Faculty - Carolina Osorio

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Carolina Osorio

Assistant Professor

Room 1-232
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.452.3063 Email: osorioc@mit.edu Research Website: http://web.mit.edu/osorioc/www/carolina.html Assistant: Roberta Pizzinato / robertap@mit.edu


  • Diplôme d'Ingénieur 2005, ENSIMAG, France
  • M.Sc. in Statistics 2005, University College London, UK
  • Ph.D. Mathematics 2010, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland


Research Interests

Professor Osorio develops operations research techniques to inform the design and operations of transportation systems. Her research then uses these techniques to mitigate the economic, human health, energy and environmental impacts of urban congestion, to improve the reliability and robustness of transportation systems, as well as to enhance the experience of travelers. The techniques combine ideas from the fields of probability theory, simulation, simulation-based optimization, derivative-free optimization, nonlinear optimization, statistics, traffic control and traffic flow theory. She has applied these techniques to address, for instance, large-scale simulation-based urban transportation problems and energy-efficient traffic management problems.

Awards and Honors

  • IBM Faculty Award, 2016
  • National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) EU-US Frontiers of Engineering (EU-US FOE) Symposium, Invited Speaker on "The Road to Future Urban Mobility", 2016
  • National Science Foundation Award, 2016-2019
  • MIT Technology Review EmTech Colombia TR35 Award, 2015
  • MIT CEE Maseeh Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (NSF CAREER), 2014
  • NEC Corporation Fund Award for Research in Computers and Communications MIT, 2014-2015
  • 100 Colombians Award, Fusionarte Association, 2013
  • National Science Foundation Award, 2013-2016
  • European Association of Operational Research Societies (EURO) Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012
  • Jeptha H. and Emily V. Wade Fund Award MIT, 2011-2012
  • Graduate Student Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Forum, 2011
  • French region of Rhônes-Alpes Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • Highest Distinction Fellowship for engineering school studies, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2002-2005
  • Excellence Fellowship for undergraduate studies, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2000-2002

Selected Publications

  1. Chong, L., and Osorio, C. (forthcoming) A simulation-based optimization algorithm for dynamic large-scale urban transportation problems. Transportation Science.
  2. Osorio, C., and Selvam, K. (forthcoming) Simulation-based optimization: achieving computational efficiency through the use of multiple simulators. Transportation Science.
  3. Osorio, C. and Yamani, J. (forthcoming)