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Nelson Victor Morales Varela
Eng. (Chile), Ph.D. (Nice Sophia-Antipolis)

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Optimization
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Numerical methods
  • Data analytics
  • Integral planning and design of mining operations
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1401 Mining engineering
  • 1601 Operations research and management science
  • 2714 Mathematics of computing
  • 2715 Optimization
  • 2717 Modelling and simulation studies


Recent publications


Prof. Nelson Morales is a Chilean mathematical Engineer with a PhD in computer science. Since 2007, he has worked in the the application of mathematics to mining, with emphasis in the modeling of mining operations and the development of decision-making tools for miners.

From 2007 to 2009, Prof. Morales worked at the Institute of Innovation in Mining and Metallurgy of CODELCO Chile. In 2009, he moved to the University of Chile to become adjoint professor at the mining engineering department and to join the recently created Advanced Mining Technology Center, where he became associate researcher in 2011. During the period 2009-2021, Prof. Nelson Morales led the mine planning area at University of Chile, by lecturing the mine planning courses, directing the DELPHOS Mine Planning Laboratory, performing applied research, devising and executing research and innovation projects, and developing software for mine planning.


  • Mine planning
  • Calculus and algebra for engineers


  • Bachelor in Engineering Sciences with major in Mathematics, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Mathematical Engineer, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • PhD in Science with major in Computer Science, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France