UCL Management Science and Innovation

Rouba Ibrahim

Assistant Professor (Lecturer)
Phone number
(0)20 7679 3278
(internal 33278)
Office location
Engineering Front Building
Rm 4.04
Elsewhere

Biography

Rouba Ibrahim is an assistant professor (lecturer) at the Management Science and Innovation (MS&I) department of University College London (UCL). She holds a PhD degree in Operations Research from Columbia University (2010), an MSc degree in Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University (2004), and a BSc degree in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut (2002).   



Research

Rouba‚Äôs research interests lie in stochastic modelling applications to service systems, especially call centers and healthcare systems. In particular, she is interested in applying queueing-theoretic methods and numerical tools, such as simulation modelling and data analysis, to problems relating to the operational management of service systems. 

Research projects

Delay announcements in service systems

This project studies effective ways of announcing delays to incoming customers, as is commonly done in call centers or hospitals.

Data analytics in service systems

We analyse call center data from a major telecom company and propose new call arrival models which improve the management of the system.
Selected publications
Ibrahim, R., & L'Ecuyer, P. (2013). Forecasting call center arrivals: Fixed-effects, mixed-effects, and bivariate models. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 15 (1), 72-85. doi:10.1287/msom.1120.0405 [link]
Ibrahim, R., & Whitt, W. (2009). Real-Time Delay Estimation in Overloaded Multiserver Queues with Abandonments. Management Science, 55, 1729-1742. doi:10.1287/mnsc.1090.1041 [link]

Link to the publication’s UCL Discovery page