Our Research

What we do…

We are interested in harnessing the power of operations research, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics methodologies, to develop decision support tools for applied problems.

Currently, our research has focused on two main methodological areas:

  • Combinatorial algorithms
  • Stochastic optimization and Uncertainty modeling

We work in combining both areas, focused on applications, to make robust decision support systems. The applications we are looking into right now are energy management and astronomical observatory operations. They look far away from each other, but similar techniques can help significantly improve the processes if both settings. And both have large amounts of data that we can use to train, test, and validate our developments.

Look into our Projects section for more information on our current projects, and Contact us if you want to participate in some of them.

Research Team

Principal Investigator

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Rodrigo A. Carrasco

Academic Director Master in Industrial Engineering / Assistant Professor

Combinatorial Algorithms, Algorithm Design & Analysis, Prescriptive Analytics

Researchers

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Benjamín Bastidas

Research Engineer

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Constanza Lorca

Research Engineer

Grad Students

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Anthony D. Cho Lo

PhD Student, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Machine learning, Prescriptive Analytics, Image processing

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Helena García

MSc Student, Industrial Engineering

Combinatorial Problems, Machine Learning, Prescriptive Analytics

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Diego Fuentes

MSc Student, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Combinatorial Problems, Prescriptive Analytics

Projects

Current applied research projects

One of our aims is to connect theory and practice in our research. These are the current projects in which we are involved, and that allows us to connect the two.

In these projects, we are using combinatorial optimization and stochastic modeling techniques to develop decision support tools in various settings.

Optimal Energy Storage Management

We are combining machine learning and stochastic optimization tools to develop optimal energy management systems for fotovoltaic generation with storage.

Predictive Maintenance

Developing tools for fault detection and diagnosis, in order to construct predictive maintenance systems.

Operations Research Tools for Observatory Operations

Using operations research methodologies, we are developing new tools for observatory operations.

Publications

All of our publications, easy to sort and cite.

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(2020). Slow Degradation Fault Detection in a Harsh Environment. IEEE Access.

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(2020). Optimal decisions for salvage logging after wildfires. Omega.

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(2020). Real-time fleet management decision support system with security constraints. TOP.

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(2020). Operating room scheduling under waiting time constraints: the Chilean GES plan. Annals of Operations Research.

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(2019). Astronomical Scheduling in the Era of Big Observatories. Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVII.

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(2019). Demand shaping in an electrical power grid. EP2965282B1.

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Recent Talks

Conferences and science communication

These are some of the recent talks and conferences in which we have participated. A full list is available here.

Martes de Física y Astronomía / Physics and Astronomy Tuesdays.

In this interview, we talk about the engineering part of some iconic science-related things, like the ALMA Telescope, the recent SpaceX trip, and the Event Horizon Telescope.

Viaje al Centro de los Datos / Voyage to the Center of Data.

In this interview, we talk about how operations research is key to help in making better decisions and how it fosters interconnections with different domain areas.

Modelos de Decisión ante crisis / Decision models for a crisis.

We talk about the beginnings of operations research and its connection to making good decisions in a crisis.

OPTIMA 2019

Several members of our research group participated in OPTIMA 2019, the Chilean Conference on Operations Research.

It takes a village…

These are some of the great collaborators we’ve had the chance of working with in our research.

Collaborators

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Gonzalo Ruz

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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José Luis Ortiz

ALMA Observatory

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Carlos Silva

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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Francisco Jara

Universidad de Santiago de Chile

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Jocelyn Olivari

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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Tito Homem de Mello

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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Eduardo Moreno

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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Javiera Barrera

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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David Rojas

Universidad de Chile / Instituto de Neurocirugía

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Gianpiero Canessa

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Susana Mondschein

Universidad de Chile

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Ignacio Toledo

ALMA Observatory

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Sergio Martin

ALMA Observatory

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Cliff Stein

Columbia University

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Garud Iyengar

Columbia University

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José Verschae

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Kirk Pruhs

University of Pittsburgh

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Aldo Cipriano

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Contact

Interested in our work? Here is how to contact us.

  • +56 (2) 2331-1594
  • Diagonal Las Torres 2640, Santiago, 7941169
  • Edificio Talleres (D), Office 308D