Zhang Canrong
Associate Professor


Canrong Zhang is currently an Associate Professor in the Research Center for Modern Logistics, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School. He obtained his PhD degree in 2010 from the Industrial Engineering Department of Tsinghua University, and Bachelor degree in 2005 from the Industrial Engineering Department of Xi'an Jiaotong University. 

His research focuses on the application of operations research and computer science techniques to problems in production, logistics and supply chain management. He has published more than thirty articles in mainly premier journals, including Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, INFORMS Journal on Computing, IISE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, etc. 

His study has gained over 15 research grants including three granted by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and one by the National Key R&D Program of China. In addition, he is also active in academia-industry collaboration. His research works have been translated into a series of optimization systems, ranging from tactical planning and operational scheduling to online dispatching and sequencing, which benefit several companies including Huawei Hisilicon Co., Ltd and Five Continents International Container Terminal in Tianjin Seaport. 

Dr. Zhang is actively engaged in professional services for the research community. He currently serves as Area Editor for Computers & Industrial Engineering: An International Journal, and provides reviewing service for multiple journals. He has also chaired or co-chaired several conference programs or sessions. 


 -Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, July 2010

 -Visiting Scholar, Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sept. 2008 - Sept. 2009

 -B.S., Industrial Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, July 2005 


Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School 

 -Associate Professor, August 2019 - Present

Tsinghua Graduate School at Shenzhen

-Associate Professor, December 2013 - August 2019

-Assistant Professor, July 2010 - November 2013 


 -Optimization and Data Analytics

 -Container Terminal Operations Optimization

 -Production System Design, Planning and Scheduling

 -Logistic Network Design and Optimization


-Advanced Operations Research

-Inventory Management

-Production Management

-Analysis and Optimization on Logistics System 


[1] National  Natural Science Foundation of China, “Study on Container Relocation  Problems using Dynamic Decision-making and Data Mining” (PI), CNY  480,000 for the period 1/2019 to 12/2022.

[2] National  Natural Science Foundation of China, “The Planning and Scheduling  of Resources in Container Terminals with Consideration of Uncertainties”  (PI), CNY 590,000 for the period 1/2015 to 12/2018.

[3] National  Natural Science Foundation of China, “Location Assignment for Outbound  Containers with Consideration of Container Reshuffling” (PI), CNY  205,000 for the period 1/2012 to 12/2014.

[4] National  Key R&D Program of China, “Study on Reconstruction and Key Technology  of HCPS-based Self-adaptive Intelligent Factory and Unmanned Production  Line” (Co-PI, with Shaoyuan Li, Zhibin Jiang, Chao Fu, et al.), CNY  447,500 for the period 12/2019 to 12/2022.

[5] Shenzhen  Municipal Science and Technology Innovation Committee, “Study on the  Key Technology in the Decision Support System for the Fabrication and  Test of Semiconductors” (PI), CNY 300,000 for the period 9/2016 to  9/2018.

[6] Huawei  Hisilicon Co., Ltd., “Coordinated Control System for Warehousing Operations  Using Kiva-like Logistic Robots” (PI), CNY 1,000,000 for the period  6/2017 to 6/2020.

[7] Huawei  Hisilicon Co., Ltd., “Decision support system for warehousing operations”  (PI), CNY 706,000 for the period 6/2015 to 6/2018.

[8] Huawei  Hisilicon Co., Ltd., “Advanced Planning and Scheduling System for  the fabrication and test of semiconductors” (PI), CNY 480,000 for  the period 4/2012 to 12/2014.

[9] Economic  Promotion Bureau, Yantian District, “The 13th five-year planning for  the logistic industry in Yantian District” (PI), CNY 130,000 for the  period 1/2015 to 3/2016.

[10] Yantian  Port International Information Co., Ltd., “Capacity evaluation index  system for seaport logistics” (PI), CNY 190,000 for the period 10/2014  to 2/2016.

[11] Five Continents  International Container Terminal, Tianjin Seaport, “Decision support  system of yard planning and scheduling” (Co-PI, with Li Zheng), CNY  480,000 for the period 5/2006 to 5/2008. 


-Area Editor, Computers & Industrial Engineering: An International Journal 

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(*: corresponding  author; #: the student under my (co-)supervision)

[1] You Jintao #, Miao Lixin, Zhang Canrong *, and Xue Zhaojie. A generic  model for the local container drayage problem using the emerging truck  platooning operation mode. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological,  2019, forthcoming.

[2] You Jintao#, Zhang Canrong, Xue Zhaojie, Miao Lixin and Ye Bin. A bi-objective  model for robust local container drayage problem. RAIRO - Operations  Research, 2019, forthcoming.

[3] Xie Fanrui#,  Wu Tao and Zhang Canrong*. A Branch-and-Price Algorithm for the  Integrated Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment Problem. Transportation Science, September-October 2019, 53(5): 1427-1454.

[4] Wu Tao,  Xiao Fan, Zhang Canrong, Zhang Defu and Liang Zhe. Regression  and Extrapolation Guided Optimization for Production-Distribution with  Ship-Buy-Exchange Options. Transportation Research Part E - Logistics  and Transportation Review, September 2019, 129: 15-37.

[5] Wei Mingyuan#,  Qi Mingyao, Wu Tao and Zhang Canrong*. Distance and Matching-Induced  Search Algorithm for the Multi-level Lot-Sizing Problem with Substitutable  Bill of materials. European Journal of Operational Research, September 2019, 277(2): 521-541.

[6] Yu Lina#,  Yang Huasheng, Miao Lixin and Zhang Canrong*. Rollout Algorithms  for Resource Allocation in Humanitarian Logistics. IISE  Transactions, August 2019, 51(8):887-909.

[7] Wang Zujian#,  Qi Mingyao, Cheng Chun, and Zhang Canrong. A hybrid algorithm  for large-scale service network design considering a heterogeneous fleet. European Journal of Operational Research, July 2019, 276(2):  521-541.

[8] Liu Changchun#,  Xiang Xi, Zhang Canrong, Wang Qiang, and Zheng Li.  A column  generation based distributed scheduling algorithm for multi-mode resource  constrained project scheduling problem. Computers & Industrial  Engineering, November 2018, 125: 258-278.

[9] Qi Mingyao,  Li Xiaowen, Yan Xuejun and Zhang Canrong*. On the evaluation  of AGVS-based warehouse operation performance. Simulation Modelling  Practice and Theory, September 2018, 87: 379-394.

[10] Wu Tao,  Xiao Fan, Zhang Canrong, He Yan, and Liang Zhe. The green capacitated  multi-item lot sizing problem with parallel machines. Computers & Operations Research, October 2018, 98: 149-164.

[11] Wu Tao,  Liang Zhe and Zhang Canrong. Analytics Branching and Selection  for the Capacitated Multi-Item Lot Sizing Problem with Non-Identical  Machines. INFORMS Journal on  Computing, Spring 2018, 30(2): 236-258.

[12] Zhang  Canrong, Wu Tao, Qi Mingyao and Miao Lixin. Simultaneous Allocation  of Berths and Quay Cranes under Discrete Berth Situation. Asia-Pacific  Journal of Operational Research, June 2018, 35(3): 1-28.

[13] Yu Lina#, Zhang Canrong, Yang Huasheng and Miao Lixin. Novel Methods for Resource  Allocation in Humanitarian Logistics Considering Human Suffering. Computers & Industrial Engineering, May 2018, 119: 1-20.

[14] Zhang  Canrong, Xie Fanrui, Huang Kun, Wu Tao and Liang Zhe. MIP Models  and a Hybrid Method for the Capacitated Air-cargo Network Planning and  Scheduling Problems. Transportation Research Part E  - Logistics and Transportation Review, July 2017, 103: 158-173.

[15] Yang Huasheng#,  Low Vincent, Zhang Canrong*, Zheng Li and Miao Lixin. Behavior  perception-based disruption models for the parallel machine capacitated  lot-sizing and scheduling problem. International Journal of Production  Research, 2017, 55(11): 3058-3072.

[16] Liu Changchun#, Zhang Canrong and Zheng Li. A Bi-objective Model for Robust Yard  Allocation Scheduling for Outbound Containers. Engineering Optimization,  2017, 49(1): 113-135.

[17] Liu Changchun#,  Xiang Xi, Zhang Canrong and Zheng Li. A Decision Model for Berth  Allocation Under Uncertainty Considering Service Level Using an Adaptive  Differential Evolution Algorithm. Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational  Research, December 2016, 33(6): 1-28.

[18] Liu Changchun#,  Zheng Li and Zhang Canrong*. Behavior perception-based disruption  models for berth allocation and quay crane assignment problems. Computers & Industrial Engineering, July 2016, 97: 258-275.

[19] He Yan,  Wu Tao, Zhang Canrong and Liang Zhe. An improved MIP heuristic  for the intermodal hub location problem. Omega - International  Journal of Management Science, December 2015, 57, Part B: 203-211.

[20] Liang Zhe,  He Yan, Wu Tao and Zhang Canrong*. An informative column generation  and decomposition method for a product on planning and facility location  problem. International Journal of Production Economics,  December 2015, 170, Part A: 88-96.

[21] Xiao Jing#,  Yang Huasheng, Zhang Canrong, Zheng Li and Gupta Jatinder N.  D. A Hybrid Lagrangian-Simulated Annealing-based heuristic for the parallel-machine  capacitated lot-sizing and scheduling problem with sequence-dependent  setup times. Computers & Operations Research, November  2015, 63:72-82.

[22] Xue Zhaojie#,  Lin Wei-Hua, Miao Lixin and Zhang Canrong. Local container drayage  problem with tractor and trailer operating in separable mode. Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, September 2015,  27(2-3): 431-450.

[23] Xue Zhaojie#, Zhang Canrong, Yang Peng and Miao Lixin. A Combinatorial Benders'  Cuts Algorithm for the Local Container Drayage Problem. Mathematical  Problems in Engineering, 2015.

[24] Zhang  Canrong, Wu Tao, Zhong Ming, Zheng Li and Miao Lixin. Location Assignment  for Outbound Containers with Adjusted Weight Proportion. Computers & Operations Research, December 2014, 52, Part A: 84-93.

[25] Zhang  Canrong, Wu Tao, Kim Kap Hwan and Miao Lixin. Conservative Allocation  Models for Outbound Containers in Container Terminals. European  Journal of Operational Research, October 2014, 238(1): 155-165.

[26] Xue Zhaojie#, Zhang Canrong, Lin Wei-Hua, Miao Lixin and Yang Peng. A tabu search  heuristic for the local container drayage problem under a new operation  mode. Transportation Research Part E  - Logistics and Transportation Review, February 2014, 62: 136-150.

[27] Lin Jiahong#,  Gao Benhe and Zhang Canrong. Simulation-based investment planning  for Humen Port. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory,  January 2014, 40: 161-175.

[28]  Xiao Jing#, Zhang Canrong, Zheng Li and Gupta Jatinder N. D. MIP-based fix-and-optimize  algorithms for the parallel machine capacitated lot-sizing and scheduling  problem. International Journal of Production Research,  August 2013, 51(16): 5011-5028.

[29] Wu Tao, Zhang Canrong, Zhe Liang and Leung Stephen C. H. A Lagrangian Relaxation-based  Heuristic and Models Evaluation for Multi-level Lot Sizing Problems  with Backorders. Computers & Operations Research,  July 2013, 40(7): 1852-1863.

[30]  Zhang  Canrong, Wu Tao, Zheng Li and Miao Lixin. A Lagrangian Relaxation-based  Algorithm for the Allocation of Yard Cranes for Yard Activities with  Different Priorities. Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering,  June 2013, 22(2): 227-252.

[31] Xue Zhaojie#, Zhang Canrong, Miao Lixin and Lin Wei-Hua. An Ant Colony Algorithm  for Yard Truck Scheduling and Yard Location Assignment Problems with  Precedence Constraints. Journal of Systems Science and Systems  Engineering, March 2013, 22(1): 21-37.

[32] Zhang  Canrong* and Chen Weiwei. A note on ‘A new dynamic programming  formulation of (n?×?m) flowshop sequencing problems with due dates’. International Journal of Production Research, 2012, 50(16):  4631-4634.

[33] Zhang  Canrong*, Zhang Zhihai, Zheng Li and Miao Lixin. A decision support  system for the allocation of yard cranes and blocks in container terminals. Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research, December 2011,  28(6): 803-829.

[34] Zhang  Canrong, Chen Weiwei, Shi Leyuan and Zheng Li. A note on deriving  decision rules to locate export containers in container yards. European Journal of Operational Research, September 2010, 205(2):  483-485.

[35] Zhang  Canrong, Zheng Li, Zhang Zhihai, Shi Leyuan and Armstrong Aaron.  The allocation of berths and quay cranes by using a sub-gradient optimization  technique. Computers & Industrial Engineering, February  2010, 58(1): 40-50.  


-Annual Teaching  Excellence Award, Tsinghua University, 2017 (first session), 2018.

-High-level  Professional, Shenzhen Municipality, 2017

-Oversea High-caliber  Personnel, Shenzhen Municipality, 2014

-Mentoring  Excellence, Graduate School at Shenzhen, 2013 (first session).

-NSK Sino-Japan  Friendship Outstanding Paper Prize, NSK-Tsinghua University, 2010

-Best Paper  Award, IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics, 2007