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Houshang Darabi, PhD

Professor, Department Head

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Building & Room:

ERF 2037


842 West Taylor Street, MC 251, Chicago, IL 60607

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Research Interests:

Dr. Darabi’s main research interest is in Data Driven Decision Making (3DM) with applications in healthcare, education, safety, and business systems. Dr. Darabi’s research team focuses on both the theory and applications of 3DM. Data mining, process mining, machine learning, time series, and statistical learning are among various techniques used by Dr. Darabi’s team to build successful and applied decision making models. Dr Darabi’s team has expertise in all stages of 3DM research projects. The stages include 1- collecting, construction, and fusion of large electronic data repositories, 2- data cleansing, imputation, transformation, preprocessing, feature analysis, and visualization, 3- analysis, fact finding, hypothesis testing, and deriving multi-dimensional analytics of system performance, 4- developing and testing predictive models, and 5- constructing dynamic and robust decision making models that calculate the optimal decisions available to system stakeholders based on system’s future state predictions . Students graduating from Dr. Darabi’s research group are usually hired as Data Scientists, Statistical Analyst, Research Analyst, Decision Science Consultant, Operations Research Analyst, and Machine Learning Analyst in fortune 500 companies. For more details please visit our web site.

Notable Honors

2017-18, Award for Excellence in Teaching, UIC


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2000

M.S., Industrial Engineering
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1993

B.S., Industrial Engineering
Iran University of Technology & Science, Iran, 1990