Plenary Sessions

Plenary Speakers

Carlos A. Coello


Key-note: “Recent Results and Open Problems in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization”
Carlos Artemio Coello Coello received a PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University (USA) in 1996. He is a pioneer in an area that is now known as “evolutionary multi-objective optimization”. His research has mainly focused on the design of new multi-objective optimization algorithms based on bio-inspired metaheuristics. He currently has over 350 publications which, according to Google Scholar, report over 19,200 citations (with an h-index of 56). He is currently Full Professor with distinction (Investigador Cinvestav 3F) at the Computer Science Department at CINVESTAV-IPN in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Coello is associate editor of several journals, including the two most important in his area (IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and Evolutionary Computation). He is also a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (as Level 3), and is an IEEE Fellow for his “contributions to multi-objective optimization and constraint-handling techniques”. He is the only computer scientist in Mexico who has received the National Research Award (in 2007) from the Mexican Academy of Science (in the area of exact sciences), since the inception of this award, in 1961 (this is the most prestigious scientific award granted in Mexico to scientists under the age of 40). He has also received the 2009 Medal to the Scientific Merit from Mexico City’s congress and the Ciudad Capital: Heberto Castillo 2011 Award for scientists under the age of 45, in Basic Science. More recently, he received the 2012 Scopus Award (Mexico’s edition) for being the most highly cited scientist in engineering in the last 5 years. Also, he received the 2012 National Medal of Science in Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Mexico’s presidency. This is the most important award that a scientist can receive in Mexico from his government and Dr. Coello is only the second computer scientist to receive it, since its inception in 1945 (and he is the first computer scientist who receives it in exact sciences). He received the National Award to the Socio-Humanistic, Scientific and Technological Research UASLP 2012 from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México. He is also the recipient of the prestigious 2013 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, “for pioneering contributions to single- and multiobjective optimization techniques using bioinspired metaheuristics”. This award is one of the IEEE Technical Field Awards, which is given for outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications. Dr. Coello is the first Latin American to receive this award, since its inception in 2002. More recently, he has also received the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award for 2010 (bestowed in 2013), for having the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation in the year 2010. His current research interests are: evolutionary multiobjective optimization and constraint-handling techniques for evolutionary algorithms.

Elena Fernández

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Talk: “Location-Routing on Simple and Not So Simple Graphs”
Elena Fernández is full professor in Operations Research in the Statistics and Operations Research Department of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona (Spain). She obtained her PhD in Computer Science in 1988 at UPC. She also holds Master and Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics from the Universities of Valencia and Zaragoza, respectively. Her research activity focuses in discrete optimization, mostly in discrete location, vehicle routing, network design and related areas. She has participated in several European and international projects and is an active member of the Spanish Location Network, which she coordinated in the period 2004-2006. Since 2005 she has conducted different research projects at a national level. As a part of her research activity she has supervised a number of PhD and Master Theses. Elena is an author of about 70 scientific papers, most of them published in highly reputed journals, with over 40 coauthors from over a dozen different countries.
She is an associate editor of TOP, the Operations Research Journal of the Spanish Statistics and Operations Research Society (SEIO), and a member of the editorial board of Computers & Operations Research and the recently created EURO Journal on Computational Optimization. She has also served as invited editor for a special issue of Annals of Operations Research. Since July 2011 Elena serves as the IFORS Vice President for EURO and since July 2013 she is President Elect of EURO for the period 2015-2016. In the period 2007-2010 she served as the Vice President for Operations Research for SEIO and belongs to the Women in Mathematics committee of the European Mathematical Society (EMS). She has participated in the organization and scientific committees of a number of national and international scientific conferences. Currently she is the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the IFORS 2014 Conference to be held in Barcelona.

Héctor Cancela

Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Talk: “Rare Event Simulation for Network Reliability Evaluation and Design”
Héctor Cancela holds a PhD. degree in Computer Science from the University of Rennes 1, INRIA Rennes, France (1996), and a Computer Systems Engineer degree from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay (1990).He is currently Dean of Engineering School of the Universidad de la República (Uruguay), and Full Professor and former Director of the Computer Science Institute at that school. He is also a Researcher at the National Program for the Development of Basic Sciences (PEDECIBA), Uruguay. His research interests are in Operations Research techniques, especially in Monte Carlo simulation and in metaheuristics based optimization for solving network reliability evaluation and design problems, as well as other applications. His work has been published in leading international journals and proceedings of refereed conferences. Prof. Cancela has participated as academic delegate at the National Committee for the Information Society hosted by the Presidency of the Republic of Uruguay. He has also been a national delegate at the Committee on Accreditation Standards for Engineering Studies at the MERCOSUR. He is currently member of IFIP System Modeling and Optimization technical committee (TC7) and he has been President of ALIO, the Latin American Operations Research Association, during 2006-2010.

Jonathan F. Bard

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Talk: “Planning and Scheduling for Healthcare Workers”
Jonathan F. Bard is a professor of operations research & industrial engineering in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Industrial Properties Corporation Endowed Faculty Fellowship, and serves as the Associate Director of the Center for the Management of Operations and Logistics. He received a D.Sc. in Operations Research from The George Washington University, and an M.S. and B.S. in aeronautical engineering. Prior to beginning his academic career, he worked as a program manager for the Aerospace Corporation and as a systems engineer for Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Dr. Bard’s research centers on personnel scheduling, healthcare delivery, production planning and control, vehicle routing, and the design of decomposition algorithms for large-scale optimization problems. He is the founding editor of IIE Transactions on Operations Engineering, holding that position from 1996 to 2009. Currently, he serves on six editorial boards and previously was an Associate Editor of Management Science. His research has been published in the leading technical journals and has won numerous honors and awards, as have two of his textbooks. He is a registered engineer in the State of Texas, a fellow of IIE and INFORMS, and a senior member of IEEE. In the past, he has held a number of offices in each of these organizations.

Sheldon M. Ross

University of Southern California, USA

Talk: “Variations of the Stochastic Assignment Problem”
Sheldon M. Ross is a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of Southern California. Formerly Professor at the Operations Research Department in the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in statistics at Stanford University in 1968. Professor Ross has written numerous books on probability and stochastic processes, as well as on applications of probability to finance, simulation, computer science, optimization, and quality control. His text books are used in most operations research programs in the United States, and in many throughout the world. At least two have been translated into Spanish (Simulación and Probabilidad y Estadística para Ingenieros). They are universally acclaimed as models of clear, intuitive, and logical writing, and interesting and elegant examples. Thousands of students who thought they didn’t like or were indifferent to probability learned to understand and appreciate it through Ross’s books. Among his texts are A First Course in Probability, Introduction to Probability Models, Stochastic Processes, and Introductory Statistics. Professor Ross is the founding and continuing editor of the journal Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a recipient of the Humboldt US Senior Scientist Award. In 2006 he received the INFORMS Expository Writing Award.