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·      Research Team

o   Graduate students

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Areas of interest

·      Network design and multimodal freight transportation.

·      Risk assessment and management of dangerous goods.

·      Security issues in location and transportation networks.

·      Disruption and resilience in supply chain management.

·      Humanitarian logistics.

·      Transportation and risk analytics.

 

Grants  

2021-2025          NSERC Discovery Grant

                           Title: Strategic and tactical issues in the transportation of freight, hazardous materials, and relief-items.

2020-2024          NSERC Alliance Grant (role: collaborator)

                           Title: City logistics for the urban economy.

2016-2020          NSERC Discovery Grant

                           Title: Disruption and recovery/resilience, and safety issues in freight transportation.

2016-2018          NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement

                           Title: Disruption and recovery/resilience, and safety issues in freight transportation.

2015-2019          SSHRC Insight Grant (role: PI)

                           Title: Transportation of crude oil: rail versus pipeline.

2014                   McMaster Incentive Grant, McMaster University

                           Title: Transportation of crude oil.

2013                   Startup fund, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

2011-2015          NSERC Discovery Grant

                           Title: Marine and surface transportation of hazardous materials.

2010-2012          SSHRC Standard Research Grant (role: CI)

                           Title: Hazardous materials transportation in urban areas: risk assessment and regulation.

2006-2010          NSERC Discovery Grant

                           Title: Transportation of dangerous goods.

2005                   Startup fund, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University

 

 

 

Journal articles

41.         Vaezi, A., Dalal, J., Verma, M.  Designing emergency response network for rail hazmat shipments: An optimization program and a case study.  Safety Science. (accepted May 2021). 

40.        Ke, GY., Verma, M.  A framework to managing disruption risk in rail-truck intermodal transportation networks.  Forthcoming in Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.  (accepted April 2021).   

39.        Sarhadi, H., Chauhan, SS., Verma, M.  A budget-constrained partial protection planning of a rail intermodal terminal network.  Forthcoming in SN Applied Sciences.  (accepted April 2021). 

38.        Khosroshahi, H., Azad, N., Jabbarzadeh, A., Verma, M.  Investigating the level and quality of the information in the environmental disclosure report of a corporation considering government intervention.  Forthcoming in International Journal of Production Economics.  (accepted February 2021). 

37.        Hosseini, S. Davod., Verma, M.  Equitable routing of rail hazardous materials shipments using CVaR methodology.  Forthcoming in Computers & Operations Research (accepted January 2021).   

36.        Jabbarzadeh, A., Azad, N., Verma, M.  An optimization approach to rail hazmat shipments in the presence of random disruptions.  Omega, 96, 102078, 1-15, 2020.   

35.        Sarhadi, H., Noaum-Sawaya, J., Verma, M.  A robust optimization approach to locating and stockpiling marine oil-response facilities.  Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 141, 102005, 1-19, 2020.   

34.        Sarhadi, H., Tulett, DM., Verma, M.  A tri-level mixed-integer program for the optimal fortification of a rail intermodal terminal network.  International Journal of Operational Research.  DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2020.10031106. 

33.        Zhao, J., Verma, M., Verter, V.  Pipeline transportation of crude oil in Canada: Environmental risk assessment using modified diffusion models.  Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal.  DOI: 10.1080/10807039.2020.181808.

32.        Hosseini, S. Davod., Verma, M.  A conditional value-at-risk (CVaR) methodology to optimal train configuration and routing of rail hazmat shipments.  Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 110, 79-103, 2018.   

31.        Vaezi, A., Verma, M.  Railroad transportation of crude oil in Canada: Developing long-term forecasts, and evaluating the impact of the proposed pipeline projects.  Journal of Transport Geography, 69, 98-111, 2018.   

30.        Siddiqui, A., Verma, M., Verter, V.  An integrated framework for inventory management and transportation of refined petroleum products: Pipeline or Marine?  Applied Mathematical Modeling, 55, 224-247, 2018. 

29.        Siddiqui, A., Verma, M.  Assessing risk in the intercontinental transportation of crude oil.  Maritime Economics & Logistics, 20(2), 280-299, 2018.   

28.        Vaezi, A., Verma, M.  An analytics approach to dis-aggregate national freight data to estimate hazmat traffic on rail-links and rail-yards in Canada.  Rail Transport Planning & Management, 7(4), 291-307, 2017. 

27.        Siddiqui, A., Verma, M.  A conditional-value-at-risk based methodology to intermediate term planning of crude oil tankers.  Computers & Industrial Engineering, 113, 405-418, 2017.   

26.        Hosseini, S. Davod., Verma, M.  A value-at-risk (VaR) approach to routing rail hazmat shipments.  Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 54, 191-211, 2017.   

25.        Basu, R., Verma, M.  An expected consequence approach to assessing the viability of multimodal transportation of crude oil in Eastern Canada.  Case Studies on Transport Policy, 5(3), 518-526, 2017.   

24.        Fang, K., Ke, GY., Verma, M.  A routing and scheduling approach to rail transportation of hazardous materials with demand due dates.  European Journal of Operational Research, 261(1), 154-168, 2017.   

23.        Sarhadi, H., Tulett, DM., Verma, M.  An analytical approach to protection planning of a rail intermodal terminal network.  European Journal of Operational Research, 257, 511-525, 2017.   

22.        Cheng, J., Verma, M., Verter, V.  Impact of train-makeup on hazmat risk in a transport corridor.  Journal of Transportation Safety & Security, 9(2), 167-194, 2017. 

21.        Assadipour, G., Ke, GY., Verma, M.  A toll-based bi-level programming approach to managing hazardous materials shipments over an intermodal transportation network.  Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 47, 208-221, 2016.   

20.        Azad, N., Hassini, E., Verma, M.  Disruption risk management in railroad networks: An optimization-based methodology and a case study.  Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 85, 70-88, 2016.   

19.        Siddiqui, A., Verma, M.  A bi-objective approach to routing and scheduling maritime transportation of crude oil.  Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 37, 65-78, 2015.   

18.        Assadipour, G., Ke, GY., Verma, M.  Planning and managing intermodal transportation of hazardous materials with capacity selection and congestion.  Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 76, 45-57, 2015.   

17.        Sharan, AM., Verma, M.  Optimal method of transportation of passengers from closely spaced starting points but widely separated destination points.  Rai Journal of Technology, Research and Innovation, 1, 1-7, 2015. 

16.        Sarhadi, H., Tulett, DM., Verma, M.  A defender-attacker-defender approach to optimal fortification of a rail intermodal terminal network.  Journal of Transportation Security, 8(1-2), 17-32, 2015. 

15.        Assadipour, G., Ke, GY., Verma, M.  An analytical framework for integrated maritime terminal scheduling problems with time windows.  Expert Systems with Applications, 41(16), 7415-7424, 2014.   

14.        Bagheri, M., Verma, M., Verter, V.  Transport mode selection for toxic gases: rail or truck?  Risk Analysis -An International Journal, 34(1), 168-186, 2014. 

13.        Siddiqui, A., Verma, M., An expected consequence approach to route choice in the maritime transportation of crude oil.  Risk Analysis -An International Journal, 33(11), 2041-2055, 2013. 

12.        Verma, M., Gendreau, M., Laporte, G.  Optimal location and capability of oil spill response facilities for the south coast of Newfoundland.  Omega, 41(5), 856-867, 2013.   

11.        Siddiqui, A., Tulett, DM., Verma, M.  A periodic requirement scheduling approach to maritime transportation of crude oil.  EURO Journal of Transportation and Logistics, 2, 307-335, 2013. 

10.        Verma, M., Verter, V., Zufferey, N.  A bi-objective model for planning and managing rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.  Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 48(1), 132-149, 2012.   

09.        Verma, M.  A fixed-penalty cost and expected consequence approach to planning and managing intermodal transportation of heterogeneous freight.  AIMS International Journal of Management, 6(2), 101-118, 2012. 

08.        Verma, M., Verter, V., Gendreau, M.  A tactical planning model for the railroad transportation of dangerous goods.  Transportation Science, 45(2), 163-174, 2011. 

07.        Verma, M.  Rail transportation of hazardous materials: A conditional population exposure approach.  Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 19(5), 790-802, 2011.   

06.        Zufferey, N., Verma, M.  Tabu search for shipping dangerous goods in a rail-truck network.  Research in Logistics & Production, 3, 127-137, 2011. 

05.        Ray, S., Song, Y., Verma, M.  Exact and approximate periodic review models for stochastic price-sensitive demand.  International Journal of Production Economics, 128(11), 209-222, 2010. 

04.        Verma, M., Verter, V.  A lead-time based approach for planning rail-truck intermodal transportation of dangerous goods.  European Journal of Operational Research, 202(3), 696-706, 2010.   

03.        Guo, X., Verma, M.  Choosing vehicle capacity to minimize risk for transporting flammable materials.  Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 23(2), 220-225, 2010. 

02.        Verma, M.  A cost and expected consequence approach to planning and managing railroad transportation of hazardous materials.  Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 14(5), 300-308, 2009. 

01.        Verma, M., Verter, V.  Railroad transportation of dangerous goods: Population exposure to airborne toxins.  Computers and Operations Research, 34, 1287-1303, 2007.   

 

Book chapters

5.            Verma, M., Verter, V. “Railroad transportation of hazardous materials: Models for risk assessment and management” in Handbook of OR/MS Models in Hazardous Materials Transportation (eds.) R. Batta and C. Kwon, pp. 9-47, Springer, 2013. 

4.            Verma, M., Verter, V. “Security aspects of hazmat transportation using railroads” in Security Aspects of Uni- and Multi-modal Hazmat Transportation Systems (eds.) G. Reniers and L. Zamparini, pp. 49-69, Wiley-VCH, 2012. 

3.            Bagheri, M., Verma, M., Verter, V. “An expected risk model for rail transport of hazardous materials” in Transport of Dangerous Goods, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security (eds.) E. Garbolino, M. Tkiouat, N. Yankevich and D. Lachtar, pp. 207-226, Springer, 2012.

2.            Zufferey, N., Verma, M. “Tabu search for an intermodal transportation problem” in Selected Logistics Problems and Solutions (eds.) M. Fertsch and K. Grzybowska, pp. 7-20, Publishing House of Poznan University of Technology, Poland, 2012. 

1.            Verma, M., Verter, V. “The trade-offs in rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials: An illustrative case study” in Advanced Technologies and Methodologies in Risk Management in the Global Transport of Dangerous Goods (eds.) C. Bersani, A. Boulmakoul, E. Garbolino and R. Sacile, pp. 148-168, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, Vo. 45, IOS Press, 2008. 

 

 

Conference Proceedings

37.        Bhavsar, N., Verma, M.  Subsidy policy for risk equity in the rail hazmat transportation network: A risk mitigation strategy.  Proceedings of the Transportation Science & Logistics Meeting, Washington, United States, 2020 (May).

36.        Verma, M., Jabbarzadeh, A., Azad, N.  Planning rail hazmat shipment in the presence of random disruptions.  Proceedings of the Transportation Science & Logistics Meeting, Washington, United States, 2020 (May).

35.        Verma, M., Sarhadi, H., Tulett, DM.  An analytical methodology to the optimal fortification of a rail intermodal terminal network.  51st Annual Convention of ORSI & International Conference, Mumbai, India, 2018 (December).

34.        Verma, M., Vaezi, A.  An investment framework to mitigating risk from railroad transportation of hazardous materials.  51st Annual Convention of ORSI & International Conference, Mumbai, India, 2018 (December).

33.        Verma, M., Sarhadi, H., Tulett, DM.  An analytical methodology to the optimal fortification of a rail intermodal terminal network.  49th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Chicago, United States, 2018 (November).

32.        Verma, M., Hosseini, S. Davod.  A CVaR approach to optimal train configuration and routing of rail hazmat shipments.  INFORMS-TSL: 1st Triennial Conference, Chicago, United States, 2017 (July).

31.        Tulett, DM., Sarhadi, H., Verma, M.  A game theoretic approach to the optimal fortification of a rail intermodal terminal network.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Montreal, Canada, 2017 (May).

30.        Hosseini, S. Davod, Verma, M.  Value-at-risk (VaR) risk assessment methodology for railroad transportation of hazardous materials.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Montreal, Canada, 2017 (May).

29.        Vaezi, A., Verma, M.  Estimating flammable liquids traffic on railroad network in Canada.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Montreal, Canada, 2017 (May).

28.        Verma, M.  Railroad transportation of hazardous materials: Risk assessment and management.  Rail Safety & Reliability -A Global Perspective, Mumbai, India, 2016 (June).

27.        Vaezi, A., Verma, M.  Emergency response planning for railroad accidents involving hazardous materials in Canada.  POMS 27th Annual Conference, Orlando, United States, 2016 (May).

26.        Verma, M., Siddiqui, A.  A CVaR approach to planning crude oil tanker fleet.  Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2015 (June).

25.        Assadipour, G., Ke, GY., Verma, M.  Regulating intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.  Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington, United States, 2015 (January).

24.        Verma, M., Siddiqui, A.  A risk-cost approach to routing & scheduling crude oil tankers.  IIE Annual Conference and Expo, Montreal, Canada, 2014 (June).

23.        Verma, M., Assadipour, G., Ke, GY.  A metaheuristic approach to the maritime terminal crane scheduling problem.  IIE Annual Conference and Expo, Montreal, Canada, 2014 (June).

22.        Verma, M.  A Gaussian plume-based population exposure approach to railroad transportation of hazardous materials.  International Conference on Advances in Communication Network and Computing, Chennai, India, 2013 (February).

21.        Verma, M., Verter, V., Zufferey, N.  A meta-heuristic approach to rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.  International Conference on Advances in Communication Network and Computing, Chennai, India, 2013 (February).

20.        Verma, M.  An expected consequence approach to railroad transportation of hazardous materials.  International Conference on Reliability, Infocom Technologies and Optimization, New Delhi, India, 2013 (January).

19.        Verma, M., Siddiqui, A.  Maritime crude oil delivery scheduling.  International Conference on Reliability, Infocom Technologies and Optimization, New Delhi, India, 2013 (January).

18.        Verma, M.  A penalty cost approach to intermodal transportation of heterogeneous freight with specified delivery times.  9th AIMS International Conference on Management, Pune, India, 2012 (January).

17.        Verma, M., Siddiqui, A.  An expected consequence approach to intercontinental transportation of crude oil.  9th AIMS International Conference on Management, Pune, India, 2012 (January).

16.        Verma, M., Siddiqui, A.  An analytical approach to maritime crude oil transportation.  1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India, Bangalore, India, 2011 (December).

15.        Verma, M., Verter, V., Zufferey, N.  A population exposure approach to planning intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.  XV Annual International Conference of Society of Operations Management, Kolkata, India, 2011 (December).

14.        Siddiqui, A., Verma, M.  Scheduling of crude oil deliveries using VLCC/ULCC tankers.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Montreal, Canada, 2011 (July).

13.        Bagheri, M., Verma, M., Verter, V.  A comprehensive risk assessment framework for rail transport of hazardous materials.  1st International Conference on Transportation Information & Safety, Wuhan, China, 2011 (July).

12.        Verma, M., Verter, V., Gendreau, M.  A population exposure approach to planning and managing railroad transportation of dangerous goods.  3rd International Conference on Global Interdependence and Decision Sciences, Hyderabad, India, 2009 (December).

11.        Verma, M., Verter, V.  Rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.  NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Security and Environmental Sustainability of Multimodal Transport, London, United Kingdom, 2009 (January).

10.        Verter, V., Verma, M., Gendreau, M.  Railroad transportation of hazardous materials: A risk-cost approach.  ODYSSEUS 2009 -4th International Workshop on Freight Transportation and Logistics, Izmir, Turkey, 2009 (May).

09.        Verma, M., Verter, V.  A bi-objective model for rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Halifax, Canada, 2008 (May).

08.        Verma, M., Verter, V., Gendreau, M.  A bi-objective model for railroad transportation of hazardous materials.  11th World Congress on Transport Research, Berkeley, United States, 2007 (June).

07.        Verter, V., Verma, M.  A lead-time based approach for planning rail-truck intermodal transportation of dangerous goods.  TRISTAN VI-Triennial Symposium on Transportation Analysis, Phuket Island, Thailand, 2007 (June).

06.        Verma, M., Verter, V.  Intermodal transportation of dangerous goods.  36th Atlantic School of Business Conference, Sackville, Canada, 2006 (September).

05.        Verma, M., Verter, V.  An enumerative approach to rail-truck intermodal transportation of mixed shipments.  International Conference in Operations Research, Bremen, Germany, 2006 (August).

04.        Verma, M.  Analytical approaches to railroad and rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.  PhD Dissertation -Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, 2005 (June).

03.        Verter, V., Verma, M.  Transport risk assessment of the daily rail shipments of petroleum products across Montreal.  10th World Congress on Transport Research, 2004 (June).

02.        Verma, M., Verter, V.  Risk assessment of the Ultramar unit-train carrying finished petroleum products.  McGill Symposium on Environmental Research, Montreal, Canada, 2003 (May).

01.          Verma, M.  Hazardous materials logistics: comprehensive survey and analysis.  Comprehensive Paper -Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, 2002 (February).

 

Under Review/Working Papers

07.    Alavi, S. Hossein, Verma, M.  A robust optimization approach to managing disruption in supply chain finance.

06.        Bhavsar, N., Verma, M.  A subsidy policy to ensuring hazmat risk-equity in railroad transportation network.

05.        Azad, N., Hassini, E., Verma, M.  Optimal investment and sourcing strategies during recovery from supply disruptions.   

04.        Tripathi, G., Tanksale, A., Verma, M.  Optimal location of accident relief facilities in a railway network.    

03.        Rafiei, R., Huang, K., Verma, M.  Cash versus in-kind transfer programs in humanitarian operations: An optimization program and a case study.   

02.        Vaezi, A., Verma, M.  An infrastructure investment methodology to risk mitigation from rail hazmat shipments.   

01.        Siddiqui, A., Sarhadi, H., Verma, M.  A robust optimization approach to risk-averse routing of marine crude oi tankers.   

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06.        Dalal, J., Sarhadi, H., Verma, M.  A robust optimization approach to network design of rail hazmat emergency response network.    

05.        Rad, A. Moradi, Verma, M.  An optimization-based machine learning approach to managing disruption in the rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials.   

04.        Khosroshahi, H., Azad, N., Jabbarzadeh, A., Verma, M.  Quality and quantity environmental disclosure for green and non-green supply chains in heterogenous market considering government intervention.   

03.        Moshtagh, Mohammad S., Zhou, Y., Verma, M.  Integrated collection, production, and distribution model of blood products.   

02.        Mosadegh, H., Jabbarzadeh, A., Azad, N., Verma, M.  Routing and scheduling of rail hazmat shipments.   

01.        Prasanna, R., Vidyarthi, N., Verma, M.  Location hubs under the risk of random disruptions.   

 

 

Graduate Students

 

Masters

3.            Paria Fakhrzad, School of Computational Sciences and Engineering, McMaster University. 09/2021–

2.            Nishit Bhavsar, School of Computational Sciences and Engineering, McMaster University. 09/2018–08/2020. Status: Pursuing doctoral studies.

1.            Arash Moradi Rad, School of Computational Sciences and Engineering, McMaster University. 09/2018–10/2020. Status: Industry position.

Doctoral

11.        Zeinab Vosooghi, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. 09/2020–

10.        Zahra Mashayekhi, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. 09/2020–

09.        Nishit Bhavsar, School of Computational Sciences and Engineering, McMaster University. 09/2020–

08.        Mohammad S. Moshtagh, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. 01/2019–

07.        S. Hossein Alavi, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. 09/2018–

06.        Alyaa Abdelhalim, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. 09/2018–

05.        Dr. S. Davod Hosseini, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. 09/2014–10/2018. Status: Assistant Professor, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada.

04.        Dr. Ali Vaezi, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. 09/2013–08/2018. Status: Assistant Professor, Goodman School of Business, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada.

03.        Dr. Hassan Sarhadi, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. 09/2010-08/2015.  Status: Assistant Professor, Fred Manning School of Business, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada.

02.        Dr. Ghazal Assadipour, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. 09/2010-08/2014.  Status: Data Scientist, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada.

01.        Dr. Atiq Siddiqui, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. 09/2008-08/2012.  Status: Assistant Professor, College of Business Administration, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

 

 

Post-doctoral fellows

10.        Dr. Hossein Khosroshahi (co-supervised): 11/2019-10/2020. Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran.

09.        Dr. Hadi Mosadegh (co-supervised): 11/2019-10/2020. Status: Assistant Professor, Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran.

08.        Dr. S. Davod Hosseini: 05/2019-08/2020. Status: Assistant Professor, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Canada.

07.         Dr. Prasanna R (co-supervised): 03/2018-02/2019. Status: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology-New Delhi, India.

06.         Dr. Armin Jabbarzadeh (co-supervised): 10/2017-09/2018. Status: Assistant Professor, ETS Montreal, Canada. 

05.         Dr. Rezvan Raifei (co-supervised): 09/2017-08/2019. Status: Data Analytics Specialist, TD Bank, Canada.

04.         Dr. Jiahong Zhao (co-supervised): 08/2016-07-2017. Status: Assistant Professor, Guangdong University of Technology, China.

03.         Dr. Nader Azad (co-supervised): 07/2014-04/2016. Status: Assistant Professor, Ontario Tech University.

02.         Dr. Kan Fang (co-supervised): 04/2014-03/2015. Status: Assistant Professor, Tianjin University, China.

01.         Dr. Morteza Bagheri (co-supervised): 01/2010-12/2010. Status: Associate Professor, Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran.