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Xiaobo Zhao, Professor


Name: Xiaobo Zhao Phone: +86-10-6278-4898 E-mail: Fax: +86-10-6279-4399 Address: Room North 504, Shunde Building, Tsinghua University Homepage:


Educational Background

Department of Systems Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering Program
Department of Marine Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, China, 1988
Master of Science in Marine Mechanical Engineering, Marine Mechanical Program
Department of Mechanical Manufacturing, Dalian Railway Institute, 1983
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Manufacturing    

Employment History

Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Professor (12/03 – present)
Associate Professor (1/02 – 11/03)

School of Economic and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Associate Professor (7/99 – 12/01)
Assistant Professor (4/98 – 6/99)

Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Post Doctor (4/96 – 3/98)

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Research Fellow (1/05 – 2/05)
A study on inventory control for multi-item with capacitated resource was conducted with Prof. He, Q-M. at Dalhousie University.

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Research Fellow (1/04 – 3/04)
A study on sequencing mixed-model assembly line for stochastic demands was conducted with Prof. Zhao, X-D. at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan
Research Fellow (1/03 – 2/03)
A study on mixed-model assembly line with stochastic operation times was conducted with Prof. Ohno, K. at Nagoya Institute of Technology.

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Visiting Fellow (9/01 – 3/02)
A course “Decision Making” for undergraduate students and another course “Advanced Topics in OM” for graduate students were taught at School of Management, City University of Hong Kong.

Department of Marine Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, China
Assistant Professor (5/88 – 9/92)    


1.       Undergraduate
Operations Research II (Applied Stochastic Models)
Senior Students Project in IE
2.       Graduate
Advanced Operations Research
Inventory Control
Advanced Topics in Operations Research    

Research Interests

Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Production and Inventory Management
Behavioral Operations Management
Queueing Systems    

Research Projects

Research on Supply Chain Management Based on Behavioral Game Theory (01/2013 – 12/2017), supported by NSF of China
The project investigates supply chain management based on behavioral game in terms of trust game, fairness game and learning game, from the aspect of both empirical study and modeling analysis.

Behavioral operations management in supply chain management (01/2011 – 12/2014), supported by NSF of China
The project deals with modeling and analysis of supply chain management (inventory control, game and coordination, revenue management, distribution, etc.) with incorporation of human behaviors in decision making.

Periodic review inventory system with stochastic demands from multiple classes of customers (01/2009 – 12/2011), supported by NSF of China
The project discusses the ordering policy of a periodic review inventory system with stochastic demands from multiple classes of customers, some of which are treated according to backorder and others are treated according to lost-sale for shortages.

Planning and operations management of integrated logistics (01/2004 – 12/2007), supported by NSF of China
The project analyzed the performances of a mixed-model assembly line centered logistics system, and optimizations of system design and system control.

Study on a class of production management (01/2000 – 12/2002), supported by NSF of China
The project addressed a production system with combining mechanisms of MRP and Kanban, and optimized the system configurations.    

Selected Recent Journal Papers

  1. Zhong, F., Xie, J. and Zhao, X. The price of fairness with the extended Perles-Maschler solution. Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, accepted.

  2. Chen, Y. and Zhao, X. Decision bias in capacity allocation games with uncertain demand. Production and Operations Management, in press.

  3. Chen, J., Zhao, X. and Shen, Z-J. Risk mitigation benefit from backup suppliers in the presence of the horizontal fairness concern. Decision Science, in press.

  4. Li, T., Zhao, X. and Xie, J. Inventory management for dual sales channels with inventory-level-dependent demand. Journal of the Operational Research Society, in press.

  5. Gao, D., Zhao, X. and Geng, W. A delay-in-payment contract for Pareto improvement of a supply chain with stochastic demand. Omega, 2014, Vol.49, P.60–68.

  6. Geng, W., Liu, J. and Zhao, X. Error analysis of an approximate optimal policy for an inventory system with stochastic and continuous demands. Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research, 2012, Vol.29, DOI: 10.1142/S021759591250039X.

  7. Chen, Y., Su, X. and Zhao, X. Modeling bounded rationality in capacity allocation games with the quantal response equilibrium. Management Science, 2012, Vol.58, P.1952–1962.

  8. He, Q-M., Xie, J. and Zhao, X. Priority queue with customer upgrades. Naval Research Logistics, 2012, Vol.59, P.362–375.

  9. Chen, J., Zhao, X. and Zhou, Y. A periodic-review inventory system with a capacitated backup supplier for mitigating supply disruptions. European Journal of Operational Research, 2012, Vol.219, P.312–323.

  10. Zhao, X., Qiu, M., Xie, J. and He, Q-M. Computing (r, Q) policy for an inventory system with limited sharable resource. Computers & Operations Research, 2012, Vol.39, P.2368–2379.

  11. Zhou, Y., Zhao, L., Zhao, X. and Jiang, J. A supplier selection and order allocation problem with stochastic demands. International Journal of Systems Science, 2011, Vol.42, P.1323–1338.

  12. Guan, R. and Zhao, X. Pricing and inventory management in a system with multiple competing retailers under (r, Q) policies. Computers & Operations Research. 2011, Vol.38, P.1294–1304.

  13. Guan, R. and Zhao, X. On contracts for VMI program with continuous review (r, Q) policy. European Journal of Operational Research, 2010, Vol.207, P.656-667.

  14. Zhou, Y. and Zhao, X. A two-demand-class inventory system with both lost-sale and backorder. Operations Research Letters, 2010, Vol.38, P.261-266.

  15. Geng, W., Qiu, M. and Zhao, X. An inventory system with single distributor and multiple retailers: Operating scenarios and performance comparison. International Journal of Production Economics, 2010, Vol.128, P.434–444.

  16. Xie, J., He, Q-M. and Zhao, X. On the stationary distribution of queue lengths in a multi-class priority queueing system with customer transfers. Queueing Systems, 2009, Vol.62, P.255-277.

  17. Xie, J., He, Q-M. and Zhao, X. Stability of a priority queueing system with customer transfers. Operations Research Letters, 2008, Vol.36, P.705-709.

  18. Zhao, X., Fan, F., Liu, X. and Xie, J. Storage-space capacitated inventory system with (r, Q) policies. Operations Research, 2007, Vol.55, P.854-865.

  19. Zhao, X., Liu, J., Ohno, K. and Kotani, S. Modeling and analysis of a mixed-model assembly line with stochastic operation times. Naval Research Logistics, 2007, Vol.54, P.681-691.

  20. Zhao, X., Xu, D., Zhang, H. and He, Q-M. Modeling and analysis of a supply-assembly-store chain. European Journal of Operational Research, 2007, Vol.176, P.275-294.

  21. Zhao, X., Zhao, X-D., Yeung, J.H.Y. and Xie, J. Sequence-to-customer goal with stochastic demands for a mixed model assembly line. International Journal of Production Research, 2006, Vol.44, P.5279-5305.

  22. Zhao, X., Ohno, K. and Lau, H-S. A balancing problem for mixed model assembly lines with a paced moving conveyor. Naval Research Logistics, 2004, Vol.51, P.446-464.

  23. Liu, J. and Zhao, X. On average reward semi-Markov decision processes with a general multichain structure. Mathematics of Operations Research, 2004, Vol.29, P.339-352.

  24. Zhao, X., Gong, Q. and Wang, J. A generally configured supply chain with flexible local control strategies. International Journal of Production Research, 2003, Vol.41, P.2817-2838.

  25. Zhao, X., Ohno, K. and Nakade, K. An optimal cart moving policy for a flexible manufacturing system. IIE Transactions, 2002, Vol.34, P.41-50.

  26. Zhao, X., Gong, Q. and Nakashima, K. Analysis of a production system in a general configuration. Naval Research Logistics, 2001, Vol.48, P.128-143.

  27. Zhao, X. and Ohno, K. Modeling for flexible manufacturing systems with an FMS blocking mechanism and a BDSM job routing. IIE Transactions, 1999, Vol.31, P.957-963


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