Group for Research in Decision Analysis

Okan Arslan brings home 3rd place in a prestigious competition

Okan Arslan, professor in the Department of Decision Sciences, received a brilliant distinction in the Amazon Last Mile Routing Research Challenge, a competition organized by the online retail giant honouring operations research and data-driven optimization proficiency.

Okan Arslan and his teammate, doctoral student Rasit Abay, of the University of New South Wales in Australia, were awarded 3rd place in the competition, accompanied by US$25,000 in prize money.

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Publication of a book by Professor Charles Audet

Charles Audet published a book entitled "Optimisation continue" at the Presses internationales Polytechnique. The book is primarily intended for students of the MTH6420-Optimisation Continue course, which replaces the MTH6403-Programmation mathématique I course, but may be useful to a much broader audience. The book consists of three parts. The first contains two chapters dealing with fundamental notions in optimization. The second part contains five chapters dealing with algorithmic methods and linear optimization theory. The last part also contains five chapters and focuses on the presentation and on the analysis of constrained and unconstrained nonlinear optimization methods. The book presents the intuitions at the origin of various optimization techniques and rigorously demonstrates all the stated results, which allows to grasp the internal mechanisms of the methods and their operation. Many examples, figures and exercises facilitate understanding.

Andrea Lodi wins the INFORMS Farkas Prize

Professor Andrea Lodi from Polytechnique Montréal received the INFORMS Farkas Prize. This prize is awarded annually to a mid-career researcher for outstanding contributions to the field of optimization, over the course of their career.


Gilbert Laporte nommé professeur émérite

Gilbert Laporte, retired HEC Montréal professor, received the title of Professor Emeritus this year. This title is a prestigious distinction saluting the recipient’s outstanding contribution to teaching, research and the development and renown of HEC Montréal.


Results of the OR/MS scientific writing activity

We are proud to announce that the 2020-2021 OR/MS Scientific Writing Activity was a complete success, even in the face of a global pandemic. This year, we received ten final extended abstracts: four in logistics, two in stochastic optimization, two in machine learning, one in electricity, and one in scheduling.