Graduate Research Symposium

Welcome to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (ISE-GRS). This unique student organized, annual event since 2006, is where Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate students present their research in front of not only their peers, but guests and members of industry.  Students can learn stat-of-the-art research in progress and present their significant ongoing research in the fields of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Research experience and productivity are key to success as a graduate student. We aim to develop a community where all students have access to cutting-edge research and academic discussion and communication.  Additionally, we are devoted to expanding our students' outlook and their career development during the annual symposium.

We invite all engineering graduate students to join us to explore and discover new frontiers.  Our goal is to create priceless experiences for all participants, speakers, and guests.  We look forward to seeing you at future symposia!

This year's symposium, will be:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Danto Engineering Development Center
5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
Detroit, MI 48202


2017 Keynote Speakers:

Bala Deshpande
Founder / Principal

Dr. Deshpande has extensive experience in working with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 5 in fields ranging from automotive, aerospace, retail, food and manufacturing verticals delivering business analysis; designing and developing custom data products for implementing Business Intelligence, Data Mining and predictive analytics solutions. He was the founder of SimaFore a predictive analytics consulting company which was recently acquired by Soliton Inc., a provider of testing solutions for the semiconductor industry. He is the co-author of book on Predictive Analytics and Data Mining and the co-chair of the annual Predictive Analytics World - Manufacturing, conference in Chicago. He has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from Ross School of Business – Michigan. He is currently working with IBM's Watson Cognitive Center of Competence.


Dr. Mark P. Van Oyen
Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering
University of Michigan

Professor Van Oyen's research interests center on the use of worker cross-training, flexible machines and other mechanisms to create agile operations that enhance supply chain performance. He is particularly interested in applied probability and the control of queueing networks and other discrete-event systems. Prior to joining the U of M, Dr. Van Oyen has previously taught courses in probability, stochastic processes, simulation, Markov decision processes, operations management, supply chain management, and management of business process improvement. He is Associate Editor for Operations Research and for Naval Research Logistics. Dr. Van Oyen served on the research staff of GE Corporate R&D of Schenectady, New York as well in systems analysis and simulation for Smith's Industries.

Important Due Dates:

  • Registration available starting: February 1st
  • Abstract Submission Due Date: Tuesday, March 14th
  • Reviewer Feedback for Abstract: Tuesday, March 21st
  • Final Submission of Posters Documents: Sunday, April 2nd
  • Final Submission of Presentations: Sunday, April 9th
  • Last Day to Register: Wednesday, April 12th

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