IE Seminar: “Analytics Informing the Management of Human Health Risks Emerging from Zoonotic Viruses”, Retsef Levi, 12:30Noon May 4 (EN)

We would like to invite you all to the upcoming in-person seminar at the Bilkent University, Department of Industrial Engineering where we will be hosting Prof. Retsef Levi from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. Below, you can find the details about his talk and a short bio.

Seminar will be held on May 4th (Thursday) between 12:30 – 13:30 at room EA-409 (Rektörlük building, 4th floor). Depending on the attendance requests, we may need to move the seminar to a larger room, so please let us know if you are planning to attend the talk, so that we can have a rough sense of attendance. You can send an email to if you are planning to attend.

Title: Analytics Informing the Management of Human Health Risks Emerging from Zoonotic Viruses

Zoonotic viruses that jump from animals to humans pose major risks to human health and have been responsible for local outbreaks and global pandemics. In this talk, we shall discuss how analytics models and algorithms can inform better understanding of risk drivers and mechanisms underlying the spread of zoonotic viruses, as well as some risk mitigation strategies. The talk will include several examples related to avian flu and SARS-CoV-2.

Retsef Levi is the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and affiliated faculty at the MIT Operations Research Center. He serves as the MIT Sloan Faculty Co-Director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program and as the Faculty Director of the MIT Sloan Food Supply Chain Analytics and Sensing (FSAS) Initiative. Levi’s is an expert in risk management and the applications of advanced data-analytics within large healthcare and public health systems, food and agriculture supply chains, manufacturing of biologic drugs, cybersecurity, as well as logistics, procurement and inventory management. With over 60 articles in top leading journals, his research has had significant methodological contributions, as well as major impact on practice, including multiple field implementations of his research outcomes. Levi received numerous awards including the NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the 2008 INFORMS Optimization Prize for Young Researchers and the 2013 Daniel H. Wagner Prize, the 2016 Harold W. Kuhn Award and the 2020 MSOM Responsible Research Award.