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Dr Yanlu Zhao

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Business School  


Yanlu Zhao is an assistant professor in Technology & Operations Management at Durham University Business School. His research and teaching focuses on data-driven service operations and supply chain management. He has published in several academic journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Project Management, and regularly presents his research at international conferences in Europe, Asia, and the United States (INFORMS, EURO, MSOM, POMS). He received his doctoral degree from ESSEC Business School in France, and he also holds a Master degree in Management Science & Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. In 2019, he visited the Institute of Operations Research and Analytics at National University of Singapore as a research scholar. 

Mini Biography

Yanlu Zhao is an assistant professor in Technology & Operations Management. His research interests in data-driven service operations, including network optimization, Markov decision process, dynamic programming, machine learning and their applications in the operational context, such as the appointment scheduling, vehicle routing, online platforms, healthcare system and digital travel planning.

Research interests

  • Mixed-integer programming
  • Markov decision process
  • Dynamic programming
  • Queue theory
  • Machine learning
  • Applications: data-driven service operations and supply chain management, such as appointment scheduling, vehicle routing problem, online platforms optimization and data analytics in healthcare system


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