"New Problems in Modern Logistical Systems" Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:00PM EEB 248 Abstract: In recent years, some of the most talked-about developments in the transportation sector include the use of drones, the introduction of last-mile delivery services, and the use of large-scale mapping data. Along with these new developments comes a host of new problems and trade-offs. We will discuss three such problems and use the continuous approximation paradigm to reveal basic insights about those factors that influence them most significantly. Bio: John Carlsson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineeering (ICME) at Stanford University in 2009 under Yinyu Ye, and the A.B. in mathematics and music from Harvard College in 2005. He works on algorithms for solving problems in continuous location theory, and more generally, optimization problems that have some kind of geographic element. His research is supported by DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Transportation, and was previously supported by an NSF GOALI grant, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Boeing Company.