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Dr. Zhuang's Group Members

 

Current Group Members:

Mohammed Hassan Y Alyaqub (Ph.D. Student, August 2016 to present)

  • Working on information sharing in emergency management

Neel Amin (M.S. Student, January 2017 to present)

  • Working on big data analytics

Haritha Appojala (M.S. Student, January 2017 to present)

  • Working on big data analytics

Adam Behrendt (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Fall 2015
  • Supported by an NSF REU supplementary award for AY 2016-2017

Donald Hession (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Summer 2017

Meiling Jiang (Ph.D. Student, School of Management)

  • Working on information diffusion on networks

Esther Jose (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Spring 2017

Fanni Kozma (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Fall 2016

Ali Pala (Ph.D. Student, August 2014 to present)

  • Working on security screening project

Mohit Singh Panesir (M.S. Student, April 2017 to present)

  • Working on big data analytics

Zhimei Lei (Visiting Ph.D. Student)

  • Ph.D., Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from October 2015 to October 2016
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Kathryn Lukasiewicz (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Spring 2016
  • Supported by an NSF REU supplementary award for AY 2016-2017

Vijoe Maria Michael Raj (M.S. Student, August 2015 to present)

  • Working on visualization project

Lihua Li (Visiting Professor)

  • Associate Professor, People’s Public Security University of China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from September 2016 to September 2017
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Vineet Madasseri Payyappalli (Ph.D. Student, August 2015 to present)

  • Working on risk preference modeling for attacker-defender games

Aeliya Rashid (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Summer 2017

Junlin Tang (M.S. Student, April 2017 to present)

  • Working on big data analytics

Sarah Schwartz (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Spring 2017

Tyree Singleton (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Summer 2017
  • Supported by the 2017 Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) 

Shivasubramanian Srinivasan (M.S. Student, March 2017 to present)

  • Working on crime incidents analytics and prevision

Bairong Wang (Ph.D. Student, August 2014 to present)

  • Working on information sharing in emergency management
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Bailey Wei (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang since Summer 2017

Wenxing Xu (Visiting Professor)

  • Associate Professor, Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from December 2016 to November 2017
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Victoria Xue (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Summer 2016

Jing Zhang (Ph.D. Student, August 2012 to present)

  • 2013 Graduate School Ambassador Award
  • Editor Assistant, Decision Analysis Today, August 2013-present

 

 

Graduated Ph.D. Students:

John Coles (B.S., 2009; Ph.D., 2014)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Jan 2009 to May 2014;
  • Placement: Senior Research Scientist, CUBRC (after declining an Assistant Professor offer from Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dissertation: Modeling and Simulating the Network Behavior of Agencies during Disaster Relief Operations

Peiqiu Guan (Ph.D., 2015)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from June 2010 to August 2015;
  • Placement: Modeling/Scoring/Analysis-Analyst, Citibank N.A.
  • Dissertation: Public and Private Partnership in Disaster Management

Fei He (Ph.D., 2013)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Aug 2009 to Aug 2013;
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
  • Dissertation: Balancing Pre-Disaster Preparedness and Post-Disaster Relief for Natural Disasters and Terrorism

Xiaojun Shan (Ph.D., 2012)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Aug 2008 to Aug 2012;
  • Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Delaware.
  • Dissertation: Game-theoretic Defensive Resource Allocations inthe Face of a Partially Strategic Attacker Considering Equity Constraints

Cen Song (M.S., 2011, Ph.D., 2014)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Aug 2009 to Aug 2014;
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration, China University of Petroleum.
  • Dissertation: Screening Strategies in the Face of Strategic Applicants with Network Queuing

Jie Xu (Ph.D., 2013)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Aug 2010 to Aug 2013;
  • Placement: Business Consultant, Neuric Technologies Llc.
  • Dissertation: Robust Screening Policy at Security Queues in the Presence of Strategic Applicants with Private Information

 

 

Graduated M.S. Students with Thesis Options:

Shiva Subramanian Ganesan (M.S. 2017)

  • Thesis: A Game Theory Framework to Architecture Decision Making Process

Mohsen Golalikhani (Graduate Student; M.S., thesis completed in February 2011)

  • Golalikhani, M. and J. Zhuang. "Modeling Arbitrary Layers of Continuous Level Defenses in Facing with A Strategic Attacker," Risk Analysis, 31(4): 533-547, 2011.
  • Ali, M., M. Golalikhani, and J. Zhuang. "A Computational Study on Different Penalty Approaches for Solving Constrained Global Optimization Problems with the Electromagnetism-like Method,'' Optimization, forthcoming.
  • Now with Quintiq

Meilin He (M.S. 2017)

  • Thesis: An attacker-defender resource allocation game with complementary and substituting effects.' on cyber security project

Wei-Yuan Hsu (M.S., 2012)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from May 2011 to Feb 2012
  • Wei-Yuan did a summer internship with Dr. Zhuang at the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (Rome, NY) in summer 2011 Placement: Graduate student, University of Connecticut
  • Thesis: Heuristics, Optimization, and Equilibrium Analysis for Automated Wargames

Vineet Madasseri Payyappalli (M.S., 2015)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Aug 2013 to Aug 2015
  • Placement: Continue as a Ph.D. student with Dr. Zhuang
  • Thesis: Modeling Risk Preferences in a Sequential Attacker-Defender Game with Continuous Defense Effort

Jerome Ndayishimiye Niyirora (M.S., 2010)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from August 2008 to December 2010
  • Placement: Instructor, Department of Health Information Management, State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
  • Thesis: Differential Equations Modeling of Patients and Physicians Dynamics in Emergency Rooms: Optimal control solutions and heuristic implementation methods

Urvashi Lalit Shah (M.S., 2015)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from April 2014 to June 2015
  • Placement: Senior Analyst, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Thesis: Game-Theoretic Approach to Resilience of Cyber-Physical Network Infrastructures and Preventive Strategies for Providers in the face of EMP threats

Cen Song (M.S., 2011)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Aug 2009 to Aug 2011
  • Placement: Continue as a Ph.D. student with Dr. Zhuang
  • Thesis: Food Supply Chain Risk Management: A Sequential Game between Retailers and Regulating Government in the face of Strategic Consumers

Xiaowen Wang (M.S., 2014)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Aug 2012 to May 2014;
  • Placement: Software Quality Engineer, Microstrategy.
  • Thesis: Simulating a Multi-stage Screening Network---A Queueing Theory and Game Theory Application

Han Wu (Graduate Student; M.S., thesis completed in May 2011)

  • Zhuang, J., G. Saxton, and H. Wu "Publicity vs. Impact in Nonprofit Disclosures and Donor Preferences: A Sequential Game with One Nonprofit Organization and N Donors,'' Annals of Operations Research, special issue on Operations Research in the Public Sector and Nonprofit Organizations, forthcoming.

Long Zhang (Graduate Student; M.S., thesis completed in August 2011)

  • Worked on a M.S. thesis titled "Modeling Free-gym as an Incentive Game between Insurance Company and Policy Subscribers"

Other Graduated M.S. Students

Mengran Hao (M.S. Student):

  • Hao, M., S. Jin and J. Zhuang. "Robustness of Optimal Defensive Resource Allocations in the Face of Less than Fully Rational Attackers,'' Proceedings of the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, p.p. 886-891.

Shilan Jin (M.S. Student)

  • Jin, S., Z. Liu and J. Zhuang. "Monte Carlo Simulation-Based Supply Chain Disruption Management for Wargames," Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference, p.p. 2682-2693, 2010. (Full paper refereed.)
  • Hao, M., S. Jin and J. Zhuang. "Robustness of Optimal Defensive Resource Allocations in the Face of Less than Fully Rational Attackers,'' Proceedings of the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, p.p. 886-891.

John Urschel (M.S. Student)

  • Mr. Urschel did not write any thesis/dissertation with Dr. Zhuang
  • Urschel, J. and J. Zhuang. "Are NFL Coaches Risk and Loss Averse? Evidence From Their Use of Kickoff Strategies,'' Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 7(3), Article 14, 2011.
    • Highlighted in "What NFL Coaches and Investors Share," The Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2011. PDF.

Graduated B.S. Students:

Bruck Adam (Undergraduate Student)

  • Summer 2010 (CSTEP/SUNY LSAMP Research Program for underrepresented students); finished one research report and one poster for the project "International Collaboration and Competition following Volcanic ash Clouds---A Game Theory Perspective" PDF.
  • Fall 2010: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Fall 2010: CSTEP/SUNY LSAMP Research Internship with Dr. Zhuang

Leonard Arambam (Undergraduate Student)

  • Starting with Dr. Zhuang since Spring 2013

Kristen Alcazaren (Undergraduate Student)

  • Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, April 2013

John Balzani (Undergraduate Student)

  • Fall 2013: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, November 2013

Matthew Brondum (Undergraduate Student)

  • Spring 2013, Fall 2013: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Spring 2014: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Senior Scholar Program with Dr. Zhuang
  • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, May 2013; December 2013
  • Supported by an NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) supplementary award for AY 2013-2014 for the project Link
  • Matt presented our research at INFORMS 2013 (Minneapolis, MN, 10/2013)
  • Senior Scholar, UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2014

Lauren Coviello (Undergraduate Student)

  • Since Spring 2013: CSTEP/SUNY LSAMP Research Program for underrepresented students
  • Finished a poster "Terrorist Attacks in Relation to the Top 10 Tourist Countries" PDF.

Marie Catalano (Undergraduate Student; graduated in May 2013 and joined Cornell University)

  • Spring 2012, Fall 2012: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Spring 2013: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Senior Scholar Program with Dr. Zhuang
  • Spring 2013: IE 499 Independent Study with Dr. Zhuang
  • Working on an NSF project on visa screening Link.
    • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA), April 2012
    • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA), October 2012
    • Supported by an NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) supplementary award for AY 2012-2013
  • Marie presented our research at INFORMS 2012 (Phoenix, AZ, 10/2012) and SRA 2012 (San Francisco, CA, 12/2012)

Hao Chen (Undergraduate Student)

  • Since Spring 2011: Research Internship (UB CURCA Research Program for undergraduate students)
  • Working on sustainability games
  • Spring 2011: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang

May Cheung (Undergraduate Student)

  • Since Spring 2010: Research Internship (UB CURCA Research Program for undergraduate students)
  • Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011: IE 498/499 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Spring 2012: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Senior Scholar Program with Dr. Zhuang
  • Cheung, M. and J. Zhuang. "Regulation Games Between Government and Competing Companies: Oil Spills and Other Disasters,'' Decision Analysis, Special Issue on Games and Decisions in Reliability and Risk, 9(2): 156-164, 2012.
  • May presented our research at UB's Celebration of Academic Excellence (Buffalo, NY, 4/2011) and Second New York Conference on Applied Mathematics (Buffalo, NY, 4/2011).

Thomas Darlington (Undergraduate Student)

  • Spring 2013: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, May 2013, December 2013
  • Supported by an NSF REU supplementary award for AY 2013-2014 for the project Link
  • Tom presented our research at INFORMS 2013 (Minneapolis, MN, 10/2013)

Laura Devine (Undergraduate Student)

  • Work with Dr. Zhuang from Fall 2014 to Spring 2017
  • Supported by an NSF REU supplementary award for AY 2014-2015, and 2015-2016

 

Christopher Diaz (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Sep 2013 to May 2015
  • Supported by an NSF REU supplementary award for AY 2014-2015

Jodie-Ann Duquesnay (Undergraduate Student)

  • Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012: CSTEP/SUNY LSAMP Research Internship with Dr. Zhuang
  • Spring 2011, Fall 2012: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Duquesnay, J. and J. Zhuang. "Social Media and Disaster Preparedness" (poster), Technical Research Exhibition at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 2012 Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 28th - April 1st, 2012.
    • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, February 2012

Sabrina Fleurantin (Undergraduate Student)

  • Summer 2009 (CSTEP/SUNY LSAMP Research Program for underrepresented students)
  • Working on a project "The Effect of Volcanic Eruption on Climate and Global Warming"
  • Finished one report and one poster

Nikhitha Garapati (Undergraduate Student)

  • Starting with Dr. Zhuang in Spring 2016

Benjamin Grace (Undergraduate Student)

  • Starting with Dr. Zhuang since Fall 2016

Ryan Hauser (Undersgraduate student)

  • Spring 2013: working on a time-series data analysis

Christopher Kujawinski (Undergraduate Student)

  • Since Spring 2011: Research Internship (UB CURCA Research Program for undergraduate students)

Zhihao Liu (Undergraduate Student)

  • Research Internship (UB CURCA Research Program for undergraduate students)
  • Fall 2010 and Spring 2011: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Working on energy games between developing and developed countries

Giovanni Madejski (Undergraduate Student)

  • Since Spring 2012: Research Internship (UB CURCA Research Program for undergraduate students)
  • Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Madejski, G., X. Shan, J. Zhuang, and N. Rao "Modeling Attacks and Defenses of Smart Grids using Game Theory," under review.
  • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, April 2013, May 2013

Elizabeth Newell (Undergraduate Student; graduated in May 2013 and joined GE)

  • Since Spring 2010: Research Internship (UB CURCA Research Program for undergraduate students)
  • Spring 2013: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Senior Scholar Program with Dr. Zhuang
  • Undergraduate Research Award, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Summer 2010, based on our research
  • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA), December 2011, May 2012, October 2012, March 2013
  • Supported by an NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) supplementary award for AY 2012-2013 on visa screening Link.
  • Air Force Research Lab-sponsored Research assistant, Fall 2011
  • Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Zhuang, J. and E. A. Newell. "Technology Evolutionary Games in Complex Transportation Systems in the Face of Adaptive Adversaries," invited white paper published at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute website, following the Fifth Annual U.S. Department of Homeland Security University Network Summit, Washington D.C., March 2011.
  • Hsu, W., E. Newell, J. Zhuang, and D. Ross. "Heuristics, Optimization, and Equilibrium Analysis for Automated Wargames," Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (Full paper refereed. 10 pages.)
  • Editor Assistant, Decision Analysis Today, January 2011-August 2013
  • Elizabeth presented our research at INFORMS 2012 (Phoenix, AZ, 10/2012), ISERC 2013 (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 5/2013)

Leurys Mesa (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang in Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Nevin Mutlu (Undergraduate Student)

  • Spring 2011: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Senior Scholar Program with Dr. Zhuang
  • Working on disaster relief network

Kyoung Eun (April) Park (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Jan 2014 to August 2015

Joao Pedro Pimentel Abbade (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang in Summer 2016

Vincent Philippone (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang in Fall 2016

Robert Purkiss (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

Jerry Qu (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working with Dr. Zhuang from Summer 2016 to Spring 2017

Daniel Seaberg (Undergraduate Student)

  • Starting with Dr. Zhuang since Fall 2014
  • Supported by an NSF REU supplementary award for AY 2014-2015, and AY 2015-2016

 

Paige Tesmer (Undergraduate Student)

  • Working on security screening modeling
  • Spring 2013, Fall 2013: IE 498 Undergraduate Research with Dr. Zhuang
  • Undergraduate Research Award, UB's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, April 2013
  • Supported by an NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) supplementary award for AY 2013-2014 for the project Link

Benjamin Yi (Undergraduate Student)

  • Starting with Dr. Zhuang since Fall 2013
  • Fall 2013 Honors Contract project

Graduated High School Students:

Marcus Alexander (12th grade High School Student from City Honors High School)

  • 2010 BEAM/SEAS Honors Research Summer Program for underrepresented students
  • Finished one research report and PPT presentation entitled "Evolutionary Game Theory: The Basic Models"

Alexa Ditonto (11th grade Student from Orchard Park High School)

  • 2012 BEAM/SEAS Honors Research Summer Program for underrepresented students
  • Working on a project "Disaster Trends: Comparing and contrasting disaster response using data and milestones, Part I"

 

Dana Marie (11th grade Student from Clarence High School)

  • 2011 BEAM/SEAS Honors Research Summer Program for underrepresented students
  • Working on a project "Empirical Analysis of the Correlation between Terrorism Activities and Defense Allocation."

 

Katherine Metzler (11th grade Student from Kenmore West High School)

  • 2013 BEAM/SEAS Honors Research Summer Program for underrepresented students
  • Working on a project "Disaster Trends: Comparing and contrasting disaster response using data and milestones, Part II"

 

Mary Rose Ricotta (11th grade Student from Immaculata Academy)

  • 2012 BEAM/SEAS Honors Research Summer Program for underrepresented students
  • Working on a project "Disaster Trends: Comparing and contrasting disaster response using data and milestones, Part II"

 

Past Visiting Scholars:

Yiran Cao (Visiting Graduate Student)

  • Graduate Student, Nanjing University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from October 2015 to April 2016

Guohua Chen (Visiting Scholar)

  • Associate Professor, Nanjing University, China
  • Visiting Prof. Zhuang's group from Mar 2016 to Mar 2017
  • Working on supply chain mangament and simulation

Yulin Deng (Visiting Professor)

  • Assistant Professor, Business School of Hohai University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from June 2010 to December 2010
  • Working on incentive mechanisms

Jing (Jenny) Fu (Visiting Ph.D. Student)

  • Ph.D. Student, Huazhong Normal University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from August 2013 to January 2015
  • Working on information theory
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Jianyuan Huang (Visiting Professor)

  • Professor, College of Public Administration, Hohai University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from July 2009 to December 2009
  • Working on water resource allocation game in China

Xianghong Lai (Visiting Professor)

  • Assistant Professor, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from February 2014 to August 2014

Feng Li (Visiting Ph.D. Student)

  • Ph.D. Student, University of Science and Technology of China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from September 2016 to May 2017
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Shuying Li (Visiting Ph.D. Student)

  • Ph.D. Student, Tsinghua University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from November 2014 to December 2014, and from September 2015 to September 2016
  • Working on counter-terrorism resource allocation
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Manxiu Ning (Visiting Professor)

  • Associate Professor, Fuzhou University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from December 2014 to December 2015

Zifeng Su (Visting Scholar)

  • Ph.D. Student, Harbin Engineering University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from August 2015 to August 2016
  • Working on disaster management project

Jingjing Wang (Visting Scholar)

  • Associate Research Fellow, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from August 2015 to August 2016
  • Working on disaster management project

 

Sulian Wang (Visiting Ph.D. Student)

  • Ph.D. Student, Tsinghua University, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from December 2016 to June 2017

Tao Wang (Visting Scholar)

  • Officer, Public Security Department of Jiangsu Province, China
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from February 2015 to April 2016
  • Supported by China Scholarship Council

Yan Wang (Visiting Student)

  • Graduate Student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from May 2014 to July 2014

Xuhui Zheng (Visiting Professor)

  • Associate Professor, Fuzhou University
  • Visiting Dr. Zhuang's group from December 2014 to December 2015

 

Contact: Phone: 1-716-645-4707 • Fax: 1-716-645-3302 • E-mail: jzhuang@buffalo.edu

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