Applied Business Analytics Graduate Student Danielle Song Wins Poster Award at Northeast Decision Science Conference

On April 8, 2022. Danielle Song, who is earning her MS in Applied Business Analytics at BU’s Metropolitan College, won the best graduate student poster award at the 52nd Northeast Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) conference, held in Newark, New Jersey.

With a poster entitled, “MBTA Winter Storm Planning: Slick Road Prediction Model,” Danielle focused her application of machine learning methods to assist the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) by creating a more timely and accurate decision support system. The tool could then help better allocate labor and equipment resources in preparation for the area’s inclement weather patterns.

This project is part of an ongoing effort by the Metropolitan College Decision Sciences Research Lab (DSLab), which is co-directed by Associate Professor and Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator Canan Gunes Corlu and Associate Professor of the Practice John Maleyeff.

Seven other DSLab researchers accompanied Ms. Song and Dr. Maleyeff to the conference, with DSLab researchers delivering two other presentations.

Pennart Klanwari, who is working towards her MS in Supply Chain Management, presented a paper entitled, “Climate Change Impacts on Boston Hospitals,” which was co-authored by recent supply chain management graduate Jiayi Pan, along with Dr. Corlu and Prof. Dave Weidman.

Claire Ding, studying for her MS in Applied Business Analytics, presented a paper entitled, “Severity Prediction Models to Support MBTA Winter Storm Planning,” which gave a more comprehensive overview of the MBTA project. This paper was co-authored by recent applied business analytics graduate Ruojia Peng, along with Ms. Song and Dr. Maleyeff. MBTA risk management director Frans Valk and MBTA emergency management director Mark Munroe were collaborators on this project.

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