Decision Modeling and Business Analytics Research

Prof. Fidan Boylu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. She has a B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering, an MBA and Ph.D. from University of Florida. Her research interests include data mining and machine learning. Her work has been published in journals such as Information Systems Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems and many others. She has taught courses on business information systems, database management (online) and graduate level business analytics and data mining.

Prof. Robert W. Day’s research on combinatorial auctions (auctions with package bidding) received the Dantzig dissertation award in 2005 (for the best dissertation in OR/Management Science) and the INFORMS Computing Society Prize in 2008 (for the best paper in OR and Computer Science.) His pricing algorithm for “core-selecting” combinatorial auctions has been widely adopted for spectrum-license auctions internationally (including the U.K., Australia, and Canada, among others), determining which private telecommunications companies use which frequencies in each country. Professor Day’s research interests also include optimization-based methods in hospital management, where one project in surgical scheduling, for example, has generated efficiency gains of about $1.2 million per year for a partner hospital. His research has been published in Management Science, Operations Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, among others.

Prof. Robert Garfinkel’s current research interests are mainly applying operations research models to decision making in hospital administration and data security. His work has been applied to such other diverse areas as political districting, grid computing, testing of biochips, recommender systems, job scheduling, facility location, data imputation, and cartography. His work has been implemented at the National Bureau of Standards, The Cartographic Institute of Catalonia, and Windham Hospital. His prime publication outlet is Operations Research, but he has also published in such journals as Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Information Systems Research, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, as well as coauthoring the book Integer Programming.

Prof. James R. Marsden is currently Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and the Treibick Family Endowed Chair for CITI. Jim’s research interests include data mining and analytics, market innovation and analysis, e-business, economics of information, artificial intelligence, and production theory. His research work has appeared or is forthcoming in Management Science; Journal of Law and Economics; American Economic Review; Journal of Economic Theory; Journal of Political Economy; Economica; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics; Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems; Decision Support Systems; Journal of Management Information Systems; Statistical Science and numerous other leading journals.

Prof. Manuel Nunez is an Associate Professor who received his PhD from M.I.T. his areas of expertise include stability theory in mathematical programming, queuing design models, mathematical modeling of information technology, optimization in data mining, and information processing in organizations/electronic commerce. He has published in journals such as Information Systems Research, Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, SIAM Journal on Optimization, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and others.