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Bissan Ghaddar

Associate Professor, Management Science & Sustainability

John. M. Thompson Chair in Engineering Leadership & Innovation

Bissan Ghaddar

Contact Information


  • Operations Research
  • Optimization
  • Non-linear Optimization
  • Smart Cities
  • Energy Networks
  • Transportation Networks
  • Water Networks
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data Analytics

Research Publications

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Bissan Ghaddar is an Associate 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 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

  • Jeong, J.; Premsankar, G.; Ghaddar, B.; Tarkoma, S., 2024, "A robust optimization approach for placement of applications in edge computing considering latency uncertainty", Omega, July 126
  • Jeong, J.; Ghaddar, B.; Zufferey, N.; Nathwani, J., 2024, "Adaptive robust electric vehicle routing under energy consumption uncertainty", Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, March 160
  • Kuryatnikova, O.; Ghaddar, B.; Molzahn, D. K., 2023, "Two-Stage Robust Quadratic Optimization with Equalities and Its Application to Optimal Power Flow", SIAM Journal on Optimization, December 33(4): 2830 - 2857.
  • Ghaddar, B.; Gómez-Casares, I.; González-Díaz, J.; González-Rodríguez, B.; Pateiro-López, B.; Rodríguez-Ballesteros, S., 2023, "Learning for Spatial Branching: An Algorithm Selection Approach", INFORMS Journal on Computing, September 35(5): 1024 - 1043.
  • Lin, B.; Ghaddar, B.; Nathwani, J., 2022, "Deep Reinforcement Learning for the Electric Vehicle Routing Problem With Time Windows", IEEE Transactions On Intelligent Transportation Systems: 1 - 11.
  • Chang, H. C.; Ghaddar, B.; Nathwani, J., 2022, "Shared Community Energy Storage Allocation and Optimization", Applied Energy, July 318
  • Lin, B.; Ghaddar, B.; Nathwani, J., 2021, "Electric vehicle routing with charging/discharging under time-variant electricity prices", Transportation Research Part C-Emerging Technologies, September 130: 103285 - 103285.
  • Jan 1 1900 12:00AM, G.; Jan 1 1900 12:00AM, B.; Jan 1 1900 12:00AM, J., 2021, "Optimization Problems for Machine Learning: A Survey", European Journal of Operational Research, May 290(3): 807 - 828.
  • Premsankar, G.; Ghaddar, B.; Slabicki, M.; Francesco, M. D., 2020, "Optimal Configuration of LoRa Networks in Smart Cities", IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, December 16(12): 7243 - 7254.
  • Ustun, T. S.; Hussain, S. M. S.; Kirchhoff, H.; Ghaddar, B.; Strunz, K.; Lestas, I., 2019, "Data Standardization for Smart Infrastructure in First-Access Electricity Systems", Proceedings of the IEEE, September 107(9): 1790 - 1802.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jan 1 1900 12:00AM, B.; Jan 1 1900 12:00AM, R. A., 2019, "Power transmission network expansion planning: A semidefinite programming branch-and-bound approach", European Journal of Operational Research, May 274(3): 837 - 844.
  • 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.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Honours & Awards

  • Faculty Scholars Award (2024)


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

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