INFORMS News: Reddy, Soret win Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

Agathe Soret (third from left) and Siddharth Reddy (not pictured) won the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize. Allison An Chang (far left) and Murat Kurt (far right) made the presentations, where they were joined by other finalists.

Agathe Soret (third from left) and Siddharth Reddy (not pictured) won the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize. Allison An Chang (far left) and Murat Kurt (far right) made the presentations, where they were joined by other finalists.

Siddharth Reddy of Cornell University and Agathe Soret of École Polytechnique were winners of the 2017 Undergraduate Operations Research Prize from INFORMS for the respective papers, “Unbounded Human Learning: Optimal Scheduling for Space Repetition” (Reddy) and “A Generalized Markov Chain Model to Capture Dynamic Preferences and Choice Overload” (Soret).

The awards were announced at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston by committee chair Murat Kurt following a series of presentations.

The competition is held each year to honor a student or group of students who conducted a significant applied project in operations research or management science, and/or original and important theoretical or applied research in operations research or management science, while enrolled as an undergraduate student. The prize includes a monetary award of $500 plus travel support to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Honorable mention honors went to Yue Hu of Northwestern University for the paper, “Fluid Optimal Control of Pilling System with Large Switchover Times.”

Other finalists and their papers included: Chungjae Lee, Jason Bermudez, Kevin Desprez, Alexander Kehres, Leah Patterson, Suphaphat Petlerkwong and Yuntong Zhu of Georgia Tech for “Contact Tracing Protocol”;  Maria Patino of Universidad de los Andes for “Optimization Strategies to Support Analyses and Decisions to Increase the Coverage of Cervical Cancer Screening Tests in Rural Areas of Cundinamarca, Colombia”; and Stephanie Allen of SUNY Geneseo for “A Two-Stage Vehicle Routing Algorithm Applied to Disaster Relief Logistics after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.”