NSF program director to discuss novel optimization paradigm

Published: Mar 29, 2010 1:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

Robert Smith, program director for operations research in the division of civil, mechanical and manufacturing innovation for the National Science Foundation (NSF), will present the seminar "A Fictitious Play Approach to Complex Systems Optimization" on Wednesday, March 31, at 3 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. The seminar is hosted by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Current complex systems with large numbers of interacting components are typically modeled through computer simulations rather than equations, which results in little to no structural assumptions about function or constraints. Smith will demonstrate a novel optimization paradigm inherited from game theory that animates the components of the system within a non-cooperative game of identical interest. He will illustrate this approach through an application of the novel optimization in intelligent transportation systems.

Smith is currently on leave from his position as the Altarum/ERIM Russell D. O'Neal Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor while serving as program director for operations research at NSF. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College and a master's degree in business administration from the University of California-Berkeley. He also received his doctoral degree in engineering science from Berkeley and held an NSF fellowship during his doctoral program.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes