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OR Seminar: Varun Khemani

December 5 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Seminar Series | Varun Khemani

Join us in welcoming Dr. Varun Khemani from the Operations Research and Advanced Analytics Group at American Airlines to the OR Department.

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OR/ML at American Airlines


Positioned within the Information Technology organization, the OR&AA team at American Airlines has a long history of being on the leading edge of analyt-ics in the airline domain. Nearly four decades ago we launched the revenue management revolution with our yield management strategy. Today our di-verse team of passionate analytics professionals supports decision making across the airline, including pricing and revenue management, fleet and net-work optimization, crew and flight scheduling, airport and maintenance opera-tions and customer/social media analytics.

This talk will provide an overview of some of the challenging projects that the team has successfully completed, for example, Network Schedule Evaluation System, Crew Assignment, Fleet Assignment Model, Deep-Learning based RM Forecaster, Enabling Predictive Maintenance Using Analytics, Baggage Transfer Routing Optimization, and Classifying Customers’ Tweets.


I have been working as a Predictive Maintenance Data Scientist in the Operations Research and Advanced Analytics (ORAA) group at American Airlines for the past few months. I work with a variety of business units to help develop data-driven solutions to optimize their business operations. I have a PhD in Reliability Engineering from University of Maryland and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go Pack!) with a focus on Design of Experiments. Aside from classical Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning techniques, I have experience in stochastic optimization reliability, functional safety and cybersecurity.


December 5
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
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