Engineering research fellow to discuss retail spatial design

Published: Feb 27, 2009 7:41:00 AM
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Haluk Yapicioglu, postdoctoral research fellow in Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, will present "Retail Spatial Design with a Racetrack Aisle Network Considering Revenue and Adjacencies" on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. in 3210 Shelby Center. His lecture is part of the department's spring graduate seminar series.

Yapicioglu will discuss a novel model and solution for designing the block layout of a retail store. This new approach consists of placing departments in a racetrack configuration within the store according to area and shape constraints. The aisle network is comprised of the racetrack, which serves as the main travel path for customers, and egress aisles. It considers the area allocated to each department, contiguity of the departments to the aisle network, adjacency requirements among departments and revenues.

Yapicioglu was born in Ankara, Turkey. He graduated from Anadolu University with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and earned his master's degree from Middle East Technical University. After completing military service, he joined the doctoral program in industrial and systems engineering at Auburn University and graduated in 2008.