Sheldon Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Simulation and Optimization
Telephone: (217) 244-7275
Fax: (217) 244-6869
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 Pediatrics (
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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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.
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In the News:
(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) 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.
(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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Sheldon H. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Goodwin Avenue (MC-258)
Telephone: (217) 244-7275
Fax: (217) 244-6869
Last updated: July 8, 2016
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