Andrew C. Trapp


Worcester Polytechnic Institute | WPI Foisie Business School | WPI Industrial Engineering | CV


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


Associate Professor, Operations and Industrial Engineering

Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Associate Professor, Data Science


About Me

I am Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and hold courtesy professorships in Mathematical Sciences and Data Science. My research focus is on using analytical techniques, in particular mathematical optimization, to identify optimal decisions to problems arising from a diverse cross-section of sectors such as humanitarian operations, sustainability, healthcare, and data mining. I develop new theory, models, and computational solution approaches to tackle such problems. I publish in leading operations research and optimization journals such as Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, IIE Transactions, Annals of Operations Research, and Discrete Optimization.

Recent Accomplishments

A. C. Trapp, NSF award "Matching Problems in Refugee Resettlement," Research award #1825348, Aug. 2018 through Aug. 2021.

R. A. Konrad (PI), A. C. Trapp (co-PI), M. Dank (co-PI), K. Maass (co-PI), NSF award "EAGER: ISN: A Data Analytic Approach to Understanding Human Trafficking Networks," Research award #1841893, Aug. 2018 through Aug. 2019.

A. C. Trapp, W. Liu, S. Djamasbi, "Identifying Fixations in Gaze Data via Inner-Density and Optimization," accepted for publication, INFORMS Journal on Computing, 2018.

T. Petit, A. C. Trapp, "Enriching Solutions to Combinatorial Problems via Solution Engineering," accepted for publication, INFORMS Journal on Computing, 2018.

A. C. Trapp, A. Teytelboym, N. Ahani, T. Andersson, "Refugee Resettlement via Machine Learning and Integer Optimization," Keynote Paper for OR60 Annual Conference, Lancaster, UK, 2018.

A. C. Trapp, C. Li, P. Flaherty, "Recovering All Generalized Order-Preserving Submatrices: New Exact Formulations and Algorithms," Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 263 (1-2), pp. 385-404, 2018. [preprint pdf]

R. A. Konrad, A. C. Trapp, T. Palmbach, J. S. Blom, "Overcoming Human Trafficking via Operations Research and Analytics: Opportunities for Methods, Models, and Applications," European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 259 (2), pp. 733-745, 2017. [preprint pdf]

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