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Joe Naoum-Sawaya

Associate Professor, Management Science

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  • Operations Research
  • Optimization
  • Transportation
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Smart Cities
  • Energy Networks
  • Water Networks
  • Telecommunication
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Internet of Things

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Research Publications

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Joe Naoum-Sawaya is an Assistant Professor of Management Science at the Ivey Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Science/Operations Research from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Ivey, Joe was a research scientist at IBM Research. Joe’s research focus is on machine learning and optimization with applications in smarter cities (energy, mobility, water, and telecommunication). His work has appeared in INFORMS Journal on Computing, European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Research, and Naval Research Logistics among others.


  • Decision Making with Analytics
  • Prescriptive Analytics


  • Ph.D. Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Gambella, G.; Ghaddar, B.; Naoum-Sawaya, J., (Forthcoming), "Optimization Problems for Machine Learning: A Survey", European Journal of Operational Research.
  • Liu, M.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Gu, Y.; Leccue, F.; Shorten, R., 2019, "A Distributed Markovian Parking Assist System", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, June 20(6): 2230 - 2240.
  • Kuang, X.; Ghaddar, B.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Zuluaga, K., 2019, "Alternative SDP and SOCP Approximations for Polynomial Optimization", EURO Journal on Computational Optimization, June 7(2): 153 - 175.
  • Griggs, W. M.; Verago, R.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Ordonez-Hurtado, R. H.; Gilmore, R.; Shorten, R. N., 2018, "Localizing Missing Entities Using Parked Vehicles: An RFID-Based System", IEEE Internet of Things Journal, October 5(5): 4018 - 4030.
  • Gambella,, C.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Ghaddar, B., 2018, "The Vehicle Routing Problem with Floating Targets: Formulation and Solution Approaches", INFORMS Journal on Computing, August 30(3): 554 - 569.
  • Ghaddar, B.; Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2018, "High Dimensional Data Classification and Feature Selection using Support Vector Machines", European Journal of Operational Research, March 265(3): 993 - 1004.
  • Gu, Y.; Liu, M.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Crisostomi, E.; Russo, G.; Shorten, R., 2018, "Pedestrian-Aware Engine Management Strategies for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, January 19(1): 92 - 101.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Yu, J. Y., 2017, "Ridesharing for emergency evacuation", INFOR, December 55(4): 339 - 358.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Ghaddar, B., 2017, "Cutting plane approach for the maximum flow interdiction problem", Journal of the Operational Research Society, December 68(12): 1553 - 1569.
  • Kuang, X.; Ghaddar, B.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Zuluaga, L., 2017, "Alternative LP and SOCP hierarchies for ACOPF problems", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, July 32(4): 2828 - 2836.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Crisostomi, E.; Liu, M., 2017, "Smart Procurement of Naturally Generated Energy (SPONGE) for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Buses", IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, April 14(2): 598 - 607.
  • Yassine, A.; Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2017, "Architecture, Performance, and Investment in Product Development Networks", Journal of Mechanical Design, January 139(1).
  • Villumsen, J. C.; Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2016, "Column Generation for Stochastic Green Telecommunication Network Planning with Switchable Base Stations", Naval Research Logistics, August 63(5): 351 - 366.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Buchheim, C., 2016, "Robust Critical Node Selection by Benders Decomposition", INFORMS Journal on Computing, February 28(1): 162 - 174.
  • Challita, U.; Dawy, Z.; Turkiyyah, G.; Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2016, "A Chance Constrained Approach for LTE Cellular Network Planning under Uncertainty", Computer Communications, January 73: 34 - 45.

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  • Research Scientist, IBM Research