Dr. Matthew J. Robbins, Associate Professor of Operations Research

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Dr. Matthew JD Robbins is an Associate Professor of Operations Research in the Department of Operational Sciences, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). His basic research interests involve the design, assessment, and control of systems that evolve over time in an uncertain manner. His research focuses on computational stochastic optimization – the design, development, and testing of approximate dynamic programming algorithms that utilize simulation, mathematical programming, and machine learning techniques to solve large-scale sequential decision-making problems under uncertainty. His applied research interests involve problems related to defense, to include the dispatch of medical evacuation assets, the routing of military distribution assets, the control of autonomous mobile sensors and weapons systems, and the management of workforce systems. He currently serves as an associate editor for the journals Military Operations Research and Naval Research Logistics, an elected member of the INFORMS Military and Security (MAS) Society council, and the elected president of the INFORMS Cincinnati-Dayton Chapter.

Education

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois, 2010

Advisor: Sheldon H. Jacobson

(IIE Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award - 1st Place)

M.S., Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2005

(Distinguished Graduate)

B.S., Computer Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1999

Awards

2019 Best Paper Award, Omega - The International Journal of Management Science (jointly awarded for work with co-author Brian J. Lunday)

2018  Richard H. Barchi Prize, Military Operations Research Society (jointly awarded for work with co-authors Phillip R. Jenkins, Nathaniel D. Bastian, and Brian J. Lunday)

2014  Outstanding Young Member Award, INFORMS Cincinnati-Dayton Chapter

2011  Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award  -  First Place, Institute of Industrial Engineers

2005  Distinguished Graduate, Master of Science in Operations Research Graduate Program, Air Force Institute of Technology,

2005  Inductee, Omega Rho International Honor Society for OR/MS

2000  Distinguished Graduate, USAF Intelligence Officer School

Publications

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  1. McKenna*, R.S., Robbins, M.J., Lunday, B.J., and McCormack*, I.M., 2019. “Approximate Dynamic Programming for the Military Inventory Routing Problem.” Annals of Operations Research (forthcoming, accepted 6 Nov 19). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10479-019-03469-8.
  2. Jenkins*, P.R., Robbins, M.J., and Lunday, B.J., 2019. “Approximate Dynamic Programming for Military Medical Evacuation Dispatching Policies,” INFORMS Journal on Computing (forthcoming, accepted 16 Aug 19).
  3. Jenkins*, P.R., Lunday, B.J., and Robbins, M.J., “Robust, Multi-Objective Optimization for the Military Medical Evacuation Location-Allocation Problem,” Omega (forthcoming, accepted 15 Jul 19). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2019.07.004.
  4. Robbins, M.J., Jenkins*, P.R., Bastian, N.D., and Lunday, B.J., 2020. “Approximate Dynamic Programming for the Aeromedical Dispatching Problem: Value Function Approximation Utilizing Multiple Level Aggregation,” Omega, 91, 102020, 1-17. (MORS 2018 Barchi Prize Winning Paper.) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2018.12.009.
  5. Lunday, B.J. and Robbins, M.J., 2019. “Collaboratively-developed Vaccine Pricing and Stable Profit Sharing Mechanisms,” Omega, 84, 102-113. (Omega 2019 Best Paper Award) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2018.04.007.
  6. Jenkins*, P.R., Robbins, M.J., and Lunday, B.J., 2018. “Examining Military Medical Evacuation Dispatching Policies Utilizing a Markov Decision Process Model of a Controlled Queueing System,” Annals of Operations Research, 271 (2), 641-678. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10479-018-2760-z.
  7. Nystrom*, J.K., Robbins, M.J., Deckro, R.F., and Morris, J.F., 2018. “Simulating Attacker and Defender Strategies within a Dynamic Game on Network Topology,” Journal of Simulation, 12 (4), 307-331. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41273-017-0054-0.
  8. Schofield*, J.A., Zens*, C.L., Hill, R.R., and Robbins, M.J., 2018. “Utilizing Reliability Modeling to Analyze United States Air Force Officer Retention,” Computers and Industrial Engineering, 117, 171-180. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cie.2018.01.013.
  9. Widrick*, R.S., Nurre, S.G., and Robbins, M.J., 2018. “Optimal Policies for the Management of an Electric Vehicle Battery Swap Station,” Transportation Science, 52 (1), 59-79. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2016.0676.
  10. Boardman*, N.T., Lunday, B.J., and Robbins, M.J., 2017. “Heterogeneous Surface-to-Air Missile Defense Battery Location: A Game Theoretic Approach,” Journal of Heuristics, 23 (6), 417-447. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10732-017-9350-0.
  11. Davis*, M.T., Robbins, M.J., and Lunday, B.J., 2017. “Approximate Dynamic Programming for Missile Defense Interceptor Fire Control,” European Journal of Operational Research, 259 (3), 873-886. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.11.023.
  12. Lunday, B.J. and Robbins, M.J., 2016. “Informing Pediatric Vaccine Procurement Policy via the Pediatric Formulary Design, Pricing, and Production Problem,” IIE Transactions, 48 (12), 1112-1126. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0740817X.2016.1198064.
  13. Rettke*, A.J., Robbins, M.J., and Lunday, B.J., 2016. “Approximate Dynamic Programming for the Dispatch of Military Medical Evacuation Assets,” European Journal of Operational Research, 254 (3), 824-839. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.04.017.
  14. Han*, C.Y., Lunday, B.J., and Robbins, M.J., 2016. “A Game Theoretic Model for the Optimal Location of Integrated Air Defense System Missile Batteries,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 28 (3), 405-416. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1287/ijoc.2016.0690.
  15. Keneally*, S.K., Robbins, M.J., and Lunday B.J., 2016. “A Markov Decision Process Model for the Optimal Dispatch of Military Medical Evacuation Assets,” Health Care Management Science, 19 (2), 111-129. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10729-014-9297-8.
  16. Robbins, M.J. and Lunday, B.J., 2016. “A Bilevel Formulation of the Pediatric Vaccine Pricing Problem,” European Journal of Operational Research, 248 (2), 634-645. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2015.06.075.
  17. Colombi, J.M., Robbins, M.J., Burger*, J.A., and Weber, Y.S., 2015. “Interface Evaluation for Open System Architectures Using Multiobjective Decision Analysis,” Military Operations Research, 20 (2), 55-69.
  18. Behzad, B., Jacobson, S.H., and Robbins, M.J., 2015. “A Symmetric Capacity-Constrained Differentiated Oligopoly Model for the United States Pediatric Vaccine Market with Linear Demand,” IIE Transactions, 47 (11), 1252-1266. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0740817X.2015.1009759.
  19. Robbins, M.J. and Jacobson, S.H., 2015. “Analytics for Vaccine Economics and Pricing: Insights and Observations,” Expert Review of Vaccines, 14 (4), 605-616. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1586/14760584.2015.985662
  20. Guzman*, J.D., Deckro, R.F., Robbins, M.J., Morris, J.F., and Ballester, N.A., 2014. “An Analytical Comparison of Social Network Measures,” IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems,  1 (1), 35-45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TCSS.2014.2307451.
  21. Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., Shanbhag, U.V., and Behzad, B., 2014. “The Weighted Set Covering Game: A Vaccine Pricing Model for Pediatric Immunization,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 26 (1), 183-198. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1287/ijoc.2013.0556.
  22. Bernardoni*, B.J., Deckro, R.F., and Robbins, M.J., 2013. “Using Social Network Analysis to Inform Stabilization Efforts,” Military Operations Research, 18 (4), 37-60.
  23. Jacobson, S.H., King, D.M., Ryan, K.C., and Robbins, M.J., 2012. “Assessing the Long Term Benefit of Banning the Use of Hand-Held Wireless Devices While Driving,” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 46 (10), 1586-1593. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2012.08.007.
  24. Robbins, M.J. and Jacobson, S.H., 2011. “Pediatric Vaccine Procurement Policy: The Monopsonist’s Problem,” Omega, 39 (6), 589-597. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2010.12.004.
  25. Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., and Sewell, E.C., 2010. “Pricing Strategies for Combination Pediatric Vaccines and their Impact on Market Share: Pediarix or Pentacel?” Health Care Management Science, 13 (1), 54-64. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10729-009-9109-8.
  26. Nikolaev, A.G., Robbins, M.J., and Jacobson, S.H., 2010. “Evaluating the Impact of Legislation Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving,” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 44 (3), 182-193. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2010.01.006.

* denotes student author.

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