Talks at INFORMS Charlotte

The INFORMS Charlotte conference starts on November 13.
The following talks are related to public health preparedness.
For more information, search the conference program.

Sunday, November 13

Early Detection and Control of Potential Pandemics, Shengpeng Jin, Suraj Alexander, University of Louisville.

Impact of Decision Times and Response Capabilities on Mitigating a Bioterrorism Attack, Jason Middleton, Cheryl Dingus, David Guistino, Jennifer Wightman, Battelle.

Stockpiling Ventilators for Pandemic Influenza, Hsin-Chan Huang, Ozgur Araz, Paul Damien, Lauren Meyers, David Morton, University of Texas at Austin.

Optimizing the Societal Benefits of the Annual Influenza Vaccine, Osman Ozaltin, University of Waterloo; Oleg A. Prokopyev, Mark Roberts, Andrew Schaefer, University of Pittsburgh.

Optimizing Delivery of Antibiotics in Response to an Anthrax Attack, Adam Montjoy, Jeffrey Herrmann, University of Maryland.

Tuesday, November 15

Choosing Among Prevention Interventions for Pandemic Influenza, David Hutton, University of Michigan.

Modeling Community Vulnerability and Medically Fragile Populations for Natural Disaster Preparedness, Joshua Behr, Rafael Diaz, Old Dominion University.

Modeling the Effect of Public Health Resources and Alerting on the Dynamics of Pertussis Spread, Emine Yaylali, Julie Ivy, Reha Uzsoy, North Carolina State University; Erica Samoff, UNC Institute for Public Health.

Approximation Algorithm for the Pediatric Vaccine Stockpiling Problem, Van-Anh Truong, Columbia University.

Making Operating Decisions for a Public Health Emergency Response Network, Kathleen King, John Muckstadt, Cornell University.

Wednesday, November 16

A Multi-agent Model for Optimizing Alerting Decisions in the Case of a Disease Outbreak, Emine Yaylali, Julie Ivy, North Carolina State University.

Vaccine Prioritization for Biological Terrorist Events or Pandemic Response, Fan Yuan, Eva Lee, Georgia Insitute of Technology.

Analysis of Resource Needs for Postal and POD Mass Dispensing, Eva Lee, Chien-Hung Chen, Georgia Institute of Technology.

2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference

Call for Papers: 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference. Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, May 19-23, 2012.

Deadline for Abstract Submission is November 11, 2011. Abstract submission site: Conference web site:

The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is pleased to invite submissions for the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC). The ISERC is the new name for the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC). The ISERC, which is part of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research community.

The conference includes tracks in healthcare systems, homeland security, operations research, and many other areas. Interested researchers are encouraged to contribute to the conference by submitting an abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work in ISERC sessions. See a complete list at the conference program web page.

All presenters are also encouraged to submit a full length paper for the conference proceedings. The papers should contain results that are significant and have archival value to the industrial and systems engineering research community; however, the papers are more limited in scope and length than a full-length journal paper. Full papers have a ten-page limit and will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Presentations at SNS Summit

The experts from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center will be presenting their tools in two interactive sessions at the SNS Summit, which is July 26-28, 2011, in Atlanta.

The first (on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 3:15 P.M.) will feature eMedCheck in a session on Electronic Screening Tools for PODS along with Johnson County, Kansas Health Department and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. These tools are for screening and registration.

The second (on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 10:30 A.M.) is titled “America‚Äôs Top Model and Training Day All in One: Improving mass prophylaxis operations with just-in-time training and computer models.” The Multnomah County, Oregon, APC will be also participate. The session will discuss the Clinic Planning Model Generator and
the principles of the I-JITT Model and the application of I-JITT to mass prophylaxis operations via use of a

Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems

This week NIST is hosting a workshop on modeling and simulation for homeland security (sponsored by DHS), and they were handing out copies of a report from a previous workshop: Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems: Workshop Summary.

The summary has a variety of short articles discussing the need for modeling and simulation and articles describing some of the work that has been done.

Industrial Engineering Research Conference and video

The Industrial Engineering Research Conference starts Saturday. You can find the online program here. There is a full track of sessions on homeland security.

The Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads commissioned a new video about industrial engineering. The video was created by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts Video Production Group.

2011 IERC Homeland Security Track Best Paper

The paper “A Review of Risk Assessment Models for Inland Waterway Transportation,”
by Jingjing Tong and Heather Nachtmann, both from the University of Arkansas, is the Best Paper in the Homeland Security Track at the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference.

The paper reviews existing risk assessment models for transportation systems and infrastructures and compares the methodologies used by considering fundamental principles of risk assessment and management. The paper also identifies the models that are most relevant for inland waterway risk assessment.

IIE Annual Conference

The IIE Annual Conference will be May 21-25 in Reno, Nevada.

The Industrial Engineering Research Conference, which is part of the Annual Conference, will have a track on Homeland Security. This track will include sessions on the following subjects:

  • Adapting Traditional OR Models for Complex Problems in Homeland Security
  • Risk Analysis for Maritime Transportation in Ports and Waterways
  • Catastrophes and Transportation
  • Modeling Homeland Security Problems
  • Operations Research for Homeland Security
  • Protecting Inland Waterways and Ports

The Homeland Security Track chairs are Justin Yates at Texas A&M and Jeffrey W. Herrmann at the University of Maryland.