Dr. Khodakaram Salimifard

PhD in Operations Research, Lancaster University, UK

Khodakaram received his PhD from Lancaster university, UK in 2002. His PhD research was using Colored Petri Nets (CPN) in performance evaluation of workflow systems. He is, now, an associate professor in operations research. His main research interests include:

  • Bio-inspired algorithms
  • Vehicle Routing Problems (VRP)
  • Scheduling
  • OR in Healthcare
  • OR in Transportation and Logistics
  • Discrete Event Simulation 
Reza Moghdani

Reza Moghdani

Reza received his PhD in operations research on January 10th 2021 here at at the Persian Gulf University. His PhD research was supervised by Dr. Khodakaram Salimifard and jointly advised by Dr. Emrah Demir and Prof. Abdelkader Benyettou. His topic includes developing a new population-based meta-heuristic algorithm. He successfully developed two metaheuristic algorithms, VPL and MOVPL, both inspired by voleyball league. Reza is mainly interested in VRP and developing algorithms to optimize different variants of VRP, including GVRP.


Masoumeh Vali

Masoumeh Vali

Masoumeh is a PhD candidate in operations research here at the Persian Gulf University. Her PhD research is supervised by Dr. Khodakaram Salimifard and advised by Prof. Thierry Chaussalet (Westminister University, UK) and Prof. Amir Hossein Gandomi (University of Technology Sydney, Australia). Her topic includes using a simulation-optimization integration in healthcare to optimize patient flow while carbon footprint is minimized.


Mohammad Qaleh Shakhani

Mohammad Qaleh Shakhany

 Mohammad is a PhD candidate in operations research. His PhD thesis is titled "A Dynamics Approach Based on Chaos Theory for Crises Forecasting in Epidemics Outbreak". Mohammed is interested in research on system dynamics and chaotic systems, predicting the behavior of Non-linear systems, system theory, and complexity theory. 


Faezeh Homayunzadeh Baee

Faezeh is a PhD student in operations research at the Persian Gulf University. Her research interest includes behavior patterns of non-infectious diseases in the population. She is currently working on developing a Markov Chain model to analyse the state-transition of leukemia among Iranian children.


Davood Mohammadi

Davood is an MSc graduate in Industrial Engineering and a system analyst in Bushehr Polymer company. He is mainly focused on the engineering applications of optimization algorithms. He is currently working on developing a mathematical model of Pollution Routing Problem. Davood is a part of a research team which includes Dr. Salimifard, Dr. Laith Mohammad Abualigah, and Dr. Mohammad Elsayed Abdulaziz to improve the performance of Salp Swarm Algorithm. 


Sara Saadatmand

Sara is a PhD student in operations research. She received her MSc in operations research from PGU. Sara did her research on Multi-Objective Scheduling Optimization in Clinics with no show and walk-in patients. She applied NSGA-II algorithm to solve the problem. Sara is interested in research on scheduling and routing in healthcare. She is also interested in data science.


Sara Bigharaz

Sara received her MSc in operations research from Persian Gulf University. She did her MSc thesis on using Multi-Commodity Routing Modeling in Fair Distribution of Pupils in Schools. She is now focusing on the development of meta-heuristic algorithms for urban vehicle routing problems considering environmental concerns.

Sara won a full 1-year research fund from University of Torino, Italy. She joined Dr. Roberto Aringhieri.  On December 2020, Sara joind Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU university in Norway to do a PhD in operations research.


Samira Dehdar

Samira is a PhD student who is recently joined the CIIORG. She is interested in the application of optimization methodology in fighting against breast cancer. She is searching to find a framework for developing an optimization model to help the treatment. Her research also includes using data science in developing the model.


Dr. Ahmad Ghorbanpour

Ahmad is an Assistant Professor and received his PhD in operations research from Ferdowsi University, Iran. His research interests include project scheduling, resource management. Ahmad is also interested in using Genetic Algorithm and Particle Swarm Optimization in solving real-world optimization problems.

Senobar Kheradmand Igder

Senobar is a new PhD student in operations research who joined CIIORG in October 2020. With her background in computer science and industrial management, Senobar is focused on developing bio-inspired algorithm and simulation model to help patients with mental diseases.   

 Dr. Samaneh Raeesi Nafchi

Dr. Samaneh Raeesi Nafchi

Samaneh is a lecturer at Lamerd University. Samaneh was graduated with an MA degree in Business Management from Persian Gulf University. She is doing her PhD in Marketing at the University of Tehran. Her main research interests include Market Analytics, Business Analytics, and Policy Analysis.


Faezeh Mardanian Shahri

Faezeh has been graduated from PGU with an MSc in production and operations management. Based on her background in Industrial Engineering, Faezeh is interested in developing mathematical model to optimize supply chain and production planning. She is also interested in developing simulation models coupled with metaheuristic algorithms in solving the real-world problems.

Reza Osanloo

Reza has been graduated from PGU with an MSc in Operations Research. He is an expert in project controls in Pars Oil & Gas company. His research interests include system dynamics and discrete event simulation in energy companies to make the system more efficient and resilience to the working conditions.


Computational Intelligence & Intelligent Optimization Research Group (CIIORG)

Persian Gulf University, Bushehr 75169, Iran
(+98) 77 3122 2118