Carnegie Mellon University

R Ravi

R Ravi

Andris A. Zoltners Professor of Business; Professor of Operations Research and Computer Science; Director of Analytics Strategy

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Dr. R. Ravi is Andris A. Zoltners Professor of Business, and Professor of Operations Research and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Ravi received his bachelor's degree from IIT, Madras, and Master's and doctoral degrees from Brown University, all in Computer Science.

Ravi has been at the Tepper School of Business since 1995 where he served as the Associate Dean for Intellectual Strategy from 2005-2008, and Chair of the Future Educational Delivery Committee that launched the online hybrid Tepper MBA in 2013. He currently serves as the Director of Analytics Strategy for the school.

Ravi's research interests are in models and methods for discrete optimization, and applications in the intersection of business and technology, where he has co-authored two books, over 150 publications, and has a h-index of over 50. 

Ravi is interested in networks and their effects in business, a subject on which he introduced a new MBA class for which he won the George Leland Bach teaching award selected by the MBA students twice in 2013 and 2020. He is also interested in customer-centric marketing and how to accomplish this using optimization methods on large data sets, on which he co-developed another new MBA class and co-authored a book. He recently designed and launched new courses on end-to-end business analytics to masters and undergraduate students.

Ravi was elected a fellow of the INFORMS in 2017.


  • Brown University - Ph D (Computer Science) - 1993
  • I. I. T., Madras - Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science and Engineering) - 1989


Models, methods and applications of discrete optimization.


  • Iterative Methods in Combinatorial Optimization

    (author(s): Lap Chi Lau, R. Ravi, Mohit Singh)
    Cambridge University Press, 2011

  • Customer-Centric Marketing: A Pragmatic Framework.

    (author(s): R. Ravi, Baohong Sun)
    MIT Press, 2016

  • Two Level Hub Steiner Trees

    (author(s): Takuro Fukunaga, R. Ravi, Oleksandr Rudenko, Ziye Tang)
    Information Processing Letters 174, 2022

  • Effective Online Order Acceptance Policies for Omnichannel Fulfillment

    (author(s): Su Jia, Jeremy Karp, R. Ravi, Sridhar Tayur)
    Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2021

  • First-Price Auctions in Online Display Advertising

    (author(s): Stelios Despotakis, R. Ravi, Amin Sayedi)
    Journal of Marketing Research 58(5), 2021; 887-907

  • Combinatorial Heuristics for Inventory Routing Problems

    (author(s): Ziye Tang, Yang Jiao, R. Ravi)
    INFORMS Journal on Computing, 2021

  • A Simple Proof of the Moore-Hodgson Algorithm for Minimizing the Number of Late Jobs

    (author(s): Joseph Cheriyan, R. Ravi, Martin Skutella)
    Operations Research Letters (496), 2021; 842-843

  • Shorter Tours and Longer Detours: Uniform Covers and a Bit Beyond

    (author(s): Arash Haddadan, Alantha Newman, R. Ravi)
    Mathematical Programming A 185(1-2), 2021; 245-273

  • The Beneficial Effects of Ad-Blockers

    (author(s): Stylianos Despotakis, R. Ravi, Kannan Srinivasan)
    Management Science 67(4), 2021; 2096-2125

  • A New System-Wide Diversity Measure for Recommendations with Efficient Algorithms

    (author(s): Arda Antikacioglu, Tanvi Bajpai, R. Ravi)
    SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science 1-4, 2019; 759-779

  • Approximation Algorithms for Optimal Decision Trees and Adaptive TSP Problems

    (author(s): A. Gupta, V. Nagarajan, R. Ravi)
    Mathematics of Operations Research 42(3), 2017; 876-896

  • Expertise in Online Markets

    (author(s): S. Despotakis, I. Hafalir, R. Ravi, A. Sayedi)
    Management Science 63(11), 2017; 3895-3910


Awards and Honors

  • Tepper School of Business - Rohet Tolani Distinguished Professor of Business (2014 - 2018)
  • Tepper School of Business - George Leland Bach Award for Excellence in the MBA Classroom (2013, 2020)
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute - Carnegie Bosch Chair (2006)
  • NSF - CAREER Award (2006)

University Service

  • Director, Analytics Strategy, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon (2021)
  • Future Educational Delivery Committee, Committee Chair, Convened and led the ten-person faculty committee that designed and launched the online hybrid Tepper MBA in the Fall of 2013, and transitioned to leading the OH Faculty advisory committee of four faculty members (2012 - 2013)
  • Associate Dean for Intellectual Strategy, Tepper School of Business, Precursor of the two current positions of the senior associate deans for research and education in the school (2005 - 2008)

Professional Activities

  • Area Editor, Operations Research, Discrete Optimization Area (2012 - 2017)
  • Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Algorithms (January 2004 - January 2015)
  • Committee Chair, 14th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (July 2014 - July 2014)
  • Associate Editor, Management Science (January 2004 - December 2012)
  • Committee Chair, IEEE, Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS) (October 2008 - October 2008)
  • Associate Editor, Networks (January 2003 - 2006)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Algorithms (January 2003 - December 2003)