I am interested in building
robust and statistically principled methodologies for Monte Carlo simulation,
risk analysis, and stochastic and simulation-based optimization.

Support from the following funding sources are gratefully acknowledged:

·National Security Agency (NSA) Young Investigator
Grant H98230-13-1-0301. Title: “Design of Robust Methodologies for Efficient
Simulation and Sensitivity Analysis for Stochastic Systems”. Duration:
September 2013-June 2014. Role: PI.

·National Science Foundation (NSF)
CMMI-1400391/1542020. Title: “A Sensitivity Approach to Assessing Model
Uncertainty for Stochastic Systems”. Duration: July 2014-June 2017. Role: PI.

·National Science Foundation (NSF)
CMMI-1436247/1523453. Title: “Collaborative Research: Modeling and Analyzing
Extreme Risks in Insurance and Finance”. Duration: September 2014-August 2017.
Role: PI (lead-PI: Jose Blanchet, PI: Qihe Tang).

·MCubed. Title:
“Data-driven Methods in Simulation Modeling and Optimization for Large-scale
Dynamic Systems”. Duration: November 2015-October 2017. Role: co-PI (PI:
Hyun-Soo Ahn, co-PI: EunshinByon).

·UM Mobility Transformation Center (MTC). Title:
“Development of Evaluation Approaches and the Certificate System for Automated
Vehicles Based on the Accelerated Evaluation”. Duration: May 2016-December
2017. Role: PI (co-PI: David LeBlanc).

·Adobe Digital Marketing Research Award 2016. Title:
“Scalable Dynamic Optimization in Online Marketing Campaigns”. Role: PI.

·National Science Foundation (NSF)
CMMI-1653339/1834710. Title: “CAREER: Optimization-based Quantification of
Statistical Uncertainty in Stochastic and Simulation Analysis”. Duration: May
2017-April 2022. Role: PI.

·National Science Foundation (NSF) IIS-1849280.
Title: “Collaborative Research: Unsupervised Rare Event Learning – With
Applications on Autonomous Vehicles”. Duration: Feb 2019-Jan 2022. Role: PI
(lead-PI: Ding Zhao)

Editorial Appointments

·Associate Editor, Operations Research, 2015-

·Associate Editor, INFORMS Journal on Computing, 2016-

Ph.D. Students

·Alexandrina Goeva (BU
Stat; co-advised with Eric Kolaczyk), graduated 2017.
First position: Post-doc, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

·Clementine Mottet (BU
Stat), graduated 2017. First position: TripAdvisor.

·AmirhosseinMeisami (UM IOE;
co-advised with Mark van Oyen), graduated 2018. First position: Adobe.

·Maximum likelihood estimation by Monte Carlo
simulation: Towards data-driven stochastic modeling, with Y. Peng, M. Fu and B.
Heidergott, under
revision in Operations Research.

·Variance reduction method for extreme quantile
estimation, with Q. Pan and E. Byon, Institute of Industrial and Systems
Engineers (IISE) Annual conference, 2018.

·Rare-event simulation for many-server
queues, with J. Blanchet, Mathematics of
Operations Research, 39(4), 1142-1178, 2014. Honorable
Mention Prize, INFORMS George Nicholson Paper Competition 2010.

·Exact asymptotics for
infinite-server queues. Preliminary version appeared in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Queueing Theory and
Network Applications 2011.

·A versatile approach for the evaluation and testing
of automated vehicles based on kernel methods, with Z. Huang, Y. Guo and D. Zhao, American
Control Conference (ACC) 2018.

·An accelerated testing approach for automated
vehicles with background traffic described by joint distributions, with Z.
Huang and D. Zhao, IEEE International
Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), 2017.

·Towards affordable on-track testing for autonomous
vehicle – A kriging-based statistical approach, with Z. Huang and D. Zhao, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITSC) 2017.

·Evaluation of automated vehicles in the frontal
cut-in scenario - An enhanced approach using piecewise mixture model, with Z.
Huang, D. Zhao, D. J. LeBlanc and H. Peng, Proceedings
of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017.