Ian Yihang Zhu

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Contact: i.zhu at mail.utoronto.ca
CV: [PDF] (updated Oct. 2021)

About Me

I am a 4th year PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, supervised by Professors Merve Bodur and Timothy Chan. My research interests lie at the intersection of optimization theory, analytics and economics. Previously, I completed my Master of Applied Science at UofT and my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at UBC.

News/Upcoming Talks
  • 09/2021: Our "Inverse Mixed Integer Optimization" paper has been accepted at IJOC!
  • 09/2021: Our review paper "Inverse Optimization: Theory and Applications" is finally up on ArXiv (see below)!
  • 08/2021: A new version of our "Inverse Mixed Integer Optimization" paper has been released (see below).
  • 08/2021: I've been awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the MIE Group Teaching Assistant Award!
  • 06/2021: I chaired the Optimization and ML Applications session at CORS 2021.
  • 05/2021: A new version of our "Spatial Price Integration in Commodity Markets" paper has been released (see below).

  • Inverse Optimization: Theory and Applications
    with Timothy C.Y. Chan and Rafid Mahmood
    Under review [PDF] [arXiv]
  • Spatial Price Integration in Commodity Markets with Capacitated Transportation Networks
    with John R. Birge, Timothy C.Y. Chan and J. Michael Pavlin
    Major revision, Operations Research [PDF] [SSRN]
  • Inverse Mixed Integer Optimization: Polyhedral Insights and Trust Region Methods
    with Merve Bodur and Timothy C.Y. Chan
    Forthcoming, INFORMS Journal on Computing [PDF] [arXiv]
  • Prediction of Protein and Fat Content in Human Donor Milk Using Machine Learning
    with Timothy C.Y. Chan, Rafid Mahmood, Rachel K. Wong et al.
    The Journal of Nutrition, 2021 [Link]

  • MIE368: Analytics in Action
    University of Toronto, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2020, 2021
  • MIE263: Stochastic Operations Research
    University of Toronto, Teaching Assistant, Winter 2019, 2020
  • MATH110/104/190: Differential Calculus
    UBC, Teaching Assistant, 2014-2015

Past Talks and Conferences
  • INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Canadian Operational Research Society 2021
  • MSOM International Meeting 2019
  • Mixed Integer Programming Workshop 2019
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