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Faculty in the OU School of Industrial and Systems Engineering are very active in pursuing funding, advising students, publishing journal articles, and attending conferences relating to the following six diverse areas of research concentration.

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Computational Optimization

Research in computational optimization includes large-scale discrete and continuous optimization problems, focusing on optimization under uncertainty, robust optimization, and interior point methods. 

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Engineering Education

Engineering education research in the School of ISE is aimed at understanding student success in engineering through studies addressing pedagogical issues, student learning, and issues relevant to recruitment, retention, and graduation of a diverse student population. 

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Researchers in logistics and supply chain management develop models and algorithms that solve complex logistics problems within a supply chain (such as inventory inaccuracy analysis and fleet routing), as well as coordinate functions and stages across single- or multiple-industry supply chains. 

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Design and Manufacturing

The main areas of interest in manufacturing research focus on process tribology and shape engineering. Tribology research examines new techniques, including adaptive sensing, tolerances, process planning, fixturing, and NC path planning, to characterize and measure surfaces. 

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Human Factors

Human factors research programs deal with the evaluation of human performance in applied environments including, but not limited to, aviation, weather forecasting, healthcare, cyber physical social systems, information systems design, product design, and work place design with emphases on cognitive performance assessments and human-system interactions.

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Systems Modeling

Our researchers in systems modeling are interested in the development of theory, methodology, and applications toward understanding the behavior of large-scale systems as well as fundamental research and applications of simulation models and stochastic systems. 

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