Thinking about transportation is not only conceiving bus lines and road works. Transport involves people, goods and commodities movement by land, sea or air, as well as the optimum coordination of the existing methods for the purposes of reducing travel times and increasing transportation capacity, all of which has a major social and economic impact.

One of ISCI researchers’ interests is the operation optimization of transportation services. Namely, assignment of vehicles to routes, drivers to vehicles, optimum frequencies, etc. These types of developments are critical for the improvement of mass transportation systems, like Transantiago.

From transportation users point of view, ISCI academicians perform a thorough research work to understand people’s decision processes —this has a direct impact on transportation systems— and, specially, how they use their time. How much do people value time savings? How do they perceive accident risks? The answers to these questions are essential to improve transportation systems.

The Institute is also devising new concepts for transportation, like the implementation of vehicles with dynamic routes that change their behavior based on road or transit problems, taking into account vehicle and driver assignment. The purpose is to create an intelligent transportation design that easily adjusts to the occasional and permanent changes of the city.

Likewise, the Institute analyzes the economy of transportation systems by studying subjects like the subsidy to the public transportation system and optimum fares of services, by integrating the consumer and production theory.

Sea and air transport services have also been studied by ISCI researchers. Interesting analyses have been conducted in relation to the regulations and competition between ports and airports and the effects of this competition on, for example, the construction of roads.

Transport

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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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, University of 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), University of Chile.

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Juan de Dios Ortúzar

Grade: Ph.D. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds.
Areas: User Behavior, Environment, Transport.
Lines: Discrete choice models (stated preference experimental design and modelling; concessions and pricing; social project evaluation and willingness-to-pay for reducing externalities).

Academic Hierarchy: Head Professor of the Transport Engineering Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

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Sergio Jara-Dí­az

Grade: Ph.D. in Transport Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Areas: User Behavior, Industrial Organization, Transport.
Lines: Transport Economics.

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

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Leonardo Basso

Grade: Ph.D. in Business Administration, major Transportation and Logistics/Strategy and Business Economics, University of British Columbia.
Areas: Industrial Organization, Transport.
Lines: Industrial Economics, with emphasis in transport industries.

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

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Marcela Munizaga

Grade: Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Areas: User Behavior, Transport.
Lines: Mathematical demand modeling, predictive models and microeconomical analysis applied to public and private transport systems.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor of the Civil Engineering Department, University of Chile.

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Juan Antonio Carrasco

Grade: Doctor of Philosophy, Planificación e Ingeniería de Transporte, University of Toronto, 2006.
Areas: User Behavior, Land Use and Location, Transport.
Lines: Transport demand models, social networks and travel behavior, social exclusion and accessibility, land use and transportation.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Concepción.

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Alejandro Tudela

Grade: Ph.D. in Transport- University of Leeds, UK.
Areas: User Behavior, Transport.
Lines: Operations Management, Operations Research, and Transport and Forestal Management.

Academic Hierarchy: Professor, Department of Civil Engineering (DEC), University of Concepción.

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Ricardo Hurtubia

Grade: PhD in Mathematics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
Areas: Land Use and Location, Transport.
Lines: Microsimulation of transport and land use systems, discrete choice models, urban economics.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Pedro Jara-Moroni

Grade: Ph.D. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) y Universidad de Chile.
Areas: Industrial Organization, Transport
Lines: Game Theory, Mathematical Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organization, Expectational Coordination, Transportation Networks.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor at Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Administración y Economía, University of Santiago of Chile.

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Doris Sáez

Grade: Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Areas: Energy, Environment, Transport.
Lines: Fuzzy Modeling and Control, Hybrid Predictive Control, Intelligent Control for Dynamic Transit Systems, Non-linear Predictive Control for Renewable Power Plants.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor, Electric Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Luis Rizzi

Grade: Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Areas: User Behavior, Transport.
Lines: Intangible assets valorization, discrete election models, tariff of transport externalities.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor, Engineering School, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

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Alejandro Tirachini

Grade: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, Australia.
Areas: Transport.
Lines: Public transport, pricing, non-motorized transport, traffic engineering.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor Transportation Engineering Division, Civil Engineering, University of Chile.

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Hugo Silva

Grade: Ph.D. In Economics – VU University Amsterdam.
ISCI Research Group (s): Industrial Organization, Transport.
Research lines: Transport Economics, Industrial Organization, Tariff Policies for Urban and Interurban Transport, Regulation.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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