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Opher Baron

Opher  Baron

Opher Baron

Area Coordinator, Operations Management and StatisticsProfessor of Operations Management

Degrees:

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MBA, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
BSc, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Phone:

416-978-4164

Bio

Opher Baron is a Professor of Operations Management (since 2003) and the area coordinator for Operations Management and Statistics at the Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto.  He was a visiting associate Professor at the Industrial engineering and Management faculty of Technion (2009/10) and a visiting Professor at the School of Information Management and Engineering, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (2016/17). He has a PhD in Operations Management from the Sloan school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology along with an MBA and BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion.  On the teaching front, Opher is especially proud of the "Analytics for decision-making" MBA elective course he introduced and teach at Rotman.  His research interest include queueing, applied probability, business analytics, service operations (such as healthcare), inventory planning, and revenue management. Opher's published at leading journals such as Operations Research, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and he has won several research and teaching awards and grants, including the 1000 Talent Plan Scholar of the Shanghai Municipal Government, 2017. Opher is active in the operations research and operations management community. He gave numerous invited lectures and seminars, has chaired several conferences, clusters, and sessions and is currently serving on the editorial boards of the several journals including the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Service Science.

Academic Positions

  • 2015-present

    Area Coordinator, Operations Management and Statistics, Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto

  • 2014-present

    Full Professor, Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto

  • 2016-2017

    Visiting Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

  • 2009-2014

    Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto

  • 2009-2010

    Visiting Associate Professor, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

  • 2003-2009

    Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto

Selected Publications - Papers

Recent Presentations

Selected Publications - Forthcoming

  • A Trade Credit Model with Asymmetric Retailers

    Wu, D. D., Zhangy, B., Baron, O.

    Production and Operations Management

  • Pricing and Prioritizing Time-Sensitive Customers with Heterogeneous Demand Rates

    Afèche, P., Baron, O., Milner, J., and Roet-Green, R.

    Operations Research

  • Network design for a service operation with lost demand and possible disruptions

    Baron, O., Berman, O., Deutsch, Y.

    Naval Research Logistics

  • Almost robust optimization with binary variables

    Baron, O., Berman, O., Fazel-Zarandi, M. M., Roshanaei, V.

    European Journal of Operations Research

Recent Videos

Research and Teaching Interests

Modeling, Spreadsheet, Applied probability, Queueing, Inventory management, Facility location, Stochastic process, and Call centers.

Honors and Awards

  • 2016

    1000 Talent Plan, Shanghai Municipality

  • 2016

    For the paper 'M/M/c queue with two priority classes. by Wang J., Baron, O., and Scheller Wolf, A., Operations Research (2015), 63(3):733-749', Wang Jianfu won the CORS Queueing SIG student competition award

  • 2014

    'Now Playing: DVD Purchasing for A Multi-Location Rental Firm,' by Opher Baron, Hajizadeh, Iman, and Joseph Milner, M&SOM, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2011, Finalist M&SOM best paper award

  • 2014

    For the paper ' Using strategic idleness to improve customer service experience in service networks,' by Baron, O., Berman, O., Krass, D., and Wang J., Operations Research, 62(1), January-February 2014. pp123-140. , Wang Jianfu won the CORS Queueing SIG student competition award

  • 2014

    For the paper 'Allocation policies in blood transfusion', Sarhangian Vahid won the Runner-up in the CORS 2014 Student Paper Competition (Open Category) (with Abouee-Mehrizi, H., Berman, O.)

  • 2014

    For the paper ' Customer Acquisition, Retention, and Service Quality for a Call Center: Optimal Promotions, Priorities, and Staffing , Araghi Mojtaba won a Finalist for the CORS 2013 Student Paper Competition (Open Category) (with Afeche, P. )

  • 2011

    M&SOM Meritorious Service Award , M&SOM

  • 2007

    Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research , University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • INFORMS

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2010-2015

    Masters Programs Committee, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

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