Craig Tovey



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  • Ph.D. Operations Research (1981), Stanford University
  • M.S. Computer Science (1981), Stanford University
  • A.B. Magna Cum Laude Applied Mathematics (1977), Harvard University


  • Operations research
  • Animal groups
  • Robots
  • Biologically inspired design
  • Computational social choice
  • Sustainability


Craig Tovey is a Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also co-directs CBID, the Georgia Tech Center for Biologically Inspired Design.

Dr. Tovey's principal research and teaching activities are in operations research and its interdisciplinary applications to social and natural systems, with emphasis on sustainability, the environment, and energy. His current research concerns inverse optimization for electric grid management, classical and biomimetic algorithms for robots and webhosting, the behavior of animal groups, sustainability measurement, and political polarization. 

Dr. Tovey received a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985 and the 1989 Jacob Wolfowitz Prize for research in heuristics. He was granted a Senior Research Associateship from the National Research Council in 1990, was named an Institute Fellow at Georgia Tech in 1994, and received the Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activity Award in 2011. In 2016, Dr. Tovey was recognized by the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce with the Test of Time Award for his work as co-author of the paper “How Hard Is It to Control an Election?” He was a 2016 Golden Goose Award recipient for his role on an interdisciplinary team that studied honey bee foraging behavior which led to the development of the Honey Bee Algorithm to allocate shared webservers to internet traffic.

Dr. Tovey received an A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard College in 1977 and both an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in operations research from Stanford University in 1981. 

Awards and Honors

  • Golden Goose Award 2016
  • ACM SIGecon Test of Time Award 2016
  • Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award 2011
  • Georgia Tech Institute Fellow 1994
  • National Research Council Senior Associate 1990-1991
  • Jacob Wolfowitz Price 1989
  • Presidential Young Investigator 1985