Current Research, Academic Interests or Areas of Expertise
- Business Analytics
- Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Geographic Information Systems in Logistics
- Geographic Information Systems in Operations Research
- Geographic Information Systems Infusion in Business School Curricula
Description of Research
My current research endeavors are collaborative and hence inter-disciplinary. I am collaborating with colleagues in Information Systems and Strategy to develop a conceptual framework for success in business analytics – the paradigm of fact and data driven decision-making. I am also collaborating with colleagues across various disciplines to understand the (a) facilitators and inhibitors of geographic information systems (GIS) infusion in business school curricula, and the (b) contribution of GIS in facilitating the solution of complex large-scale problems in vehicle routing and site location. This is an outcome of my research background in modeling movement and resultant congestion in the context of site location. Presently, I am also investigating the “demographics” of the warehousing and transportation industry in southern California.
My research articles have been published in journals such as Journal of Geographical Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Computers and Operations Research, and IIE Transactions.
My Ph.D. (2004) and M.S. (2002) are in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York. Teaching opportunities at UB sowed in me a passion for teaching. I am a recipient of the Faculty Review Committee Award for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Redlands in 2009.
Courses Taught at Redlands
- MGMT 650 Management Science and Decision Analysis
- MGMT 661 Decision Making
- BUSB 370 Managing Quality and Operations
- BAMG 232 Data Analysis and Decision Making for Managers
- B.E., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India
- M.S., The State University of New York at Buffalo
- Ph.D., The State University of New York at Buffalo
Previous Teaching Experience
- Taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in Industrial Engineering as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Department at the University of Toledo (2004-05)
- University of Redlands Faculty Review Committee Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2009.
- University of Redlands School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008.
- Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award, conferred by the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association, SUNY at Buffalo, 2003-04.
Significant Publications and Presentations
Sarkar, A., Batta, R., & Nagi, R. (2009). Finding Rectilinear Least Cost Paths in the Presence of Convex Polygonal Congested Regions. Computers and Operations Research, 36, 737-754.
Kaboudan, M., & Sarkar, A. (2008). Forecasting Prices of Single Family Homes Using GIS-Defined Neighborhoods. Journal of Geographical Systems, 10 (1), 23-45.
Sarkar, A., Batta, R., & Nagi, R. (2007). Placing a Finite Size Facility with a Center Objective on a Rectilinear Plane with Barriers. European Journal of Operational Research, 179 (3), 1160-1176.
Sarkar, A., Batta, R., & Nagi, R. (2005). Planar Area Location/Layout Problem in the Presence of Generalized Congested Regions with the Rectilinear Distance Metric. IIE Transactions, 37 (1), 35-50.
Sarkar, A., Batta, R., & Nagi, R. (2004). Commentary on Facility Location in the Presence of Congested Regions under the Rectilinear Distance Metric. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 38 (4), 291-306.
Publications in Books
H. Ramakrishna, A. Sarkar, J. Bachani, “Business Analytics Success: A Conceptual Framework and an application to Virtual Organizing”, a refereed chapter in C. Camison, D. Palacios, F. Garrigos, & C. Devece (Eds.), Connectivity and Knowledge Management in Virtual Organizations: Networking and Developing Interactive Communications (pp. 222-254). Hershey PA, 2009: Information Science Reference.
H. Ramakrishna, A. Sarkar, “Vehicle Routing Problems: Does GIS Add Value?”, INFORMS Annual Meeting (in the Vehicle Routing cluster), San Diego CA, October 2009.
A. Sarkar, R. Greene, “Trade Area Analysis for a Hispanic Bridal Magazine”, Business Educators Track, ESRI Business GIS Summit, San Diego CA, 2009.
A. Sarkar, S. Thosar, “Spatial Characteristics of IPO Firms”, Business Educators Track, ESRI Business GIS Summit, San Diego CA, 2009.
A. Sarkar, “A Survey of GIS Applications in Operations Research”, 38th Annual Meeting of the Western Decision Sciences Institute, Kauai HI, 2009.
H. Ramakrishna, A. Sarkar, B. Vijayaraman, “Infusion of spatial analysis and GIS in business school curriculum: A status report”, 39th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (in the Curriculum and Course Management track), Baltimore MD, November 2008.
A. Sarkar, “Spatial Analysis in Management Science and Operations Management”, ESRI Business GIS Summit, Chicago IL, April 2008.
M. Kaboudan, A. Sarkar, “A GIS Framework to Forecast Residential Home Prices”, 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Real Estate Society, San Francisco CA, March 2007.
A. Sarkar, R. Batta, R. Nagi, “Finding Rectilinear Least Cost Paths with Convex Polygonal Congested Regions”, invited (Location Modeling session sponsored by Location Analysis cluster) presentation in the INFORMS Fall 2004 Conference, Denver CO, October 2004.
A. Sarkar, R. Batta, R. Nagi, “The Planar Area Location/Layout Problem”, 13th Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Houston TX, May 2004.
A. Sarkar, R. Batta, R. Nagi, “Planar Area Location/Placement in the Presence of Generalized Congested Regions”, invited (Location Modeling session sponsored by Location Planning cluster) presentation in the INFORMS Fall 2003 Conference, Atlanta GA, October 2003.
A. Sarkar, R. Batta, R. Nagi, “Placement of a Finite-sized Center Facility in the Presence of Barriers to Rectilinear Travel”, 12th Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Portland OR, May 2003.
A. Sarkar, R. Batta, R. Nagi, “Facility Location in the Presence of Congested Regions”, invited (sponsored by Facilities Planning and Design/Manufacturing Systems cluster) presentation in the INFORMS Fall 2002 Conference, San Jose CA, November 2002.
A. Sarkar, R. Batta, R. Nagi, “Facility Location/Placement in the Presence of Congested Regions”, 11th Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Orlando FL, May 2002.
- Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
- I am officially not a part of Redlands Institute but collaborated with RI extensively in 2008-09.