12/3/20: I passed my A-exam (admission to candidacy)!
I am a PhD candidate in the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, where I am fortunate to work with Samitha Samaranayake. My minor committee members are David Shmoys and Bobby Kleinberg. Mathematically, I'm interested in combinatorial optimization, particularly in approximation algorithms and online decision-making. In terms of applications, I'm interested in the urban environment, particularly in mobility.
This Summer, I am a Teaching Assistant for MSRI-UP 2021: Parking Functions: Choose your own adventure, an REU program hosted by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and especially designed for students from groups underrepresented in mathematics. Last Fall, I "visted" the UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) as a Fellow for the semester-long program Mathematical Challenges and Opportunities for Autonomous Vehicles, which took place online due to the pandemic. Last Summer, I was a Research Science Intern at Amazon, where I worked on a machine assignment problem for order fullfilment. A few years ago, I was Bosch Energy Research Network Intern, where I worked on traffic microsimulation.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017. While at Illinois, I was advised by Dan Work (now at Vanderbilt University). My research included traffic esimation in safety-critical environments as well as applied machine-learning for freight-rail systems.
I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In high school, I had the opportunity to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which motivated me to pursue a career in STEM. I was able to complete my undergraduate education in the United States through a very generous scholarship awarded by the Government of Ecuador.
I find the following axioms, which I discovered here, to be truly inspiring and empowering:
- Axiom 1. Mathematical talent is distributed equally among different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.
- Axiom 2. Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and empowering mathematical experiences.
- Axiom 3. Mathematics is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communities to serve their needs.
- Axiom 4. Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
- On the Request-Trip-Vehicle Assignment Problem. Juan C. Martinez Mori and Samitha Samaranayake. Accepted, SIAM Conference on Applied and Computational Discrete Algorithms (ACDA21) , 2021.
- Bounded Asymmetry in Road Networks. Juan C. Martínez Mori and Samitha Samaranayake. Scientific Reports, 2019.
- The Batched Set Cover Problem. Juan C. Martinez Mori and Samitha Samaranayake. Unpublished manuscript, 2018.
- Prediction of arrival times of freight traffic on US railroads using support vector regression. William Barbour, Juan C. Martínez Mori, Shankara Kuppa, and Daniel Work. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 2018.
- Predicting delay ocurrence at freight rail sidings. Juan C. Martínez Mori, William Barbour, Shankara Kuppa, and Daniel Work. In Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting, 2018.
- Estimating traffic conditions from smart work zone systems. Yanning Li, Juan C. Martínez Mori, and Daniel Work. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2018.