2020 Virtual Smart-City Operations and Analytics Conference

The Smart-City Operations and Analytics Conference will take place virtually on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

We are entering an era of great expectations towards our cities. The vision of “smart cities” has been pursued worldwide to transform urban habitats into superior efficiency, quality, and sustainability. This phenomenon prompts us operations management (OM) and operations research (OR) researchers to ponder what a smart city means through our lens, what roles to assume, and how to benefit our society. The goal of this event is to facilitate such discussions and interactions by virtually convening a diverse group of leading scholars to share their cutting-edge research as regards smart-city operations and analytics.

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Speakers and Panelists

Elena Belavina

Elena Belavina

Associate Professor, Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

Associate Editor of Service Science.

Saif Benjaafar

Saif Benjaafar

Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Minnesota

Editor-in-chief of Service Science

Maxime Cohen

Maxime Cohen

Associate Professor of Retail Management and Operations Management, Bensadoun School of Retail Management, McGill University

Co-Director, McGill Retail Innovation Lab

Associate Editor of M&SOM Special Issue on Smart City Operations, Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management

Peter Frazier

Peter Frazier

Associate Professor, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University

Staff Data Scientist, Uber

Associate Editor of Operations Research, ACM TOMACS

Marta Gonzalez

Marta Gonzalez

Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Physics Research faculty in the Energy Technology Area (ETA) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)

Ming Hu

Ming Hu

University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Business Operations and Analytics

Editor-in-chief of Naval Research Logistics, Associate Editor of Operations Research

Anton Kelywegt

Anton Kleywegt

Associate professor, Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech

Transportation Area Editor of Operations Research

Zhenhui Jessie Li

Zhenhui Jessie Li

Associate professor in College of Information Sciences and Technology of Pennsylvania State University

Associate Editor of ACM TIST and DAMI

Ho-Yin Mak

Ho-Yin Mak

Associate Professor in Management Science, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Associate Editor of M&SOM, Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management

David Simchi-Levi 

David Simchi-Levi 

Professor of Systems Engineering, College of Computing, Institute of Data Systems and Society and Director of the MIT Data Science Lab

Editor-in-chief of Management Science

Chung-Piaw Teo

Chung-Piaw Teo

Professor and Provost's Chair
Director, Institute of Operations Research and Analytics
National University of Singapore Business School

Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Smart City Operations in M&SOM, Department Editor of Management Science (for Optimization)


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

8:45-9:00 AM
(Eastern Time)

Opening Remarks

Dean Morty Yalovsky, Desautels Faculty of Management

Dr. Louise Poissant, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Saif Benjaafar, University of Minnesota

Dimensioning On-Demand Vehicle Sharing Systems
9:30-10:00 AM

Chung-Piaw Teo, National University of Singapore

Last Mile Innovation: The Case of the Locker Alliance Network
10:00-10:30 AM

Ho-Yin Mak, University of Oxford

Dimensionality Reduction for Stochastic Optimization
10:30-10:45 AM Break
10:45-11:15 AM Panel Discussion I

11:15-11:45 AM

David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A New Approach for Vehicle Routing with Stochastic Demand: Combining Route Assignment with Process Flexibility

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00-1:30 PM

Maxime Cohen, McGill University

Incentivizing Commuters to Carpool: A Large Field Experiment with Waze

1:30-2:00 PM

Anton Kleywegt, Georgia Institute of Technology

Infrastructure-Guided Self-Driving Vehicle Flow on a Street Network
2:00-2:30 PM

Zhenhui (Jessie) Li, Pennsylvania State University

Reinforcement Learning for Traffic Signal Control
2:30-2:45 PM


2:45-3:30 PM Panel Discussion II
3:30-4:00 PM

Ming Hu, University of Toronto

Temporal or Spatial Pooling Solves the Wild Goose Chase
4:00-4:30 PM

Marta C. Gonzalez, University of California, Berkeley

Deconstructing Laws of Accessibility and Facility Distribution in Cities
4:30-5:00 PM

Peter I. Frazier, Cornell University

Fighting COVID-19 with Testing

5:00 PM

Closing Remark

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Wei Qi

Wei Qi

McGill University

Max Shen

Max Shen

University of California, Berkeley

Host Institution

Operations Management Group of the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

This conference is brought to you by the Desautels Faculty of Management, IVADO, and GERAD.

This conference is supported by the NSFC - FRQSC Smart Cities and Big Data Research Funding Program.

If you have any questions, please contact us at conference.smartcity [at] gmail.com or wei.qi [at] mcgill.ca. We look forward to meeting you!


Registration is now closed.


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Bensadoun School of Retail Management



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