Rios-Mercado, Roger (Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon)

Dr. Roger Rios-Mercado
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
AP 111-F, Cd Universitaria
San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon

Phone: +52 81 8329-4020 Ext.1634


Districting/Territory Design Models/Algorithms/Applications

In the first part, the key elements and motivation of districting problems are introduced.  In the second part, there are several options, we can talk about general exact optimization algorithms, or exact algorithms for specific problems, or metaheuristic approaches.  Most of districting problems are large-scale NP-hard combinatorial optimization problemas, so the talk can have both twists: exact or metaheuristic approaches.

(Graduate or Undergraduate students)

Education & Background

  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
  • MSE University of Texas at Austin
  • BSc Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

Roger Ríos is a Professor of Operations Research in the Graduate Program in Systems Engineering at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He has held Visiting Scholar positions at the University of Texas at Austin (OR/IE Program), Barcelona Tech (Department of Statistics and Operations Research), University of Colorado (Leeds School of Business), and University of Houston (High Performance Computing Center).  He holds a PhD in OR/IE from the University of Texas at Austin.  His research interests are mainly in designing and developing efficient solution methods to hard discrete optimization problems. He has addressed applied decision-making problems on districting, location, healthcare, natural gas transportation systems, and scheduling. His research has been published in leading journals in the field. He is Area Editor for "Computers & Operations Research" and a member of the Editorial Board of  "Operations Research Perspectives".  He is a Fellow of the Mexican System of Re  search Scientists, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and the Mexican Academy of Computer Sciences.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar, the flagship program from the US Department of State for distinguished scholars visiting the US. He is former President and a founding member of the Mexican Society of Operations Research.  More about his work can be found at