Sheldon Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

The Race to Election day is on! Visit http://electionanalytics.cs.illinois.edu/

 

 

 

 

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

Urbana, Illinois 61801-2302

Telephone: (217) 244-7275

Fax: (217) 244-6869

Skype: sheldon.jacobson1

Email: shj@illinois.edu

Twitter: @shjanalytics

 

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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9042-8750

 

Primary and Affiliate Appointments:

Professor of Computer Science

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Professor of Mathematics (College of Liberal Arts and Science)

Professor of Pediatrics (College of Medicine)

 

 

Career Summary

Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Professor of Computer Science, and the Director of the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory and the Bed Time Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University.  He has published 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 11 book chapters, 48 conference proceedings, 22 professional and editorial publications, and delivered over 450 presentation, seminars and posters at conferences, universities, and research laboratories around the world.  He has directed 20 Ph.D. dissertations and been awarded over $4.5M of research support, including 11 grants totaling $1.8M from the National Science Foundation and 10 grants totaling $2.6M from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  As the Director of the Bed Time Research Institute, he created two research videos (“A Healthy Collaboration: Pediatric Immunization and Operations Research”, “Aviation Security: Researching the Risk.”) and launched three websites (bracketodds.cs.illinois.edu, electionanalytics.cs.illinois.edu, drivingobesity.cs.illinois.edu).  His research on multi-level aviation security screening at airports provided the foundational concepts that led to TSA Precheck©.  He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering (twice), the Aviation security Research Award, the IIE Outstanding Publication Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His research has been reported in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, editorialized in the New York Times, discussed in Business Week, Forbes, and Kiplinger, and in person on CNBC's Street Signs and The Closing Bell, MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt, Washington Post Radio, and The Osgood Files on CBS radio.  He has served on committees for the National Academies, including the National Research Council Committee on Airport Passenger Screening: Backscatter X-Ray Machines (2013-2015) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Standing Committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Strategic National Stockpile (2015-Present).  He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). 

 

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Visit the Bed Time Research Institute (BTRI)

Web Sites of Interest within the BTRI

1)       What drives obesity? Visit Driving Obesity for the answer.

2)       Election 2016 is just around the corner. Visit Election Analytics.

3)       March Madness 2016... What are your bracket odds? Visit Bracketodds to find out.

 

Visit the Media and Outreach Presentation

 

In the News:

(20 September 2016) Students Predict Who Will be the Next President (INFORMS: OR/Analytics at Work Blog)

(15 September 2016) Predicting the Election (WAND-TV, NBC, Decatur, IL).

(14 September 2016) Election Prediction and STEM (SIAM News Blog).

(11 September 2016) Dan Corkey: Why wait in line if you’re not the bad guy? (Opinion, News Gazette, Champaign, IL).

(19 August 2016) Professor and Students use Analytics to Predict Election (WCCU, Fox Illinois, Champaign, IL).

(17 August 2016) UI's Election Analytics website has Clinton winning comfortably -- for now (News Gazette, Champaign, IL).  See also Polling Place: Your Election Analytics Check-in (30 August 2016); Polling Place: Cracks in Clinton Quest Showing (6 September 2016); Polling Place: What to Make of 3rd-party Candidates (13 September 2016); Polling Place: Clinton’s Lead Shrinking (20 September 2016)

(11 August 2016) UI  Election Analytics Predicts President  (WCIA-TV3, CBS, Champaign, IL).

(30 June 2016) After Istanbul, Here’s How Airport Experts Want to Protect You at the Curbside which appeared in Defense One (Patrick Tucker) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on how security can be further hardened, in response to Jeh Johnson’s (DHS Secretary) call for more security vigilance at airports and other venues. See also How to Improve Airport Security in the Wake of the Istanbul Attack in the Fiscal Times (1 July 2016).

(25 June 2016) TSA PreCheck: Will it shorten security lines at airports? which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor (Lucy Schouten), quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on the benefits of TSA PreCheck.

(25 May 2016) O’Hare middle of the pack for security fence breaches, which appeared in the Chicago Daily Herald (Marni Pyke) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on the Associated Press report discussing airport security fence breaches.

 (24 May 2016) Flying local best way to avoid long TSA lines on WCIA-3 (CBS affiliate, Champaign, IL) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on long airport security lines.

(17 May 2016) What should be done about long delays for security checks at airports?: A Minute with Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois Airport Security Expert and Professor of Computer Science.

(28 March 2016) New study offers efficient alternative for Ebola screening program for travelers.  See Homeland Security News Wire, Medical News, Infection Control Today, Science Daily, Vaccine News Daily.

(23 March 2016) After Brussels, simply adding extra security won’t keep travelers safe. Invited Op-ed on Quartz.  See also DefenseOne, HotAir, Government Executive, Aspen Institute and Time (Five Best Ideas of the Day, 25 March 2016, #1)

(15 March 2016) I Let UIUC Computer Science Fill Out My March Madness Bracket, Chicagoinno.

(13 March 2016) Seven Tips for Crunching March Madness Math, Reuters.  See also Global Post, The Fiscal Times, Time, West Central Tribune.

(13 March 2016) The Proven Way to Pick a Successful March Madness Bracket, Men’s Health.

(13 March 2016) Need help with your NCAA bracket?. Kankakee Daily Journal, Kankakee Valley, Illinois.

(12 March 2016) Professor takes an analytical approach to Madness. Kankakee Daily Journal, Kankakee Vly, Illinois.

(9 March 2016) How to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness. A Minute with Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois Professor of Computer Science.

(3 March 2016) Method to the Madness: The Best Way to Fill Out Your NCAA Bracket, Men’s Fitness, March 2016.

(22 February 2016) Elections: Analytics and Beyond. Editor’s cut by INFORMS. Edited by Sheldon H. Jacobson and Jason J. Sauppe.

(8 January 2016) Why you should factor driving into your weight loss plan. A Minute With University of Illinois data expert Sheldon H. Jacobson.

 

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For a seminar on bracketology:

March Madness and Advanced Analytics: Improving Your Bracket Odds

 

Looking for a Ph.D. Advisor?

Zen and the Art of Hiring and Advising Graduate Students

 

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

 

Interested in supporting Jacobson’s research on policy, public health, societal issues, or bracketology?  Visit Benefunder. 

 

Research Areas and Interests

Operations Research

Advanced Analytics

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

Infectious disease screening and quarantining strategies

Obesity and transportation correlates

Mass murder trends

 

 

Research (Peer Reviewed) Papers Published

Computer Simulation Methodology and Modeling

Discrete Optimization Algorithms and Heuristic Analysis

Stochastic Models and Sequential Decision-Making

Aviation Security System Design and Analysis

Health Care Systems Engineering, Modeling, and Analysis

Immunization, Vaccines, and Public Health

Transportation, Obesity, and Public Health

Applications of Operations Research

Causal Inference, Social Sciences, and Politics

Sports Analytics: NCAA Bracketology

 

Other Publications

Book Chapters

Professional and Editorial Publications

Conference Proceedings Papers

 

Professional Activities

Presentations, Seminars, and Posters

Sponsored Research

Dissertation, Theses, and Projects Directed

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

Selected Media Coverage

Teaching and Service Activities

 

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.

 

 

Sheldon H. Jacobson, Ph.D.

201 North Goodwin Avenue (MC-258)
University of Illinois

Urbana, Illinois 61801-2302

Telephone: (217) 244-7275

Fax: (217) 244-6869

Skype: sheldon.jacobson1

Email: shj@illinois.edu

Twitter: @shjanalytics  

 

Last updated: September 24, 2016

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