Michael R Hilliard

Michael Hilliard stands before a large screen showing maps in the visualization laboratory

Michael R Hilliard


My research and development efforts focus on mathematical analysis, visualization, simulation, and optimization techniques and leveraging emerging computational technologies to support analysis and decision making. My interests include visual analytics, hybrid simulation, and innovative optimization techniques including evolutionary algorithms.  I have led and participated in large and small teams developing analytical tools and providing analysis products for a wide range of government sponsors including DOE, DOD, and DHS.  

As a member of the Billion Ton 2016 Study team, I helped model and analyze the logistics of moving biomass from county-level origins to refineries.  I also developed most of the interactive visualization tools used in analysis, publication and dissemination of the BT16 results. The visualization tools allow users to see a combination of summary and detailed data specific to their interests.

In other projects I have developed optimization-based models such as the Biofuel Infrastructure, Logistics and Transportation Model (BILT) for supply chain analysis and the Biomass Location for Optimal Sustainability Model (BLOSM) for determining appropriate locations for a perennial bioenergy crop to meet specified environmental and economic objectives.  I am currently developing an online tool for aggregation and visualization of bioeneregy sustainability indicators.

Much of my work relates to transportation systems.  I have developed models and studies related to inland waterway transport efficiency and security.  I have also worked on military logistics, and the movement of used nuclear fuel.  

I earned a B.S. degree in mathematics at Furman University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell.


I have published articles in journals such as Interfaces, Annals of Operations Research, Transportation Research Record, International Journal of Intelligent Systems, and OR/MS Today.  I have also co-authored papers with multi-disciplinary teams in Environmental Management; Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining; International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems; and the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

Major publications are listed at   http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=byPknw8AAAAJ

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