Xiuli Chao smiles and poses for a portrait.

Xiuli Chao

Ralph L. Disney Professor


2895 IOE


Additional Title(s)

  • Master’s Program Director


Xiuli Chao’s research interests include queueing, scheduling, financial engineering, inventory control, and supply chain management. He has also held regular or visiting positions at the University of California at Irvine, Columbia University, North Carolina State University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and National University of Singapore. Dr. Chao is the co-developer of Lekin Scheduling System. He is the co-author of two books, “Operations Scheduling with Applications in Manufacturing and Services” (Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 1998), and “Queueing Networks: Customers, Signals, and Product Form Solutions” (John Wiley & Sons, 1999). Chao received the 1998 Erlang Prize from the Applied Probability Society of Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the 2005 David Baker Distinguished Research Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He has consulted for many companies on logistics, supply chains, and inventory management. Chao is a fellow of both IISE and INFORMS.


Research Interests


  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Service Systems

Industrial Operations

  • Distribution & Logistics
  • Inventory Control
  • Supply-Chain Management

Operations Research Tools

  • Game Theory
  • Queuing Theory
  • Stochastic Opt. & Control
  • Stochastic Processes

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