Tutorial Speakers

Andrés Weintraub

Universidad de Chile, Chile

Tutorial: “Modelos Estocásticos en Problemas de Recursos Naturales” (In Spanish)
Andres Weintraub holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Chile and a Masters in Statistics and a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Chile. His main research areas are Operations Research in forestry mining areas, logistics and transportation. He has published over 70 papers in recognized journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, Forest Science, The European Journal of Operations Research. He has also edited several books and journal issues in topics related to use of Operations Research in natural resources. He has carried out multiple projects with industry and governmental organizations , including the US Forest Service and forest firms in Chile in models related to long range planning, short term harvesting and transportation , CODELCO a copper firm in Chile, one of the largest copper firms in the world in models related to long range copper extraction, CSAV, a top 10 worldwide shipping company, housed in Chile, to improve the management of their 500.000 container business, which led to improved yearly earnings of 80 million US , the Chilean Ministry of Education, on determinig best locations of rural schools, and the Chilean Futbol Association in scheduling the futbol season since 2005. The work with Chilean forest firms won the Edelman Prize , the most prestigious award for applied Operations Research, awarded INFORMS the US Society for Operations Research and Management Sciences. The work with CSAV was a Edelman finalist in 2011. He has led in the last 10 years a Research Project which is currently funded yearly with 2.5 million dollars, and involves 35 researchers and a staff of 15 people. The project, Complex Engineering Systems covers methodologies such as Operations Research, Statistics, Data Mining, Industrial Organization and Information Technologies. The Institute is strong in developing projects with industry and the government which are original and have impact. Projects for which a financial impact could be measured reported increases in net revenues of 300 million dollars for 2010. The papers published by its researchers was ranked number one in Universities outside the US by Interfaces (the journal of INFORMS, the US Society of Operations Research and Management Sciences) in applied Operations Research publications. He has received many recognitions which include: The Chilean National Prize for Applied Science in 2000 (which carries a lifetime monthly stipend of 1.700 dollars), the Harold Larnder Prize given by the Canadian OR Society , the INFORMS Presidential Prize, the Medal of Gold from the Chilean Institute of Engineering. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Agricultural Sciences of Sweden). He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and the Chilean National Academies of Science and of Engineering and an INFORMS Fellow. He was a founder and former President of ALIO, the Latin American Association of OR, and President of IFORS, the International Federation of Operations Research Societies, which includes 45 country members, for the years 1998 to 2000.

Ignacio Grossmann

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Tutorial: “Relaxations for Convex Nonlinear Generalized Disjunctive Programs and their Application to MINLP Reformulations and Nonconvex Problems”
Professor Ignacio E. Grossmann is the R. R. Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He was Department Head of Chemical Engineering from 1994 to 2002, and is currently director of the “Center for Advanced Process Decision-making.” He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Major AIChE awards include Computing in Chemical Engineering Award, William H. Walker Award, Warren Lewis Award, and Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering. He has honorary doctorates from Abo Akademi, University of Maribor and Technical University of Dortmund. He was named “One of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE.

José Holguín-Veras

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Tutorial: “The Lessons of Large Disasters for Humanitarian Logistics: Research Needs”
Dr. José Holguín-Veras, is the William H. Hart Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the recipient of a number of national awards, including the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award in 1996 and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, for his contributions to freight transportation modeling and economics. His research interests are in the areas of: freight transportation modeling and economics, transportation planning, and humanitarian logistics. He is a member of numerous technical committees at the key professional organizations, and referee for the major professional journals. He is President of the Scientific Committee of the Pan-American Conference of Transportation and Traffic Engineering and Logistics, Elected Member of the Council for the Association for European Transport, and member of the Scientific Committee of the World Conference of Transport Research. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He is the recipient of the 2013 White House Champion of Change Award.

Paolo Toth

Università di Bologna, Italy

Tutorial: “Models and Algorithms for the Solution of Passenger Railway Optimization Problems”
Paolo Toth is Professor of Operational Research at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna. He is the author of more than 160 papers published in international journals and of the book Knapsack Problems: Algorithms and Computer Implementations (coauthor S. Martello; J. Wiley, Chichester, 1990). He is also Co-Editor of the books Combinatorial Optimization (J. Wiley, Chichester, 1979) and The Vehicle Routing Problem (SIAM Monographs on Discrete Mathematics and Applications, Philadelphia, 2002). He is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Transportation Science, Networks, Journal of Heuristics, Journal of the Operational Research Society, European Journal of Operational Research, Discrete Optimization, Discrete Applied Mathematics, International Transactions of Operational Research, EURO Journal in Transportation and Logistics, and many more. He was President of AIRO (Italian Operational Research Society) 1988-1995; President of EURO (Association of the European Operational Research Societies) 1995-1996; and President of IFORS (International Federation of the Operational Research Societies) 2001-2003. In May 1998, Toth delivered the Harold Larnder Memorial Lecture (annual Award of CORS). In 1998, he was conferred the EURO Gold Medal, the highest distinction within Operational Research in Europe. In May 2003, the University of Montreal conferred him a Doctorate honoris causa in Operational Research. In November 2005, the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS conferred on him the Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science.

Rubén Ruiz

Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain

Tutorial: “Iterated Greedy Algorithms: Foundations, Applications, and Results”
Professor Rubén Ruiz holds a PhD in Statistics and Operations Research from the Universitat Politècnica de València where he is currently a professor. He has worked in the last 12 years in production planning and scheduling and has published more than 40 articles in international journals. He is editor of a new Elsevier international journal “Operations Research Perspectives” and co-editor of the “European Journal of Industrial Engineering” international journal and associate editor or member of the editorial board of many other prestigious journals such as European Journal of Operational Research and Applied Mathematics and Computation. Apart from his academic life, Professor Ruiz has completed more than 30 R+D projects with different companies of several industrial sectors related with production planning, scheduling and logistics. He is currently director of the Applied Optimization Systems Group at the Institute of Informatics (http://soa.iti.es) where he is closely working with companies, students and colleagues.