Center for Business Analytics Research
 
Center for Business Analytics Research

About

What is Business Analytics?

Business analytics refers to the skills, technologies, applications, and practices, which businesses use to gain insight, to make informed and optimal decisions in all areas, to manage uncertainty, and to improve outcomes. Business analytics makes extensive use of data, quantitative methods (from statistics, operations research/management science, and artificial intelligence), explanatory and predictive models, and data-driven management to drive decision-making.

Our Goals

  • Regarding research, our goals are to develop new techniques and push the limits of existing techniques, build models for solving complex business problems, and help businesses manage uncertainties by mining data and studying business processes.
  • Regarding outreach, our goals are to engage with businesses and help them with their big data and other decision-making issues in order to achieve significant bottom line improvements. The scope of business analytics spans across the functional areas of an organization, and can help with solving decision making problems in diverse areas, such as digital marketing and electronic commerce, prediction, diagnosis and explanation of customer behaviors and trends, optimal decision-making under uncertainty, managing demand and supply side uncertainties, and revenue management.
  • Regarding teaching, our goals are to educate and develop the next generation of business leaders proficient in business analytics. To this end, we plan offer courses to our undergraduate and graduate students, and to our corporate associates, with the latest methods and tools of business analytics developed in the last two decades in the artificial intelligence, operations research, management sciences, and statistics communities.

Faculty and Staff

 

Mazhar Arikan
Associate Professor
785-864-8011
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3134

Academic Areas

Decision Sciences and Supply Chain Management

Education

  • Ph.D. in Operations Management, Purdue University (2011)
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Miami (2005)
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2002)
Steve Hillmer
Professor, Director - Davis Center for Figure Sense
785-864-7549
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3101

Academic Area

Decision Sciences and Business Analytics

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976)
  • Master's, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1974)
  • Bachelor's, Drake University (1971)
Kissan Joseph
Area Director - Marketing and Business Law, Professor and Stockton Fellow
785-864-7535
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 2182

Academic Area

Marketing

Education

  • Ph.D. in Marketing (major field) and Econometrics (supporting field), Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University (1992)
  • M.S. in Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi (1985)
Suman Mallik
Associate Professor, B. Allen and Dorothy V. Lay Mid-Career Professorship
785-864-7591
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3164

Academic Areas

Decision Sciences and Supply Chain Management

Education

  • Ph. D. in Operations Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1998)
  • M. A. in Mgmt. Sc. & Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1998)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Colorado at Boulder (1994)
  • B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (1990)
Felix Meschke
Associate Professor
347-433-5495
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 4106

Academic Area

Finance

Education

  • Ph.D. in Finance, Arizona State University
  • Diploma in Economics, Witten University, Germany
Catherine Shenoy
Senior Lecturer and Center for Business Analytics Research Director
785-864-7519
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 2165

Academic Area

Finance

Education

  • Ph.D. in Finance, University of Kansas
  • MBA, University of Kansas
  • B.S. in Accounting, University of Kansas
Prakash P. Shenoy
Ronald G. Harper Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence
785-864-7551
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3187

Academic Areas

Decision Sciences and Business Analytics

Education

  • Ph.D., Cornell University (1977)
  • Master's, Cornell University (1975)
  • Bachelor's, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (1973)
Ben Sherwood
Assistant Professor
785-864-6960
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3136

Academic Area

Decision Sciences and Business Analytics

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2014)
  • B.A., Macalester College (2003)
Diana (Yan) Wu
Associate Professor
785-864-7580
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3166

Academic Areas

Decision Sciences and Supply Chain Management

Education

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration (Concentration in Supply Chain Management), Penn State University (2006)
  • MBA, Penn State University (2004)
  • B.E. in Management Information Systems, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China (2001)

Directors

Senior Lecturer and Center for Business Analytics Research Director
Senior Researcher
Ronald G. Harper Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence
Senior Researcher
Professor, Director - Davis Center for Figure Sense

Contact Us

Center for Business Analytics Research (CBAR)
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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