Albert, Laura

Laura Albert


College of Engineering

2018 Session

Title: Advanced Analytics for Emergency Response
What does successful IT facilitate and promote on our campus? Hear UW Industrial and Systems Engineering professor Laura Albert will talk about how engineers use advanced analytical models to solve problems and design systems, and how information technology plays a role in engineering research.
She will provide an overview her discipline of operations research and advanced analytics and will discuss its wide ranging applications, focusing on her research that addresses problems in emergency response.


Laura Albert, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Dr. Albert’s research has been supported by NSF, DHS, and the Department of the Army, Sandia National Laboratory, and she has been awarded an NSF CAREER award. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings. Her research has been awarded several honors, including four best paper awards. Dr. Albert is the INFORMS Vice President for Marketing, Communication, and Outreach. She is the author of the blogs “Punk Rock Operations Research” and “Badger Bracketology.” You can find her on twitter at @lauraalbertphd.