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Prachi Shah is a Ph.D. student in Operations Research at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She received B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Her research interests includes discrete and combinatorial optimization, in particular the theory and algorithms that help solve large-scale problems in these domain. Her on-going research involves applying machine learning as a heuristic to improve branching decisions in the branch-and-bound algorithm.