Speakers

Gang Yu, Ph.D.


  • Gang Yu is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of 111, Inc. (NASDAQ: YI)Dr. Yu received a Bachelor of Science from Wuhan University, Master of Science from Cornell University and Ph. D. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Prior to founding 111, Inc., he was the co-founder and Chairman of Yihaodian - a leading ecommerce company in China.

    Dr. Yu served as Vice President; Worldwide Procurement at Dell Inc. and Vice President, Worldwide Supply Chain at Amazon.com.

    Before Amazon, Dr. Yu served as Chair Professor at University of Texas at Austin, and Director of the Center for Management of Operations and Logistics, and co-Director of the Center for Decision Making under Uncertainty.

    Dr. Yu has received numerous international awards including: the 2002 Franz Edelman Management Science Achievement Award from INFORMS, the 2002 IIE Transaction Award for Best Application Paper, the 2003 Outstanding IIE Publication Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the 2012 Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award from POMS. Dr. Yu has published over 80 journal articles, 4 books, and he holds 3 US patents.

    Dr. Yu is the founder and CEO of CALEB Technologies Corporation in 1995 in the US, the company was later acquired by Accenture.

Van Wassenhove


  • Professor Van Wassenhove's currently focuses on business models and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. closed-loop supply chains, circular economy, and disaster and health logistics. He recently co-edited special issues on humanitarian operations for the Journal of Operations Management, the Production and Operations Management Journal and the European Journal of Operational Research.

    Professor Van Wassenhove is Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS 2005). In 2006, he received EURO's Gold Medal. He is Distinguished Fellow of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society (MSOM 2009), and Honorary Fellow of the European Operations Management Association (EUROMA 2013). In 2018 he was elected Fellow of INFORMS.

    At INSEAD Professor Van Wassenhove holds the Henry Ford Chair in Manufacturing. He created the INSEAD Social Innovation Center and acted as academic director until 2010. He currently leads INSEAD's Humanitarian Research Group and its Sustainable Operations Initiative.

L. Robin Keller


  • Professor L. Robin Keller's decision analysis research spans the areas of multiple attribute decision making, fairness, perceived risk, and planning protection against terrorism, environmental, health, and safety risks. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Decision Analysis.

    Dr. Keller was the 2015 President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), is an INFORMS Fellow, and is the 2006 INFORMS Kimball Medalist and the 2015 Ramsey Medalist (for distinguished contributions to decision analysis, the highest award from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS). She was a Program Director for the U.S. National Science Foundation's Decision, Risk, and Management Science Program and has served on the U.S. National Committee for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and on U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committees.

    She is a full professor of Operations and Decision Technologies at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (USA), where she has served as the Director of the Doctoral Program and Associate Dean (for the Full-time MBA Program and for Research).

Maria Conceição Andrade Silva


  • Maria Conceição Andrade Silva is Full Professor at Católica Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal, teaching in the areas of Business Analytics and Quantitative Methods applied to management. She was the director of the Management MSc until 2018, and is currently the president of the scientific council of the faculty. She has a MSc in Management Science and Operational Research from the Warwick University, U.K. (1998) and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Aston University, U.K. (2004).

    Professor Silva has published more than 30 refereed articles on the theory and application of DEA (Data Envelopment Analysis) as an efficiency and productivity measurement tool. She is co-author of various book chapters published by major international publishing houses. She has research, consultancy and teaching experience in the field of efficiency and productivity measurement, having applied it to various fields such as bank branches, schools, retail outlets, water companies, general practice units, hospitals and courts. She was responsible for three projects financed by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) on the assessment and benchmarking of Portuguese schools, and on the benchmarking of Portuguese hospitals.

    She is an associate editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and was associate editor of Omega until 2018. She also contributes regularly with opinion articles, mainly on the area of education policies, to national newspapers.

Joseph Wu


  • Joseph Wu is a professor in the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong. He specializes in mathematical and statistical modelling of diseases and their interventions. His research aims are: (i) to develop useful analytics and strategies for disease control and prevention; and (ii) to translate his research findings into public health policy and practice for improving global health. He has worked on influenza, hand-foot-and-mouth diseases, HPV, MERS, yellow fever, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer. He earned his PhD in Operations Research from MIT in 2003 and BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1999.

    He is a member of the Center for Communicable Diseases Dynamics (CCDD) at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK. He is a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Immunization and Vaccines-related Implementation Research (IVIR-AC). He is a member of the Technical Working Group for the WHO Public Health Research Agenda for Influenza. He is a member of the MIT SOLVE Challenge Leadership Group and an SME advisor of MIT Innovation Node.

Martin Bichler


  • Martin Bichler is a full Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and also a faculty member at the TUM School of Management. His main research interest is market design, a relatively new field at the intersection of operations research, game theory, computer science, and economics concerned with the design of real-world market institutions. He received his MSc degree from the Technical University of Vienna, and his Ph. D. as well as his Habilitation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He then worked as a research fellow at UC Berkeley, and as research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, before taking up his current position in 2003. He received the EURO Excellence in Practice Award, the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner prize (runner-up), the HP Labs eAward, the IBM Faculty Award, the INFORMS ISS Design Science Award (twice), and he won the Siemens SCM Olympics. He is currently editor-in-chief of the BISE journal, and president of the INFORMS Section on Auctions and Market Design. He is, furthermore, Associate Dean at the Department of Informatics of the TU Munich, Advisory Board member of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study, and member of the TUM Faculty Recruitment Committee.

Prashant Yadav


  • Prashant Yadav is an Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD. In addition to this role at INSEAD, Prashant is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

    Prashant's work focuses on improving healthcare supply chains and designing better supply chains for products with social benefits. He is the author of many peer reviewed scientific publications and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media including The Economist, The Financial Times, Nature, and BBC. Yadav's research has received best paper awards from the Production and Operations Management Society, INFORMS, and other scientific bodies.

    Previously Prashant was Strategy Leader-Supply Chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the boards of many global organizations and social enterprises. He has been invited for expert testimony on issues related to medicine supply chains in the US Congress and legislative bodies in other countries.

WP Hong


  • Dr. WP Hong is currently President and CEO of Samsung SDS, the largest IT solutions and services provider in South Korea.
    As an established leader in the IT industry, Dr. Hong has been steering Samsung SDS into the global spotlight since 2015 by managing its core strategic businesses, including mobile, IoT, Big Data, Analytics, AI and Blockchain. Dr. Hong delivered keynote speeches at CES (2016) and Money2020 (2017). He also spoke at Boao Forum (2018, 2019) on the state of blockchain and AI in the enterprise. Recently, Dr. Hong was invited to address intelligent innovations in shaping the future of the global society at the Future Investment Initiative (2019) in Riyadh.
    Before joining Samsung SDS, Dr. Hong was President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics, where he played a critical role in positioning Samsung as the world's premier smartphone manufacturer and a globally valued brand.
    Prior to his career with Samsung, Dr. Hong joined Bell Communications Research Inc. in New Jersey after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and subsequently spent 13 years at Korea Telecom Corporation.
    In 2016, Dr. Hong was bestowed the 'Order of Geosang Medal' by the South Korean government. He is also a proud recipient of the 'Impact Award', the highest recognition granted by the University of Michigan to its engineering alumni.

Dr. I.P. Park


  • Dr. I.P. Park is an experienced executive with a deep and broad understanding of today's technologies accumulated through positions at world-class companies such as HARMAN, Samsung and Panasonic.

    Having joined LG Electronics in 2017, Dr. Park is recognized as one of the world's top Chief Technology Officers by ExecRank for his achievements in leading R&D teams to drive innovations in AI, cloud computing, IoT and user experience related to connected cars, mobile devices, smart TVs and audio systems.

    Dr. Park's top priority at LG is to drive AI as the company's main growth engine, focusing on self-evolving products, seamless UX and open platform and working with prominent global partners to provide the most powerful experience.

    Dr. Park received B.S. in Computer Science from Seoul National University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Regina Berretta


  • Regina Berretta is Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing at The University of Newcastle, Australia. Prof Berretta holds degrees in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and Master and PhD in Engineering. Her research expertise includes the design of optimisation models and the development of efficient computation techniques to tackle large and complex combinatorial optimisation problems in a variety of application areas, like inventory management, lot-sizing, timetabling problems, data analysis, and bioinformatics, among others.

    As Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation, Prof Berretta has been dealing with various decision problems found in food industries, such as food loss minimisation, inventory management, lot sizing and scheduling problems.

    Prof Regina Berretta was a founding member of the former Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information Based Medicine for ten years. Her expertise in large scale optimisation problems has driven a multidisciplinary team that specialised in large-scale data analytics, delivering novel, scientifically insightful, mathematically-literate, supercomputing-based processes for exploring and interpreting massive datasets.

    Prof Berretta has been in several leadership positions, including Head of Discipline, Deputy Head of School, and Assistant Dean – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

Wotao Yin


  • Dr. Wotao Yin, who received his Ph.D. in OR from Columbia 2006, is Head of the Decision Intelligence Lab at Alibaba's DAMO Academy, which focuses on research in machine learning and optimization for Operations Management practice. He is on leave from the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his research is on large-scale optimization and machine learning. He is recognized as a Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics, in the Cross-Field category. He received an NSF CAREER Award in 2006, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2008, and a Morningside Gold Medal in 2016.

Karen Smilowitz


  • Dr. Karen Smilowitz is the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Smilowitz is an expert in modeling and solution approaches for logistics and transportation systems in both commercial and non-profit applications, working with transportation providers, logistics specialists and a range of non-profit organizations. Dr. Smilowitz is the founder of the Northwestern Initiative on Humanitarian and Non-Profit Logistics. She has been instrumental in promoting the use of operations research within the humanitarian and non-profit sectors through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Engineering, as well as various media outlets. Dr. Smilowitz is an Associate Editor for Transportation Science and Operations Research. In 2016, Dr. Smilowitz received the Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS from the Women in OR/MS Forum of INFORMS. In 2017, she led the winning team in the INFORMS Innovative Applications of Analytics Award competition for their work on data visualization for mass participation events.

Shmuel S. Oren


  • Dr. Shmuel S. Oren is Professor of the Graduate School and the Earl J. Isaac Chair Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He is a co-founder and the Berkeley site director, of PSerc, a multi-university Power Systems Engineering Research Center. He has also been a member of the California ISO Market Surveillance Committee and a consultant to numerous private and public entities in the US and abroad. His Research has focused on nonlinear optimization, mechanism design, energy systems and on the design and analysis of electricity markets. He holds a B.S and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion, Israel and an M.S and Ph.D in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University. He is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of INFORMS.

Erin Baker


  • Professor Erin Baker's research is in decision making under uncertainty applied to the field of energy and the environment. She has focused on publically-funded energy technology Research and Development portfolios in the face of climate change. As the Director of the Wind Energy Fellows, a follow-on from the NSF-funded IGERT: Offshore wind energy engineering, environmental impacts, and policy, she has also explore the future of offshore wind energy and sustainable power systems.

    She is Associate Dean for Research at the College of Engineering; the Armstrong Professional Development Professor; and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research from the department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley. She is an Associate Editor of IISE Transactions and Decision Analysis, and on the editorial board of Energy Economics. She is a past president of The Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Section of INFORMS.

Zelda Zabinsky


  • Dr. Zelda B. Zabinsky is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington, with adjunct appointments in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is an INFORMS Fellow and an IIE Fellow. Professor Zabinsky has published numerous papers in theory and applications of global optimization. Her book, Stochastic Adaptive Search in Global Optimization, describes research on theory and practice of algorithms useful for solving problems with multimodal objective functions in high dimension. The National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA-Langley, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have funded her research, as well as local industries including Boeing Commercial Airplane Company, Microsoft, Genie, and the Port of Tacoma. Shes has applications in engineering design, supply chain, healthcare, power systems with renewable resources, air traffic flow management, and most recently, communication scheduling of nano-satellites. Professor Zabinsky is on the editorial board of the Journal of Global Optimization, and has been a board member for the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and the Women in Engineering (WIE) Initiative. She teaches courses in Operations Research and has received the annual teaching award in Industrial Engineering at the University of Washington several times.

Conrad Tucker


  • Dr Conrad Tucker is the Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor, in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he also holds a courtesy appointment in Machine Learning. His research explores the use of machine learning methods that predictively improve the outcome of product design solutions through the acquisition, fusion and mining of large-scale, publicly-available data. It has been reported that 70-80% of the costs of a product are determined during the design phase. Here, the term product is used in a general sense to refer to physical/digital systems that are guided by user needs, and that require domain knowledge to create. His research aims to enhance the efficiency of the design process and to create personalized solutions. Previously, he was a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University and directed the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory.

    • Gang Yu
      Yihaodian, China

      Gang Yu is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of 111, Inc. (NASDAQ: YI)Dr. Yu received a Bachelor of Science from Wuhan University, Master of Science from Cornell University and Ph. D. from The...

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    • Luk Van Wassenhove
      INSEAD, France

      Professor Van Wassenhove's currently focuses on business models and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. closed-loop supply chains, circular economy, and disaster and health logistics. He recently co-edited...

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    • L. Robin Keller
      University of California, Irvine, USA

      Professor L. Robin Keller's decision analysis research spans the areas of multiple attribute decision making, fairness, perceived risk, and planning protection against terrorism, environmental, health, ...

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    • Maria Conceição Andrade Silva
      Católica Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal
      EURO Plenary Speaker

      Maria Conceição Andrade Silva is Full Professor at Católica Porto ...

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    • WP Hong
      President & CEO, Samsung SDS, Korea

      Dr. WP Hong is currently President and CEO of Samsung SDS, the largest IT solutions and services provider in South Korea. As an established leader in the IT industry, Dr. Hong has been steering Samsung SDS...

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    • I.P. Park
      President & Chief Technology Officer, LG ELECTRONICS, Korea

      Dr. I.P. Park is an experienced executive with a deep and broad understanding of today's technologies accumulated ...

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    • Erin Baker
      University of Massachusetts, USA

      Professor Erin Baker's research is in decision making under uncertainty applied to the field of energy and the environment. She has focused on publically-funded energy technology Research and ...

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    • Regina Berretta
      The University of Newcastle, Australia

      Regina Berretta is Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing at The University of Newcastle, Australia. Prof Berretta holds degrees in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and Master and...

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    • Martin Bichler
      Technical University of Munich, Germany

      Martin Bichler is a full Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and also a faculty member at the TUM School of Management. His main research interest...

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    • Shmuel S. Oren
      University of California, Berkeley, USA

      Dr. Shmuel S. Oren is Professor of the Graduate School and the Earl J. Isaac Chair Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He is a...

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    • Karen Smilowitz
      Northwestern University, USA

      Dr. Karen Smilowitz is the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Smilowitz is an ...

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    • Conrad Tucker
      Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

      Dr Conrad Tucker is the Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor, in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he also holds a courtesy appointment ...

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    • Joseph Wu
      The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

      Joseph Wu is a professor in the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong. He specializes in mathematical and statistical modelling of diseases and their interventions. His research aims are: (i) to develop...

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    • Prashant Yadav
      INSEAD, France

      Prashant Yadav is an Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD. In addition to this role at INSEAD, Prashant is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and...

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    • Wotao Yin
      Alibaba DAMO Academy, USA

      Dr. Wotao Yin, who received his Ph.D. in OR from Columbia 2006, is Head of the Decision Intelligence Lab at Alibaba's DAMO Academy, which focuses on research in machine learning and optimization for...

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    • Zelda Zabinsky
      University of Washington, USA

      Dr. Zelda B. Zabinsky is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington, with adjunct appointments in the departments...

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