Data-Driven Integer and Robust Optimization for Scarce Resource Allocation

Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDTiCal
6th Floor Conf Rm (#689)
This event is open to the public.
AI Seminar
Phebe Vayanos, CAIS Center for AI in Society
Video Recording:
First, I will present a data-driven optimization approach to estimate wait times for individual patients in the U.S. Kidney Allocation System, based on the very limited system information that they possess in practice. This is joint work with Chaitanya Bandi and Nikolaos Trichakis and is forthcoming in Management Science
Second, I will present a data-driven optimization approach for designing fair, efficient, and interpretable policies for prioritizing heterogeneous homeless youth on a waiting list for scarce housing resources. This is joint work with Mohammad Javad Azizi, Bryan Wilder, Eric Rice, and Milind Tambe and is forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on the Integration of Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research (CPAIOR), 2018.
I will close the talk with a short description of a few ongoing projects to also open up for collaboration.
Phebe Vayanos is an Assistant Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Southern California. She is also an Associate Director of the CAIS Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society at USC. Her research aims to address fundamental questions arising in data-driven integer and robust optimization, and game theory. Her work is motivated by decision-making and resource allocation problems that are important for social good, such as those arising in public health, public safety and security, biodiversity preservation, education, and energy. Prior to joining USC, she was lecturer in the Operations Research and Statistics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a postdoctoral research associate in the Operations Research Center at MIT. She holds a PhD degree in Operations Research and an MEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, both from Imperial College London. 
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