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Joe Naoum-Sawaya

Associate Professor, Management Science

Joe Naoum-Sawaya

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  • 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

  • Lotfi, A.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Lotfi, A.; Jiang, Z., 2024, "To Skim or not to Skim: Studying the Optimal Pricing Strategy for Technology Products", Omega, September 127: 103079 - 103079.
  • Lofti, A.; Jiang, Z.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Begen, M. A., 2024, "Modeling Sales of Multigeneration Technology Products in the Presence of Frequent Repeat Purchases: A Fractional Calculus-Based Approach", Production and Operations Management, May 33(5)
  • Fukasawa, R.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Oliveira, D., 2024, "The Price-elastic Knapsack Problem", Omega (Oxford), April 124: 103003 - 103003.
  • Manias, D. M.; Shaer, I.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Shami, A., 2024, "Robust and Reliable SFC Placement in Resource-Constrained Multi-Tenant MEC-Enabled Networks", IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, February 21(1): 187 - 199.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Elhedhli, S.; De Carvalho, P., 2023, "Strategic Blockchain Adoption to Deter Deceptive Counterfeiters", European Journal of Operational Research, November 311(1): 373 - 386.
  • Manias, D. M.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Shami, A.; Javadtalab, A.; Hemmati, M.; You, Y., 2023, "Robust Traffic Grooming and Infrastructure Placement in OTN-over-DWDM Networks", Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, August 15(8): 553 - 553.
  • Manias, D. M.; Javadtalab, A.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Shami, A., 2023, "The Role of Optical Transport Networks in 6G and Beyond: A Vision and Call to Action", Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks, May 12(3)
  • de Carvalho, P. R. V.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Elhedhli, S., 2022, "Blockchain-Enabled supply chains: An application in fresh-cut flowers", Applied Mathematical Modelling, October 110: 841 - 858.
  • Shaheen, S.; Naoum-Sawaya, J.; Crisostomi, E., 2022, "Editorial: Smart Mobility", Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, April 4
  • 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.

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  • Research Scientist, IBM Research

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