Arthur Delarue

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Operations Research Center

Contact: adelarue "at"
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About me

I am a third-year PhD student at the MIT Operations Research Center, advised by Professor Dimitris Bertsimas. I am interested in new applications of mixed-integer optimization, with a focus on transportation and statistics/machine learning. Some of my transportation projects include:

  • Designing a new optimization-based approach to reconstruct travel time patterns in an urban network from taxi origin-destination data.
  • Developing mixed-integer methods for routing school buses and optimizing school bell times. Our team won first place and a $30K prize in the Boston Public Schools Transportation Challenge in June 2017. You can read about the project in our SIAM News blog post or visualize BPS school buses in action .
  • I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Sebastien Martin on both of these projects.


  • From School Buses to Start Times: Driving Policy with Optimization (with D. Bertsimas and S. Martin).
    Under revision for PNAS.
    Winner, MIT ORC Best Student Paper Award, 2018.
    Second Place, INFORMS Doing Good With Good OR Student Paper Competition, 2018.
  • Travel Time Estimation in the Age of Big Data (with D. Bertsimas, P. Jaillet and S. Martin).
    Accepted for publication in Operations Research (05/18).
  • Talks

  • INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, 2018. Finding Equitable Start Times for Boston Public Schools.
  • MIT ORC Fall Seminar Series, Cambridge, 2018. Driving Policy with Optimization.
  • ISMP, Bordeaux, France, 2018. Travel Time Estimation in the Age of Big Data.
  • MIT ORC Special Seminar on Operations Research for Social Good, Cambridge, 2018. 8 Months on a School Bus: Analytics for Public Policy.
  • INFORMS Annual Meeting, Houston, 2018. Travel Time Estimation in the Age of Big Data.
  • Teaching

  • In January 2018, I taught two sessions on Julia and JuMP with Konstantina Mellou, as part of the graduate seminar Computing for Optimization and Statistics (15.S60).
  • In January 2018, I also taught an introductory session on Julia as part of the undergraduate seminar Software Tools for Business Analytics (15.S41).
  • In Spring 2018, I served as a Teaching Assistant for the Sloan MBA class The Analytics Edge (15.071B), which aims to introduce students to the importance of data analytics. I gave recitations, prepared materials and held office hours.
  • In Spring 2018, I gave a guest lecture on optimization in the context of school bus routing and bell time assignment for the Advanced Analytics Edge (15.071C), an MIT Sloan class taught by Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas.
  • Miscellaneous

  • My project Shared Responsibility: Social Forces in Response to Market Failures (with Will Eger, Sebastien Martin, and Spencer Wyant) won first place in the Future of Work track at the 2018 MIT Policy Hackathon .