Somya Singhvi

Assistant Professor, Data Science and Operations
USC Marshall School of Business
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About

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Data Sciences and Operations at the USC Marshall School of Business. Before joining USC, I was 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.

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

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PhD Thesis

Improving Farmers' and Consumers' Welfare in Agricultural Supply Chains via Data-Driven Analytics and Modeling: From Theory to Practice preprint

  • First Place, 2021 INFORMS George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award
Completed & Working Papers
  • A Path to Resiliency: Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19 on Essential Medicine Supply Chains (with A. McDonnell, E. Pisani K. Chalkidou and P. Yadav), CGD Policy Paper 213 (June 2021). preprint
  • 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, 2021 POMS Applied Research Challenge
    • 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
    • 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), Forthcoming 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
    • 2021 - First Place, INFORMS George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award
    • 2021 - First Place, POMS Applied Research Challenge
    • 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
    • 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