Click for video of Nelson teaching queueing Barry L. Nelson
Walter P. Murphy Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road, Room M326
Evanston, IL 60208-3119
Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Lancaster University Management School

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Research and Teaching Interests

Nelson studies the design and analysis of computer simulation experiments, particularly issues of statistical efficiency (such as variance-reduction techniques), multivariate output analysis (such as multiple-comparison procedures and simulation optimization), model risk (such as uncertainty quantification due to input modeling), input modeling (such as modeling and generation of nonstationary arrival processes and frequentist model averaging), metamodeling (such as stochastic kriging) and simulation analytics (such as virtual statistics). His application areas include financial engineering, computer performance modeling, quality control, manufacturing and transportation systems. He is a Fellow of INFORMS and IISE, and received the 2019 IISE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award.

Nelson teaches courses on computer simulation and statistical learning. He was named McCormick teacher of the year in 1998 and 2007, was elected to the 2002, 2003 and 2007 ASG Faculty Honor Rolls, received the 2003 Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, was given the 2004 IISE Operations Research Division Award and the 2019 Modeling and Simulation Division Award for Excellence in the Teaching, and was a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence.



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Publications and Books

Ranking & Selection, Multiple Comparisons
Variance Reduction
Input Modeling and Input Uncertainty
Optimization via Simulation
Output Analysis
Other Topics
Working Papers


Click here to download FMAdist, an R package for creating simulation input models via frequentist model averaging.

Click here to download sensitivity, an R package for global sensitivity analysis that contains our work on Shapley effects.

Click here to download Industrial Strength Compass software for optimization via simulation.

Click here to download ARTAFACTS and ARTAGEN software for time series input modeling.

Click here to download VARTA software for multivariate time series input modeling.

Click here to download Maple procedures to analyze Ph(t)/Ph(t)/Infinity queues.

Course Taught

Short Courses

last update 11/22/2020