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Theodore Allen

  • Associate Professor, Integrated Systems Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
  • 250 Baker Systems
    1971 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-292-1793

About

Research

  • Experimental Design and Bayesian Reinforcement Learning
  • Election Systems Improvement
  • Cyber Security Analytics
  • Social Media Analytics

Education

Ph.D. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Industrial and Operations Engineering 1997

M.S. UCLA, Physics (Solid State) 1992

B.A. Princeton University, Engineering Physics (Honors) 1991

Areas of Interest

Dr. Allen's research interest focuses on using optimization and simulation to either generate solutions directory or to create learning control systems with examples including optimal experimental design and "Fast" Bayesian Reinforcement Learning. His research applications include cyber maintenance planning for the internet of things, condition-based maintenance in manufacturing, timely decision analysis enabled by social media analytics, and simulation optimization to aid in reducing in-person waiting in election systems. His research has been funded by NSF, AFRL, ARCYBER, Honda, Ford, GE Appliances, AFRL, EWI, and others. His textbooks and chapters have been sold in over 10 countries. He serves as an associate editor and simulation area editor of Computers & Industrial Engineering (IF: 2.6), an associate editor of Quality Approaches in Education, and as president-elect of the INFORMS social media analytics section.

Honors

  • January, 2019-
    December, 2019

    2019 Chung Yuan Management Review Best Paper Prize.

  • April, 2018-
    April, 2019

    College of Engineering Lumely Award.

  • October, 2017-
    November, 2018

    Co-author on a runner-up article for the INFORMS Social Media Analytics Best Student Paper Competition.

  • December, 2016-
    December, 2017

    Nominated for the Dean's Award for Distinguished Outreach Achievements by the ISE Department.

  • November, 2016-
    November, 2017

    INFORMS Volunteer Service Award.

  • October, 2017

    Inaugural Member of MIT Election Data and Science Lab.

  • June, 2015-
    June, 2016

    Co-author on a finalist article for the INFORMS Social Media Analytics Best Student Paper Competition.

  • June, 2013-
    May, 2014

    Best Paper.

  • March, 2013-
    March, 2014

    Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Faculty Award.

  • March, 2011-
    March, 2012

    Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Faculty Award.

  • June, 2010-
    June, 2011

    Nominated to attend the NAE FOEE Symposium.

  • March, 2010

    Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Faculty Award.

  • March, 2001-
    March, 2002

    Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Faculty Award.

  • March, 2000-
    March, 2001

    Charles E. MacQuigg Student Award for Outstanding Teaching.

  • March, 2000-
    March, 2001

    Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Faculty Award.

Books

2019

2018

  • Allen, T.T.. 2018. "Introduction to Machine Learning For Supply Chain Optimization: Python, Statistics, and AI with Operations Analytics Industrial Datasets." Springer Verlag.

2003

  • Allen, T. T.. 2003. "Introduction to Business Statistics and Six Sigma." Greyden Press.

Journal Articles

2017

  • Allen, T.T.; Sui, Z.; Parker, N.L., 2017, "Timely Decision Analysis Enabled by Efficient Social Media Modeling." DECISION ANALYSIS 14, no. 4, 250-260 - 250-260.
  • Taslim C, Allen, TT, Lauria M, and Tseng SH, 2017, "Sequential forward-inverse design for genetic network modeling." Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering 34, no. 4, 520-528 - 520-528.
  • Taslim, C.; Allen, T.T.; Lauria, M.; Tseng, S.H., 2017, "Sequential forward-inverse design for genetic network modeling." Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering 34, no. 7, 520-528 - 520-528.
  • Roychowdhury, S.; Allen, T.T.; Allen, N.B., 2017, "A genetic algorithm with an earliest due date encoding for scheduling automotive stamping operations." COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 105, 201-209 - 201-209.

2016

  • Mount-Campbell, A.F.; Rayo, M.F.; O'Brien, J.J.; Allen, T.T. et al., 2016, "Patient-Centered Handovers: Ethnographic Observations of Attending and Resident Physicians: Ethnographic Observations of Attending and Resident Physicians." QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE 25, no. 4, 225-230 - 225-230.
  • Afful-Dadzie, A.; Allen, T.T., 2016, "Control charting methods for autocorrelated cyber vulnerability data." QUALITY ENGINEERING 28, no. 3, 313-325 - 313-325.
  • Allen, T.T.; Xiong, H.; Afful-Dadzie, A., 2016, "A directed topic model applied to call center improvement." APPLIED STOCHASTIC MODELS IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 32, no. 1, 57-73 - 57-73.

2015

  • Tseng,Shih-Hsien; Allen,Theodore, 2015, "A Simple Approach for Multi-fidelity Experimentation Applied to Financial Engineering." APPLIED STOCHASTIC MODELS IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 31, no. 5, 690-705 - 690-705.
  • Xie, C.; Allen, T.T., 2015, "Simulation and experimental design methods for job shop scheduling with material handling: a survey." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY 80, no. 1-4, 233-243 - 233-243.
  • Ferhatosmanoglu, N.; Allen, T.T.; Catalyurek, U.V., 2015, "Mitigating bias in planning two-colour microarray experiments." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DATA MINING AND BIOINFORMATICS 13, no. 1, 31-49 - 31-49.

2014

  • Yang, M.; Fry, M.J.; Kelton, W.D.; Allen, T.T., 2014, "Improving Voting Systems through Service-Operations Management." PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 23, no. 7, 1083-1097 - 1083-1097.
  • Afful-Dadzie, A.; Allen, T.T., 2014, "Data-Driven Cyber-Vulnerability Maintenance Policies." JOURNAL OF QUALITY TECHNOLOGY 46, no. 3, 234-250 - 234-250.

2013

  • Allen, TT, Artis S, Afful-Dadzie A, Allam Y, 2013, "Case Study Application of Blended Learning for an Engineering Simulation Course." Quality Approaches In Education 4, no. 1, 13-22 - 13-22.
  • Yang, M.; Allen, T.T.; Fry, M.J.; Kelton, W.D., 2013, "The call for equity: simulation optimization models to minimize the range of waiting times." IIE TRANSACTIONS 45, no. 7, 781-795 - 781-795.

2012

  • Allen, T.T.; Xiong, H., 2012, "Pareto charting using multifield freestyle text data applied to Toyota Camry user reviews." APPLIED STOCHASTIC MODELS IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 28, no. 2, 152-163 - 152-163.
  • Huang, D.; Allen, T.T.; Notz, W.I.; Zheng, N., 2012, "Global optimization of stochastic black-box systems via sequential kriging meta-models (vol 34, pg 441, 2006)." JOURNAL OF GLOBAL OPTIMIZATION 54, no. 2, 431-431 - 431-431.

2011

  • Allen, T.T.; Rajagopalan, R., 2011, "A Bayesian Plotting Method for Fractional Factorial Data Analysis." JOURNAL OF QUALITY TECHNOLOGY 43, no. 3, 224-236 - 224-236.
  • Allen, T.T.; Tseng, S-H., 2011, "Variance Plus Bias Optimal Response Surface Designs with Qualitative Factors Applied to Stem Choice Modeling." QUALITY AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL 27, no. 8, 1199-1210 - 1199-1210.

2010

  • Allen, T.T.; Tseng, S-H.; Swanson, K.; McClay, M.A., 2010, "Improving the Hospital Discharge Process with Six Sigma Methods." QUALITY ENGINEERING 22, no. 1, 13-20 - 13-20.

2009

  • Ferhatosmanoglu, N.; Allen, T.T.; Canahuate, G., 2009, "Vector space search engines that maximise expected user utility." International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research 1, no. 3, 279-302 - 279-302.
  • Allen, T.T.; Chantarat, N.; Taslim, C., 2009, "Fractional factorial designs that maximise the probability of identifying the important factors." International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering 4, no. 2, 133-150 - 133-150.

2006

  • Chantarat, N.; Allen, T.T.; Ferhatosmanoglu, N.; Bernshteyn, M., 2006, "A combined array approach to minimise expected prediction errors in experimentation involving mixture and process variables." International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering 1, no. 1-2, 129-147 - 129-147.
  • Brady, J.E.; Allen, T.T., 2006, "Six sigma literature: A review and agenda for future research." QUALITY AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL 22, no. 3, 335-367 - 335-367.
  • Huang, D.; Allen, T.T.; Notz, W.I.; Miller, R.A., 2006, "Sequential kriging optimization using multiple-fidelity evaluations." STRUCTURAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY OPTIMIZATION 32, no. 5, 369-382 - 369-382.
  • Huang, D.; Allen, T.T.; Notz, W.I.; Zeng, N., 2006, "Global optimization of stochastic black-box systems via sequential kriging meta-models." JOURNAL OF GLOBAL OPTIMIZATION 34, no. 3, 441-466 - 441-466.

2005

  • Huang, D.; Allen, T.T., 2005, "Design and analysis of variable fidelity experimentation applied to engine valve heat treatment process design." JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY SERIES C-APPLIED STATISTICS 54, 443-463 - 443-463.

2004

  • Allen, T.T.; Maybin, K.M., 2004, "Using focus group data to set new product prices." Journal of Product & Brand Management 13, no. 1, 15-24 - 15-24.

2003

  • Allen, T.T.; Yu, L.Y.; Schmitz, J., 2003, "An experimental design criterion for minimizing meta-model prediction errors applied to die casting process design." JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY SERIES C-APPLIED STATISTICS 52, 103-117 - 103-117.
  • Allen, T.T.; Bernshteyn, M., 2003, "Supersaturated designs that maximize the probability of identifying active factors." TECHNOMETRICS 45, no. 1, 90-97 - 90-97.
  • Chantarat,N; Zheng,N; Allen,T,T; Huang,D, 2003, "Optimal experimental design for systems involving both quantitative and qualitative factors." PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2003 WINTER SIMULATION CONFERENCE, VOLS 1 AND 2 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2003 WINTER SIMULATION CONFERENCE, VOLS 1 AND 2, 556-564 - 556-564.
  • Allen, T.T.; Bernshteyn, M.A.; Kabiri-Bamoradian, K., 2003, "Constructing meta-models for computer experiments." JOURNAL OF QUALITY TECHNOLOGY 35, no. 3, 264-274 - 264-274.
  • Ribardo, C.; Allen, T.T., 2003, "An alternative desirability function for achieving 'six sigma' quality." QUALITY AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL 19, no. 3, 227-240 - 227-240.

2002

  • Brady, J.E.; Allen, T.T., 2002, "Case study based instruction of DOE and SPC." AMERICAN STATISTICIAN 56, no. 4, 312-315 - 312-315.
  • Allen,T,T; Yu,L,Y, 2002, "Low-cost response surface methods from simulation optimization." QUALITY AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL 18, no. 1, 5-17 - 5-17.
  • Allen, T.T.; Richardson, R.W.; Tagliabue, D.P.; Maul, G.P., 2002, "Statistical process design for robotic GMA welding of sheet metal." WELDING JOURNAL 81, no. 5, 69S-77S - 69S-77S.

2001

  • Allen TT, Ittiwattana W, Richardson R, Maul G, 2001, "A Method for Robust Process Design Based on Direct Minimization of Expected Loss Applied to Arc Welding." Journal of Manufacturing Systems 20, no. 5, 329-348 - 329-348.
  • Allen, T.T.; Ittiwattana, W.; Richardson, R.W.; Maul, G.P., 2001, "A method for robust process design based on direct minimization of expected loss applied to arc welding." JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS 20, no. 5, 329-348 - 329-348.

2000

  • Koc, M.; Allen, T.; Jiratheranat, S.; Altan, T., 2000, "The use of FEA and design of experiments to establish design guidelines for simple hydroformed parts." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MACHINE TOOLS & MANUFACTURE 40, no. 15, 2249-2266 - 2249-2266.

1999

  • Allen TT, Afshari P, Kabiri K, Herrin G, 1999, "Robust Engineering Using Numerical Methods: Application to the Design of D-Shaped Shafts." SAE Technical Paper 98PC-229, 10 - 10.

Unknown

  • Allen TT, Tseng SH, "Case Study Implementation of An Intervention to Improve Instruction of Lean Six Sigma in a Statistical Quality Control Course." Chung Yuan Management Review
  • Allen, TT;Sui Zhenhuan;Parker NL, "Timely Decision Analysis Enabled by Efficient Social 2017 Media Modeling." Decision Analysis

Papers in Proceedings

2014

2013

  • Li, J.; Allen, T.T.; Akah, K. "Could simulation optimization have prevented 2012 central Florida election lines?." (12 2013).
  • Li, J.; Allen, T.T.; Akah, K.; IEEE, "COULD SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION HAVE PREVENTED 2012 CENTRAL FLORIDA ELECTION LINES?." (1 2013).
  • Tseng, S.H.; Allen, T.T. "A magic number versus trickle down agent-based model of tax policy." (12 2013).
  • Tseng, S-H.; Allen, T.T. "A MAGIC NUMBER VERSUS TRICKLE DOWN AGENT-BASED MODEL OF TAX POLICY." in Winter Simulation Conference on Simulation - Making Decisions in a Complex World. (1 2013).
  • Li, J.; Allen, T.T.; Akah, K. "COULD SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION HAVE PREVENTED 2012 CENTRAL FLORIDA ELECTION LINES?." in Winter Simulation Conference on Simulation - Making Decisions in a Complex World. (1 2013).
  • Afful-Dadzie, A.; Allen, T.T.; Raqab, A.; Li, J. et al. "SUFFICIENCY MODEL-ACTION CLARIFICATION FOR SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION APPLIED TO AN ELECTION SYSTEM." (1 2013).
  • Li,Jingsheng; Allen,Theodore,T; Akah,Kimiebi COULD SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION HAVE PREVENTED 2012 CENTRAL FLORIDA ELECTION LINES?. in Winter Simulation Conference on Simulation - Making Decisions in a Complex World. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/005b/aea460c5d7a5dc338a0233e434d0e7627b67.pdf, (1 2013).
  • Tseng, S-H.; Allen, T.T.; IEEE, "A MAGIC NUMBER VERSUS TRICKLE DOWN AGENT-BASED MODEL OF TAX POLICY." (1 2013).
  • Tseng,Shih-Hsien; Allen,Theodore,T A MAGIC NUMBER VERSUS TRICKLE DOWN AGENT-BASED MODEL OF TAX POLICY. in Winter Simulation Conference on Simulation - Making Decisions in a Complex World. http://simulation.su/uploads/files/default/2013-tseng-allen.pdf, (1 2013).
  • Afful-Dadzie,Anthony; Allen,Theodore,T; Raqab,Alah; Li,Jingsheng SUFFICIENCY MODEL-ACTION CLARIFICATION FOR SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION APPLIED TO AN ELECTION SYSTEM. in Winter Simulation Conference on Simulation - Making Decisions in a Complex World. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/64c9/47a6d1d014c1234b1f4c6c330edfe87a745c.pdf, (1 2013).
  • Afful-Dadzie A, Allen TT "Optimal Traditional Versus Online Instructional Method Selection." in ASEE Midwest Regional Conference. (1 2013).
  • Afful-Dadzie, A.; Allen, T.T.; Raqab, A.; Li, J. "SUFFICIENCY MODEL-ACTION CLARIFICATION FOR SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION APPLIED TO AN ELECTION SYSTEM." in Winter Simulation Conference on Simulation - Making Decisions in a Complex World. (1 2013).
  • Afful-Dadzie, A.; Allen, T.T.; Raqab, A.; Li, J. "Sufficiency model-action clarification for simulation optimization applied to an election system." (12 2013).

2010

  • Allen, T.T.; Vuckovich, D.N. "AN OPEN-SOURCE POPULATION INDIFFERENCE ZONE-BASED ALGORITHM FOR SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION." in 2010 Winter Simulation Conference. (1 2010).
  • Allen, T.T.; Vuckovich, D.N. "An open-source population indifference zone-based algorithm for simulation optimization." (12 2010).
  • Allen, T.T.; Davis, N. "A SIMPLE AGENT-BASED SOCIAL IMPACT THEORY MODEL OF STUDENT STEM SELECTION." in 2010 Winter Simulation Conference. (1 2010).
  • Allen,Theodore,T; Vuckovich,David,N "AN OPEN-SOURCE POPULATION INDIFFERENCE ZONE-BASED ALGORITHM FOR SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION." in 2010 Winter Simulation Conference. (1 2010).
  • Allen, T.T.; Vuckovich, D.N. "AN OPEN-SOURCE POPULATION INDIFFERENCE ZONE-BASED ALGORITHM FOR SIMULATION OPTIMIZATION." (1 2010).
  • Allen, T.T.; Davis, N. "A SIMPLE AGENT-BASED SOCIAL IMPACT THEORY MODEL OF STUDENT STEM SELECTION." (1 2010).
  • Allen, T.T.; Davis, N. "A simple agent-based social impact theory model of student stem selection." (12 2010).

2007

  • Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T. "Subset selection and optimization for selecting binomial systems applied to supersaturated design generation." (12 2007).
  • Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T. "Subset selection and optimization for selecting binomial systems applied to supersaturated design generation." in 2007 Winter Simulation Conference. (1 2007).
  • Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T.; IEEE, "Subset selection and optimization for selecting binomial systems applied to supersaturated design generation." (1 2007).
  • Zheng, N., T. T. Allen, and W. Ittiwattana Subset Selection and Optimization and For Selecting Binomial Systems Applied to Supersaturated Design Generation. in Proceedings of the 2007 Winter Simulation Conference. http://www.wintersim.org/, (1 2007).

2005

  • Schenk, J.R.; Huang, D.; Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T. "Multiple fidelity simulation optimization of hospital performance under high consequence event scenarios." (12 2005).
  • Schenk, J.R.; Huang, D.; Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T. "Multiple fidelity simulation optimization of hospital performance under high consequence event scenarios." (1 2005).
  • Schenk,J,R; Huang,D; Zheng,N; Allen,T,T Multiple fidelity simulation optimization of hospital performance under high consequence event scenarios. in 2005 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 05). https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ning_Zheng7/publication/4213750_Multiple_fidelity_simulation_optimization_of_hospital_performance_under_high_consequence_event_scenarios/links/53ecb32e0cf223316494, (1 2005).
  • Schenk, J.R.; Huang, D.; Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T. "Multiple fidelity simulation optimization of hospital performance under high consequence event scenarios." in 2005 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 05). (1 2005).

2003

  • Chantarat, N.; Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T.; Huang, D. "Optimal experimental design for systems involving both quantitative and qualitative factors." (1 2003).
  • Chantarat, N.; Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T.; Huang, D. "Optimal experimental design for systems involving both quantitative and qualitative factors." (12 2003).
  • Chantarat, N.; Zheng, N.; Allen, T.T.; Huang, D. "Optimal experimental design for systems involving both quantitative and qualitative factors." in 36th Winter Simulation Conference. (1 2003).
  • Chantarat,N; Zheng,N; Allen,T,T; Huang,D Optimal experimental design for systems involving both quantitative and qualitative factors. in 36th Winter Simulation Conference. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ning_Zheng7/publication/221528484_Issues_on_simulation_and_optimization_I_optimal_experimental_design_for_systems_involving_both_quantitative_and_qualitative_facto, (1 2003).

2002

  • Allen, T.T.; Yu, L. "Low-cost response surface methods from simulation optimization." (1 2002).
  • Allen, T.T.; Yu, L.Y. "Low-cost response surface methods from simulation optimization." (1 2002).
  • Allen, T.T.; Yu, L.Y. "Low-cost response surface methods from simulation optimization." (1 2002).

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