Carolina Osorio
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Office 1-232
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139
USA

osorioc [at] mit.edu
Tel: +1 617 452 3063

News

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Osorio C., Chen., X and Santos, B. Simulation-based travel time reliable signal control
August, 2017

As part of the first Audi Summit, Carolina is invited to participate in their event on "Transforming Mobility"
July, 2017

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Lu, J. and Osorio C., A probabilistic traffic-theoretic network loading model suitable for large-scale network analysis
July, 2017

Congratulations to Linsen Chong for completing his Transportation Ph.D degree, and his thesis on "Computationally Efficient Simulation-based Optimization Algorithms for Large-scale Urban Transportation Problems"
May, 2017

Congratulations to Jing Lu for being awarded the UPS Doctoral Fellowship!
May, 2017

Carolina gives keynote talk at the MIT Technology Review EmTech (Emerging Technologies) Caribbean Conference.
April, 2017

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part B
Flötteröd, G. and Osorio C., Stochastic network link transmission model
April, 2017

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part B
Zhang, C., Osorio C., and Flötteröd, G. Efficient calibration techniques for large-scale traffic simulators
Dec., 2016

Carolina and Michel Bierlaire receive the "2016 Outstanding Paper in Urban Transportation Planning and Modeling Award" of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS for their paper: "A Simulation-based Optimization Framework for Urban Transportation Problems" (Operations Research, 61(6):1333-1345, 2013)
November, 2016

Carolina talks on Simulation-based Transportation Optimization at the National Academy of Engineering's EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
October, 2016

Welcome Timothy Tay, our new group member!
September, 2015

Congratulations to Nate Bailey for completing his Transportation M.Sc. degree, and his thesis on "Simulation and Queueing Network Model Formulation of Mixed Automated and Non-automated Traffic in Urban Settings"
September, 2015

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Chong, L. and Osorio, C. A simulation-based optimization algorithm for dynamic large-scale urban transportation problems
July, 2016

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part B
Osorio, C. and Wang, C. On the analytical approximation of joint aggregate queue-length distributions for traffic networks: a stationary finite capacity Markovian network approach
June, 2016

Congratulations to Jing Lu and Kevin Zhang for succesfully passing the Operations Research Center PhD General Exams!
May, 2016

Carolina is awarded the 2016 IBM Faculty Award
May, 2016

Carolina is invited as a speaker to the upcoming National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) EU-US Frontiers of Engineering (EU-US FOE) Symposium, to talk on the topic of "The Road to Future Urban Mobility".
March, 2016

U.S. National Science Foundation award for the project Analytical Probabilistic Traffic Models for Large-scale Network Optimization (2016-2019).
March, 2016

Carolina is invited as a keynote speaker to the MIT SCALE (Supply Chain And Logistics Excellence) Latin America Conference.
March, 2016

Carolina is selected as one of the 2016 GOOD 100, GOOD Magazine’s list of 100 innovators from around the globe who are "tackling pressing global issues" and "improving our world in creative ways". Carolina was selected in the catergory of "Minds That Are Hacking Our Surroundings for the Better".
January, 2016

Congratulations to Nate Bailey for succesfully passing the Transportation PhD General Exams!
January, 2016

Carolina is invited as a keynote speaker to the Workshop on Intelligent Transportation Systems of COMSNETS, the International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS.
January, 2016

Carolina is invited as a keynote speaker to the New Directions in Mathematical Approaches for Traffic Flow Management Program of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM).
November, 2015

Carolina is invited as a keynote speaker to the Annual Meeting of the MATS-UTC, the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center - University Transportation Center.
August, 2015

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Osorio, C. and Selvam, K. Simulation-based optimization: achieving computational efficiency through the use of multiple simulators
August, 2015

Our work featured in the MIT Spectrum.
June, 2015

Congratulations to Evan Fields for succesfully passing the Operations Research Center PhD General Exams!
May, 2015

Carolina is awarded the MIT Technology Review EmTech Colombia TR35 Award.
May, 2015

Congratulations to Tianli Zhou for completing his Transportation M.Sc. degree!
Tianli's thesis: Network Design for Integrated Vehicle-Sharing and Public Transportation Service
May, 2015

Congratulations to Evan Fields for being awarded the UPS Doctoral Fellowship!
May, 2015

Our work on sustainable traffic control featured in MIT News
March, 2015

Congratulations to Chao Zhang and Tianli Zhou for succesfully passing the Transportation PhD General Exams!
Feb., 2015

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Osorio, C. and Yamani, J. Analytical and scalable analysis of transient tandem Markovian finite capacity queueing networks
December, 2014

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part B
Osorio, C. and Nanduri, K. Urban transportation emissions mitigation: coupling high-resolution vehicular emissions and traffic models for traffic signal optimization
December, 2014

Congratulations to Xiao Chen for succesfully defending her Ph.D. thesis, as part of the MIT-Portugal Program!
December, 2014

Welcome Nate Bailey, Jing Lu and Kevin Zhang, our new group members!
September, 2014

Our simulation-based optimization work in the media:
MIT News; IEEE Spectrum; Smithsonian Magazine; CityLab.
July, 2014

Congratulations to Krishna Kumar Selvam for completing his Transportation M.Sc. degree.
Krishna's thesis: Multi-Model Simulation-Based Optimization applied to Urban Transportation
June, 2014

Carolina is awarded the MIT CEE Maseeh Excellence in Teaching Award
This departmental teaching award recognizes the most outstanding faculty instructor in the past academic year.
May, 2014

Carolina is awarded the MIT NEC Corporation Fund Award for Research in Computers and Communications for the project "Real-time simulation-based optimization algorithms".
May, 2014

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Osorio, C. and Chong, L. A computationally efficient simulation-based optimization algorithm for large-scale urban transportation problems
April, 2014

Carolina is awarded the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (NSF CAREER).
MIT News link
Awarded for the project: Simulation-based Optimization Techniques For Urban Transportation Problems
"The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."
March, 2014

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Osorio, C. and Nanduri, K. Energy-efficient urban traffic management: a microscopic simulation-based approach
March, 2014

Carolina is awarded the 100 Colombians Award by the Fusionarte Association.
Award ceremony hosted by the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, at the presidential headquarters.
January, 2014

CEE On Balance issue on our simulation-based optimization work.
December, 2013

Krishna Selvam and Setareh Borijan were awarded the 2nd prize in the INFORMS Railway Applications Section Competition.
They were selected among a group of 42 submissions. Congratulations !
October, 2013

Welcome Evan Fields, Sumant Raykar, Chao Zhang and Tianli Zhou, our new group members!
September, 2013

Congratulations to Jana Yamani for completing her M.Sc. Computation for Design and Optimization degree.
Jana's thesis: Approximation of the Transient Joint Queue-Length Distribution in Tandem Markovian Networks
August, 2013

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Science
Osorio, C. and Flötteröd, G. Capturing dependency among link boundaries in a stochastic dynamic network loading model
July, 2013

Linsen Chong and Franco Chingcuanco were awarded the Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship
This is a nationally competitive fellowship administered by the Federal Highway Administration for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
July, 2013

Paper accepted for publication in Operations Research
Osorio, C. and Bierlaire, M. A simulation-based optimization framework for urban transportation problems
June, 2013

U.S. National Science Foundation award for the project Efficient Calibration Techniques for Stochastic Traffic Simulators (2013-2016)
June, 2013

Congratulations to Kanchana Nanduri and Carter Wang for completing their M.Sc. Transportation degrees.
Kanchana's thesis: Mitigating Emissions and Energy Consumption for Urban Transportation Networks: Simulation-Based Signal Control Strategies
Carter's thesis: Urban Transportation Networks: Analytical Modeling of Spatial Dependencies and Calibration Techniques for Stochastic Traffic Simulators
June, 2013

Krishna Selvam was awarded the Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship.
This is a nationally competitive fellowship administered by the Federal Highway Administration for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
May, 2013

Franco Chingcuanco was awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) for his ongoing Master of Science Transportation thesis project entitled: A parallelized simulation-based optimization framework for traffic-responsive control.
April, 2013

Linsen Chong passed the Transportation General Exams with an excellent performance. Congratulations Linsen!
Jan. 30, 2013

Carolina's Ph.D. thesis was awarded the EURO (European Association of Operational Research Societies) Doctoral Dissertation Award.
The purpose of this biannual prize is to distinguish an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Operations Research defended in one of the 30 member countries of EURO.
July, 2012

Carolina's Ph.D. thesis was selected as one of the three finalists for the EURO Doctoral Dissertation award.
The winner will be chosen during the EURO conference (July 8-11, Vilnius, Lithuania).
April, 2012

Carolina to give keynote talk on "The Future of Smart Cities" at upcoming Emerging Technologies Conference (July 11-12, Medellin, Colombia).
April, 2012

Paper accepted for publication in the European Journal of Operational Research
Osorio, C., and Bierlaire, M. A tractable analytical model for large-scale congested protein synthesis networks
June, 2011

Recipient of the 2011-2012 Jeptha H. and Emily V. Wade Fund Award, MIT
May, 2011

Graduate Student Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Forum (TRF) For the paper: A simulation-based optimization framework for urban traffic control
March, 2011

Paper accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part B
Osorio, C., Flötteröd, G., and Bierlaire, M. Dynamic network loading: a differentiable model that derives link state distributions
March, 2011