Shane G. Henderson
Professor and Director
School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
214 Rhodes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-9126 - phone
(607) 255-9129 - fax
email: My initials sgh followed by the number 9 at cornell dot edu
About Me - In English
I use analytical methods to help make better decisions. For example,
my work has been used to help decide where and when to place
ambulances to keep response times small. Click here for some TV coverage. It has been used to help in
designing yachts to compete in the America's Cup. It has helped fire
departments in their long-term planning. In a kind of technical hobby I even analyze some aspects of the game of Monopoly.
My general field is called
Operations Research, which has strong links with Analytics and Data Science. You can find out more here. That information is
supplied by INFORMS, which is
one of the professional organizations involved with Operations
My overall professional goal is to contribute to both research
and learning in the theory and application of stochastic
simulation and applied probability, with emphasis on the
interface between these areas and optimization. I am greatly interested in, and motivated by, applications with strong societal relevance, including bike sharing, medical scheduling and ambulance planning.
My primary research interests lie in the interplay between optimization
and simulation. In particular, I am interested in structured
simulation optimization, where the optimization problem enjoys certain
properties, like convexity or quasi convexity, that one can exploit to
develop algorithms that are robust and fast. Recently I have been working on simulation optimization in parallel computing environments.
Specific applications include bike sharing, MRI scheduling, radiation treatment
planning, call center planning, yacht match racing, and land and air ambulance deployment.
More detail on research topics.
People I've advised in research.
I teach courses in simulation, stochastic modeling, probability and
mathematical modeling. A list of courses
I've taught. Some teaching resources.
Shane G. Henderson is professor and director (from July 2017) of the School of
Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell
University. He has previously held positions in the Department of
Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan
and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of
Auckland. He is the editor in chief of Stochastic Systems. He has served as chair of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, and as simulation area editor for Operations Research. He is an INFORMS Fellow. His
research interests include discrete-event simulation, simulation
optimization, and emergency services planning.
He likes cats, climbing walls, biking, soccer, Harry Potter and being a Dad.