February 2019  Newsletter
Message from the Division President

Dear fellow QCRE members,
It is my great pleasure to report that the QCRE division at IISE has had yet another productive year in 2018-2019. Despite the challenges and difficulties we faced as many forward-looking changes being proposed and implemented for the very first time in this year's IISE Annual Conference, the QCRE division has proven itself to be highly resilient and continues to deliver excellent services to the members and friends in the community with well-established existing programs and groundbreaking new initiatives.
I would like to sincerely thank the QCRE board and many of our volunteers for their commitments and dedicated services to the division, which have been instrumental to our excellence and sustained growth. I would also like to thank our sponsors, supporters, members and friends, who have stayed with us closely in the past year, engaged with various activities and initiatives, and supported the division at various venues. Without your support and encouragement, our success wouldn't have been possible.
In this issue of the newsletter, you will find exciting news from our division members, and few highlights among those include the winners of the QCRE Track Best Paper, the finalists of our Student Best Paper Competition, as well as the finalists of the Data Challenge Competition that has been held in QCRE for the very first time. In addition, we will continue to host the QCRE Best Poster Competition and the QCRE Student Interaction Session during the 2019 IISE Annual conference. While you will find an excellent list of the QCRE Track Sessions featured in the upcoming IISE Annual Meeting and Expo, I would like you to pay special attention to the QCRE Town Hall meeting, during which our community will get together at the conference, celebrating our achievements in the past year and looking forward to the exciting 2019-2020.
Last but not the least, please join me in thanking all board of directors for their efforts during this past year, and congratulations for the newly elected division board officers. I wish the team the best of luck with their endeavors, and I am highly confident that we will have yet another wonderful year in 2019-2020 at QCRE filled with exciting activities. Don't hesitate, reach out and get involved. Your inputs, contributions, and participation in our year-round activities are critical to the division's success. Please feel free to contact me (pingfeng@illinois.edu) if you are interested in serving the division.
I look forward to meeting you all soon at the 2019 IISE Annual Conference in Orlando FL.

Pingfeng Wang, Ph.D.,
IISE QCRE Division President
Division Election Results

Based on the recent election results, QCRE division welcomes the following three new officers:
President-elect: Adel Alaeddini, University of Texas at San Antonio
Board director: Chenang Liu, Virginia Tech
Board director: Wilkistar Otieno, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Board director: Hongyue Sun, University at Buffalo
Board director: Yisha Xiang, T exas Tech University

We would also like to thank the leaving board members, Dr. Kamran Paynabar (immediate past president), Dr. Ramin Moghaddass (board director), Dr. Qingyu Yang (board director), Dr. Biao Zhang (board director) and Dr. Qiang Zhou (board director) for their past service to the division.

QCRE Track Highlights at 2019 IISE Annual Conference & Expo

It has been a very successful year of the QCRE track and as track chairs we thank everyone for the contributions to make this year's conference a great success. Here we like to share with you some highlighted session information of the QCRE track at the 2019 IISE annual conference and Expo:
  • The QCRE Best Student Paper Competition session is schedule on Monday (May 20th) from 11:00am to 12:20pm in room Gatlin E1;
  • The QCRE Data Challenge Competition session is scheduled on Sunday (May 19th) from 5:00pm to 6:20pm in room Suwannee 12.
  • The QCRE Student Poster Competition is scheduled on Monday (May 20th) from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Exhibit Hall.
  • This year's QCRE Best Track Paper Award goes to Juhui Lee and Sungil Kim from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, and the title of their paper is "Ordinal-imbalanced data classification by singular value decomposing truncation." The presentation of this paper is scheduled on Tuesday (May 21st) from 5:40pm to 6:00pm.
  • The QCRE Student Introduction and Interaction session has been scheduled on Monday (May 20th) starting from 5:00pm in room Gatlin E1.
  • The QCRE Town Hall Meeting is scheduled on Monday (May 20th) starting at 3:30pm in Room Gatlin E2.
2019 IISE - QCRE Track Chairs:
Dr. Jeff Kharoufeh (Invited Session Chair) 
Dr. Kamran Paynabar (Invited Session Chair)
Dr. Adel Alaeddini (Contributed Session Chair)
Dr. Ramin Moghaddass (Contributed Session Chair)
Dr. Trevor Craney (Industrial Session Chair)
QCRE Data Challenge Competition 2019 - 
Sunday May 19, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Suwannee 12

This year, our division is pleased to introduce the QCRE Data Challenge for the first time, a data modeling competition that is open to all IISE members. This year's Data Challenge problem is sponsored by ProcessMiner Inc. and the topic is "Rare Event Classification in Multivariate Time Series". Around 100 teams from top institutions in the US and abroad participated in this data challenge. Now we are happy to announce the finalists. The finalists will present their work in the QCRE Data Challenge session. The winner will be announced during the QCRE town hall meeting (Monday, May 20
th, 3:30-4:50 pm). The finalists are:
Team 1: Shenghan Guo and Changxi Wang, Rutgers University.
Team 2: Wonjae Lee and Kangwon Seo, University of Missouri.
Team 3: Shouyi Wang, Sai Abhishek Devar, Nirmalkumar Telagalapalli, and Chen Kan, University of Texas at Arlington.

Chairs: Dr. Chitta Ranjan (cranjan@processminer.com) and Dr. Ramin Moghaddass (ramin@miami.edu)

QCRE Best Student Paper Competition 2019 -
Monday May 20, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM, Gatlin E1

We are pleased to announce the four finalists for the QCRE Best Student Paper Award this year from a pool of excellent submissions that were carefully reviewed by the referees. The finalists will present their work in the QCRE Best Student Paper session (Monday, May 20th, 11:00am - 12:20pm). The winner will be announced during the QCRE town hall meeting (Monday, May 20th, 3:30-4:50 pm). The finalists are (in alphabetical order):
  • Imtiaz Ahmed, "Unsupervised Anomaly Detection Using Neighborhood Structure Assisted Non-negative Matrix Factorization", Texas A&M University.
  • Ashif Iquebal, "Consistent Estimation of Max-flow Problem: Towards Unsupervised Image Segmentation", Texas A&M University.
  • Changxi Wang, "Stochastic Modeling of Degradation Branching", Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
  • Xubo Yue, "Variational Inference of Joint Models using Multivariate Gaussian Convolution Processes", University of Michigan.
Chairs: Dr. Qingyu Yang (qyang@wayne.edu) and Dr. Ramin Moghaddass (ramin@miami.edu)

QCRE Best Track Paper Award Winner 2019

The winner of this year's Best Paper Award for the QCRE track of the 2019 IISE Annual Conference is:

"Ordinal-Imbalanced Data Classification by Singular Value Decomposing Truncation"
Juhui Lee and Sungil Kim
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

The paper received consistently high scores from the four judges to receive the best paper award. The paper describes how SVD can be used to create an orthogonal matrix, thus reducing variation and reducing noise.  An experiment with real data is analyzed, and results are compared to other popular methods for dealing with noisy ordinal data.   
QCRE Best Student Poster Competition 2019
Monday May 20, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Exhibit Hall

Session Description:
The Best Student Poster Competition will be held during the general poster presentation. A winner will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded a certificate.
Chair: Dr. Adel Alaeddini, adel.alaeddini@utsa.edu , University of Texas at San Antonio
QCRE Student Introduction and Interaction Session 2019
Monday May 20, 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM, Gatlin E1

Session Description:
The Student Introduction and Interaction Session is designed for QCRE student members to build their professional network, show up their talents, and learn from invited guests. In this session, each student will be given two minutes to deliver a brief speech about his/her research interests and accomplishments. Two Former QCRE presidents and an industry member are invited to discuss QCRE opportunities for students, job market preparation (academic vs. industry), and interact with the attendees.

Prof. Zhengyu (James) Kong, zkong@vt.edu , Virginia Tech
Prof. Haitao Liao, liao@uark.edu , University of Arkansas
Dr. Chitta Ranjan, cranjan@processminer.com , ProcessMiner Inc.
Dr. Adel Alaeddini, adel.alaeddini@utsa.edu , University of Texas at San Antonio

QCRE Upcoming Webinar

Exploring Population Heterogeneity: A Bayesian Nonparametric Approach

Presented by Quality Control & Reliability Engineering (QCRE)
June 11, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Mingyang Li , Ph.D., assistant professor, University of South Florida
In healthcare application, due to the highly varied characteristics among elderly people, their functional limitation and performance degradation are also heterogeneous, thus generating heterogeneous needs of different long-term care settings. Successful modeling heterogeneous aging population will help develop more proactive and adaptive long-term care preparedness decisions.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Mingyang Li an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received his PhD in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. His research interests focus on data analytics and system informatics with diverse applications in reliability & quality, healthcare, energy, homeland security, manufacturing, etc. He develops and applies sophisticated statistical methodologies and computational tools, integrated with domain knowledge, to tackle complex problems (e.g., modeling, prediction, design, monitoring, diagnostics, prognostics, planning, scheduling, control, etc.) in a complex data environment and meet with challenges in a Big Data era. His research has been published in high quality journals, such as IISE Transactions, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Journal of Quality Technology and Quality Engineering.

Other information: mingyangli@usf.edu

QCRE Member Spotlight -  Dr. Prasanna Tamilselvan

In each issue of QCRE newsletter, we will feature one outstanding QCRE member who have demonstrated the excellence in the QCRE related fields, and the member can be from academia, industry or our students.
In this issue of QCRE newsletter, we feature our outstanding industry member, Dr. Prasanna Tamilselvan, who is currently a senior reliability engineer at Oceaneering International. He has over 10 years of experience in Reliability Engineering, Maintenance Management and Failure Prediction in Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Renewable Energy sectors. His technical expertise centers on Reliability Analysis and Tools, Prognostics Health Management and Operations and Maintenance Management (O&M). He has 7 years of experience in training Oil and Gas Professionals (Managers, Engineers and Operators) and Engineering students on Reliability Engineering techniques. He has published several papers in the highly reputed journals and conferences in the reliability sector.
Here is Dr. Prasanna Tamilselvan's Story with QCRE.
  • What is your current position and role?
My Current position is Senior Reliability Engineer at Oceaneering International. My role is to develop and implement Reliability Program in the Product Development.
  • What are your experiences with QCRE division at IISE?
I have attended several IISE conferences, especially QCRE division sessions and presented in few of them. Recently, I have presented a webinar in the QCRE Division on "Reliability for Oil and Gas Downstream Industry".
  • How these experiences have helped you in preparing yourself for future career?
QCRE division is a great platform to showcase and learn innovative ideas from the community. The experiences and diversified ideas that I have gained from the IISE conferences and webinars help me to handle some complex industry problems.
  • What are the achievements you are most proud of?
My academic (papers published and citations (influence on others research work)) and industrial contributions (diversity of projects performed) to Reliability Engineering Community.
  • Any suggestions to future fellow students?
In this technological advancement era, focus on the applicability of QCRE domain research knowledge into the industry and catering the industry needs through research solutions are much needed.
Call for Entries to the Division's Quarterly Newsletter

The division is publishing its quarterly newsletters and hereby soliciting news entries. This is a great opportunity to showcase interesting yet impactful researches, professional practices and educational efforts within the division. The solicited story will go into the following blocks in the newsletter: Research on the News, Practical Applications, and Education and Outreach. It would be great if you could:
(1)  Prepare your story write-up within 300 words (write it in plain language for diverse audiences);
(2)  Provide a nice picture together with the story;
(3)  Provide a link (if possible) to a detail version of the story (hyperlink to your project public webpage, etc.).

Please email your materials to Dr. Qiang Zhou  oMr. Chenang Liu  and  your entry will appear in the next available division newsletter.
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