Jonathan Z. Amar

Ph.D. Candidate
Operations Research Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact: amarj at

About me

I am a 2nd year doctoral candidate at the MIT Operations Research Center, advised by Prof. N. Trichakis. My research interests lie in optimization in Machine Learning coupled with Operations Management applications. I further work on bandit problems, online optimization and exploration-exploitation tradeoffs.
I earned my BS and MS from the Ecole Polytechnique in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. I've had the pleasure to research at the Technion in Robust optimization.
Passionated about applying data-driven methods to solve complex decision-making problems, I look for challenges to get involved in high-impact projects.

Working Papers
  • Efficient Estimation in Linear Bandits
    with Nikolas Trichakis
  • Dynamic Approach to Elliciting Customer Preferences
    with Nikolas Trichakis
  • Interval Data Classification with Mu-D Partial information and Geometric Interpretation of Robustness
    with Aharon Ben-Tal and Tamir Hazan

  • Deep Reinforcement Learning for 2048
    final class project - Dynamic Programming - MIT
  • Real Time Bidding in Online Advertising
    final class project - Theory of Operations Management - MIT
  • Constructing Uncertainty Sets from Data: an Unsupervised Learning Perspective
    final class project - Robust Optimization - MIT
  • Most Relevant Path in a Network of Friends
    research project for ShorTouch
  • Estimating Joint Spectral Radius and Applications
    research project for CMAP - Polytechnique
  • Indoor Localization, Optimization of Supply Chain
    research project for Polestar - Finalist for PSC award at Polytechnique

  • 15.761 Introduction to Operations Management
    MIT, TA