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Li, Jonathan Yumeng

Li, Jonathan Yumeng

Assistant Professor
B.Sc. (National Sun Yat-Sen University), M.A.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto)
DMS 6106
613-562-5800 x 4668
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Research Areas
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Operations Management


Jonathan Li holds a Ph.D. from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. He received his B.Sc degree in Physics from National Sun Yat-Sen University in 2003, and his M.A.Sc. degree in Computational Engineering and Science from McMaster University in 2008.

Research interests

Professor Li's research interests focus on business analytics, operations research, and financial engineering. At the centre of his work are risk management problems that involve quantifying and modelling risk. Robust solutions to these problems contribute to more reliable decisions, ones less prone to uncertainty from market behaviour, stock prices, supply and demand characteristics, and other hard-to-predict phenomena. To this end, professor Li seeks to better understand and control uncertainty, using tools such as optimization algorithms and statistical learning. He has a particular interest in the area of financial engineering and his current projects tackle portfolio management, derivative pricing, and risk hedging. He is also involved in supply chain management projects.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

Delage, E. and Li, J.Y. 2017. Minimizing risk exposure when the choice of a risk measure is ambiguous. Management Science.

Kwon, R.H. and Li, J.Y. 2016. A stochastic semidefinite programming approach for bounds on option pricing under regime switching. Annals of Operations Research, 237(1): 41-75.

Li, J.Y. and Kwon, R.H. 2013. Portfolio selection under model uncertainty: a penalized moment-based optimization approach. Journal of Global Optimization, 56(1): 131-164.

Li, J.Y., Kim, M.J. and Kwon, R.H. 2012. A moment approach to pricing exotic options under regime-switching. Optimization, 61(10): 1253-1269.

Li, J.Y. and Kwon, R.H. 2012. Market price-based convex risk measures: a distribution free optimization approach. Operations Research Letters, 40(2): 128-133.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2015 IBM CBAP Developing robust measures for quantitative risk management R I PI $ 5,000
2014-2019 NSERC Modeling and Optimization of Risk Measures R C PI $ 110,000
2014-2015 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Modeling and Optimization of Risk Measures R I PI $ 6,000
2014-2015 RDP Modeling and Optimization of Risk Measures R I PI $ 6,000
2014-2015 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Optimizing surgical scheduling using robust optimization R I Co-PI $ 6,000

*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator