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Recent Faculty and student Awards and Honors

We are pleased to announce the following recent accomplishments of our Faculty, students, and Alumni.


Vivek Farias has won the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing section Prize, which recognizes the “best contribution to the science of pricing and revenue management published in English.” Vivek was honored for his 2013 Management Science paper (co-authored with Srikanth Jagabathula of NYU Stern and Devavrat Shah of MIT EECS), “A Nonparametric Approach to Modeling Choice with Limited Data.” The award was presented at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Website: informs.org/Community/revenue-mgt/Prizes/Section-Prize

Amedeo Odoni supervised the thesis of Alexandre Jacquillat (Engineering Systems Division) which won the INFORMS 2015 George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award for his Ph.D. thesis "An Alternative Approach to Capacity Allocation at Congested Airports”. At the INFORMS Meeting, Alex was also awarded (by a completely different committee) the 2015 Dissertation Award of the Transportation and Logistics Society of INFORMS.

Websites: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/George-B.-Dantzig-Dissertation-Award and informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Transportation-Science-and-Logistics-Section/TSL-Dissertation-Prize

Cynthia Rudin advises student Tong Wang who won Second Place in the 2015 Doing Good with Good OR - Student Paper Competition for the paper they worked on together "Finding Patterns with a Rotten Core: Data Mining for Crime Series Detection".

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Doing-Good-with-Good-OR-Student-Paper-Competition

Duncan Simester has won the 2014 Paul E. Green Award from the American Marketing Association (AMA). This annual award honors the Journal of Marketing Research article published in the prior year that demonstrates the greatest potential to contribute significantly to the practice of marketing research. The winning paper, co-authored with Eric T. Anderson (of Kellogg), is entitled: “Reviews Without a Purchase: Low Ratings, Loyal Customers, and Deception.”

Website: themarketingfoundation.org/green.html

John N. Tsitsiklis has won the 2015 INFORMS Applied Probability Best Publication Award for the paper "On the Power of (Even a Little) Resource Pooling" co-authored with Kuang Xu (MIT) and Mohsen Bayati (Stanford). This award is for outstanding contributions to the field of applied probability.

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Applied-Probability/Best-Publication-Award

Karen Zheng has won Second Prize in the INFORMS Behavioral Operations Management Section Best Working Paper Competition. Karen was honored for her working paper, “Transparency and Indirect Reciprocity in Social Responsibility: An Incentivized Experiment,” co-authored with Tim Kraft (of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business) and her PhD student Leon Valdes (of MIT Sloan).

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Behavioral-Operations-Management/Best-Working-Paper-Award


Wang-Chi Cheung was a Finalist in the 2015 George Nicholson Student Paper Competition for his paper "Sampling-Based Approximation Schemes for Capacitated Stochastic Inventory Control Models".

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/George-Nicholson-Student-Paper-Competition

Iain Dunning, Joey Huchette and Miles Lubin won the 2015 COIN-OR Cup for their work on JuMP, an open-source optimization modeling language.

Website: meetings2.informs.org/wordpress/philadelphia/2015/11/04/2015-coin-or-cup-celebration/

Paul Grigas was selected as the winner of the 2015 INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize for his paper "A new perspective on boosting in linear regression via subgradient optimization and relatives" co-authored with Rob Freund and Rahul Mazumder.

Website: informs.org/Community/Optimization-Society/Optimization-Society-Prizes/Student-Paper-Prize/2015

Chiwei Yan and Jerry Kung won First Place in 2015 AGIFORS Anna Valicek Award Paper Competition. The winning paper is entitled: “Robust Aircraft Routing”. The Anna Valicek Medal recognizes original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems. This annual award is sponsored by the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS).

Website: agifors.org/award_home.jsp

Chiwei Yan won the 2015 INFORMS Aviation Application Section best presentation award. The winner is chosen based on both the quality of the presentation itself and the extended abstract.

Website: informs.org/Community/AAS/News-Events/Presentation-Competition


Charu Aggarwal received the IEEE ICDM Research Contributions Award. The IEEE ICDM Research Contributions Award is the highest recognition for research achievements in Data Mining, and is annually given to one individual or one group who has made influential research contributions to the field of Data Mining.

Website: cs.uvm.edu/~icdm/awards/Aggarwal-15.shtml

Margaret L. Brandeau received the 2015 Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award. The Lectureship is awarded in honor of Philip McCord Morse in recognition of his pioneer contribution to the field of operations research and the management sciences.

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Philip-McCord-Morse-Lectureship-Award

Pitu Mirchandani was elected as an INFORMS Fellow for fundamental research contributions to dynamic and stochastic networks, location models, adaptive control of transportation systems, and traffic modeling and analysis.

Website: informs.org/Connect-with-People/Fellows/INFORMS-Fellows-Class-of-2015


Past Awards and Honors are archived here: http://www.mit.edu/~orc/people/awards/

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