About Dr. Robert Whitehair

Professional Experience
Robert C. Whitehair, Ph.D., has led research and development of Integrated Business Planning (IBP) since the 1980s. In addition, his research involves theoretical and mathematical foundations of artificial intelligence, constraint-oriented reasoning, knowledge-based programming languages, knowledge-based decision support systems, knowledge-based data normalization, predictive analytics, optimization, simulation, and computational linguistics. 

IBP is a formal extension of contemporary economic theory that significantly improves the ability to predict and explain the behavior of micro- and macroeconomic enterprises. Dr. Robert Whitehair has IBP solutions in over 300 commercial engagements in a broad range of industries including, but not limited to:

  • Service Industry Capacity Planning: Banking; Insurance; Consulting
  • Healthcare: Integrated Delivery System & ACO Planning
  • AFP (Active Financial Planning) and Enterprise Performance Management
  • Financial Industry Planning & Optimization
  • DoD Planning solutions: Quadrennial Review; Force Optimization; Recruiting Planning & Optimization; Logistical Planning & Optimization
  • Strategic Enterprise Optimization: Process Industries
  • Manufacturing Optimization: Discrete & Continuous Process Industries
  • Trade Promotion/ Market Mix Optimization: CPG; Automotive
  • Procurement Planning and Optimization: Discrete & Continuous Process Industries
  • Competitive Global Market Analyzer: Grains
  • Cost-to-Serve Optimization, Negotiation, & Planning
  • IT Optimization and Planning
  • Harvest Planning: Sugar Cane/ Sugar Beets; Fruit; Grain
  • Client Life Cycle Management & Optimization
Education

BS, Computer Science, Economics, Statistics and Mathematics, Michigan State University
PhD, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts

Research Papers

Dr. Whitehair's Research Papers

Nearly Monotonic Problems: A Key to Effective FA/C Distributed Sensor Interpretation?

Carver, Norman & Lesser, Victor & Whitehair, Robert. (1996). Nearly Monotonic Problems: A Key to Effective FA/C Distributed Sensor Interpretation?.

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A Methodology for Modeling Sophisticated Problem Solvers

Whitehair, Robert & Lesser, Victor. (1995). A Methodology for Modeling Sophisticated Problem Solvers.

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IDP: A Formalism for Modeling and Analyzing Complex Interpretation Problem Domains

Whitehair, Robert & Lesser, Victor. (1995). IDP: A Formalism for Modeling and Analyzing Complex Interpretation Problem Domains. 

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Focus of Control Through Goal Relationships

Lesser, Victor & Corkill, Daniel & Whitehair, Robert & Hernandez, J.. (1989). Focus of Control Through Goal Relationships.. 497-503. 

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Extending a Blackboard Architecture for Approximate Processing.. Real-Time Systems

Decker, Keith & Lesser, Victor & Whitehair, Robert. (1990). Extending a Blackboard Architecture for Approximate Processing.. Real-Time Systems. 2. 47-79. 10.1007/BF01840466. 

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A Framework for the Analysis of Sophisticated Control in Interpretation Systems.

Whitehair, Robert & Lesser, Victor. (2019). A Framework for the Analysis of Sophisticated Control in Interpretation Systems.

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