Tanka Nath Dhamala, PhD

Professor of Mathematics
Professor and Head
(Optimization and Graph Theory)
Central Department of of Mathematics
Institute of Science and Technology 
Tribhuvan University
Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal, 
Postal Address: P.O.Box. 13143
Phone.: (00977) 9841 152490 (cell)
Email: amb.dhamala@daadindia.org

Research Focus and Responsibilities
Tanka Nath Dhamala received his Master’s degree in pure mathematics with Chancellor Gold Medal from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 1989 and M.Sc. nat. in Industrial Mathematics from University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1996. He completed his PhD in the field of Optimization from University of Magdeburg, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Heidemarie Braesel in 2002. He is a Post-Doc fellow in Optimization  from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Wieslaw Kubiak in 2004-2005. 

Dr. Dhamala has visited research institutes including DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) and RUTCOR (Rutgers Center for Operations Research) in USA under the invitation of Prof. Dr. Fred S. Roberts in 2003. He also visited the MDMC (Multi Dimensional Mobile Communication) Lab in Chonbuk National University, South Korea as a visiting professor under the invitation of Prof. Dr. Moon Ho Lee. He visited Japan as an education tour earlier in 1989 and visited  France, India and Sri-Lanka, Philippines, China, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Myanmar for the purposes of workshop and conference presentations. He has visited most of the places of Germany, mainly the University of Magdeburg and University of Kaiserslautern as his scientific homes.  He received TWAS (Thirld World Academy of Sciences) Award from Nepal Academy of Science and Technology in 2003 and NAST NABIL Science and Technology Award in 2016.  

Currently Prof. Dr. Dhamala is working as the full professor, in Central Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University, Kathamndu, Nepal and leading the research group of Optimization, Graph Theory, Scheduling Theory and Algorithms. He has supervised a number of PhD, MPhil and Master's degree students. He also hold the position of the Head of Department in Central Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University in the years 2007-2013. He has been coordinating the MPhil Program in Mathematics at Central Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University since 2016 to 2019. Currently, he has taken responsibility as Head of the Department. 

He is a Georg Forster Research Fellow for Experienced Researcher under Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsorship in Kaiserslautern in Germany with Prof. Dr. Horst W. Hamacher in between 2012-2014. He is a former German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) fellow and is currently the DAAD  Research Ambassador from 2015. As German academic collaboration, Professor Dhamala is responsible for the DAAD Partnership program with Professor Hamacher at University of Kaiserslautern and also for Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Group Linkage Program with Professor Stephan Dempe at TU Bergakademie Freiberg  in Optimization and Graph Theory established since 2016 in Central Department of Mathematics at Tribhuvan University. He was the Steering Committee Member of Silkroad Mathematics Center, Beijing, China. 

Professor Dhamala has published a number of papers in the journals of repute, organized national and international conferences and workshops, and has been the editors, chief-in-editor and reviewers of the scientific journals. He has been academically affiliated in many academic organizations in Nepal and abroad like AMS (American Mathematical Society), NEGAAS (Nepal German Academic Association), GAAN (German Alumnai Association of Nepal), ORSN (Operational Research Society of Nepal), MCDM (International Society of Multi Criteria Decision Making), Humboldt Club Nepal, NAST and NMS. He is also serving as a member of different research and subject committees.  Professor Dhamala is  the Former President of Nepal Mathematical Society from 2015 to 2018 and the Former Secretary of NMS from 2006 to 2009.

Mathematical modeling and solving the real-life problems using optimization, simulation and heuristic algorithms are the main concern of Professor Dhamala. The most focused areas of his research include shop scheduling theory and algorithms, graph algorithms, just-in-time sequencing, vehicle routine, network optimization and facility location-allocation and logistic support problems. The current research area concerns on solving emergency evacuation planning optimization problems. Both auto-based and transit based evacuation models and contraflow problems are focus of his research group. Including all disaster scenarios over the world, one of the potential areas for their implementation would be Kathmandu-Nepal. The models are also applicable in everyday rush-hour traffic.  A collaborative research is his vision.