University of Southern California

Data Sciences & Operations (DSO)

DSO research examines how systems and activities need to be designed to manage the flow of goods, services and knowledge assets in firms. This field is ever more critical as constant and rapid changes in disruptive technologies, along with globalization, offer innovative ways to source new products and services. Our doctoral program aims to train students and help them in their quest for original and impactful research in these areas.

Operations Management

  • Research areas:
  • ·· Supply chain management
    ·· Service management
    ·· Revenue management and dynamic pricing
    ·· Sourcing and strategic procurement
    ·· Sustainable operations
    ·· E-commerce and online markets
  • Methodologies
  • ·· Inventory theory
    ·· Game theory
    ·· Optimization (linear, non-linear, combinatorial)
    ·· Queuing theory
    ·· Stochastic processes/Applied probability

Business Statistics

  • High-dimensional regression analysis
  • High-dimensional covariance
  • Functional data analysis
  • Non-linear regression
  • Applications of statistics in marketing and finance

Collegial, Supportive and Expansive

The DSO Ph.D. program is research-focused, collegial, supportive and highly interactive. Ph.D. students are viewed as “junior colleagues” and are encouraged to become involved in academic research with faculty early in their doctoral studies through the following programs and initiatives:

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio coupled with the faculty’s “open-door” policy leading to frequent and meaningful collaborations
  • Presentations by invited faculty from around the world
  • Internal brown-bag seminars and colloquia with other research-oriented universities in Southern California

Faculty webpages can be found at

Faculty Coordinator

Greys Sosic, Associate Professor of DSO.

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Learn more about data science & operations program requirements, research, placements, and students.

Marshall Spotlight

Vasiliki Kostami

"So many faculty are actively involved in research, you can investigate any area within IOM. Whatever you want to study, you will find someone to work with you, and the range of coursework and students strengthens your weaknesses. With my research experience and the help of my advisors, I had enough samples of work to convince potential employers of my research abilities."

—Vasiliki Kostami, Assistant Professor of Management Science and Operations, London Business School