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Huanan Zhang

Assistant Professor


  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

352 Leonhard Building


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Research Areas:

Operations Research; Operations, Services, and Analytics

Interest Areas:

The design of efficient learning and approximation algorithms to solve multi-stage stochastic optimization problems arising in the context of supply chains, inventory and revenue management.




  • Ph D, Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2017


Journal Articles

  • Huanan Zhang, Xiuli Chao and Cong Shi, 2018, "Technical Note—Perishable Inventory Systems: Convexity Results for Base-Stock Policies and Learning Algorithms Under Censored Demand", Operations Research, 66, (5), pp. 1276-1286
  • Huanan Zhang, Cong Shi, Chao Qin and Cheng Hua, 2016, "Stochastic regret minimization for revenue management problems with nonstationary demands", Naval Research Logistics (NRL), 63, (6), pp. 433-448
  • Huanan Zhang, Cong Shi and Xiuli Chao, 2016, "Technical Note—Approximation Algorithms for Perishable Inventory Systems with Setup Costs", Operations Research, 64, (2), pp. 432-440
  • Cong Shi, Huanan Zhang and Chao Qin, 2015, "A faster algorithm for the resource allocation problem with convex cost functions", Journal of Discrete Algorithms, 34, pp. 137-146
  • Xiuli Chao, Xiting Gong, Cong Shi and Huanan Zhang, 2015, "Approximation Algorithms for Perishable Inventory Systems", Operations Research, 63, (3), pp. 585-601
  • Cong Shi, Huanan Zhang, Xiuli Chao and Retsef Levi, 2014, "Approximation algorithms for capacitated stochastic inventory systems with setup costs", Naval Research Logistics (NRL), 61, (4), pp. 304-319
  • Huanan Zhang, Xiuli Chao and Cong Shi, , "Closing the Gap: A Learning Algorithm for the Lost-Sales Inventory System with Lead Times", Management Science
  • Xiuli Chao, Xiting Gong, Cong Shi, Chaolin Yang, Huanan Zhang and Sean X. Zhou, , "Approximation Algorithms for Capacitated Perishable Inventory Systems with Positive Lead Times", Management Science

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