Operations Research & Analytics



Theodore Allen   |   Güzin Bayraksan   |   Chen Chen   |   Antonio J. Conejo   |   Sam Davanloo   |   Parinaz Naghizadeh   |   Marc Posner   |   Ramteen Sioshansi   |   Cathy Xia


The Integrated Systems Engineering Department at The Ohio State University hosts a unique program in operations research that bundles world-class expertise in optimization, stochastic processes and simulation, and data analytics. This expertise provides our graduates with a deep understanding of current modeling and decision-making problems in industry. Our approach to teaching and research enables our students to develop models, algorithms, and analytical methodologies that are applicable to real-world problems and that can provide the most appropriate solutions to such problems.


Operations research tools including data analytics, data-driven methods, decision analysis, econometric methods, Markov processes, optimization, queuing theory, simulation, and statistics. We apply these tools to a wide variety of fields, including cyber security, energy systems, forecasting, markets, production and scheduling, supply chain analysis, and water resource management.


We take a highly interdisciplinary approach that integrates operations research tools for the modeling and analysis of industrial systems and enables the best decision-making process.

Our contributions to Operations Research are concerned with understanding industry systems, their operations and long-term planning, and methodological and algorithmic advances to achieve the best decision-making process. Our work is grounded in real applications and serves the needs of the industry and of society.

Methodologies & Applications

Methodologies: Data Analytics, data-driven methods, decision analysis, economic methods, optimization, queuing theory, simulation, statistics, stochastic processes.

Applications: Cybersecurity, energy systems, production and scheduling, sustainability, supply chain analysis, transportation systems, water resource management.

Data Analytics

The Integrated Systems Engineering Department has a research program integrating data analytics, data-driven optimization and visual analytics that leverages our world-class expertise in Operations Research and Cognitive Systems Engineering.

Modeling & Analysis of Energy Systems

The Ohio State University hosts a unique program in the modeling and analysis of energy systems that bundles world-class expertise in power system engineering, operation research tools, and microeconomic analysis.


Optimization is a scientific approach to decision-making that seeks to best design and operate a complex system under conditions requiring the allocation of scarce resources.

Smart Integrated Modeling, Manufacturing & Cyber Security

The Ohio State University has a unique program modeling & optimizing smart systems leveraging strengths in mobility, manufacturing, and cyber security.

Stochastic Modeling & Simulation

Ohio State University hosts an exciting research program on stochastic modeling, stochastic optimization, and simulation. Much of the research is on modeling, analysis, and optimization of real-world systems involving uncertainty.

Supply Chain Management & Logistics

Ohio State University hosts a comprehensive program in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. The Department of Integrated Systems Engineering has both undergraduate and graduate concentrations in this area.