R Ravi

Andris A. Zoltners Professor of Business
Operations Research Group
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

I am a professor of Operations Research at the Tepper School of Business and a professor (by courtesy) at the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

My research focuses on models, methods and applications of discrete optimization. My research interests are in algorithms for combinatorial optimization, and their applications in the intersection of business and technology. My current research focuses on applications in network design, bioinformatics, supply chain logisitics, mechanism design, and social and information networks. My work has been supported by an NSF Career Award, and grants from Google, the NSF and the ONR.

I am interested in networks and their effects in business, a subject on which I designed and introduced a new MBA class. I am also interested in customer-centric marketing and how to accomplish this using optimization methods on large data sets, on which I co-developed another new MBA class. I study and teach courses related to business analytics and data mining. I also have a continuing interest in online markets and platforms.

At the Tepper School of Business, I served as the Associate Dean for Intellectual Strategy between 2005 and 2008. Between the Fall of 2012 until the summer of 2015, I was the Chair of the Future Educational Delivery Committee that designed and deployed the online hybrid MBA program, the new blended format of the Tepper MBA. At the Tepper School, I have held the title of Rohet Tolani Distinguished Professor between 2014 and 2018, and Carnegie Bosch Professor between 2006 and 2013.

I was elected a fellow of the INFORMS in 2017.

Links to: Contact information; Past students and postdocs.

Educational Activities

Recent Courses


Videos and Slides

I have collected some videos from the public domain that I have helped produce below.

Editorial Work

I was area editor for the INFORMS flagship journal Operations Research for the Discrete Optimization area between 2012-2017. I have formerly served in the editorial boards of the ACM Transactions on Algorithms, Management Science, Networks and the Journal of Algorithms.

I have also served in several conference program committees in the past, in particular as program chair for the paper selection committees of FOCS 2008, APPROX 2011 and SWAT 2014.

I am currently in the program committee for FOCS 2021.

Books and Lecture Notes

Research Papers