May 14-15 – CICHME 2016 Spring Meeting – Atlanta, Georgia


The College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) will holds its bi-annual business meeting May 14th and 15th in Atlanta, Georgia. CICHME is an academic/industry council of the Material Handling Industry (MHI) that promotes increased awareness of material handling and logistics through a variety of educational and research activities. The council is organized into two working committees: Events and Projects. At this meeting we will be welcoming 5 new members.

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April 4-7 – MODEX 2016 – in Atlanta Georgia


MODEX is the greatest supply chain show on earth feature 850 leading manufacturing and supply chain providers gathered to showcase their latest and greatest solutions hosted by the Material Handling Industry (MHI). This is the 3rd Modex show which have all been held in Atlanta Georgia. Modex is held in even years while ProMat is held in odd years in Chicago. The College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) has partnered with the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) to offer a special program for students and professors in engineering, technology, manufacturing, operations, supply chain and logistics at the MODEX and ProMat trade shows.

March 10-11: Bodhi Sen visits Texas A&M University to give ISEN Seminar


Bodhi Sen is an Associate Professor in the Statistics Department at Columbia University. One of his research interests is nonparametric functional estimation with shape restrictions. He introduces his work by saying,

“Nonparametric function estimation is mostly concerned with understanding the structure (trend/pattern) in the data without making strong parametric assumptions on its form. Most estimation procedures for a nonparametric function (e.g., kernel smoothing), be it a regression function or a probability density, make smoothness assumptions on the underlying function and use local averaging techniques. These estimators depend crucially on tuning parameter(s) (e.g., smoothing bandwidths) and the choice of such parameter(s) can be very problematic.”

His seminar will be held on March 11 at 1:40pm in ETB room 1005; he will also be presenting related work in the Statistics Department on March 10th.

Title: Nonparametric Convex Regression
Abstract: We consider nonparametric least squares estimation of a
convex regression function. We will discuss the characterization,
computation and consistency of the estimator. A computational
framework for multivariate convex regression and some of its variants
— non-decreasing/non-increasing convex regression and Lipschitz
convex regression — will also be presented.

An approach to obtaining smooth convex approximations to the fitted
(piecewise affine) convex least squares estimator, with provide formal
bounds on the quality of approximation, will also be discussed. If
time permits, dimension reduction techniques in this setup will also
be presented.

Workshop 2015 -Advances in DEA Theory and Applications

The Workshop 2015 -Advances in DEA Theory and Applications was held in Roppongi (Tokyo) Japan on December 1st and 2nd and hosted by Kaoru Tone and the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS – 政策研究大学院大学).

This two-day workshop included 13 paper on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) will provide the basis for Professor Tone’s new book “Advances in DEA Theory and Applications: with Examples in Forecasting Models”. It featured presentation by Hirofumi Fukuyama, Joe Paradi, Miki Tsutsui, and Kaoru Tone.

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Informs Annual Meeting – November 1-4


The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is an international society for practitioners in the fields of operations research (OR) and management science. Informs held their annual meeting November 1-4 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference had more than 5,000 attendees and 1,000 sessions.

October 3 and 4: College Industry Council on Material Handling Education Semi-annual Meeting in Jacksonville


The College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) is a group of 16 academic and 8 industry members that work to increase awareness, understanding, exploration, and development of material handling and logistics through projects and events.

CICMHE meet in Jacksonville as part of the MHI’s annual conference. The two-day event resulted in a set of projects MHI will fund to promote material handling and logistics education along with allowing considering progress on planning the upcoming events for CICMHE such as Promat.

Japan Project Meeting – July 30-31 Tokyo Japan



ADBI hosted the annual National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Japan Project conference, featuring cutting edge economic research on Japan. This year’s papers very much focused on microeconomics, with a number of studies using a “natural experiment” approach to analyze diverse phenomena, including firms’ decisions to use American-style or Japanese-style import procurement, women’s childbirth and employment decisions, and changes in risk assessment and the location of firms after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

Plenary Talk at European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (EWEPA) XIV


The largest conference in the field of efficiency and productivity analysis is the European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (EWEPA) XIV. This conference is held in odd years and the North American Productivity Workshop (NAPW) is held in even years. This years conference was help from June 16-18 in Helsinki, Finland. I was invited to give a plenary talk with Chris Parmeter. The topic was  Nonparametric smoothing and shape constraints.