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“The main role in my research is to model real-world systems in the best-possible way, to be able to obtain high-quality decisions by using the available information. This enables companies to improve their decision at operational, tactical, and strategical levels.” 

Research profile

Murat Firat is an assistant professor in the Information Systems (IS) group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests fall into fields Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research. Some of the applications he has worked on are scheduling of manufacturing systems, multi-skilled workforce management, planning in transportation, modeling uncertainty in operations and services under poor quality of information, and designing rule-based systems using expert knowledge.   

In his research, Murat:  

- develops mathematical approaches employing Linear/Integer/Mixed Integer Programming models for operational decisions in scheduling and planning problems,

- develops exact approaches mainly using Dynamic Programming, Column Generation, and Branch-and-Bound type search,

- develops heuristic approaches mainly using Integer Programming, and techniques in Network and Linear Optimization.

- models the uncertainty even when sufficient information is not available

- develops predictive models for high-quality decision making 

Academic background

Murat Firat completed his bachelor study in the Mechanical Engineering of Bogazici University in Istanbul. Then he studied Master of Science in Systems and Control Engineering at the same university. During his master study, he worked as research and teaching assistant at the BUFAIM laboratory,  

Murat obtained his PhD degree from Mathematics and Computer Science Department at TU/e. After completing his PhD study, he worked at France Telecom a post-doctoral researcher. Recently, he started leading the Business Process Intelligence (BPI) research cluster of the IS group. He is a member of the Information Systems Group, School of Industrial Engineering, TU/e and The Beta Research School for Operations Management and Logistics.

Murat publishes regularly in several leading journals and acts as a reviewer for Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Operations Research Letters, OR Spectrum, Annals of Operations Research, Computers and Operations Research, Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and The Service. 

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Research Output 2008 2019

A decision support method to increase the revenue of ad publishers in waterfall strategy

Refaei Afshar, R., Zhang, Y., Firat, M. & Kaymak, U., 4 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) IEEE CIFEr 2019: 2019 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Websites
Marketing
Sales
Reinforcement learning

A reinforcement learning method to select ad networks in Waterfall Strategy

Refaei Afshar, R., Zhang, Y., Firat, M. & Kaymak, U., 2019, ICAART 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence: volume 2. Steels, L., Rocha, A. & van den Herik, J. (eds.). SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., p. 265-265 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Reinforcement learning
Websites
Marketing

Column generation based math-heuristic for classification trees

Firat, M., Crignier, G., Gabor, A., Hurkens, C. A. J. & Zhang, Y., 6 Jul 2019, (Submitted) In : Computers & Operations Research. 29 p., 1810.06684v1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Classification Tree
Column Generation
Decision trees
Linear programming
Integer Linear Programming

Modeling uncertainty in declarative artifact-centric process models

Eshuis, R. & Firat, M., 29 Jan 2019, Business Process Management Workshops: BPM 2018 International Workshops, Sydney, NSW, Australia, September 9-14, 2018, Revised Papers. Daniel, F., Sheng, Q. Z. & Motahari, H. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 281-293 (Business Process Management Workshops; vol. 342)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Global system for mobile communications
Industry
Fuzzy logic
Engines
Uncertainty

A Branch-and-Price approach to find optimal decision trees

Firat, M., Crognier, G., Gabor, A. & Zhang, Y., 8 Jul 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Decision trees
Linear programming
Artificial intelligence

Prizes

Best Student Paper Award

Reza Refaei Afshar (Recipient), Yingqian Zhang (Recipient), Murat Firat (Recipient) & Uzay Kaymak (Recipient), 21 Feb 2019

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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Artificial intelligence
Students

Elsevier Journal IJPR: Outstanding Reviewer Contribution Award 2017

Murat Firat (Recipient), 1 Jun 2017

Recognition: OtherScientific

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Outstanding reviewer award of the journal OR Spectrum (2017)

Murat Firat (Recipient), 12 Dec 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Editorial activity

OR Spectrum (Journal)

Murat Firat (Editorial board member)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Courses

Student theses

Accurate response to fluctuating demand with regard to promotions in the online retailing industry

Author: Kiemeneij, N., 31 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Atan, Z. (Supervisor 1), Mutlu, N. (Supervisor 2) & Firat, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A data-driven approach to reduce the energy consumption of buildings

Author: van Rijn, F., 25 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Kaymak, U. (Supervisor 1) & Firat, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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An empirical study of the impact of self-management and digital communication on diabetes patient's health

Author: Bos, M., 29 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Firat, M. (Supervisor 1), Van Gorp, P. (Supervisor 2) & Eshuis, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A quantitative approach to the engineering change process to realize performance improvements from both lead time and cost perspective

Author: van Dinther, B., 30 Nov 2017

Supervisor: Martagan, T. (Supervisor 1), Atan, Z. (Supervisor 2) & Firat, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Assessing the validity of the simulation of manufacturing processes in BPM tools

Author: Olde Hampsink, B., 30 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Dijkman, R. (Supervisor 1), Firat, M. (Supervisor 2) & Grefen, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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