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University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Professors Place Second in Competition

Published:
Monday, December 19, 2016 6:25 PM
Two Lindner College of Business Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems professors co-authored a paper that placed second in the INFORMS Best Paper Competition.

Mike Fry, PhD and David Kelton, PhD, professors in the Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems, have been awarded the second place prize in the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Best Paper Competition, sponsored by the Section on Public Programs, Services and Needs. The award was granted for their work with doctoral graduate Muer Yang, PhD '11, and Ohio State University professor Ted Allen on a paper titled, “Using Operations Research to Improve Voting Systems.”

In this work, the authors demonstrate their use of queueing analysis and simulation modeling to improve the efficiency and equity of voting operations. Previous local and national elections in the United States have suffered from long waiting times at the polls, and waiting times that differed greatly among polling locations. The inequity in voter waiting times led to charges of systematic bias and claims of disenfranchisement for certain voting demographics in previous elections.

The authors’ research uses analytics to develop improved voting machine allocation policies that reduce overall waiting times while insuring that waiting times are equitable among the polling locations. This work has led to changes in the way that the state of Ohio allocates voting machines to polling locations as well as suggested changes to state voting laws.

The winning papers were announced at the 2011 INFORMS meeting in Charlotte, NC.

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