Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Management Science

Cardiff University

My life objective is to help the world becoming a better place by offering my skills and passion for research and education. To that end, I have created two initiatives that put the society/people in the heart of my research, teaching and engagement activities: 1) Democratising Forecasting (DF); 2) Forecasting for Social Good (FSG).

Interests

  • Forecasting for Social Good
  • Forecasting and decision making
  • Forecasting by aggregation
  • Time series forecasting

Education

  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, 2014

    University of Bordeaux

  • MSc. in Information Systems, 2010

    ECE Paris

  • MSc. in Industrial Engineering, 2007

    Tarbiat Modares University

  • BSc. in Industrial Engineering, 2004

    K.N.Toosi University of Technology

Lately

From my blog

A reflection on the transition of a forecasting in R workshop from face-to-face into an online format

Following a transition from teaching a face-to-face workshop into an online format, I share a post to reflect on my experience which might be useful for others

Talks / Workshops

Forecasting for Social Good

One of the key objectives of my research is to use Operational Research techniques to improve decision making in organizations with social missions, thereby positively contributing to advancing knowledge in the field of forecasting practice for social good.

Forecasting for Social Good incorporates the need of society rather than emphasising a pure financial performance with two main elements: i) decisions are not directly driven by profit and ii) gives priority to those who are generally external to the organisation. Topic may include but not limited to:

  • Health
  • Humanitarian and disaster relief
  • Education
  • Goverments
  • Social services

Forecasting for Social Good Initiative aims to explore and expose how (where) forecasting can have positive societal impact. The objective is threefold: i) expose the importance of forecasting for social good, ii) capture the otherwise dispersed current state of knowledge, and set the agenda to drive developments iii) create and establish research collaboration and partnership at the national and international level.

To that end, I have organised the first international workshop dedicated to the use of forecasting for social good in Cardiff University on Thursday and Friday 12-13 July 2018. This workshop was an important step to bring more attention to this extremely important topic. It brings together researchers and practitioners across 10 countries to discuss research agenda in this area, whilst helping me broaden my network and introduce important research collaborations with academics as well as build solid partnerships with organizations.

We are organising the second International workshop on Forecasting for Social Good on June 30th & July 1st 2021 at Kedge Business School, France. Please follow the link to learn more: https://www.f4sg.org/

Please see below for more information about the first workshop organised at Cardiff Business School in july 2018:

  1. 24th IIF workshop on Forecasting for Social Good

  2. Short video about the conference on Forecasting for Social Good

Democratising forecasting

This is an ongoing initiative that provides cutting-edge trainings in the area of forecasting using R in some of the world’s least developed countries and organisations with social missions. The workshop is free of charge.

The project is initiated by Dr Bahman Rostami-Tabar and sponsored by the International Institute of Forecasters. For more information please see IIF Website

To organise a workshop in your country, contact rostami-tabarb@cardiff.ac.uk.

Democratising forecasting workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia

The 8th demcoratising forecasting workshop will take place in Caucasus University on 16-18 December 2019. Democratising forecasting is an intiaitive lead by Bahman Rostami-Tabar ans sponsored by the International Institute of Forecasters.

Democratising forecasting workshop in Uganda

The 6th demcoratising forecasting workshop will take place in Makerere University Business School in April 2019. Democratising forecasting is an intiaitive lead by Bahman Rostami-Tabar. The aim is to share knownoledge on forecasting and influence relevant practices prioritising the need of population and the society.

Democratising forecasting workshop in Nigeria

The 5th demcoratising forecasting workshop will take place in Institute of Human Virology in April 2019. Democratising forecasting is an intiaitive lead by Bahman Rostami-Tabar. The aim is to share knownoledge on forecasting and influence relevant practices prioritising the need of population and the society.

Democratising forecasting workshop in Turkey

The 4th demcoratising forecasting workshop will take place in Ankara University in January 2019. Democratising forecasting is an intiaitive lead by Bahman Rostami-Tabar. The aim is to share knownoledge on forecasting and influence relevant practices prioritising the need of population and the society.

Democratising forecasting workshop, October 2018, Iraq

The 3rd demcoratising forecasting workshop will take place in Charmo University in October 2018. Democratising forecasting is a part of Forecasting4Change intiaitive lead by Bahman Rostami-Tabar. The aim is to share knownoledge on forecasting and influence relevant practices prioritising the need of population and the society.