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The Great ORFE Class of 2018
June 18, 2018

Late spring was very busy for the Great ORFE Class of 2018. Beginning with Senior Thesis turn in day on April 17th. The sun was not shining and the air was not warm but smiles were everywhere when a few students alongside Professor Kornhauser, braved the cold water and jumped into the Fountain of Freedom. The official picture however had all…

ORFE Chair René Carmona Celebrated for his Successes at the end of his Term
June 7, 2018

The last faculty meeting for the ORFE Department was bittersweet as we celebrated the end of Professor René Carmona's term as Chair. Faculty and staff gathered to give thanks. Incoming Chair Ronnie Sircar and Founding Chair Erhan Çinlar along with other faculty and staff were on hand to toast the end of this distinguished period for Professor…

Professor Ahmadi Invited to 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
June 7, 2018

In September Professor Ahmadi will attend the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. This events purpose is to bring together emerging engineering leaders. This year's event will be hosted by MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi Receives MURI Award
May 31, 2018

Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi, in collaboration with faculty from Princeton Math & MAE, UT Austin, and Northeastern, has won a 5-year multi-million-dollar Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Award for the project titled "Verifiable, Control-Oriented Learning on the Fly". The proposal was the winner of the category …

Professor Kpotufe and ODH, Inc. to Develop New Machine Learning Technology for Personalized Healthcare
April 16, 2018

The next generation of machine learning technologies for healthcare must confront unique technical challenges arising from this domain, said Samory K. Kpotufe, Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University. “Predictive tools have…

Professor Shkolnikov Invited to Give a Plenary Lecture
April 12, 2018

Professor Misha Shkolnikov will give one of the plenary lectures at the 2018 Seminar on Stochastic Processes to be held this year at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. This seminar is the yearly who is who gathering of probabilists. It was created in 1981 by

Professor Misha Shkolnikov wins the SEAS Spring Innovation Award
April 11, 2018

Professor Shkolnikov has won the SEAS Spring Innovation Award for his proposal entitled “Particle models of neural synchronization”. The proposed research “will address the mathematical modeling of neural synchronization”. While neuroscientists are researching the connections between neural synchronization and arousal, attentional selection,…

Professor Mengdi Wang Receives Google Faculty Award
April 9, 2018

Professor Mengdi Wang has received the Google Faculty Award for her proposal entitled “Primal-Dual Reinforcement Learning and Complexity of Markov Decision Process.” Her research in this area focuses on the foundational complexity of Markov decision process and dimension reduction methods for high-dimensional reinforcement learning. On the…

Professor Jianqing Fan receives NIH R01 Grant
Feb. 22, 2018

Professor Fan has received a new National Institutes of Health grant to develop and use statistics and machine learning techniques, to discover the potential genes and biomarkers related to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The scientific goal is to develop and apply statistical machine learning methods mainly to the study of AD, a…

Professor Fan Wins ASA Award
Feb. 21, 2018

Professor Jianqing Fan will receive the Noether Senior Scholar Award for 2018 at the Joint Statistical meetings (JSM2018) in Canada this summer. This award, given by the American Statistical Association, is given to a distinguished senior researcher or teacher “For outstanding contributions to the theory, methods, applications and teaching of…

Professor Massey and WLHSS Members attend "Study Space"
Jan. 24, 2018

The Wesley L. Harris Scientific Society (WLHSS) is a Princeton University student organization founded in the year 2006. Its mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minority researchers in science and technology by creating a supportive and interdisciplinary community for minority…

Professor Amirali Ahmadi receives SEAS Innovation Award
Jan. 19, 2018

Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi has received the SEAS Innovation Award for his proposal titled “Nonconvex Polynomial Optimization for Machine Learning in Finance”. This grant is funded by the generous donations of Princeton alumni, parents and other donors. There are six different research areas to which a SEAS faculty member may apply. Professor…

Professor Robert Vanderbei wins Khachiyan Prize
Aug. 17, 2017

Professor Vanderbei, is the 2017 recipient of the INFORMS Optimization Society Khachiyan Prize for his lifetime achievements in the area of optimization.

Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi receives two awards this spring
Aug. 17, 2017

Two honors were bestowed on Professor Ahmadi this spring. The first, the 2017 DARPA Faculty Award, which “is the career award of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and aims to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty…

The Falling Slinky
March 9, 2017

Professor Vanderbei was the subject of a PBS Newshour article titled, "Click this linky and learn the secrets of the Slinky" based on his article published in American Mathematical Monthly. In the article Professor Vanderbei "quantifies the reasons why the…

Excellence in Teaching Award
March 2, 2017

Professor Han Liu and PhD student Ziwei Zhu have received The Excellence in Teaching Award for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This honor was received for their work in the spring of 2016 in ORF 350, Analysis of Big Data.

Two ORFE Assistant Professors named 2017 Sloan Fellows
March 2, 2017

Assistant Professors Amirali Ahmadi and Han Liu each won a 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards these fellowships to early-career scholars who represent the most promising scientific researchers. Professor Ahmadi’s research focuses on three specific areas of activity: Semidefinite optimization; Algebraic methods…

Professor Jianqing Fan receives a SEAS Innovation Award
Jan. 27, 2017

Professor Fan’s research titled “Machine Learning Methods for Risk Estimation and Portfolio Selection” will focus on developing several statistical machine learning methods for volatility and risk estimation, portfolio selection, and analysis of high frequency financial data.

Professor Mengdi Wang receives NSF CAREER Award
Jan. 27, 2017

On February 1, 2017 Assistant Professor Mengdi Wang received the NSF Career Award for her project titled “Stochastic Nested Composition Optimization Problems”. The theoretical result and new methodology is expected to advance the theory of stochastic optimization as well as to provide algorithmic solutions to a variety of emerging applications…

Assistant Professor Mengdi Wang and Professor Warren Powell receive a SEAS Innovation Award
Jan. 27, 2017

Professors Powell and Wang’s research titled “Apply Machine Learning to Aid Clinical Decision-Making” will focus on healthcare analytics and decision-making using machine learning. The crux of the proposal states, “Healthcare costs have increased significantly in the past few decades due to cost-per-service incentive structure. Analytics tools…