A land and its soil, especially in cities, is a market where buyers and sellers interact, determining where we live, where companies are and how the city evolves. Properly understanding this dynamic allows to better plan the direction of our cities, and provides us with information as to the best ways to intervene a city if we want specific results.

Actions as the restriction or release of high-rise construction, the prohibition of locating given industries in certain places, subsidies and incentives for the repopulation of deteriorated places are some of the ways how a city can be affected. It’s very important to have technical tools to be able to see the short- and long-term effect thereof. Under certain circumstances, for instance, some cities will be more expensive, trips will be longer and pollution will be higher. Therefore, understanding and modeling these processes is very important.

Likewise, this area of research has problems related to the optimum location of equipment, infrastructure or facilities. For example, as of 2008, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the ISCI is studying the optimum number of rural schools in Chile and where they should be located. The purpose of the project is to create a major impact on transportation costs as well as on the accessibility to rural education.

Also in this area, the Institute has collaborated with North American and Spanish academicians to solve the problem of prisions location, based on an estimation of the future demand. It is also studying the optimum location for industrial facilities: forestry operations and electric distribution systems, among others.

Location and Logistics

Andrés Weintraub

Grade: Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.
Areas: Production Management, Land Use and Location, Mining, Renewable Resources: Forestry and Aquaculture, Retail, Transport.
Lines:  Operations Management, Operations Research, and Transport and Forestal Management.

Academic Hierarchy: Head Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, University of Chile.

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Guillermo Durán

Grade: Ph.D. in Computer Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Areas: Methodological Tools, Production Management, Retail.
Lines: Graphs Theory and Combinatorial Optimization.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, University of Chile.

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Lorena Pradenas

Grade: Ph.D. in Engeneering Systems, Computación COPPE, Industriales. Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro, Brasil, 1990.
Areas: Methodological Tools, Production Management, Management in the Public Sector, Business Intelligence, Industrial Organization, Transport.
Lines: Gestión de Operaciones, Gestión de la Producción, Transport.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Concepción.

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Eduardo Álvarez-Miranda

Grade: Ph.D. Operations Research, Università di Bologna.
Areas: Methodological Tools, Production Management, Business Intelligence, Industrial Organization.
Lines: Operations Management, Operations Research, Networks Design.

Academic Hierarchy: Teacher Assistant, University of Talca.

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Marcelo Olivares

Grade: Ph.D. Operations and Information Management University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA.
Areas: Production Management, Management in the Public Sector, Industrial Organization, Retail.
Lines: Empirical work in various areas of operations management, including retail operations, supply chain management and service operations management.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor at Industrial Engineerging, University of Chile.

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Jorge Rivera

Grade: Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics, Université Paris I.
Areas: User Behavior, Production Management, Management in the Public Sector, Transport.
Lines: Mathematical economy, Microeconomics and Optimization.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor of the Economics Department, University of Chile.

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