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Joe Naoum-Sawaya

Associate Professor, Management Science

MBA '80 Faculty Fellow

Joe Naoum-Sawaya

Contact Information


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

Research Publications

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Joe Naoum-Sawaya is an Associate Professor of Management Science. 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. He co-edited the book volume "Analytics for the Sharing Economy: Mathematics, Engineering and Business Perspectives". Joe is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research.


  • Decision Making with Analytics
  • Prescriptive Analytics
  • Introductory Data Science
  • Competing with Analytics


  • Ph.D. Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Gambella, G.; Ghaddar, B.; Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2021, "Optimization Problems for Machine Learning: A Survey", European Journal of Operational Research, May 290(3): 807 - 828.
  • Rostami, B.; Kammerling, N.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Buchheim, C.; Clausen, U., 2021, "Stochastic single-allocation hub location", EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH, March 289(3): 1087 - 1106.
  • Sarhadi, H.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Verma, M., 2020, "A robust optimization approach to locating and stockpiling marine oil-spill response facilities", Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, September 102005(141): 1 - 19.
  • Kuang, X.; Ghaddar, B.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Zuluaga, L. F., 2019, "Alternative SDP and SOCP approximations for polynomial optimization", EURO Journal on Computational Optimization, June 7(2): 153 - 175.
  • 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)

For more publications please see our Research Database


  • Research Scientist, IBM Research