COPA @ ScienceDirect Top 25 – European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR)
The work led by Pillac et al. titled “A review of dynamic vehicle routing problems” appeared in the 13th position of the top downloaded articles of EJOR in 2014. This is a great achievement of Victor, our former COPA’s PhD student, and of course of our group!
Professor Michel Gendreau at Universidad de los Andes
In March, COPA was honored to receive the visit of Professor Michel Gendreau (École Polytechnique de Montreal) who taught a module on Stochastic Vehicle Routing Problem. The Office of Communications of the School of Engineering took the opportunity to interview Professor Gendreau. He spoke about his experience in Transportation and Logistics and left his opinion about the university and COPA research group.
The full interview (in Spanish) on the School’s website is available here
VRP2013: European Spring School on Vehicle Routing
Co-organized by former Copa member Jorge Mendoza, VRP2013: European Spring School on Vehicle Routing is a one-week, full-immersion institute gathering Ph.D. students and young researchers working on the field of vehicle routing.
The academic program is made up of 4 academic modules and 2 workshops. In addition to the academic program, the spring school includes an active social program conceived to help participants developing personal links that may foster future academic collaborations.
The spring school will be hosted by the Institute of Applied Mathematics (IMA) of Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers (France) from May 20 to May 24, 2013. The spring school is open to all Ph.D. students completing a dissertation on vehicle routing and young researchers working on the field. Participants are invited to present their research in poster sessions during the coffee breaks. Presenting a poster is not mandatory.
Participants should apply for a place at the spring school before January 30, 2013. The number of participants is limited. Places will be assigned according to a FIFO discipline giving priority to Ph.D. students and participants presenting a poster. Participants from outside Europe are welcome to apply.
For further information visit the spring school website: http://www.ima.uco.fr/vrp2013/
Ph.D. position on Vehicle Routing
Ecole des Mines de Nantes (France) and Universidad de los Andes have an funded Ph.D. studentship leading to a dual degree.
The Electric Vehicle Routing Problem
In a world where petroleum becomes a scarce resource and environmental issues become a day to day concern of both companies and the general population, electric vehicles emerge as one of the most exciting new technologies in the world’s effort to reshape the way transportation systems operate. Indeed, the Environment Round Table initiative of the French government gives to the development of electric and hybrid vehicles a central role, and makes it a top priority, in France’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve its energy efficiency.
The use of electric vehicles raises new and challenging engineering problems. For instance, battery lifespan is highly sensitive to factors such as: travel speed, route profile (e.g., steep vs. flat terrain), driving mode (e.g., aggressive vs. calm driving), utilization context (e.g., load, cold compartments, headlights, AC. Etc.). As a result, battery autonomy may be very limited. To overcome these limitations, batteries may be recharged at some intermediary point of a journey (e.g. at lunch time), if one is willing to make some detours to reach a charging station. This new context generates a set of novel constraints that should be taken into account when planning transportation routes that are to be performed by electric vehicles.
Koppa team wins the RAS competition
A source in Charlotte has just informed us that the koppa team (Andrés L. Medaglia, Jaime González and Leonardo Lozano), won first prize in the RAS 2011 competition at the Annual INFORMS Meeting.
Stay tuned because details will follow, in the meantime congratulations to Andrés, Jaime and Leonardo!
Mauricio Ramirez flies high!
Mauricio Ramírez, a distinguished former COPA member, will be obtaining his MSc in Operational Research
with Distinction ( ~ cum laude in Uniandes) from London School of Economics (LSE) on December of 2011. His graduation project was titled “A Stochastic Dynamic Programming Approach for Dynamic Pricing Problems in the Context of Low-Cost Carriers” and was supervised by Prof. Gregory B. Sorkin. No wonder why Mauricio is working now as revenue analyst for Tiger Airways in Singapur, perhaps the most popular job among former COPA members. Congratulations Mauricio!
Universidad de los Andes: 6th among Latin American Universities
The 2011 QS Latin American University rankings show Universidad de los Andes ranked 6th, after (1) Universidad de Sao Paulo (Brazil), (2) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), (3) Universidad Estadual de Campinas (Brazil), (4) Universidad de Chile (Chile), and (5) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico).
Team Koppa finalist at the 2011 INFORMS/RAS Problem Solving Competition
The judging panel for INFORMS’ Railway Application Section (RAS) Problem Competition has announced that team Koppa is one of the finalists for this year’s competition. Team Koppa -represented by Jaime E. González, Leonardo Lozano, and Andrés L. Medaglia (advisor)- will compete against teams NCKU and OR[@]UNIMI on November 13th (2011) at the INFORMS Annual Conference to be held Charlotte (NC; USA). Team NCKU, who won in 2010 a honorable mention, represents National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan); while team OR[@]UNIMI represents Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy). Congratulations to team Koppa and best wishes in the finals!
Call for papers: Matheuristics’2012 (Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The Matheuristics workshop series is a primary forum for research on the exploitation of mathematical programming techniques in a (meta)heuristic framework, granting to mathematical programming approaches the robustness and efficiency which characterize metaheuristics, or on the exploitation of the mathematical programming model formulation in the customization of a metaheuristic for specific or general problems.
The next edition of the Matheuristics workshop series on model-based metaheuristics will be held at a beach resort in Angra dos Reis, Brazil, from September 16 to 21, 2012. Angra dos Reis is located about 150 kms from Rio de Janeiro.
Seminar: COPA researcher R. Akhavan speaks @ EGOB
La Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo de la Universidad de los Andes invita a la próxima sesión del Seminario de Investigación del Grupo Multidisciplinario de Políticas Públicas:
“Estimating the amount and location of extra medical resources for responding to a 6.2 Richter earthquake in Bogotá”
Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial
Fecha y Lugar: Jueves 22 de septiembre 2011 – AU 102 12:30 m – 1:50 p.m