Lavanya Marla

Lavanya Marla

Assistant Professor

216E Transportation Building

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Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), September 2010. Thesis: Airline Schedule Planning and Operations: Optimization-based Approaches for Delay Mitigation, Advisor: Prof. Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor, MIT.
  • Master of Science (S.M.), Transportation and Operations Research (dual degree), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2007.
  • Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Major: Civil Engineering, Minor: Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, June 2004.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, Jan 2013-present. Zero-time appointment with Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Systems Scientist and iLab Mobility Analytics Co-director, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh PA, Sep 2010-Dec 2012.
  • Visiting Faculty/Scholar, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, Feb-August 2015.

Continuing Education

  • IE 598 Special Topics Class: Optimization Methods for Large-scale Network-based Systems
  • IE 360 Facilities Planning and Design
  • IE 598 Special Topics Class: Optimization Methods for Large-scale Network-based Systems
  • IE 360 Facilities Planning and Design
  • IE 598 Special Topics Class: Optimization Methods for Large-scale Network-based Systems
  • IE 360 Facilities Planning and Design
  • IE 360 Facilities Planning and Design
  • IE 598 Special Topics Course: Optimization Methods for Large-scale Network-based Systems
  • IE 360 Facilities Planning and Design
  • IE 360 Facilities Planning and Design.

Research Statement

My research aims at the development and application of tools from large-scale optimization, data mining, statistics, simulation, and computational techniques to build logistics and transportation systems that are operationally flexible and dynamically adaptable to improve cost, efficiency, robustness and environmental

impact – which are crucial for a sustainable system. This vision is challenging because of the sheer size of the system, competition between multiple stakeholders and presence of significant uncertainty. To analyze and address evolving transportation infrastructure, I use tools from large-scale optimization, data mining, statistics, simulation, visualization and computational techniques. My research style involves: (i) analyzing large-scale real-world data from public agencies, operators and users to identify high-impact opportunities, (ii) developing quantitative data-driven models and algorithms to address them, and (iii) evaluating impact by testing on realistic simulation testbeds.

Research Interests

  • Shared transportation systems
  • Logistics systems (routing and scheduling, last-mile transportation)
  • Emergency medical systems
  • Air transportation systems
  • Transportation and logistics networks
  • Game theory
  • Robust network design and operations
  • Data-driven statistical modeling and optimization
  • Decision-making under uncertainty in large-scale networks

Selected Articles in Journals

  • L. Marla, V. Vaze and C. Barnhart, “Robust Optimization: Lessons Learned from Aircraft Routing,” Computers and Operations Research, Vol 98, October 2018, pp. 165-184.
  • L. Marla, Y. Yue and R. Krishnan, "Data-driven Omniscient Bounds and Greedy Policies for Ambulance Allocation and Dynamic Redeployment," under revision for resubmission.
  • A. Faghih-Imani, R. Hampshire, L. Marla and N. Eluru, “An Empirical Analysis of Bike Sharing Usage and Rebalancing: Evidence from Barcelona and Seville,” accepted to Transportation Research: Part A.
  • L. Marla, B. Vaaben and C. Barnhart, "Integrated Airline Disruption Management and Flight Planning to Tradeoff Delays and Fuel Burn," Transportation Science, Vol 51, No. 1, February 2017, pp 88-111.
  • L. Marla, C. Barnhart and V. Biyani, "A Decomposition Approach for Robust Commodity Pickup and Delivery with Time-Windows under Uncertainty," Journal of Scheduling, Vol 17, Issue 5, 2014.
  • J. Lee, L. Marla and A. Jacquillat, “Dynamic Airline Disruption Management under Airport Operating Uncertainty”. Major revision at Transportation Science.
  • K. Krishnan, L. Marla and S. Deo, “Managing EMS Systems with Abandonment Behavior in Emerging Economies”. Under review at IISE Transactions.
  • P. McLaughlin, J. Shin and L. Marla, "Strategic Service Logistics Games with Customer-Induced Competition", re-submitted to Management Science.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Invited referee for the following journals: Management Science, Transportation Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Transportation Research-Part B, Decision Sciences, Networks, Journal of Air Transport Management, Transportation Research-Part C, Transportation Research-Part A, Transportation Research-Part D, Journal of Scheduling, Annals of Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Networks and Spatial Economics, Socio-Economic and Planning Sciences, Flexible Services and Manufacturing, Decision Analysis, 4OR.

Other Outside Service

  • Invited to judge the INFORMS Aviation Applications Section’s Best Dissertation Prize, 2017.
  • Chair, Best Student Presentation Award committee for the Aviation Applications Society, INFORMS Annual Meeting 2016.
  • Invited to serve on the National Science Foundation's CMMI Panel, 2014.
  • Invited to judge the INFORMS Aviation Applications Section’s Best Dissertation Prize, 2014.
  • Invited to judge the IIE Transactions – Best paper Award for INFORMS, 2013.
  • Invited to serve on the National Science Foundation's Cyber-Physical Systems Panel, 2013.

Honors

  • National Merit Scholarship Fellow, National Council for Educational Research and Training. (1998-2004 (awarded in 1998).)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. (2008-2009)
  • Ann Hershfang Graduate Scholarship. (2010)
  • US Department of Transportation Grant to establish a University Transportation Center (UTC) at Carnegie Mellon University (January 2012)
  • Invited to judge the IIE Transactions' Best paper Award for INFORMS (2013)
  • Invited to serve on the National Science Foundation's Cyber-Physical Systems Panel (2013)
  • Invited to judge the INFORMS Aviation Applications Section's Best Dissertation Award for 2014. (June-Nov 2014)
  • Invited to serve on the National Science Foundation's CMMI Panel (2014)
  • Invited Keynote speaker for the Society of Women Engineers (Fall 2015)
  • United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant awarded, started Fall 2015. Award of $189,000. (Fall 2015)
  • Winner, Cross-Regional Collaboration Grant for 2017-2018 by the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society, sponsored by Kalyx Warehousing; with Prof. Gitakrishnan Ramadurai as Co-PI. (Nov 2017)

Courses Taught

  • IE 360 - Facilities Planning and Design
  • IE 514 - Optimiz Mthds Lrg Scale Ntwk
  • IE 598 - Large-scale Ntwrk Optimization
  • IE 598 - Optimiz Mthds Lrg Scale Ntwk
  • IE 598 - Special Topics Course

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