Robert Hildebrand

I am an assistant professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Virginia Tech. I obtained my PhD at the University of California, Davis under the supervision of Matthias Köppe. Afterwards, I spent two years in Zurich, Switzerland as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Operations Research in the Department for Mathematics at ETH Zurich. Subsequently, I was a Goldstine Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher at IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. I recently participated in the semester long Simons Institute program on Bridging Continuous and Discrete Optimization at UC Berkeley.


Research interests

  • Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Optimization

  • Cutting Plane Theory and Practice

  • Redistricting

  • Stochastic Scheduling and Machine Learning


Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of California, Davis, June 2013

B.Sc. in Mathematics, University of Puget Sound, May 2008

Looking for Ph.D. students!

I'm looking for graduate students with a strong math and computer science background that want to work on optimization theory and complexity. Background in mathematical analysis, combinatorics, convex geometry and complexity theory is desired. Please e-mail me if you're interested in these topics and seeking a graduate position.

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List of collaborators:

Amitabh Basu, Jörg Bader, Lebron Baptiste, Benjamin Beach, Daniel Beinstock, Stephen R. Chestnut, Sanjeeb Dash, Alberto Del Pia, Kimberly Ellis, Oktay Gunluk, Joey Huchette, Matthias Köppe, Marco Molinaro, Timm Oertel, Robert Weismantel, Kevin Zemmer, Rico Zenklusen, Yuan Zhou