Gino J. Lim, Ph.D.
Gino J. Lim, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Hari and Anjali Agrawal Faculty Fellow
Office Location: E206 Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-4194   |   Fax: 713-743-4190
Email: ginolim [at] uh.edu


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin — Madison

Professional Experience: 

Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
Board member, INFORMS Board of Directors, 2018-2019
Vice President, INFORMS Chapters/Fora, 2018-2019
Chair, INFORMS Subdivisions Council 2019
Vice Chair, INFORMS Subdivisions Council 2018
Program Chair, INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, Houston, TX
Chair, The Seth Bonder Scholarship Committee: The Health Applications Section (HAS) of INFORMS 2007-2011
Director, Systems Optimization & Computing Laboratory (SOCL)
Chair/Past Chair/Incoming Chair, CIEADH ISERC Conference Oversight Committee 2013-2016
Program Chair, ISERC Annual Conference & Expo 2012, Orlando, FL
Department Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Houston, 2011 - present
Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Houston
Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Houston
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Houston
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Professional and Scientific Affiliations: 

The Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
The Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Mathematical Programming Society (MPS)
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
Area Editor of Healthcare, Computers & Industrial Engineering

Courses Taught: 

INDE 3364 Engineering Statistics II
INDE 3381 Linear Optimization
INDE 6111 Graduate Seminar
INDE 6372 Advanced Linear Optimization
INDE 7340 Integer Programming
INDE 7342 Nonlinear Programming
INDE 7397 Tools and Methods for Optimization

Research Interests: 

Dr. Lim's research interests are in Computational Optimization, Innovative Operations Research Applications in Health Systems, Power Systems, Homeland Security, and Evacuation Planning and Management. He has a keen interest in developing optimization techniques (Machine Learning, Robust Optimization and Stochastic Programming) for solving large-scale decision-making problems in such areas as medicine, microgrids, healthcare delivery, and transportation networks. His research projects are funded by SERRI-ORNL, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), City of Houston, Qatar National Research Fund, the University of Houston, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Entergy, and Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

Interesting Applications of Large Scale Network Optimization and High-Performance Computing:

  1. Proton radiation therapy planning, Operating Room scheduling
  2. Resilient Network Systems Design for Port Security, Evacuation Planning and Management
  3. UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) placement and routing optimization
  4. Power Systems: Economic Benefits of Power Systems Design. Microgrids

Some articles about Dr. Lim and his colleagues' research:

Current Research Projects: 

Optimization in Hospital Operations: Staff Scheduling, Warehouse management, etc.

Robust optimization models for evacuation planning and managment.

Optimization tool design for radiation treatment planning: IMRT and IMPT.

Parallel computation, high performance computing, GPU-based optimization algoritms

Drone placement and routing

Risk analysis for ports and waterways

Awards & Honors: 

Best Paper Award, Energy Systems Division, ISERC, IISE, Pittsburgh, PA 2017
Best Paper Award, 2nd place, Energy Systems Division, ISERC, IISE, 2018
Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE), 2017
Volunteer Service Award at the Meritorious level, INFORMS, Nashville, TN, 2016
Outstanding Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) Award, OCA-Greater Houston Chapter, September 19, 2014
Outstanding Teacher Award, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, 2007 and 2010
Outstanding Teacher Award, IE Department, University of Houston, 2005, 2006, and 2009
Moving Spirit Award, INFORMS, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006
Who's who in engineering education, 2005
Travel Award, FASEB/MARC, Tucson, AZ, 2004
Travel Grant Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002-2003
Vilas Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002-2003
Pierskalla Best Paper Award, INFORMS, San Jose, CA, 2002

Professional Activities: 

Chair, INFORMS Subdivisions Council, Jan 2018-Dec 2019

Vice President, Chapters/Fora of INFORMS, Jan 2018 -

Chair, INFORMS Bonder Scholarship Selection Committee, 2007 - 2011

Chair, CIEADH Oversight Committee, 2012 - 2015

Chair, 2014 ISERC Doctoral Colloquium

Vice President of Outreach and Awards for Productions and Operations Management (POMS) College of Healthcare Operations Management (CHOM), 2008-2009

Program Co-chair, Doctoral Colloquium, 2012 - 2013

Council Member of INFORMS, Student Chapter Representative, 2010 - 2014

INFORMS University of Houston Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, 2004 - 2013

Council Member, Healthcare Applications Section (HAS) of INFORMS, 2006-2008

Conference Co-organizer, Annual Texas Hurricane Center Conference, 2009-2012

Conference Track Chair, Value Engineering for for SAVE International Conference, 2009-2010

Member, Organizing Committee, 2015 Annual INFORMS Conference, Philadelphia

Member, Chapters/Fora of INFORMS, 2014 - 2015

Member, Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH), 2011 - present

Selected Publications

Books / Book Chapters

  • S. Bora, E. Boros, L. Lei, A. Chaovalitwongse, G. Lim, H. Parsaei, “A Vessel Scheduling Problem with Special Cases,” Operations Research and Enterprise Systems, Communications in Computer and Information Science Series 509, pp. 108-125, Springer International Publishing, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17509-6_8

    , 2015.
  • S. Bora, G. Lim, H. Parsaei, “Risk Analysis and Efficient Logistics for Maritime Ports and Waterways in Qatar,” (invited), Industrial Engineering Applications in Emerging Countries, Chapter 2, vol2, pp 29-50, Taylor and Francis (CRC Press)

    , 2015.
  • A. Mobasher, G. Lim, J.F. Bard, and V. Jordan, “Daily Scheduling of Nurses in Operating Suites,” Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2nd ed., Chapter 55, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, October

    , 2013.
  • Mukesh Rungta and Gino J. Lim, “Optimization in Evacuation Route Planning,” Handbook of Emergency Response: A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach, CRC Press, Chapter 5, pp97-119, August

    , 2013.
  • Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), Editors: Gino J. Lim and Jeffrey Herrmann

    , 2012.
  • Gino J. Lim and Arezou Mobasher and Laleh Kardar and Murray J. Cote, “Nurse Scheduling,” Handbook of Healthcare System Scheduling, International Series in Operations Research & Management Science, Vol 18, pp31-64

    , 2012.
  • Wenhua Cao and Gino J. Lim, “An Introduction to Optimization in Healthcare Delivery,” Handbook of Healthcare Delivery, edited by Yuehwern Yih, , edited by Yuehwern Yih, Chapter 15, Handbook of Healthcare Delivery Systems, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

    , 2011.
  • Wenhua Cao and Gino J. Lim, “Optimization Models for Cancer Treatment Planning,” Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Wiley Online Library, January

    , 2011.
  • Gino J. Lim, “Optimization Models and Computational Approaches for Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Treatment Planning,” Handbook of Optimization in Medicine, Springer-Verlag, edited by PM Pardalos and HE Romeijn, Editors, pp53-82

    , 2009.
  • Gino J. Lim and Eva K. Lee, “Optimization in Medicine and Biology,” Taylor and Francis, January

    , 2008.
  • Gino J. Lim, “An Introduction to Radiation Therapy Planning Optimization,” Optimization in Medicine and Biology, edited by Gino J. Lim and Eva K. Lee, pp197-221

    , 2008.
  • Gino J. Lim, “Optimization based Framework for Radiation Therapy,” Chapter 477, Encyclopedia of Optimization, 2nd ed., edited by C.A. Floudas and Panos Pardalos

    , 2008.

Dissertations Directed

  • MS students graduated

    • Hyung Jin Park, “Novel Applications of Optimization Models in Drone Routing and Scheduling,” May 2021.
    • Sanaz Karamimoghaddam, MS thesis title: “Evaluation of Relative Biological Effectiveness for Proton Therapy,” August 2016.
    • Shaunak Vaigare, MS thesis title: “Flash Flood Warning System and Decision Support Tool for Emergency Management,” December 2011. National Hurricane Center.
    • Abhilasha A. Kelkar, MS thesis title: “A Comparison Study on Beam Angle Optimization Methods in Radiation Treatment Planning,” December, 2011
    • Elham Torabi, MS thesis title: “A Genetic Algorithm Approach for an Operating Room Scheduling Problem with Multiple Objectives,” May 2011.
    • Meng Liu, MS thesis title: “Hurricane Prediction and Damage Estimation using HAZUS-MH and Hurricane Ike Survey,” August 2010.
    • Pooya Tabesh, MS thesis title: “Heart Failure Monitoring, Detection, and Prediction Using Data Mining Techniques,” December 2009. Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX.
    • Joshua Reese, MS thesis title: “Theoretical Aspects of Vector Quantization and Its Applications,” August 2007. Currently employed by Pros Revenue Management, Houston, Texas.
    , 2021.
  • Ph.D. students graduated (31)

    • Saba Ebrahimi, Ph.D. (August 2021), “Analytical Models and Data-Driven Methods forRadiation Therapy Treatment Planning,” American Airlines, Dallas, TX.

    • Ayda Darvishan, Ph.D. (December 2020), “Emergency Evacuation Planning Problem under Uncertainty in Events”

    • Navid Ahmadian, Ph.D. (December 2020), “System Resilience Assessment and Improvement with Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” 

    • Maryam Torabbeigi, Ph.D. (December 2020), Drone Scheduling Optimization Considering Capacity and Reliability of Batteries.

    • Amirhossein Najjarbashi, Ph.D. (May 2020), “Stochastic Models for the Operating Room Scheduling Problem under Uncertainty,” Operations Research Scientist, FedEx Ground.

    • Mohammad Najarian, Ph.D. (May 2020), “Optimizing Infrastructure Resilience under Budgetary Constraint”, Analytics & Optimization consultant, ORTEC, Houston, TX.

    • Anahita Molavi, Ph.D. (May 2020), “Designing Smart Ports by Integrating Sustainable Infrastructure and Economic Incentives”, Cardinal Health, Columbus, OH.

    • Yiwei Wu, Ph.D. (December 2019), “Optimal Scheduling Models And Algorithms Of Integrated Microgrids”, Post-doc, University of Houston.

    • Xuemin Bai, Ph.D. (December 2019), “Linear Energy Transfer (LET) - Guided Optimization Incorporating Biological Effectiveness for Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy”.
    • Nasrin Nouri, Ph.D. (May 2019), “Fractionated Treatment Planning of Radiation Therapy Considering Biological Response”.
    • Azin Khabazian,Ph.D. (May 2019), “Radiation Therapy Optimization Considering Setup Uncertainty and Radiobiological Effects,” BNSF, Dallas, TX.
    • Seon Jin Kim, Ph.D. (December 2018), “An optimization framework for drone operations under constrained battery duration,” Department of Defense, South Korea Army
    • Saeedeh Abbasi, Ph.D. (August 2018), “An Optimization Framework for Resilience-based Power Grid Restoration,” Data Scientist / OR Scientist at Deccan International, CA
    • Aida Khayatian, Ph.D. (May 2018), "Integrated Microgrid Expansion Planning and Policy Making under Uncertainty in Power Electricity Market, Operation Research Scientist, Opex Analytics, Evanston, IL
    • Guven Kaya, Ph.D., (August 2017), “Large Scale Optimization Models and Algorithms in Healthcare Delivery,” Senior Software Engineer, GE Aviation Digital, Austin, TX.
    • Li Liao, Ph.D., Dissertation title:“Novel Approaches for High Performance Computing in Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy” December 2016, Senior research scientist, Global One Oncology, Inc., Houston, TX.
    • Taofeek Biobaku, Ph.D., Dissertation title:"Risk-based Optimization Models for Maritime Safety and Security,", July 2016. Praxair, MD.
    • Jaeyoung Cho, Ph.D., Dissertation title:"Maritime Vehicle Routing under Uncertainty: LNG Shipping and Offshore Pipeline Damage Assessment Problems", June 2016, Assistant Professor, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.
    • Khaled Eldressi, Ph.D., Dissertation title: "A New Approach to Measure Intangibles in the Economic Analysis of Advanced Technology Projects," May 2016. Co-advised with Hamid R. Parsaei at Texas A&M University.
    • Maryam Zaghian, Ph.D., Dissertation title: "Radiation Therapy Optimization Considering Uncertainties and Biological Effects," December 2015. Sr. Healthcare Systems Engineer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
    • Likang Ma, Ph.D. Dissertation title:"Parallel Computational Algorithms for Combinatorial Optimization Problems" August 2014, Optym, Gainesville, FL
    • Laleh Kardar, Ph.D. Dissertation title:"Radiation Therapy Optimization under Uncertainty for Lung Cancer: Interplay Effects and Tumor Shrinkage," May 2014, Pros Revenue Management, Houston, TX
    • Mukesh Rungta, Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Reliable Route Planning for Emergency Evacuation,” May 2013, Air Liquide, Galsgow, Delaware.
    • Ayse D. Sonmez, Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Facility Location and Relocation Problem: Models and Decomposition Algorithms,” May 2012, Clinical Assistant Professor at William & Mary – Raymond A. Mason School of Business, Williamsburg, VA.
    • Wenhua Cao, Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Optimizing Beam Angles for Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning,” December 2011, Assistant Professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
    • MohammadReza Baharnemati, Ph.D. Dissertation title: A network optimization for emergency evacuation route planning,” December 2011, Optym, Gainesville, FL.
    • Arezou Mobasher, Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Nurse Scheduling Optimization in a General Clinic and an Operating Suite,” August 2011, American Airlines, Dallas, TX.
    • Shabnam Zangeneh, Ph.D. Dissertation title: “An Optimization Approach for a Short Notice Evacuation,” December 2010, Boeing, Seattle, Washington.
    • Araby Abdel Rahman, Ph.D. Dissertation title: Start-up Time Reduction for Batch and Continuous Processes Using Optimization,” December 2008. Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Helwan University, Egypt.
    • Jaewon Choi, Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Optimization Models and Iterative Solution Methods for Intensity Modulated Radiation Treatment Planning”, December, 2006. Currently employed by Bechtel, Co., Houston, Texas.
    • Sumeet S. Desai, Ph.D. Dissertation title: “An Optimization Framework for Hazardous Materials Route Selection Problem”, December 2006. Currently employed by Praxair, MD.
  • Post doc mentorship

    • Selim Bora, Ph.D., Texas A&M at Qatar, March 2013 - February 2015.
    • Mary McGuire, Ph.D., University of Texas, Houston, TX, Sep. 2011 – November, 2013
    • Wenhua Cao, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX Jan 2012 – November 15, 2013