Professor Van-Anh Truong joined the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department in 2010. She received a Bachelor's degree from University of Waterloo in Mathematics in 2002, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Operations Research in 2007. Before coming to Columbia, Professor Truong was a quantitative associate at Credit Suisse, and a quantitative researcher at Google.
Professor Truong is interested in a broad class of problems that arise in Operations Management. These problems address decision making under uncertainty in information-rich and highly dynamic environments. Her research focuses on developing approaches to circumvent the “curse of dimensionality” in these problems.
Her recent work focuses on online algorithmic approaches for modern service systems, particularly healthcare systems, and e-commerce. Previously, she has developed new algorithms with theoretical performance guarantees for multi-period inventory problems in capacitated and multi-echelon settings; and multi-product, multi-resource, dynamic capacity-expansion problems. She has also studied the role of strategic inventory waitlists in retail settings.