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Principal Investigator

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Marcos Goycoolea

Project Director

Professor and Research Director at the School of Business of Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. Has a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a degree in Mathematical Engineering from Universidad de Chile. Specializes in optimisation, natural resource management (mining and forestry), routing and project management problems. Teaches courses related to Operations Management at the undergraduate, masters, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral level at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. Has been principal investigator of numerous grants, including two Anillo projects (as director and subdirector), one FONDEF, three FONDECYTS, among others. Has published more than twenty articles in journals such as Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Mathematics of Operations Research, Forest Science, Transportation Science and others. Joined UAI in the year 2006. Has developed a number of software systems for supporting decision making in the mining, forestry and transportation industries.


website: http://mgoycool.uai.cl

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Jaime Casassus

Principal Investigator

Jaime Casassus is an Associate Professor and Graduate Studies Director at the Economics Institute of the Universidad Católica de Chile. He is a leading expert in the study of commodity markets with application to valuation, asset allocation and risk management, and his research has been published in Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Banking & Finance. Casassus holds a PhD in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a Member of the Financial Committee that advices the Ministry of Finance of Chile on the investment policy for the Sovereign Wealth Funds, Managing Editor for Quantitative Finance and the Journal of Commodity Markets, Deputy Director at FinanceUC, and Director of the Economics Society of Chile.


website: http://economia.uc.cl/profesor/jaime-casassus/

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Xavier Emery

Principal Investigator

Xavier Emery is a full professor of the Mining Engineering Department and a main researcher of the Advanced Mining Technology Center at Universidad de Chile. He holds a PhD in geostatistics from Paris School of Mines and works in ore body modeling, mineral resources evaluation and geological uncertainty quantification. He participates in the undergraduate, Master's and PhD programs in mining engineering and geology at Universidad de Chile, as well as the postgraduate diplomas in mine planning and in geostatistical ore body evaluation. In the past ten years, he has led basic and applied research projects funded by government institutions and mining companies, and also co-organized the Eighth International Geostatistics Congress held in Santiago in 2008.

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Tito Homem-de-Mello

Principal Investigator

Tito Homem-de-Mello is a Professor in the School of Business at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, where he has taught courses in Operations Management and Business Analytics at the undergraduate, masters of science and MBA levels. He obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. degree in Computer Science from University of São Paulo, Brazil. Prior to joining Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, he was a faculty member at Ohio State University and later at Northwestern University. His research focuses on optimization of systems under uncertainty. In particular, he studies theory and algorithms for stochastic optimization using sampling methods and applications in risk management, energy, and transportation, having published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in top international journals. Dr. Homem-de-Mello has been principal investigator of numerous grants, mostly sponsored by the National Science Foundation in the United States and by Conicyt in Chile. He is the recipient of Best Paper Awards from IIE Transactions (2012) and INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section (2007), and the winner of the George Nicholson student paper competition (1998). 


website: http://mansci-web.uai.cl/~thmello/

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Eduardo Moreno

Principal Investigator

Eduardo Moreno is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. He received a co-tutorship Ph.D. in Informatics from Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and in Mathematical Modeling from Universidad de Chile in 2005. His research focuses on combinatorial optimization, algorithms and computational methods, with applications to network design, telecommunications, transportation and open-pit mining. 


website: http://emoreno.uai.cl

Associated Investigator

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Bernardo Pagnoncelli

Associate Investigator

Associate Professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Head of the Operations group since 2015. Holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc in Mathematics from the same institution. His main research interest is in optimization under uncertainty, with applications in Finance, natural resources and energy. Dr. Pagnoncelli has published in prestigious journals such as Mathematical Programming, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, and The Journal of Derivatives. Dr. Pagnoncelli started working at UAI in 2009, and has received the Best Researcher Prize in the business school for the year 2014. In 2016 received the best Professor prize for the MBA International Programme, given by the students of the 2015-2016 generation. In 2013 he founded GameLab, a company that develops digital simulations to be used in the classroom, and whose games have been used in several universities around the globe. 

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Daniel Espinoza

Associate Investigator

Research and Development Engineer
GUROBI Optimization


website: http://www.dii.uchile.cl/~daespino/

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Denis Saure

Associate Investigator

Denis Sauré is an assistant professor at the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Chile (UCH). Prior to joining UCH, he was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research interests lie in the general area of stochastic modeling and its applications to service operations and revenue management. In particular, his research focuses in data-driven approaches to decision-making under uncertainty, and their application in the retail industry, on line advertisement, and service systems in general.

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Freddy Higuera

Associate Investigator

PhD, Engineering - Finance
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Nelson Morales

Associate Investigator

Ph.D. in Computing,
Université de Nice Sophia (Antipolis)

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Rodrigo Carrasco

Associate Investigator

Rodrigo A. Carrasco is an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering and Sciences and Director of the UAI Systems Center at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

His research interests are in the interface between combinatorial optimization, scheduling problems, and approximation algorithms analysis and design, particularly in applications related to scheduling, control, and energy/power management.

Rodrigo holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering/Industrial Engineering (double major) and M.S. in Control Systems from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, he worked for 4 years at Booz Allen & Hamilton in projects both in South and North America.


website: http://www.rax.cl

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