Adam Elmachtoub is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University, where he is also a member of the Data Science Institute. His research spans two major themes: (i) designing machine learning and personalization methods to make informed decisions in industries such as retail, logistics, and travel (ii) new models and algorithms for revenue and supply chain management in modern e-commerce and service systems. He received his B.S. degree from Cornell and his Ph.D. from MIT, both in operations research. He spent one year as a postdoc at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center working in the area of Smarter Commerce. He has received an NSF CAREER Award, an IBM Faculty Award, and was on Forbes 30 under 30 in science.

For more information, please see his CV, Google Scholar page, or this article.

For media coverage, see articles in GamesIndustry, PC Gamer, Wired, and Columbia Spectator.

I co-founded and co-organized NYC Operations Day, see event pages for 2018, 2019, and 2020.


I have the pleasure of working with some fantastic students at Columbia. If you are interested in becoming a student, please apply here.

Ph.D. Students

Yunfan Zhao

Harsh Sheth (co-advised with Vineet Goyal)

Xiao Lei

Yeqing Zhou

Ryan McNellis, 2019, Applied Research Scientist at Amazon

Yunjie Sun, 2019, Sr. Revenue Management Analyst & Data Scientist at TripAdvisor

Michael Hamilton, 2019, Assistant Professor at Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh


Under Review

  1. The Value of Flexibility from Opaque Selling, with D. D. Yao and Y. Zhou

  2. Pricing with Fairness, with M. C. Cohen and X. Lei

  3. Market Segmentation Trees, with A. Aouad, K. J. Ferreira, and R. McNellis [code]

  4. Smart "Predict, then Optimize", with P. Grigas
    Minor revision in Management Science.

  5. Retailing with Opaque Products, with Y. Wei
    Major revision in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.


  1. Loot Box Pricing and Design, with N. Chen, M. L. Hamilton, and X. Lei
    Management Science, forthcoming.
    Accepted in The 21st ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC), 2020.
    Invited to present at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Workshop on Consumer Issues Related to Loot Boxes, 2019 (one of four research papers selected).
    1st place for Xiao Lei, IBM Best Student Paper Award in Service Science, 2019.

  2. The Power of Opaque Products in Pricing, with M. L. Hamilton
    Management Science, forthcoming.
    Accepted in The 13th Conference on Web and Internet Economics (WINE), 2017.

  3. Decision Trees for Decision-Making under the Predict-then-Optimize Framework, with J. C. N. Liang and R. McNellis [code]
    Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2020.

  4. The Value of Personalized Pricing, with V. Gupta and M. L. Hamilton [code]
    Management Science, forthcoming.
    Finalist, INFORMS Service Science Cluster Best Paper Award, 2018.
    Accepted in The 15th Conference on Web and Internet Economics (WINE), 2019.

  5. Static Pricing: Universal Guarantees for Reusable Resources, with O. Besbes and Y. Sun
    Operations Research, forthcoming.
    Accepted in The 20th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC), 2019.
    Spotlight presentation at INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing (RMP), 2019 (top 20% of full paper submissions).
    Finalist (part 1 of 2), INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing (RMP) Practice Award, 2019.

  6. Pricing Analytics for Rotable Spare Parts, with O. Besbes and Y. Sun
    INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, forthcoming.
    Finalist, Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, 2019.
    Finalist (part 2 of 2), INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing (RMP) Practice Award, 2019.

  7. Generalization Bounds in the Predict-then-Optimize Framework, with O. El Balghiti, P. Grigas, and A. Tewari
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32 (NeurIPS), 2019.

  8. A Practical Method for Solving Contextual Bandit Problems Using Decision Trees, with R. McNellis, S. Oh, and M. Petrik
    Proceedings of the 33rd Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI), 2017.
    Invited for oral presentation (top 10% of submissions).

  9. Supply Chain Management with Online Customer Selection, with R. Levi
    Operations Research, Vol. 64(2), p. 458-473, 2016.

  10. The Submodular Joint Replenishment Problem, with M. Cheung, R. Levi, and D. B. Shmoys
    Mathematical Programming, Vol. 158(1), p. 207-233, 2016.

  11. From Cost Sharing Mechanisms to Online Selection Problems, with R. Levi
    Mathematics of Operations Research, Vol. 40(3), p. 542-557, 2015.

  12. Maximizing the Spread of Cascades Using Network Design, with D. Sheldon, B. Dilkina, R. Finseth, A. Sabharwal, J. Conrad, C. Gomes, D. Shmoys, W. Allen, O. Amundsen, W. Vaughan
    Proceedings of the 26th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI), p. 517-526, 2010.
    Invited for oral presentation (top 12% of submissions).

  13. From Random Polygon to Ellipse: An Eigenanalysis, with C. F. Van Loan
    SIAM Review, Vol. 52(1), p. 151-170, 2010. [demo by Jason Davies]
    Charles F. Van Loan selected this work as the subject for his 2018 John von Neumann Lecture.


Segmentation based estimation method for demand models under censored data, with M. R. Ettl, S. Oh, M. Petrik, and R. K. Ravi. US Patent 2018/0060885.

Revenue management using dynamic customer selection, with R. Lederman. US Patent 2017/0358001.

Training a machine to dynamically determine and communicate customized, product-dependent promotions with no or limited historical data over a network>, with M. R. Ettl, S. Oh, M. Petrik, and R. K. Ravi. US Patent 2017/0046732.

Determining feature importance and target population in the context of promotion recommendation, with M. R. Ettl, S. Oh, M. Petrik, and R. K. Ravi. US Patent 10546320, 2020.


IEOR 4418, Transportation Analytics and Logistics (B.S./M.S.), Fall 2016, Spring 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

IEOR 4650, Business Analytics (B.S./M.S.), Spring 2016, 2017 (x2), 2018 (x2), 2019 (x2), 2020, Fall 2020 (x2)

IEOR 8100, Supply Chain Management: Classics and Recent Trends (Ph.D.), Spring 2016

IEOR 8100, Contextual Optimization for Prescriptive Analytics (Ph.D.), Fall 2019