Sheldon Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

Professor and Director, Simulation and Optimization Laboratory
201 North Goodwin Avenue (MC-258)
University of Illinois

Urbana, Illinois 61801-2302

 

 

Telephone: (217) 244-7275

Skype: sheldon.jacobson1

Email: shj@illinois.edu      

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Primary and Affiliate Appointments:

Professor of Computer Science

Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Professor of Mathematics (College of Liberal Arts and Science)

Professor of Pediatrics (College of Medicine)

 

 

Control of the Senate in 2014.

Visit http://electionanalytics.cs.illinois.edu/

 

March Madness 2014... What are your bracket odds?

Visit http://bracketodds.cs.illinois.edu

 

For a seminar on bracketology, visit

March Madness and Advanced Analytics: Improving Your Bracket Odds

 

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Zen and the Art of Hiring and Advising Graduate Students

 

Interested in Jacobson’s “TED-type” Talk slides?

 

 

Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

 

Current Research Thrusts

BIG Data analytics using discrete optimization

Data-driven decision-making under uncertainty

Branch and Bound strategies for discrete optimization problems

Bracketology Analytics

Ebola screening and quarantining strategies

Obesity and transportation correlates

 

Methodological Areas

  1. Applied Probability
  2. Discrete Optimization Algorithms / Heuristics
  3. Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
  4. Discrete Event Computer Simulation

 

Application Areas

Vaccines and Immunization

Vaccine Economics

Vaccine Pricing

Vaccine Stockpiling

Causal Inference Using Observational Data

Optimization-Based Design of Causal Inference Experiments

Balance Optimization Subset Selection (BOSS)

Big Data Analysis

Public Health and Health Policy

Cell Phone Bans and their Impact on Accident Rates

Transportation and Energy, and their Impact on Obesity

Pandemic Response

Aviation Security Modeling and Analysis

Aviation Security System Design and Analysis

Risk Assessment

Security Technology

Political Modeling

Presidential Election Prediction

Political District Design and Analysis

Election Analytics

NCAA Basketball

Bracketology

Statistical Analysis of Seedings

High Seed Differentiation

 

 

On Leave (Fall 2012 – Summer 2014)

Program Director, Operations Research, National Science Foundation

 

 


In the News:

2014

 

(2 October 2014) Invited Op-Ed " Airports should be screening for Ebola the same way they screen for terrorists," on the Washington Post PostEverything  blog discusses using aviation security screening to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States.  See also quotes reported by the Associate Press article, “Airports, airlines and Ebola: 5 things to know” (4 October 2014), being quoted in the commentary, “A Manhattan Project against Ebola” in the Chicago Tribune (7 October 2014), a live interview on “Weekends with Alex Witt” on MSNBC (5 October 2014), a live interview on WANDTV (NBC affilitate, Decatur, IL, 5 October 2014), a live interview on CBC Radio Canada “The Current” (6 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (6 October 2014), a live interview on WTOP CBS Radio 103.5, Washington DC, 6 October 2014), an interview on WCIA-TV (CBS Champaign, IL, 6 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (9 October 2014), a live interview on CBC News, Toronto, Canada (11 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (14 October 2014), and a live interview on HuffPost Live (17 October 2014; second segment).

 


(2 September 2014) “Seatbelt laws encourage obese drivers to buckle up,” based on the paper “Seatbelt usage: Is there an association with obesity?” which will appear in the journal, Public Health.  Coverage included ABC Radio (plus many of its affiliate stations) (4 September 2014) and WCIA-TV 3 in Champaign, IL (8 September 2014).

 

(1 August 2014) Sheldon H. Jacobson was quoted in the article, "Airports Have No Way to Screen for Ebola,” by Patrick Tucker, which appeared on-line in the National Journal.  Jacobson commented on the challenges of screening for ebola at airports, the similarities in such screening with aviation security screening, and how prescreening can be an effective strategy in such environments.  The story was also featured in the Homeland Security Newswire on 4 August 2014.

(14 May 2014)  Computer Science Points to Holy Grail of Medical Scheduling, based on research on how to schedule residents in internal medicine residency programs. The joint research effort between Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela, MD, has resulted in a software package, RESIDENT, which is being alpha tested at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana internal Medicine residency program.

(17 April 2014) Study Recalculates the Cost of Combination Vaccines, based on the paper “The Relationship Between Pediatric Combination Vaccines and Market Effects,” which appeared in the American Journal of Public Health (Volume 104, Number 6, pages 998-1004).

(13 March 2014) March Madness Bracketology:  A Minute WithTM Sheldon H. Jacobson, U. OF I Expert on Data Analytics.  See also (17 March 2014).The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Number to Reveal the Biggest Potential Upsets in the West Region,  The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential Upsets in the South Region, The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential Upsets in the Midwest Region, The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential Upsets in the East Region, (March 17, 2014) USA Today: Dominate March Madness: Tips for a better bracket, and others.

 

2013

(11 March 2013) March Madness Bracketology:  A Minute WithTM U. OF I Sports Statistics Expert Sheldon H. Jacobson.  See also Bloomberg Business Week (18 March 2013), Time Out Chicago Magazine (14 March 2013), and WILL Radio “Afternoon Magazine” (22 March 2013).

 

2012

(18 December 2012)  Study: Curbing car travel could be as effective as cutting calories, based on the paper “Quantifying the Association Between Obesity, Automobile Travel, and Caloric Intake,” to appear in Preventive Medicine.  See ABC-2 WBAY, ABC-7 WLS, ABC-7 WZVN, ABC13 WTVG, NBC-32 WMBF, CBS-8 KFMB, WKBW-DT 7, FOX5 WNYW, FOX5 WTTG, FOX10 KSAZ, Business Day Live, US News and World Report, Huffington Post, Consumer Affairs, The Star Ledger, EmpowHer, Smithsonian, Post and Courier, HealthDay News.

(15 November 2012) Study: Cell Phone Bans Associated with Fewer Urban Accidents was covered on WICD-15 ABC, Yahoo! News, Prevention Magazine, and others.

(September/October/November 2012) Election Analytics was covered on FOX Illinois (25 September 2012), Information Week (27 September 2012), All Analytics (3 October 2012), St. Louis Today (16 October 2012), the Daily Kos (27 October 2012), NBC News (30 October 2012),  InsideScience (5 November 2012), Smart Data Collective (6 November 2012), the Champaign News Gazette (7 November 2012), and the Wall Street Journal (7 November 2012)

(10 October 2012) Sheldon H. Jacobson is quoted in the article, “Is Obesity a Heavy Drag on Fuel Economy?”, which appeared in LifesLittleMysteries, Yahoo News, LiveScience.com, Mother Nature Network, and msnbc.com.

(9 October 2012) Sheldon H. Jacobson is quoted in the article, “'Risk-based management': New program marks Transportation Security Administration anniversary,” which appeared in the Amarillo Globe News.

(24 August 2012) Sheldon H. Jacobson’s research is featured in a radio interview on Science360 radio.

 

(22 August 2012) The news article “RSO Follows Election Using Professor’s Website,” appeared in the Daily Illini, featuring the http://electionanalytics.cs.illinois.edu/ website.  See also Stltoday.com.

 

(8 May 2012) Sheldon H. Jacobson was quoted in the Reuters news stories, “U.S. airport security could detect Qaeda device: officials” and “Would-be suicide bomber was U.S. informant”.  Over 6000 national and international media outlet reported the story.

 

(8 May 2012) The news article "Automobiles can increase obesity, study says,” appeared in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 8 May 2012, featuring research that was reported in Jacobson, King, and Yuan (2011).

 

(30 April 2012) Sheldon H. Jacobson was quoted in the Reuters news stories, “As America's waistline expands, costs soar.  Over 120 national media outlet picked up the story, including MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Huffington Post, Forbes, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, Toronto Sun, Edmonton Sun, Winnipeg Sun, Ottawa Sun, Calgary Sun, several public and commercial radio stations, and others.

(April 23, 2012) Sheldon H. Jacobson was quoted in the news stories, “Texting while driving hard to enforce,” reported by WLDS-WEAI News (Jacksonville, IL), and “Illinois Lawmakers Debate New Cell Phone Restrictions,” reported by CBS (KMOX St. Louis).

(April 1, 2012) Sheldon H. Jacobson was quoted in the news article, “Republicans take aim at TSA, agency is inefficient, too expensive,” published in the Daily News Journal (Nashville, TN).

(March 7, 2012) (University of Illinois) A Minute with Computer Science Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson, discusses what every person should know when putting together their bracket for the Men’s Division I NCAA basketball tournament, commonly know as March Madness. (see the web site, bracketodds, for more information).  See also mentions and discussions in the Chicago Tribune: Hoops + = Winners?, Business Week, and Discovery News (via MSNBC.com), and the Opinion Letter in USAToday.

 

(January 31, 2012) (University of Illinois, National Science Foundation) Risk-based Passenger Screening Could Make Air Travel Safer.

 

(January 19, 2012) (University of Illinois) A Minute with Sheldon H. Jacobson, expert on statistics related to travel, discusses how the recent leveling off of obesity rates may be associated with the leveling off of how much Americans are driving.

 

 

 

 

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RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP ACTIVITIES

Papers in Archival Journals

Computer Simulation Methodology and Modeling

1.    Jacobson, S.H., Schruben, L.W., 1989, "Techniques for Simulation Response Optimization,” Operations Research Letters, 8(1), 1-9.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., Buss, A.H., Schruben, L.W., 1991, "Driving Frequency Selection for Frequency Domain Simulation Experiments,” Operations Research, 39(6), 917-924.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., 1993, "Variance and Bias Reduction Techniques for the Harmonic Gradient Estimator,” Applied Mathematics and Computation, 55(2&3), 153-186.

4.    Jacobson, S.H., 1994, "Optimal Mean Squared Error Analysis of the Harmonic Gradient Estimators,” Journal of Optimization Theory and Application, 80(3), 573-590.

5.    Jacobson, S.H., 1994, "Convergence Results for Harmonic Gradient Estimators,” ORSA Journal on Computing, 6(4), 381-397.

6.    Jacobson, S.H., 1994, "Second Derivative Estimation Using Harmonic Analysis,” Annals of Operations Research, 53, 507-531.

7.    Jacobson, S.H., 1995, "Analyzing the M/M/1 Queue in Frequency Domain Experiments,” Applied Mathematics and Computation, 69(2&3), 185-194.

8.    Jacobson, S.H., 1995, "How Difficult is the Frequency Selection Problem?” Operations Research Letters, 17(3), 139-147.

9.    Jacobson, S.H., Yucesan, E., 1995, "Intractability Results in Discrete Event Simulation,” Recherche Operationelle, 29(3), 353-369.

10. Yucesan, E., Jacobson, S.H., 1996, "Computational Issues for ACCESSIBILITY in Discrete Event Simulation,” ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, 6(1), 53-75.

11. Jacobson, S.H., 1997, “The Effect of Initial Transient on Steady State Simulation Harmonic Gradient Estimators,” Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 43(2), 209-221.

12. Yucesan, E., Jacobson, S.H., 1997, “The Complexity of Rapid Learning in Discrete Event Simulation,” IIE Transactions, 29(9), 783-790.

13. Jacobson, S.H., Schruben, L.W., 1999, "A Harmonic Analysis Approach to Simulation Sensitivity Analysis,” IIE Transactions, 31(3), 231-243.

14. Jacobson, S.H., Yucesan, E., 1999, “On the Complexity of Verifying Structural Properties of Discrete Event Simulation Models,” Operations Research, 47(3), 476-481.

15. Vazquez-Abad, F.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2001, "Phantom Harmonic Gradient Estimators for Priority Queueing Systems," INFORMS Journal on Computing, 13(4), 345-359.

16. Jacobson, S.H., Yucesan, E., 2002, "Common Issues in Discrete-Event Simulation and Discrete Optimization," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 47(2), 341-345.

17. Swisher, J.R., Jacobson, S.H., Yucesan E., 2003, "Discrete-Event Simulation Optimization Using Ranking, Selection, and Multiple Comparison Procedures: A Survey," ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, 13(2), 134-154.

18. Swisher, J.R., Hyden, P.D., Jacobson, S.H., Schruben, L.W., 2004, " A Survey of Recent Advances in Discrete Input Parameter Discrete-Event Simulation Optimization," IIE Transactions, 36(6), 591-600.

19. Smith, J.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2005, “An Analysis of the Alias Method for Discrete Random Number Generation,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 17(3), 321-327.

 

Discrete Optimization Algorithms and Heuristic Analysis

1.    Jacobson, S.H., Solow, D., 1993, "The Effectiveness of Finite Improvement Algorithms for Finding Global Optima,” Zeitschrift fur Operations Research (ZOR) -- Methods and Models of Operations Research, 37(3), 257-272.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., Johnson, A.W., Sullivan, K.A., Fleischer, M.A., Kumar, A., 1997, “Metaheuristics for a Flexible Assembly System Design Problem,” Journal of Heuristics, 3(2), 139-159.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., Sullivan, K.A., Johnson, A.W., 1998, "Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization Using Computer Simulation and Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," Engineering Optimization, 31, 247-260.

4.    Fleischer, M., Jacobson, S.H., 1999, "Information Theory and the Finite-Time Behavior of the Simulated Annealing Algorithm: Experimental Results," INFORMS Journal on Computing, 11(1), 35-43.

5.    Kumar, A., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2000, "Computational Analysis of a Flexible Assembly System Design Problem," European Journal of Operational Research, 123(3), 453-472.

6.    Sullivan, K.A. and Jacobson, S.H., 2000, “Ordinal Hill Climbing Algorithms for Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization Problems,” Discrete Event Dynamical Systems, 10(4), 307-324.

7.    Vaughan, D., S.H. Jacobson, and D. Armstrong, 2000, “A New Neighborhood Function for Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization Using Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 122(2), 164-171.

8.    Sullivan, K.A., Jacobson, S.H., 2001, "A Convergence Analysis of Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 46(8), 1288-1293.

9.    Johnson, A.W., Jacobson, S.H., 2002, “A Class of Convergent Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Applied Mathematics and Computation, 125(2-3), 359-373.

10. Johnson, A.W., Jacobson, S.H., 2002, “On the Convergence of Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Discrete Applied Mathematics, 119(1-2), 37-57.

11. Orosz, J.E., Jacobson, S.H. 2002, “Finite-time Performance Analysis of Static Simulated Annealing Algorithms,” Computational Optimization and Applications, 21(1), 21-53.

12. Orosz, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2002, “Analysis of Static Simulated Annealing Algorithms," Journal of Optimization Theory and Application, 115(1), 165-182.

13. Fleischer, M.A., Jacobson, S.H., 2002, “Scale Invariance Properties in the Simulated Annealing Algorithm,” Methodology and Computing In Applied Probability, 4(3), 219-241.

14. Henderson, D., Vaughan, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., Wakefield, R.R., Sewell, E.C., 2003, "Solving the Shortest Route Cut and Fill Problem Using Simulated Annealing,” European Journal of Operational Research, 145(1), 72-84.

15. Armstrong, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2003 “Studying the Complexity of Global Verification for NP-hard Discrete Optimization Problems,” Journal of Global Optimization, 27(1), 83-96.

16. Jacobson, S.H., Yucesan, E., 2004, "Global Optimization Performance Measures for Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," Journal of Global Optimization, 29(2), 173-190.

17. Venkat, V., Jacobson, S.H., Stori, J.A., 2004, “A Post-Optimality Analysis Algorithm for Multi-Objective Optimization," Computational Optimization and Applications, 28(3), 357-372.

18. Armstrong, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2004, “Polynomial Transformations and Data Independent Neighborhood Functions,” Discrete Applied Mathematics, 143(1-3), 272-284.

19. Vaughan, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2004, "Formulating the Meta-Heuristic Tabu Search in the Generalized Hill Climbing Framework," Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability, 6(3), 343-354.

20. Jacobson, S.H., Yucesan, E., 2004, "Analyzing the Performance of Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," Journal of Heuristics, 10(4), 387-405.

21. Vaughan, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., Hall, S.N., McLay, L.A., 2005, "Simultaneous Generalized Hill-Climbing Algorithms for Addressing Sets of Discrete Optimization Problems," INFORMS Journal on Computing 17(4), 438-450.

22. Armstrong, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2005, “Data Independent Neighborhood Functions and Strict Local Optima,” Discrete Applied Mathematics, 146(3), 233-243

23. Jacobson, S.H., Hall, S.N., McLay, L.A., Orosz, J.E., 2005, “Performance Analysis of Cyclic Simulated Annealing Algorithms,” Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability, 7(2), 183-201.

24. Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., Hall, S.N., Henderson, D., Vaughan, D.E., 2006, “Optimal Search Strategies Using Simultaneous Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 43(9-10), 1061-1073.

25. Armstrong, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2006, “Order Preserving Reductions and Polynomial Improving Paths,” Operations Research Letters, 34(1), 9-16.

26. Kaul, H., Jacobson, S.H., 2006, “Global Optima Results for the Kauffman NK Model,” Mathematical Programming, 106, 319-338.

27. Armstrong, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2006, “Analyzing the Complexity of Finding Good Neighborhood Functions for Local Search Algorithms,” Journal of Global Optimization, 36(2), 219-236.

28. Kaul, H., Jacobson, S.H., 2007, “New Global Optima Results for the Kauffman NK Model: Handling Dependency,” Mathematical Programming, 108(2-3), 475-494.

29. McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., 2007, “Integer Knapsack Problems with Set-Up Weights,” Computational Optimization and Applications, 37(1), 35-47.

30. McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., 2007, “Algorithms for the Bounded Set-Up Knapsack Problem,” Discrete Optimization, 4(2), 206-212.

31. Vaughan, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., Kaul, H., 2007, “Analyzing the Performance of Simultaneous Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Computational Optimization and Applications, 37(1), 103-119.

32. Armstrong, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2008, “An Analysis of Neighborhood Functions on Generic Solution Spaces,” European Journal of Operational Research, 186(2), 529-541.

33. Kao, G., Jacobson, S.H., 2008, “Finding Preferred Subset of Pareto Optimal Solutions,” Computational Optimization and Applications, 40(1), 73-95.

34. Kao, G.K., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2009, “A Branch, Bound, and Remember Algorithm for the 1|ri|Sti Scheduling Problem,” Journal of Scheduling, 12(2), 163-175.

35. Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., 2009, “Applying Statistical Tests to Empirically Compare Tabu Search Parameters for MAX 3-SATISFIABILITY: A Case Study,” Omega, 37(3), 522-534.

36. Nikolaev, A.G., Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “Using Markov Chains to Analyze the Effectiveness of Local Search Algorithms," Discrete Optimization, 8(2), 160-173.

37. Nikolaev, A.G., Jacobson, S.H., Hall, S.N., Henderson, D., 2011, “A Framework for Analyzing Sub-Optimal Performance of Local Search Algorithm", Computational Optimization and Applications, 49(3), 407-433 (Honorable Mention, Best Paper Award).

38. Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., Kaul, H., 2011, “Reductions for the Stable Set Problem," Algorithmic Operations Research, 6(1), 40-55.

39. Kao, G.K., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., Hall, S.N., 2012, “New Dominance Rules and Exploration Strategies for the 1|ri|SUi Scheduling Problem,” Computational Optimization and Applications, 51(3), 1253-1274.

40. Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “A Branch, Bound, and Remember Algorithm for the Simple Assembly Line Balancing Problem, INFORMS Journal on Computing, 24(3), 443-442.

41. Sewell, E.C., Sauppe, J.J., Morrison, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., Kao, G.K., 2012, “Minimizing Total Tardiness for the Single Machine with Sequence Dependent Setup Time Problem Using the BB&R Algorithm,” Journal of Global Optimization, 54(4), 791-812 (Top-5 Papers (of 149) Published in Journal of Global Optimization in 2012).

42. Morrison, D.M., Sauppe, J.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2013, “A Network Simplex Algorithm for the Equal Flow Problem on a Generalized Network,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 25(1), 2-12.

43. Morrison, D.M., Sauppe, J.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2014, “A Note on the Proportional Network Flow Problem,” Optimization Letters, 8(3), 801-809.

44. Morrison, D.R., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2014, “A Computational Study of the Simple Assembly Line Balancing Problem using Cyclic Best-First Search,” European Journal of Operational Research, 236(2), 403-409.

45. Morrison, D.R., Sauppe, J.J., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., “A Wide Branching Strategy for the Graph Coloring Problem,”
INFORMS Journal on Computing, 26(4), 704-717.

46. Morrison, D.R., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2014, “Characteristics of the Maximal Independent Set ZDD,” Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, 28(1), 121-139.

 

Stochastic Models and Sequential Decision-Making

1.  Nikolaev, A.G., Jacobson, S.H., 2010, “Stochastic Sequential Decision-Making with a Random Number of Jobs”, Operations Research, 54(4P1), 1023-1027.

2.  Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “Sequential Stochastic Assignment under Uncertainty: Estimation and Convergence,” Statistical Inference for Stochastic Processes, 14(1), 21-46.

3.  Baharian, G., Jacobson, S.H., 2013, “Stochastic Sequential Assignment Problem with Threshold Criteria,” Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences, 27(3), 277-296.

4.  Baharian, G., Jacobson, S.H., 2013, “Limiting Behavior of the Stochastic Sequential Assignment Problem,” Naval Research Logistics, 60(4), 321-330.

5.  Khatibi, A., Baharian, G., Kone, E.R., Jacobson, S.H., 2014, “The Sequential Stochastic Assignment Problem with Random Success Rates,” IIE Transactions. 46(11), 1169-1180.

6.  Baharian, G., Jacobson, S.H., 2014, “Limiting Behavior of the Target-Dependent Stochastic Sequential Assignment Problem,” Journal of Applied Probability,

Aviation Security System Design and Analysis

1.    Kobza, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., 1996, "Addressing the Dependency Problem in Access Security System Architecture Design,” Risk Analysis, 16(6), 801-812.

2.    Kobza, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., 1997, “Probability Models for Access Security System Architectures,” Journal of the Operational Research Society, 48(3), 255-263.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., Nakayama, M., 2000, "A Sampling Procedure to Estimate Risk Probabilities in Access Control Security Systems," European Journal of Operational Research, 122(1), 123-132.

4.    Jacobson, S.H., Bowman, J.M., Kobza, J.E., 2001, “Modeling and Analyzing the Performance of Aviation Security Systems Using Baggage Value Performance Measures,” IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, 12(1), 3-22.

5.    Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., Easterling, A.E., 2001, "A Detection Theoretic Approach to Modeling Aviation Security Problems Using the Knapsack Problem," IIE Transactions, 33(9), 747-759 (Best Paper Award, 2001-2002 Focused Issue on Operations Engineering).

6.    Virta, J.L., Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2002, “Outgoing Selectee Rates At Hub Airports,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 76(2), 155-165.

7.    Jacobson, S.H., Virta, J.L., Bowman, J.M., Kobza, J.E., Nestor, J.J., 2003, "Modeling Aviation Baggage Screening Security Systems: A Case Study," IIE Transactions, 35(3), 259-269.

8.    Virta, J.L., Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2003, “Analyzing the Cost of Screening Selectee and Non-Selectee Baggage,” Risk Analysis, 23(5), 897-908.

9.    Candalino, T.J., Kobza, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2004, “Designing Optimal Aviation Baggage Screening Strategies using Simulated Annealing," Computer and Operations Research, 31(10), 1753-1767.

10. Jacobson, S.H., Karnani, T., Kobza, J.E., 2005, "Assessing the Impact of Deterrence on Aviation Checked Baggage Screening Strategies," International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 5(1), 1-15.

11. Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., Kobza, J.E., Bowman, J.M., 2005, “Modeling and Analyzing Multiple Station Baggage Screening Security System Performance," Naval Research Logistics, 52(1), 30-45.

12. Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., Virta, J.L., Kobza, J.E., 2005, “Integer Program Models for the Deployment of Airport Baggage Screening Security Devices," Optimization and Engineering, 6(3), 339-359.

13. Jacobson, S.H., Karnani, T., Kobza, J.E., Ritchie, L., 2006, “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Alternative Device Configurations for Aviation Checked Baggage Security Screening,” Risk Analysis, 26(2), 297-310.

14. McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2006, “A Multilevel Passenger Screening Problem for Aviation Security,” Naval Research Logistics, 53(3), 183-197.

15. McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2007, “Integer Programming Models and Analysis for a Multilevel Passenger Screening Problem, “IIE Transactions, 39(1), 73-81.

16. Nikolaev, A.G., Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., 2007, “A Sequential Stochastic Security System Design Problem for Aviation Security,” Transportation Science, 41(2), 182-194.

17. McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2008, “The Tradeoff between Technology and Prescreening Intelligence in Checked Baggage Screening for Aviation Security,” Journal of Transportation Security, 1(2), 107-126.

18. Lee, A.J., Nikolaev, A.G., Jacobson, S.H., 2008, “Protecting Air Transportation:  A Survey of Operations Research Applications to Aviation Security,” Journal of Transportation Security, 1(3), 160-184.

19. McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., Nikolaev, A.G., 2009, “A Sequential Stochastic Passenger Screening Problem for Aviation Security,” IIE Transactions, 41(6), 575-591 (2009 Outstanding IIE Publication Award).

20. Jacobson, S.H., Lee, A.J., Nikolaev, A.G., 2009, “Designing for Flexibility in Aviation Security Systems,” Journal of Transportation Security, 2(1&2), 1-8.         

21. Lee, A.J., McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., 2009, “Designing Aviation Security Passenger Screening Systems using Nonlinear Control,” SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization,  48(4), 2085-2105.

22. McLay, L.A., Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2010, “Risk-Based Policies for Aviation Security Checkpoint Screening,” Transportation Science, 44(3), 333-349.

23. Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sequential Aviation Security Screening Policies,” IIE Transactions, 43(8), 547-565.

24. Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “The Impact of Aviation Checkpoint Queues on Optimizing Security Screening Effectiveness,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 96(8), 900-911.

25. Pacheco, L.J., Kobza, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., Gupta, R., 2011, “A Markov Model of Terrorist Behavior within the Aviation Security Environment,” Journal of Transportation Security, 4(2), 117-130.

26. Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “Identifying Changing Aviation Threat Environments within an Adaptive Homeland Security Advisory System,” Risk Analysis, 32(2), 319-329.

27. Nikolaev, A.G., Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “Optimal Aviation Security Screening Strategies with Dynamic Passenger Risk Updates," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 13(1), 203-212.

28. Sewell, E.C., Attagara, J., Kobza, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “Allocating Explosive Screening Devices for Aviation Security,” Journal of Transportation Security, 5(2), 141-155.

29. Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “Addressing Passenger Risk Uncertainty for Aviation Security Screening,” Transportation Science, 46(2), 189-203.

30. Sewell, E.C., Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2013, “Optimal Allocation of Aviation Security Screening Devices," Journal of Transportation Security, 6(2), 103-116.

 

Health Care Systems Engineering, Modeling, and Analysis

1.    Jacobson, S.H., Morrice, D.J., 1998, “A Mathematical Model for Assessing the Temporal Association Between Health Disorders and Medical Treatments,” Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 71(1/2), 209-228.

2.    Jun, J.B., Jacobson, S.H., Swisher, J.R., 1999, "Applications of Discrete Event Simulation in Health Care Clinics: A Survey," Journal of the Operational Research Society, 50(2), 109-123.

3.    Swisher, J.R., Jacobson, S.H., Jun, J., Balci, O., 2001, "Modeling and Analyzing a Physician Clinic Environment Using Discrete-Event (Visual) Simulation," Computers and Operations Research, 28(2), 105-125.

4.    Swisher, J.R., Jacobson, S.H., 2002, "Evaluating the Design Of a Family Practice Healthcare Clinic Using Discrete-Event Simulation," Health Care Management Science, 5(2), 75-88.

5.    Guo, J., Morrison, D.R., Jacobson, S.H., Jokela, J.A., 2014, “Complexity Results for the General Residency Scheduling Problem,” Journal of Scheduling, 17(3), 211-223.

 

Immunization, Vaccines, and Public Health

1.      Weniger, B.G., Chen, R.T., Jacobson, S.H. Sewell, E.C. Deuson, R., Livengood, J.R., Orenstein, W.A., 1998, "Addressing the Challenges to Immunization Practice with an Economic Algorithm for Vaccine Selection," Vaccine, 16(19), 1885-1897.

2.      Jacobson, S.H. Sewell, E.C., Deuson, R., Weniger, B.G., 1999, "An Integer Programming Model for Vaccine Procurement and Delivery for Childhood Immunization: A Pilot Study," Health Care Management Science, 2, 1-9.

3.      Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., Weniger, B.G., 2001, ““Reverse Engineering" a Formulary Selection Algorithm to Determine the Economic Value of Pentavalent and Hexavalent Combination Vaccines,” Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 20(11), S45-S56.

4.      Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2002, “Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Determine Combination Vaccine Price Distributions for Childhood Diseases,” Health Care Management Science, 5(2), 135-145.

5.      Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2003, "Using an Integer Programming Model to Determine the Price of Combination Vaccines for Childhood Immunization,” Annals of Operations Research, 119, 261-284.

6.      Jacobson, S.H., Karnani, T., Sewell, E.C., 2003, “Analyzing the Economic Value of the Hepatitis B - Haemophilus Influenzae Type B Combination Vaccine by Reverse Engineering a Formulary Selection Algorithm,” Vaccine, 21(17-18), 2169-2177.

7.      Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Allwine, D.A., Medina, E.A., Weniger, B.G., 2003, “Designing Pediatric Vaccine Formularies and Pricing Pediatric Combination Vaccines using Operations Research Models and Algorithms,” Expert Review of Vaccines, 2(1), 15-19.

8.      Jacobson, S.H., Karnani, T., Sewell, E.C., 2004, “Assessing the Impact of Wastage on Pediatric Vaccine Immunization Formulary Costs Using a Vaccine Selection Algorithm,” Vaccine, 22(17-18), 2307-2315.

9.      Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Karnani, T., 2005, “Engineering the Economic Value of Two Pediatric Combination Vaccines,” Health Care Management Science, 8(1), 29-40.

10.   Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Proano, R.A., Jokela, J.A., 2006, “Stockpile Levels for Pediatric Vaccines: How Much is Enough?” Vaccine, 24(17), 3530-3537.

11.   Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Proano, R.A., 2006, “An Analysis of the Pediatric Vaccine Supply Shortage Problem,” Health Care Management Science, 9(4), 371-389.

12.   Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Jokela, J.A., 2007, “A Survey of Vaccine Distribution and Delivery Issues in the United States: From Pediatrics to Pandemics,” Expert Review of Vaccines, 6(6), 981-990.

13.   Hall, S.N., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2008, “Maximizing the Effectiveness of a Pediatric Vaccine Formulary While Prohibiting Extraimmunization, Health Care Management Science, 11(4), 339-352.

14.   Hall, S.N., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2008, “An Analysis of Pediatric Vaccine Formulary Selection Problems," Operations Research, 56(6), 1348-1365.

15.   Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2008, “A Web-based Tool for Designing Vaccine Formularies for Childhood Immunization in the United States,” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 15(5), 611-619.

16.   Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2010, “Pricing Strategies for Combination Pediatric Vaccines and their Impact on Market Share: Pediarix or Pentacel?” Health Care Management Science, 13(1), 54-64.

17.   Proano, R.A., Jacobson, S.H. Jokela, J.A., 2010, “A Multi-attribute Approach for Setting Pediatric Vaccine Stockpile Levels,” Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, 6(4), 709-722.

18.   Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “Pediatric Vaccine Procurement Policy: The Monopsonist’s Problem,” Omega, 39(6), 589-597.

19.   Proano, R.A., Jacobson, S.H., Zhang, W., 2012, “Making Combination Vaccines More Accessible to Low-Income Countries: The Antigen Bundle Pricing Problem,” Omega, 40(1), 53-64.

20.   Behzad, B., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2012, “Pricing Strategies for Combination Pediatric Vaccines based on the Lowest Overall Cost Formulary,” Expert Review of Vaccines, 11(10), 1189-1197.

21.   Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., Shanhbag, U.V., Behzad, B., 2014, “The Weighted Set Covering Game: A Vaccine Pricing Model For Pediatric Immunization,INFORMS Journal on Computing, 26(1), 183-198.

22.   Behzad, B., Jacobson, S.H., Jokela, J.A., Sewell, E.C., 2014, “The Relationship Between Pediatric Combination Vaccines and Market Effects,” American Journal of Public Health, 104(6), 998-1004.

23.   Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2014, "Analytics for Vaccine Economics and Pricing: Insights & Observations," Expert Review of Vaccines.

 

Transportation, Obesity, and Public Health

1.    Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., 2006, “The Economic Impact of Obesity on Automobile Fuel Consumption," The Engineering Economist, 51(4), 307-323.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., King, D.M., 2009, “Measuring the Potential for Automobile Fuel Savings in the US: The Impact of Obesity,” Transportation Research Part D (Transport and Environment), 14(1), 6-13.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., King, D.M., 2009, “Fuel Saving and Ridesharing in the US: Motivations, Limitations, and Opportunities, Transportation Research Part D (Transport and Environment), 14(1), 14-21.

4.    Nikolaev, A.G., Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2010, “Evaluating the Impact of Legislation Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving,” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 44(3), 182-193.

5.    Jacobson, S. H., King, D. M., Yuan, R., 2011, “A Note on the Relationship Between Obesity and Driving” Transport Policy, 18(6), 772-776.

6.    King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., Ryan, K., Robbins, M.J., 2012, “Assessing the Long Term Benefit of Hand-held Wireless Device Bans While Driving” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 46(12), 1586-1593.

7.    Behzad, B., King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., 2013, “Quantifying the Association Between Obesity, Automobile Travel, and Caloric Intake," Preventive Medicine, 56(2), 103-106.

8.    Behzad B., King D.M., Jacobson S.H., 2014, “Seatbelt usage: Is there an association with obesity?” Public Health, 128(9), 799-803.

      

Applications of Operations Research

1.    Co, H.C., Jacobson, S.H., 1994, "The Kanban Assignment Problem in Serial Just-in-Time Production Systems,” IIE Transactions, 26(2), 76-85.

2.    Shyryayev, I., Jacobson, S.H., 2005, “A Sensitivity Analysis of Matching Coin Game Strategies," Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 41(6-7), 735-747.

3.    Kobza, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., Vaughan, D.E., 2007, “A Survey of the Coupon Collector’s Problem with Random Sample Sizes,” Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability, 9(4), 573-584.

 

Causal Inference, Social Sciences, and Politics

1.  Rigdon, S., Jacobson, S.H., Cho, W.T., Sewell, E.C., Rigdon, C.J., 2009, “A Bayesian Prediction Model for the United States Presidential Election,” American Politics Research, 37(4), 700-724.

2.  Rigdon, S.E., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., Cho, W.K.T., Rigdon, C.J., 2010, “An Analysis of Daily Predictions for the 2008 United States Presidential Election,” Case Studies in Business, Industry and Government Statistics, 4(1), 1-8.

3.  King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Cho, W.K. Tam, 2012, “Geo-Graphs: An Efficient Model for Enforcing Contiguity and Hole Constraints in Planar Graph Partitioning,” Operations Research, 60(5), 1213-1228.

4.  Nikolaev, A.G., Jacobson, S.H., Cho, W.K.T., Sauppe, J.J., Sewell, E.C., 2013 “Balance Optimization Subset Selection (BOSS): An Alternative Approach for Causal Inference with Observational Data,” Operations Research, 61(2), 398-412.

5.  Cho, W.T., Nikolaev, A.G., Sauppe, J., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2013, “An Optimization Approach to Making Causal Inferences,” Statistica Neerlandica, 67(2), 211-226.

6.  King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2014, “Efficient Geo-Graph Contiguity and Hole Algorithms for Geographic Zoning and Dynamic Plane Graph Partitioning,Mathematical Programming.

7.  Sauppe, J. J., S. H. Jacobson, and E. C. Sewell, “Complexity and Approximation Results for the Balance Optimization Subset Selection Model for Causal Inference in Observational Studies,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 26(3), 547–566, 2014.

 

Sports Analytics: NCAA Bracketology

1.    Jacobson, S.H., King, D.M., 2009, “Seeding in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: When is a Higher Seed Better?” Journal of Gambling, Business, and Economics, 3(2), 63-87.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., Nikolaev, A.G., King, D.M., Lee, A.J., 2011, “Seed Distributions for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament,“ Omega, 39(6), 719-724.

3.    Khatibi, A., King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., 2015, “Modeling the Winning Seed Distributions of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament,” Omega, 50(1), 141-148

Book Chapters

1.    Fleischer, M.A., Jacobson, S.H., 1996, "Cybernetic Optimization by Simulated Annealing: An Implementation of Parallel Processing Using Probabilistic Feedback Control," 249-264 (Chapter 16 in Meta-Heuristics: Theory and Application, I.H. Osman and J.P. Kelly, Editors), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Massachusetts.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., 2002, “Analyzing the Performance of Local Search Algorithms using Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” 441-467, (Chapter 20 in Essays and Surveys on Metaheuristics, P. Hansen and C.C. Ribeiro, Editors), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Massachusetts.

3.    Henderson, D., Jacobson, S.H., Johnson, A.W., 2003, “The Theory and Practice of Simulated Annealing,” 287-319, (Chapter 10 in Handbook on Metaheuristics, F. Glover and G. Kochenberger, Editors), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Massachusetts.

4.    Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2004, "Designing Pediatric Formularies for Childhood Immunization using Integer Programming Models," Chapter in Operations Research and Health Care: A Handbook of Methods and Applications (M.L. Brandeau, F. Sainfort, and W.P. Pierskalla, Editors), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Massachusetts, 421-444.

5.    Jacobson, S.H., Hall, S.N., Swisher, J.R., 2006, “Discrete-Event Simulation of Health Care Systems,” Chapter 8 in Patient Flow: Reducing Delay in Healthcare Delivery (R.W. Hall, Editor) Springer International Series, 211-252.

6.    Jacobson, S.H., 2007 “The Economics of Vaccine Delivery,” Chapter 5 in International Assessment of Research and Development in Rapid Vaccine Manufacturing, WTEC Panel Final Report, World Technology Evaluation Center, 55-65.

7.    Hall, S.N., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2008, “Optimizing Pediatric Vaccine Formularies,” Chapter 4 in Optimization in Medicine and Biology (G. J. Lim, E. K. Lee, Editors) Auerbach Publications (Taylor and Francis Group), 117-145.

8.    Lee, A.J., Nikolaev, A.G., Jacobson, S.H., 2008, “Operations Research Applications in Aviation Security Systems,” Volume 2, Chapter 8 in Aviation Security Management (A.R. Thomas, Editor), Praeger Security International, 126-145.

9.    Nikolaev, A.G. Jacobson, S.H., 2010, "The Theory and Practice of Simulated Annealing," Chapter 1 in Handbook of Metaheuristics (M. Gendreau and J.-Y. Potvins, Editors), Second Edition, International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, Volume 146, Springer, New York, 1-40.

10. Jacobson, S.H., King, D.M., 2010, “A Societal Cost of Obesity in Terms of Automobile Fuel Consumption,” Chapter in Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (Pinar Keskinocak, J. Swann, Editors).

11. Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2010, “Optimizing the Aviation Checkpoint Process to Enhance Security and Expedite Screening,” Chapter in Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (Pinar Keskinocak, J. Swann, Editors).

 

Professional and Editorial Publications

1.    Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2002, “A New Era for Aviation Security,” Swords and Ploughshares, 14(1), 7-8.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2003, “Authors’ Commentary: Aviation Security Baggage Screening: To Screen or Not to Screen, That is the Question,” UMAP Journal, 24(2), 187-192.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Weniger, B.G., 2004, “An Operations Research Software Tool for Designing Pediatric Vaccine Formularies for Childhood Immunization,” Interfaces, 34(6), 440-441.

4.    Jacobson, S.H., 2005, “Selling Our Wares: What We Don’t Tell Them Can Hurt Us,” ORMS Today, 32(2), 80.

5.    McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2005, “Making Skies Safer: Applying Operations Research to Aviation Passenger Prescreening Systems,” ORMS Today, 32(5), 24-31 (Reprinted in Analytics, Spring 2008, 13-17).

6.    Jacobson, S.H., 2006, “How to Survive Your 15 Minutes of Fame,” ORMS Today, 33(6), 30-34.

7.    Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., Pohl, E., 2007, “Editor’s Introduction: Special Issue on Homeland Security,” IIE Transactions, 39(1), 1-2.

8.    Jacobson, S.H., 2007, “Research Videos: A Star is B‘OR’n,” ORMS Today, 34(5), 16-17.

9.    Lee, A.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2008, “Olympic Tiebreakers: The Reward of Risk and Innovation," ORMS Today, 35(5), 20-21.

10. Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., 2008, “Predictions, Prophesy, and Promises,” ORMS Today, 35(6), 16-17.

11. Jacobson, S.H., “Staking a Claim to IE (Information Engineering),” ORMS Today, 37(1), 18-19.

12. Jacobson, S.H., Jokela, J.A., 2010, “Living and Dying: Up Close and Personal,” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 13(7), 897-898.

13. Jacobson, S.H., Lee, A.J., 2010, Aviation Security in 2030: A Glimpse into the Future," ORMS Today, 37(6), 14,16.

14. Proano, R.A., Jacobson, S.H., Jokela, J.A., 2011, “Response to "Modeling the national pediatric vaccine stockpile: Supply shortages, health impacts and cost consequences"”, Vaccine, 29(4), 615.

15. Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “The Laws of Probability, the Final Four, and the Analytics of Bracketology,” ORMS Today, 38(1), 30-32.

16. Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “An Opportunity to Make a Difference,” ORMS Today, 38(6), 28-30,32.

17. Jacobson, S.H., 2011, “Letters: TSA chats address limits of technology,” USA Today, 30(36), 3 November 2011, 8a.

18. Jacobson, S. H., 2012, “The I’s of Aviation Security,” Journal of Transportation Security, 5(1), 35-38.

19. Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “Letters: Brackets can Promote STEM,” USA Today, 30(139), 30 March 2012, 10a.

20.  Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “Vaccine pricing: how can we get it right?Expert Review of Vaccines, 11(10), 1163-1165.

21.  Sauppe, J.J, Jacobson, S.H., 2012, “Election Analytics,” ORMS Today, 39(5), 34-36.

22. Jacobson, S.H., 2014, “Confessions of a NSF Program Director,” ORMS Today, 41(5).

 

Conference Proceedings Papers

1.    Jacobson, S.H., Morrice, D.J., Schruben, L.W., 1988, "The Global Simulation Clock as the Frequency Domain Experiment Index," Proceedings of the 1988 Winter Simulation Conference, 558-563.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., Schruben, L.W., 1988, "Optimization of Stochastic Dynamical Systems in the Frequency Domain," Analysis and Optimization of Systems, Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, 111, 925-938.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., 1989, "Oscillation Amplitude Considerations in Frequency Domain Experiments," Proceedings of the 1989 Winter Simulation Conference, 406-410.

4.    Morrice, D.J., Schruben, L.W., Jacobson, S.H., 1990, "Initial Transient Effects in the Frequency Domain," Proceedings of the 1990 Winter Simulation Conference, 357-359.

5.    Yucesan, E., Jacobson, S.H., 1992, "Building Correct Simulation Models is Difficult," Proceedings of the 1992 Winter Simulation Conference, 25, 783-790.

6.    Jacobson, S.H., 1994, "Harmonic Gradient Estimators: A Survey of Recent Results," Proceedings of the Conference on Modeling and Simulation (European Simulation Multiconference), 853-857.

7.    Kumar, A, Jacobson, S.H., Mohamed, Z., Motwani, J., 1994, "A Heuristic Approach for Designing Flexible Assembly Systems," 1994 Proceedings Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, 3, 1612-1614.

8.    Vazquez, F., Jacobson, S.H., 1994, "Application of RPA and the Harmonic Gradient Estimators to a Priority Queueing System," Proceedings of the 1994 Winter Simulation Conference, 369-376.

9.    Jacobson, S.H., Morrice, D.J., 1994, "Teaching Simulation: A Panel Discussion," Proceedings of the 1994 Winter Simulation Conference, 1378-1381.

10. Fleischer, M.A., Jacobson, S.H., 1995, "Cybernetic Optimization by Simulated Annealing: An Overview with Experimental Results," First Metaheuristics International Conference Proceedings, 361-368.

11. Morrice, D.J., Jacobson, S.H., 1995, "Amplitude Selection in Transient Sensitivity Analysis, Proceedings of the 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, 330-335.

12. Yucesan, E., Jacobson, S.H., 1995, "On the Simultaneous Construction of Sample Paths," Proceedings of the 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, 357-361.

13. Jacobson, S.H., 1996, "Building and Analyzing Discrete Event Simulation Models of Complex Systems: A Computational Complexity Approach," Proceedings of the 1996 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, 503-504.

14. Yucesan, E., Jacobson, S.H., 1996, "Simulated Annealing Heuristic for Accessibility," Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Stochastic Simulation and Experimental Design, 21-27.

15. Jacobson, S.H., Morrice, D.J., 1996, "Analyzing the Temporal Association Between Health Disorders and Medical Treatments Using Probability Models and Monte Carlo Simulation," Proceedings of the 1996 Winter Simulation Conference, 1176-1182.

16. Jacobson, S.H., 1997, "Heuristics for Discrete Event Computer Simulation Model Structural Problems," Proceedings of the 1997 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, 415-416.

17. Jacobson, S.H., Sullivan, K.A., Johnson, A.W., 1997, "Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms for Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Problems Using Computer Simulation Models," Proceedings of the Conference on Modeling and Simulation (European Simulation Multiconference), 473-478 (Best Paper Award in the Industrial Simulation Track).

18. Weniger, B. C., Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Deuson, R., Chen, R.T., 1997, “Vaccine Selection Algorithm using Linear Programming to Minimize the Overall Cost of Disease Control through Immunization,” Proceedings of the 37th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

19. Swisher, J.R., Jun, J.B., Jacobson, S.H., Balci, O., 1997, "Simulation of the Queston Physician Network," Proceedings of the 1997 Winter Simulation Conference, 1146-1154.

20. Jacobson, S.H., 1998, "Heuristics for Computer Simulation Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization," Proceedings of the 1998 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, 175-176.

21. Jacobson, S.H., Yucesan, E., 1998, "Using Accessibility to Assess the Performance of Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," Proceedings of the 1998 Winter Simulation Conference, 761-768.

22. Jacobson, S. H., Armstrong, D.E., Vaughan, D. 1999, “A Survey of Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms for Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization,” Advanced Aerospace Materials and Processes Conference (AeroMat).

23. Kumar, A., Jacobson, S.H., Mohamed, Z.M., 1999, “Managing Critical Resources with Stochastic Consumption Rates,” Proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting.

24. Swisher, J.R., Jacobson, S.H., 1999, "Discrete-Event Simulation Optimization Using Ranking, Selection, and Multiple Comparison Procedures: A Survey," (State-of-the-Art Tutorial), Proceedings of the 1999 Winter Simulation Conference, 492-501.

25. Jacobson, S.H., 2000, "A Study of Local Search Strategies using Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Proceedings of the 2000 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference.

26. Kumar A., Jacobson, S.H., 2000, "Managing Critical Resources with Stochastic Consumption Rates," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 2000 Conference Proceedings, 1-8.

27. Swisher, J.R., Hyden, P., Jacobson, S.H., Schruben, L.W., 2000, " A Survey of Simulation Optimization Techniques and Procedures," (State-of-the-Art Tutorial), Proceedings of the 2000 Winter Simulation Conference.

28. Jacobson, S.H., 2001, “On the Performance of Local Search Algorithms,” Proceedings of the 2001 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference.

29. Henderson, D., Wakefield, R.R., Vaughan, D., Jacobson, S.H., 2001, "Optimal Earthmoving Vehicle Routes Using Local Search Algorithms," Perspectives on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Anumba, C.J., Egbu, C. and Thorpe, A. (Editors), Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on 'Innovation In Architecture Engineering And Construction (AEC)', Loughborough University, United Kingdom, 555-565.

30. Vaughan, D.E., Jacobson, S.H., Armstrong, D.E., 2001, “Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization using Simultaneous Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Processing and Manufacturing of Materials.

31. Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Weniger, B.G., 2001, “Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Assess the Value of Combination Vaccines for Pediatric Immunization,” Proceedings of the 2001 Winter Simulation Conference.

32. Jacobson, S.H., 2002, “Assessing the Performance of Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Proceedings of the 2002 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference.

33. Kobza, J.E., Jacobson, S.H., 2003, “A Study of Aviation Access Control Security Systems,” Proceedings of the 2003 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference.

34. Jacobson, S.H., 2003, “A Study of Local Search Strategies Using Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Proceedings of the 2003 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference.

35. Kobza, J. E., Jacobson, S.H., 2004, “A Study of Aviation Access Control Security Systems,” Proceedings of the 2004 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference.

36. Jacobson, S. H., 2004, “A Study of Local Search Strategies Using Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” Proceedings of the 2004 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference.

37. Sewell, E. C., Jacobson, S.H., 2004, “Research on Designing Vaccine Formularies for Childhood Immunization,” Proceedings of the 2004 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference.

38. Jacobson, S. H., Kobza, J.E., 2005, “A Study of Aviation Access Control Security Systems,” Proceedings of the 2005 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference.

39. Jacobson, S. H., Sewell, E.C., 2005, “Research on Designing Vaccine Formularies for Childhood Immunization,” Proceedings of the 2005 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference.

40. Jacobson, S. H. and J. E. Kobza, 2006, “A Study of Aviation Access Control Security Systems,” Proceedings of the 2006 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference.

41. Jacobson, S. H. and E. C. Sewell, 2006, “Research on Designing Vaccine Formularies for Childhood Immunization,” Proceedings of the 2006 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference

42. Jacobson, S.H., Hall, S.N., McLay, L.A., 2006, “Visiting Near-Optimal Solutions Using Local Search Algorithms,” Proceedings in Computational Statistics, COMPSTAT 2006 (Editors, A. Rizzi, M. Vichi), Physica-Verlag, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, 471-481.

43. McLay, L.A., Jacobson, S.H., Kobza, J.E., 2006, “Balancing Technology Capability Enhancement and Passenger Prescreening Information for Aviation Baggage Screening, Proceedings of Safe Skies Symposium, Washington, DC.

44. Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Hall, S.N., 2008, “Analyzing the General Minimum Cost Vaccine Formulary Selection Problem," Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Design, Service, and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference.

45. Jacobson, S.H., Sewell, E.C., Hall, S.N., 2009, “Maximizing the Effectiveness of a Pediatric Vaccine Formulary While Prohibiting Extraimmunization," Proceedings of the 2009 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference.

46. Chan, W.K., Schruben, L.W., Nelson, B.L. Jacobson, S.H., 2009, “Simulation Fusion,” Proceedings of the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference.

47. Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., Lee, A.J., 2011, “New Approaches for Airport Security Checkpoint Screening,” Proceedings of the 2011 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference.

 

Presentations, Seminars, and Posters (over 420)

Air Force Institute of Technology (1997, 2002, 2006, 2008)

Carnegie-Mellon University (1998, 2013, 2014)

Case Western Reserve University (1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2013)

Cornell University (1987, 1987, 1995, 2011)

George Mason University (2002, 2013)

Georgia Institute of Technology (1997)

Homeland Security Institute (2005)

Illinois Institute of Technology (2014)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1990)

INSEAD, European Institute of Business Administration (1994, 1996)

Iowa State University (2013)

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics laboratory (2004)

Kansas University (1997)

Kent State University (1990)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006)

New Jersey Institute of Technology (1998)

NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio (1991)

Naval Postgraduate School (2001)

North Carolina State University (2008)

Northeastern University (1988, 2011)

Northwestern University (2002,2007)

Ohio State University (1990)

Oklahoma State University (1998, 2014)

Old Dominion University (1996)

Pennsylvania State University (1988, 2013)

Rochester Institute of Technology (2009)

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2009)

Purdue University (2007, 2009, 2011)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2008, 2012, 2013)

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2006)

Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (2012)

Sandia National Laboratory (2003)

Schlumberger (Austin Research), Austin, Texas (1996)

Silicon  Valley Illini Club (2008)

Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) (1998, 2013)

Southern Polytechnic State University (1997, 1998)

SUNY Stonybrook (2013)

Texas A&M University (2012, 2013)

Texas Tech University (2007)

United States Military Academy (1996, 2000, 2003)

University of Arizona (2001, 2003)

University of Arkansas (2014)

University of British Columbia (2010)

University of Buffalo (2011, 2013)

University of California (Berkeley) (2004)

University of Florida (2006, 2007, 2013)

University of Houston (2013)

University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) (1998, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012)

University of Illinois College of Medicine (Urbana-Champaign) Grand Rounds (2013)

University of Iowa (2008)

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University of Michigan (1988, 1999, 2005, 2012)

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Vanderbilt University (2003)

Virginia Tech (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)

Washington University (St. Louis) (1992)

Xerox Corporation, Webster Research Center (2010)

1986,1991,1995,1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004-2006, 2009-2011 Optimization Days, Montreal, Canada

1987-1990,1992,1994-2000, 2005 Winter Simulation Conference

1988-1994 ORSA/TIMS & TIMS/ORSA Joint National Meetings

1988,1994, 2000 International Symposium on Mathematical Programming

1988 International Conference on Analysis and Optimization of Systems, Antibes, France

1994,1999 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting

1994 European Simulation Multi-conference, Barcelona, Spain

1995-2008 INFORMS National Meeting

1995, 1998, 1999 AFOSR Electronic Prototyping Review Meeting, Dayton, Ohio

1995 First Metaheuristics International Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado

1995 Workshop on Industrial Systems Dynamics, Nantes, France

1996 National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1996 Richmond/Tidewater INFORMS Chapter Meeting, Norfolk, Virginia

1996,2004 St. Louis Gateway INFORMS Chapter Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri

1996 AFOSR Electronic Prototyping Review Meeting, Athens, Ohio

1996 Second International Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Stochastic Simulation and Experimental Design, St. Petersburg, Russia

1997 National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Seattle, Washington

1997 AFOSR Electronic Prototyping Review Meeting, Blacksburg, Virginia

1997 European Simulation Multiconference, Istanbul, Turkey

1997 INFORMS Applied Probability Conference, Boston, Massachusetts

1997 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Toronto, Canada

1998 National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Monterey, Mexico

1999 Advanced Aerospace Materials and Processes Conference (Aeromat '99), Dayton, Ohio

1999 AFOSR Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, Dayton, Ohio

2000 National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Vancouver, Canada

2000 SIAM Discrete Mathematics Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2000 Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colorado

2000 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2000 AFOSR Electronic Prototyping & New World Vistas - Discrete Mathematics Review, Orlando, Florida

2000 NEXTOR Annual Research Symposium, Washington, DC

2001 National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Tampa, Florida

2001 Fourth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Arlington, Virginia

2001 INFORMS International Meeting, Maui, Hawaii

2001 International Conference on Innovation In Architecture, Engineering and Construction, United Kingdom

2001 AFOSR Electronic Prototyping, Discrete Mathematics Review, Seattle, Washington

2001 Intelligence Processing and Manufacturing of Materials Conference, Vancouver, Canada

2001 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, Atlanta, Georgia

2002 National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 National Immunization Conference, Denver, Colorado

2002 SIAM Optimization Conference, Toronto, Canada

2002 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida

2002 Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Honolulu, Hawaii

2002 AFOSR Electronic Prototyping, Discrete Mathematics Review, Sunnyvale, California

2002 SIAM Discrete Mathematics Conference, San Diego, California

2003 National Science Foundation Design, Service, and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, Birmingham, Alabama

2003 First International Workshop on Optimization in Radiation Therapy

2003 National Immunization Conference, Chicago, Illinois

2003 Sixth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Arlington, Virginia

2003 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon

2003 AFOSR Optimization and Discrete Mathematics Program Review, Estes Park, Colorado

2004 National Science Foundation Design, Service, & Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, Dallas, Texas

2004 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference, Houston, Texas

2004 SIAM Discrete Mathematics Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

2004 SIAM National Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon

2004 AFOSR Optimization and Discrete Mathematics Program Review, Pasadena, California

2004 Tenth International Conference on Stochastic Programming, Tucson, Arizona

2005 National Science Foundation Design, Service, & Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

2005 National Immunization Conference, Washington, DC

2005 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security: Advanced Sensors for Personnel, Baggage and Cargo Security, Boston, Massachusetts

2005 SIAM Conference on Optimization, Stockholm, Sweden

2005 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Washington, DC

2005 17th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, Honolulu, Hawaii

2005 AFOSR Optimization and Discrete Mathematics Program Review, St. Louis, Missouri

2005 Homeland Security Institute Workshop “Advancing Analytic Techniques in Deterrence Analysis – Workshop Plenary Meeting”, Washington, DC

2005 Winter Simulation Conference, Orlando, Florida (Keynote Speaker, Ph.D. Colloquium)

2006 National Immunization Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

2006 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference on Optimization and Health Care, San Antonio, Texas

2006 INFORMS Conference on OR/MS Practice, Miami, Florida

2006 Canadian Operations Research Society (CORS) National Meeting, Montreal, Canada

2006 INFORMS MSOM Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

2006 SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics, Victoria, Canada

2006 National Science Foundation Design, Service, and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, St. Louis, Missouri

2006 COMPSTAT, Rome, Italy (Invited Speaker)

2006 Safe Skies Symposium, Washington, DC

2007 INFORMS Computing Society, Coral Gables, Florida

2007 National Immunization Conference, Kansas City, Missouri

2007 Workshop on Intl. Research and Development in Rapid Vaccine Manufacturing, Arlington, Virginia

2007-2011 AFOSR Optimization and Discrete Mathematics Program Review, Arlington, Virginia

2007 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

2007 Dallas/Fort Worth INFORMS Chapter Meeting, Dallas, Texas

2007 Seventh Metaheuristics International Conference, Montreal, Canada

2007 INFORMS International Conference, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

2007 Sixth International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Zurich, Switzerland

2007 Operating on Health Care: An Operations Research Symposium, Vancouver, Canada

2007 Opening Workshop, Program on Risk Analysis, Extreme Events and Decision Theory, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

2008 National Science Foundation Civil, Mechanical, & Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Engineering Research & Innovation Conf., Knoxville, Tennessee

2008 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference on Theory, Computation, and Emerging Applications, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 National Immunization Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 INFORMS MSOM Conference, College Park, Maryland

2008 SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics, Burlington, Vermont

2008 SIAM National Annual Meeting, San Diego, California

2008 Joint Statistics Meeting, Denver, Colorado

2008 Northern California Symposium on Statistics & Operations Research in Sports, Menlo Park, California

2009 INFORMS Computing Society Conference, Charleston, South Carolina

2009 National Immunization Conference, Dallas, Texas

2009 Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference, Montreal, Canada

2009 IIE Research Conference Doctoral Colloquium, Miami, Florida

2009 CORS-INFORMS International Meeting, Toronto, Canada

2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

2009 INFORMS Applied Probability Conference, Ithaca, New York

2010 International Conference on Systems Analysis Tools for Better Health Care Delivery: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership, Invited Plenary, Gainesville, Florida

2010 IIE Research Conference Doctoral Colloquium, Cancun, Mexico

2010 SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics, Austin, Texas

2010 Twelfth International Conference on Stochastic Programming, Halifax, Canada

2010 AVSEC World 2010, Frankfurt, Germany

2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Research & Innovation Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

2011 INFORMS Computing Society Conference, Monterrey, California

2011 National Immunization Conference, Washington, DC

2011 IIE Research Conference Doctoral Colloquium, Reno, Nevada

2011 INFORMS Healthcare Meeting, Montreal, Canada

2011 INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop Simulation in Complex Service Systems, Montreal, Canada

2011 Conference on Systems Engineering and Operations Research in Health Care, Rochester, Minnesota

2011 TRB Transportation Hazards and Security Summit, Irvine, California

2011 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2012 World Vaccine Congress, Washington, DC

2012 National Science Foundation CMMI Grantees Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts

2012 Workshop: Computer Simulation: Opportunities and Challenges (Plenary), Fudan University, Shanghai, China

2012 SAMSI Opening Workshop on Health Care and Operations Research (Lead Plenary), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

2013 INFORMS Computing Society Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2013 INFORMS Analytics Conference, San Antonio, Texas

2013 IIE Research Conference Doctoral Colloquium, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2013 INFORMS Applied Probability Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica

2013 CASE, Madison, Wisconsin ( (Plenary)

2014 INFORMS Optimization Society, Houston, Texas

2014 Health Systems Optimization Workshop, Chicago, Illinois (Plenary)

2014 Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Sponsored Research (Over $4.1M)

·         National Science Foundation, 8/2012 to 7/2015, “A Game Theoretic Approach to Pediatric Vaccine Pricing,” Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, CMMI-1161458.

 

Corporate Gifts

Dissertation, Theses, and Projects Directed

Ph.D. Dissertations Directed (19 Students Graduated, 2 Advising)

M.S. Theses / Projects Directed (9 Students)

 

 

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

 

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE

The papers "An Integer Programming Model for Vaccine Procurement and Delivery in the National Childhood Immunization Program: A Pilot Study," (co-authored with E.C. Sewell, R. Deuson, and B.G. Weniger) published in Health Care Management Science (Volume 2, Number 1, January 1999) by Baltzer Science Publishers, and "Addressing the Challenges to Immunization Practice with an Economic Algorithm for Vaccine Selection," (co-authored with B.G. Weniger, R.T. Chen, E.C. Sewell, R. Deuson, J.R. Livengood, and W.A. Orenstein) published in Vaccine (Volume 16, Number 19) by Elsevier Science, received significant media coverage following a press release issued on December 21, 1998 by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Media coverage included

The paper “A New Neighborhood Function for Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization Using Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” (co-authored with D.E. Vaughan and D.E. Armstrong) published in ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (Volume 122, Number 2, 164-171) was featured in an article on October 20, 2000 focusing on new directions in manufacturing research in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (www.wiley.com/technical_insights).

The paper “Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Determine Combination Vaccine Price Distributions for Childhood Diseases,” (co-authored with E.C. Sewell) published in Health Care Management Science (Volume 5, Number 2, April 2002) by Baltzer Science Publishers, received media coverage following a press release issued on April 8, 2002 by the news bureau at the University of Illinois.  Media coverage included

The paper "Modeling Aviation Baggage Screening Security Systems: A Case Study," (co-authored with J.E. Virta, J.M. Bowman, J.E. Kobza, and J.J. Nestor) published in IIE Transactions (Volume 35, Number 3, pages 259-269) was highlighted in Research Reports in the February 2003 issue of Industrial Engineering, the monthly professional magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

On February 18, 2003, Sheldon H. Jacobson and graduate student Laura A. McLay were invited to discuss their research activities on aviation security on Focus 580 on public radio station AM580 in Champaign, Illinois.  Focus 580 is a daily radio program that interviews newsmakers and experts on national and international affairs.

The paper “Pediatric Vaccine Stockpile Levels: How Much is Enough?” (co-authored with E.C. Sewell, R.A. Proano, and J.A. Jokela) published in Vaccine (Volume 24, Number 17, 3530-3537, April 24, 2006) by Elsevier Publishers, received media coverage following a press release issued on April 18, 2006 by the news bureau at the University of Illinois.  Media coverage included over sixty web sites, newspapers, and professional magazines, including

 

On October 24, 2006, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a press release (06-154)New Technologies Could Make Airport Screening More Effective and Less Cumbersome,” which featured the video “Aviation Security: Researching the Risk.”  This release provided the details of an NSF hosted call-in program (held Sept. 28, 2006) on the latest developments in airport security.

 

The paper “The Economic Impact of Obesity on Automobile Fuel Consumption," published in The Engineering Economist (Volume 51, Number 4, 307-323, October –December 2006) by Taylor and Francis received media coverage following a press release issued on October 24, 2006 by the University of Illinois News Bureau, as well as an Associated Press news release on October 25, 2006.  Media coverage included several hundred newspapers and magazine articles, radio show interviews and reports, and television interview and reports.  Newspaper coverage included the Washington Post, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe.  Magazines included Business Week, Car and Driver, Forbes, and Kiplinger.  Several radio interviews and reports were broadcasted, including “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio, The Osgood Files on CBS Radio, and two interviews on Washington Post Radio.  Live TV interviews were also given, including “Street Signs” (with Erin Burnett) on CNBC TV (October 27, 2006), MSNBC TV (with Melissa Brewer) (October 28, 2006), and the “Closing Bell” (with Maria Bartiromo) on CNBC TV (November 16, 2006). 

 

Sheldon H. Jacobson appeared as an expert in the documentary “Killer at Large” (produced by Shinebox Media productions), which highlights the growing obesity epidemic and its impact on society.  The documentary was released in December 2007.

 

The paper “The Tradeoff between Technology and Prescreening Intelligence in Checked Baggage Screening for Aviation Security,” to appear in Journal of Transportation Security, was featured in “A Minute with Sheldon Jacobson: How can better pre-screening make airports safer?” on the University of Illinois web site (www.uiuc.edu) on February 14, 2008.

 

The web site, http://election08.cs.illinois.edu/, assembled by Sheldon H. Jacobson and his collaborators generated wide spread media attention after the press release “Latest Electoral College Forecast Shows McCain Ahead By as Many as 27 Votes,” was issued on September 17, 2008 by INFORMS.  Mentions included the St. Louis Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, msnbc.com, and Science.

The article “Web Site Provides Pediatric Vaccine Pricing”, that appeared in the October 2008 issue of Managed Care Magazine (Volume 17, Number 10) featured the pediatric vaccine modeling covered in  Jacobson and Sewell (2008).

The article “A Shot in the Arm for Integer Programming” by Barry Cipra, that appeared in the November 2008 issue of SIAM News (Volume 41, Number 9) featured the pediatric vaccine modeling and analysis research covered in  Hall et al. (2009).

The articles “Want to Conserve Fuel? Study Finds Losing Weight Saves Money at the Pump” in Motor Trend and “No Free Ride for Blubber” in the 2 January 2009 issue of Science (Volume 323(5910) featured the results relating fuel consumption and obesity reported in Jacobson and King (2009).

The article "A Sequential Stochastic Passenger Screening problem for Aviation Security," which appeared in the June 2009 issue of IIE Transactions (Volume 41, Number 6, pages 575-579), co-authored with L.A. McLay and A.G. Nikolaev, was highlighted in Research Executive Summaries in the May 2009 issue of Industrial Engineering, the monthly professional magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

 

The article " Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sequential Aviation Security Screening Policies," which appeared in the August 2011 issue of IIE Transactions (Volume 43, Number 8, pages 546-565), co-authored with A.J. Lee, was highlighted in Research Executive Summaries in the July 2011 issue of Industrial Engineering, the monthly professional magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

 

The article "Hang Up the Car Keys,” appeared in Cancer Today (Spring 2013, Volume 3(1), page 57), features research on the interrelationship between caloric intake, automobile use, and obesity, which was reported Preventive Medicine in 2013.

 

The article "Get healthy — Add a bus stop to your diet,” by Esther Cepeda, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, released on 13 March 2014, featured research on the interrelationship between caloric intake, automobile use, and obesity, which was first reported in a research paper published in Preventive Medicine in 2013.

The article, "Airports Have No Way to Screen for Ebola,” by Patrick Tucker, which appeared on-line in the National Journal on 1 August 2014, quoted.  Jacobson on the challenges of screening for ebola at airports, the similarities in such screening with aviation security screening, and how prescreening can be an effective strategy in such environments.

 

TEACHING AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Sheldon's teaching responsibilities are in the areas of discrete event simulation and stochastic modeling (probability, stochastic processes, and queueing theory), at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has teaching experience in the areas of applied statistics and management science.

 

Sheldon has been an active contributor to the INFORMS College on Simulation, having served as its Treasurer from 7/1994 to 6/1996, on its outstanding publication award committee from 1997-1999, and the Ph.D. Colloquium Coordinator at the 1993 and 1994 Winter Simulation Conferences.  He also served as the Advanced Tutorial Track Coordinator at the 1994 and 1995 Winter Simulation Conferences,  and the Modelware/Software Track Coordinator at the 2002 and 2003 Winter Simulation Conferences.  He has also served on the INFORMS College on Simulation membership committee (2000-2002) and the INFORMS Health Applications Section Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services review and selection committee (2006-2007).  He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIAM), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  He serves as the IIE Transactions Focused Issue Editor for Operations Engineering and Analysis (2009-2012), as an Executive Editor for the Journal of Transportation Security (2007-Present), and as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing (IJAMC) (2008-Present).  He has also served as an associate editor for Operations Research (2001-2005), as a guest editor for the IIE Transactions Special Issue on Homeland Security (2005-2006), as a senior editor for Flexible Services and Manufacturing (FSM) Journal (2007-2009), and on the OR/MS Today Committee (2007-2009).  In addition, he serves as a regular reviewer for several operations research, industrial engineering, and applied mathematics journals. 

 
 

Professor Jacobson's Web Site on the Computer Science Web Page

For more information, send a message to shj@illinois.edu
He would be happy to hear from you.

 

 

 

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE Ph.D. GRADUATE STUDENTS

Our research group is always looking for talented and energetic graduate students to participate in the numerous research activities within the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory.  We are currently looking for students interested in earning their Ph.D. degree in Operations Research. We are particularly interested in students who either have an undergraduate degree or masters degree in mathematics, have taken courses in real analysis, probability theory, and discrete mathematics, or are interested in using  mathematics to address fundamental issues in the areas of algorithm design and analysis, with applications in aviation security, biological systems, and health care.  Students who fit any of these profiles are encouraged to contact me via email (once on campus) at shj@illinois.edu to discuss opportunities and openings within our research group.

One final (and important) note. Although we welcome new students into our group, we rarely provide funding immediately.  Most of the students in our lab have come to campus, interacted with our lab, and then (most commonly, within one semester) received funding.  Students who send out mass e-mailings requesting funding are not acting in their best interest, since such e-mails are typically deleted unread.  Moreover, it does not work to obtain funding and enhance your application.  In fact, it is assumed that prospective students who do send such e-mails asking for funding are not capable of following simple directions, and hence, are not as talented as the ones who take the following approach:   If you want to secure funding, apply to our program.  If you are as talented as your would be mass mailings indicate, our admissions committee will recognize this and you will be awarded funding.  If you do not fit this picture, you may be admitted without funding.  However, once you prove your capability, a large number of research funding opportunities are available.  In fact, there are numerous research assistant positions available throughout the university for students interested in computer programming and related activities.  Such opportunities are typically only available to students once they are on campus.


 
 

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE M.S. GRADUATE STUDENTS

Research opportunities exist for unfunded M.S. students in Operations Research.  These opportunities include applied research in the areas of aviation security, health care, and computational optimization and probability.  Note that funding for M.S. students in Operations Research is not available at this time.  Our experience has shown that the research experiences that are offered by our faculty provide excellent credentials that typically lead to numerous employment opportunities upon your graduation.   If interested, please send an email (once on campus) to shj@illinois.edu to discuss the most current opportunities.  Note that requests for funding by M.S. students will not be answered.  Moreover, mass mailings are neither effective nor a good mechanism for obtaining admission or funding (see comments above).

 

Last updated: December 10, 2014

Counter set: June 5, 1999

URL address: shj.cs.illinois.edu

 

 

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