Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations
Analytics and Decision Support for Infrastructure, Transport, and Logistics

These are the unofficial pages for the Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT). The largely out of date official pages can be found here.

About C-OPT

Founded in 2012, the Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) brings together researchers with expertise and experience in using quantitative methods to develop innovative, customised solutions that help businesses streamline their processes and enhance their decision making, to reduce costs, increase productivity, and positively impact their triple bottom line.

C-OPT operates within the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and is affiliated with the ARC Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation, the International Centre for Balanced Land Use (ICBLU) , and the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA).

Current Members
Acting Director
Emeritus Professor
John O'Connor <john.oconnor@newcastle.edu.au> Physics Building P124, ext. 15439
Professor Regina Berretta <regina.berretta@newcastle.edu.au> Engineering Science Building ES229, ext. 18975
Professor Ricardo Campello <ricardo.campello@newcastle.edu.au> Room SR112, ext. 16762
Senior Lecturer Ali Eshragh <ali.eshragh@newcastle.edu.au> Room SR119, ext. 15521
Associate Professor Peter Howley <peter.howley@newcastle.edu.au> Room SR273, ext. 15518
Senior Lecturer Alexandre Mendes <alexandre.mendes@newcastle.edu.au> Engineering Science Building ES249, ext. 16173
Professor Rick Middleton <richard.middleton@newcastle.edu.au> Engineering A Building EAG03, ext. 16488
Senior Lecturer Hamish Waterer <hamish.waterer@newcastle.edu.au> Room SR221, ext. 15951
PhD Student Rasul Esmaeilbeigi <rasul.esmaeilbeigi@uon.edu.au>
PhD Student Farshid Evazabadian <farshid.evazabadian@uon.edu.au> Room SR206
Conjoint Professor Natashia Boland <natashia.boland@newcastle.edu.au> Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA, USA
Conjoint Senior Lecturer Thomas Kalinowski <thomas.kalinowski@newcastle.edu.au> University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia
Conjoint Professor Martin Savelsbergh <martin.savelsbergh@newcastle.edu.au> Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA, USA

Unless otherwise stated all School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences offices have been temporarily relocated to the Social Sciences Building SR until further notice.

Visitors and Past Members
PhD Student Parisa Charkhgard October 2015—May 2020
PhD Student Hung Nguyen Khanh October 2015—May 2020
PhD Student Sogol Mohammadian May 2016—April 2020
PhD Student Parichehr Paam January 2016—December 2019
PhD Student Mahdi Abolghasemi March 2016—November 2019
Research Fellow Saman Eskandarzadeh January 2017—February 2019
Research Fellow Mojtaba Heydar June 2015—August 2018
Visiting Academic Masoud Talebian
Sharif University, Iran
January 2018
Senior Lecturer Thomas Kalinowski 2013—January 2018
Research Fellow Jason Matthews January 2016—August 2017
PhD Student Fabian Rigterink March 2014—September 2017
PhD Student Rachel Bunder 2011—August 2017
Visiting Academic Masoud Talebian
Sharif University, Iran
July 2017
Visiting PhD Student Tomas Lidén
Linköping University, Sweden
September 2016—January 2017
Lecturer Masoud Talebian 2009—September 2016
PhD Student Hadi Charkhgard February 2012—February 2016
PhD Student Riley Clement March 2009—December 2015
PhD Student Reena Kapoor August 2011—October 2015
PhD Student Simranjit Kaur August 2011—July 2015
Research Fellow Mateus Rocha de Paula August 2012—June 2015
PhD Student Mohsen Reisi September 2010—March 2015
Acting Director, Conjoint Andreas Ernst August 2014—December 2014
Honours Student Patrick Andersen 2014
Honours Student Andrew Terry 2014
Research Fellow Amir Salehipour September 2013—August 2014
PhD Student James Foster January 2009—August 2014
Co-Director, Professor Natashia Boland 2008—June 2014
Director, Professor Martin Savelsbergh October 2011—June 2014
PhD Student Luke Marshall January—June 2014
PhD Student Alan Lee —June 2014
Administrative Officer Daniel Urquhart —June 2014
Visiting Academic Mike Hewitt
Loyola University Chicago, USA
May 2014
Visiting PhD Student Elias Temponi
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
May 2013—January 2014
PhD Student Sebastian Ruther 2008—August 2013
Visiting Academic Elin Halvorsen-Weare
SINTEF, Norway
February 2013—May 2013
Visiting PhD Student Mahmood Rezaei
Université de Liège, Belgium
March 2013—April 2013
Summer Student Fabian Rigterink December 2012—March 2013
Research Fellow Olivia Smith January 2012—December 2012
Visiting Academic Karen Smilowitz
Northwestern University, USA
January 2012—May 2012
Lecturer Faramroze Engineer July 2009—May 2012
Research Fellow Thomas Kalinowski February 2010—February 2012
Visiting PhD Student Abdolsalam Ghaderi
Research Fellow Damon Gulczynski July 2010—August 2011
Research Fellow Lanbo Zheng March 2010—February 2011