Assistant Professor, Management Science


Bissan Ghaddar is an Assistant Professor of Management Science at the Ivey Business School working on problems at the intersection of smart cities, IoT, and optimization models. Prior to joining Ivey Business School, she was as an Assistant Professor in Data Analytics at the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She has also worked on energy, water, and transportation network optimization at IBM Research and on inventory management problems at the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Department of National Defence Canada. She was invited for extended research visits at the Universität zu Köln in Germany and the University of Avignon in France. Dr. Ghaddar received a Ph.D. degree in operations research from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her work has been published in prestigious journals such as Mathematical Programming, SIAM Journal on Optimization, Transportation Research, among others. Her research has been supported by national and international scholarships including NSERC, Cisco, H2020, and FP7 IIF European Union Grant.


  • Decision Making with Analytics

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • PhD


  • MASc Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • Ph.D. Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Kuang, X., Ghaddar, B., Naoum-Sawaya, J., Zuluaga, L., (forthcoming), "Alternative LP and SOCP hierarchies for ACOPF problems", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., (forthcoming), "Cutting plane approach for the maximum flow interdiction problem", Journal of the Operational Research Society.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., (forthcoming), "Formulations and Solution Approaches for the Network flow Interdiction problem", Journal of the Operational Research Society.
  • Ghaddar, B., Sakr, N., Asiedu, Y., 2016, "Spare Parts Stocking Analysis using Genetic Programming", European Journal of Operational Research, July 252(1): 136 - 144.
  • Ghaddar, B., Vera, J.C., Anjos, M.F., 2016, "A Dynamic Inequality Generation Scheme for Polynomial Programming", Mathematical Programming, March 156(1): 21 - 57.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., Arandia, E., Eck, B., 2015, "Simulation-Optimization Approaches for Water Pump Scheduling and Pipe Replacement Problems", European Journal of Operational Research, October 246(1): 293 - 306.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Cogill, R., Ghaddar, B., Sajja, S., Shorten, R., Taheri, N., Tommasi, P., Verago, R., Wirth, F., 2015, "Stochastic optimization approach for the car placement problem in ridesharing systems", Transportation Research - Part B Methodological, October 80: 173 - 184.
  • Ghaddar, B., Naoum-Sawaya, J., Kishimoto, A., 2015, "A Lagrangian Decomposition Approach for the Pump Scheduling Problem in Water Networks", European Journal of Operational Research, March 241(2): 490 - 501.
  • Ghaddar, B., Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2012, "Environmentally Friendly Facility Location with Market Competition", Journal of the Operational Research Society, July 63: 899 - 908.
  • Ghaddar, B., Anjos, M.F., Liers, F., 2011, "A Semidefinite Programming Branch-and-Cut Algorithm for the Minimum k-Partition Problem", Annals of Operations Research, August 188(1).
  • Ghaddar, B., Vera, J.C., Anjos, M.F., 2011, "An Iterative Scheme for Valid Polynomial Inequalities Generation in Binary Polynomial Programming", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, June: 207 - 222.
  • Ghaddar, B., Vera, J.C., Anjos, M.F., 2011, "Second-Order Cone Relaxations for Binary Quadratic Polynomial Programs", SIAM Journal on Optimization, March 21(1): 391 - 414.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., 2010, "A Fuzzy Adaptation Method for Improving Link Utilization and Reducing Network Delays in IEEE 802.11e Wireless Ad Hoc Networks", Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks, April 9(3-4): 203 - 222.
  • Artail, H., Safa, H., Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., Khawam, S., 2006, "A simple recursive scheme for adjusting the contention window size in IEEE 802.11e Wireless Ad Hoc Networks", Computer Communications, November 29(18): 3789 - 3803.


  • Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Research Scientist, IBM Research