"If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." Abraham Maslow (1908-1972)


Dr Ali Eshragh
Senior Lecturer in Statistics & Optimization


School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The University of Newcastle
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308




(+61) (2) 4921 5127


(+61) (2) 4921 6898

In 2001, I finished my Bachelor degree in industrial engineering at Sharif University of Technology as the top ranked student. I continued my graduate studies at Sharif University and completed my Master degree majoring in 'Statistical Modelling and Stochastic Optimization' in 2004.

In 2008, I was awarded an Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship by the Australian Government to start my PhD in Applied Mathematics majoring in 'Stochastic Operations Research' at the University of South Australia. Because of the nature of my PhD research, I have been exposed to a very broad range of concepts and techniques spanning not only optimization, applied probability and statistical modelling, but also graph theory, complexity theory and polyhedral theory.

In 2011, following submission of my PhD thesis, I was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The University of Adelaide. I worked on an ARC-funded research project in which we developed new stochastic models and optimization algorithms to find an optimal experimental design of a growing population with incomplete information.

In 2013, after successfully completing my Postdoc research project, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Operations Research in the School of Mathematical Sciences, the University of Adelaide.

In 2014, I was offered a continuing lecturing position in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the University of Newcastle. In 2017, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Tenured Associate Professor in the U.S. system). Currently, I am a senior lecturer in Statistics and Optimization at the University of Newcastle.

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News-Award: In December 2017, I was awarded the Australian Society for Operations Research - Rising Star Award in 2017 at the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation Conference’s Gala Dinner in Hobart.

News-Visit: I am currently visiting the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.

News-Talk: I gave a talk entitled 'Hamilton Cycles, Polytopes and Random Walks' at Linear Algebra and Optimization Seminar at Stanford University on Thursday, October 28, 2018.

New publication: Our joint work on developing a new methodology to select the best regression model has been accepted by ANZIAM Journal. It is available on arXiv.

New submission: Our joint work on developing geometric properties of subsets of discounted occupational measures is now available on arXiv.