Location and Logistics

The localization and logistics group is dedicated to developing novel yet theoretically solid solutions to real problems. The activities of the group focus on three main areas: infrastructure and equipment localization, logistics (including supply chains) and land use.

Work on localization has included projects commissioned by government agencies for public infrastructure such as schools and prisons. The school infrastructure project, launched in the wake of the earthquake that struck Chile in 2010, was aimed at developing a decision-making tool for determining which urban and rural schools should be rebuilt. The tool was successfully implemented by the government. The group has also worked on localization problems for both the public and private sectors in areas as diverse as waste management and television transmitting antennas.

In logistics, solutions developed by the group have achieved considerable reductions in the response times of the country’s fire services as well as time and cost savings for public systems and private firms. A system for optimizing the management of empty containers at a large shipping company (Sudamericana de Vapores) was a finalist in the 2011 edition of INFORMS’ Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research. The group has also collaborated with the Chilean national police on the design of patrol zones and the construction and calibration of a model to be used for determining strategic resource needs. As regards land use, models have also been built by the group for improving zoning decisions, forecasting urban land use and estimating the effects of new projects such as public transport systems.

 

Location and Logistics Researchers

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: Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Cristián Cortés

Grade: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California.
Areas: Land Use and Location, Industrial Organization, Transport
Lines: Network optimization and equilibrium, traffic simulation in a microscopic level, transport logistics and transport economics and public transport.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor of the Civil Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Rafael Epstein

Grade: Ph.D. in Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Areas: Production Management, Management in the Public Sector, Land Use and Location, Mining, Renewable Resources: Forestry and Aquaculture.
Lines:  Operations Research, Logistics and Operations Management in Forest and Mining.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Francisco Martínez

Grade: Ph.D. University of Leeds.
Areas: Management in the Public Sector, Land Use and Location, Transport.
Lines: Localization and Transport; Equity and Equilibrium.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department (Transport Engineering Division), Universidad de Chile.

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Fernando Ordóñez

Grade: Ph.D. in Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Areas: Methodological Tools, Production Management, Management in the Public Sector, Land Use and Location.
Lines: Optimization theory, modeling and its use in engineering and management science applications. Including, the efficiency of interior point algorithms and computation, sensitivity analysis of convex optimization, condition number theory, and robust optimization. Application of optimization to logistics and transportation systems, homeland security, and artificial intelligence.

Academic Hierarchy: Associated Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Vladimir Marianov

Grade: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.
Areas: Methodological Tools, Energy, Land Use and Location.
Lines: Facility Location and resource allocation – theory and applications, Design and optimization of networks (telecommunications, transportation, energy transport and distribution).

Academic Hierarchy: Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Roberto Cominetti

Grade: Ph.D. in Mathematics, Université Blaise Pascal, France.
Areas:  Methodological Tools, Transport.
Lines:  Optimization, Convex analysis, Game theory, Transportation.

Academic Hierarchy: Head Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

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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, Universidad de Concepción.

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Eduardo Álvarez

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, Universidad de Talca.

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José Rafael Correa

Grade: Ph.D. in Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT), EE.UU.
Areas: Methodological Tools, Production Management, Industrial Organization.
Lines: Mathematical programming, operations research with emphasis on combinatorial optimization, economics and game theory, logistics and transportation systems and telecomunications.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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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: Associate Professor at Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Denis Sauré

Grade: Ph.D. in Decisions, Risk, and Operations, Columbia University.
Areas: User Behavior, Methodological Tools, Mining, Industrial Organization, Retail.
Lines: Stochastic modeling and its applications to service operations and revenue management.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor of the Civil Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Rosa Medina

Grade: Control System Engineering and Operational Research, Department of Electronics, computer Sciences and Systems, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
ISCI Research Group (s): Natural Resources and Logistics.
Research lines: Sequencing solutions, Two-Dimensional Cutting, Flexible Job Shop .

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor. Universidad de Concepción.

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Charles Thraves

Grade: Industrial Civil Engineer, University of Chile. Ph.D. in Operations Research at MIT

Area: Operations

Lines: Operations Management, Operations Research and Revenue Management

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Chile.

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Jaime Miranda

Grade: Ph.D. in Engineering Systems. University of Chile.
Areas: Methodological Development, Schedule of shifts, Data Mining, Planning and optimization of university infrastructure.
Lines: Data Science, Mathematical Modeling, Operational Research.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the Universidad de Chile.

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Franco Basso

Grade: Doctor in Engineering Systems, Universidad de Chile.
ISCI Research Group (s): Transport, Location and Logistics

Research lines: Operational Research, Transportation, Logistics.
Academic Hierarchy: Instructor professor at Universidad Diego Portales

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