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Tianhu Deng, Associate Professor


Name: Tianhu Deng Phone: +86-10-62788946 E-mail: Fax: +86-10-62794399 Address: 607 South Shunde Building Homepage:


Dr. Tianhu Deng is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Deng is interested in the application of operations research methods in the fields of natural gas pipeline operation and design, process flexibility design, inventory control considering consumer behavior and supply chain management. His CNPC project was one finalist for the 2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Prize.

Educational Background

PhD, IEOR department, UC Berkeley, US, 2008-2013
Bachelors, IE department, Tsinghua University, China, 2004-2008

Employment History

Assistant Professor, Department of IE, Tsinghua University, China, 2013-2015
Associate Professor, Department of IE, Tsinghua University, China, 2016-now


Operations Research I (Deterministic Methods) for undergraduate students
Quantitative Analyses for international graduate students
Supply Chain Management for graduate students
Strategy Management for graduate students    

Research Interests

Supply Chain Management
Process Flexibility Design
Natural Gas Pipeline Transmission
Approximate Dynamic Programming    

Research Projects

1.Science-foundation funded
  Supply Chain Management and Logistics, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2019.1-2021.12, 1300K, PI
  Process Flexibility Design in Unbalanced and Asymmetric Networks, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2015.1-2017.12, 230K, PI

2.Industry funded
  Vehicle Routing Algorithms for Beijing Area, A Private Start-up Company, 2018.9-2019.3, 500K, PI
  Natural Gas Pipeline Transmission, China National Petroleum Cooperation, 2013.4-2015.12, 400K, Co - PI    


  1. Tianhu Deng, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, Process Flexibility Design in Unbalanced Networks, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 15(1): 24-32, 2013

  2. Tianhu Deng, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, J. George Shanthikumar, Statistical Learning of Service-Dependent Demand in a Multiperiod Newsvendor Setting, Operations Research, 62(5): 1064-1076, 2014

  3. Tianhu Deng, Ying-ju Chen, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, Optimal Pricing and Scheduling Control of Product Shipping, Naval Research Logistics, 62(3): 215-227, 2015

  4. Tianhu Deng, Minimization of Compressor Power in A Compressor Station with Multiple Different Compressors, Journal of Energy Engineering, 142(4): 04015048, 2016

  5. Ruoran Chen, Tianhu Deng, Simin Huang, Ruwen Qin, Optimal Crude Oil Procurement under Fluctuating Price in an Oil Refinery, European Journal of Operational Research, 245(2): 438-445, 2015

  6. Runze Chen, Hongbin Sun, Qinglai Guo, Zhigang Li, Tianhu Deng, Wenchuan Wu, Boming Zhang, Reducing Generation Uncertainty by Integrating CSP with Wind Power: An Adaptive Robust Optimization-Based Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 6(2): 583-594, 2015

  7. Xiaoyu Ma, Tianhu Deng, Boxiong Lan, Demand Estimation and Assortment Planning in Wireless Communications, Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, 25(4): 398-423, 2016

  8. Zhiwei Xu, Tianhu Deng, Zechun Hu, Yonghua Song, Jianhui Wang, Data-Driven Pricing Strategy for Demand-Side Resource Aggregators, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 9(1): 57-66, 2016

  9. Mengying Xue, Tianhu Deng*, Dingzhi Liu, CNPC Uses an Iterative Two-stage Convex Relaxation Approach to Operate Natural Gas Pipelines, Interfaces, 46(6): 533-546, 2016

  10. Xiaoyu Ma, Tianhu Deng, Mengying Xue, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, Boxiong Lan, Optimal Dynamic Pricing of Mobile Data Plans in Wireless Communications, Omega-International Journal of Management Science, 66: 91-105, 2017

  11. Qiankai Qing, Tianhu Deng, Hongwei Wang, Capacity Allocation under Downstream Competition and Bargaining, European Journal of Operational Research, 261(1): 97-107, 2017

  12. Mingchao Wan, Yihui Huang, Lei Zhao, Tianhu Deng, Jan C Fransoo, Demand Estimation under Multi-Store Multi-Product Substitution in High Density Traditional Retail, European Journal of Operational Research, 266(1): 99-111, 2018

  13. Tianhu Deng, Yong Liang, Shixuan Zhang, Jingze Ren, Shuyi Zheng, A Dynamic Programming Approach to Power Consumption Minimization in Gunbarrel Natural Gas Networks with Non-Identical Compressor Units, INFORMS Journal on Computing, accepted, 2018

  14. Jianghua Zhang, Yang Liu, Yingxue Zhao, Tianhu Deng, Emergency Evacuation Problem for a Multi-source and Multi-destination Transportation Network: Mathematical Model and Case Study, Annals of Operations Research, accepted, 2018

  15. Yong Liang, Tianhu Deng, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, Demand-Side  Energy Management under Time-Varying Prices, IISE Transactions, 51(4): 422-436, 2019

  16. Jingkuan Han, Yingjun Xu, Dingzhi Liu, Yanfang Zhao, Zhongde Zhao, Shuhui Zhou, Tianhu Deng, Mengying Xue, Junchi Ye, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, Operations Research Enables Better Planning of Natural Gas Pipelines, INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, 49(1): 23-39, 2019

  17. Weimiao Liu, Tianhu Deng*, Jianbin Li, Product Packing and Stacking under Uncertainty: A Robust Approach, European Journal of Operational Research, 277(3): 903-917, 2019

  18. Mengying Xue, Tianhu Deng, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, Optimizing Natural Gas Pipeline Transmission with Nonuniform Elevation: A New Initialization Approach, Naval Research Logistics, 66(7): 547-564, 2019

  19. Weimiao Liu, Kanglin Liu, Tianhu Deng, Modeling, Analysis, and Improvement of An Integrated Chance-constrained Model for Level of Repair Analysis and Spare Parts Supply Control, International Journal of Production Research, accepted, 2019

  20. Shixuan Zhang, Sheng Liu, Tianhu Deng, Zuo-jun (Max) Shen, Transient-State Natural Gas Transmission in Gunbarrel Pipeline Networks, INFORMS Journal on Computing, accepted, 2019

  21. Lu Wang, Wenqing Ai, Tianhu Deng, Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen, Changjing Hong, Optimal Production Ramp-Up in the Smartphone Manufacturing Industry, Naval Research Logistics, accepted, 2019

  22. Chengfan Hou, Mengshi Lu, Tianhu Deng, Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen, Coordinating Project Outsourcing through Bilateral Contract Negotiations, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, accepted, 2020


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