Arnoff-Schloss Memorial Lectures

The E. Leonard Arnoff-Milton J. Schloss Sr. Memorial Lectures on the Practice of Management Science are among the most prestigious series of lectures in the world on operations research and management science topics. The lecture is presented annually in the Spring. Sponsored by the OBAIS Department, it is partially supported by proceeds from an endowment. A world-class slate of presentations have been offered since 1992. Below you will find the titles and speakers for past lectures. Note information provided for the past lecturers are current as of the date of the lecture.

An endowment for the Arnoff-Schloss Lecture Series has been established to support lectures for future years. We hope that individuals, but especially companies, will consider designating contributions to the Arnoff-Schloss Lecture Series. Please contact Operations and Business Analytics Associate Professor Peng Wang if you would like to lend financial support.

The Arnoff-Schloss Lecture originally scheduled for April 1, 2020 has been rescheduled for Friday September 18, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, as a free online presentation.  

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"How Will the AI Genie Behave?"

Arun Rai, Georgia State University
Regents' Professor of the University System of Georgia
J. Mack Robinson Chair of IT-Enabled Supply Chains and Process Innovation

We are witnessing the increasing ubiquity of AI, with accelerating deployment across task domains, entrepreneurial activity across industries, and embedding in core processes across digital platforms and firms. Alongside this increasing ubiquity of AI, we are encountering broad unintended consequences, both beneficial and harmful. These unintended consequences are arising from unexpected behaviors and downstream effects that emerge through interactions of AI agents with the environment and with other machine and human agents. To be able to control the actions of AI in ways that harvest its benefits while minimizing harm, we need to develop an integrated understanding of AI behavior in the environments in which it is deployed. I will offer an integrated perspective on AI behavior that considers how AI agents acquire their behavior, how the behavior is triggered and enacted, the interaction dynamics of AI agents with other agents, and the influence of policy decisions on how AI systems evolve. I will draw on this perspective to discuss the research, managerial, and policy implications related to AI behavior.

Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems

Arun Rai Arnoff-Schloss Lecture Speaker 2020

Arun Rai is Regents’ Professor of the University System of Georgia at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, holds the Robinson Chair, and is the Director of the Center for Digital Innovation.
Arun’s research for over 30 years has focused on the development and deployment of information systems to drive innovation and create value. His research has contributed to understanding the digital transformation of organizations and supply chains; governance of IT investments and platform ecosystems; and deployment of digital innovations at scale to empower individuals and address thorny societal problems including poverty, health disparities, infant mortality, and digital inequality. Several of his research projects have been in collaboration with major corporations in automotives, hi-tech, healthcare, financial services, and logistics and supply chains and with not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. His work has been published extensively in premier journals in Information Systems and other disciplines, has received several best paper awards, and has been extensively cited across disciplines.

He is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and a Distinguished Fellow of the INFORMS Information Systems Society, and received the LEO Award from the Association for Information Systems for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in Information Systems. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the MIS Quarterly. Additional information about Dr. Rai is at his web site at

About Our Sponsors

E. Leonard Arnoff

Len Arnoff was the Dean of the UC College of Business Administration from 1983 to 1988. Len was a pioneer in the field of operations research (OR). He co-authored the first OR textbook, worked for Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory (now part of NASA), and served as a Principal, Partner, and National Director of Planning and Operations Services for Ernst and Young. At UC, he was instrumental in gaining the support of Carl H. Lindner to consolidate all College of Business Administration departments in a single building.

Milton J. Schloss

Milt Schloss was passionate about the fields of operations and management science. He was a member of the Business Advisory Council, adjunct professor of management at UC, and the first executive-in-residence for the Total Quality Management Center in the UC College of Business Administration in 1991. Milt was an avid practitioner of Total Quality Management during his executive careers at Hillshire Farm, Kahn’s and John Morrell. Milt was also a decorated WWII veteran and a longtime philanthropic supporter of many University of Cincinnati programs.

Lecture History

Xiao-Li Meng, Whipple V. N. Jones, Professor of Statistics, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
April 18, 2018
"How Small Are Our Big Data: Turning the 2016 Surprise into a 2020 Vision"

Garrett van Ryzin, the Paul M. Montrone Professor of Decision, Risk and Operations at Columbia Business School, and Head of Marketplace Optimization for Uber
April 19, 2017 6:00 p.m.
"Marketplace Engineering"

Wayne L. Winston, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
April 20, 2016
"Sports Analytics: Past, Present, and Future"

Wallace Hopp, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
March 10, 2015
"Patient Routing for Cost Effective Care: Lessons from Emergency Medicine and Cardiac Surgery"

Lawrence M. Wein, Stanford University
March 31, 2014
"Data-Driven Operations Research Analyses in the Public Sector"

Cynthia Barnhart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 11, 2013
"Congestion and Delays in the National Air Transportation System"

Margaret L. Brandeau, Stanford University
May 9, 2012
"Operations Research & Public Health: A Little Help Can Go a Long Way"

Leonard Kleinrock, University of California Los Angeles
May 5, 2011
"A Brief History of the Internet and its Dynamic Future"

Hau L. Lee, Stanford University
May 5, 2010
"Creating Value With Supply Chain Excellence"

Ralph L. Keeny, Duke University
May 6, 2009
"Making Informed Business, Health, and Personal Decisions"

Michael Trick, Carnegie Mellon University
June 4, 2008
"Sports Scheduling and the Practice of Operations Research"

Yossi Sheffi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 19, 2007
"The Resilient Enterprise"

Karla L. Hoffman, George Mason University
May 25, 2006
"The Dance of the 30-Ton Trucks"

William P. Pierskalla, University of California, Los Angeles
May 12, 2005
"How Are We Ever Going to Fix Our Health Care System? Doesn't Anyone Have Any Workable Ideas?"

Marshall L. Fisher, University of Pennsylvania
May 27, 2004
"Rocket-Science Retailing"

Gary L. Lilien, The Pennsylvania State University
May 8, 2003
"Modeled to Bits: Marketing Decision Models for the Digital, Networked Economy"

John R. Birge, Northwestern University
May 30, 2002
"Using Management Science to Reduce Enterprise Risks: Defining the Role of Operational and Financial Hedges"

Robert E.D. (Gene) Woolsey, Colorado School of Mines
May 11, 2001
"On Doing Well by Doing Better O.R. - Thirty Years and Counting"

Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University
May 25, 2000
"Policy Modeling for Better Decisions: The Case of HIV Prevention"

Arnold I. Barnett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
May 6, 1999
"Aviation Safety in Numbers"

Steven C. Wheelwright, Harvard University
May 14, 1998
"Leading Product Development – From Art to Science"

John D.C. Little, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
May 15, 1997
"Operations Research/Management Science, Marketing, and the Internet"

Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University
May 23, 1996
"Youth Violence, Illicit-Drug Markets, and Gun Availability"

Russell Ackoff, INTERACT: The Institute for Interactive Management
May 2, 1995
"Systems Thinking: An Intellectual and Managerial Revolution"

Saul I. Gass, University of Maryland
May 18, 1994
"Operations Research/Management Science: The Way it Should Be"

Thomas Cook, American Airlines Decision Technologies
April 29, 1993
"Operations Research Applications in the Airline Industry"

Robert E.D. (Gene) Woolsey, Colorado School of Mines
May 19, 1992
"Success in Management Science/Operations Research - How To Do It in Spite of Your Education"