Ali Abbas

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(217) 265-7578
aliabbasatillinois [dot] edu
104C Transportation Building
104 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801

Ali E. Abbas received an M.S. in electrical engineering (1998), M.S. in engineering economic systems & operations research (2001), PhD in management science and engineering (2004), and PhD minor in electrical engineering all from the school of engineering at Stanford University. His research interests include decision making under uncertainty, decision making with incomplete information and preferences, dynamic programming, information theory and applications of operations research tools in bioinformatics. He joined UIUC in 2004, and previously worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and in Schlumberger Oilfield Services, where he held several positions in Wireline logging, operations management, and international training. He has also worked on several consulting projects for mergers and acquisitions in California, and co-taught several executive seminars on decision analysis at Strategic Decisions Group.

 
Degrees
  • PhD in Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2004.
  • PhD Minor in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2004.
  • Master of Science in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2002.
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1998.
Academic Positions
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (ISE), College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, August 2010 - Present.
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Stanford, California, August 2010 - May 2011 (Sabbatical Year).
  • Assistant Professor, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (ISE), College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, August 2004 - August 2010.
  • Lecturer, School of Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, January 2004 - August 2004.
  • Instructor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, Winter - 2000.
Research Grants
  • 2006-2008. NSF-CMMI. Decision Theory in Machining Optimization.
  • 2006-2009. NSF-DRMS. Assessing Joint Distributions With Isoprobability Contours.
  • 2009-2012. NSF-CMMI. Applying Bayesian Predictive Modeling to Decision Theory.
  • 2009-2013. NSF CAREER. Decisions with Multiple and Dependent Objectives.
  • 2011-2012. IDecideFast: A Web-Based Application of Decision Analysis for the Lay Person. NSF I-CORPS Inaugural class.
  • 2012-2014. NSF-CMMI, Normative Perspectives on Design and Manufacturing.
  • 2013-2016 NSF-CMMI, Collaborative Research: Organizational and Uncertainty Impacts of Couplings in a System Design Framework.
Publications
Book Chapters
  • Hupman, A and A. E. Abbas, "Medical Decision Making: An Application to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages," Advances in Decision Making, Forthcoming 2013.
  • Abbas, A. E, "Constructing Multiattribute Utility Functions for Decision Analysis," INFORMS Tutorials in Operations Research, editor Hasenbein, J. Hanover, Maryland, pages 62-98, 2011.
  • Williams, A. and A. E. Abbas, "Bayesian Analysis," John Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, (9 pages), 2006.
  • Evens, J. and A. E. Abbas, "Markov Chains," John Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, (8 pages), 2006.
  • Evens, J. and A. E. Abbas, "Hidden Markov Models," John Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, (13 pages), 2006.
  • Abbas, A. E, "Entropy," John Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, (11 pages), 2006.
  • Liu, W. and A. E. Abbas, "Bioinformatics," John Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, (16 pages). Published Simultaneously in John Wiley Encyclopedia of Medical Devices and Instrumentation, 2006, Vol 1, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, pages 216-230, 2006.
Books Authored
  • The Foundations of Decision Analysis, R.A. Howard and A.E. Abbas, Publisher Prentice Hall, expected publication date December 2014.
Books Edited
  • Editor Decision Analysis Volume, John Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, 2010.
  • Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, K.H. Knuth, A.E. Abbas, R. Morris, P. Castle (Eds), AIP Conference Books 803, San Jose, California, 2005.
Conference Articles
  • Abdildin, Y.G. and A.E. Abbas, "Canonical Multiattribute Utility Functions: Enumeration, Verification, and Application," International Conference on Computational Science, Procedia, ICCS, Barcelona, Spain, June 5-7, 2013.
  • Valicka, C., D. Stipanovic, and A.E. Abbas, "Multiattribute Utility Copulas for Multiobjective Control," Proceedings of the 2013 American Control Conference, Washington, District of Columbia, June 17-19, 2013.
  • Sun, Z and A. E. Abbas. "Bayesian Updating on Price Elasticity of Uncertain Demand," IEEE Systems Conference, SYSCON 2013, April 15–18, 2013. Orlando, FL.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Normative Perspectives on Engineering Systems Design," IEEE Systems Conference, SYSCON 2013, Orlando, Florida, April 15-18, 2013.
  • Abbas, A.E., G. Hazelrigg, and M. Al-Kindi, "Bayesian Inference for the Demand of Engineering Products," ASME Conference in Design Theory and Methodology, DETC 2012-70153, Chicago, Illinois, August 12-15, 2012.
  • Karandikar, J., T. Schmitz, and A. Abbas, "Spindle Speed Selection for Tool Life Testing Using Bayesian Inference," Transactions of the NAMRI/SME, 40, 2012.
  • Abdildin, Y. and A.E. Abbas, "An Algorithm for Excluding Redundant Assessments in a Multiattribute Utility Problem," Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 9, 2012, pages 802–811, Omaha, Nebraska, June 4-6, 2012.
  • Alkindi, M. and A.E. Abbas, "Joint Manufacturing and Marketing Decision Analytic Model," Proceedings of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 18-24, 2012.
  • Hupman, A. and A.E. Abbas, "Modeling the Cost of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Health Care," Proceedings of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 18-24, 2012.
  • Karandikar, J., T. Schmitz, and A. Abbas, "Tool Life Prediction Using Bayesian Updating," Transactions of the NAMRI/SME, 39, pages 466-475, 2011.
  • Traverso, M., R. Zapata, J. Karandikar, T. Schmitz, and A. Abbas, "A Sequential Greedy Search Algorithm with Bayesian Updating for Testing in High-Speed Milling Operations," Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Paper No. MSEC-34048, MSEC2010, Erie, Pennsylvania, October 12-15, 2010.
  • Alkindi, M. and A.E. Abbas, "Testing Decisions in Product Development," Proceedings of IEEE Systems Conference, San Diego, California, April, 2010.
  • Alkindi, M. and A.E. Abbas, "A Decision Analysis View of Six Sigma," Proceedings of IEEE Systems Conference, San Diego, California, April, 2010.
  • Traverso, M. and A.E. Abbas, "Demand Curve Prediction via Bayesian Probability Assignment over a Functional Space," Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, Austin, Texas, 2009.
  • Chen, X, A.E. Abbas, and D. Stipanovic, "A Multi Attribute Utility Approach to Target Assignment," Proceedings of the ASME 2009 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC2009, Hollywood, California, October 12-14, 2009.
  • Abbas, A.E., "On a Class of Stochastic Processes with Constant Valuation," Forthcoming Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, Oxford, Mississippi, 2009.
  • Abbas, A.E. "From Bayesian Nets to Utility Nets," Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, Oxford, Mississippi, 2009.
  • Traverso, M., R. Zapata, T. Schmitz, and A. Abbas, "Optimal Experimentation for Selecting Stable Milling Parameters: A Bayesian Approach," Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Paper No. MSEC-84032, MSEC2009, West Lafayette, Indiana, October 4-7, 2009.
  • Abbas, A., T. Schmitz, M. Traverso, and R. Zapata, "Bayesian Methods for Milling Stability Prediction," Proceedings of 2009 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22-25, 2008 (on CD, 7 pages).
  • Zapata, R., M. Traverso, A. Abbas, and T. Schmitz, "Bayesian Updating of Stability Beliefs," Proceedings of American Society for Precision Engineering Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 19-24, 2008 (on CD, 4 pages).
  • Abbas, A., Schmitz, T., Zapata, R., Hafiz, R., and Yang, L., "Application of Decision Analysis to Milling Profit Maximization," NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, January 7-10, 2008 (on CD, 17 pages).
  • Abbas, A., E. Gselmann, G. Maksa, and Z. Sun, "General and Continuous Solutions of the Entropy Equation," In: M.S. Lauretto, C.A. Pereira, J.M. Stern (eds.), Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, São Paulo, Brazil, AIP Conference Proceedings 1073, American Institute of Physics, pages 3-7, Melville, New York, July 6-11, 2008.
  • Zapata, R., T. Schmitz, A. Abbas, and L. Yang, "Quantifying the Stability Uncertainty in a Milling Model," Proceedings of the 2007 ASPE Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, October 14-19, 2007 (on CD, 4 pages).
  • Abbas, A., R. Hafiz, and L. Yang, "Sensitivity to Multiplicative Utility Independence," 19th International Conference on Multicriteria Decision Making, Sydney, Australia, January 7-12, 2006 (on CD, 3 Pages).
  • Abbas, A., "Maximum Entropy Distributions with Upper and Lower Bounds," In: K.H. Knuth, A.E. Abbas, R.D. Morris, J.P. Castle (eds.), Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, San Jose, California, August 7-12, 2005, AIP Conference Proceedings 803, American Institute of Physics, pages 25-42, Melville, New York, 2005.
  • Abbas, A., "An Information Theory for Preferences," In: G.J. Erickson, Y. Zhai (eds.), Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 3-8, 2003, AIP Conference Proceedings 707, American Institute of Physics, pages 127-144, Melville, New York, 2003.
  • Abbas, A. and A. Markopoulo, "A Bayesian-Maximum Entropy Approach to Subjective Voice-Quality Testing," In: G.J. Erickson, Y. Zhai (eds.), Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 3-8, 2003, AIP Conference Proceedings 707, American Institute of Physics, pages 44-58, Melville New York, 2003.
  • Abbas, A., "Entropy Methods for Univariate Distributions in Decision Analysis," In: C. Williams (ed.), Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, Moscow, Idaho, August 3-7, 2002, AIP Conference Proceedings 659, American Institute of Physics, pages 339-349, Melville, New York, 2002.
  • Abbas, A., "An Entropy Approach for Utility Assignment in Decision Analysis," In: C. Williams (ed.), Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, Moscow, Idaho, August 3-7, 2002, AIP Conference Proceedings 659, American Institute of Physics, pages 328-338, Melville, New York, 2002.
Journal Articles
  • Sun Z,Hupman A, Ritchey H, and A.E.Abbas, "Bayesian Updating of the Price Elasticity of Uncertain Demand," IEEE Systems Journal" (Forthcoming).
  • Sun Z and A.E.Abbas,"On the Sensitivity of the Value of Information to Risk Aversion in Two-Action Decision Problems," Environment, Systems and Decisions .Special issue on Value of Information (34) 24-37, 2014.
  • Stipanovic D, Valika C, and A.E.Abbas, "Control Strategies for Players in Pursuit-Evasion Games Based On Their Preferences," “International Game Theory Review” (Forthcoming)
  • Karandikar, J., Traverso M, Abbas, A., and Schmitz, T. 2014. Bayesian inference for milling stability using a random walk approach. ASME Journal of Manuf. Science and Engineering (Forthcoming)
  • Karandikar, J., Schmitz, T., and Abbas, A. 2014. Application of Bayesian Inference to Milling Force Modeling. ASME Journal of Manuf. Science and Engineering (Forthcoming)
  • Abbas, A.E., N. Bakir, G. Klutke, and Z. Sun, "Effects of Risk Aversion on the Value of Information in Two-Action Decision Problems," Decision Analysis, 10 (3), pages 257 - 275, 2013.
  • Abbas, A. E.,"Utility Copula Functions Matching all Boundary Assessments," Operations Research, 61(2), pages 359-371, 2013.
  • Abbas, A.E. and J. Chudziak, "One-Switch Utility Functions with Annuity Payments," Applied Mathematics and Computation, 219(14), pages 7699–7710, 2013.
  • Karandikar, J., Abbas, A., and Schmitz, T.,"Tool Life Prediction using Bayesian Updating, Part 2: Turning Tool Life using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approach," Precision Engineering (Forthcoming)
  • Karandikar, J., Abbas, A., and Schmitz, T., 2013, "Tool Life Prediction using Bayesian Updating, Part 1: Milling Tool Life Model using a Discrete Grid Method," Precision Engineering (Forthcoming)
  • Karandikar, J., Abbas, A., and Schmitz, T., "Remaining Useful Tool Life Predictions in Turning using Bayesian Inference," International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (Forthcoming)
  • Karandikar, J., Abbas, A., and Schmitz, T., "Tool Life Prediction using Random Walk Bayesian Updating," Machining Science and Technology, 17(3) 410-442, 2013.
  • Abbas, A.E. and D.E. Bell, "One-Switch Conditions for Multiattribute Utility Functions," Operations Research, 60 (5), pages 1199-1212, 2012.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Valuing Changes in Investment Opportunities," Operations Research, 60 (6), pages 1451-1460, 2012.
  • Karandikar, J., T. Schmitz, and A.E. Abbas, "Spindle Speed Selection for Tool Life Testing Using Bayesian Inference," Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 31 (4), pages 403–411, 2011.
  • Gormez-Karahan N. and A.E. Abbas, "Measuring Consumer Impatience and Time Preference in a Repeat Bid Name-Your-Own-Price Channel," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 99, pages 1-14, 2011.
  • Budescu, D.V., A.E. Abbas, and L. Wu, "Does Probability Weighting Matter in Probability Elicitation?" Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 55 (4), pages 320–327, 2011.
  • Abbas, A.E. and D.E. Bell, "One-Switch Independence for Multiattribute Utility Functions," Operations Research, 59 (3), pages 764-771, 2011.
  • Abbas, A.E., "The Multiattribute Utility Tree," Decision Analysis, 8 (3), pages 165-169, 2011.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Decomposing the Cross-Derivatives of a Multiattribute Utility Function into Risk Attitude and Value," Decision Analysis, 8 (2), pages 103-116, 2011.
  • Abbas, A.E., "General Decompositions of Multiattribute Utility Functions," Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis, 17 (1, 2), pages 37-59, 2011.
  • Schmitz, T.L., J. Karandikar, N.H. Kim, and A.E. Abbas, "Uncertainty in Machining: Workshop Summary and Contributions," Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 133 (5), 2011.
  • Abbas, A.E. and J. Aczel, "The Role of Some Functional Equations in Decision Analysis," Decision Analysis, 7 (2), pages 215-228, 2010.
  • Abbas, A. E. "Risk-Adjusted Martingales and the Design of Indifference Gambles," Theory and Decision, 71(4) 643-668, 2011. Online first, April 4th 2010.
  • Abbas, A.E. and J. Matheson, "Normative Decision Making with Multiattribute Performance Targets," Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis, 16 (3, 4), pages 67-78, 2010. Winner of Best Decision Analysis Publication Award for 2010.
  • Abbas, A.E. and I. Hann, "Measuring Risk Aversion in a Name-Your-Own-Price Channel," Decision Analysis, Special Issue on Auctions, 7 (1), pages 123-136, 2010.
  • Abbas, A.E., L. Yang, R. Zapata, and T. Schmitz, "Application of Decision Analysis to Milling Profit Maximization: An Introduction," Int. J. Materials and Product Technology, 35 (1, 2), pages 64-88, Special Issue on Intelligent Machining, 2009
  • Zapata, R., T. Schmitz, M. Traverso, and A.E. Abbas. "Value of Information and Experimentation in Milling Profit Optimization," International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, 2009.
  • Abbas, A.E., D.V. Budescu, and R. Gu, "Assessing Joint Distributions with Isoprobability Contours," Management Science, 56 (6), pages 997-1011, 2010.
  • Abbas, A.E., R. Bordley, and J. Matheson, "Effective Utility Functions from Organizational Target-Based Incentives," Managerial and Decision Economics, 30 (4), pages 235-251, 2009.
  • Abbas, A.E., J. Aczel, and J. Chudziak, "Invariance Formulations for Multiattribute Utility Functions Under Shift Transformations," Results in Mathematics, 54, pages 1-13, 2009. [Became ERDOS No. 2]
  • Abbas, A.E., "Invariant Multiattribute Utility Functions," Theory and Decision, Special Issue on Foundations of Utility and Risk, (FUR), 68 (1, 2), pages 69-99, 2009.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Multiattribute Utility Copulas," Operations Research, 57 (6), pages 1367-1383, 2009.
  • Gupta A. and A.E. Abbas, "Repeat Bidding on Internet-Based Multiple-Item Name-Your-Own-Price Auctions," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 55 (4), pages 579-589, 2008.
  • Abbas, A.E. and A. Kullback-Leibler, "View of Linear and Log-Linear Pools," Decision Analysis, 6 (1), pages 25-37, 2008.
  • Abbas, A.E., D.V. Budescu, H.T. Yu, and R. Haggerty, "A Comparison of Two Probability Encoding Methods: Fixed Probability Wheel vs. Fixed Variable Values," Decision Analysis, 5 (4), pages 190-202, 2007.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Moments of Utility Functions and Their Applications," European Journal of Operational Research, 180, pages 378-395, 2007.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Invariant Utility Functions and Certain Equivalent Transformations," Decision Analysis, 4 (3), pages 17-31, 2007.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Entropy Methods for Joint Distributions in Decision Analysis," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 53 (1), pages 146-159, 2006.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Maximum Entropy Utility," Operations Research, 54 (2), pages 277-290, 2006.
  • Matheson, J.E. and A.E. Abbas, "Utility Transversality: A Value-Based Approach," Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis, 13, pages 229-238, 2005.
  • Abbas, A.E. and J.E. Matheson, "Normative Target-Based Decision Making," Managerial and Decision Economics, 26 (6), pages 373-385, 2005.
  • Abbas, A.E. and R.A. Howard, "Attribute Dominance Utility," Decision Analysis, 2 (4), pages 185-206, 2005.
  • Abbas, A.E., "Entropy Methods for Adaptive Utility Elicitation," IEEE Transactions on Systems, Science and Cybernetics, 34 (2), pages 169-178, 2004.
  • Abbas, A.E. and S. Holmes, Invited Paper, "Bioinformatics and Management Science: Some Common Tools and Techniques," Operations Research, 52 (2), pages 165-190, 2004.
Other Publications
  • "Teaching Decision-Making with Social Networks," (Abbas), ORMS Today, 40(6), 2014.
  • "Decision Analysis: Past, Present, and Future," ORMS Today, 39(1), January, 2012.
  • Some Ideas that Triggered My Research. (Abbas) Decision Analysis Today 2012.
  • Abbas, A.E., S. Herring, J.D. Robins, K. Sims, and C. Spetzler, "Peer-to-Peer Decision Training: Teaching Decision Skills to Troubled Teens," ORMS Today, 38(4), 2011.
  • "Peer-To-Peer Decision Training," (Abbas, Herring, Robbins, Sims, and Spetzler), Decision Analysis Today, 29(3), pages 25-26, 2010.
  • "Teaching Decision Skills to Troubled Teens," (Abbas, Hoffman, Howard, Spetzler), ORMS Today, 34(4), August, 2007.
  • "Teaching Teens How to Make Good Decisions," (Abbas, Reiter, Spetzler, and Tani), ORMS Today, 31(4), August, 2004.
Invited Lectures
  • Decision Analysis: From Foundations to Large Scale Systems. University College London. London, UK. January 2014
  • The Foundations of Multiattribute Utility. London Business School. London, U.K. January 2014
  • Perspectives on Constructing Multiattribute Utility Functions in Decision Analysis. Decision Analysis Affinity Group (DAAG). Chicago, Illinois, May 2012
  • A Decision Analytic Framework for the Assessment of Systems Engineering for Clean and Renewable Energy. International Research Assessment on Systems Engineering For Clean and Renewable Energy Manufacturing (SEEM), Arlington, Virginia, May 2012
  • Decision Analysis: From Basic Research through Product Realization. NSF and NASA Workshop on Large-Scale Complex Engineered Systems, Arlington, Virginia, February 2012
  • Constructing Multiattribute Utility Functions for Decision Analysis, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, November 2011
  • The Role of Some Functional Equations in Decision Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 2011
  • The Necessity of Decision Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, December 2010
  • Adventures in a Multiattribute Utility Space, University of California, Irvine. Irvine, California, November 2010
  • Normative Perspectives in Engineering Design. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. October 2010
  • Constructing Multiattribute Utility Functions in Decision Analysis, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas, April 2010
  • Uncertainty in Machining, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, February 2010.
  • Multiattribute Utility Copulas, IBM Watson Research Center, Manhattan, New York, March 2009
  • Recent Advances in Multiattribute Utility Theory, Stanford University. Stanford, California. February 2009
  • Recent Advances in Multiattribute Utility Theory, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Texas A & M, College Station, Texas
  • Decision Making in Manufacturing, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Manufacturing Education, Long Island, New York, November 2008
  • The Foundations of Decision Analysis. Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Sugar Land, Texas, August 2008
  • Bidirectional Utility Diagrams, Stanford University. Stanford, California, November 2007
  • Multiattribute Utility Copulas, National Science Foundation-SAMSI Joint Workshop on Risk Analysis, Extreme Events and Decision Theory, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, September 2007
  • Bidirectional Utility Diagrams, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, May 2007
  • Invariant Utlity Functions and Certain Equivalent Transformations, Darden Business School, University of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia, November 2006
  • Invariant Utility Functions, Stanford University, Stanford, California. February 2006
Editorships
  • Inaugural Area Editor, Decision Analysis Department, Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE) Transactions, 2012-Present.
  • Associate Editor, Operations Research (INFORMS), 2010-Present.
  • Associate Editor, Decision Analysis (INFORMS), 2010-Present.
  • Editor for the Decision Analysis Area of John Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Sciences, 2009 - 2011.
  • Editor, Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Conference Book, American Institute of Physics, 2005.
Research Honors
  • Double honors: Decision Analysis First and Second Runner up for Best Publication Award 2013.
  • Cited in National Science Foundation (NSF) Discoveries Section for work on decision-making social networks. http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=127901&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Decision Analysis Society Best Publication Award (with Jim Matheson), INFORMS.
  • Erdos Number 2 for work with Janos Aczel on several papers. Only 500 people in the world have ever had a lower Erdos number.
  • NSF I-Corps Inaugural Class for Exploring the Commercialization of Research.
  • Faculty Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation.
  • Best Student Paper for the 22nd International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering.
Teaching Honors
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2013
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2012
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Spring 2012
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2011
  • ISE Teaching Award, Spring 2009
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Spring 2009
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2008 (two courses taught that semester)
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2008
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Spring 2008
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2007
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Spring 2007
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2006
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Spring 2006
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2005
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Spring 2005
  • University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, Fall 2004
Public Service Honors
  • Taught Decision Skills to Peer Ambassadors.
  • Taught Workshops on Decision Skills to At-Risk-Teens at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center.
  • Organized a Workshop Titled "Decision Analysis: Past, Present, and Future" that Involved Multiple Nobel Laureates and Significant Seniors in the Field of Decision Analysis.
  • Advisory Board Member.
Other Honors
  • PBS: WTW Channel 11: Chicago Tonight: Calculating Good Life Choices http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/02/20/calculating-good-life-choices
  • Media Coverage: The News Gazette:Can't Make up your Mind? This Site might Help. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-02-11/ui-profs-website-tackles-decision-making.html
  • Media Coverage: The Republic:U of I Professor creates site he hopes will help with decisions http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/76b683666c8348c49c45c708f52c1e11/IL--Decisions-Website
  • INFORMS Podcast on Teaching Decision Making with Social Networks https://www.informs.org/Apply-Operations-Research-and-Analytics/INFORMS-Today-The-Podcast-Series/Helping-Teens-Make-Life-Changing-Decisions
  • National Science Foundation Discoveries http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=127901&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Double honors: Decision Analysis First and Second Runner up for Best Publication Award 2013.
  • Media Coverage: CBS Channel 3: WCIA Recognizes Ahoona: Using Ahoona is easy decision, March 29, 2013. Video converted to text www.illinoishomepage.net:/story/using-ahoona-is-easy-decision/d/story/as6F0v8oYUW08FW8slnaqw
  • PhD student, Zhengwei Sun, received first runner up in the Decision Analysis Society student paper competition 2012 for the working paper: "Interpreting various measures of risk aversion based on their monotonically with information value," Sun and Abbas.
  • The Art Davis Faculty Scholar, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, 2012.
  • Decision Analysis First Runner up for Best Publication Award 2011.
  • Decision Analysis Best Publication Award. This award is given annually to the best decision analysis article or book by the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. The intent of the award is to recognize the best publication in "decision analysis, broadly defined." This includes, but is not limited to, theoretical work on decision analysis methodology (including behavioral decision making and non-expected utility theory), descriptions of applications, and experimental studies.