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From Manufacturing to Healthcare: Similarities, Differences, and Opportunities


Monday, November 23, 2015 - 1:30pm


Jingshan Li, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Kellogg Room, Elab II



Both manufacturing and healthcare delivery systems have significant importance to economy and society. In recent years, there has been growing interests in healthcare systems research worldwide to improve care quality, safety, and efficiency to achieve better patient outcome. In this talk, we will present lessons we learned and results we obtained during the journey from manufacturing system research to healthcare delivery system study. We will start with a brief overview of Production System Engineering. Then, we will discuss the similarities and differences between production systems and healthcare delivery systems. Next we will briefly describe the recent studies in healthcare delivery systems carried out at the Production and Service Systems Lab in UW Madison. Finally, we plan to address the opportunities, difficulties and challenges in healthcare delivery systems research.



Dr. Jingshan Li received the BS from Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, the MS from Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and PhD in Electrical Engineering – Systems, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1989, 1992 and 2000, respectively. He was with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY from 2006 to 2010, and with Manufacturing Systems Research Lab, General Motors Research & Development Center, Warren, MI from 2000 to 2006. He is now a Professor in Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Li is the co-author of the textbook Production Systems Engineering (with S.M. Meerkov, Springer, 2009; Chinese edition by BIT Press, 2012), and co-editor of multiple book volumes on system science, sustainable production, battery manufacturing and management, and healthcare systems. Up-to-date, he has published more than 70 refereed journal articles, 10 book chapters and 100 peer reviewed conference proceedings. He is the Senior Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation – Letters (RA-L), the Department Editor of IIE Transactions, the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (TASE), International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), International Journal of Automation Technology (IJAT), Flexible Service and Manufacturing (FSM), and was an Associate Editor of Mathematical Problems in Engineering (MPE). He has served as the Lead Guest Editor and Editor of multiple special issues in IEEE TASE, IIE Transactions, IJPR and FSM. He was also the General Co-Chair of 2013 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (Madison, WI). He received the NSF CAREER Award (2010-2015), the 2006 IEEE Early Industry/Government Career Award in Robotics and Automation, and multiple Best Paper Awards from IIE Transactions, IEEE TASE, and many flagship international conferences. His papers have been frequently listed as the most popular articles in IEEE TASE and Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN).

His primary research interests are in design, analysis, improvement and control of production and healthcare delivery systems. His research has been supported by NSF, DOE, NIST, PCORI, industry and healthcare organizations.