Mohammed Amine Bennouna

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

Contact: amineben [at] mit.edu
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About me

I am a 3rd year doctoral candidate at the MIT Operations Research Center, advised by Prof. B. Van Parys. Prior to joining MIT, I graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 2019 Majoring in Applied Mathematics and completed two years of preparatory program (CPGE) in Lycée Louis-le-Grand.

My research interest lies in data-driven decision-making. I strive to understand theoretically how to use most efficiently observed data to make decisions. The goal is to derive from these theoretical insights novel algorithms that tackle unsolved challenges in data-driven decision-making. So far in my PhD, I have worked in dynamic decision-making (Reinforcement Learning) to introduce a novel more efficient off-line RL framework. I have also worked on designing decision-making schemes, using Distributionally Robust Optimization , that are provably optimal (i.e the best that can be done with the data) when a certain out-of-sample guarantee is desired. Finally, I worked on analyzing the representation power of neural networks and contributing to explain theoretically why neural networks work so well in data-driven prediction.


Papers

Research Projects

Teaching
  • Teaching Assistant, MIT
    15.093/6.255 Optimization Methods, Graduate (Masters, PhDs, MBAn, MBA & others), Fall 2021. (240 students)
  • Teaching Assistant, MIT
    15.093/6.255 Optimization Methods, Graduate (Masters, PhDs, MBAn, MBA & others), Fall 2020. (125 students)
  • Instructor, Mathematical Olympiad
    President of the Moroccan Mathematical Olympiad society. (2016-2019)
  • Instructor, Institut Bossuet
    Instructor in advanced mathematics for undergraduate students of top french classes préparatoire.

Talks
    Minimal Representation Learning: Toward more Interpretable and Efficient Offline Reinforcement Learning
    Past: INFORMS annual meeting November 2020; ORC Student Seminar Series April 2021; MSOM Conference June 2021; INFORMS Healthcare Conference July 21st 2021
    Upcoming: INFORMS annual meeting October 2021
    The Representation Power of Neural Networks
    Past: MIT SIAM student seminar December 2020; ORC Student Seminar Series March 2021
    Learning and Decision-Making with Data: Optimal Formulations and Phase Transitions
    Past: ORC Student Seminar Series October 2021
    Upcoming: INFORMS annual meeting October 2021