Industrial and Systems Engineering

Project Title #1: Healthcare Cost Transparency Tools
Department:  Industrial and Systems Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Alvarado, alvarado.m@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Behshad Lahijanian
Terms Available: Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 2 students a term
Prerequisites: Statistics, Interest in healthcare systems engineering and technology
Credit:  0-3credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None unless selected for SURF
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Statement of research interest, Faculty interview, email one pdf file of requirements to Michelle Alvarado, alvarado.m@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: April 15
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Project Description: Due to recent U.S. healthcare reform, a number of healthcare cost transparency tools (HCTTs) have become available for patients to view and estimate costs of anticipated health services. This research will systematically a) identify a broad sample of HCTTs across different platforms (web, apps, etc.); 2) evaluate their accessibility (login required), data availability (number of conditions, geographic region), type of information displayed (statistics and integration with provider reviews), and user-friendly features; and 3) provide a case study comparison of the HCTTs for certain health conditions (e.g. knee surgery, labor and delivery).

Project Title #2: Simulation and Optimization of Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
Department:  Industrial and Systems Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Alvarado, alvarado.m@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Behshad Lahijanian
Terms Available: Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites: Programming skills required; courses in simulation and operations research preferred; interest in health policy modeling
Credit:  0-3credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None unless selected for SURF
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Statement of research interest, Faculty interview, email one pdf file of requirements to Michelle Alvarado, alvarado.m@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: April 15
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Project Description: The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) was established by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and penalizes hospitals with worse than average 30-day patient readmission rates through reduce reimbursements. This project will extend current work on an agent-based simulation model (AnyLogic) where the hospitals act as individual agents in competition to avoid the penalty or gain the incentive mechanism established by the insurer (CMS). The goal is to maximize patient quality of care while minimizing system-wide costs. Students will be expected to run simulation experiments and have basic programming knowledge to understand and modify the existing code.

Project Title #3: Simulation and Scheduling of Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Department:  Industrial and Systems Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Alvarado, alvarado.m@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Behshad Lahijanian
Terms Available: Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 2 students a term
Prerequisites: Statistics and Simulation
Credit:  0-3credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None unless selected for SURF
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Statement of research interest, Faculty interview, email one pdf file of requirements to Michelle Alvarado, alvarado.m@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: April 15
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Project Description: Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) is an iterative surgical method for removing skin cancer. Scheduling MMS is challenging due to the stochastic nature of layered skin removal. We have developed a stochastic sequential scheduling method and simulation model (Arena) of the scheduling and surgical processes. This research project will focus on data collection at a local MMS clinic, analysis of the data, and verification of the simulation model results using the real clinic data.

Project Title #1: Human motion analysis and activity recognition with multiple sensing technologies (multiple projects)
Department:  Industrial and Systems Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Boyi Hu, boyihu@ise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD based on project and availability
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 2-3 students per semester.
Prerequisites:  Projects can be designed per student’s interest and background. Students considering graduate school are especially courage to apply. Desired skills include experiences working with human subjects (patient or aging population), good communication skill, coding fundamentals, basic data processing and statistical analysis experience.
Credit:  0-3credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None unless selected for University Scholars for the 1st semester; then $12/hour up to 10 hours per week
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview, email one pdf file of requirements to Boyi Hu, boyihu@ise.ufl.edu to request an interview
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
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Project Description: My lab works on identifying pathways that influence and improve human health. Our innovative research approach utilizes a systems framework that is driven by design of tools with the goal of improving human well-being and system performance. The primary outcome of much of my research is the prevention of work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). My research study designs are both observational/descriptive and experimental, based in both the laboratory and the real work environment. Current top priorities currently: (a) falling injury prevention for aging population and typical working groups; (b) implementation of wearable sensing technology in healthcare and rehabilitation area.

Project Title #2: Validating the use of wearable technology and machine learning for exposure assessment of workers to uneven surfaces
Department:  Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, & Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Boyi Hu, boyihu@ise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD based on project and availability
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1-2 students per semester.
Prerequisites:  Project details can be developed based on student’s interest and background. Students considering graduate school are especially courage to apply. Prerequisite skills include: 1) at least 1 year of programing experience (Matlab or Python preferred); 2) signal processing fundamentals; 3) machine learning fundamentals
Credit:  0-3credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $12/hour up to 20 hours per week
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview, email one pdf file of requirements to Boyi Hu, boyihu@ise.ufl.edu to request an interview
Application Deadline: N/A
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Project Description: The two main goals of this pilot project proposal are to: 1) determine if workers’ gait behavior as measured by wearable sensors in real workplace differs significantly on different walking surfaces experienced by typical workers; and, 2) determine if artificial deep learning network algorithms can detect walking surface categories using signals from wearable sensors mounted on workers’ body during typical walking tasks.