Sheldon Howard Jacobson Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

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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 Founding Director of 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 166 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 11 book chapters, 48 conference proceedings, 28 professional and editorial publications, and delivered over 465 presentation, seminars and posters at conferences, universities, and research laboratories around the world.  He has directed 21 Ph.D. dissertations and been awarded over $4.5M of research support from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. 

 

As the Director of the Bed Time Research Institute, he spearheaded the creation of 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), all designed to communicate the value of basic research through Broader Impact activities, and promulgate STEM activities for enhancing and growing a technically literate citizenry. 

 

He has made several seminal research contributions, all focusing on using Operations Research to address societal problems of national interest.  His research on multi-level aviation security passenger screening at airports was the precursor to risk-based security, providing the foundational concepts that led to TSA Precheck©.  His research on the design of pediatric vaccine formularies introduced the use of operations research in the pediatric immunization domain.  His research on bridging obesity, transportation, and fuel consumption established the impact of transportation on obesity, providing the foundation for non-medical obesity interventions based on modes of transportation.    

 

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, CBS This Morning, and The Osgood Files on CBS radio. 

 

He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award (IISE), Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering (IISE) (twice), the Aviation Security Research Award, the IIE Outstanding Publication Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  He is an elected Fellow of INFORMS and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). 

 

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 led the NSF Funded workshop, Setting a Broader Impacts Innovation Roadmap, in creating new pathways for enhancing Broader Impacts in the Engineering Directorate at the NSF. He served as the (elected) Treasurer for the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) from 2015-2016.

 

 

Current Information

The 2017 College Basketball season is here. Visit Bracketodds for advice with you bracket odds.

 

Broader Impact: How research supported by the National Science Foundation makes the world better for all.  Read a draft of the Workshop: Setting a Broader Impacts Innovation Roadmap.

 

 

In the News

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((21 March 2017) What to know about the new airline electronics bans (CBC News Canada) comments on the US Department of Homeland Security requirement that large electronic devices be stowed in checked luggage for flights originating in certain countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa.  See also Here’s Why the U.S. Is Banning Larger Electronics on Some Overseas Flights (Katie Reilly, Time),  Why the airline 'electronics ban' may not be discrimination (Patrick Reilly, Christian Science Monitor), Clamping down on carry-on devices (CBC News Canada).

 

(15 March 2017) Moose and B-Sox talk with Sheldon Jacobson about Bracketodds and the Science behind March Madness (Lazer 103.3, Des Moines, IA).

 

(14 March 2017) 2017 NCAA Tournament: Stats facts to know to fill out a March Madness bracket (Matt Norlander, CBS Sports) quotes statistics computed at Bracketodds.

 

(12 March 2017)  March Madness Bracket 2017: Betting Advice, Historical Trends and Predictions (Paul Kasabian, Bleacher Report) features data analysis from Bracketodds. 

 

(12 March 2017) How to hack your March Madness bracket to win (Samuel Anderson, Best Life) features tips from Bracketodds.

 

(12 March 2017) For Northwestern, first taste of March Madness will always be the Sweetest (Chicago Tribune) featured data taken from Bracketodds.

 

(7 March 2017) Can data analytics help you fill out a March madness bracket? A Minute with Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois Professor of Computer Science.

 

(21 February 2017) TSA Investigating Security Breach at JFK Airport (CBS This Morning, New York, NY).  See also Impact of Airport Attacks on Security (WRBL CBS, Columbus, OH).

 

(13 February 2017) March Madness Bracket Challenge: How Hard is it to Pick a Perfect Bracket? (Janie Harris, ncaa.com) features the web site bracketodds.

 

(1 February 2017) Frequent fliers without PreCheck© moving to slow lane: TSA (Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune).

 

 

Potential PhD Graduate Students

Research Opportunities in Operations Research

Secrets to Learn Before you Graduate

Prospective Graduate Students 

 

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)       The 2017 Election is now in the books. Visit Election Analytics.

3)       March Madness 2017... What are your bracket odds? Visit Bracketodds to find out.

 

Visit the Media and Outreach Presentation

 

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 (Theory/AI Interface)

Advanced Analytics (Big Data, Computational Public Health & Social Sciences, Health Informatics)

Industrial Engineering

 

Current Research Thrusts

Data-driven Causal Inference (BIG Data Analytics Using Discrete Optimization)

Security Screening (Data-driven Decision-making Under Uncertainty, Applied Game Theory)

Branch and Bound strategies for discrete optimization problems (Theory/AI)

Bracketology data analytics (Sports Analytics)

Infectious disease screening and quarantining strategies (Decision-making Under Uncertainty)

Obesity and transportation (Public Health Data Analytics)

Mass murder trends (Public Health Data Analytics)

 

 

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: 29 March 2017

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