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Dr. Mashor Housh

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Lecturer

Research Interests: Optimization under Uncertainty, Robust Optimization, Large-Scale Optimization of Infrastructure Systems, Planning and Management of Water Resources Systems under Uncertainty, Design, Operation and Monitoring of Water Supply Systems.

Email: mashor.housh@gmail.com

Phone: 972-4-8288541

Office: Jacobs building, room 508

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I received my Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Technion in 2007. My undergraduate studies focused on Hydrodynamics and Water Resources Engineering and Transportation Engineering. I earned my Ph.D. (direct track) in Hydrodynamics and Water Resources Engineering from the Technion in 2011. In my Ph.D., I developed and implemented models for optimal multi-year management of water quantities and qualities of large-scale water systems under uncertain hydrological conditions, which was applied to the Israeli National Water Supply System. Upon completing my Ph.D., I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC I worked on developing an integrative “system of systems” model that preserve the inherent interdependencies among the subsystems involved in the biofuel production process.

At University of Haifa, I study how to model complex systems incorporating environmental, economic and sustainability aspects while focusing on how to guide the design and management of such systems to address uncertainty and extreme events. I also study the design and the management of “smart” infrastructure systems (so called cyber-infrastructure systems) where I use mathematical modeling and uncertainty analysis to best utilize automated sensing technologies and the vast computational capacity provided by cloud computing technology to design “smarter” infrastructure systems in general and water infrastructure systems in particular. My publications cover modeling methodologies and their implementation to water resources and environmental systems. I also have interests in methodological developments in the field of optimization of large and complex systems and optimization under uncertainty.

 

Teaching

  • Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Advanced topics in Matlab
  • Statistical Methods
  • Research Methodologies
  • Environmental Project Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Advanced Statistical Methods

Selected publications

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2011), Optimal multiyear management of a water supply system under uncertainty: Robust counterpart approach, Water Resources Research, 47, W10515, doi:10.1029/2011WR010596.

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2012), A box-constrained optimization methodology and its application for a water supply system model, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Division, ASCE, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000229.

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2012), Seasonal multi-year optimal management of quantities and salinities in regional water supply systems, Environmental Modeling and Software, 37, 55-67.

Perelman L., Arad J., Housh M., and Ostfeld A., (2012), Water Distribution Systems Event Detection from Multivariate Water Quality Time Series, Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (15), 8212-8219.

Housh M., Ostfeld A., Shamir U., (2013), Implicit mean-variance approach for optimal management of a water supply system under uncertainty, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 139, 6, 634-643, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000307

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2013), Limited multi-stage stochastic programming for managing water supply systems, Environmental Modeling and Software, 41, 53-64, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.11.006

Perelman L., Housh M., Ostfeld A., (2013). Least cost design of water distribution systems under demand uncertainty: the robust counterpart approach, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 15, 3, 737-750, http://www.iwaponline.com/jh/up/jh2013138.htm

Arad J., Housh M., Perelman L., Ostfeld A., (2013). A dynamic thresholds scheme for contaminant event detection in water distribution systems, Water Research, 47, 5, 1899 – 1908, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2013.01.017

Perelman L., Housh M., Ostfeld A., (2013), Robust optimization for water distribution systems least cost design, Water Resources Research, 49, 6795-6809, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wrcr.20539 

Housh M., Cai X., Ng T., McIsaac G., Ouyang Y., Khanna M., Sivapalan M., Jain A., Eckhoff S., Gasteyer S., Al-Qadi I., Bai Y., Yaeger M., Ma S., Song Y., (2014), System of Systems Model for Analysis of Biofuel Development,  Journal of Infrastructure Systems,10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000238

Nguyen T., Cai X., Ouyang Y., and Housh M., (2014), Modeling Infrastructure Interdependencies, Resiliency and Sustainability, International Journal of Critical Infrastructures. (accepted)

Limeng P., Housh M., Liu P., Cai X., Chen X., (2014), Stochastic Robust Optimization for Reservoir Operation, Water Resources Research. (accepted)

Yaeger M., Housh M., Cai X., Sivapalan M., (2014), An integrated modeling framework for exploring flow regime and water quality changes with increasing biofuel crop production in the US Corn Belt, Water Resources Research. (accepted)

Housh M., Cai X., (2014), Successive Smoothing Algorithm for Solving Large-Scale Optimization Models with Fixed Cost, Annals of Operation Research. (accepted)

Housh M., Ostfeld A., (2014), Integrated logit framework for contamination event detection in water supply 

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