Jin QI (戚瑾)
Jin QI (戚瑾)
PhD, National University of Singapore, 2014
Associate Professor
UG Coordinator
Associate Director of Center for Aging Science
Tel 2358 8238
Office Room 5592
Research Interests

Robust optimization, Healthcare operations, Transportation, Project management, Target-based decision making under uncertainty

Contact Info
Tel 2358 8238
Office Room 5592
Research Interests

Robust optimization, Healthcare operations, Transportation, Project management, Target-based decision making under uncertainty


Jin Qi joined the Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor in Fall Term 2015, and is promoted to Associate Professor on 1 July 2021. Prior to this position, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Management Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, after receiving her PhD from The NUS Business School at The National University of Singapore in 2014. Her broad range of research includes robust optimization, healthcare operations and transportation. She has collaborated with several hospitals in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Selected Publications
  1. X. Fu, J. Qi, C. Yang, H. Ye, Elective surgery sequencing and scheduling under uncertainty, accepted by Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

  2. D.Z. Long, J. Qi, A. Zhang, Supermodularity in two-stage distributionally robust optimization, accepted by Management Science.

  3. Z. Cui, D.Z. Long, J. Qi, L. Zhang (2023) Inventory routing problem under uncertainty, Operations Research, 71(1), pp. 378-395.

  4. X. Chen, D.Z. Long, J. Qi (2021), Preservation of supermodularity in parametric optimization: Necessary and sufficient conditions on constraint structures, Operations Research, 69(1), pp. 1-12.

  5. J. Qi (2017), Mitigating delays and unfairness in appointment systems, Management Science, 63 (2), pp. 566-583.

  6. J. Qi, M. Sim, D. Sun, X. Yuan (2016), Preferences for travel time under risk and ambiguity: Implications in path selection and network equilibrium, Transportation Research Part B,  94, pp. 264-284.

  7. P. Jaillet, J. Qi, M. Sim (2016), Routing optimization under uncertainty, Operations Research, 64 (1), pp. 186-200.

  8. F. Meng, J. Qi, M. Zhang, J. Ang, S. Chu, M. Sim (2015), A robust optimization model for managing elective admission in hospital, Operations Research, 63 (6), pp. 1452-1467.

  9. N.G. Hall, D.Z. Long, J. Qi, M. Sim (2015), Managing under-performance risk in project portfolio selection, Operations Research, 63 (3), pp. 660-675.

  10. D.Z. Long, J. Qi (2014), Distributionally robust discrete optimization with Entropic Value-at-Risk, Operations Research Letters, 42 (8), pp. 532-538. 

  11. C. Yang, Z. Zhang, B. Cao, Z. Cui, B. Hu, T. Li, D.Z. Long, J. Qi, F. Wang, R. Zhan (2023), Fragility Index: A new approach for binary classificationProceedings of the 29th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 2918-2929. 

  12. H. Li, Y.J. Chen, J. Qi, T. Xu. Analyzing network formation using big data analytics: A study of degree distribution, clustering coefficient, diameter and assortativity​, under major revision at Management Science.

  13. D.Z. Long, J. Qi, Y. Sun, A. Zhang, Distributionally robust group testing with correlation information, reject and resubmit at Management Science.

  14. J. Qi, Y. Wu, C. Xie, Fairness and competition in supply chain, reject and resubmit at Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

  15. H.Q. Chen, Y.H. He, J. Qi, L.M. Zhang. Distributionally robust pricing with asymmetric information, reject and resubmit at Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

  16. Y. Liu, J. Qi, H. Yang, Y. Tang, The passenger's willingness to wait with sunk waiting time: An empirical study in ride-sourcing market, under review.

  17. S. Shu, Z. Xu, J. QiRobust continuous-time service network design under travel time uncertainty​, under review.

  18. G. Gallego, Y. He, M. Lu, J. Qi, A cost-agnostic model for infrastructure planning in
    sustainable water development
    , under review.

  19. Media articles

    J. Qi, Go with the flow to fix health woesThe Standard (HK), March, 2019.

Research Grants
  • RGC Collaborative Research Fund, Robust Infrastructure Planning for Sustainable Water Development in the Greater Bay Area under Demand Uncertainty and Climate Variability, 2022-2024 (Co-PI)
  • RGC Collaborative Research Fund, Mitigation strategies and operations in confronting Novel Infectious Disease, 2021-2023 (Co-PI)
  • RGC General Research Fund, Distributionally robust auction design, 2021-2023 (PI)
  • RGC General Research Fund, Data driven distributionally robust ride-vehicle assignment, 2020-2022 (PI)
  • RGC General Research Fund, Dynamic appointment scheduling with waiting time targets, 2019-2021 (PI)
  • HKUST VPRD Seed Fund Program, Improving healthcare delivery service in Hong Kong, 2019-2022 (PI)
  • RGC General Research Fund, Distributionally robust and risk-averse inventory routing under demand uncertainty, 2018-2020 (PI)
  • RGC Early Career Scheme, Data-driven operating room scheduling in public hospitals, 2017-2019 (PI)
  • HKUST School-based Initiation Grant, Can Fairness survive in competition in supply chain? 2016-2019 (PI)
  • HKUST Start-up Fund, 2015-2023 (PI)


Teaching Activities
  • IEDA3010 Prescriptive Analytics, Fall 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • IEDA3901 Transportation System, Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
  • IEDA2410 Logistics and Freight Transportation Operations, Fall 2017
  • EEMT5510 Engineering Economics and Cost Management, Fall 2021, 2022
  • First Prize, CSASME Best Paper Award, 2022
  • Finalist,  MSOM Best Operations Management Paper in Operations Research, 2021
  • Second Place in POMS-HK Best Student Paper Competition, Hong Kong, 2014, 2020
  • President’s Graduate Fellowship, National University of Singapore, 2012
  • Excellent Graduate, Tsinghua University, 2006
  • Excellent Students Leader, Tsinghua University, 2006
  • Team Champion in the National College Students Service Rifle Tournament (member), 2005
  • First Prize, National Mathematics Olympics Contest, China, 2002