The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Challenges in Business Analytics and Optimization; an Industrial Research Perspective


Speaker: Dr. Eleni Pratsini
Affiliation: IBM Research Zurich, Switzerland
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 15:00-16:00 EET
Host: Marios D. Dikaiakos (mdd AT and Hercules Vladimirou (hercules AT

The Mathematical Sciences group at IBM Research is involved in a number of internal and client external projects. In this presentation we will present some of these projects and describe the challenges and issues we encounter in an environment where information technology becomes more prevalent. With the greater availability of data and the sophistication of clients, there is a growing need to tackle aspects not only from a mathematical perspective, but also from a computer science perspective. Our analysis must now consider aspects of data models, software architecture, data security, dynamic learning, just to name a few. Our optimization models need to take advantage of this abundance of data, incorporate stochastic aspects, be adaptive and dynamic and deal with data uncertainty. An example from the pharmaceutical industry will be used to bring up some of these challenges as they apply to supply chain planning under quality and regulatory risk.

Short Bio:
Eleni Pratsini is Head of the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences at IBM Research - Zurich. She holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (U. Birmingham), an M.B.A (UCLA), and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Analysis (U. Cincinnati). After her Ph.D., she was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Decision Sciences at Miami University, where she taught courses in Operations Research and the Executive MBA program. Her research in production, applied statistics and environmental analysis led to numerous refereed scientific publications and presentations at professional meetings.

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