Kai Furmans (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Biography: Kai Furmans is a professor for Logistics and Material Handling Systems at the KIT since 2003 and head of the Institute of Material Handling Systems and Logistics since 2005. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a habilitation with a venia legendi for logistics. His research interest is the coordination of decentralized activities in logistics systems. On one side, this is reflected in a series of research projects, where mechatronic systems for material handling systems are developed towards true Plug & Work Systems. On the other hand, the research is focused on transportation, warehousing and value-adding services which are decentrally implemented and are geographically spread out. Methods of research are either experimental (for the mechatronic part) or mathematical stochastic and optimisation models. He is currently supervising 15 Ph.D. candidates and two postdocs (at university and at research centre for information technologies FZI).
Since 2003, he has successfully supervised 25 doctoral candidates.
Mariel Lavieri (University of Michigan, USA)
Biography: Mariel Lavieri joined the faculty at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2009. In her work, she applies operations research to healthcare topics. Her most recent research focuses on medical decision making, in particular on determining optimal screening, monitoring and treatment by explicitly modeling the stochastic disease progression. She has also developed models for health workforce planning, which take into account training requirements, workforce attrition, capacity planning, promotion rules and learning. Mariel is the recipient of the Willie Hobbs Moore Aspire, Advance, Achieve Mentoring Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the International Conference on Operations Research Young Participant with Most Practical Impact Award, and the Bonder Scholarship. She has also received the Pierskalla Best Paper Award, and an honorary mention in the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award. She has been selected to participate in the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium organized by the National Academy of Engineering. Mariel has guided work that won the Medical Decision Making Lee Lusted Award, the INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Award, and the Production and Operations Management Society College of Healthcare Operations Management Best Paper Award.
Chung Piaw Teo (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Biography: TEO Chung Piaw is Provost Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of OR and Analytics in the National University of Singapore. Prior to his current appointments, he was a Head of Department, Acting Deputy Dean, Vice-Dean of the Research & PhD Program as well as Chair of the PhD Committee in the NUS Business School. He was an Eschbach Scholar in Northwestern University (US), Professor in Sungkyunkwan Graduate School of Business (Korea), and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in YuanZe University (Taiwan). He is currently spearheading an effort to develop the Institute on Operations Research and Analytics, as part of the University’s strategic initiatives in the Smart Nation Research Program. His research interests lie in service and manufacturing flexibility, discrete optimization, ports container operations, matching and exchange, and healthcare. He is currently an area editor for MS (Optimization), and a former area editor for OR (Operations and Supply Chains). He has also served on several international committees such as the Chair of the Nicholson Paper Competition (INFORMS, US), member of the LANCHESTER and IMPACT Prize Committee (INFORMS, US), Fudan Prize Committee on Outstanding Contribution to Management (China).