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Raghavan, S.

S. Raghavan
Professor of Management Science
4365 Van Munching Hall

Research Interests 

Network and combinatorial optimization, linear programming, integer and mixed-integer programming methods, heuristics, and large-scale optimization; with applications to auctions, energy, health care, social networks, logistics/supply chain, and telecommunications


Dr. Raghavan's research interests and activities cover a broad domain including--- auction design, data mining, economics, information systems, computational marketing, networks, optimization, and telecommunications. He has published on a wide variety of topics (including telecommunications, electronic markets, and data mining) and numerous academic outlets such as Management Science, Operations Research, Decision Support Systems, and the INFORMS Journal on Computing. He holds two patents, and has won numerous awards for his research work. He is most proud of his Ph.D. students (8 graduated and 2 current) who have done outstanding research, and won several major awards for their doctoral dissertation work.

The unifying feature to Dr. Raghavan's  research  is the network and combinatorial optimization techniques he applies to these problems. Raghavan's research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Recently, he has finished co-editing a book on Telecommunications Network Design and Management. He has received several patents and prestigious awards for his research, including the George B.Dantzig Dissertation Award from INFORMS. Prior to joining the University of Maryland he led the Optimization Group at US WEST Advanced Technologies.

Education. Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research, February 1995, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139. Thesis: Formulations and Algorithms for Network Design Problems with Connectivity Requirements, supervised by Professor T. L. Magnanti.

Master of Science in Operations Research and Statistics, December 1988, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 12180.

Bachelor of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering, July 1987, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras , India

1995-1998 Member of Technical Staff, U S WEST Advanced Technologies

1992 Visiting Member of Technical Staff, Operations Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories (summer).

Professional Activities & Honors

Member: Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Mathematical Programming Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Associate Editor: Networks.

Referee: Algorithmica, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Journal of Combinational Theory, Series B, Journal of Heuristics, Mathematics of Operations Research, Operations Research, Operations Research Letters, Networks, Telecommunication Systems, Transportation Science.

1996 George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award (awarded by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences).

1992 Martin B. Farber Internship (awarded by AT&T Bell Laboratories).

Frame Relay Network Planning Tool (U.S. Patent # 5,940,373, Issued August 17, 1999).

Method and Systems to Optimize Capacity of a CDMA Cellular Communication System (Application pending at U.S. Patent office since December 1997).

Honors and Awards 


INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of the OR/MS Practice, 2016
INFORMS Telecommunications Section Prize Best Paper Award, 2016
Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize, European Association of Operational Research Societies (EURO), 2010
Glover/Klingman Prize: Best paper published in the journal Networks in 2005, 2006

Young faculty awards
INFORMS Junior Faculty paper competition, "Long-Distance Access Network Design." Second place prize, 2003

Student awards
George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award, 1996


Related News 

Aneesh Raghavan wins Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship
Raghavan's research interests are in control and networked cyber-physical systems. May 3, 2018

Aneesh Raghavan and Usman Fiaz named outstanding graduate assistants
Only 80 graduate assistants university-wide will receive the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award on May 8. April 25, 2018

Raghavan writes article on teaching for OR/MS Today magazine
“Industry experiences shape teaching philosophy” appears in the August 2017 issue of the INFORMS publication.. September 6, 2017

Raghavan wins INFORMS teaching prize
The Prize for the Teaching of the OR/MS Practice recognizes a faculty member outstanding in helping students learn to effectively practice operations research and management science. November 9, 2016

Work by Raghavan, Chen, Ljubic wins Best Paper Award
"The Generalized Regenerator Location Problem" deals with a problem in optical networks. November 9, 2016

Clark School ENGAGED Faculty Announced
The first class of Clark School ENGAGED Faculty are announced. May 9, 2011

Raghavan and Gamvros win EURO strategic innovation prize
Prize awarded for solution to strategic multi-period demand routing problem in satellite networks. July 28, 2010

Mtech, Alumna-Run Companies Vie for State Awards
Five Clark School-affiliated companies named finalists for Incubator Company of the Year. June 3, 2010

S. Raghavan promoted to full professor
Research focuses on network design, data mining and auctions. May 26, 2010

Raghavan, Day win INFORMS Computing Society Prize
Winning paper developed methodologies for fair payments in combinatorial auctions. October 22, 2008

S. Raghavan co-edits new book on the vehicle routing problem
Book examines technological advances and challenges in the past five to seven years. August 27, 2008

S. Raghavan co-edits new operations research compendium
Book gathers research papers from 2008 INFORMS Telecommunications Conference. August 4, 2008

Raghavan receives Glover-Klingman prize; Olian Award
ISR faculty member recognized for best paper published in Networks in 2005 August 22, 2006

ISR alum wins INFORMS dissertation award
Robert Day cited for best dissertation in operations research February 19, 2006

S. Raghavan wins INFORMS computing society prize
ISR professor and colleagues honored for work in data mining February 18, 2006

S. Raghavan and G. Anandalingam edit two new operations research books
Volumes cover computing, optimization, decision technologies, pricing, network design and management December 6, 2005

S. Raghavan promoted to tenured position
ISR-affiliated S. Raghavan has been promoted to associate professor in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. April 22, 2005

S. Raghavan wins second place in paper competition
Paper details research on “Long-Distance Access Network Design.” November 7, 2003

Four ISR faculty to research electronic markets for time-sensitive goods
$2 million NSF award will analyze a variety of e-markets. September 2, 2002