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

Dr. Tahir Ekin is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in McCoy College of Business, Texas State University. 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 recently published. His scholar work has appeared in a variety of academic journals including Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C, International Statistical Review, Naval Research Logistics and Decision Analysis among others. He has been the recipient of Texas State University 2018 Presidential Distinction Award in Scholar Activities, and ASA/NISS y-Bis 2016 Best Paper Award. He has developed and taught courses in the areas of business statistics, optimization, data mining and analytics. Dr. Ekin 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 currently serves as Vice President of the International Society of Business and Industrial Statisticians.

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., & Musal, R. M. (2021). An Integrated Statistical and Decision Model for Multi-stage Health Care Audit Sampling. Journal of Applied Statistics.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 Texas State University Presidential Distinction Award in Scholar/Creative Activities, Texas State University. 2020 - Present
  • 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
  • Award / Honor Recipient: ACT IAC Igniting Innovation Conference and Awards Academic Award. April 2019

Selected Grants

  • 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.
  • 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 (Supporting), Shen, Xiaoxi (Supporting), De Nadai, Alessandro Stevens (Supporting), Zhu, Ye (Supporting), Hewitt, Barbara A (Supporting), 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). The Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value for the Texas Innovation Corridor (TIC) Consortium Grant, THECB, State, $1450000. (Submitted: November 2021). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

President's Cabinet
September 2021-Present
Minor in Data Science Working Group
August 2021-Present
Associate Vice President of Research (CRO) Search Committee
February 2021-Present
CIS & QM Department Chair Search Committee
August 2020-Present
Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry Journal Special Issue on Analytics and Data Science
May 2019-Present