ISyE Seminar Series: David Simchi-Levi


David Simchi-Levi

"Statistical Learning in Operations: The Interplay Between Online and Offline Learning"

Presentation by Professor David Simchi-Levi
MIT Data Science Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wednesday, February 17
3:30-5:00 PM CST — Graduate Seminar and Reception (Zoom)

About the seminar:

Traditionally, statistical learning is focused on either (i) online learning where data is generated online according to some unknown model; or (ii) offline learning where the entire data is available at the beginning of the process. In this talk we show that combining both approaches can accelerate learning. Specifically, we show that difficult online learning problems can be reduced to well-understood offline regression problems. We demonstrate the impact of our work in the context of recommendation systems, multiclass classification problems and dynamic pricing.

Bypassing the Monster: A Faster and Simpler Optimal Algorithm for Contextual Bandits under Realizability (pdf)


David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and serves as the head of the MIT Data Science Lab. He is considered one of the premier thought leaders in supply chain management and business analytics.

Professor Simchi-Levi is the current Editor-in-Chief of Management Science, one of the two flagship journals of INFORMS. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for Operations Research (2006-2012), the other flagship journal of INFORMS and for Naval Research Logistics (2003-2005).

In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Impact Prize for playing a leading role in developing and disseminating a new highly impactful paradigm for the identification and mitigation of risks in global supply chains.

He is an INFORMS Fellow and MSOM Distinguished Fellow and the recipient of the 2020 INFORMS Koopman Award given to an outstanding publication in military operations research; Ford Motor Company 2015 Engineering Excellence Award; 2014 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice; 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award; and 2009 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize.


Seminar Video:

Start date
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
End date
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, 5 p.m.