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David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Engineering Systems,



MIT Data Science Lab


Management Science


Date and time: Oct 13 (Wed), 2021, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]



Recorded seminar:  [Link]

Seminar title: 

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


Traditionally, statistical learning is focused on either (i) online learning where data is generated online according to some unknown model; or (ii) offline learning where the entire data is available at the beginning of the process. In this talk we show that combining both approaches can accelerate learning. First, we show how difficult online learning problems can be reduced to well-understood offline regression problems. Second, we show the impact of pre-existing offline data on online learning and characterize conditions under which offline data helps (does not help) improve online learning. We demonstrate the impact of our work in the context of recommendation systems, multiclass classification problems and dynamic pricing.

Speaker bio: 

David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and serves as the head of the MIT Data Science Lab.  He is considered one of the premier thought leaders in supply chain management and business analytics.


His Ph.D. students have accepted faculty positions in leading academic institutes including U. of California Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon U., Columbia U., Duke U., Georgia Tech, Harvard U., U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, U. of Michigan, Purdue U. and Virginia Tech.


Professor Simchi-Levi is the current Editor-in-Chief of Management Science, one of the two flagship journals of INFORMS. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for Operations Research (2006-2012), the other flagship journal of INFORMS and for Naval Research Logistics (2003-2005).


In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Impact Prize for playing a leading role in developing and disseminating a new highly impactful paradigm for the identification and mitigation of risks in global supply chains.


He was the founder of LogicTools, which provided software solutions and professional services for supply chain optimization and became part of IBM in 2009. He co-founded OPS Rules (2012), an operations analytics consulting company, and Opalytics (2014), a cloud analytics platform company focusing on operations and supply chain intelligence. Both companies became part of Accenture.

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