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Babak Zafari

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: Mathematics, Analytics, Science, and Technology

Bio

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, The George Washington University
  • MS, Bowling Green State University
  • BS, Sharif University of Technology

Academic Interest / Expertise

Machine Learning; Statistical Models for Natural Language Processing; Bayesian Modeling; Healthcare Fraud Analytics; Online Auctions

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 — Faculty Scholarship Award, Babson College
  • 2020 — BFRF Summer Stipend Grant, Babson Faculty Research Fund
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2022

    • QTM 9510 OPTIMIZATION METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
    • MSB 6300 BUSINESS ANALYTICS FIELD PROJECT
    • QTM 3620 OPTIMIZATION METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
  • Degree Courses 2021

    • QTM 7800 BUSINESS ANALYTICS
    • QTM 9510 OPTIMIZATION METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
    • QTM 3620 OPTIMIZATION METHOD
    • QTM 9510 OPTIMIZATION METHOD

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Zafari, B., Ekin, T., Ruggeri, F. (2021). Multicriteria Decision Frontiers for Prescription Anomaly Detection Over Time. Journal of Applied Statistics. link
  • Zafari, B., Soyer, R. (2020). Assessment of Uncertainty in Bid Arrival Times: A Bayesian Mixture Model. Journal of the Operational Research Society. link
  • Zafari, B., Soyer, R. (2019). Modeling First Bid in Retail Secondary Market Online Auctions: A Bayesian Approach. Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry. link
  • Zafari, B., Ekin, T. (2019). Topic Modelling for Medical Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series C: Applied Statistics). link
  • Carey, J.C., Kroeger, K., Zafari, B., Tang, J.J. (2018). Passive experimental warming decouples air and sediment temperatures in a salt marsh. . Limnology and Oceanography Methods. link

Book Chapters

  • Zafari, B., Kettunen, J. (2017). Bayesian Methods in Project Management. Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. link

Conference Proceedings

  • Macedo, P., Zafari, B., Araia, S. (2016). Medicare Fraud Analytics using Cluster Analysis. SAS Global Forum. link

Presentations

  • Bayesian Sequential Learning and Decision Making in Bike-Sharing Systems Zafari, B. INFORMS Annual Meeting, Virtual (Anaheim, CA) (2021)
  • Multicriteria Decision Frontiers for Prescription Anomaly Detection Over Time Zafari, B. ISI World Statistics Congress, Virtual (2021)
  • Natural Language Processing Models for Medical Prescription Anomaly Detection Zafari, B. INSPER Academic Seminars on Data Science and Decisions, São Paulo, Brazil (virtual) (2021)
  • Multicriteria Decision Frontiers for Prescription Anomaly Detection Over Time Zafari, B. Ekin, T. Ruggeri, F. INFORMS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (virtual) (2020)
  • Natural Language Processing Models for Anomaly Detection – A Case of Medical Data Zafari, B. INFORMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (2019)
  • Using Natural Language Processing Models for Analyzing Healthcare Data Zafari, B. Annual Conference of European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS) , Budapest, Hungary (2019)
  • Using Natural Language Processing Models for Analyzing Healthcare Data Zafari, B. The sixth symposium on Games and Decisions in Reliability and Risk (GDRR), Washington, DC (2019)
  • Topic Modeling for Medical Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection Zafari, B. Babson Research Day, Babson College (2019)
  • Topic Modelling for Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection Zafari, B. , . 13th INFORMS Data Mining and Decision Analytics Workshop, Phoenix, AZ (2018)
  • A Bayesian Forecasting Model of Electric Outages - Zafari, B. Novoa, L. Vojvodic, G. Soyer, R. INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (2018)
  • Topic Modelling for Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection - Zafari, B. Ekin, T. University of New Hampshire Paul College of Business and Economics - Bayesian Data Science Seminar Series, Durham, NH (2018)
  • The Accidental Chill: A ‘warming’ experiment that cooled a salt marsh. Carey, J. Kroeger, K. Zafari, B. Tang, J. Babson Research Day, Babson College (2018)
  • Structural Topic Model for Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection - Zafari, B. Ekin, T. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, Houston, TX (2017)
  • Modeling First Bid in Retail Secondary Market Online Auctions - Zafari, B. Soyer, R. The 34th Quality and Productivity Research Conference, Storrs, CT (2017)
  • Medicare Fraud Analytics using Cluster Analysis - Zafari, B. Macedo, P. Araia, S. SAS Global Forum, Las Vegas, NV (2016)
  • Time of the First Bid: A Bayesian Mixture Modeling Approach - Zafari, B. 4th Symposium on Games and Decisions in Reliability and Risk, Istanbul, Turkey (2015)
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Professional Services

  • Executive Committee Member - International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS) (2021 - Present)

Department & College Wide Services

  • Graduate Academic Policy Committee (Fall 2021 - Summer 2022)
  • Honors Council (Fall 2018 - Spring 2021)