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Amir Rastpour

Amir Rastpour

Assistant Professor

Operations Management

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 2012
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3625

Research topics

  • stochastic models
  • queueing theory
  • statistics
  • big data analytics


Dr. Amir Rastpour is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) in Ontario Tech University. He has received his PhD in Operations Management from the University of Alberta School of Business in 2015 and went on to become a postdoctoral fellow in Management Science at the Ivey Business School, Western University before joining Ontario Tech University in 2017.

HIs research interest is in applications of operations research and statistics in the health care sector. More specifically, he is interested in applying queuing theory, count regression models and empirical analysis methods to problems in the health-care sector, both at the planning level (such as demand prediction for heart attack treatment facilities and finding promising locations for these facilities) and at the operational level (such as emergency medical services operations). His recent focus has been on solving quasi-birth–death (QBD) processes with applications in analyzing real-world health care problems. 

Dr. Rastpour teaches Statistics and courses on operations management. In his classes, his students learn how to gain insights from raw data to facilitate decision making processes. His students learn data organization, presentation, analysis and interpretation skills by observing relevant and real examples. During each session, he provides numerous opportunities for his students to repeat and discuss materials that they have learned to facilitate their learning experience. 


  • Postdoctoral fellow The Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada 2017
  • PhD, Operations Management Alberta School of Business, Canada 2015
  • Visiting PhD Student University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, U.S.A. 2014

Research and expertise

  • Applications: health-care sector
  • Methods: stochastic models, queueing theory, statistics, Big Data analytics
  • INFORMS Health Applications Society, Honorable Mention Best Student Paper 2015
  • CORS, Best Student Paper in Open Category 2015
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Travel 2014
  • Award, $1000.
  • University of Alberta Graduate Students’ Association Professional 2013 & 14
  • Development Award, $1000.
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Interfaculty 2011 - 2014
  • Graduate Studentship Award, $24000 per annum, plus tuition for 4 years.
  • Alberta School of Business Scholarship, $24000 per annum for 4 years. 2009 - 2013
  • University of Alberta Provost Doctoral Entrance Award, tuition fees 2009 - 2011 for first two years of PhD studies.
  • Best Poster Award, Business Research Conference, Edmonton AB. 2010


  • Publications
    • Rastpour, A., A. Ingolfsson, B. Kolfal. (2020) Modeling Red and Yellow Alert durations for ambulance systems as partial busy periods. Production and Operations Management. Forthcoming.

      • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Health Applications Society 2015, Honorable Mention Best Student Paper Award.
      • Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) 2015, Best Student Paper Award in the Open Category
    • Rastpour, A., Begen, M.A., Louie, A.V. and Zaric, G.S., 2018. Variability of waiting times for the 4 most prevalent cancer types in Ontario: a retrospective population-based analysis. CMAJ Open, 6(2), 227-234.

    • Rastpour, A., M.S. Esfahani. 2010. Mathematical models for selection of optimal place and size of connections considering the time-value of money. European Journal of Operational Research, 200(3), 764-773.
  • Manuscript under review
    • Rastpour A., When algebraic rules are the same for matrices and scalars: An example from element-wise ordering of matrix inverses. Under Review. Last submitted in February 2020.
  • Manuscripts in preparation
    • Rastpour, A. Predicting heart attack incidence in Alberta. With A. Ingolfsson, R. Hagtvedt, P. Kaul.
    • Rastpour, A. Modeling Emergency Rooms As Quasi-Birth-Death Processes. With A. Ingolfsson, B. Sandıkcı.
    • Rastpour, A. Dynamic Programming for Ambulance Fleet Management. With A. Ingolfsson, G. Zaric, M. Begen.
  • Recent conference presentations
    • Rastpour, A., M. Begen, G. Zaric. Waiting Times for the Four Most Prevalent Cancer Types in Ontario. INFORMS Healthcare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 2017.
    • Rastpour, A., A. Ingolfsson, G. Zaric, M. Begen. Dynamic Programming for Ambulance Fleet Management (CORS, Banff AB. 2016, European Conference on Operational Research, Poznan, Poland. 2016).
    • Rastpour, A., A. Ingolfsson, B. Sandık¸ cı. Modeling Emergency Rooms As Quasi-Birth-Death Processes (CORS/INFORMS, Montreal QC. 2015, INFORMS, Philadelphia PA. 2015).
    • Rastpour, A., B. Kolfal, A. Ingolfsson. Modeling Red and Yellow Alert durations for ambulance systems as partial busy periods (INFORMS Healthcare, Nashville TN. Honorable Mention Best Paper. 2015, CORS/INFORMS, Montreal QC. Best Paper Winner. 2015).