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ayten turkcan


Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
334 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Office: 334M Snell Engineering
Tel: 617-373-2032

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  • PhD (2003), Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Research Interests

  • Methodology
    • Operations research: discrete optimization, multi-criteria optimization, network optimization
    • Simulation: Discrete event simulation, agent-based simulation
    • Constraint programming
  • Applications
    • Healthcare systems engineering: Appointment scheduling, chemotherapy operations planning and scheduling, planning of mental health services, workflow analysis, nurse staffing
    • Production and transportation systems: Predictive/reactive scheduling, train scheduling, flexible manufacturing systems, cellular manufacturing systems

Teaching Interests

  • Simulation
  • Constraint programming
  • Healthcare systems engineering
  • Production systems
  • Scheduling

Selected Publications

  • Turkcan, A., Zeng, B., and Lawley, M.A., Chemotherapy operations planning and scheduling, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, 2 (1), 31–49, 2012.
  • Turkcan, A., Zeng, B., Muthuraman, K., and Lawley, M.A., Sequential clinical scheduling with service criteria. European Journal of Operational Research, 214, 780–795, 2011.
  • Zeng, B., Turkcan, A., Lin, J. and Lawley, M.A. Clinical Scheduling Models with Overbooking for Patients with Heterogeneous No-show Probabilities. Annals of Operations Research, 178 (1), 121-144, 2010.
  • Turkcan, A., Nuti, L., DeLaurentis, P.-C., Tian, Z., Zhang, L., Lawley, M., Sands, L., No-show Modeling for Adult Ambulatory Clinics, B. Denton (Ed.) Healthcare Operations Management: A Handbook of Methods and Applications, Springer, 2013.
  • Turkcan, A., Akturk, M.S. and Storer, R.H. Predictive/reactive scheduling with controllable processing times and earliness/tardiness penalties. IIE Transactions, 41 (12), 1080-1095, 2009.
  • Lawley, M.A., Parmeshwaran, V., Richard, J.-P., Turkcan, A., Dalal, M.A., Ram- charan, D. A Time Space Scheduling Model for Optimizing Recurring Bulk Railcar Deliveries. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 42 (5), 438-454, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)