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Farhad Azadivar, Ph.D.

Farhad AzadivarProfessor

  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 1980
  • M.S. in Systems Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1972
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tehran University, Iran, 1970

Contact information

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  • Phone: 508.999.8549
  • Fax: 508.999.8881
  • Office: Textiles Building, Room 208

Areas of interest

  • Computer simulation
  • Deterministic and stochastic optimization
  • Management of technology
  • Modeling and optimization of manufacturing systems
  • Modeling and optimization of marine fishery system
  • Modeling and optimization of traffic systems
  • Simulation modeling of bioinformatics systems

Publications

Textbook
Azadivar, F., "Design and Engineering of Production Systems," Engineering Press, San Jose, CA, 1984, 630 pages.

Book Chapter
“Inventory Control”, In Operations Research And Management Science Handbook, Edited by A. Ravindran, CRS Press, 2007.
 
Papers
"Decision Rules for Recycling Returned Products", International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 2011., (with S. Ordoobadi).

"A Simulation Model to Justify Remanufacturing Policies", Proceedings of 2010 Winter Simulation Conference, Baltimore, December 2010, (with S. Ordoobadi).

“An Application of Simulation Modeling and Optimization in Fisheries”, International  Journal of Simulation and Modeling, 2010., (with Truong, T., and Stokesbury, K)

“A Decision Support System for Fisheries Management using Operations Research and Systems Science Approach”, Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 36, pp2971-2978, 2009. (With Truong T., and Jiao Y).

“Rewards and Challenges of Utilizing University Research/Economic Development Centers For Enhancing Engineering Education”, ASEE Annual Conference, Honolulu, 2007. (with Kramer, B.)

“A model for integration of engineering education with research and regional economic development”, Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering Education, ICEE 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July, 2006. (with Kramer, B. and Curry, T.)

“Optimal design methodologies for configuration of supply chains”, International Journal of Production Research, 2005, Vol 43, No 11, pp 2217-2236. (with T. Truong).

“Decision support system for fisheries management”, Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference, Orlando, Florida. (with T. Truong, and B. Rothschild).

“SMAST Prototype Decision Support System: a spatially quantitative tool for ecosystem fisheries management”, International Council for the Exploration of the Seas annual science conference. Aberdeen, UK. CM 2005/L:06. (with T. Truong, Y. Jiao, and B. Rothschild).

“A simulator for design and analysis of supply chains”, Proceedings of IASTED International Conference on Applied Simulation and Modeling. Benalmadineh, Spain, 2005. (with T. Truong).

“A new approach towards an optimal control of fisheries on Georges Bank: The SMAST Groundfish optimization simulation model”, Proceedings of International Council for the Exploration of the Seas annual science conference. Spain, 2004. (with J. Gregor, T. Truong, and B. Rothschild).

“Simulation Based Optimization for Supply Chain Configuration Design” Proceedings of Winter Simulation Conference, December 2003, (with Tu Truong)

“Simulation Based Optimization in Fishery Management”, Proceedings of Winter Simulation Conference, December, 2002. (With Tu Troung, Kevin Stokesbury and Brian Rothschild )

“Manufacturing System Design Experiences for Engineering Students: Means to Address Competency Gaps,” Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. (with Kramer, B., Tucker, J., and Windholz, R.)

“Manufacturing Learning Center: A Model to Enhance Manufacturing Engineering Education,” Proceedings of NAMRC XXX, May 2002. (With Kramer, B., Tucker, J.)

“A management system for the Atlantic sea scallop using video survey, simulation modeling and optimization”. Proceedings of International Council for the Exploration of the Seas annual science conference. Norway, 2001. (with  K. Stokesbury, T. Truong, and B. Rothschild).

“Dynamic Facility Layout Design Using Simulation and Genetic Algorithms”, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 38, No. 17, pp. 4369-4383, 2000. (With Jian Wang)

“The Manufacturing Learning Center, A Model for Assisting in the Innovation Process for Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturers”, Industry and Higher Education, August 2000, pp. 254-259. (with Jeff Tucker)

“A Decision Support System for the Initiation of Technological Innovation in   Small Manufacturing Enterprises”, Industry And Higher Education, August 2000, pp. 249-253. (with Yan Xue and Sharon Ordoobadi).

“Maintenance Policy Selection for JIT Production Systems”, International Journal of Production Research. Vol. 37, No. 16 (1999), pp. 3725-3738, (with Victor Shu).

“Simulation Optimization with Qualitative Variables and Structural Model Changes: A Genetic Algorithm Approach”, European Journal of Operational Research, 113 (1999) 169-182. (With George Tompkins)

“Simulation-Optimization Based Facility Layout Design”,  Proceedings of 1999 International Conference on Production Research, Limerick, Ireland, (with John Wang).

“An Engineering Learning Center”, Proceedings of Frontiers in Education Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November, 1999. (With Norm Dillman, Jeff Tucker, Dean Hall”

“Simulation Optimization Methodologies”, Proceedings of 1999 Winter Simulation Conference, Phoenix, AZ, December, 1999.

“Use of Simulation in Optimization of Maintenance Policies”, Proceedings of 1998 Winter Simulation Conference, Washington DC, December 1998. (with Junhong Shu)

“Technological Innovations Process in Small Manufacturing Companies”, Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering Design and Automation, Maui, August, 1998. (With Sharon Ordoobadi)

“Automatic Generation of Simulation Models for Optimum Design of Manufacturing Systems”, Proceedings of  the 14th International Conference on Production Research,  Osaka, Japan, August 1997,  pp. 754-757, (with Jianping Zhang).

“Customer Driven Concurrent Engineering for Manufacturing Systems”, Proceedings of  the 14th International Conference on Production Research,  Osaka, Japan, August 1997,  pp. 1172-1175, (with Amit Sekar).

“Manufacturing Learning Center: A model for Manufacturing Engineering Education”, Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering Design and Automation, Bangkok, Thailand, March, 1997. (with Jeff Tucker)

“Customer Driven Concurrent Engineering in a Manufacturing System”, Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering Design and Automation, Bangkok, Thailand, March, 1997. (with A. Shekhar)

“Simulation Optimization in Strategic Location of Semi-finished Products in a Pull-Type Production System, Proceedings of 1996 Winter Simulation Conference, San Diego, 1996 (with J. Shu and M. Ahmad)

“Maintenance Policies for Just-in-Time Manufacturing Environments, Proceedings of 1996 International Manufacturing Engineering Conference, ICPR, America’s Region, Storrs, Connecticut, 1996, (with J. Shu)

"Genetic Algorithms In Optimizing Simulated Systems" , Proceedings of 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, Washington D.C., 1995, pp. 757-762 (with Tompkins, G.H.)
"A Methodology for Solving Multi Objective Simulation Optimization Problems," European Journal of Operational Research, 72 (1994), pp. 135-145.  (with Teleb, R.)

"Optimal Configuration of Systems Using Computer Simulation", New Directions in Simulation for Manufacturing and Communications, Operations Research Society of Japan, 1994, PP. 245-251.

"A New Model of the Diagnosis Process for Man-made Systems", Proceedings of ASME WInter Conference, New Orleans, November, 1993. (with J. A. Rice and G.L. Yang)

"A Simulation Study of Traffic Control Procedures at Highway Work Zones", Proceedings of 1992 Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 1210-1216, 1992. (with N. Afshar)

"A Tutorial on Simulation Optimization", Proceedings of 1992 Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 198-203, 

"A Stochastic Optimization of the Production Speed of Robots Based on Measured Geometric and Nongeometric Errors," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp 49-62, 1992. (with Moon, K. S. and Kim, K.)

"Optimum Continuous Path Operating Conditions for Maximum Productivity of Robotic Manufacturing Systems," International Journal of Robotics and Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp 193-199, 1991. (with Moon, K. S., and Kim, K.)

"Integrating Microscopic Simulation and Optimization Application to Freeway Work Zone Traffic Control," Transportation Research Record, No. 1254, pp 14-25, 1990. (with Mousa, R.M., and Rouphail, N.M.)

"Experimental Measurement of Robot Positioning Accuracy and its Application in Planning for Optimal Operation Speed of Robots," Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering, Barton, Australia, 1990. (with Cui, D., and  Moon, K.S.)

"Optimum Allocation of Resources to Random Access and Rack Storage Spaces in an Automated Warehousing System," International Journal of Production Research Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 119 131, 1989.

"An Algorithm for Optimization of Discrete Variable Systems by Computer Simulation," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Vol.30, pp. 331 345, 1988. (with Lee, Y. E.,)

"The Effect of Position Errors in Joints of Industrial Robots on Their Performance in Manufacturing Operations," IEEE Journal on Robotics and Automation,  Vol. RA 3, No. 2, pp. 109 114, 1987.

"Minimum Cost Modular Design of Automated Warehousing Systems," International Journal of Material Flow, Vol. 4, pp. 177 188, 1987.

"The Effect of Precision of Robots on the Efficiency and the Quality of Their Manufacturing Processes," Proceedings of IXth International Conference on Production Research, Cincinnati, August, 1987. (with Moon, K. S.)

"Maximization of the Throughput of an Automated Warehousing System Under Constraints," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 551 566, 1986.

"Optimum Number of Buffer Spaces in a Flexible Manufacturing System," Proceedings of the Second Conference on Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August, 1986. (with Lee, Y. H.)

"An Application of Optimization By Simulation to Discrete Variable Systems," Proceedings of 1985 Winter Simulation Conference, San Francisco, California, pp. 173-177, 1985. (with Lee, Y. H.)

"A Simulation Optimization Approach to Optimum Storage and Retrieval Policies in an Automated Warehousing System," Proceedings of 1984 Winter Simulation Conference, Dallas, Texas, pp. 207 214, 1984.

"Optimization of the Combined Cost of Precision in Manufacturing and the Cost of Error Due to Link Length Tolerances in Mechanisms," ASME Paper No. 84 DET 129., 1984.

"Optimization of Stochastic Simulation Models," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Vol. XXII, No. 3, pp. 231 241, 1980. ( with Talavage, J. J.)


Presentations in Technical Conferences
"Optimum Quality Planning In a Sustainable Production Environment", 19th Technical Conference of the International Federation of Operation Research Societies, Melbourne, Australia, July 2011.

"Genetic Algorithms in Optimization of Gene Interactive Rules", INFORMS Healthcare 2011, Montreal, Canada, June 2011.

“Limits On Use of Returned Parts In After Market Products”, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Annual Conference, San Diego, 2009.

"Behavior-Based Topological Navigation System for a Restroom Cleaning Robot using RFID-Tags", INFORMS Annual Conference, Washington D.C., October, 2008.(with M. Rawski)

“Simulation Modeling for Early Detection of Cancer”, INFORMS, Seattle, 2007. (With Nguyen, D. C.)

“A teaching hospital type model for engineering education”, Panel session, International Conference on Engineering Education, ICEE 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July, 2006. (with B. Kramer and T. Curry)

“Application of statistics, simulation and optimization in fishery systems”, Applied Mathematical Programming and Modeling Conference APMOD2006, Madrid, Spain, June 2006, (with T. Truong, and K. Stokesbury)

“Optimization of Harvest Strategies for Georges Bank Scallop” American Fisheries Society (AFS) meeting, CT, Jan 2004. ( with Truong, T., Stokesbury, K. and Rothschild, B.J.)

"Future of Simulation”, Panelist, 2001Winter Simulation Conference.

“A Manufacturing Learning Center” Keynote Speech, University Industry collaboration Conference, Cambridge,  UK, September 2000.
Track Coordinator, Winter Simulation Conference, 1999 and 2000.

“Manufacturing Learning Center, An Innovative Model for Engineering Education”, ASEE Conference, Seattle, Washington, June, 1998.

“A Framework for Enterprise Modeling and Integration”, International Industrial Engineering Conference, Piracicaba, Brazil, 1996.

"Strategic Location of the Optimum In-Process Inventories in a Pull Type Manufacturing System", Joint National ORSA/TIMS Meeting, Chicago, 1993. (with M. Ahmad)

"A Tutorial on Simulation Optimization", Winter Simulation Conference, Washington D.C., December, 1992.

"A Multi-Objective Simulation Optimization Methodology",National ORSA/TIMS Meeting, Nashville, 1991.

"A Procedure for Optimization of Decision Rules in an FMS System," Joint National ORSA/TIMS Meeting, Las Vegas, 1990. (with R. Teleb)

"Experimental Measurement of Robot Positioning Accuracy and its Application in Planning for Optimal Operation Speed of Robots in Manufacturing", The Fifth International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering, The Institute of Engineers, Australia, Wollongong, Australia, 1990.

"Minimum In Process Inventory in Flexible Manufacturing Systems in Just in Time Environment," Joint National ORSA/TIMS Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 1989 (with J. Koh).

"Optimization of Traffic Control Procedures at Highway Lane Closures," Joint National ORSA/TIMS Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 1988.

"The Effect of Precision of Robots on the Quality and the Efficiency of Manufacturing Processes," IXth International Conference on Production Research, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1987.

"Optimum Precision of Welding Robots," Joint National ORSA/TIMS Conference, New Orleans, May 1987.  (Invited).

"Optimum Number of Buffer Spaces in a Flexible Manufacturing Systems," ORSA/TIMS Special Interest Meeting on Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 1986.

"Optimum Precision Requirements of Industrial Robots in Manufacturing," Joint ORSA/TIMS Meeting, Miami Beach, October 1986.

"Simulation Optimization of Discrete Variable Systems," Optimization Days Conference, Montreal, Canada, April 1986.  (Invited).

"An Application of a Discrete Optimization By Simulation Method to a Flexible Manufacturing System," Winter Simulation Conference, San Francisco, CA, 1985.  (Session Chairman)

"Optimum Allocation of Resources in Automated Warehousing Systems," Joint ORSA/TIMS Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1985.

"A Simulation Optimization Approach to the Optimum Storage and Retrieval Policies in an Automated Warehousing System," Winter Simulation Conference, Dallas, TX, 1984. (Invited).

"Optimization of the Cost of Design and Operation of Mechanical Linkages," ASME Conference on Mechanisms, Boston, MA, 1984.

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