Ongoing projects:
Prof. Ivanov is General Chair of IFAC MIM 2019 Conference; submission open –
Ivanov, D., Dolgui A., Sokolov B. (Eds) (2019). Handbook of Ripple Effects in the Supply Chain. Springer, New York, submission open till October 31st, 2018, download CfP
Special Issue „Ripple Effect and Supply Chain Disruption Management“ in Interational Journal of Production Research associated with MIM 2019 conference: submission of selected papers presented at MIM 2019 is open till December 31st, 2019 Call for Papers
Special Issue „Supply Chain Finance“ in IFORS Journal „Interational Transactions on Operations Research“: submission open til December 31st, 2018 Call for Papers
Special Issue „Smart Manufacturing, Digital Supply Chains and Industry 4.0“ in MDPI Journal „Machines“: submission open till July 31st, 2018 Call for Papers

Research interests:

Supply chain structural dynamics and risk management: supply chain design with disruption risk considerations, ripple effect in the supply chain
Supply chain planning: adaptive planning approaches to supply chain planning with disruption considerations, proactive and reactive policies, optimization, control, simulation
Scheduling: supply chain scheduling, robustness analysis, optimal program control, heuristics, dynamic scheduling, flexible flow/job shop scheduling
Resilience and networks: resilience analysis, complexity, graph theory, control theory, attainable sets, fuzzy theory, flexibility, simulation
Cyper-physical systems and Industry 4.0: new business models in the era of digital manufacturing and smart factory, scheduling in Industry 4.0 Systems


Most important research results:

  • Co-author of the supply chain structural dynamics control approach
  • For the first time, optimal program control-based supply chain scheduling model and algorithm have been developed
  • For the first time, attainable (reachable) sets have been applied to operations schedule robustness and supply chain resilience analysis
  • Formulation and solution of new scheduling problem for Industry 4.0 systems: CF/DFJS (continuous flows / dynamic job shop scheduling)
  • For the first time, ripple effect has been defined in scientific literature with the help of control-theoretic approach

His research projects have been supported by funding from DFG (German Research Foundation), Kühne-Foundation, DAAD, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation as well industrial companies. In total, funding over one million euro has been obtained. The project experience comprises such sectors as automotive, petrochemistry, textile and fashion, aerospace, and retail.

Prof. Ivanov’s research is based upon integrated consideration of processes, quantitative methods and technology for investigation of value-adding system dynamics.

Prof. Ivanov’s research explores supply chain and production system structural dynamics and control, with an emphasis on global supply chain and process design with disruption consideration, distribution and production planning, and dynamic (re)-scheduling. He is (co)-author of structural dynamics control method for supply chain management. Research methodologies may include mathematical programming, discrete-event and agent-based simulation and control theoretic methods. Based upon triangle “process-model-technology”, he investigated the dynamics of complex networks in production, logistics, and supply chains. Most of my research projects are placed on the interface of supply chain management, operations research, industrial engineering, and information technology.

Research methods comprise mathematical optimization, discrete-event simulation, agent-based simulation, optimal program control theory, fuzzy theory and bio-inspired heuristics. Tools may include CPLEX, AnyLogic, anyLogistix as well as own software.

Five research problems are currently in the scope of interest:

  • Resilient Supply Chain Design and Distributed Production System Design with structural dynamics and disruption risk consideration.
  • Integrated resilient production-distribution planning using a hybrid optimization-simulation approach with the help of mathematical programming and deterministic optimal program control theory
  • Dynamic job (re)-scheduling in job shop and flow shop production systems and supply chains using a hybrid optimization-simulation approach with the help of mathematical programming and deterministic optimal program control theory
  • Performance analysis of complex production, logistics and supply chain systems in regard to resilience, stability, and robustness
  • Self-control of manufacturing processes in Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 customized systems

(Co)-author of more than 270 publications, 5 monographs, 6 textbooks, 9 conference proceedings (as Co-Editor), 48 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, 54 peer-reviewed conference papers as well as 22 book chapters written in English, German and Russian. Professor Ivanov’s research has been published in various academic journals, including Annals of Operations Research, Annual Reviews in Control, Computers and Industrial Engineering, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Technology Management, International Journal of Systems Science, Journal of Scheduling, Transportation Research, etc. He serves as Editorial Board Member for numerous International Journals. He has been guest-editor of special issues in different journals, including International Journal of Production Research and International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. He serves as IPC member for numerous prestigious international conferences. He is Chair of IFAC TC 5.2 “Manufacturing modelling for management and control”. He has been listed in Handelsblatt Business Administration Ranking 2014 in U40 category, place no. 37 overall, place no. 5 in production, logistics and operations research area.