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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, $198,000 (including $98,000 from CFI and $98,000 matching funds from Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur),  2023, Role: PI

-IEA Project Funding, International Energy Agency(IEA) - Task 43, Project: Integrated assessment of theimpact of biomass hubs/terminals in improving the efficiency and resilience ofbioenergy supply chains using bi-level simulation modeling and scenarioanalysis, (USD$35,000), 2023-2024, 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

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

[J23]Sadaghiani, S., Mafakheri,F., & Chen, Z. (2023). Life CycleAssessment of Bioenergy ProductionUsing Wood Pellets: A Case Study of RemoteCommunities in Canada. Energies,16 (15), 5697 (Impact Factor: 3.004).

[J22] Seyedan, M., Mafakheri,F.,and Wang, C. (2023). Order-Up-To-Level Inventory Optimization ModelusingTime-Series Demand Forecasting with Ensemble Deep Learning, SupplyChainAnalytics Journal, 3, 100024.

[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, 11 (2), 293-317 (Impact Factor: 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).


[C23] Vazifeh, Z., Mafakheri, F., An,C. (2023). OptimizingBioenergy Supply Chain Management under Uncertainty: AStochastic ProgrammingApproach in Quebec Northern Communities. The 6thannual conference of theglobal Network on Persistent, Emerging and OrganicPollution in the Environment(PEOPLE 2023), August 7-11, Montreal, Canada

[C22] Sadaghiani,S., Mafakheri,F. and Chen, Z. (2023). Impact of Wood Pellets as an Alternative EnergySource in RemoteCanadian Communities: A Life Cycle Analysis. The 6th annualconference of theglobal Network on Persistent, Emerging and Organic Pollutionin the Environment(PEOPLE 2023), August 7-11, Montreal, Canada

[C21]Vazifeh, Z., Mafakheri, F., An, C.(2023). Evaluating theEnvironmentalBenefits of Wood Pellet Supply ChainCoordination: A Case Studyof CanadianNorthern Communities, CanadianOperational Research Society (CORS)AnnualConference, Montreal, QC, May 29-31

​[C20] Seyedan, M., Mafakheri, F., Wang, C.(2023). Safety StockEstimation Based on Forecasted Demand Distribution usingRecurrent MixtureDensity Network, Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)AnnualConference, Montreal, QC, May 29-31

[C19] Sadaghiani, S., Mafakheri, F. andChen, Z.(2022). Life cycle assessment of the wood pellet supply chain withaconsideration of bioenergy for remote communities in Canada,InternationalConference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science andEngineering(RTESE'22), 5-7 June, Niagara Falls, Canada.

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

[C16] Vazifeh, Z., Mafakheri, F., An, C. (2022). BioenergySupply Chain Coordination: A Revenue Sharing Mechanism. 2022 CORS/INFORMSInternational 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 OperationalResearchSociety (CORS) annual conference, 7-10 June (virtual)

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

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

[C12] Mafakheri, F. “A Comparative Analysisof Cooperative and Non-cooperative Bioenergy Supply Chain Coordination forNorthern Canada”, INFORMS International Conference, Cancun, Mexico, June9-12, 2019.  

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

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

[C9] F. Nasiri, and F.Mafakheri“Integrating Biomass Boilers into Non-domestic Buildings: A System DynamicsAnalysis, CORS/INFORMS International Conference,Montreal, QC, June14-17, 2015.

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

[C7] F. Mafakheri, F.Nasiri, An Analysis of Equilibrium Coordination Incentives inReverse SupplyChains, 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 ofthe Operational Research Society - OR53, Nottingham,UK, September 6-8,2011.

[C5] F. Mafakheri,and M. Breton, A Risk Based Project-to-Organization MatchingSystem Using theAnalytic Hierarchy Process, Decision Sciences Institute - The40thAnnual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, November 14-17, 2009.

[C4] F. Mafakheri,and M. Breton, A Two Stage Multiple Criteria-dynamic ProgrammingApproach forSupplier 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 ModelforAgilityAssessment: Application in Software Development Projects, TheIETInternationalConference on Agile Manufacturing (ICAM 2007), CollingwoodCollege, Durham University,UK, 9-11 July 2007.

[C2] F. Mafakheri, Developmentof a Decision Support System for project deliverysystem selection underuncertainty, The1stGraduate Students' Research Conference, University ofRegina,Regina, Canada, April 2006.

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


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