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Joe Naoum-Sawaya

Assistant 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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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

  • Ghaddar, B, Naoum-Sawaya, J, 2018, "High Dimensional Data Classification and Feature Selection using Support Vector Machines", European Journal of Operational Research 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 19(1): 92 - 101.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J, Ghaddar, B, 2017, "Cutting plane approach for the maximum flow interdiction problem", Journal of the Operational Research Society 68(12): 1553 - 1569.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J, Yu, JY, 2017, "Ridesharing for emergency evacuation", INFOR 55(4): 339 - 358.
  • Kuang, X, Ghaddar, B, Naoum-Sawaya, J, Zuluaga, L, 2017, "Alternative LP and SOCP hierarchies for ACOPF problems", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 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 14(2): 598 - 607.
  • Yassine, A, Naoum-Sawaya, J, 2017, "Architecture, Performance, and Investment in Product Development Networks", Journal of Mechanical Design 139(1).
  • Villumsen, JC, Naoum-Sawaya, J, 2016, "Column Generation for Stochastic Green Telecommunication Network Planning with Switchable Base Stations", Naval Research Logistics 63(5): 351 - 366.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J, Buchheim, C, 2016, "Robust Critical Node Selection by Benders Decomposition", INFORMS Journal on Computing 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 73: 34 - 45.
  • Elhedhli, S, Naoum-Sawaya, J, 2015, "Improved Branching Disjunctions for Branch-and-Bound: An Analytic Center Approach", European Journal of Operational Research 247(1): 37 - 45.
  • Eck, B, Arandia, E, Naoum-Sawaya, J, Wirth, F, 2015, "Decomposition Approach for Background Leakage Assessment: BBLAWN Instance", Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 142(5).
  • 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 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 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 241(2): 490 - 501.

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  • Research Scientist, IBM Research