About this research seminar series

The objective of this research seminar series is to provide a platform to connect global academics, researchers, and practitioners in industrial and systems engineering, management science, and engineering (covering a broad range of application domains, such as construction, finance, healthcare, logistics and transportation, manufacturing, and supply chain). Distinguished scholars and industrial leaders will share their significant and innovative visions, insights, and ideas with the participants and nurture the younger generation of researchers who will lead our future.

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Next Seminar


Alexandre Dolgui

Distinguished Professor and Head of
the Automation, Production, and Computer Sciences Department,
IMT Atlantique


International Journal of Production Research


Date and time:  Jan 26 (Wed), 2022, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]


Zoom link: https://hku.zoom.us/j/93965533071       Zoom meeting ID: 939 6553 3071

Seminar Title: 

The ASSISTANT project: AI for high level decision in manufactuing


This paper outlines the main idea and approach of the H2020 ASSISTANT (LeArning and robuSt deciSIon SupporT systems for agile mANufacTuring environments) project. ASSISTANT is aimed at the investigation of AI-based tools for adaptive manufacturing environments, and focuses on the development of a set of digital twins for integration with, management of, and decision support for production planning and control. The ASSISTANT tools are based on the approach of extending generative design, an established methodology for product design, to a broader set of manufacturing decision making processes; and to make use of machine learning, optimization, and simulation techniques to produce executable models capable of ethical reasoning and data-driven decision making for manufacturing systems. Combining human control and accountable AI, the ASSISTANT toolsets span a wide range of manufacturing processes and time scales, including process planning, production planning, scheduling, and real-time control; and are designed to be adaptable and applicable in a both general and specific manufacturing environments.

Speaker Bio: 

Alexandre Dolgui is a Fellow of IISE, Distinguished Professor and the Head of the Automation, Production, and Computer Sciences Department at the IMT Atlantique, campus in Nantes, France. His research focuses on manufacturing line design, production planning and scheduling, and supply chain engineering. His main results are based on exact mathematical programming methods and their intelligent coupling with heuristics and metaheuristics algorithms. He has contributed to the theory of assembly line balancing, combinatorial design of machining lines, process planning, supply chain scheduling, lot sizing and replenishment under uncertainties. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Production Research, an area editor of Computers & Industrial Engineering, a member of the editorial boards for several other journals, including the International Journal of Production Economics, Fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management, Member of the Board of the International Foundation for Production Research, former Chair of IFAC TC 5.2Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control, and Member of IFIP WG 5.7 Advances in Production Management Systems.


Upcoming Speakers

(in the order of seminar date and alphabetical order of surname)

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Kalyan Singhal

McCurdy Professor of Operations Management,Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore


Production and Operations Management,

Management and Business Review  

Date and time:  Feb 16 (Wed), 2022, 21:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

History of Technology in China and China’s Strategic Options


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Andrew Kusiak


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

University of Iowa 

Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory


Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

Seminar title:

Digital Manufacturing and Service Enterprises


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Chen Chun-Hsien


Director of the Design Stream in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,

Nanyang Technological University

Professor-in-Charge of the Design & Human Factors Laboratory


Advanced Engineering Informatics

Seminar title:

Design Informatics in Human-Centric Smart Product-Service Systems



Francisco Saldanha da Gama


Department of Statistics and Operations Research,

University of Lisbon


Computers & Operations Research

Seminar title:

Capturing Uncertainty in Districting Problems: Towards more comprehensive modeling frameworks


Henrik Lund

Professor in Energy Planning,

Department of Planning,

Aalborg University




Seminar title:

Smart Renewable Energy Systems

and a fully Decarbonized Society



Previous Speakers

(in the order of seminar date)

Recorded videos will be available typically in 2 to 4 weeks after the seminar.


Christopher S. Tang

Distinguished Professor of UCLA and
Edward Carter Chaired Professor in Business Administration,

UCLA Anderson School of Management


Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Seminar title:

Faster Deliveries and Smarter Order Assignments for an On-Demand Meal Delivery Platform



Stefan Minner

Full Professor for Logistics and Supply Chain Management,

School of Management,

Technical University of Munich 


International Journal of Production Economics

Seminar title:

A Data-Driven Approach to Strategic Inventory Placement in Multi-Echelon Networks



Lihui Wang

Professor and Chair of

Sustainable Manufacturing,

Department of Production Engineering,

KTH Royal Institute of Technology



International Journal of Manufacturing Research

Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

​Journal of Manufacturing Systems

Seminar title:

Brain Robotics for Human-Robot Collaboration


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Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen

Chancellor's Professor and Department Chair,

Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research,

University of California, Berkeley


the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Seminar title:

A Practical End-to-End Inventory Management Model with Deep Learning



Hau L. Lee

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology,

Graduate School of Business,

Stanford University

Founding Faculty Director,

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)

Stanford Value Chain Innovations Initiative

Seminar title:

The New Supply Chain Renaissance



Ren C. Luo

Irving T. Ho Chair Professor and Life Distinguished Professor, 

National Taiwan University


IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Seminar title:

AIoT and Robotics Driving Paradigm Shift of Intelligent Manufacturing Automation


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Jianjun Shi

The Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor,

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

Georgia Institute of Technology


IISE Transactions (2017-2020)

Seminar title:

Machine Learning Enabled Quality Improvement in Smart Manufacturing Systems


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Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

Chair Professor,

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,

University of Maryland


Automation in Construction

Seminar title: 

New Threats and Opportunities in Construction Industry Supply Chains


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Tsan-Ming Choi Jason

Professor of Fashion Business,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Transportation Research Part E

Department Editor,

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management


Senior Editor,

Production and Operations Management

Seminar title:

Supply Chain Coordination with Risk-Sensitive Agents: Recent Advances



John Birge

Hobart W. Williams Distinguished Service Professor of Operations

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Editor-in-Chief, Operations Research

Seminar title:

The Impact of Supply Chain Network Structure on Risk Propagation


Ming Hu

Distinguished Professor of Business Operations and Analytics,

Rotman School of Management,

University of Toronto

Editor-in-Chief, Naval Research Logistics

Seminar title:

Several Queueing Models in On-Demand Economy


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René de Koster

Professor of Logistics and Operations Management,

Department of Technology and Operations Management,

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM),

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Associate Editor,Transportation Science,

Service Science, andOperations Research

Seminar title:

Statistical Learning in Operations: The Interplay between Online and Offline learning



Xenophon Koufteros

Jenna & Calvin R. Guest Professor in Business Administration at the Mays Business School,
Eppright University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and Director of the Supply Chain Consortium, Texas A&M University


Decision Sciences Journal

Seminar title:

Supply Management & Ethical Decision Making: Behavioral Experiments


Celso Ribeiro

Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science,

Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

General Editor,

 International Transactions in Operational Research

Seminar title:

Optimization models in sports scheduling and applications


Stephen T. Newman

Professor of Innovative Manufacturing Technology,

Department of Mechanical Engineering,

University of Bath


International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Seminar title:

Additive Manufacturing of Large Components


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Alice E. Smith

Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

Auburn University

INFORMS Journal on Computing

Seminar title:

Innovative Uses of Drones for Last Mile Delivery with a Focus on Healthcare


Suzanne de Treville

Professor of Operations Management,

University of Lausanne


Journal of Operations Management

Seminar title:

Building Responsiveness into Supply-Chain Decision Making


David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Engineering Systems,MIT Head,MIT Data Science Lab


Management Science

Seminar title:

Statistical Learning in Operations: The Interplay between Online and Offline learning



International Advisory Committee

John Birge, University of Chicago

Tsan-Ming Choi Jason, National Taiwan University

Ming Hu, University of Toronto

George G.Q. Huang, The University of Hong Kong

René de KosterErasmus University Rotterdam

Xenophon Koufteros, Texas A&M University

Hau L. Lee, Stanford University

Ren C. Luo, National Taiwan University

Stefan Minner, Technical University of Munich

Stephen T. Newman, University of Bath

Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen, The University of Hong Kong

Alice E. Smith, Auburn University

Celso Ribeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Jianjun Shi, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, University of Maryland

Christopher S. Tang, University of California, Los Angeles

Suzanne de Treville, University of Lausanne

Lihui Wang, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Organizing Committee



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