Ball, Michael O.
Operations research, transportation science (especially air traffic management), supply chain and revenue management, network and combinatorial optimization, and network reliability analysis
Michael Ball is the Senior Associate Dean and Dean's Chair in Management Science and the Orkand Corporation Professor of Management Science in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also holds a joint appointment with ISR in the Clark School of Engineering. Dr. Ball received a BES in Engineering Science in 1972 and an MSE in Operations Research in 1972 from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Operations Research in 1977 from Cornell University. He worked for two years at Bell Laboratories and has had sabbatical appointments at the University of Waterloo and the University of North Carolina. He is former chair of the Decision and Information Technologies Department within the Robert H. Smith School of Business and former chair of ISR's Executive Committee. He is currently Acting Dean for the Smith School.
Dr. Ball currently directs the NSF-funded project, "Supply Chain Infrastructures: Models and Analysis" and is Co-Director of NEXTOR, the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research. Within NEXTOR, which is funded by the FAA, NASA and members of the airline industry, he directs the Collaborative Decision Making research project. The interdisciplinary nature of his work led to Dr. Ball receiving the Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award from the ISR in 1997. He has over 90 publications in the aforementioned areas and has made over 100 presentations on these topics. He also has extensive consulting experience, which, in certain cases, has led to the development and successful implementation of major software systems.
Dr. Ball is, or has been, area editor for Optimization for Operations Research and associate editor for Networks, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Operations Research and Operations Research Letters. He is a member of INFORMS, IEEE and the Mathematical Programming Society. He is particularly active in INFORMS where he has chaired two major committees. He was named a Fellow of INFORMS in 2004.
He is a member of the "Independent Experts Operational Goals Group (IEOGG)" of the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, part of the ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization. ICAO sets the standards and policies for world-wide civil aviation.
Honors and Awards
INFORMS (Insitute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), 2004
- Method for efficient distributed data communications network access network configuration
- Method for efficient distributed data communications network backbone node location
- Method for routing data in a near-optimal manner in a distributed data communications network
- System for identifying candidate link, determining underutilized link, evaluating addition of candidate link and removing of underutilized link to reduce network cost
- Method and computer system for selecting and evaluating data routes and arranging a distributed data communication network
- Method and apparatus for aggregating terminals into clusters to assist in the construction of a distributed data communication network
- Simulation-Based Methods for Control and Optimization
- Improving Air Transportation Performance through Collaborative Decision Making
- Comparing Airports Based on Air Traffic Management Performance
- Resource Allocation in Flow-Constrained Areas with Stochastic Termination Times Considering both Optimistic and Pessimistic Reroutes
- Scheduling around Weather-Reduced Capacity
- Optimization model for large-scale air traffic flow management
- Determining an Optimal Airport Slot Profile
- Using Ration-by-Distance on Ground Delay Programs
- Resource Allocation in Flow-Constrained Areas with Stochastic Termination Times
- NAS Capacity and Performance Models for FAA Strategy Simulator
- Advanced Arrival Slot-Trading Mechanisms: Evaluation using Agent-Based Simulation
- Advanced ATP and Its Application
- Application of Optimization-Based Production Loading at Toshiba Corporation
- NEXTOR: The National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research
- Optimization Models for Off-Loading Flow Constrained Areas
- Analysis of Demand Uncertainty Effects in Ground Delay Programs
- Planning for Promise (PFP)
- Optimization-Based Available to Promise
- Balancing airspace demand and capacity
- Improving air traffic performance using system-wide coordination of flight speeds