R. Ravi

Andris A. Zoltners Professor of Business
Rohet Tolani Distinguished Professor
Professor of Operations Research and Computer Science




POS - Posner Hall - Room 348C


Operations Research


Brown University - Ph D (Computer Science) - 1993
I. I. T., Madras - Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science and Engineering) - 1989


Models, methods and applications of discrete optimization.


Dr. R. Ravi is the Rohet Tolani Distinguished Professor, Andris A. Zoltners Professor of Business, and Professor of Operations Research and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Ravi received his bachelor's degree from IIT, Madras, and Master's and doctoral degrees from Brown University, all in Computer Science. Ravi has been at the Tepper School of Business since 1995 where he served as the Associate Dean for Intellectual Strategy from 2005-2008, and Chair of the Future Educational Delivery Committee that launched the online hybrid Tepper MBA in 2013. Ravi's main research interests are in algorithms for combinatorial optimization, and their applications in the intersection of business and technology. Ravi is interested in networks and their effects in business, a subject on which he introduced a new MBA class. He is also interested in customer-centric marketing and how to accomplish this using optimization methods on large data sets, on which he co-developed another new MBA class and co-wrote a book.   On the academic side, Ravi's research has been continually supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation since 1995; In this period, he has supervised over a dozen doctoral students and developed over half a dozen new graduate classes. He currently serves as area editor for the INFORMS flagship journal Operations Research in charge of the discrete optimization area.


  • Capacitated Vehicle Routing with Nonuniform Speeds

    (author(s): Inge Gørtz, Marco Molinaro, Viswanath Nagarajan, R. Ravi) Mathematics of Operations Research 41(1), 2016; 318–331

  • Robust and MaxMin Optimization under Matroid and Knapsack Uncertainty Sets

    (author(s): Anupam Gupta, Viswanath Nagarajan, R. Ravi) ACM Trans. Algorithms 12(1), 2016; 10

  • Customer-Centric Marketing: A Pragmatic Framework.

    (author(s): R. Ravi, Baohong Sun) MIT Press, 2016

  • Expertise Online Markets

    (author(s): Isa Hafalir, R. Ravi, Stelios Despotakis, Amin Sayedi) Management Science

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  • Tepper School of Business - George Leland Bach Award for Excellence in the MBA Classroom (2013)
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute - Carnegie Bosch Chair (2006)
  • NSF - CAREER Award (2006)


  • University Strategy Committee on Technology Enhanced Learning, Committee Member, Evaluate the current state of technology enhanced education and develop a university-wide strategy for engagement with TEL such as MOOCs and online education tools. (2014 - )
  • Future Educational Delivery Committee, Committee Chair, Convened and led the ten-person faculty committee that designed and launched the online hybrid Tepper MBA in the Fall of 2013, and transitioned to leading the OH Faculty advisory committee of four faculty members. (2012 - 2013)
  • Associate Dean for Intellectual Strategy, Tepper School of Business, Precursor of the two current positions of the senior associate deans for research and education in the school (2005 - 2008)
  • TEPPER CART CENTER, Chairperson (2005 - 2008)


  • Senior Editor, Operations Research, Area Editor for Discrete Optimization (January 2012 -)
  • Committee Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Program Committee for the 2016 Annual Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC) (November 2015 - March 2016)
  • Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Algorithms (January 2004 - January 2015)
  • Committee Chair, 14th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (July 2014 - July 2014)
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  • Optimization for Interactive Marketing (45853)
    2016 Mini 4 Section: A
  • Special Topics in Combinatorial Optimization (47853)
    2016 Mini 4 Section: A
  • Business Networks (45951)
    2015 Mini 1 Section: M
  • Probability And Statistics (45750)
    2015 Mini 1 Section: F, M
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