Brief Overview.  In my research, I develop analytical approaches to support decision making in humanitarian operations and disaster management. My research is data- and problem-driven, which requires identifying, developing and using the best approach for the problem at hand. The problems that arise in humanitarian contexts have unique aspects, which must be handled by developing novel methodologies. I mostly use mathematical modeling, deterministic and stochastic optimization, and heuristic techniques. I closely collaborate with practitioners in my projects, which is essential to better understand the unique aspects of the decision making environment and develop methods and solutions with practical value.


Example Research Projects with Practitioners.

Benefits of stock sharing in the humanitarian depots.

Joint project with ESUPS


Collaborative prepositioning network design.

Joint project with CDEMA.


Funded Research/Industry Projects.

  • Researcher, “Information Gathering and Damage Prediction Problems and Solution Methods for Urgent Post-Disaster Damage Assessment via Drones” funded by TUBITAK 3501 program (PI: E. Coban), November 2021-October 2024.
  • Researcher, “COVID-19 Network Technology based Responsive Action“, funded by Norwegian Research Council (PI: Hossein Baharmand), 2020-2021.
  • PI, “Resource Planning Problems and Models for Effective Management of Chronic Dialysis Patients after a Disaster“, funded by TUBITAK 1001, 2020 – 2023.
  • PI, “Modelling and Analysis of Stock Sharing and Postponement Strategies in Humanitarian Relief Depots“, funded by TUBITAK 1002, 2020 – 2021.
  • PI, “A collaborative pre-positioning model for strengthening regional disaster response capacity“, funded by TUBITAK 2219 program, October 2017-July 2018.
  • PI, “Selective Routing Problems for Post-Disaster Needs Assessment: Models and Solution Methods“, funded by TUBITAK 3501 program, March 2014-September 2016.
  • Researcher, “Stochastic Programming Models for the Post-disaster Relief Network Design Problem“, funded by TUBITAK 3501 program (PI: N. Noyan), March 2012-September 2015.
  • Researcher, “Design and Control Principles for Non-Profit Supply Chains“, funded by National Science Foundation (PIs: S. Iravani, K. Smilowitz), July 2009- Sept. 2010.
  • Researcher, “Inter-organizational Decision Making and Organizational Design for Improved ICT Coordination in Disaster Relief “, funded by National Science Foundation (PIs: C. Maitland, J. Yen, A. Tapia, B. Beamon), September 2007-June 2008.
  • Researcher, “Inventory Policies for Pre-Positioned Response in Humanitarian Relief “, funded by Royalty Research Fund at University of Washington (PI: B. Beamon), September 2007 – June 2008.