Research Focus and Scope

While LASCA aims to address the world’s dynamic and evolving challenges and opportunities, its current research focuses on the following streams of applications:

  • Managing Pandemic Supply Chains
  • Climate-Smart Food and Agriculture Supply Chains
  • Innovative Decision-Support for Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chains with New Technologies: e.g., drones, blockchain, sensors, internet-of-things (IoT) and digital twin
  • Urban and Indoor/Vertical farming
  • Improve the Inland Waterway System and the Use of Mississippi River

From the methodology perspective, LASCA is interested in addressing and tackling the following challenges and opportunities in Optimization, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their interfaces with behavioral and social sciences:

  • Large-scale combinatorial optimization and stochastic optimization
  • Innovative ways to combine techniques in optimization, statistics, simulation and machine learning to solve large-scale Markov decision process (MDP) models, also known as stochastic dynamic programs
  • The human dimension of Analytics and AI: how behavioral science helps inform modeling through feedback of human acceptance/resistance to certain supply chain models

Research Sponsors

University of Missouri Research Board, (2010-2011; 2013-2014; 2014-2015)


HP Labs, (2010-2013)


U.S. Army Research Office, (2010-2013)


ASCM, (2019-2022)


Express Scripts Inc., (2019-2021)


International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC)
, 2020



Ameren Corporation, (2020-2022)


Missouri Agricultural Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA)
, 2021-2022