News

Paper “The Impact of Climate Change on Airline Network Recoverability”, accepted to Transportation Research  – Part D. Copy available here: SSRN Copy.
March 2021

Lavanya speaks at Georgia Tech ISyE seminar, on “Strategic Service Games with Customer-induced Competition”.
March 2021

ORMS Today, INFORMS’ bimonthly magazine, publishes Lavanya’s article on aviation during and beyond COVID-19.
February 2021

Lavanya awarded the prestigious CAS Fellowship from the University of Illinois, approved by the Board of Trustees at the January 2021 meeting!
January 2021

Lavanya invited to serve on the Senior Advisory Board of AGIFORS, the international aviation OR society.
January 2021

Paper “PenDer: Incorporating Shape Constraints via Penalized Derivatives” is accepted to AAAI 2021. Congratulations to Akhil, Ruoyu, Naman and Aninbjorn!
December 2020

Lavanya awarded the prestigious CAS Fellowship from the University of Illinois, pending Board of Trustees approval.
November 2020

Paper “Dynamics of Disruption and Recovery in Air Transportation Networks” wins Best Paper Award in the System Performance track at ICRAT 2020. Three UIUC undergrads are co-authors. Congratulations Max, Karthik, Hamsa, and UIUC undergrads Sang, Darsh and Aritro!
August 2020

Jane Lee deposits her dissertation “New Approaches to Airline Recovery Problems”. Congratulations Jane!
July 2020

Paper “Managing EMS Systems with User Abandonment in Emerging Economies” accepted to IISE Transactions.
July 2020

U of I News Bureau features Lavanya’s work, joint with student Jane Lee and collaborator Alexandre Jacquillat: “Recovery from airline delays works best with future disruptions in mind“.
June 2020

Paper “Dynamic Airline Disruption Management under Airport Operating Uncertainty” published in Transportation Science: Articles in Advance [DOI].
June 2020

JUMP Arches grant for “Supply-driven Hospital Resource Planning and Community Engagement for COVID-19 Treatment” awarded to Lavanya and Prof. Qiong Wang.
May 2020

Paper “Robust Modeling and Planning: Insights from Three Industrial Applications” accepted to Operations Research Perspectives.
March 2020

Lavanya gives an invited talk in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California at Berkeley.
February 2020

Lavanya gives an invited talk in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.
February 2020

Paper “Dynamic Airline Disruption Management under Airport Operating Uncertainty” accepted to Transportation Science.
January 2020

JUMP Arches grant for “Optimizing Deployment of Community Health Workers” awarded to Lavanya and collaborators.
January 2020

Lavanya gives an invited talk in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University.
January 2020

Arinbjörn Kolbeinsson and Naman Shukla present our paper on “Leveraging Time Dependency in Graphs”, invited for Spotlight Presentation, at the Graph Representation Learning Workshop at NeurIPS 2019.
December 2019

Lavanya gives an invited talk in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University.
December 2019

Lavanya conducts workshop on “Drone-enabled Emergency Services” at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, with Prof. Gitakrishnan Ramadurai.
November 2019

Lavanya gives an invited talk at the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.
November 2019

Lavanya gives an invited talk in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
October 2019

Jane Lee defends her PhD Thesis, with only dissertation pending. Congratulations Jane!
August 2019

Kartik Yellepeddi from collaborator Deepair accepts the KDD startup award at the 25th ACM SIGKDD Conference, for our joint research. Congratulations Kartik and Deepair!
August 2019

Lavanya and collaborator Kartik (cofounder, Deepair) speak to the Illinois news bureau (article) about our KDD paper.
August 2019

Our paper, “An empirical analysis of bike sharing usage and rebalancing: Evidence from Barcelona and Seville”, is among the Top-10 cited publications in Transportation Research-Part A from 2016-2019.
June 2019

Naman, Kartik and Lavanya win the Best Presentation award at the AGIFORS Revenue Management Study Group conference for their presentation on “Dynamic Pricing for Airline Ancillaries with Customer Context”. Congratulations to the team! Thanks to deepair, our industry partner for an amazing lab-to-land research experience in this work!
May 2019

Paper on airline ancillary pricing methods using machine-learning, titled “Dynamic Pricing for Airline Ancillaries with Customer Context” accepted to the 25th ACM SIGKDD Conference on ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, August 4-8, 2019. (Accept rate ~14%)
April 2019

Naman Shukla submits his Masters Thesis titled “Dynamic Pricing for Airline Ancillaries with Customer Context” to the UIUC College of Engineeering. Congratulations Naman!
April 2019

Lavanya quoted in Popular Science article on building airline schedules that are robust to delays. Mentioned in Dean Rashid Bashir’s Top of Mind: April 2019 email to the College of Engineering.
April 2019

Lavanya gives an invited talk in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the U of I.
March 2019

Lavanya gives an invited talk on “Dynamic Disruption Management in Airline Networks under Airport Operating Uncertainty”at the Workshop in Operations/Management Science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
February 2019

Lavanya chairs the Intelligent Transportation Systems Workshop at COMSNETS conference, Bangalore,  Jan 11, 2019.
January 2019

Lavanya speaks at panel on “EMS in India: Challenges and Opportunities” at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; organized by Prof. Gitakrishnan Ramadurai, Jan 10, 2019.
January 2019

Lavanya gives an invited seminar on “Dynamic Airline Disruption Management under Airport Operating Uncertainty” at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Jan 9, 2019.
January 2019

Lavanya gives an invited short course on “Large-scale Optimization Problems on Transportation Networks”, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Jan 8, 2019.
January 2019

Lavanya speaks at the 6th ISB-POMS Workshop, Dec 20-21, 2018, at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
December 2018

Lavanya, along with PI Naira Hovakimyan, Co-PIs Srinivasa Salapaka, Ranxiao Wang, Marco Pavone and Xiaofeng Wang awarded NSF Integrative grant “NRI: INT: COLLAB: Synergetic Drone Delivery Network in Metropolis
September 2018

Lavanya’s group is grateful to DeepAIr Solutions for a gift grant!
August 2018

PhD student Jane Lee awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2018 Anna Valicek Competition conducted by AGIFORS, the Aviation Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies. Congratulations Jane!
August 2018

The News Gazette published a Wired-In article on Lavanya’s research.
July 2018

New article New aircraft-scheduling models may ease air travel frustrations published by the Illinois News Bureau.
June 2018

Naman Shukla joins our research group. Welcome Naman!
May 2018

Lavanya to present joint work with Jane Lee and Alex Jacquillat at the AGIFORS Airline Operations Study Group, 21-24 May 2018.
May 2018

Lav Varshney to present collaborative work with Lavanya and Devavrat Shah on Information-theoretic Limits on Behavioral Speed in C. elegans and Ciona intestinalis, at Janelia Research Campus, 20-23 May 2018.
May 2018

Lavanya invited to speak at the GraphEx Symposium at MIT Lincoln Labs, 24-25 April 2018.
April 2018

Jungeun Shin wins the prestigious Chittenden Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year, awarded to an outstanding MS graduate in ISE. Congratulations Jungeun!
March 2018

Lavanya’s invited article to Indian School of Business’ ISB Insight magazine discusses challenges for EMS in emerging economies – http://isbinsight.isb.edu/emergency-services-in-emerging-economies-challenges-and-first-steps/
February 2018

Peter McGlaughlin begins collaborating with our group. His primary advisor is Jugal Garg, and he collaborates with Lavanya Marla and Jungeun Shin. Welcome Peter!
January 2018

Lavanya and Co-PI Gitakrishnan awarded TSL Cross-Regional Collaborative Grant at the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, by the Transportation Science and Logistics Society (TSL). The grant is sponsored by Kalyx Warehousing.
October 2017

Lavanya presents work with Jane Lee, Kaushik Krishnan and Jungeun Shin at the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, Houston, TX, 22 – 25 October 2017.
October 2017

Lavanya presents two papers at the first TSL Conference, 26 – 29 July 2017.
July 2017

Kaushik Krishnan graduates with an M.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE)! He is also the first student to have a concentration in the new Advanced Analytics program at ISE! Congratulations Kaushik!
July 2017

Lavanya conducts the first practice-based summit for emergency services in India on March 21.
March 2017

Lavanya gives invited talk at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Workshop of COMSNETS (International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks) 2017 in Bangalore.
January 2017

Welcome to Jungeun Shin, our new group member!
January 2017

Lavanya invited to speak at the ISB-POMS conference.
December 2016

Paper accepted to Transportation Research – Part A. A. Faghih-Imani, R. Hampshire, L. Marla, N. Eluru, “An empirical analysis of bike sharing usage and rebalancing: Evidence from Barcelona and Seville”
December 2016

Jane Lee and Kaushik Krishnan present their research at the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2016, Nashville TN.
November 2016

Our aviation work on flight planning integrated with airline recovery featured in ISE News.
October 2016

Lavanya attends the 9th TRISTAN conference.
June 2016

PhD student Jane Lee defends her preliminary examination. Congratulations Jane!
April 2016

Kaushik Krishnan presents his work on optimizing emergency systems using risk metrics at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Workshop of COMSNETS (International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks) 2016 in Bangalore.
January 2016

Our research on emergency services in India featured in ISE News.
November 2015

Congratulations to Praveen Tumuluri for completing his MS degree, with thesis titled “A large-scale neighborhood search approach to vehicle routing pick-up and delivery problems with time-windows under uncertainty”.
July 2015

Congratulations to Guanqun Li for completing his MS degree, with thesis titled “Empirical Investigations of Properties of Robust Aircraft Routing Models”
July 2015

US-India Educational Foundation award for the project Cooperative-competitive, data-driven, operational strategies for emergency response systems in extremely resource-constrained settings in emerging economies (2015-2018)
June 2015

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
L Marla, B Vaaben, C Barnhart, “Integrated disruption management and flight planning to trade off delays and fuel burn”
January 2015