Kyle Hunt

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Management Science and Systems in the School of Management at the University at Buffalo (UB). I completed my PhD in industrial engineering at UB in 2023, where my research utilized techniques from operations research, game theory, and machine learning to address problems in homeland security and humanitarian management. I am married with a three-year-old son, and enjoy spending time with them and our (large) extended families. My contact information and CV can be found on the next tab - don't hesitate to reach out!

Kyle J. Hunt, PhD
Name : Kyle J. Hunt
Email : firstnamelastname@buffalo.edu
Phone : 716-645-3271
Address : 338 Jacobs Management Center, Buffalo, NY 14260
CV : Click here


I am most interested in the implementation of operations research, game theory, and machine learning methodologies to address problems in security/defense, healthcare, and information management. I enjoy working on multidisciplinary teams that draw expertise from academia and industry. My research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

  1. Steever, Z., K. Hunt, M. Karwan, J. Yuan, and C. Murray, “A Graph-based Approach for Relating Integer Programs,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, forthcoming.

  2. Hunt, K., B. Behlendorf, S. Wang, S. Mukherjee, and J. Zhuang, “Near-repeat Terrorism: Identifying and Analyzing the Spatiotemporal Attack Patterns of Major Terrorist Organizations,” Expert Systems with Applications, forthcoming

  3. Agarwal, P., K. Hunt, E. Jose, and J. Zhuang, “Shutdown and Compliance Decisions in the Face of a Viral Pandemic: A Game between Governments and Citizens,” Decision Support Systems, 178: 114128, 2024.

  4. Hunt, K. and J. Zhuang, “A Review of Attacker-defender Games: Current State and Paths Forward,” European Journal of Operational Research, 313(2): 401-417, 2024.

  5. Chen, X., Y. Dong, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Counterterrorism Resource Allocation during a Pandemic: The Effects of Dynamic Target Valuations when Facing a Strategic Terrorist,” Risk Analysis, 43(6): 1235-1253, 2023.

  6. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “On the Adoption of New Technology to Enhance Counterterrorism Measures: An Attacker-defender Game with Risk Preferences,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 218: 108151, 2022

  7. Hunt, K., A. Narayanan, and J. Zhuang, “Blockchain in Humanitarian Operations Management: A Review of Research and Practice,” Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 80: 101175, 2022.

  8. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “Monitoring Misinformation on Twitter during Crisis Events: A Machine Learning Approach,” Risk Analysis, 42(8): 1728-1748, 2022.

  9. Ding, X., X. Zhang, R. Fan, Q. Xu, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Active Rumor Recognition Behavior of Social Media Users in Emergencies,” Journal of Management Science and Engineering, 7(1): 36-47, 2022.

  10. Xia, L., B. Chen, K. Hunt, J. Zhuang, C. Song, “Food Safety Awareness and Opinions: A Social Network Analysis Approach,” Foods, 11(18): 2909, 2022.

  11. Song, C., S. Zhou, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Comprehensive Evolution Analysis of Public Perceptions Related to Pediatric Care: A Sina Weibo Case Study (2013-2020),” Sage Open, 12(1): 21582440221087260, 2022.

  12. Wan, Q., X. Xuanhua, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Stay Home or Not? Modeling Individuals' Decisions during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Decision Analysis, 19(4): 319-336, 2022.

  13. Hunt, K. and J. Zhuang, “Blockchain for Disaster Management,” in Big Data and Blockchain for Service Operations Management, Springer, 253-269, 2022.

  14. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “Technology Adoption for Airport Security: Modeling Public Disclosure and Secrecy in an Attacker-defender Game,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 207: 107355, 2021.

  15. Dong, Y., X. Chen, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Defensive Resource Allocation: The Roles of Forecast Information and Risk Control,” Risk Analysis, 41(8): 1304-1322, 2021.

  16. Agarwal, P., K. Hunt, J. Zhuang, B. Sarkar, A. Sarkar, and R. Sharma, "An Exploratory Analysis for Performance Assessment of State Police Forces in India: An Eclectic Approach," Operational Research, 21(2): 1125-1151, 2021.

  17. Hunt, K., B. Wang, and J. Zhuang, “Misinformation Debunking and Cross-Platform Information Sharing through Twitter during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: A Case Study on Shelters and ID Checks,” Natural Hazards, 103(1): 861-883, 2020.

  18. Agarwal, P., K. Hunt, S. Srinivasan, and J. Zhuang, “Fire Safety Code Inspection and Compliance: A Game-theoretic Model between Fire Inspection Agencies and Building Owners,” Decision Analysis, 17(3): 208-226, 2020.

  19. Song, C., C. Guo, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “An Analysis of Public Opinions Regarding Take-Away Food Safety: A 2015-2018 Case Study on Sina Weibo,” Foods, 9(4): 511, 2020.

  20. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, R. Al Aziz, and J. Zhuang, " Fighting Fake News during Disasters," OR/MS Today, 47(1): 34-39, 2020. [download preprint]

  21. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, "Tracking Storms of Misinformation Spread Amid Disasters," ISE Magazine, 51(9): 28-32, 2019. [download preprint]
  22. - Selected as the cover story for the September 2019 issue.

  23. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “A Multi-algorithm Approach for Classifying Misinformed Twitter Data during Crisis Events,” 2019 IISE Conference Proceedings, pages 1-6, 2020.


In Spring 2024, I will be teaching MGS 616 (Predictive Analytics).

My teaching interests lie in the fields of analytics, operations research, and information systems. While I enjoy teaching the theoretical underpinnings of these fields, I am also passionate about teaching in a practice-oriented manner in which students understand the value of the skills they learn across the business and engineering domains.

Awards and Honors

The followinig are selected honors and awards that I have received throughout my academic journey. An exhaustive list can be located in my CV.

  • Graduate Research Fellowship

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Seth Bonder Scholarship

    Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); Military and Security Society

  • Harold O. Wolf Achievement Award

    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; University at Buffalo


  • 2020-January 2023

    University at Buffalo

    Ph.D. Industrial Engineering (Operations Research)

  • 2016-2019

    Univeristy at Buffalo

    B.S. Industrial Engineering