Faculty Profile for Dr. Tahir Ekin

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Dr. Tahir Ekin
Associate Professor — CIS & Quantitative Methods
MCOY 451
phone: (512) 245-3297

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Tahir Ekin is Steven R. “Steve” Gregg Excellence Endowed Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in McCoy College of Business and Presidential Fellow at Texas State University. His teaching experience include the areas of statistics, optimization, data mining and analytics. His areas of expertise include statistical and analytical applications in health care fraud assessment and decision modeling under uncertainty.

His book on health care fraud analytics titled “Statistics and Health Care Fraud: How to Save Billions" has been published by ASA-CRC Series on Statistical Reasoning in Science and Society. His scholar work has appeared in a variety of academic journals including European Journal of Operational Research, Annals of Operations Research, International Statistical Review, The American Statistician, and JRSS Series C. His research has been funded more than $1M by federal, state and private agencies and foundations including National Science Foundation, Air Force Scientific Office of Research, Texas Health and Human Services, and BBVA Foundation. It has been recognized by awards from external organizations including International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS), American Statistical Association (ASA), Statistical Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), University of Cagliari, American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, and MITRE. He was awarded the 2016-2018 Brandon Dee Roberts Endowed Professorship, 2018 and 2020 Presidential Distinction Awards for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity.

Prior to Texas State University, he was teaching at GWU School of Business and working as a statistician at Integrated Management Services. He has been involved in developing solutions for practical problems using tools of Operations Research and Statistics in diverse areas as financial risk management, demand management, health care fraud detection, supply chain management and manufacturing for companies including IFC (World Bank), Carlsberg and P&G.

He holds a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey. He is an elected member of International Statistical Institute, and serves in Texas State University’s President Cabinet as 2021-2023 Presidential Fellow. Please see his personal website, www.tahirekin.com for details.

Teaching Interests

Business Statistics, Business analytics, Data mining, Stochastic Optimization, Bayesian statistics

Research Interests

Stochastic modeling, Bayesian statistics, stochastic optimization, resource allocation, health care fraud assessment , operations and portfolio management, Bayesian data mining, simulation

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Ekin, T., & Aktekin, T. (2021). Decision Making under Uncertain and Dependent System Rates in Service Systems. European Journal of Operational Research, 291(1), 335–348.
  • Zafari, B., & Ekin, T. (2019). Topic Modelling for Medical Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C, 68, 751–769.
  • Ekin, T. (2019). Statistics and Health Care Fraud: How to Save Billions. ASA-CRC Series on Statistical Reasoning in Science and Society. Retrieved from https://www.crcpress.com/Statistics-and-Health-Care-Fraud-How-to-Save-Billions/Ekin/p/book/9781138197428
  • Ekin, T., & Lakomski, G. R. (2021). Risk based Payment Integrity Evaluation. In Proceedings of 2020 International Conference on Data Analytics for Business and Industry: Way Towards a Sustainable Economy (ICDABI) (pp. 1–6). Sakheer, Bahrain: IEEE. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1109/ICDABI51230.2020.9325603
  • Ekin, T., Puggioni, G., & Canas Rodrigues, P. (2021). Foreword: Special issue of ASMBI for y‐BIS 2019: Recent Advances in Business Analytics and Data Science. Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, 37(2), 157–158.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Steven R. “Steve” Gregg Excellence Endowed Professorship, Texas State University McCoy College of Business. January 1, 2022 - December 2024
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 Texas State University Presidential Distinction Award in Scholar/Creative Activities, Texas State University. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2018 Texas State University Presidential Distinction Award in Scholar/Creative Activities, Texas State University. August 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: International Statistical Institute Elected Member. 2019 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State University Presidential Research Leave Award. September 2019 - May 2020

Selected Grants

  • Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), , Bing Zhou (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Co-Principal), Ekin, Tahir (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Konur, Dincer (Supporting), Alanis, Emmanuel (Supporting), Zihagh, Fereshteh (Supporting), Dong, Zhijie (Co-Principal), Shen, Xiaoxi (Supporting), De Nadai, Alessandro Stevens (Supporting), Zhu, Ye (Co-Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Supporting), White, Alexander (Supporting), Dolezel, Diane M (Supporting), Ioudina, Vera (Supporting), Islam, Tanzima Z (Supporting), Lee, Chul Ho (Supporting), Metsis, Vangelis (Supporting), Moradi, Masoud (Supporting), Gao, Ju (Supporting), Li-Jen, Lester (Supporting), Jones, Dustin (Supporting), Pham, Vung (Supporting), Holt, Melinda (Supporting), Kyung An, Min (Supporting), Islam, ABM (Supporting), Cho, Hyuk (Supporting), Liu, Quigzhoung (Supporting), Liang, Fan (Supporting), Topinka, Joseph Baar (Supporting). The Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value for the Texas Innovation Corridor (TIC) Consortium Grant, THECB, State, $1450000. (Submitted: November 2021, Funded: February 2022 - October 2022). Grant.
  • Ekin, Tahir. Adversarial Machine Learning for Disinformation Detection, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 2020, Funded: December 2020 - May 2022). Grant.
  • Rios Insua, David (Principal), Ekin, Tahir (Supporting). Adversarial Machine Learning: Methods, Computations and Applications to Malware, Fake News and Autonomous Vehicles, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $110000. (Submitted: October 2019, Funded: March 2020 - Present). Grant.
  • Feng, Li (Supporting), Chen, Xiao (Principal), Ekin, Tahir (Supporting), Musal, Rasim (Supporting). Enabling and Improving Data-Driven Research at Texas State University, National Science Foundation, Federal, $499896.00. (Funded: October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2017). Grant.
  • Ekin, Tahir (Principal). New Faculty Startup Fund, Texas State University Library, Texas State University, $700. (Submitted: September 20, 2012, Funded: October 2012). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

University Planning Background Brief for Research, Creativity, and Discovery
February 2022-Present
TXSTNEXT Advancement “Student Enrichment Programs”
December 2021-Present
Compliance Executive Committee
November 2021-Present
CIEDAR Faculty Working Group
October 2021-Present
President's Cabinet
September 2021-Present