Research Interests: Modeling and optimization of complex systems using exact solution methods and metaheuristic techniques such as Tabu Search, Genetic Algorithms, and Ant Colony Approaches. Primary application areas are facility layout, reliability and network design. Other research interests consist of women participation in Information Science and Engineering, and Teaching and Learning with Virtual Teams.
External Research Grants
A Modular Assessment Framework for Professional Skills Using A Model of Domain Learning Approach, National
Science Foundation (NSF) (DUE 1141001), Principal Investigator, $199,566, May 2012April 2015.
Exploration of a Collaborative Virtual Computer Laboratory (CVCLAB) to Enhance Distance Learning in Information Security, NSF (DUE 1044800), coPrincipal Investigator, $154,151, October 2011Sepember 2013.
Internationalizing
Entrepreneurship Education Program (IEEP), (proposal
#717509), National Collegiate
Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Course and Program Grant,
Principal Investigator, $31,700, July 2010August 2014.
Exploration
of the Effects of Race, Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Class on Gender
Stereotyping of STEM Disciplines, NSF, Research Opportunities Award
(ROA), coPrincipal Investigator, $38,050, April 2009August 2013.
Collaborative
Research: Enhancing Learning Experiences in Partially Distributed
Teams,
CCLI Phase I, NSF (DUE 0736981),
coPrincipal Investigator, $115,055, January 2008December 2009.
Refereed Journal Articles
KulturelKonak, S., Konak, A., Okudan Kremer, G., and Esparragoza, I. (2014 accepted). "Professional Skills Assessment: Is A Model of Domain Learning Framework Appropriate?" International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education.
KulturelKonak,
S. and Konak,
A. (2014 published online). "A Large Scale Hybrid Simulated Annealing Algorithm for Cyclic Facility Layout Problem," Engineering Optimization, DOI: 10.1080/0305215X.2014.933825.
Liang, Y.C., KulturelKonak,
S., and Lo, M.H. (2013). "A MultipleLevel Variable Neighborhood Search Approach to the Orienteering Problem," Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering, 30(4), 238247.
KulturelKonak,
S. and Konak,
A. (2013). "Linear Programming Based Genetic Algorithm for the Unequal Area Facility Layout Problem," International Journal of Production
Research, 51(14), 43024324.
Ulutas, B.H. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2013). "Assessing Hypermutation Operators of Clonal Selection Algorithm for the Unequal Area Facility Layout Problem," Engineering Optimization, 45(3), 375395.
KulturelKonak,
S. (2012). "A Linear Programming Embedded Probabilistic Tabu Search for the UnequalArea Facility Layout Problem with Flexible Bays," European Journal of Operational
Research, 223, 614625.
Ulutas, B.H. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2012). "An Artificial Immune System Based Algorithm to Solve Unequal Area Facility Layout Problem," Expert Systems with Applications, 39, 53845395.
Konak, A.,KulturelKonak,
S., Levitin, G. (2012). "Multiobjective Optimization of Linear Multistate Sliding Window System," Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 98, 2434.
Ulutas, B.H. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2011). "A Review of Clonal Selection Algorithm and Its Applications," Artificial Intelligence Review, 36(2), 117138.
KulturelKonak,
S. and Konak,
A. (2011). "A New Relaxed Flexible Bay Structure Representation and Particle Swarm Optimization for the Unequal Area Facility Layout Problem," Engineering Optimization, 43(12), 12631287.
Konak, A. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2011). "Reliable Server Assignment in Networks using
Nature Inspired Metaheuristics," IEEE
Transactions on Reliability, 60(2), 381393.
KulturelKonak,
S. and Konak,
A. (2011). "Unequal Area Flexible Bay Facility Layout using Ant Colony
Optimization," International Journal of Production
Research, 49(7), 18771902.
KulturelKonak,
S., D'Allegro, M.L., and Dickinson, S. (2011). "Review of Gender Differences in Learning Styles: Suggestions for STEM Education," Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 4(3), 918.
Kulturel
Konak, S.,
Maurer, C.R., and Lohin, D.L. (2010). "Teaching Students How to Effectively
Work in Virtual Teams," International
Journal of Information Technology Project Management,
1(2), 6178.
RamirezMarquez,
J.E., Kulturel
Konak, S., and Sanseverino, C.M.R. (2010). "Probabilistic
Solution Discovery Algorithm for the Orienteering Problem," International Journal of
Industrial and Systems Engineering, 6(1), 4561.
Konak,
A., KulturelKonak,
S., and Azizoglu, M. (2008). "Minimizing the Number of Tool
Switching Instants in Flexible Manufacturing Systems," International Journal of
Production Economics, 2008, 116, 298307.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Coit D.W., and Baheranwala F. (2008). "Pruned ParetoOptimal Front to the
MultiObjective System Redundancy Allocation Problem," Journal of Heuristics,
14(4), 335357.
Konak,
A. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2007). "Ant Colony Optimization for the Minimization of
the Number of Tool Switching Instants in Flexible Manufacturing
Systems," International
Journal of Information Technology and Intelligent Computing, 2(2).
KulturelKonak,
S.,
(2007). "Approaches to Uncertainties in the Facility Layout Problems: Perspectives
at the Beginning of the 21st Century," Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 18(2), 273284.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Smith, A.E., and Norman, B.A., (2007). "BiObjective Facility Expansion and
Relayout Considering Monuments," IIE Transactions, 39(7),
747761.
Scheubrein,
R. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2006). "An Electronic Teaching Assistant for Basic
Operations Management Methods," INFORMS
Transactions on Education Special Issue on the Effective
Use of Software in the MS/OR Classroom, 7(1).
Konak,
A., KulturelKonak,
S., Norman, B.A., and Smith, A.E. (2006). "A New Mixed
Integer Programming Formulation for Facility Layout Problem," Operations Research Letters,
34, 660672.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Smith, A.E., and Norman, B.A. (2006). "MultiObjective Tabu Search Using a
Multinomial Probability Mass Function," European Journal of Operational
Research, 169(3), 915931.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Smith, A.E., and Norman, B.A. (2004). "Layout Optimization Considering
Production Uncertainty and Routing Flexibility," International Journal of
Production Research, 42(21), 44754493.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Norman, B.A., Coit, D.W., and Smith, A.E. (2004). "Exploiting Tabu Search
Memory in Constrained Problems,"
INFORMS Journal on Computing, 16(3), 241254.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Smith, A.E., and Coit, D.W. (2003). "Efficiently Solving the Redundancy Allocation
Problem Using Tabu Search,"
IIE Transactions, 35(6), 515526.
Konak,
A., KulturelKonak,
S., Smith, A.E., and Nettleship, I. (2003). "Estimation of
Shrinkage for Near NetShape Using a Neural Network Approach," Journal of Intelligent
Manufacturing, 14(2), 219228.
Kulturel,
S., Ozdemirel, N.E., Sepil, C., and Bozkurt, Z. (1999). "Experimental
Investigation of Shared Storage Assignment Policies in Automated
Storage/Retrieval Systems," IIE
Transactions, 31(8), 739749.
Refereed Proceedings Articles
KulturelKonak, S. and Konak, A. (2015) “A Simulated Annealing Algorithm with a Dynamic Temperature Schedule for the Cyclic Facility Layout Problem,” Proceedings of 2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference, Richmond, Virginia January 1113, 2015, 200211.
Esparragoza, I.KulturelKonak, S., Konak, A., and Okudan Kremer, G. (2014) "A Tool for Assessing Ethical Awareness and Reasoning Development of Engineering Students," Proceedings of the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), Dubai, UAE, December 36, 2014, 768770.
KulturelKonak, S., Konak, A., Okudan Kremer, G., and Esparragoza, I. (2014) “Using A Modular Assessment Framework for Assessing Professional Skills,” Proceedings of ASEE MidAtlantic Section Fall 2014 Conference, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, November 1415, 2014, 18.
Konak, A., Ryoo, J. and KulturelKonak, S. (2014) “Student Perceptions of a Handson Delivery Model for Asynchronous Online Courses in Information Security,” Proceedings of ASEE MidAtlantic Section Fall 2014 Conference, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, November 1415, 2014, 17.
KulturelKonak, S. and Konak, A., Okudan Kremer, G., Esparragoza, I., and Yoder, G. (2014) "Peer Evaluation & Assessment Resource (PEAR) to Assess Students’ Professional Skills," Proceedings of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, 18, Montreal, Canada. (The Best Paper of the Engineering Education Track)
Cioffi, N., KulturelKonak, S. and Konak, A. (2014) "Anything is Possible Teaching Entrepreneurship in an Interactive K12 Workshop," Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, 15, Princeton, NJ.
Vance, K., KulturelKonak, S. and Konak, A. (2014) " Assessing Teamwork Skills and Knowledge," Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, 15, Princeton, NJ.
KulturelKonak, S. (2013) "Relaxed Flexible Bay Structure in the Unequeal Area Facility Layout Problem," Proceedings of the IIE Asian 2013 Conference, 15631570, Taipei, Taiwan.
KulturelKonak, S. and Konak, A., Esparragoza, I., and Okudan Kremer, G. (2013) "Assessing Professional Skills in STEM Disciplines," Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, 14, Princeton, NJ.
KulturelKonak, S. and Trauth,
E.M. (2012). "Information Systems and Technology Education in the USA: Perspectives from Community Colleges." Proceedings of the AMCIS 2012 Conference, Seattle, WA,
Paper 6, 110.
KulturelKonak, S. and Konak, A. (2011). "Ant Colony Optimization for the UnequalArea Facility Layout Problem," Proceedings of International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications 2011, 273277, University PARISEST Créteil (UPEC), Paris, France.
Konak, A. and KulturelKonak, S. (2011). "A Clonal Selection Algorithm to Investigate Diverse Solutions for the Reliable Server Assignment Problem," Proceedings of International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications 2011, 156161, University PARISEST Créteil (UPEC), Paris, France.
Joshi, K. D., Kvasny, L., McPherson, S., Trauth, E.M., KulturelKonak, S., and Mahar, J. (2010). "Choosing IT as a Career: Exploring the Role of SelfEfficacy and Perceived Importance of IT Skills," Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems 2010, St. Louis, MO, 154162.
KulturelKonak,
S. and Konak, A. (2010). "Simulation Optimization Embedded
Particle Swarm Optimization for Reliable Server Assignment," Proceedings of the 2010 Winter
Simulation Conference, Baltimore, MD, 28972906.
Trauth,
E.M., Joshi, K. D., Kvasny, L., Chong, J., KulturelKonak, S., and Mahar, J. (2010). "Millennials and
Masculinity: A Shifting Tide of Gender Typing of ICT?". Proceedings of the AMCIS 2010 Conference, Lima, Peru,
Paper 73, 19.
Esqueda, P.D., Ogden, D., and KulturelKonak, S. (2010). "Importance of Flexibility in Reaching Consensus: A Case of Real Estate Negotiation, Proceedings of the 2010 BALAS Conference
, Barcelona, Spain, 117.
Konak,
A. and
KulturelKonak,
S. (2009) "An Integrated Genetic Algorithm and Integer
Programming Approach to the Network Design Problem with Relays," Proceedings of the 2009
Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Constraint Programming for
Combinatorial Optimization Problems Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 325.
KulturelKonak,
S.
and Konak, A. (2008). "Reliable Network Server Assignment using an Ant Colony
Approach,"
Proceedings of ESREL 2008 Annual Conference of European Safety and
Reliability Association (ESRA) and Society for Risk Analysis Europe (SRAE) , Valencia, Spain, 26572663.
Dallard,
H., Lam, S., and KulturelKonak,
S. (2007). "Solving the Orienteering Problem Using Attractive and
Repulsive Particle Swarm Optimization," Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International
Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, Las Vegas,
NV, 1217.
KulturelKonak,
S.
and Coit, D.W. (2007). "Determination of Pruned Pareto Sets for the
MultiObjective System Redundancy Allocation Problem," Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE
Symposium on Computational Intelligence in MultiCriteria DecisionMaking,
Honolulu, HI, 390394.
Konak,
A. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2007). "An Ant Colony Optimization Approach to the Minimum Tool
Switching Instant Problem in Flexible Manufacturing System," Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE
Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Scheduling,
Honolulu, HI, 4348.
Lam,
S., Dallard, H., and KulturelKonak,
S. (2006). "A Particle Swarm Optimization Approach for Solving
Orienteering Problem,"
Proceedings of the IERC2006, Orlando, FL, 16.
Konak,
A. and KulturelKonak,
S. (2005). "Simulation Optimization with Tabu Search: An Empirical
Study,"
Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference,
Orlando, FL, 26862692.
KulturelKonak,
S., Sayin, E., and Alpay, N. (2005). "A Collaborative Teamwork Experience
Between Industrial Engineering Students of the Middle East Technical
University and Business Administration Students of the Pennsylvania State
University,"
Proceedings of the 2005 International SEFI Conference,
Ankara, Turkey, 372379.
Konak,
A., Smith, A.E., and Kulturel Konak, S. (2004). "New Event Driven Sampling
Techniques for Network Reliability Estimation," Proceedings of the 2004
Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC, 224231.
Liang,
Y.C., KulturelKonak,
S., and Smith, A.E. (2002). "Metaheuristics for the
Orienteering Problem," Proceedings
of the 2002 Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Honolulu,
HI, 384389.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Konak, A., and Smith, A.E. (2000). "Minimum Cost 2EdgeConnected Steiner
Graphs in Rectilinear Space: An Evolutionary Approach," Proceedings of the 2000
Congress on Evolutionary Computation, San Diego, CA, 97103.
Book Sections
Kulturel
Konak, S.,
Maurer, C.R., and Lohin, D.L. (2012). "Teaching Students How to Effectively
Work in Virtual Teams," ed. Wang, J. Project Management Techniques and Innovations in Information Technology, 127144, IGI Global, Montclair State University, USA.
Konak,
A., KulturelKonak,
S., and Smith, A.E. (2009). "TwoEdge Disjoint Survivable
Network Design Problem with Relays," eds. Chinneck, J.W.,
Kristjansson, B., and Saltzman, M. Operations Research and
CyberInfrastructure, Operations
Research/Computer Science Interfaces Series 47,
279292, Springer, New York, USA.
KulturelKonak,
S.
and Konak, A. (2008). "A Local Search Hybrid Genetic Algorithm Approach to
the Network Design Problem with Relay Stations," eds. Golden, B.,
Raghavan, S., and Wasil, E. Telecommunications
Modeling, Policy and Technology, 311324, Springer,
New York, USA.
KulturelKonak,
S.,
Konak, A., and Coit, D.W. (2006). "Multiobjective Metaheuristic Approaches to
Reliability Optimization," ed. Levitin, G. Computational Intelligence in
Reliability Engineering: Evolutionary Techniques in Reliability Analysis
and Optimization, Studies in Computational Intelligence
39, 3762, Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg.
Dengiz,
O., Konak, A., KulturelKonak,
S., Smith, A.E., and Nettleship,I. (2002). "Neural Computing
Approach to Shape Change Estimation in Hot Isostatic Pressing,"ed.
Parmee, I.C. Adaptive
Computing in Design and Manufacture V,
SpringerVerlang, London.
Visiting Scholars
Dr. Berna
Ulutas, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, Osmangazi
University, Ankara, Turkey. May 2009May 2010 (funded by the TUBITAK,
Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey). " Artificial
Immune Systems Applied to Facility Layout Problems."
