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  • Yee, Michael, 1978- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
    Human decision making is a topic of great interest to marketers, psychologists, economists, and others. People are often modeled as rational utility maximizers with unlimited mental resources. However, due to the structure ...
  • Roels, Guillaume (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
    This thesis investigates the impact of lack of information and decentralization of decision-making on the performance of inventory, supply chain, and transportation systems. In the first part of the thesis, we study two ...
  • Shioda, Romy, 1977- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    While continuous optimization methods have been widely used in statistics and data mining over the last thirty years, integer optimization has had very limited impact in statistical computation. Thus, our objective is to ...
  • Chang, Allison An (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    In this thesis, we propose new mixed integer optimization (MIO) methods to ad- dress problems in machine learning. The first part develops methods for supervised bipartite ranking, which arises in prioritization tasks in ...
  • Rajagopalan, Krishnan, S.M. Sloan School of Management (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    An agent wants to form a connection with a predetermined set of target users over social media. Because forming a connection is known as "following" in social networks such as Twitter, we refer to this as the follow-back ...
  • Hickman, Randal E (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
    Autonomous vehicles often operate in environments with imperfect information. This thesis addresses the case of a system of autonomous vehicles and sensors attempting to intercept a moving object of interest that arrives ...
  • Saroufim, Carl Elie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    In the context of a world flooded with data, the Internet of Things (IoT) is exploding. This thesis considers the problem of applying IoT technology to the reduction of costs in the iron ore mining industry, to compensate ...
  • Varol, Nebibe, 1980- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    Most of the logistics systems involve a multi-level distribution system structure due to value added by a multi-level configuration. Interactions of these levels, i.e. echelons, should be considered while making strategic ...
  • Chhaochhria, Pallav (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    A large online retailer strategically stocks inventory for SKUs with low demand. The motivations are to provide a wide range of selections and faster customer fulfillment service. We assume the online retailer has the ...
  • Ye, Kelly (Kelly Yunqing) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    We consider the joint pricing and inventory decision problem for a single retailer who orders, stocks and sells multiple products. The products are competitive in nature, e.g., these maybe similar products from multiple ...
  • Hawkins, Jeffrey Thomas, 1977- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    We present a Lagrangian based approach to decoupling weakly coupled dynamic optimization problems for both finite and infinite horizon problems. The main contributions of this dissertation are: (i) We develop methods for ...
  • Chiraphadhanakul, Virot (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    Public transportation is undeniably an effective way to move a large number of people in a city. Its ineffectiveness, such as long travel times, poor coverage, and lack of direct services, however, makes it unappealing to ...
  • Miller, John V. (John Vaala) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    With recent advances in research and technology, autonomous surface vessel capabilities have steadily increased. These autonomous surface vessel technologies enable missions and tasks to be performed without the direction ...
  • Goldberg, David Alan, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Parallel server queues are a family of stochastic models useful in a variety of applications, including service systems and telecommunication networks. A particular application that has received considerable attention in ...
  • Timmers, Kendell M. (Kendell MacQueen), 1978- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    There is a great need among educators for a way to quickly assign teams in large or distance learning classrooms in a manner superior to random assignment or student self-selection. Forming teams based on knowledge of ...
  • Craft David (David Loren), 1973- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    (cont.) Extensions to the core TOTEM model include a demand charge model, used for making daily optimal control decisions when the electric bill includes a charge based on the monthly maximum power draw. The problem of ...
  • Acimovic, Jason Andrew (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    As online retailing - or e-tailing - continues to grow as more and more customers buy physical goods on the internet, finding ways to reduce the cost and environmental impact of outbound shipping in this sector will become ...
  • Zarybnisky, Eric J. (Eric Jack), 1979- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Maintenance scheduling is an integral part of many complex systems. For instance, without effective maintenance scheduling, the combined effects of preventative and corrective maintenance can have severe impacts on the ...
  • Quinteros, Martin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    In this thesis we study modifications of the classical Mean-Variance Portfolio Optimization model. Our objective is to identify an optimal subset of assets from all available assets to maximize the expected return while ...
  • Schorr, Raphael Avram, 1976- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
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