Research Interests

​My current research interests lie in the development of mathematical programming models under uncertainty and efficient solution strategies for applications on Process Systems Engineering and Energy Systems. I have been focused on the solution of large systems based on real world processes.

Selected Publications

  • Risk-averse formulations and methods for a virtual power plant
    R.M. Lima, A.J. Conejo, S. Langodan, I. Hoteit, O.M. Knio
    Computers and Operations Research, (2017)
  • On the solution of nonconvex cardinality Boolean quadratic programming problems: a computational study
    R.M. Lima, I.E. Grossman
    Computational Optimization and Applications, 66(1):1-37, (2017)
  • Symmetry breaking in MILP formulations for Unit Commitment problems
    R.M. Lima, A.Q. Novais
    Computers & Chemical Engineering, 85:162-176, (2016)
  • On the relation between flexibility analysis and robust optimization for linear systems
    Q. Zhang, I.E. Grossman, R.M. Lima
    AIChE Journal, 62(9):3109-3123, (2016)
  • Weekly self-scheduling, forward contracting, and pool involvement for an electricity producer. An adaptive robust o...
    Lima, R. M., Novais, A. Q., Conejo, A. J.
    European Journal of Operational Research, 240 (2), 457-475, (2015)

Education Profile

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering​  University of Porto, Portugal 
  • Diploma of Chemical Engineering (5 years degree), Faculty of Engineering University of Porto, Portugal   

Professional Profile

  • ​​​Research Scientist​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Member of the Portuguese Association of Engineers, INFORMS member​


  • Marie Curie Fellowship – DFRH/WIIA/67/2011, Welcome II Programme, co-funded by the Portuguese "Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia" (FCT) and the Marie Curie Action Cofund, under the People Programme of the European Commission’s 7th Research Framework Programme.​
  • Post-doc fellowship – SFRH/BPD/26115/2005, funded by the Portuguese "Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia" (FCT). ​   
  • PhD fellowship - PRAXIS XXI/21481/99, funded by the Portuguese "Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia" (FCT). ​ 

KAUST Affiliations

​Extreme Computing Research Center(ECRC)