Faculty Profile

Qipeng Phil Zheng, PhD

Qipeng Phil Zheng, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at University of Central Florida. He received his PhD in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2010. He has worked in the fields of stochastic optimization, network optimization, integer programming and applications in a variety of areas, such as energy systems, transportation planning, production planning, etc. Currently, he is focusing on research of stochastic unit commitment, multistage stochastic power systems expansion planning with multiple resources, co-optimization of both power system, natural gas transportation and storage system expansion, smart grid consumer market equilibrium models, transportation planning, evacuation planning, traveling physician location and assignment problem, etc.

Petros Xanthopoulos, PhD

Petros Xanthopoulos, PhD, joined the Industrial Engineering department in 2011. He is currently the director of the Advanced Industrial Engineering Computing Laboratory and an assistant professor.

He conducts research on data mining, optimization, machine learning, operations research and networks. He is currently working on a project targeted for the National Science Foundation concerned with bridging the gap between climate change, extreme events and electricity infrastructure design. He has published numerous articles in journals, including Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine, Neuroscience Letters, and a highly accessed article in the Journal of Neuro-engineering and Rehabilitation. Dr. Xanthopoulos has co-authored three books and is in process of writing and publishing three more.

Dr. Xanthopoulos received his BS at the Technical University of Crete in Greece, and his MS and PhD at the University of Florida. He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Dr. Xanthopoulos has been listed in the 2012 Who’s Who in Engineering Higher Education (WWEHE).

Waldemar Karwowski, PhD

Waldemar Karwowski, PhD, DSc, PE is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. He holds an MS in Production Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He was awarded a DSc (dr habil.) degree in management science by the State Institute for Organization and Management in Industry, Poland. He also received Honorary Doctorate degrees from three European universities, South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University, Technical University of Kosice and Moscow State Institute of Radio, Electronics and Automation (MIREA Technical University). He is a Fellow in the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and the Ergonomics Society (ES).

Dr. Karwowski is the Editor of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing journal, and Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science journal and the author/editor or coauthor/editor of over 400 scientific publications in the areas of human systems integration, human performance, cognitive engineering, activity theory, knowledge management, systems engineering, human-computer interaction, fuzzy logic and neuro-fuzzy modeling, applications of nonlinear dynamics to human performance, and neuroergonomics.

Dr. Karwowski’s research expertise and interests are in the areas of human systems integration, safety, complex systems, cognitive engineering, and soft computing. His research has been funded by governmental agencies and industry sources including NIOSH, NSF, ONR, USPS, Toyota, General Motors and IBM.

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