Research Interests:

Retail Operations Management
Last Mile Logistics: Vehicle Routing
Operations Research for Health Care
Product Return Policies
Metaheuristics

Published Papers:

Biased Randomization of Heuristics using Skewed Probability Distributions: a survey and some applications (2017). Joint work with A. A. Juan, J. Faulin, J. de Armas and H. Ramalhinho. Computers & Industrial Engineering 110, pp. 216-228 (link).
An ILS-based Algorithm to Solve a Large-scale Real Heterogeneous Fleet VRP with Multi-trips and Docking Constraints (2016). Joint work with V. Coelho, H. R. Lourenço, I. M. Coelho, M. Souza and R. Cruz. European Journal of Operational Research 250(2), pp. 367-376 (link).
SimILS: A Simulation-based extension of the Iterated Local Search metaheuristic for Stochastic Combinatorial Optimization (2016). Joint work with A. A. Juan. and H. R. Lourenço. Journal of Simulation 10(1), pp. 69-77 (link).
Teaching Distribution Planning: A Problem-based Learning Approach (2016). Joint work with H. Ramalhinho. International Journal of Logistics Management 27(2), pp. 377-394 (link).
Feasibility of Reducing the Maximum Shelf Life of Red Blood Cells Stored in Additive Solution: a Dynamic Simulation Study Involving a Large Regional Blood System (2015). Joint work with A. Pereira, M. A. Bosch, P. Ortiz and L. Puig. Vox Sanguinis 108(3), pp. 233–242 (link).
When to Carry Eccentric Products? Optimal Retail Assortment under Consumer Returns (2014). Joint work with A. Alptekinoğlu. Production and Operations Management 23(5), pp. 877–892 (link) (Appendix).
On the Improvement of Blood Sample Collection at Clinical Laboratories (2014). Joint work with H. Ramalhinho, L. S. Pessoa, M. G. C. Resende, I. Caballé and N. Barba. BMC Health Services Research, 14:12 (link).
A Savings-based Randomized Heuristic for the Heterogeneous Fixed Fleet Vehicle Routing Problem with Multi-trips (2014). Joint work with J. Cáceres-Cruz, H. Ramalhinho and A. A. Juan. Journal of Applied Operational Research 6(2), pp. 69-81 (pdf).
Vehicle routing in a Spanish distribution company: Saving using a savings-based heuristic (2013). Joint work with J. Cáceres-Cruz, H. R. Lourenço, A. A. Juan and M. Roca. OR Insight 26(3), pp. 191-202 (pdf).
Is Assortment Selection a Popularity Contest? A Study of Assortment, Return Policy and Pricing Decisions of a Retailer (2009). Joint work with Alptekinoğlu, A. and E. Akçalı. Book chapter in Consumer-Driven Demand and Operations Management Models (edited by S. Netessine and C. Tang). ISBN: 978-0-387-98018-8 (pdf).

Press:

El desafío omnicanal del Retail (Nov-Des 2015). Catalunya Empresarial (in Spanish, link).
Claves para mejorar la eficiencia en la “última milla” (Des 2015) (in Spanish, link).
Interview: #The Expert (September 2015). eadaview (in Spanish, pdf).

Conference Proceedings (Peer-reviewed):

Operations Research and Simulation in Master Degrees: A case study regarding different universities in Spain (2013). Joint work with A. A. Juan, and H. Ramalhinho. Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference (pdf).
TWTJSSP-ILS: Um Algoritmo Heurístico para Resolver o Problema Job-Shop Scheduling com Penalidade pelo Tempo de Atraso (2013). Joint work with R. Cruz, V. Coelho, M. Souza and H. R. Lourenço. Proceedings of the XLV Brazilian Symposium of Operational Research (pdf).
Um estudo de caso aplicado ao problema real de larga escala de Roteamento de Veículos com Frota Heterogênea e Múltiplas Viagens (2013). Joint work with V. Coelho, H. R. Lourenço, I. M. Coelho, M. Souza and R. Cruz. Proceedings of the XLV Brazilian Symposium of Operational Research (pdf).
Aplicación de un algoritmo randomizado a un problema real de enrutamiento de vehículos heterogéneos (2012). Joint work with J. Cáceres-Cruz, H. R. Lourenço, A. A. Juan, M. Roca and R. Colomé. Proceedings of the VIII Congreso Español sobre Metaheurísticas, Algoritmos Evolutivos y Bioinspirados, pp. 767-773. ISBN: 978-84-615-6931-1 (pdf).
Combinando Randomización Sesgada y Búsqueda Local Iterativa para Resolver Problemas de Flow-Shop (2012). Joint work with A. A. Juan, H. R. Lourenço, M. Mateo and A. Agustín. Proceedings of the VIII Congreso Español sobre Metaheurísticas, Algoritmos Evolutivos y Bioinspirados, pp. 779-784. ISBN: 978-84-615-6931-1 (pdf).
Putting the core elements of Critical Chain Project Management into perspective: a general framework for buffer management (2003). Joint work with J. Ribera and M. Sachon. Proceedings of the 1st EurOMA-POMS Conference. ISBN: 88-86281-78-1 (pdf).
Desarrollo de un juego multimedia para la toma de decisiones sobre producción (2003). Joint work with M. Mateo and J. Bautista. Proceedings of the V Congreso de Ingeniería de Organización, pp. 183-184. ISBN: 84-688-2827-0 (pdf).
 

Technical Notes:

Shouldice Hospital: Capacity Analysis (2015). EADA Business School.
Decisions on plant location and investment (in Spanish) (2004). Joint work with A. Blasi and J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Queueing (2003). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Project Simulation (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Microsoft Project Tm: A brief tutorial (A), (B), (C) (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Inventory Management - Batching (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Inventory Management - Safety Stock (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Input/Output Curves (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Process capacity calculator (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Inventory Policies. Stock Accounting (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)

Case Studies:

Revenue management in Forum Barcelona 2004 (in Spanish) (2005). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
IZAR (2003). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)
Barcelona Air Control Center (2002). Joint work with J. Ribera. IESE Publishing. (link)

Theses:

Models for Assortment Planning under Product Returns (2009)
(Advisors: E. Akçalı and A. Alptekinoğlu)
Development of a Business Game for decision making for Production Management students (2001, in Catalan)
(Advisors: M. Mateo and J. Bautista)

Invited Talks:

Continuous Improvement in Operations
Workshop for MBA students from Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), Barcelona, Oct 2013
Continuous Improvement: Add value to your processes
Seminar for entrepreneurs in Barcelona Activa, Barcelona, Jul 2013
Queuing Management
Session in the workshop Herramientas para la Toma de Decisiones del Laboratorio Clínico, Barcelona, Nov 2010
Retailing Customized Products: Pricing, Inventory and Refund Policies
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Jun 2009
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Feb 2009
Product Assortment and Return Policy
ZLC / MIT-Zaragoza, Jun 2007
IESE Business School, Jun 2007

Conference Presentations:

Teaching Distribution Planning: A PBL Approach. INFORMS Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, PA, 2015 - Program).
Biased Randomization of Heuristics for Combinatorial Optimization. EURO XXVII (Glasgow, 2015 - Program).
A Problem-Based Learning Activity to Teach VRP. VeRoLog 2015 (Vienna, 2015 - Program).
Operations Research for Health Care: Simulating Blood Inventory Management. 20th IFORS (Barcelona, 2014 - Program).
Operations Research and Simulation in Master Degrees
WSC 2013 (Washington DC, 2013 - Program).
CYTED-HAROSA Meeting (Barcelona, 2013 - Program).
Teaching VRP to Management Students. 6th EUROMA Publishing Workshop (Barcelona, 2013 - Program).
Impact of Returns Policies on Retail Assortment and Pricing Decisions. EURO XXV (Vilnius, 2012 - Program).
Assortment Planning and Pricing in the Presence of Returns. INFORMS Annual Meeting (Austin, TX, 2010 - Program).
On Retail Assortment, Pricing, and Return Policies. EURO XXIV (Lisboa, 2010 - Program).
Retailing Customized Products: Pricing, Inventory and Refund Policies
POMS-HK International Conference (Hong Kong, 2009 - Program).
INFORMS Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA, 2009 - Program).
POMS 2009 Conference (Orlando, FL, 2009 - Program).
When to Carry Eccentric Products? Optimal Assortment Under Product Returns. INFORMS Annual Meeting (Washington DC, 2008 - Program).
Optimal Assortment of a Firm with Product Returns. INFORMS Annual Meeting (Seattle, WA, 2007 - Program).
Product Variety Choice and Return Policy of a Make-to-Order Firm. POMS 2007 Conference (Dallas, TX, 2007 - Program)
Putting the core elements of Critical Chain Project Management into perspective: a general framework for buffer management. EurOMA-POMS Conference (Como, Italy, 2003).
Development of a multimedia game for decision making in production (in Spanish). V Congreso de Ingeniería de Organización (Valladolid, Spain, 2003).

Master's Theses Advised:

Ines Baptista, Matias Burmicky, Carolina Duque, Diego Lopez, Juan Felipe Montenegro, Andres Prendas, Valeria Vivanco. A Long-term Responsible Investment with High Return (Jul 2015).
Jeroni Parramon. Analytics in Sports: Developing Schedules for Jai Alai Games (Jun 2014).
Nelson Quesado. Applying Lean Tools in Healthcare. A Review of the most Recent Literature (Jun 2013).

Co-authors (alphabetically):
  Elif Akçalı, Aydın Alptekinoğlu, Joaquín Bautista, José Cáceres-Cruz, Igor M. Coelho, Vitor N. Coelho, Rosa Colomé, Javier Faulin, Angel A. Juan, Helena Ramalhinho Lourenço, Manel Mateo, Arturo Pereira, Luciana S. Pessoa, Lluís Puig, Mauricio G. C. Resende, Jaume Ribera, Mercè Roca, Marc Sachon, Marcone J.F. Souza.