C-MORE staff and students

The researchers in C-MORE come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and perform research in a range of fields.

Our team is made up of PhD students, MASc and MEng students, visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows.

If you are interested in joining our team, get in touch with us.

C-MORE staff and students, fall 2019

Our team

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Professor Andrew Jardine, Founding director

Professor Emeritus Andrew Jardine is an internationally recognized expert in engineering asset management whose research and teaching have impacted reliability engineering and industry best practices globally. As Chair of the University of Toronto's Department of Industrial Engineering from 1986-1995, he spearheaded its development into a world leader in academic/industrial collaborations through his creation of the Chair’s Advisory Board. He is also Founding Director of the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE), where, with the support of a worldwide network of companies, his group produced journal publications, commercialized software packages, and provided postgraduate training to dozens of research students. In his efforts to make academic research accessible to industry practitioners, he has regularly offered training in physical asset management.

Although officially retired, Jardine continues to teach, consult with industry professionals, and work with C-MORE. His outstanding work represents the perfect marriage of academic rigor with industrial application. Jardine is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. His numerous awards, including the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada’s Sergio Guy Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the maintenance profession, indicate the tremendous respect accorded him in his field.

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Dr. Dragan Banjevic, Research associate

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 in both the University’s Department of Statistics and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

 

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Dr. Janet Lam, Assistant director

Dr. Janet Lam holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. She has been working in the field of maintenance optimization since 2008 with an emphasis on optimal scheduling of inspections for condition-based maintenance. More recently, her research interests have extended to machine learning approaches for maintenance and asset management.

Through her work at C-MORE, she has had the unique opportunity to apply academic research directly with industry partners, including those in mining, utilities, transportation and military. As the assistant director of C-MORE, Janet is involved with cultivating strong relationships with industry partners and developing maintenance engineering resources that are both useful and current.

 

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Dr. Ali Zuashkiani, Educational programs director

Ali Zuashkiani, PhD, is CEO of PAMCo, a Canadian Consulting Company with projects across the globe. Ali is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Policy, Said Business School of Oxford, Wits Business School (South Africa), and INCAE business school (Costa Rica) and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. He has been Director of Educational Programs at C-MORE for 13 years.

Ali has more than 20 years of practical experience combined with scientific rigour in optimizing asset management decisions in more than 200 plants in 30+ countries. His consulting endeavours include numerous Life Cycle Costing management projects for utility and gas distribution companies in North America, RCM implementation projects in power plants, oil and gas companies, and the electricity distribution industry, and assignments dealing with asset management practices in 85 plants in the Middle East and South America.

Ali is the author of Expert Knowledge Based Reliability Models and a frequent global speaker on a range of topics in asset management. He has been Chair of the International Physical Asset Management Conference for the last 14 years. Ali was named by the Asia Society as one of the world’s most dynamic young leaders in 2008 and was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of 2013.

 

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Kuilin Chen, PhD student

Kuilin Chen is currently a Ph.D. student supervised by Prof. Chi-Guhn Lee at University of Toronto. His research interests are development of digital twins for manufacturing processes using deep learning and advanced optimization methods.

Kuilin is also a senior process automation engineer at ArcelorMittal Dofasco with more than five years’ experience of statistical model development, big data analytics and C++ software development. Before joining ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Kuilin obtained his M.A.Sc degree in statistical process control from McMaster University.

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Avi Sokol, PhD student

Avi is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Professor Chi-Guhn Lee with a research interest in Reinforcement Learning and Inventory Control to reduce waste in supply chains. With a background in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Avi is currently employed as an Engineering Project Manager at Canadian Bearings

 

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Songci Xu, PhD student

Songci is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Professor Chi-Guhn Lee with research interests in Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning, Transfer Learning and data-driven RUL predictions.

He obtained his B.Sc degree at 2018 in Mathematics Specialist and Applied Mathematics Specialist from University of Toronto; in 2019, he completed his M.Eng degree also at the University of  Toronto.
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Zihan Zhang, MASc student

Zihan Zhang is currently a MASc student supervisored by Prof. Chi-Guhn Lee at Univeristy of Toronto. Her research interests are prognosis and maintenance otimization in system level using graph neural network and other AI techiques.

Before joining C-MORE, Zihan obtained her B.Eng degree from school of reliability and systems engineering at Beihang University.

 

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Somayeh Alizadeh, Visiting professor

Dr. Somayeh Alizadeh is visiting professor at the University of Toronto and an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at K.N.Toosi University.

Dr. Alizadeh received a Ph.D. and her Master in Industrial Engineering at the University of IUST and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at Sharif university of Technology. Her research area are Data Science, Data Mining, and Machine Learning. She has been working in field of data science and machine learning since 2006.  She has authored more than 40 papers within the area of applied Machine Learning in Healthcare, CRM (Customer Relationship Management), and Maintenance.

Her research in C-More focuses on Sequence Pattern Mining with Generating units Maintenance data.

 

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Bin Yang, Visiting PhD student

Bin Yang is currently a Visiting PhD Student at Center of Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE), University of Toronto with the supervision of Prof. Chi-Guhn Lee. Meanwhile, he is working toward the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Key Laboratory of Education Ministry for Modern Design and Motor-Bearing System, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China with the supervision of Prof. Yaguo Lei.

His research interests focus on machinery condition monitoring and intelligent fault diagnosis by transfer learning.