I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA. My advisors are Auyon Siddiq of UCLA and Frederick Eberhardt of Caltech. My research is at the intersection of causal inference, economics, and operations. I am particularly interested in developing decision-making models that leverage large-scale data combining statistics, optimization, and machine learning.

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Contact: sema.nur.kaynar.keles.phd@anderson.ucla.edu
I am on the 2021-2022 academic job market.

Education

Ph.D. in Decisions, Operations and Technology Management | 2017-2022 (expected)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Anderson School of Management
Advisors: Auyon Siddiq (UCLA) and Frederick Eberhardt (Caltech)

M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering | 2015-2017
Bilkent University, Turkey

B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering | 2010-2015
Bilkent University, Turkey

Publications

Conferences and Talks

  • Discovering Causal Models with Optimization
    - 16th INFORMS Workshop on Data Mining and Decision Analytics, October 2021
    - INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 2021
    - INFORMS Healthcare Conference, July 2021
    - California Institute of Technology, HSS Seminar, July 2021
    - Imperial-LBS-UCL ORMS Seminars, June 2021
    - MSOM Conference, June 2021
    - INFORMS Annual Meeting, November 2020
  • Learning Hidden Action Principal-Agent Models
    - INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 2019
  • A Spatial Model of the Opioid Epidemic in California
    - INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 2018
  • Handling Multi-Dimensional Efficiency and Equity Concerns
    - IMA and OR Society Conference on Mathematics of Operational Research, April 2017

Awards and Honors

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Education, 2021-2022.
  • Four year PhD Fellowship, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2017-2021.
  • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Masters Studies, Bilkent University, 2016.

Teaching

  • Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles
    - Data and Decisions, Executive MBA Program Teaching Assistant, Summer 2021
    - Data and Decisions, Fully-Employed MBA Program Teaching Assistant, Fall 2020
    - Data and Decisions, Executive MBA Program Teaching Assistant, Fall 2020
    - Optimization, Master of Business Analytics Program Teaching Assistant, Fall 2019
    - Data and Decisions, Executive MBA Program Teaching Assistant, Summer 2019
    - Data and Decisions, MBA Program Teaching Assistant, Fall 2018