is Professor and Chair
of the Systems
Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) Department at George Mason University.
She received the B.Sc. in mathematics, and the M.Sc. in operations research
from the Technion in Israel. She received the D.Sc. degree in operations
research from the George Washington University in 1984. Dr. Sofer
joined Mason in 1984 and has been Chair of SEOR since January 2002.
Her major areas of interest are
nonlinear programming, numerical optimization,
and optimization in medical applications. She has
also been involved in various airport
design problems. Dr. Sofer is currently secretary of the Board of Trustees of the
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). She has served as
Vice President for Sections and Societies of
The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and as President
of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (ACORD).
She has also served as Chair of the INFORMS
Computing Society and as
Treasurer of the
SIAM Special Interest Group on Optimization
She is a member of the editorial
board of the
SEBoK Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge.
has served as Associate Editor of the Operations Research Journal, and
for Management Science, and a member of the editorial Board of
MOS-SIAM Book Series on Optimization.
She was co-chair of the
SIAM Conference on Optimization
held in 2002 in Toronto Canada,
and co-chair of the 3rd International Conference on Model-Based
Systems Engineering held in Fairfax, Virginia, 2010.
She has been affiliated with the
Simulation Group in the
Department of Radiology, at Georgetown University Medical Center.
She is coauthor of the textbook "Linear and Nonlinear Optimization", published by SIAM Books in 2008 (and in an earlier edition by McGraw Hill, 1996).
and Nonlinear Optimization, SIAM Books, 2008 (with Stephen G. Nash and Igor Griva).
and Nonlinear Programming, McGraw Hill, 1996 (with Stephen G. Nash).
Impact of Emerging Technologies on Computer Science and Operations Research
(with Stephen G. Nash, eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.
||Compuatational Approaches to Medical and Life Sciences Applications
Annals of Operations Research Volume 119 (with Eva Lee, eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, March 2003.
||Operations Research in Medicine:
Computing and Optimization in Medicine and Life Sciences,
Annals of Operations Research Volume 148 (with Eva Lee, eds.), Springer
Bradford J Wood, Julia K Locklin, Anand Viswanathan, Jochen Kruecker, Dieter Haemmerich, Juan Cebral, Ariela Sofer, Ruida Cheng, Evan McCreedy, Kevin Cleary, Matthew J McAuliffe, Neil Glossop, Jeff Yanof
Technologies for guidance of radiofrequency ablation in the multimodality interventional suite of the future, in J Vasc Interv Radiol.
Jan 2007 (Vol. 18, Issue 1 Pt 1, Pages 9-24)
A. Sofer, J. Zeng, and S. K. Mun,
Optimal Biopsy Protocols for Prostate Cancer,
in Annals of OR Vol 119, pp. 63-74, 2003
Pritchard WJ, Wood BJ, Cebral JR, Lutz RJ, Sofer A, Wary-Cahen D, Perkowski D, Ashby A, Soto O, Hilbert S, Karanian JW, "Development of In Vivo, Bench and Computational Models that Predict Safety and Failure Modes of Clinical Thermal Ablation", Proc. FDA 2003 Science Forum, Washington DC, April 24-25, 2003.
A. Sofer, J. Zeng
Optimed Needle Biopsy Strategies for Prostate Cancer Detection,
in Biocomputing (P.M Pardalos, J. Principe, eds) pp. 45-61, 2002
C.A. Johnson and A. Sofer,
Primal-Dual Method for Large-Scale Image Reconstruction in Emission Tomography
in SIAM Journal on Optimization, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp.
J. Zeng, J.J. Bauer, A. Sofer, X. Yao, B. Opell, W. Zhang, I.A. Sestrehenn, J.W. Moul, J. Lynch and
and S.K. Mun, Distribution of Prostate Cancer for Optimized Biopsy Protocol,
in Proceedings, Third International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention
(MICCAI), Springer Verlag, 2000, pp. 287--296
Johnson, J. Seidel and A. Sofer, Interior-Point
Methodology for 3-D PET Reconstruction, IEEE Transactions
on Medical Imaging, Vol 19, No. 4, pp. 271-285, 2000.
of the International Electrotechnical Commission IEC/TC97
Committee, charged with development of international standards for configuration,
maintenance and safety of aeronautical ground lighting systems.
of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Optimization
Chairman of the Computer Science Technical Section Conference, Williamsburg,
as Treasurer of the Washington Operations Research and Management Science
Council and a Council Member for the Computer Science Technical Section
, Fall 2011, Linear Programming
, Spring 2010, Nonlinear Programming
Sofer has consulted for Intelsat and the National Institute of Standards.
She was the Reliability/ Maintainability Program Manager in the development
of a contingency airfield lighting system for the U.S. Air Force. She has
been involved in airport design projects and studies in several airports including
Washington Dulles, Boston Logan, Hong Kong, Salt Lake City, Lajos Azores,