CV

Mehdi MRAD
 
Ph.D. in Operations Research
Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering
 
 
Age: 40 years (Born 1978)
Citizenship: Tunisian 
Family status: married, 3 children
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ORCID ID:         https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9482-5913
 
Home page:        http://fac.ksu.edu.sa/mmrad
e-mails:               mmrad@ksu.edu.sa                                 
                             mradmehdiisg@yahoo.fr
Mobile:                KSA: (+966) 55 108 77 50
                             Tunisia: (+216) 20 08 0324
Skype/Hangouts: mradmehdi1
Postal address:
Industrial Engineering Department
College of Engineering, King Saud University
P O Box 800
Riyadh 11421
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
 
 
 
 
Personal Statement
 
    Critical thinking, problem solving in addition to self-confidence   are my top soft skills. Besides, I strongly believe in the cooperation and collaboration with all colleagues and in learning from practical experience and authentic, reflective observations.
           
 My career objectives include, but are not limited to the following objectives:

  • Develop an expertise (know and know how) in Operations Research: theory and applications.
  • Put my expertise at the service of industrial projects and partners of both private and public economic sectors.
  • Contribute to the knowledge transfer projects between academic and public/private actors of the economic sector based on training sessions, consultancy services, partnerships, etc.
  • Explore and develop new applied research topics and interest areas through active participation in leading research teams, units, laboratories, universities, and industries

 
           
 
Education
July 2014 Habilitation of Operations Research from the High Institute of   Management, University of Tunis, Tunisia
 
Mai 2007        Ph.D. in Operations Research, High Institute of Management, University of Tunis, Tunisia
                        Thesis title: Algorithms for Discrete Cost Network Design Problems
                        Supervisor: Pr. Mohamed Haouari
                       
June 2003     M. Sc. in Operations Research, High Institute of Management, University of Tunis, Tunisia
June 2001         B. Sc. in Quantitative Methods, High Institute of Management, University of Sousse, Tunisia
Distinctions and Awards
 

  • Ranked first (Senior category) of the Roadef/Euro 2012 challenge qualification phase.
  • Best advisor Award of graduation projects in the Industrial Engineering Department. King Saud University, 2012 and 2016

 
 
Academic experience
Since 2016: Associate professor
                    Department of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, King  
                    Saud University
Since 2015: Associate professor
                    Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales de
                    Tunis. Tunisia
2011-2016: Assistant professor
                    Department of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, King
                    Saud University
2009-2011: Assistant professor
                    Department of Quantitative Methods, Faculty of Management Sciences,
                    University of Jendouba, Tunisia
2008-2009Lecturer
                    Department of Quantitative Methods, High Institute of Management,
                    University of Gabes, Tunisia
2004-2007:  Instructor
                    Department of Quantitative Methods, High School of Economy and
                    Business, University of Tunis Tunisia,
2003-2004:  Instructor
                    Department of Quantitative Methods, High Institute of Management,
                    University of Sousse, Tunisia
 
 
Taught courses
 

  • Operations Research I/ II: Introduction to linear programming, The Simplex method, Duality theory, Sensitivity analysis, Integer programming, Dynamic Programming, Markov Chains, Queuing Theory.

Operations Management I/ II: Forecasting, Project Management, Capacity planning, Inventory management, Aggregate planning, Material requirement planning, Short term scheduling.

  • Advanced Mathematical Programming: Integer Programming, Branch and Bound, Constraint Generation, Branch and Cut, Column Generation, Branch and Price, Cplex in Concert technology.
  • Engineering Statistics: Basic Probability Theory, Random Variables, Convergence, Estimators, Hypothesis Tests.
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments: Introduction to Design of Experiments, Hypothesis Testing and Simple Comparative Experiments, Experiments with a Single Factor: Analysis of Variance, Randomized Complete and Incomplete Blocks Designs, General Factorial Designs, 2 k Factorial Designs, Regression, Surface Response Methods.

Referees
 
Pr. Hanif D. Sherali
Professor emeritus
Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech
250 Durham Hall (0118)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
540/231-6656 Fax: 540/231-3322
E-mail: ise@vt.edu
 
niversidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
COPPE, Programa de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computacao (PESC)
Professor Nelson MACULAN 
Caixa Postal 68511
21941-972 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Tel.: +.55.21.3938-8708.
E-mail: maculan@cos.ufrj.br
Pr.Nelson Maculan
Professor emeritus
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
PESC-COPPE Institute of mathematics.
P.O.B : 68511
21941-972 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Tel.: + 55 21 39388708
E-mail: maculan@cos.ufrj.br
 
Pr. José Manuel Vasconcelos Valério de Carvalho
Department of Production and systems
Minho University, Campus of Gualtar
4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Tel: +351 253 604 744
Fax: +351 253 604 741
E-mail: vc@dps.uminho.pt
 
 
 
Supervision                                                                                                                                               
 
Ph.D. Theses
 

  • Fatma Moualla, Conception et localisation simultanées en réseaux de télécommunication, High Institute of Management (ISG), University of Tunis (on going)
  • Sabrine Chalghoum (2015), Exact and Heuristics approaches for minimizing the total completion time in a two-machine permutation flow-shop subject to release dates High Institute of Management (ISG), University of Tunis (co-supervision with Pr. Talel Ladhari)
  • Ines Meftahi (2014), Exact Solution to the two stages Cutting Stock problem and Bin Packing, High Institute of Management (ISG), University of Tunis (co-supervision with Pr. Mohamed Haouari)

         Masters’ theses

  • Khaled Bamatref, Heuristic Solution for the Integrated Warehouse and Vehicle Routing Problem in Pooled Supply Chain, Department of Industrial Engineering, King Saud University. (on going)
  • RAHMETO, HULCHAFO KELILE, Simulation Based Integer Linear Optimization Model for Solving discrete Time Cost Quality Trade-off Optimization Problem in Construction Projects, Department of Civil Engineering, King Saud University.
  • Olfa Chebbi(2010) , Constructive heuristics and Simulation for the Personal Rapid Transit system  , High Institute of Management (ISG), University of Tunis.
  • Ezzedine Fatnassi (2010), Solutions based Metaheuristics for the Personal Rapid Transit system, High Institute of Management (ISG), University of Tunis.

      Selected Graduation Projects

  • Alkhourayef Indutries Coompany 2017, Optimizing the aggregate production plan and enhancing the demand forecasting process.
  • Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) 2016, Optimizing the traffic routing in the TDM Mech Network while enhancing the survivability of the network.
  • Saudian airlines Company (2013) Solving the crew scheduling problem.
  • Hadid Errajhi (2012): Design of a Cutting Optimization Tool.
  • NasAir airlines company (2012) Optimizing the integrated problem of fleet assignment and Aircraft Scheduling.
  • Al-Akhwayn Company (2012) Optimizing the vehicle routing through the Distribution Process. 

 
 
Research areas and interests
Research field: Combinatorial optimization
 
Applications:

  • Network Design Problems
  • Cutting Stock Problems
  • Aircraft routing
  • Crew scheduling
  • Transportation Problems
  • Machine Scheduling
  • Inventory Management
  • Workforce Staffing and Scheduling
  • Supply chain management
  • Refinery Optimization

 
Solution procedures:

  • Benders Decomposition
  • Constraint generation
  • Integer Programming
  • Local Branching
  • Column Generation
  • Branch and Price
  • Dynamic Programming
  • Genetic Algorithms
  • Constructive Heuristics 

 
 
 
 
 
Publications in Journals
 
 
 

  1. Ali Balma, Safa Ben Salem, Mehdi Mrad and Talel Ladhari (2018) "Strong multi-commodity flow formulations for the asymmetric traveling salesman problem" European Journal of Operational Research 271 (2018) 72–79 (ISI)
  2. Mehdi Mrad and Nizar Souayah, (2017) " Exact approach to solve hard instances of the make span minimization problem on identical parallel machines ", IEEE Access Journal (ISI)
  3. Ali Balma and Mehdi Mrad (2017), “Allocating nodes to hubs for minimizing the hubs processing resources: A case study”, Rairo Operations Research, DOI: 10.1051/ro/2017065, (ISI)
  4. Mehdi Mrad, Sabrine Chalghoumi, Talel Ladhari and Anis Gharbi (2017), “Enhanced lower bounds and exact procedures for total completion time minimization in a two-machine permutation flowshop with release dates”, International Transactions in Operational Research, DOI: 10.1111/itor.12421. (ISI)
  5. Mrad Mehdi and Alfares Hesham K. (2016) “Optimum multi-period, multi-plant and muli-supplier production planning for multi-grade petrochemicals”, International Journal of Industrial Engineering: Theory, Applications and Practice, Vol. 23 Issue 6, 399-411. (ISI)
  6. Mehdi Mrad, Ali Balma, Fatma Moalla, and Talel Ladhari (2016), “Nodes Migration Scheduling of Access Networks” IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. Vol. 14,  issue 1, 77-90. (ISI)
  7. A. Ben Yaghlane, M. N. Azaiez, M. Mrad (2015), “System Survivability in Networks in the Context of Defense/Attack Strategies: The Large Scale”, Journal of Computer, Electrical, Automation, Control and Information Engineering Vol: 9, issue 12.
  8. Mehdi Mrad, Anis Gharbi, Mohamed Haouari, Mohamed Kharbeche (2015) " An optimization-based heuristic for the machine reassignment problem" Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 242, Issue 1,115–132 (ISI)
  9. Mehdi Mrad (2015)   " An arc flow-based optimization approach for the two-stage guillotine strip cutting problem " Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol:  66, Issue 11, 1850–1859 (ISI)
  10. Mehdi Mrad, Lotfi Hidri (2105)" Optimal consumed electric energy for a personal rapid transition transportation system". Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 79, 1–9. (ISI)
  11. Mehdi Mrad, Olfa Chebbi, Mohamed Labidi, Mohamed Ali Louly (2014),Synchronous Routing for Personal Rapid Transit Pods”, Journal of Applied Mathematics. Article ID 623849, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/623849. (ISI)
  12. Mohamed Labidi , Mehdi Mrad, Anis Gharbi, Lotfi Hidri and Mohamed louly (2014) " A Shift Scheduling Model for a Bank IT Staff " The Scientific World Journal , Volume 2014, Article ID 768374, 10 pages, htpp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/768374. (ISI)
  13. Mohamed Haouari, Nelson Maculan, Mehdi Mrad (2013) " Enhanced Compact Models for the Connected Subgraph Problem and for the Shortest Path Problem in Digraphs with Negative Cycles" Computers and Operations Research  40,  10,  2485–2492. (ISI)
  14. Mehdi Mrad, Ines Meftahi and Mohamed Haouari (2013) "Branch and Price algorithm for the two stage guillotine stock problem" Journal of the Operational Research Society 64, 629–637.
  15. Mehdi Mrad, Mohamed Haouari (2008), "Optimal Solution of the Discrete Cost Multicommodity Network Design Problem" Applied mathematics and Computation 204, 745- 753. (ISI)
  16. Mohamed Haouari, Mehdi Mrad, Hanif D. Sherali (2007), "Optimum synthesis of discrete capacitated networks with multi-terminal commodity flow requirements" Optimization Letters 1, 341-354. (ISI)

 
 
Submitted Publications
 

  1. Mohamed Labidi and Mehdi Mrad, "A MIP Model based on Graph Theory for the Physician Scheduling Problem", Submitted to mathematical problems in engineering.

 
Publications in Process
 

  1. Talal Ladhari, Mehdi Mrad and Sabrine Chalghoum " Mixed integer linear programming formulations for minimizing the total completion time in a two-machine non-permutation fowshop subject to release  dates "
  2. Mehdi Mrad, Lotfi Hidri " A branch and Price Algorithm for the Optimal Routing of Personal Rapid transit System ".
  3. M. Mrad, A. Gharbi And N. Azaiz, "Efficient exact solution of The Attacker Problem in Optimal Defense-Attack Strategies of Networks".

 

                                    

Participations in Conferences and Meetings
 
 

  1. October 2017, Fatma Moualla, Ali Balma and Mehdi Mrad, “A Rapid Heuristic For The Virtual Machines Migration Scheduling Problem”, The fifth international conference on control and signal processing. Kairouan , Tunisia.
  2. September 2017, Mehdi Mrad, Khalid Alkahtani and Rahmetou hultchafo, Time-Cost-Quality Trade-Off Problem Using Simulation-Based Integer Linear Programming Optimization Model: (Selection Of Feasible Construction Projects At The Early Phase). The Ninth International Conference on Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Management, Dubai, UAE.
  3. July 2016, Ali Balma, Mehdi Mrad, “Design of a telecommunication ring access network”, The 2016 International Conference on Decision Aid Sciences and Applications (DASA'16) 18th – 20th July, 2016, Hammamet, Tunisia
  4. July 2013, S. Chalghoumi,  M. Mrad and T. Ladhari (2013), "New lower bounds for minimising the total completion time in a two-machine non permutation flowshop scheduling problem", Euro Informs 26th European Conference on Operational Research MMXIII Rome, Italy.
  5. July 2013, I. Zaidi,  M. Mrad and T. Ladhari (2013), "New mixed integer linear programming formulations for single machine scheduling problem with release dates and precedence constraints", Euro Informs 26th European Conference on Operational Research MMXIII Rome, Italy.
  6.  April 2013, Ichraf ZAIDI, Mehdi Mrad and Talel Ladhari " Genetic Local Search Algorithm for minimizing the total completion time in single machine scheduling problem with release dates and precedence constraints" The International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’13) April 28-30, 2013, Hammamet, TUNISIA
  7. April 2013, Ines Meftahi and Mehdi Mrad" An Arc Flow Model for the two stages variable size cutting stock problem " The International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’13) April 28-30, 2013, Hammamet, TUNISIA
  8. April 2013, S. Chalghoumi,  M. Mrad and T. Ladhari (2013), "A new lower bound for minimising the total completion time in two-machine flow shop subject to release dates", The International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’13), Hammamet, Tunisia.
  9. July 2012, Mehdi Mrad, Anis Gharbi, Mohamed Haouari, Mohamed Kharbeche "An Approximate Decomposition Algorithm for Machine Re-assignment" EURO 2012, 25th European Conference on Operational Research, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  10. April 2012, Hidri Lotfi ,  Mehdi Mrad "Optimization of Personal Rapid System" ECCO 2012 – 25th Conference of European Chapter on Combinatorial Optimization Antalya, Turkey.
  11. April 2008, Claudio Alves, Rita Macedo, Mehdi Mrad "A Model for the Exact Solution for the Two Dimensional Cutting Stock Problem" 5th ESICUP l’Aquila Italy.
  12. April 2008, Claudio Alves, Rita Macedo, Mehdi Mrad "Exact Algorithms for the Two-Dimensional Cutting Stock Problem" 5th ESICUP l’Aquila Italy.
  13. February 2007, Mohamed Haouari, Mehdi Mrad "Problème de conception des réseaux avec coûts et capacités discrètes"  conférence conjointe Francoro V / Roadef 2007, Grenoble, France.
  14. May 2005, Mohamed Haouari, Mehdi Mrad, Hanif D. Sherali  , " Synthèse optimale d’un réseau avec des capacités discontinues pour l’écoulement de K flots non simultanés" 4ème Conférence Internationale en Recherche Opérationnelle  (CIRO’05), Marrakech, Morocco.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Funded Research Projects
 

  • Enhancing Saudi Hospital Physician Scheduling Using Optimization Techniques (2013-2015), National Plan for Science and Technology, King Saud University, Riyadh.
  • Cutting Stock Optimization Tool for Saudi Factories (accepted 2013), National Plan for Science and Technology, King Saud University, Riyadh. (Principal Investigator)
  • Optimization tool to enhance the profitability of pooled transportation systems in Saudi Arabia (accepted 2015), National Plan for Science and Technology, King Saud University, Riyadh. (Principal Investigator)

 
 
 
Refereeing
 
Conference proceedings
 

 
Journals
 

  • European Journal of Operations Research (EJOR)
  • Journal of Operational Research Society (JORS)
  • International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics (IJEME)
  • King Saud University Journal
  • International Journal of Operational Research (IJOR)

 
 
 
Collaborations with Companies
 
Consulting Activities

  • Consultant at King Abdullah Institute of Research and consulting Studies since 2017.
  • Member of the Project of Improvement of the Warehouse Management of the General Security Department of the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia 2016.  
  • Break even analysis between the robotic and the manual welding process at Alkourayef Company 2016-2017.
  • Optimized tool for the Aircraft Routing and fleet assignment process (2011-2012), Nas Airline Company, Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
  • Implementation and validation of optimized integrated model of aircraft routing and crew scheduling (2009-2010), Tunis-Air Company, Tunis Tunisia.
  • Design and implementation of cutting stock software (2011), Hadid-Alrajhi, Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
  • Optimization of vehicle Routing (chicken distribution) (2011) Al-akhawain company, Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
  • Design of Scheduling Procedures for the Wood Manufacturing Department (2007), Stramica, Tunisia.

 
 
Affiliations
 

  • Since 2005: Combinatorial Optimization Research Group (CORG), Unité de Recherche ROI (Recherche Opérationnelle pour l'Industrie), Polytechnic School of Tunisia
  • 2005-2006: The French Society of Operational Research (ROADEF)
  • 2003-2004: Laboratory of Mathematical Engineering, Polytechnic School of Tunisia, La Marsa

Visiting positions

  • November 2003: Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France
  • July- December 2007: Assistant researcher (Post_Doc) in the University of Minho In Portugal for project «».
  • July- September 2010: Assistant researcher (Post-Doc) in Masdar Institute of Science and technology. (Modeling and solving Personnel Rapid Transit)

 
 
Computer skills

  • CPLEX callable library and Concert Technology, Lingo, OPL, AMPL.
  • C/C++ Programming
  • Microsoft office, Prezi and Articulate.

 
Languages Linguistic skills
 
Solid linguistic background   in Arabic (Mother Tongue), French (second language), and English (Foreign language) both in written as well as spoken forms.
 
 

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