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Dr. Sharareh Taghipour

Sharareh Taghipour
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Physical Asset Management
416-979-5000 ext. 557693

Areas of Academic Interest

Stochastic modelling and optimization

Reliability engineering

Maintenance and spares optimization

Prognostics and health management (PHM)

Production planning and scheduling

Smart asset management

Sustainable asset management

Medical decision making


University Degree
University of Toronto PhD
Sharif University of Technology MASc
Sharif University of Technology BSc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course
ME8144 Advanced Reliability Modelling
MEC 832/IND 832 Reliability and Decision Analysis
IND 605 Experimental Design and Quality Assurance


If you are vexed by daily inefficiencies – how a coffee shop serves its customers, how a bank sorts its callers with automated phone menus – then you have some understanding of Sharareh Taghipour’s mission. Taghipour dreams of a zero-failure world in which we have the right information, analytical skills, methodology and technology to predict and prevent inefficiencies and breakdowns. “This is evidently not achievable,” she says, laughing. “But it’s how I think. It’s an ideal to move toward.”

Taghipour’s superpower is mathematical modelling, which she applies in areas like manufacturing (to forecast equipment failure) and health care (to predict the incidence of disease). Looking forward, Taghipour is most excited about the use of autonomous prediction to optimize processes. “I know we can’t eliminate failure, but when systems can make smart decisions in real time, the result will be better quality of life.”

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Sharareh Taghipour

“Pure math is a beautiful thing on its own, but it’s even better when it’s applied to improve our lives.”

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Physical Asset Management
  • Government of Ontario Early Researcher Award
  • Toronto Metropolitan University Early Research Career Excellence Award
  • Best Paper Award of American Society for Quality-Reliability Division
  • Best Paper Award of Tom Fagan Reliability & Maintainability Symposium
  • Best Paper Award of American College of Clinical Engineering
  • Asset Management Council Postgraduate Research Award
  • Russell, A., and Taghipour, S. “Multi-objective Optimization of Complex Scheduling Problems in Low-volume Low-variety Production Systems.” International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 208, 2019, pp. 1-16.
  • Abdi, A., and Taghipour S. “An Optimization Model for Fleet Management With Economic and Environmental Considerations, Under a Cap-and-trade Market.” Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 204, 2018, pp. 130-143.
  • Abdi, A., Taghipour, S., and Khamooshi, H. “A Model to Control Environmental Performance of Project Execution Process Based on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Using Earned Value Management.” International Journal of Project Management, vol. 36, no. 3, 2018, pp. 397-413.
  • Taghipour, S., and Azimpoor, S. “Joint Optimization of Jobs Sequence and Inspection Policy for a Single System with Two-stage Failure Process.” IEEE Transactions on Reliability, vol. 67, no. 1, 2018, pp. 156-169.
  • Hajipour, Y., and Taghipour, S. “Non-Periodic Inspection Optimization of Multi-Component and k-out-of-n Systems Using Genetic Algorithm.” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 156, 2016, pp. 228-243.
  • Regional editor, Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering
  • Associate editor, Reliability and Maintainability Symposium
  • Member, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)