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associate professor of Operations Research & Statistics

Statistics Department
Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M)
Calle Madrid, 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid), Spain
E-mail: jose.nino [at]                                                          

Background: Undergrad. degree in Mathematical Sciences, Complutense Univ. of Madrid (extraordinary graduation prize in the Area of Experimental Sciences). PhD MIT '95 in Operations Research (on a Fulbright fellowship) (Thesis Advisor: Dimitris Bertsimas).picture Postdoc stints at MIT (1995/96) and at CORE-Catholic University of Louvain (1996/97; CORE and Marie Curie fellow). Faculty member (1997-2003) at Pompeu Fabra University's Economics & Business Dept. Ramón y Cajal Investigator Award (Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, 2003). Tenured associate professor (2005), endowed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (I3 Program). UC3M Young Investigator Research Excellence Award (2011). National accreditation for Full Professor.

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  • Design and analysis of near-optimal index policies for dynamic resource allocation in Markov decision process models of a variety of systems

  • Theory and algorithms for restless bandit indexation: I introduced the first general sufficient indexability conditions for finite-state restless bandits, along with an adaptive-greedy index-computing algorithm for the Whittle index, and the framework of partial conservation laws (PCLs), in 2001; I extended such results to finite-state restless bandits fed by a general resource, casting the PCL framework into a polyhedral linear programming framework, in 2002; I extended such results in 2006 to countable-state semi-Markov restless bandits; see the survey 2007. For an introductory treatment, see 2010

  • Design of new dynamic index policies for a variety of models via restless bandit indexation: control of admission and routing to parallel queues (2002, 2007;); scheduling a multiclass make-to-order/make-to-stock M/G/1 queue (NM-2006); scheduling a multiclass finite-buffer delay-/loss-sensitive queue (2006)

  • Design of efficient algorithms for index computation: for the Gittins index (2007); for the Asawa and Tekenektzis index for bandits with switching costs (2008); for the classic index of Bradt, Johnson, and Karlin (1956) for finite-horizon bandits (2011)

  • Stochastic scheduling; see J. Niño-Mora (2009). Stochastic scheduling. In Encyclopedia of Optimization, 2nd edition, C.A. Floudas and P.M. Pardalos, eds., pp. 3818--3824. Springer, New York. [pdf]

  • Multiclass queueing networks: scheduling and control; see J. Niño-Mora (2011). Klimov's model. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.

  • Conservation laws; see J. Niño-Mora (2011). Conservation laws and related applications. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.

  • Mathematical programming / achievable performance region approach to Markov decision process models