Contact InformationPaul Calamai

Biography Summary

Paul Calamai is a Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, as well as a part of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo.

His research interests are centred on issues in resource management. In the past, Professor Calamai’s work concentrated on a class of problems called location-allocation problems. New methodologies, as well as state-of- the-art algorithms, were developed for a large class of these problems. Industrial applications include those involving layouts, data analysis, and facility location-allocation.

One long term objective is to provide robust, general purpose tools for handling problems with application in areas of transportation engineering, facility location, network design, and traffic assignment. Another current research activity involves the integration of operations research techniques and Graphical Information Systems. Professor Calamai aims to develop decision support tools for analyzing operational strategies in situations where limited resources must be assigned on a demand basis according to varying criteria.

Research Interests

  • Bilevel Optimization
  • Societal & Environmental Systems
  • Nonlinear Optimization
  • Operations Research
  • Facility location
  • Resource allocation


  • 1983, Doctorate, PhD, University of Waterloo
  • 1978, Master's, MASc, University of Waterloo
  • 1977, Bachelor's, BASc, University of Waterloo


  • SYDE 411 - Optimization and Num Methods
    • Taught in 2016, 2017
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Roberts, Steven A and Hall, G Brent and Calamai, Paul H, Evolutionary multi-objective optimization for landscape system design, Journal of Geographical Systems, 13(3), 2011, 299 - 326
  • Moulton, CM and Roberts, SA and Calamai, PH, Hierarchical clustering of multiobjective optimization results to inform land-use decision making, URISA Journal, 21(2), 2009, 25 - 38
  • C.M. Moulton, S.A. Roberts and P. Calamai, Hierarchical clustering of multiobjective optimization results to inform land use decision making, Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
  • J. Dong, P. Calamai and H. Venema, GIS and location theory based bioenergy system planning, Biomass and Bioenergy
  • Younes, Abdunnaser and Areibi, Shawki and Calamai, Paul, An adaptive evolutionary algorithm for dynamic flexible manufacturing systems, The Second International Conferences on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO2007), The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2007

Graduate Studies

  • Currently accepting applications for graduate students