I am an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research department at UC Berkeley. I received my PhD in Operations Research from MIT, where I had the privilege of being advised by James B. Orlin and Andreas S. Schulz. Before joining UC berkeley, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the IEOR department at Columbia University, where I had the pleasure of working with Vineet Goyal and Garud Iyengar. I also received a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.
My research revolves around the design of provably good and practical algorithms for optimization under uncertainty. I seek to find, and study from a theoretical lens, models that capture key algorithmic aspects of real-life problems. My current focus is on problems in revenue management and pricing, especially for online platforms. In general, I am interested in classical and pervasive problems such as submodular function maximization as well as application driven problems such as appointment scheduling in health care services.
Part of my work is supported by an award from the Google Research Scholar Program (2023).
UC Berkeley students interested in working with me, please feel free to reach out.
Prospective students, consider applying to the IEOR PhD program.
Office: 4189 Etcheverry Hall (Floor 4)
email: r followed by udwani at berkeley dot edu