June 9, 2020 Boutilier lands grant to improve diabetes care in India Written By: Tom Ziemer Departments: Industrial & Systems Engineering Categories Awards Justin Boutilier, an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering, has received a two-year seed grant from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute to support his work optimizing the visitation schedules of community health workers in India. Boutilier, who uses mathematical modeling and machine learning to address healthcare challenges, is partnering with Sarang Deo, an associate professor of operations management at the Indian School of Business, on the project. It’s part of an effort to create a diabetes screening and management system in underserved parts of Hyderabad, a densely populated city in southern India. By optimizing the health workers’ visitation schedules, Boutilier hopes to improve health outcomes, cost effectiveness and efficiency while reaching a vulnerable segment of the population. To see the full list of grant projects, visit the Global Health Institute’s website.