Faculty Profile

Lavanya Marla

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
Lavanya Marla
Lavanya Marla
Assistant Professor
216E Transportation Building
104 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-5892

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.

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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 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

  • Multi-agent systems
  • Shared transportation systems
  • Air transportation systems
  • Statistical modeling and data-mining
  • Decision-making under Uncertainty
  • Robust planning and operations for Large-scale network-based resource allocation
  • Transportation and logistics networks
  • Data-driven modeling
  • Optimization
  • Modeling

Selected Articles in Journals

  • L. Marla, V. Vaze and C. Barnhart, ￿Robust Optimization: Lessons Learned from Aircraft Routing,￿ under review at Computers and Operations Research.
  • L. Marla, Y. Yue and R. Krishnan, "Data-driven Omniscient Bounds and Greedy Policies for Ambulance Allocation and Dynamic Redeployment," under review at Operations Research.
  • 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, Articles in Advance.
  • 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.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Other Scholarly Activities

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

Other Outside Service

  • 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)