People

C-MORE is supported by a team of able researchers, including permanent staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students. We also maintain a broad network in the maintenance community, including professors, staff and students at universities world-wide.

 

Founding Director

  • Andrew Jardine
    Dr. Jardine is a prolific researcher and advocate of maintenance optimization and reliability engineering. He has published numerous books and papers, and he presents his work at professional seminars and conferences worldwide. His first maintenance-related book, Maintenance, Replacement and Reliability (1973) is in its 6th printing. Since then he has authored and co-authored many books such as Maintenance Excellence: Optimizing Equipment Life Cycle Decisions (2001); Asset Management Excellence: Optimizing Equipment Life-Cycle Decisions; Maintenance, Replacement & Reliability: Theory and Applications. In 1998, Professor Emeritus Jardine was the first recipient of the Sergio Guy Memorial Award from the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the maintenance profession and was elected a Fellow of both the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2013. In 2013 he also received the Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society for Engineering Asset Management. In 2014 he was admitted to the status of Honorary Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management.

 

Collaborating Professors

  •  Fae Azhari
    Professor Fae Azhari received her BSc and MASc degrees in Civil engineering from Isfahan University of Technology and the University of British Columbia, respectively. After working in the industry for a few years, she returned to school and completed her MEng degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in Structural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of California, Davis. Fae is interested in structural health monitoring (SHM) and prognosis of engineering systems. Her main areas of research are twofold: (I) sensor development and assessing the performance of novel sensing devices, and (II) developing decision-making frameworks that use probabilistic models to translate collected data into meaningful information and efficient remedial strategies for various infrastructure systems.

 

  • Scott Sanner
    Scott Sanner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. Previously Scott was an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University and before that he was a Principal Researcher at National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Adjunct Faculty at the Australian National University. Scott earned a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (2008), an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University (2002), and a double BS in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1999). Scott’s research spans a broad range of topics from the data-driven fields of Machine Learning and Information Retrieval to the decision-driven fields of Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research. Scott has applied the analytic and algorithmic tools from these fields to diverse application areas such as recommender systems, interactive text visualization, and Smart Cities applications including transport optimization. Scott has served as Program Co-chair for the 26th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), member of the Editorial Board for the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) and the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ), and Electronic Editor for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). Scott was a co-recipient of the 2014 AIJ Prominent Paper Award.

 

  • Sharareh Taghipour
    Professor Taghipour joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Prior her appointment to the University’s faculty, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow for about a year at the C-MORE. She obtained her PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, and received her BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science and her MASc in Industrial Engineering, both from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. Her research interests include reliability engineering, inspection and maintenance optimization, stochastic operations research, statistical analysis, and novel applications of maintenance optimization models, such as optimization of cancer screening. She also holds a status-only Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and collaborates with the C-MORE on a number of projects

 

C-MORE Research Staff

  • Janet Lam, Assistant Director
    Dr. Janet has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. She taught first-year engineering students at Michigan State University and joined C-MORE as the Assistant Director in 2018. Janet’s expertise covers dynamic inspection scheduling strategies for condition-based maintenance and inspection optimization for protective devices. She was a MITACS Accelerate researcher with Ontario Clean Water Agency from 2010 to 2012.

 

  • Dragan Banjevic, Project Director
    Dr. Banjevic holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in statistics from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He directs the theoretical research component of C-MORE projects, including approaches to reliability and the establishment of mathematical procedures for the implementation of functional routines for maintenance decision-making. Dr. Banjevic’s past non-academic work includes the automotive industry, hospital research, and statistical consulting to civil engineers engaged in road building. Currently he teaches as a visiting professor in both the University’s Department of Statistics and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

 

  • Ali Zuashkiani, Director of Educational Programs and Research Associate
    Dr. Zuashkiani obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto, at C-MORE. He obtained his BSc in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. His research activities are centered around condition-based maintenance, expert knowledge in reliability assessment, Bayesian statistics, maintenance performance measurement and maintenance management.

 

  • Elizabeth Thompson, Research/Administrative Assistant (retd.)
    Dr. Thompson has a PhD in Canadian Literature from the University of Western Ontario.