Kimia Ghobadi

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Healthcare operations
  • Medical decision making
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Real-time algorithms
  • Mixed-integer programming
  • Inverse optimization

Kimia Ghobadi is a John C. Malone Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of Center for Systems Science and Engineering and the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. Prior to joining JHU, Kimia was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management and collaborated closely with the Massachusetts General Hospital on improving healthcare operations. She received her PhD from the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. After her PhD, she worked with the University Health Networks and the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto on implementing automated radiation therapy treatment plans in clinical settings. Kimia is a recipient of the INFORMS Judith Liebman Award and multiple fellowships including the Canadian National Science and Engineering fellowship (NSERC) in both graduate and postdoctoral levels.

Kimia’s research interests is in the using mathematical models, optimization, and analytics to solve problems in complex systems. She is particularly interested in solving healthcare problems that are implementable and have a meaning impact in the field and the society. To efficiently solve such problems, she is working on developing models and techniques in inverse optimization, mixed-integer programming, and online algorithms. Her recent research interests include scheduling techniques for staff and patients in hospitals and outpatient settings, using analytics to improve overcrowding in Emergency Departments, designing radiation therapy treatment plans for brain cancer patients, and developing provably efficient online scheduling algorithms.

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