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Fereshteh Mafakheri, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor (Affiliated) , Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering

Fereshteh Mafakheri, PhD, PEng
Office: S-EV 007648  
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5763
Website(s): Research Lab
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Dr.Fereshteh Mafakheri is an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) at École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), Université du Québec. She is also an affiliated assistant professor at Gina Cody School of Engineering at Concordia University.  Dr Mafakheri’s research has been funded by SSHRC, CFI, NSERC, FRQNT, NRCan, NRC, and MITACS.  She is directing Decision Modeling & Analytics Laboratory (DeciMAL) and is supervising a number of PhD and Master's students. Fereshteh has a mixed background in engineering and management disciplines, helping her to target multidisciplinary research activities, and in particular, bridging the socioeconomic, policy and technological challenges in energy sector and public services domain.


PhD, Decision Sciences (HEC - Universite de Montreal), 2011

MSc, Industrial Systems Engineering (University of Regina), 2006

BSc, Industrial Engineering (Alzahra University), 2000


Teaching Excellence Award for "Sustained Excellence in Teaching", Gina Cody School of Engineering & Computer Science (GCS), Concordia University, 2021


Research Interests

  • Decision Analytics
  • Bioenergy
  • BioCircular Economy
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technology Management & Innovation
  • Project Management

Funding and Grants

- Canada Research Chairs Program, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), $600,000 (plus $433,500 matching funds from ENAP), 2023-2028, Role: PI

- Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), John Evans Leaders Fund, $245,000 (including $98,000 matching funds fromMinistère de l'Enseignement supérieur),  2023, Role: PI

- Reseau de recherche en economie circulaire du Quebec (RRECQ), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), ($5,000,000), 2021-2025, Role: Co-Investigator

- NRCan Project Funding: "Agent-based Modeling and Simulation of Bioenergy Supply Chains in Canada for Bioeconomy Policy and Scenario Analysis", Natural Resources Canada - NRCan (in collaboration with National Research Council - NRC),  Bioeconomy and Supply Chain Economics Division ($40,000), 2021, Role: PI 

-MITACS Accelerate: "Digitization of supply chain routing decisions", Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) with Hitek Inc ($15,000), 2021, Role: PI

- NSERC Discovery Grant: "Bioenergy Hubs for Northern Communities: Sourcing, Logistics, Distribution, and System Integration", Natural Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada ($110,000), 2019-2024, Role: PI

− RAE Competitive Investment Round Grant, University of Greenwich, 2012-2013, Project title: “A Framework for Modeling and Optimization of Biomass-for-Heat Supply Chains” (£7,000), Role: PI

− RAE Competitive Investment Round Grant, University of Greenwich, 2011-2012, Project title: “A Systems Approach to Modeling, Analysis, and Complexity Management of Revenue Sharing and Incentive Mechanisms in Reverse Logistics” (£9,000), Role: PI

Scholarships and Fellowship

− NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010 ($43,000)

− NSERC Industrial R&D Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010 ($40,000)

− FQRNT PhD Scholarship, Le Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les

Technologies, 2009-2011 ($20,000/year)

− PhD Completion Award, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2010 ($12,500)

− PhD Candidacy Award, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2008 ($5,000)

− PhD Scholarship, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2008–2010 ($10,000/year)

− Research Assistantship, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2008–2009


− Research Assistantship, Project Management Specialization, University of Calgary,

2006-2007 ($15,000)

− Graduate Scholarship, School of Graduate Studies, University of Regina, 2005 ($9000)

− Research Assistantship, Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina, 2005 ($5,000)


  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  • Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Association of Professional Engineers & Geo-scientists (APEGS)


Journal Papers

[J21] Vazifeh, Z., Mafakheri,F., An C. (2023). Coordination of Bioenergy Supply Chains under Government Incentive Policies: A Game-theoretic Analysis, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, accepted-in-press (Impact Factor: 4.700).

[J20]Esmaeili, F., Mafakheri,F.,F. Nasiri (2023). Biomass Supply Chain Resilience:Integrating Demand andAvailability Predictions into Routing Decisions UsingMachine Learning, Smart Science, accepted-in-press (ImpactFactor:2.00).

[J19]Vazifeh, Z.,Bensebaa, F.,Shadbahr, J., Mafakheri, F., Benali, M.,Vézina, P.(2023). Forestry basedproducts as climate change solution:Integrating life cycle assessment withtechno-economic analysis, Journal of Environmental Management, 330, 117197 (Impact Factor: 8.91).

[J18]Daneshmand, M., Noroozi, F.,Corneanu, C., Mafakheri, F.,and Fiorini, P.(2023). Industry 4.0 andProspects of Circular Economy: A Survey of Robotic Assembly and Disassembly, InternationalJournal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 124 (9), 2973–3000 (Impact Factor: 3.563).

[J17]Seyedan,S. M., Mafakheri, F. andWang, C. (2022). Cluster-Based Demand Forecasting Using Bayesian ModelAveraging: An Ensemble Learning Approach, Decision Analytics, 3, 100033.

[J16]Vazifeh,Z., Mafakheri,F., and An, C. (2021).Biomass Supply Chain Coordination for Remote Communities: A Game-theoretic Modeling and Analysis Approach, Sustainable Cities and Society,69,102819(Impact Factor: 7.587).

[J15]Cai, M.,An, C., Guy, C., Lu, C.,and Mafakheri,F. (2021). Assessing theregional biogenic methanol emission from spring wheat during the growing season:ACanadian case study, Environmental Pollution, 287,117602(Impact Factor: 8.071).

[J14]Khodami, S., Mafakheri, F.,Zeng, Y. (2021). A system dynamics approach to comparative analysis of biomass supply chain coordination strategies, Energies, 14(10), 2808 (Impact Factor:3.004).

[J13] Mafakheri,F., Adebanjo,D., Genus,A. (2021).Coordinating Biomass Supply Chains for Remote Communities: A Comparative Analysis of Non- cooperative and Cooperative Scenarios. International Journal Production Research, 59 (15),4615-4632. (Impact Factor:8.568).

[J12]Seyedan, S. M. & Mafakheri, F (2020),Demand Forecasting inSupply Chain Management Using Big Data Analytics: Methods,Applications, and Research Opportunities, Journal of Big Data, 7:53, 1-22 (Impact Factor:10.835).

[J11]Nasiri,F., Mafakheri, F.,Adebanjo, D., Haghighat, F. (2017).“Modelingand Analysis of Renewable HeatIntegration into Non-Domestic Buildings - TheCase of Biomass Boilers: A WholeLife Asset-Supply Chain Optimization ApproachUsing System Dynamics”, Biomass and Bioenergy, 95,244–256 (Impact Factor: 5.061).

[J10]D.Adebanjo, P Samaranayake, F.Mafakheri, and T. Laosirihongthong (2016)."Prioritization of SixSigma Project Selection:A Resource-Based View andInstitutional Norms Perspective", Benchmarking, 23 (7), 1983-2003(Impact Factor:2.60).

[J9] F.Nasiriand F. Mafakheri (2015).“Postgraduateresearch supervision at a distance:a review of challenges and strategies”, Studies in Higher Education, 40(10), 1962-1969 (Impact Factor: 3.363).

[J8] F.Nasiriand F. Mafakheri (2015)."Higher Education Lecturing and Humor: FromPerspectives to Strategies", Higher Education Studies, 5 (5),25-31.

[J7] A.Genus, F.Mafakheri.(2014). “A Neo-institutional Perspective of Supply Chains andEnergy Security:Bioenergy in the UK”, Applied Energy,123, 307-315(Impact Factor:9.746).

[J6]F.Mafakheri, F.Nasiri.(2014). “Modeling of Biomass-to-Energy Supply ChainOperations: Applications,Challenges and Research Directions”, Energy Policy,67, 116-126 (Impact Factor: 6.142).

[J5]F.Mafakheri and F.Nasiri. (2013). “Revenue Sharing Coordination in ReverseLogistics”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 59, 185-196 (Impact Factor:7.246).

[J4]F.Mafakheri, M. Breton,and S.S. Chauhan (2012).“Project-to-OrganizationMatching: An Integrated Risk Assessment Approach”, International Journal ofIT Project Management, 3(3), 45-59.

[J3]F.Mafakheri, M. Breton,and A. Ghoniem (2011). Supplier Selection-OrderAllocation: A Two-Stage Multiple Criteria Dynamic Programming Approach, InternationalJournal of Production Economics, 132 (1), 52-57 (Impact Factor: 7.885).

[J2]F.Mafakheri, F. Nasiri,and M. Moussavi (2008), Project Agility Assessment:An Integrated Decision Analysis Approach, Journal of Production Planning andControl, 19 (6),567-576 (Impact Factor: 6.800).

[J1]F.Mafakheri, L. Dai, D. Slezak and F. Nasiri (2007). Project DeliverySystems Selection under Uncertainty: A Multi-Criteria Multi-Level Decision AidModel, Journal of Management in Engineering, 23 (4), 200-206 (ImpactFactor: 2.867).


[C18] Seyedan, M., Wang, C., MafakheriF. (2022). Data-driven Inventory Optimization: A Demand Forecasting Approach. 2022 CORS/INFORMS International Conference, June 5-8, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

[C17] Esmaeili, F., Cote, R., MafakheriF. (2022). Using Hashing Methods to Categorize Data Into Buckets to Improve Query Execution Performance. 2022 CORS/INFORMS International Conference, June 5-8, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

[C16] Vazifeh, Z., Mafakheri, F., An, C. (2022). Bioenergy Supply Chain Coordination: A Revenue Sharing Mechanism. 2022 CORS/INFORMS International Conference, June 5-8, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

[C15] Vazifeh, Z., Khoddami, S., and Mafakheri,F. (2021). "Customer churn prediction by integrating Principal ComponentAnalysis (PCA) and classification techniques", Canadian Operational ResearchSociety (CORS) annual conference, 7-10 June (virtual)

[C14] Seyedan, M., Mafakheri,F. “Developing a framework for price optimizationusing demand forecasting feedback approach”, INFORMSConference on Service Science, (ICSS 2020),December 19-21, 2020.

[C13] Mafakheri, F.  “Big Data Analytics in Healthcare Supply Chain Management: A Post Pandemic Perspective”, Designing A Trans-disciplinary Research on Ecology of Health Supply-Chain Networks Workshop, The 25th Society of Design and Process Science (SDPS) Conference (Virtual), Nov. 18-20, 2020.

[C12] Mafakheri, F. “A Comparative Analysis of Cooperative and Non-cooperative Bioenergy Supply Chain Coordination for Northern Canada”, INFORMS International Conference, Cancun, Mexico, June 9-12, 2019.  

[C11] Esmaeilzadeh, S., Nasiri, F., and Mafakheri, F.,“Principal role of agent-based approach in further advancements of bioenergy supply chain management”, Optimization Days, Montreal, QC, Canada, May7-9, 2018.

[C10] F. Mafakheri, “Hospital's Food Supply Chain Management: A Multi-Objective Dynamic Programming Approach”, Optimization Days 2017 and 1st Canadian Healthcare Optimization Workshop (CHOW), Montreal, QC, May 8-11, 2017

[C9] F. Nasiri, and F.Mafakheri “Integrating Biomass Boilers into Non-domestic Buildings: A System Dynamics Analysis, CORS/INFORMS International Conference,Montreal, QC, June 14-17, 2015.

[C8] A. Genus, F.Mafakheri, Understanding biofuels transitions: the contribution of Scott’swork on neo-institutional theory, International workshop on‘Tracing biofueltransitions: policies, practices and phase-outs’, Eindhoven, TheNetherlands, January 24-25, 2013.

[C7] F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, An Analysis of Equilibrium Coordination Incentives inReverse Supply Chains, The 9th International Conference on ComputationalManagement Science (CMS 2012), Imperial College London, UK, April 18-20, 2012.

[C6] F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, Coordination in Reverse Supply Chains, The 53rdAnnual Conference of the Operational Research Society - OR53, Nottingham,UK, September 6-8, 2011.

[C5] F. Mafakheri, and M. Breton, A Risk Based Project-to-Organization MatchingSystem Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process, Decision Sciences Institute - The40th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, November 14-17, 2009.

[C4] F. Mafakheri, and M. Breton, A Two Stage Multiple Criteria-dynamic ProgrammingApproach for Supplier Selection-order Allocation, INFORMS Annual Meeting,SanDiego, USA, October 11-14, 2009.

[C3] F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, and L. Dai, A Multiple Criteria Decision Aid ModelforAgility Assessment: Application in Software Development Projects, TheIETInternational Conference on Agile Manufacturing (ICAM 2007), CollingwoodCollege, Durham University, UK, 9-11 July 2007.

[C2] F. Mafakheri, Development of a Decision Support System for project deliverysystem selection under uncertainty, The1stGraduate Students' Research Conference, University of Regina,Regina, Canada, April 2006.

[C1] F. Mafakheri, L. Dai, D. Slezak, and F. Nasiri, Selecting the Optimal ProjectDelivery System: A Rough-AHP Decision Aid, In Proceedings of the Joint IEEE / WIC / ACM InternationalConference on Rough Sets and Soft Computing inIntelligent Agent and WebTechnologies, Compiegne, France, 2005.


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