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Launch of the Cornell-r4 partnership. December 2018

Cornell-r4 Applied AI Initiative Data Science Seminar Series

The Cornell-r4 Applied AI Initiative brings together cross-disciplinary scholars and industry experts to apply AI, data science, advanced mathematics, and leading-edge technology to help solve business and societal problems holistically. The initial focus of the Initiative will be on the food industry and this Seminar Series will help support bringing AI-enabled solutions to identified issues.

Past Seminars:

Jay Swaminathan

Jay SwaminathanTitle: “Improving Crop Yields Through Optimized Planting Schedules”

Friday, March 29, 12:15 pm

Gates Hall G01

Lunch provided at 11:45 outside G01

Bio: Jayashankar (Jay) M. Swaminathan is the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. An internationally recognized thought leader on productivity and innovation in business operations, he is an inducted fellow of The Institute for Operations Research and Management (INFORMS) and Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). 

Jointly held with the AI Seminar, Ezra's Round Table Systems Engineering Seminar Series and the ORIE Colloquium

Elena Belavina  

Elena Belavina
Elena Belavina

Friday, Feb 15, 3:30 p.m.

Gates Hall 01

Refreshments to follow outside auditorium

Title: The Environmental Impact of the Advent of Online Grocery Retail

Abstract:  We assess the environmental impact of the advent of online grocery retailing. We build a model of offline and online grocery supply chains that compares the emissions from transportation and food-waste in the distribution, retail and consumption of groceries, before and after the advent of online grocery retailers. We identify the three key drivers: (i) which households switch online (ii) the ensuing online shopping patterns and (iii) changes in where inventory is held. In general, moderate grocery prices and delivery fees lead to favorable adoption primarily by far-off households, appropriate shopping frequencies, and beneficial inventory centralization. Numerical calibration reveals that in most US cities the advent of online grocery is beneficial, leading to a 8-41% emission reductions.

Bio: Elena Belavina is an Associate Professor at SC Johnson College of Business. She studies issues of sustainable urban transportation, food waste, grocery retail and supply chains, using systems modeling and econometric analyses of large datasets.

Retsef Levi

Retsef Levi headshot

Title: “Food and Agriculture Supply Chain Analytics & Sensing”

Tuesday, March 5, 3:00-4:00 pm

Kimball Hall, B11

Refreshments to follow in 258 Rhodes Hall

Title: “Access to Fresh Vegetables and Fruits – Empirically Driven Choice Models Informing Policy”

Tuesday, March 5, 4:15-5:15

253 Rhodes

Refreshments to follow in 258 Rhodes

Bio: Retsef Levi is the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  Levi is affiliated with the MIT Operations Research Center and is the MIT Sloan Co-Director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program. 

Jointly held with the ORIE seminar series