Dr. Frank W. Ciarallo, Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Before joining AFIT in 2019, Frank Ciarallo served on the faculty at the University of Arizona and most recently at Wright State University. He served as a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California - Berkeley in 2001, and as a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Eindhoven (Netherlands) in 2010.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University (1993)

Master of Science (MS), Manufacturing & Operations Systems, Carnegie Mellon University (1988)

Bachelor of Science (BS), Electrical Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (1986)




2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, College of Engineering Wright State University

2012 Moving Spirit Award, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

Award for Distinguished Service, 2000, Manufacturing & Services Operations Management Society, INFORMS



  1. F.W. Ciarallo, R.R. Hill , K.K. Ward, “An agent based model of passenger boarding for examining commercial aircraft boarding strategies”, Journal of Applied Operational Research, Vol 11, No 1, 2019, pp 2-17, orlabanalytics.ca/jaor/archive/v11n1.htm
  2. A. Lowas, F.W. Ciarallo, “Reliability and operations: Keys to lumpy aircraft spare parts demands”, Journal of Air Transport Management, Vol 50, No 1, 2016, pp 30-40, doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2015.09.004
  3. F.W. Ciarallo, S. Niranjan, N. Brown, “A Salt Inventory Management Strategy for Winter Maintenance”, Operations and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol 9, No 1, 2016, pp 31-49, journal.OSCM-Forum.org
  4. M.J. Bova, F.W. Ciarallo, R.R. Hill, “Development of an Agent-Based Model for the Secondary Threat Resulting from a Ballistic Impact Event”, Journal of Simulation, Vol 10, No 1, 2016, pp 24-35, doi:10.1057/jos.2015.1
  5. D.F. Lochtefeld, F.W. Ciarallo, "Multi-objectivization via Decomposition: An Analysis of Helper-Objectives versus Complete Decomposition", European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 243, Issue 2, 2015, pp 395-404, doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2014.11.041
  6. J.S. Knopp, F. Ciarallo, R.V. Grandhi, “Developments in Probability of Detection Modeling and Simulation Studies”, Materials Evaluation, Volume 73, No. 1, Jan 2015, pp 55-61, ndtlibrary.asnt.org
  7. S. Niranjan, F.W. Ciarallo, “Properties of Optimal Order-up-to Levels for the Newsvendor Problem with Random Capacity”, International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, Volume 6, No. 4, 2014, pp 353-376, doi.org/10.1504/IJAOM.2014.066830
  8. D.F. Lochtefeld, F.W. Ciarallo, “An Analysis of Decomposition Approaches in Multi-objectivization via Segmentation”, Applied Soft Computing, Volume 18, 2014, pp 209-222, doi.org/10.1016/j.asoc.2014.01.005
  9. S. Niranjan, F.W. Ciarallo, “Impact of Inventory Allocation Policies on Downstream Supply Variability in a Two-echelon System”, International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2013, pp 401-429, doi.org/10.1504/IJBPSCM.2013.058205
  10. B.L. Heath, F.W. Ciarallo, and R.R. Hill, “An Agent-Based Modeling Approach to Analyze the Impact of Warehouse Congestion on Cost and Performance”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 67, Issue 1, 2013, pp 563-574, doi.org/10.1007/s00170-012-4505-5
  11. B. Heath, R. Hill, F.W. Ciarallo, “Validation in the Agent-Based Modeling Paradigm: Problems and a Solution”, International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, Volume 7, No. 4, October 2012, pp 229-239, doi.org/10.1504/IJSPM.2012.049817
  12. D.F. Lochtefeld, F.W. Ciarallo, “Multi-objectivization via Helper-objectives with the Tunable Objectives Problem”, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Volume 16, Issue 3, June 2012, pp 373-390, doi.org/10.1109/TEVC.2011.2136345
  13. V. Kesaraju, F.W. Ciarallo, “Integrated Simulation Combining Process-Driven and Event-Driven Models”, Journal of Simulation, Volume 6, No 1, January 2012, pp 9-20, doi.org/10.1057/jos.2010.27
  14. D.F. Lochtefeld, F.W. Ciarallo, “Helper-Objective Optimization Strategies for the Job-Shop Scheduling Problem”, Applied Soft Computing, Volume 11, Issue 6, September 2011, pp 4161-4174, doi.org/10.1016/j.asoc.2011.03.007
  15. S. Niranjan, F.W. Ciarallo, “Supply Performance in Multi-Echelon Inventory Systems with Intermediate Product Demand: A Perspective on Allocation”, Decision Sciences, Volume 42, No. 3, August 2011, pp 575-617, doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5915.2011.00324.x
  16. B. Heath, R. Hill, F.W. Ciarallo, “A Survey of Agent-Based Modeling Practices (January 1998 to July 2008)”, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp A143-A177, October 2009, jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/12/4/9.html
  17. F. W. Ciarallo, V.V. Panicker, S. Mahadevan, R.R. Hill, “A Hybrid Intelligent Logistics Diagnostic Assistant”, Journal of Decision Systems, Volume 14, No. 3, pp. 215-240, September 2005, doi.org/10.3166/jds.14.215-240
  18. F.W. Ciarallo, R.R. Hill, S. Mahadevan, V. Chopra, P.J. Vincent, C.S. Allen, “Building the Mobility Aircraft Availability Forecasting (MAAF) Simulation Model and Decision Support System”, Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, Volume 2, No. 2, pp.  57-69, April 2005, doi.org/10.1177/154851290500200201
  19. Y. Xu, S. Sen, F.W. Ciarallo, "An Agent Based Data Collection Architecture for Distributed Simulations", International Journal of Modeling & Simulation, Volume 24, No. 2, pp. 55-64, Feb. 2004, doi.org/10.1080/02286203.2004.11442287
  20. C.C. Yang, F.W. Ciarallo, M.M. Marefat, "Handling Uncertainties of Robot Manipulators and Active Vision by Constraint Propagation", Journal of Robotic Systems, Volume 19, no. 9, pp. 427-441, Sept. 2002, doi.org/10.1002/rob.10051
  21. C.C. Yang, F.W. Ciarallo, "Optimized Sensor Placement for Active Visual Inspection", Journal of Robotic Systems, Volume 18, No. 1, pp 1-15, 2001, doi.org/10.1002/1097-4563(200101)18:1<1::AID-ROB1>3.0.CO;2-O
  22. C.C. Yang, M.M. Marefat, F.W. Ciarallo, “Interval Constraint Networks for Tolerance Analysis and Synthesis”, Artificial Intelligence for Engineering - Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, Volume 14, No. 4, pp. 271-287, 2000, doi.org/10.1017/S0890060400144014
  23. F.Y. Wang, T. Nan, F.W. Ciarallo, G. Qin, “Neuro-Fuzzy Networks: Adaptive Fuzzy Modeling and Control”, International Journal of Computer & Information Science, Volume 1, No. 2, 2000, dl.acm.org/doi/10.5555/543107.543108
  24. C.C. Yang, M.M. Marefat, F.W. Ciarallo, “Modeling Errors for Dimensional Inspection Using Active Vision”, Robotics and Computer -Integrated Manufacturing, Volume 15, No. 1, pp. 23-37, 1999, doi.org/10.1016/S0736-5845(98)00025-8
  25. R.G. Askin, F.W. Ciarallo, N.H. Lundgren, “An Empirical Evaluation of Holonic and Fractal Layouts”, International Journal of Production Research, Volume 37, No. 5, pp. 961-978, 1999, doi.org/10.1080/002075499191355
  26. C.C. Yang, M.M. Marefat, F.W. Ciarallo, “Error Analysis and Planning Accuracy for Dimensional Measurement in Active Vision Inspection”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Volume 14, No. 3, pp. 476-487, 1998, doi.org/10.1109/70.678456
  27. F.W. Ciarallo, R. Akella, T.E. Morton, “A Peri 10.1109/70.678456odic Review Production Planning Model with Uncertain Capacity and Uncertain Demand: Optimality of Extended Myopic Policies”, Management Science, Volume 40, No. 3, pp. 320-332, 1994, doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.40.3.320
  28. A. Layadi, J.O. Artman, F.W. Ciarallo, “Torque, FMR and Domain Mode FMR Relations in Thin Oblique Anisotropy Axis Films”, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Volume Mag-23, No. 5, 1987, doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.1987.1065512
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