American University of Beirut


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Professor Georges Zaccour Course in Game Theory in Supply Chain Management 

Abstract. It is well-known that when partners in a supply chain (or marketing channel) make selfishly their decisions (prices, advertising, inventories, etc.), they achieve collectively, and often individually, lower outcomes than if they coordinate their decisions. The objective of this short course is to introduce the participants to some basic concepts of game theory and to their application in strategic supply chain management. In particular, I will discuss a series of coordination mechanisms, e.g., revenue-sharing contract, two-part tariff, buy-back contract, and their implementation in both forward and closed-loop supply chains.

Speaker bio. Georges Zaccour holds the Chair in Game Theory and Management and is full professor of Management Science at HEC Montréal. He holds a Ph.D. in management science, an M.Sc. in international business from HEC Montréal and a licence in mathematics and economics from Université Paris-Dauphine. He served as director of GERAD, an interuniversity research center and director of marketing department and Ph.D. program at HEC Montréal. His research areas are differential games, optimal control and operations research applied to marketing, supply chains and environmental management, areas in which he has published more than one hundred seventy papers and co-edited thirteen volumes. He coauthors the books Differential Games in Marketing and Games and Dynamic Games. His research is regularly funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is editor-in-chief of Dynamic Games and Applications and associate editor of several scientific journals.  He is fellow of The Royal Society of Canada and was president of the International Society of Dynamic Games.  ​

Professor Pierre Flener workshop in solving technologies for combinatorial optimization problems abound

The workshop was about solving technologies for combinatorial optimization problems abound: mixed-integer programming (MIP), Boolean satisfiability (SAT), satisfiability modulo theories (SMT), constraint programming (CP), local search, etc, and hybrids. No technology dominates the others or shares a modelling language with them.  Unbeknownst to many, it has become possible to model the constraints (and objective function) of a combinatorial optimization problem upon learning a single fully declarative high-level modelling language and, upon experiments with solvers of different technologies, to choose a winning technology and solver, without knowing (in depth) how the solvers work. I present one such language, MiniZinc, to the toolchain of which my research group contributes.  I show how the high-level MiniZinc abstractions of common combinatorial structures enable very readable short models of complex problems.  These abstractions are directly reasoned upon by CP and SMT solvers, sometimes with great effect, but translated for MIP solvers into linear (in) equalities over integer variables, and for SAT solvers into clauses over Boolean variables.  This allows MIP and SAT modelers to reuse well-known encodings systematically rather than tediously or erroneously rediscovering them.

Speaker bio. Pierre Flener ( is Professor of Computing Science at the Department of Information Technology of Uppsala University (Sweden), where he is also the founder in 1998 and co-director of the Optimisation research group.  A native of Luxembourg, he earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 1993, and then was Assistant Professor at Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) until 1998.  He was on sabbatical as an Erasmus Exchange Teacher at Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey) in the academic year 2006/07. 

 INDE 430 students gathered food items to donate to the Lebanese Food Bank as part of their quality control assignment

The students in INDE 430 helped feed 10 needy families for a month, all part of their studies on quality control. They spent a couple of weeks visiting supermarkets to analyze different food-related quality characteristics, and then generously donated many of the items they studied to the Lebanese Food Bank (LFB). Here the students can be seen transporting the boxes for delivery to the LFB, which then ensured the non-perishable food items reached needy families.

EM Seminar Schedule​

The IEM program offers a seminar series to its graduate students every fall semester.For more information about each seminar, please click on the seminar title. ​

EM Seminar Schedule for the Academic Year 2018-2019

Date & Time
​ Speaker
​ Seminar Topic
​September 21,2018 at  ​​
17:30 p.m.
Prof. Bacel Maddah & Prof. Saif AL-Qaisi                                                         ​
EM Thesis Research Process - Illustration from Research on Ergonomics​
September 28, 2018​ at    17:30 p.m.​
​ Mr. Souheil Abboud​

​Developing O&G Business in Emerging Markets
​October 12, 2018 at 17:30 p.m.
​Dr. Walid Abillama 
Hajj Challenge for an Airline during Peak Demand
​October 26, 2018 at 17:30 p.m.​
​ Mr. Hassan Mohanna 
Urban Science
November 9, 2018 at 17:30 p.m.​Dr. Moustapha Dandache  
Management Consulting ​​
November 16, ,2018 at  
17:30 p.m.
Ms. Hoda El Halabi, Mr. Mario Karam, Mr. Zahi Hilal​​​

EM Thesis Research Showcases

EM Seminar Schedule for the Academic Year 2017-2018

​ Date & Time
​ Speaker
​ Seminar Topic
​September 15, 2017 at 17:30 p.m.
Dr. Selim Hani (AUB)​      ​
​ Open innovation in Healthcare Technologies​ 
September 29, 2017 at 17:30 p.m.​​ Prof. Moueen Salameh (AUB)​​​

​Examinati​on Scheduling with Graph Theory​
​October 13, 2017 at 17:30 p.m.
​Dr. Rayan Khraibani (Mindsets)
Strategy: in history, in books and in practice​
​October 27, 2017 at 17:30 p.m.
​ Mr. Francesco Parrella (Algotraders)
Financial Markets and Algorithmic Trading​
November 10,2017 at 17:30 p.m.​Mrs. Maysaa Jaafar, and Adnan Tannir
​Representative Research Work by EM Students​
November 24,2017 at 17:30 p.m.
​ Mrs. Priscilla Elora Sharuk

The Entrepreneuri​​​​al Journey of an Arab Female in Tech​


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