Citi Bike: Planning through a Combination of Continuous, Discrete, and Simulation Optimization
Shane Henderson, Professor and Director
School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University
ABSTRACT: Cornell’s School of Operations Research and Information Engineering has been working with the bike-sharing company Citi Bike since Citi Bike began operations in New York City in 2013. We provide data analysis and advice about strategy and operations, not just to Citi Bike, but also to its parent company Motivate that operates several bike-sharing programs around the USA. I’ll describe some of our modeling work with Citi Bike, focusing on a suite of models (not just simulation models) that informs the decision about where to position both racks and bikes around the approximately 600 stations in NYC. Joint work with Daniel Freund, Nanjing Jian, Eoin O’Mahony and David Shmoys
BIO: Shane G. Henderson is professor and director of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. He has previously held positions in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He is the editor in chief of Stochastic Systems. He has served as chair of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, and as simulation area editor for Operations Research. He is an INFORMS Fellow. His research interests include discrete-event simulation, simulation optimization, and emergency services planning.
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