Seminar @ Cornell Tech: Robin Lougee
This will be a hybrid-style talk. The speaker will tell us a little bit about who they are, and then spend about half of their time talking about a major project they’ve been involved with and what factors (mainly technical) contributed to its success or failure. In the second half of the presentation, the speaker will switch gears and give a partial lecture on some relevant subject that would emulate the kinds of lectures our faculty members give in master’s classes.
Robin Lougee is an accomplished technical innovator with a track record of pioneering cross-industry, multi-disciplinary research collaborations. During her 26 year career as an industrial mathematical scientist at IBM Research, Robin led technical teams in engagements with IBM and its clients, co-authoring over 20 patent filings. Her project portfolio spans industry sectors including energy, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, public safety, and finance. Most recently, she led a multi-year research collaboration with McCormick & Company to establish a computational creativity system for AI-enabled product development. This work was featured in a hundred media stories, including the front page of a special section in the Wall Street Journal.
Robin is known for her service to the Operations Research community, in particular for spearheading new initiatives that benefit industry and academia. She was the founding manager and lead evangelist for COIN-OR, the open source initiative for Operations Research software; she founded the INFORMS Professional Colloquium, a workshop for accelerating the success of graduate students transitioning to non-academic careers in Operations Research; and she was the founding chair of the highly successful Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics.
Robin’s work has been recognized with the INFORMS Impact Prize and the Kimball Medal. She currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and advisory councils at the University of Florida and Cornell University. Robin earned her PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University.