Boeing Speaker Series Event – Speaker #2

Title: Boeing AnalytX: Toward a Future with No Surprises

Speaker: Stefan Karisch

Date: Thu, Dec 6, 2018, 2018 at 4:00-5:00 PM PST

Location:  Webex (see details below):

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Meeting number: 899 860 764
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Speaker Bio:

As director of Analytics, Stefan Karisch is responsible for the development and application of data analytics capabilities to improve decision making across Boeing Global Services and enhance the experience of Boeing customers globally. Stefan began his career in 1998 with Carmen Systems, which was purchased in 2006 by Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary. He has worked in a variety of commercial and technical leadership roles for Carmen Systems, Jeppesen, and Boeing in Gothenburg (Sweden), Montreal (Canada), Denver, and now Seattle. Prior to his career in industry, Stefan held academic positions in Denmark and Austria. He received a doctorate and a master’s degree in mathematics from Graz University of Technology (Austria) and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo (Canada). In addition, Stefan served as vice president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), as president of the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), and as president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS.


Operating an airline is an extremely complex undertaking and faces constant uncertainty. In order to successfully dispatch hundreds of aircraft, schedule thousands of air crew, operate up to one hundred thousand flights per month, and transport tens of millions of passengers per year, detailed planning and near-flawless execution are critical. Unfortunately, executing to plan isn’t easy as small to large unforeseen issues occur moment-to-moment every day; from a pilot calling in sick to an airplane with a maintenance issue or a network disruption due to an incoming snow storm. Obtaining a glimpse into the future, gaining more time to make data driven decisions, is a clear advantage to any operation of this day-to-day complexity. We believe analytics can deliver the advantage – a peak into what may occur. This will provide airlines with more time to adjust and manage to situations rather than react to them. We envision an analytics empowered future; where the aviation industry rarely experiences unplanned or unforeseen events and where it has attained significant improvements in efficiency, economy, performance and safety. He will give examples on how analytics tools, methods, and applications are already realizing this future vision.