Robert Day, PhD

Associate Professor, OPIM/Business (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My main research focus is in Auction Theory, where I have designed rules for large stakes combinatorial auctions, used primarily in “spectrum auctions” in which international telecommunications authorities allocate electromagnetic bandwidth to communications providers. Over $19 billion in auction revenues have been generated using techniques I helped to develop, with over $8 billion in projects where I directly served as a consultant to a government agency. The mathematical principles of these systems can also be used to allocate nearly anything, and in the two papers cited below I have used Operations Management and Operations Research techniques in applications in Healthcare scheduling.


Vanderbilt University 1999 BA in Economics and Mathematics

University of Maryland 2004 PhD in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation, concentration in Operations Research.

Featured Publications

“Integrated Block Sharing: A Win-Win Strategy for Hospitals and Surgeons,” (w/ R. Garfinkel and S. Thompson), Manufacturing and Service Operations Mgmt, 14(4), Fall 2012, pp. 567-583.

“Improving Patient Flow in a Hospital Through Dynamic Allocation of Cardiac Diagnostic Testing Time Slots,” (w/ M. Dean, R. Garfinkel and S. Thompson), Decision Support Systems, 49(4), November 2010, pp. 463-473.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressSchool of Business
2100 Hillside Road, Unit 1041
Storrs, CT 06269-1041