Distinguished Business Analytics Speaker Series: INFORMS Perspectives, and Research on Tournament Design
Abstract: The first half of the talk provides perspectives from the speaker’s year as President of INFORMS in 2018. The topics covered include: (a) INFORMS’ national Policy Summits on Capitol Hill in Washington, (b) analytics, and (c) challenges faced by the OR/MS profession over the next 10 years. The second half of the talk describes recent research on resolving several well-known issues in the design of sports and other tournaments.
Speaker: Nicholas G. Hall, PhD - The Ohio State University
About the Speaker: Nicholas G. Hall is Berry Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as B.A., M.A. degrees from the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in project management, scheduling, and applications of operations research. He has published over 80 articles in the journals Operations Research, Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Games and Economic Behavior, Interfaces, among other journals. He teaches award-winning MBA and EMBA courses in project management. He has served for a total of over 40 years on the editorial boards of Operations Research and Management Science. He has given over 380 academic presentations, including 180 invited presentations in 28 countries, 18 conference keynote presentations, and 10 INFORMS national conference tutorials. A 2008 citation study ranked him 13th among 1,376 scholars in the operations management field. He won the Fisher College Pacesetters’ Faculty Research Award in 1998 and 2005. He served on the State of Ohio Steel Industry Advisory Council (1997–2002). He is the owner of a consulting business, CDOR, which provides business solutions to the Ohio business and government communities, and advice on intellectual property issues to New York City law firms. He has served as President of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management society (1999-2000), and of INFORMS (2018).