Research Colloquium talk – Digitization in Humanitarian Supply Chains: A Rough Review of Research Needs

Talk Overview

Digitization or Industry 4.0 is currently the center of attention within commercial supply chains. The humanitarian sector, however, follows the commercial sector from far behind in terms of data management and computing capabilities, infrastructure and system architecture. There is tremendous room for new research from the fields of OR/AI/IT/CS in humanitarian supply chains. We will review what has been done so far and identify research gaps, needs and trends in this context.

When: Friday, February 21, 1-2:00pm

Where: CDM Theater 708

Who: Nezih Altay, Professor, Driehaus College of Business

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Speaker bio: Nezih Altay is a Professor in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Driehaus College of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Texas A&M University. Altay’s research specializes in humanitarian supply chains, disruption management, and socially responsible operations. He is the first recipient of the American Logistics Aid Network’s Academic Contributions Award. He has published over 30 papers and co-edited two books: Service Parts Management: Demand Forecasting and Inventory Control (2011) and Advances in Managing Humanitarian Operations (2016) both published by Springer. He currently serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management. Altay is also the current President of the Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management group within the Production and Operations Management Society. At DePaul, Dr. Altay serves as the faculty director of the M.S. in Supply Chain Management program. Altay just has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to visit Finland in 2021 to conduct research on aid logistics within conflict zones at the HumLog Institute.