Somya Singhvi

Post-Doctoral Fellow.
Center for Global Development
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About

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development. I received my Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT, supervised by Professor Retsef Levi and Professor Y. Karen Zheng in Spring 2020. Previously, I graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with S.B. (Hons.) in Operations Research and Engineering. I will be joining University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Data Science and Operations in April 2021.

My research focuses on developing data-driven models and decision support tools to improve operational efficiency and social welfare in agricultural supply chains and markets of developing countries. The research projects are in collaboration with multiple organizations that are working with smallholder farmers, and field trials of the proposed solutions have had a significant positive impact in practice.

Media

You can watch a short video on my current research projects in India here.

Completed & Working Papers
  • Improving Farmers' Income on Online Agri-platforms: Theory and Field Implementation of a Two-stage Auction (with R Levi, M Rajan and Y Zheng), Major Revision, Management Science (2020). preprint
    • First Place, 2020 INFORMS Public Sector Operations Research Best Paper Award
    • First Place, 2020 POMS Supply Chain Management Student Paper Competition
    • First Place, 2020 POMS Behavioral OM Junior Scholar Paper Competition
    • Finalist, 2020 POMS Applied Research Challenge
    • First Place, 2019 Doing Good With Good OR Competition
    • Oral presentation in 2020 Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good
  • Artificial Shortage in Agricultural Supply Chains (with R Levi and Y Zheng), Under 3rd Round Review in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (2019). preprint
    • First Place, 2019 POMS College of Sustainable Operations Best Student Paper Competition
    • Preliminary version in 2019 Supply Chain Management SIG Conference
  • Unifying Agricultural Wholesale Markets: Impact on Market Prices and Farmers' Profitability (with R Levi, M Rajan and Y Zheng), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 117, no. 6 (2020):2366-2371. article
    • First Place, 2020 MSOM Award for Responsible Research in Operations Management
    • First Place, 2020 POMS Sustainable Operations Student Paper Competition
    • People's Choice Award, 2020 Early Career Sustainable OM Workshop
    • Preliminary version in 2019 Sustainable Operations SIG Conference
  • Economically Motivated Adulteration in Farming Supply Chains (with R Levi and Y Zheng), Management Science, vol. 66, no. 1 (2020): 209-226 article
    • Preliminary version in joint session for 2018 Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Operations SIG Conference
  • Predicting Bike Usage for New York City's Bike Sharing System (with D Singhvi, P Frazier, S Henderson, E Mahony, D Shmoys and D Woodard), AAAI Workshop on Computational Sustainability (2015). article
In Progress
  • Influence Maximization in Rural Networks (with R Levi, X Liu and Y Zheng)
  • Improving Cash Constrained Smallholder Farmers' Welfare: The Role of Government Storage and Loan Policies (with W Pay and Y Zheng)
Honors and Awards
  • 2020 - First Place, INFORMS Public Sector Operations Research Best Paper Award
  • 2020 - First Place, MSOM Award for Responsible Research in Operations Management
  • 2020 - First Place, POMS Behavioral OM Junior Scholar Paper Competition
  • 2020 - First Place, POMS Sustainable Operations Student Paper Competition
  • 2020 - First Place, POMS Supply Chain Management Student Paper Competition
  • 2020 - People's Choice Award, Early Career Sustainable OM Workshop
  • 2020 - Finalist, POMS Applied Research Challenge
  • 2019 - First Place, INFORMS Doing Good With Good OR Competition
  • 2019 - First Place, POMS College of Sustainable Operations Best Student Paper Competition
  • 2017-2019 - Tata Fellowship, Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT
  • 2011-2015 - Tata Scholarship for Students from India, Cornell University