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John Gunnar Carlsson

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Kellner Family Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • 2009, Doctoral Degree, Stanford University
  • 2005, Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics and Music, Harvard University


I am an associate professor at the University of Southern California in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. I received my Ph.D. from the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineeering (ICME) at Stanford University in 2009 under Yinyu Ye and my A.B. in mathematics and music from Harvard College in 2005. I work on algorithms for solving problems in continuous location theory, and more generally, optimization problems that have some kind of geographic element. My research is supported by DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), although I was previously supported by an NSF GOALI grant and the Boeing Company.


  • 2016 Popular Science Magazine Brilliant Ten
  • 2014 AFOSR Young Investigator Prize
  • 2013 INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) Prize
  • 2013 INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) Paper Competition Finalist
  • 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2010 2010 INFORMS Conference First Prize, Interactive Session Competition
  • 2008 Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University. Departmental teaching award
  • Director of Program, Center or Institute, Daniel J. Epstein Institute
  • Daniel J Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • OHE 310F
  • Olin Hall of Engineering
  • 3650 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 0193

Contact Information
  • jcarlsso@usc.edu


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