Sara Lumbreras

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Complex Systems Summer School 2015


Sara Lumbreras is a professor at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain), where she obtained her Ph.D. with the thesis entitled “Decision Support Methods for Large-Scale Flexible Transmission Expansion Planning”. She is a lecturer at the Institute for Research in Technology at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in the area “Decision Support Systems for the Energy Sector” and lectures at the Industrial Organization Department at ICAI. She has five years of experience in Investment Banking, having worked as a structurer for JPMorgan London in the FX and Commodity business.

Her research lines focus on decision methods applied to complex problems, especially when uncertainty is present. Her main area of study is power systems strategy, in particular, the power transmission network. In addition, she is part of an interdisciplinary team that analyzes the impacts of technology on society.

Main techniques: Stochastic Optimization, Benders’ decomposition, Risk analysis, Heuristics, Metaheuristics, Genetic Algorithms, Ordinal Optimization. Areas: Power Systems, Planning, Network Design, Transmission Expansion Planning, Wind Energy, Offshore Windfarm Design, Finance, Risk Analysis, Derivatives. § What sort of expertise can you bring to the group? I am an expert in classical and non-classical optimization, and in power systems, especially the power transmission network. § What do you hope to get out of the CSSS? I am looking forward to expand my knowledge on complex systems and build a network for interdisciplinary research. § Do you have any possible projects in mind for the CSSS? I would love to analyze the power transmission network from a complex networks perspective, which is something that has only been done in a very limited way. I would like to introduce global network descriptions into optimization, so that network design problems that are currently very difficult to solve can be guided to better solutions in terms of their global description.

For a closer look at my "pie in the sky" idea: Power Transmission Expansion Planning