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. 


  • Ph.D., Accounting & Finance, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  • M.S.F., Finance, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2006
  • M.B.A., Taxation, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, 1983


  • Asif Khan and Christian Niemann-Delius, “Production Scheduling of Open Pit Mines Using Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm” , Advances in Operations Research, vol. 2014, Article ID 208502, 2014. DOI:10.1155/2014/208502
  • 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, Pages 428-437
  • 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, Pages 361-368.
  • Asif Khan and 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 , 178–184

Research Interests

Mine Planning and Optimisation
Stochastic Mine Planning and Scheduling
Resource Estimation
Operation research
Heuristic and Metaheuristics