February 1, 2019 at 10:45 pm

Week on Immigration | Understanding and Crippling Human Trafficking Networks, Feb. 6

The Wealth and Poverty theme presents the Ohio University Week on Immigrants, featuring Dr. Felipe Aros-Vera on “Understanding and Crippling Human Trafficking Networks,” on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m in Alden 319.

Felipe Aros-Vera, portrait

Dr. Felipe Aros-Vera

Aros-Vera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ohio University. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and aN M.S. and B.S. on Engineering Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research spans the fields of humanitarian logistics, operations research, and transportation and urban logistics. Aros-Vera uses mathematical optimization and operations research tools to model complex systems such as disaster supply chains and, most recently, human trafficking networks. His work has been published in prestigious journals including the European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Operations Management, and Transportation Research Part E and B.

Abstract: The crime of human trafficking is a global scourge, affecting people in all countries, including the United States. This presentation focuses on the characterization and visualization of Human Trafficking Networks (HTNs) and its activities using supply chain engineering tools and methods. The objectives of this research are to understand predatory and trafficking activities, and to move toward a more comprehensive approach to model and destroy these networks using quantitative tools such as supply chain modeling and network interdiction mathematical models.

For more information on this talk or the Wealth and Poverty Week on Immigrants, please contact Dr. Yeong Kim at

Wealth and Poverty Week on Immigrants

About the Week on Immigrants

Immigration is a significant political issue across the world. An estimated 258 million people worldwide live in a country other than their country of birth. Nearly 50 million now live in the United States.

The Wealth and Poverty Week on Immigrants brings the Ohio University community together to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by global migration flows both here and abroad.

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