Dr. Meritxell Pacheco

Senior researcher and lecturer

T: +41 26 300 8337

Address: Bd de Pérolles 90, 1700 Fribourg

Office: C 321




Short bio

In 2020, I received my PhD at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) under the supervision of Prof. Michel Bierlaire (EPFL) and Prof. Shadi Shari Azadeh (Delft University of Technology). My thesis was about the integration of discrete choice models in mixed-integer linear optimization. Before that, I completed a 5-year degree in Mathematics (2013) and a Masters in Logistics, Transportation and Mobility (2015), both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona). In 2021, I joined the Decision Support & Operations Research Group as a senior researcher to work in the Innosuisse project 36157.1 IP-EE on decision-support making towards a more efficient and sustainable waste collection. Since 2022, I am also a lecturer and I teach two master courses on my two major research interests: optimization methods and discrete choice models. In the same year, some other DS&OR members and I joined the Smart Living Lab to conduct research in the context of smart and sustainable transportation and logistics.


Main research interests:

  • Discrete choice models
  • Mixed-integer linear programming
  • Decomposition techniques
  • Vehicle routing problems
  • Logistics and transportation


Teaching activities


Selected publications

  • M. Pacheco Paneque, M. Bierlaire, B. Gendron and S. Sharif Azadeh. Integrating advanced discrete choice models in mixed integer linear optimization. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 146, 26-49 (2021). doi 
  • L. Montero, M. Pacheco Paneque, J. Barceló, S. Homoceanu and J. Casanovas. Case study on cooperative car data for estimating traffic states in an urban network. Transportation Research 2594(1), 127-137 (2016). doi 
  • M. Pacheco Paneque, B. Gendron, S. Sharif Azadeh, M. Bierlaire. A Lagrangian decomposition scheme for choice-based optimization. Computers & Operations Research, 148 (2022). doi  


Other activities