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Nicholas G. Hall

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Nicholas G. Hall is a professor in the departments of Management Sciences and Integrated Systems Engineering. He came to Ohio State in 1983 from the University of California-Berkeley. His research interests are in tactical issues within operations management, especially project management, scheduling, supply chain incentives and pricing, and in applications of operations research. He has published over 70 articles in the journals Operations Research, Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Interfaces and several other journals.

Hall has served for a total of over 40 years on the editorial boards of Operations Research and Management Science. He has given over 300 academic presentations, including 89 invited presentations in 20 countries, and seven conference keynote presentations. A 2008 citation study ranked him 13th among 1,376 scholars in the operations management field. He won the Fisher Pacesetters’ Faculty Research Award in 1998 and 2005. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

Hall has served as president of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management society, and is currently treasurer of INFORMS. He served for five years on the State of Ohio Steel Industry Advisory Council. He has been a visiting professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hall teaches project management, one of the most popular MBA electives at Fisher, a modeling course, and several advanced PhD-level courses. He is the owner of a consulting business, CDOR, which provides business solutions to Ohio business and government communities, as well as advice on intellectual property issues for New York City law firms.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project management
  • Scheduling
  • Tactical control decisions in manufacturing
  • Supply chain incentives
  • Energy modeling
  • Pricing
  • Applications of operations research to health care
  • Applications of operations research to sports

Education

  • PhD in Management Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA in Economics, University of Cambridge
  • BA in Economics, University of Cambridge

Awards

  • Top Cited Article Award, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 2005-10
  • Meritorious Service Award, Operations Research journal, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2009
  • Pace Setters Research Award, 1998, 2005  
  • Outstanding Evening MBA Program Teaching Award, 2nd place: 1995-97

7221 - Introduction to Decision Making

Designed as an introduction to deterministic modeling for business, i.e. optimization and related approaches along with discussion of major applications.

7223 - Project Management Part I: Senior Manager Issues

Covers topics of concern to senior managers in companies that run projects. Thus, it focuses on program management, project selection and organizational issues, rather than hands-on management of an individual project.

Published Articles

  • N.G. Hall and Z. Liu, “On Auction Protocols for Decentralized Scheduling,” Games and Economic Behavior 72 (2011): 583-585.
  • N.G. Hall, “Supply Chain Scheduling: Origins, and Application to Sequencing, Batching and Lot Sizing,” Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. N.G. Hall and Z. Liu, “Capacity Allocation in Supply Chain Scheduling,” Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, ed. J.J. Cochran (2010): 576-584.
  • N.G. Hall and Z. Liu, “Capacity Allocation and Scheduling in Supply Chains,” Operations Research 58 (2010): 1711-1725.
  • N.G. Hall and C.N. Potts, “Rescheduling for Job Unavailability,” Operations Research 58 (2010): 746-755.
  • Z.-L. Chen and N.G. Hall, “The Coordination of Pricing and Scheduling Decisions,” Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 12 (2010): 77-92.
  • N.G. Hall, M.E. Posner and C.N. Potts, “Online Scheduling with Known Arrival Times,” Mathematics of Operations Research 34 (2009): 92-102.
  • N.G. Hall and Z. Liu, “Cooperative and Noncooperative Games for Capacity Planning and Scheduling,” Tutorials in Operations Research (2008): 108-129.
  • N.G. Hall, L. Lei, and M. Pinedo, eds., “Supply Chain Coordination and Scheduling,” Annals of Operations Research 161 (2008).
  • Z.-L. Chen and N.G. Hall, “Maximum Profit Scheduling,” Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 10 (2008): 84-107.
  • A. Asef-Vaziri, N.G. Hall, and R. George, “The Significance of Deterministic Empty Vehicle Trips in the Design of a Unidirectional Loop Flow Path,” Computers & Operations Research 35 (2008): 1546-1561.
  • Z.-L. Chen and N.G. Hall, “Supply Chain Scheduling: Conflict and Cooperation in Assembly Systems,” Operations Research 55 (2007): 1072-1089.
  • N.G. Hall, Z. Liu and C.N. Potts, “Rescheduling for Multiple New Orders,”INFORMS Journal on Computing 19 (2007): 633-645.
  • N.G. Hall and M.E. Posner, “Performance Prediction and Preselection for Optimization Procedures,” Operations Research 55 (2007): 703-716.
  • M. Dawande, H.N. Geismar, N.G. Hall and C. Sriskandarajah, “Supply Chain Scheduling: Distribution Systems,” Production and Operations Management 15 (2006): 243-261.
  • A. Agnetis, N.G. Hall, and D. Pacciarelli, “Supply Chain Scheduling: Sequence Coordination,” Discrete Applied Mathematics 154 (2006): 2044-2063.
  • N.G. Hall, G. Laporte, E. Selvarajah, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Scheduling and Lot Streaming in Two Machine Open Shops with No-Wait in Process,” Naval Research Logistics 52 (2005): 261-275.
  • N.G. Hall and C.N. Potts, “The Coordination of Scheduling and Batch Deliveries,” Annals of Operations Research 135 (2005): 41-64.
  • N.G. Hall and C.N. Potts, “Rescheduling for New Orders,” Operations Research 52 (2004) 440-453.
  • N.G. Hall and M.E. Posner, “Sensitivity Analysis for Scheduling Problems,” Journal of Scheduling 7 (2004): 49-83.
  • N.G. Hall and C.N. Potts, “Supply Chain Scheduling: Batching and Delivery,” Operations Research 51 (2003): 566-584.
  • N.G. Hall, G. Laporte, E. Selvarajah, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Scheduling and Lot Streaming in Flowshops with No-Wait in Process,” Journal of Scheduling 6 (2003): 339-354.
  • N.G. Hall, T.-E. Lee, and M.E. Posner, “The Complexity of Cyclic Shop Scheduling Problems,” Journal of Scheduling 5 (2002): 307-327.
  • N.G. Hall, T. Ganesharajah, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Operational Decisions in AGV-Served Flowshop Loops: Scheduling,” Annals of Operations Research 107 (2001): 161-188.
  • N.G. Hall, T. Ganesharajah, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Operational Decisions in AGV-Served Flowshop Loops: Fleet Sizing and Decomposition,” Annals of Operations Research 107 (2001): 189-209
  • N.G. Hall and M.E. Posner, “Generating Experimental Data for Computational Testing with Machine Scheduling Applications,” Operations Research 49 (2001): 854-865.
  • N.G. Hall and M.J. Magazine, “Scheduling and Sequencing,” Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers (2001): 734-739.
  • N.G. Hall, M. Lesaoana, and C.N. Potts, “Scheduling with Fixed Delivery Dates,” Operations Research 49 (2001): 134-144.
  • N.G. Hall, C.N. Potts, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Parallel Machine Scheduling with a Common Server,” Discrete Applied Mathematics 102 (2000): 223-243.
  • I.N.K. Abadi, N.G. Hall, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Minimizing Cycle Time in a Blocking Flowshop,” Operations Research 48 (2000): 177-180.
  • H. Kamoun, N.G. Hall, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Scheduling in Robotic Cells: Heuristics and Cell Design,” Operations Research 47 (1999): 821-835.
  • N.G. Hall, “Chapter 30: Operations Research Techniques for Robotic System Planning, Design, Control and Analysis,” Handbook of Industrial Robotics 2, S.Y. Nof, John Wiley, eds. (1999): 543-577.
  • N.G. Hall, W.-P. Liu, and J.B. Sidney, “Scheduling in Broadcast Networks,” Networks 32 (1998): 233-253.
  • N.G. Hall, H. Kamoun, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Scheduling in Robotic Cells: Complexity and Steady-State Analysis,” European Journal of Operational Research 109 (1998): 43-65.
  • N.G. Hall, M.E. Posner, and C.N. Potts, “Scheduling with Finite Capacity Input Buffers,” Operations Research 46 (1998): S154-S159.
  • N.G. Hall, M.E. Posner, and C.N. Potts, “Scheduling with Finite Capacity Output Buffers,” Operations Research 46 (1998): S84-S97.
  • C. Sriskandarajah, N.G. Hall, and H. Kamoun, “Scheduling Large Robotic Cells without Bufiers,” Annals of Operations Research 76 (1998): 287-321.
  • T. Ganesharajah, N.G. Hall, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Design and Operational Issues in AGV-Served Manufacturing Systems,” Annals of Operations Research 76 (1998): 109-154.
  • N.G. Hall, H. Kamoun, and C. Sriskandarajah, “Scheduling in Robotic Cells: Classification, Two and Three Machine Cells,” Operations Research 45 (1997): 421-439.
  • F.M. Julien, M.J. Magazine, and N.G. Hall, “Generalized Preemption Models for Single Machine Dynamic Scheduling Problems,” IIE Transactions 29 (1997): 359-372.
  • N.G. Hall, M.E. Posner, and C.N. Potts, “Preemptive Scheduling with Finite Capacity Input Bufiers,” Annals of Operations Research 70 (1997): 399-413.
  • N.G. Hall and C. Sriskandarajah, “A Survey of Machine Scheduling Problems with Blocking and No-Wait in Process,” Operations Research 44 (1996): 510-525.
  • P.V. Balakrishnan and N.G. Hall, “A Maximin Procedure for the Optimal Insertion Timing of Ad Executions,” European Journal of Operational Research 85 (1995): 368-382.
  • N.G. Hall and M.J. Magazine, “Maximizing the Value of a Space Mission,” European Journal of Operational Research 78 (1994): 224-241.
  • R.C. Stotts, L.G. Kessler, J.C. Hershey, N.G. Hall and J.G. Gruman, “Awarding Contracts at the National Institutes of Health: a Sensitivity Analysis of the Critical Parameters,” International Transactions in Operational Research 1 (1994): 117-124.
  • N.G. Hall and R.V. Vohra, “Pareto Optimality and a Class of Set Covering Heuristics,” Annals of Operations Research 43 (1993): 279-284.
  • Vohra, R.V. and N.G. Hall, “Probabilistic Analysis of the Maximal Covering Location Problem,” Discrete Applied Mathematics 43 (1993): 175-183.
  • N.G. Hall and R.V. Vohra, “Towards Equitable Distribution via Proportional Equity Constraints,” Mathematical Programming 58 (1993): 287-294.
  • N.G. Hall, J.C. Hershey, L.G. Kessler, and R.C. Stotts, “A Model for Making Project Funding Decisions at The National Cancer Institute,” Operations Research 40 (1992): 1040-1052.
  • N.G. Hall and D.S. Hochbaum, “The Multicovering Problem,” European Journal of Operational Research 62 (1992): 323-339.
  • N.G. Hall and W. Kubiak, “Proof of a Conjecture of Schrage about the Completion Time Variance Problem,” Operations Research Letters 10 (1991): 467-472.
  • N.G. Hall and M.E. Posner, “Earliness-Tardiness Scheduling Problems, I: Weighted Deviation of Completion Times about a Common Due Date,” Operations Research 39 (1991): 836-846.
  • N.G. Hall, W. Kubiak and S.P. Sethi, “Earliness-Tardiness Scheduling Problems, II: Deviation of Completion Times about a Restrictive Common Due Date,” Operations Research 39 (1991): 847-856.
  • N.G. Hall, S.P. Sethi, and C. Sriskandarajah, “On the Complexity of Generalized Due Date Scheduling Problems,” European Journal of Operational Research 51 (1991): 100-109.
  • N.G. Hall, “The Inventory Packing Problem,” Naval Research Logistics36 (1989): 399-418.
  • N.G. Hall and R.V. Vohra, “Absolute Bounds on Optimal Cost for a Class of Set Covering Problems,” Zeitschrift fur Operations Research 33 (1989): 181-192.
  • N.G. Hall, “Separate vs. Joint Replenishment Policies with Maximum Storage Requirement Costs,” European Journal of Operational Research 36 (1988): 180-185.
  • N.G. Hall, K.A. Rhee, and W. T. Rhee, “A Nonidentical Parallel Processor Scheduling Problem,” Naval Research Logistics 35 (1988): 419-424.
  • N.G. Hall, “A Multi-Item EOQ Model with Inventory Cycle Balancing,” Naval Research Logistics 35 (1988): 319-325.
  • N.G. Hall, S. Ghosh, R.D. Kankey, S. Narasimhan, and W.T. Rhee, “Bin Packing Problems in One Dimension: Heuristic Solutions and Confidence Intervals,” Computers & Operations Research 15 (1988): 171-177.
  • N.G. Hall and R.V. Vohra, “An On-Line Assignment Problem with Random Effectiveness and Costly Information,” Operations Research Letters 6 (1987): 163-167.
  • Gonsalvez, D.J., N.G. Hall, W.T. Rhee and S.P. Siferd, “Heuristic Solutions and Confidence Intervals for the Multicovering Problem,” European Journal of Operational Research 31 (1987): 94-101.
  • N.G. Hall, “Scheduling Problems with Generalized Due Dates,” IIE Transactions 18 (1986): 220-222.
  • N.G. Hall, “Production Problems with Deadline Penalties,” International Journal of Production Research 24 (1986): 1383-1396.
  • N.G. Hall and D.S. Hochbaum, “A Fast Approximation Algorithm for the Multicovering Problem,” Discrete Applied Mathematics 15 (1986): 35-40.
  • N.G. Hall and W.T. Rhee, “Average and Worst-Case Analysis of Heuristics for the Maximum Tardiness Problem,” European Journal of Operational Research 26 (1986): 272-277.
  • N.G. Hall, “Single and Multiple Processor Models for Minimizing Completion Time Variance,” Naval Research Logistics Quarterly 33 (1986): 49-54.

In Press

  • N.G. Hall, “A Comparison of Inventory Replenishment Heuristics for Minimizing Maximum Storage,” American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences.
  • J. Goh and N.G. Hall, “Total Cost Control in Project Management via Satisficing,” revised for Management Science.
  • N.G. Hall and Z. Liu, “Market Good Flexibility in Capacity Auctions,” Production and Operations Management.
  • N.G. Hall and C.N. Potts, “A Proposal for Redesign of the FedEx Cup Playoff Series on The PGA Tour,” Interfaces
  • N.G. Hall and M.E. Posner, “Chapter 3: The Generation of Experimental Data for Computational Testing in Optimization,” Empirical Methods for the Analysis of Optimization Algorithms, ed. T. Bartz-Beielstein, M. Chiarandini, L. Paquete and M. Preuss, Springer, Berlin, Germany.