar Stores to Counter “Showrooming”
19-Apr-16 14-240 Nicholas Petruzzi Penn State Overconfident Competing Newsvendors
12-May-16 9-215 Arash Azadegan Rutgers Open Innovation Strategies: A Comparative Assessment Using the Knowledge Base Perspective
17-May-16 14-240 Goker Aydin Indiana How to Get the Conflict Out of the Mineral Supply Chain
19-May-16 14-240 Mor Armony NYU Critical Care in Hospitals: When to Introduce a Step Down Unit

2014 – 2015 Academic Year: 

5-Mar-15 9-215 David Anderson Baruch When is an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure? Identifying High Risk Candidates for Case Management
2-Apr-15 9-215 Tolga Aydinliyim Baruch Counteracting Strategic Purchase Deferrals: The Impact of Online Retailers’ Return Policy Decisions
16-Apr-15 9-215 William Millhiser Baruch Designing Appointment System Templates with Operational Performance Targets
30-Apr-15 9-215 Shan Li Baruch Is A Newsvendor More Boundedly Rational Making Two Decisions Instead of One?
14-May-15 9-215 Alan Stulman Jerusalem College of Technology Determining the Delay Time Distribution in an M/G/∞ Exchangeable Item Repair System with Two Failed Component Types



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