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Wei Qi, Associate Professor

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Name: Wei Qi Phone: E-mail: qiw{at}tsinghua.edu.cn Fax: Address: Homepage:



Academic Appointments

2022-present:  Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University.

2017-2022: Assitant Professor & Associate Professor in Operations Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

2016-2022:  Postdoc Fellow & Strategic Advisor, China Energy Group, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Education

PhD, IEOR, UC Berkeley.
MS, 
Process Systems Engineering, UCLA.
BS,
Chu Kochen College and Automation, Zhejiang University.


Research Interests

Smart-city operations:

  • Energy, mobility, and their citywide synergy (e.g. electric vehicles, energy storage, renewables)

  • The sharing economy (e.g., vehicle sharing, ride-sharing, energy sharing)

  • City logistics (e.g., last-mile crowdshipping)

  • Agile and autonomous cities (e.g., retail on wheels, autonomous vehicles, microgrids)

  • Climate-resilient cities (e.g., seawater intrusion prevention)


For Prospective Students


Please send an email to me if you are interested in working with me as an undergrad student, a PhD student, or a postdoc researcher.  



Biography

Wei Qi is Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering of Tsinghua University. Prior to Tsinghua, he was (tenured) Associate Professor in Operations Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. He also served as Strategic Advisor of the China Energy Group, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work has contributed to smart-city operations concerning urban energy, mobility, retail logistics, and climate adaptation.  His work has been supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), among others.  His research has appeared in journals including Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, IEEE Transactions in Smart Grid, and IEEE Transactions in Power Systems. Wei earned a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, an M.S. from UCLA and a B.E. from Zhejiang University, China.


Here is Wei's Google Scholar Profile.  



Publications


Operations Research / Operations Management:

Storing the Wind:

Joint Planning of Energy Storage and Transmission for Wind Energy Generation.
Wei Qi, Yong Liang and Zuo-Jun Max Shen.
Operations Research, 63.6 (2015): 1280-1293.  


Last-Mile Crowdshipping:
Shared Mobility for Last-Mile Delivery: Design, Operational Prescriptions and Environmental Impact.
Wei Qi, Lefei Li, Sheng Liu and Zuo-Jun Max Shen.
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 20.4 (2018): 737-751.
Among top 15 most downloaded papers in 2019, M&SOM.
[
MSOM Review Blog]

A Vision:
A Smart-City Scope of Operations Management.
Wei Qi and Zuo-Jun Max Shen.
Production and Operations Management, 28.2 (2019): 393-406.
Among top 10% most read papers in 2018-2019, POM.

EV Sharing:
Charging an Electric Vehicle Sharing Fleet.
Long He, Guangrui Ma, Wei Qi and Xin Wang.
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management,
23.2 (2021): 471-487.
Winner of the 2022 INFORMS ENRE Best Publication Award in Energy.


Microgrids & Self-Driving:
When Shared Autonomous Electric Vehicles Meet Microgrids: Citywide Energy-Mobility Orchestration.
Wei Qi, Mengyi Sha and Shanling Li.
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management,
24.5 (2022): 2389-2406.
Lead article in the Special Issue on Smart City Operations.

Revival of Battery Swapping:
Scaling Up Electric-Vehicle Battery Swapping Services in Cities: A Joint Location and Repairable-Inventory Model.
Wei Qi, Yuli Zhang and Ningwei Zhang.
Management Science, accepted.
Best Paper Award Finalist, CSAMSE 2021.


Retail on Wheels (“地摊经济”):
Stall Economy: The Value of Mobility in Retail on Wheels.
Junyu Cao and Wei Qi.
Operations Research,
accepted.
Second-Place Winner of the 2022 INFORMS Service Science Best Cluster Paper Award.


Energy Omni-Sharing:
Crowdsourcing Electric Mobility for Omni-Sharing Distributed Energy Resources.
With Wenqing Ai and Tianhu Deng.
Major revision at M&SOM.
Honorable Mention, 2022 Student Paper Competition of College of Sustainable Operations of POMS
.
Best Student Paper Award Finalist, 2021 INFORMS Conference On Service Science.

Online Facility Location:
Online Facility Location.
With Junyu Cao and Yan Zhang.
Submitted.

Hydrogen Infrastructure:
From Curtailed Renewable Energy to Green Hydrogen: Infrastructure Planning for Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles.
With Long He, Nan Ke and Hongcai Zhang.
Submitted.

Multilocation Newsvendor:
Distributionationally Robust Multilocation Newsvendor at Scale: A Scenario-Based Linear Programming Approach.
With Chenxi Li, Sheng Liu, Lun Ran and Aiqi Zhang.
Submitted.
Winner of the 2021 MSOM Data Driven Research Challenge
.


Droughts & Seawater Intrusion:
Coastal Groundwater Management: Seawater Intrusion Prevention, Artificial Recharge, and Climate Adaptation.
With Lu Wang and Tianhu Deng.
Submitted.


Extreme Rainfalls:
Toward Climate Resilient Cities: Robust Planning Against Extreme Rainfalls.
With Sheng Liu and Aiqi Zhang.


Specialty: Energy and Transportation Systems:

Farsighted Stability of Distributed Energy Resource Sharing.
W. Ai, T. Deng, W. Qi.
Applied Energy, accepted in 2022.

A Second Order Cone Programming Model for PEV Fast-Charging Station Planning.
H. Zhang, S. J. Moura, Z. Hu, W. Qi and Y. Song.
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol.33, no.3, pp. 2763-2777, May 2018.

Joint Planning of PEV Fast-Charging Network and Distributed PV Generation Using the Accelerated Generalized Benders Decomposition.
H. Zhang, S. J. Moura, Z. Hu, W. Qi and Y. Song.
IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, 4.3 (2018): 789-803.

Coordinating and Sharing Demand-Side Energy Resources - A Conceptual Design.
W. Qi, B. Shen, H. Zhang and Z. M. Shen.
Energy, vol.135, 15 September 2017, Pages 455–465.

Hierarchical Coordinated Control of Plug-in Electric Vehicles Charging in Multi-family Dwellings.
W. Qi, Z. Xu, Z. M. Shen, Z. Hu and Y. Song.
IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol.5, no.3, pp.1465-1474, May 2014.

Distributed Supervisory Predictive Control of Distributed Wind and Solar Energy Generation Systems.
W. Qi, J. Liu and P. D. Christofides.
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 21, 504-512, 2013.

Supervisory Predictive Control for Long-Term Scheduling of an Integrated Wind/Solar Energy Generation and Water Desalination System.
W. Qi, J. Liu and P. D. Christofides.
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 20, 504-512, 2012.

A Distributed Control Framework for Smart Grid Development: Energy/Water System Optimal Operation and Electric Grid Integration.
W. Qi, J. Liu and P. D. Christofides.
Journal of Process Control, 21, 1504-1516, 2011.

Supervisory Predictive Control of Stand-Alone Wind-Solar Energy Generation Systems.
W. Qi, J. Liu, X. Chen and P. D. Christofides.
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 19, 199-207, 2011.


Conference Papers & Technical Reports:

T. Wang, C. Wu, W. Qi, "On Data-driven Multi-Product Pricing," American Control Conference (ACC), New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2021.

Also published in IEEE Control Systems Letters, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 1687-1692, Nov. 2021.

H. Zhang, S. J. Moura, Z. Hu, W. Qi, and Y. Song, "Joint PEV Charging Station and Distributed PV Generation Planning," IEEE Power & Energy Soc. Gen. Meeting, 2017.

H. Zhang, W. Qi, Z. Hu, and Y. Song, "Planning Hydrogen Refueling Stations with Coordinated On-Site Electrolytic Production," IEEE Power & Energy Soc. Gen. Meeting, 2017.

W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. A two-time-scale framework for supervisory predictive control of an integrated wind/solar energy generation and water desalination system. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 2677-2682, San Francisco, California, 2011.

W. Qi, J. Liu and P. D. Christofides. Supervisory predictive control of an integrated wind/solar energy generation and water desalination system. In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, pages 821-826, Leuven, Belgium, 2010.


Dupuy, Max, Fredrich Kahrl, Frederick Weston, Bo Shen, Andy Satchwell, Peter Cappers, Jennifer Potter, Wei Qi, Ella Zhou, Yingchen Zhang, John Barnett, Travis Lowder, and Lars Bregnbaek. Power Consumption, Demand and Competition Cooperation: Recommendations for the Pilots in Guangdong, Jilin, Jiangsu, and Shanghai. 2017.

Qi, Wei, Roger Sathre, William R Morrow, III, and Arman Shehabi. Unit price scaling trends for chemical products. Berkeley, 2015. LBNL-189844.  


Book Chapter:

He L., Ma G., Qi W., Wang X., Hou S. (2022) Planning and Management of Charging Facilities for Electric Vehicle Sharing. In: Pardalos P.M., Rassia S.T., Tsokas A. (eds) Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Optimization Tools for Smart Cities. Springer Optimization and Its Applications, vol 186. Springer, Cham.



Grants:


  • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grant.
    Role: Co-investigator.
    Title: Introducing AI in Community Organizations: Designing and Implementing Smart Meals-on-Wheels Operations.
    Length: 2021-2022.
    Total Amount: $24,795.
    Team members: Juan Serpa (PI), Saibal Ray, Grant McKenzie, Graham MacDonald and Morty Yalovsky.

  • CIHR’s Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI).
    Role: Co-applicant.
    Title: The Implementing Smart Cities Interventions to Build Healthy Cities (SMART) Training Platform.
    Length: 2021-2027.
    Total Amount: $4.95 million.
    PIs: Laurette Dubé, David Ma, and Miyoung Suh.


  • Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FRQSC) and National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Research Program on Smart Cities and Big Data.
    Role: Principal Investigator.
    Title: Data-Driven Smart City Operations Management: a System Coupling Perspective.
    Length: 2020-2023.
    Total Amount: $145,061 (Quebec Side).
    Team members: Maxime Cohen, Michel Gendreau, Xue (Steve) Liu.


  • IVADO Funding Program for Fundamental Research Projects.
    Role: Principal Investigator.
    Title: Joint OR/ML Methodologies for Retail on Wheels.
    Length: 2020-2022.
    Total Amount: $171,645.
    Team members: Xue (Steve) Liu, Michelle Lu, Zuo-Jun Max Shen.


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant.
    Role: Principal Investigator.
    Title: Towards a Smart-City Future: Urban-Scale Integration of Mobility and Energy Systems.
    Length: 2019-2024.
    Total Amount: $130,000 (Share: 100%).


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Early Career Supplement.
    Role: Principal Investigator.
    Title: Towards a Smart-City Future: Urban-Scale Integration of Mobility and Energy Systems.
    Length: 2019-2020.
    Total Amount: $12,500 (Share: 100%).


  • Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FRQSC) New Researcher.
    Role: Principal Investigator.
    Title: Sharing Sustainable Mobility in Smart Cities.
    Length: 2019-2022.
    Total Amount: $45,000 (Share: 100%).


  • Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grant.
    Role: Principal Investigator.
    Title: Promoting Electrical Vehicle Sharing Through Integrated Planning and Operations.
    Length: 2018-2020.
    Total Amount: $6,200 (Share: 100%).



Students:


Postdocs:

  • Mengyi Sha (2022), First Placement: School of Economics and Management of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

  • Aiqi Zhang (Co-Supervisor).

  • Xiaojin Fu (Co-Supervisor), First Placement: Noah's Ark Lab.


PhD Students:

  • Sena Onen Oz (McGill Desautels)

  • Zichun Liu (McGill Desautels)

  • Yan Zhang (McGill Desautels)


Undergraduate Students:

  • Sherry Sun (2020) - B.S. at McGill. First Position: Master of Finance at MIT.

  • Yingchen Liu (2020) - B.S. at McGill.  First Position: Master in Data Science at Harvard.

  • Belinda Zhang (2021) - B.S. at McGill. First Position: Master in Analytics at Hong Kong University.

  • Lingqi Guo (2022) - B.S. at McGill. First Position: Master in Analytics at Berkeley.

  • Jiaying Yao (2022) - B.S. at McGill. First Position: Master in Management Analytics at McGill.



Awards:

  • Winner, MSOM Data Driven Research Challenge, 2022. 

  • Winner, INFORMS ENRE Best Publication Award in Energy, 2022.

  • Second-Place Winner, INFORMS Service Science Best Cluster Paper Award, 2022. 

  • Third Place, Best Paper Award Competition, the Digital Supply Chain and Supplier Diversity Conference, 2022.

  • Honorable Mention, the Student Paper Competition of College of Sustainable Operations of POMS, 2022.

  • INFORMS SOLAChuck ReVelle Rising Star Award, 2021.

  • Best Paper Award Finalist, CSAMSE 2021.

  • Best Student Paper Award Finalist, 2021 INFORMS Conference On Service Science.

  • Distinguished Teaching Award - Top Undergraduate Teacher of Year 2019-2020 of Desautels Faculty of Management.

  • M&SOM Meritorious Service Award, 2020.

  • M&SOM Meritorious Service Award, 2019.

  • Top Downloaded Paper, Production and Operations Management, 2018-2019.

  • AOL ACE Internship Award for Excellent Contribution, Palo Alto, CA, 2014.

  • UC Berkeley Full Fellowship, 2011-2012.

  • UCLA Full Engineering Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010-2011.

  • Outstanding Graduate of Zhejiang University, 2010.

  • Certificate of Excellence Chu Kochen Honors Program, 2010.

  • Meritorious Winner of International Mathematical Contest in Modeling, 2009.



In the News:

· A more decision-oriented and synergy-oriented paradigm for next-gen urban transportation. The Hill Times, March 2022.

· Can crowdshipping solve last-mile delivery shortages? Trucknews.com, December 2020.

· Can Smart Cities Be Smarter? Delve, February 2021.





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