Dr. Asif Khan


Dr. Asif Khan

Assistant Professor


Dr. Asif Khan received his B. Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan. He graduated with distinction and was awarded University Gold Medal for excellent academic performance. In 2008, he secured a fully funded scholarship by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for MS leading to PhD studies. He completed his MS in Computational Engineering from Ruhr University Bochum Germany and PhD in Mining Engineering from RWTH Aachen Germany.  In 2016, he joined the Department of Mining Engineering, UET Peshawar as Assistant Professor under IPFP program of HEC. From April 2017 to November 2020, he served at the Department of Mining Engineering, Karakorum International University, Gilgit as Assistant Professor. Since November 2020 he is working as Assistant Professor at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Haripur. His research interest is in mine planning and design optimization while considering uncertainty in the input parameters, Application of Artificial Intelligence techniques in mine planning and optimal cut-off grade strategy in open pit mines. He has authored several papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. 


  • Assistant professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, PAF-IAST, November 2020 to date,  Present,
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, Karakoram International University April 2017 – November 2020.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, UET Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. January 2016 – January 2017.
  • Junior Mining Engineer, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), DG Khan. December 2006 – July 2008.


  • Ph.D. Mine Planning and Design, Institute of Mining Engineering III (BBK III), RWTH Aachen University, Germany. (2015)
  • M.Sc. Computational Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ruhr University Bochum, (2010)
  • B.Sc. Mining Engineering, Department of Mining Engineering, UET, (2005)


09 International Publications, 08 in ISI indexed journals, impact factor of 33, citations 100, h-index 6:

  • Asif Khan and Christian Niemann-Delius , “A Differential Evolution based approach for the production scheduling of the open pit mines with or without the condition of grade uncertainty” Applied Soft Computing, Volume 66, May 2018
  • Asif Khan, “Long Term Production Scheduling of Open Pit Mines using Particle Swarm and Bat Algorithms under grade uncertainty”, The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Volume 118, April 2018
  • Asif Khan & Mohammad Waqar Asad,“A mathematical programming model for optimal cut-off grade policy in open pit mining operations with multiple processing streams”International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 2018
  • Asif Khan and Mohammad Waqar Asad, ”A method for optimal cut-off grade policy in open pit mining operations under uncertain supply”. Resources Policy 60 (2019)
  • Asif Khan and Mohammad Waqar Asad, “An optimal cut-off grade policy under diverse stockpile handling strategies in open-pit mining operations”. International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 2020
  • Abid Ali Khan Danish, Asif Khan, Khan Muhammad, Waqas Ahmed, Saad Salman, “A Simulated Annealing based approach for open pit mine production scheduling with stockpiling option” Resources Policy (2021).
  • Saad Salman, Khan Muhammad, Asif Khan, Hylke J. Glass, “A Block Aggregation Method for Short-Term Planning of Open Pit Mining with Multiple Processing Destinations” Minerals, volume 11, issue 3 (2021)
  • Asif Khan and Mohammad Waqar Asad,”A mixed integer programming based cut-off grade model for open-pit mining of complex poly-metallic resources”. Resources Policy, Volume 72, August 2021.

Projects & Awards

  • 2018 Co-PI: Design, Development and Deployment of Mineral Cadaster and Mine Planning and Design System, HEC project Establishment of Technology Development Fund (TDF), Worth (PKR): 10.6 Million
  • 2018 Co-PI: AI in Mineral Resource Estimation and Mine Planning, Planning Commission and Higher Education of Pakistan, Worth (PKR): 170 Million
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