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Dr. Ghobadi's Lab

Kimia Ghobadi

John C. Malone Assistant Professor

I am the Johns C. Malone Assistant Professor in Civil and Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. I am  a member of Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) and the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. My main research interest is developing data-driven optimization frameworks for healthcare applications. Many of my projects are in collaborations with healthcare entities, including the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Prior to joining JHU, I obtained my PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto (collaborating with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) and was a post-doctoral fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Research Interests

My research is inspired by data-driven applications of operations research. I am interested in both developing theory and empirical work. My recent work has focused on optimization models and algorithms with healthcare applications.

Research Interest Topics: Data-driven operational research, Healthcare, Data analytics, Optimization techniques (inverse optimization, integer programming), Algorithms (approximation, heuristic, deterministic).

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Current Doctoral Students

  • Farzin Ahmadi, PhD Candidate
  • Nimeesha Chan, PhD Candidate
  • Fardin Ganjkhanloo, PhD Candidate
  • Kathy Kha, DEng Candidate
  • Jing Liu, PhD Candidate
  • Elahe Mohammadi Siahroodi, PhD Student
  • Felix Parker, PhD Candidate

Our Current Interns

Cindy Dong (UG in CS), Chenxi Fan (MS in Systems Eng), Yinuo Fan (MS in Systems Eng), Meredith Gao (UG in Applied Math and Stats), Mung Yao Jia (UG in CS), Shiyu Jiang (MS in CS), Victor Ke (UG in CS), Johnnie Massart (MS in CS), Chen Wang (MS in Biomed Eng), Tianyi Wu (MS in Applied Math and Stats), Shaochong (Shaun) Xu (MS in Systems Eng), Jia Yi (Ady) Zhang (UG in CS), Chi Zhang (MS in CS).

Our Past Interns

Michaela Corrothers (Alteryx), Wenyi Wang (Harvard University),  Nicky Shengwei Zhang (MIT Sloan), Yuhang Zhang (Vanderbilt University), Lilian Zhou (Amazon).


  • ‘‘Advanced Topics in Optimization” (EN.560.645)
    Civil and Systems Engineering Department, Fall
  • ‘‘Introduction to Mathematical Decision Making” (EN.560.250)
    Civil and Systems Engineering Department, Spring 
  • ‘‘Operations Research” (EN.560.450, EN.560.650)
    Civil and Systems Engineering Department, Spring
  • ‘‘CaSE Coding” (EN.560.291)
    Civil and Systems Engineering Department, Spring

Awards and Honors

  • Discovery Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2020
  • John C. Malone Assistant Professorship, 2019. 
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship (NSERC PDF), 2015
  • INFORMS Judith Liebman Award for Outstanding Student Volunteer Work at University of Toronto Student Chapter, INFROMS San Francisco, 2014
  • First place in poster competition, OCAIRO category, 11th Imaging Network Ontario (ImNO) Symposium, Toronto, ON, Provincial Competition, 2013
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarships (NSERC PGS-D), 2012
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2011
  • Mart Liinve Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST), 2010
  • Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) Graduate Fellowship, South Ontario Super-Computer Cluster, 2008
  • First place as a team at the first CORS/VISUAL8 Student Simulation Competition, CORS Annual Meeting, London, ON, International Competition, 2007
  • First place as a team at the first International Operations Research Case Competition (IORCC), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 2007