Institute of Operations Research & Statistics

We apply state-of-the-art decision science and statistics knowledge to the development of the Chinese economy. To be specific, we use data-driven decision methods to solve complex engineering and management problems and enrich the knowledge in these fields.

Operations Research originates from the military during the Second World War. Ever since then, it has been broadly used in the analysis of human resources, machines and managerial strategy throughout government, military and business operations. Successful stories are heard in many fields, including manufacturing, aeronautics and astronautics, logistics, supply chain management, transportation, health care, service operations management, and energy. Frequently used Operations Research methods are optimization, simulation, stochastic process, probability and statistics. Statistics focuses on the collection, processing, analysis and inference of data. It has gained rapid development in the past century and has been successfully applied to almost all fields in social and natural science. Frequently used statistics methods are sampling, experiment design, statistics decision, statistics inference, and statistics simulation.

After ten year's development, the Institute has made significant achievements in academic research, academic program development, and academic exchange. The research we conduct cover many areas in operations research and statistics. From the theoretical aspect, we explore fields like global optimization, discrete optimization, stochastic optimization, decision theory and data mining. For applications, we have done research in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Behavior and Service Operations Management, Transportation Management.

We have a group of high-caliber faculty members, who are active in their related fields. Currently, there are 11 faculty members in which 3 are full professors, 6 are associate professors, 2 are assistant professors, and 1 is a senior engineer.



Zhao, Xiaobo, Professor, Ph.D. (Nagoya Institute of Technology). Ph.D. Supervisor. Distinguished Young Scholar of NFS of China. Editorial board of Industrial Engineering and Management (Chinese journal), Department Editor of Operations Research and Management Science (Chinese journal). President of Queueing Theory Committee of ORSC.

Research interests: Logistics and supply chain management (Inventory, location, coordination, distribution, etc.), Behavioral and service operations management (behavioral decision, queueing theory, game, etc.)


Huang, Siming, Professor, PhD (State University of New York at Buffalo). He is an associate editor of IIE Transactions, an editorial board member of Industrial Engineering Journal (Chinese), and an executive council member of the China Society of Logistics. He has also provided advisory services for the Ministries of Chinese government, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Development Research Center of the State Council of China and Jiangsu Provincial Government. He won the Science and Technology Progress Award (First Prize) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997. His current research interests include supply chain risk management, production scheduling and network design.

Research Interests: Stochastic Models, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Scheduling, Risk Management, Safety and Emergency Management.


Huang, Hongxuan, Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Beihang University, formerly Beijing Institute of Aeronautics, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Editorial member of Journal of Global Optimization, Optimization Letters, Computers and Operations Research. Member of the Discrete Event Simulation Committee of Chinese Association for System Simulation

Research Interests: Theory and algorithms for global optimization; Modeling, methods and their applications in Operations Research; Computer simulation and simulation optimization.


Jiang, Hai, Associate Professor, Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Associate Director of the Institute of Operations Research and Statistics.

Research Interests: Transportation and Logistics System, Customer Behavior Modeling, Business Intelligence.


Li, Lefei, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head, Ph.D. (University of Arizona), Vice Director of Tsinghua - Maoming Petrochemical Company Production Simulation and Optimization Research Center, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Department Editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems, INCOSE (International Counsel of Systems Engineering) Beijing Chapter Chair.

Research Interests: Intelligent Transportation Systems, Service Operations Management, Complex Systems Modeling and Simulation.


Zhao, Lei, Associate professor, Ph.D., University of Arizona, United States, director.

Research Interests: Stochastic optimization (approximate dynamic programming, stochastic programming, simulation optimization), large scale optimization, supply chain (risk) management, logistics management, city logistics, health care services and operations management. 


Zhu, Wanshan, Associate Professor, Ph.D. from University of Michigan.

Research Interests: Supply Chain Management, Inventory Management, Financial Engineering, Dynamic Stochastic Optimization, Game Theory.


Li, Pingke, Associate Professor, Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Associate Editor of Fuzzy Optimization and Decision Making.

Research Interests: Global optimization, System analysis and simulation, Computational intelligence, Complex networks. 


Wang, Xiaofang, Senior Engineer, Master from Beijing Jiaotong University.

Research Interests: Logistics Information System, Logistics System Planning, Complex System Simulation.

Select journals we publish in

Annals of Operations Research 
 Computational Optimization and Applications 
 Computers & Industrial Engineering 
 Computers & Operations Research 
 Cybernetics and System Analysis 
 European Journal of Operations Research 
 Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal 
 IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems 
 IEEE Intelligent Systems 
 IIE Transactions 
 International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 
 International Journal of Production and Economics 
 International Journal of Production Research 
 International Journal of Systems Science 
 Journal of Global Optimization 
 Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications 
 Journal of Operations Research Society 
 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 
 Mathematics of Operations Research 
 Naval Research Logistics 
 Operations Research 
 Operations Research Letters 
 Queueing Systems

Research Projects

Projects funded by National Science Foundation of china

Distinguished Young Scholar  
 Operations Research and Management Science

 Key projects  
 Research on supply chain theory and method based on behavioral operations research

Regular and young investigator projects  
 Research on periodic review inventory management for multiple stochastic demand classes  
 Coordination of Order Pricing and Scheduling under MTO, funded by NSF China,  
 Decision Making on Crude Purchasing and Transportation under Uncertainty, National Science Foundation of China,  
 Parallel Service Management Study on Chain Retailing Industry  
 Building resilience against supply risks in supply chain management: a stochastic programming approach  
 Study on Optimization Problems Related to Protein Folding  
 Research on a new mode of production management  
 Discrete Choice Based Recommender Systems  

Projects funded by Ministry of Education

Integration of Facility Location and Sizing, funded by SRF for ROCS, SEM, China 
 Study on Minimization Methods for Non-convex Functions 
 Choice-based airline schedule design 

Projects funded by domestic companies

China Railway Container Transpiration Corporation: A Study on Container Management Model 
 China Railway Tielong Container Logistics Corporation: Service Capacity and Policy Study on Tielong Cold Chain Logistics 
 Sinotrans Air Transportation Development Co. Ltd.: Local networks design in Beijing hub and its regional networks 
 Sinotrans Air Transportation Development Co. Ltd.: Re-design the sorting center in Beijing hub 
 COSCONET: Logistic planning in tobacco industry 
 Sinopec Maoming Company: Risk control and optimization on Crude Purchasing and Transportation, September 2009-December 2010. 
 Sinopec Maoming Company: Decision Making Model for Human Resource and Training Management 
 Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science: Information Fusion, Integration and Computational Experiments on Urban Traffic; 
 the Institute of Beijing Metro Design: Emergency resource allocation for Beijing metro system. 
 Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corporation, Design and Research Institute: Passenger Management at Transfer Stations of Urban Rail Transit  
 IBM Research – China: Carbon emission evaluation indicator system and decision support system for the China Railways 
 Beijing Wuzi University: Warehouse and sorting information system design. 
 Shandong Lvbang Tech. Company: Maintenance Network Planning for Gas Stations  
 Study on Apartment Assignment Plan in Students Dormitory Management of Tsinghua University from the year of 2009 to 2011 
 Study on Representative Data Selection, Statistical Modeling, Optimization and Algorithm Evaluation for Validations 
 Study on Optimization Problems Related to Protein Folding 
 Study on Minimization Methods for Non-convex Functions 
 Study on Apartment Assignment Plan in Students Dormitory Management of Tsinghua University from the year of 2009 to 2011 
 2009 Projects of Editing Excellent Textbooks for  Beijing High Education Including Operations Research (Mathematical Programming) 
 Study on Representative Data Selection, Statistical Modeling, Optimization and Algorithm Evaluation for Validations 

Funded by Foreign Companies

General Mills Operations, LLC (USA): Dynamic inventory management 
 Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co. (Japan): Development of optimization solver for constrained traveling salesman and vehicle routing problems 
 Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co. (Japan): Production plan modifying system: supply chain disruption management 
 Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co. (Japan): Study on inventory management with shareable parts for multiple stochastic demand classes 
 Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co. (Japan): Warehouse planning and inventory management 
 Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co. (Japan): Automatic routing of piping layout 
 Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co.(Japan): Spatial Scheduling in Large-scale Manufacturing System 
 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (The Netherlands): A simulation study on supply chain visibility in ocean container transportation (EU FP-7, INTEGRITY) 


Government and Research Institutes

National Development and Reform Commission 
 State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) 
 Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic China (MIIT) 
 Princeton University 
 North Carolina State University 
 Ohio State University at Columbus 
 University of California, Berkeley 
 Missouri University of Science and Technology 
 Eindhoven University of Technology 
 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University 
 National Tsinghua University 
 IBM China Research Laboratory 
 Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science 
 Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences 
 Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corporation, Design and Research Institute 

Domestic Corporations

China Railway Tielong Container Logistics Co., Ltd 
 China Railway Container Transpiration Corporation 
 Sinotrans Air Transportation Development Co., Ltd. 
 Sinopec Maoming Company 
 COSCONET (Beijing) Co. Ltd. 

International Corporations

 General Motor 
 General Mills Operations, LLC (USA) 
 Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co. (Japan) 

Group Awards

2009 Projects of Editing Excellent Textbooks for Beijing High Education Including Operations Research (Mathematical Programming) 
 2007 IIE Innovations in Curriculum Award 
 2002 Secondary Award of China Mechanical Engineering Association


Huang, H., Operations Research: Mathematical Programming, Tsinghua Press, 2011. 
 Zhao, X. and S. Huang, Inventory Management, Tsinghua Press, 2008. 
 Huang, H. and J. Han, Mathematical Programming, Tsinghua Press, 2006 

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