Samin Aref


Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Industrial Engineering

Tel: 416-946-7233
Office: BA8112

Research Areas

Operations Research

Applied Machine Learning

Information Engineering

Research Interests

Data science, network science, mathematical programming, graph algorithms and optimization, statistical learning, social network analysis, computational complexity, scalable computing, big data analytics, complex systems, science of science, and computational social science


Samin Aref is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in data science at the University of Toronto Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Prof. Aref holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Auckland (New Zealand, 2019) and an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Iran, 2014). Prior to joining the U of T, he has been a research scientist and a research area chair at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography (Germany, 2018-2021). Prof. Aref’s research is at the intersections of Data Science, Operations Research, Applied Machine Learning, Network Science, Industrial Engineering, and Computational Social Science for which he has secured funding from several organizations in Germany, New Zealand, and Canada. Prof. Aref has given over 60 invited talks and presentations at international conferences and workshops and has published over 20 articles in reputable journals including European Journal of Operational Research, Networks, Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, Scientometrics, EPJ Data Science, Scientific Reports, and Journal of Complex Networks. More info on

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