The Faculty of Business Administration of Université Laval awarded this year to Leandro Callegari Coelho and Monia Rekik, from the Department of Operations and Decision Systems, the research medal. They have distinguished themselves by the national and international influence of the results of their research. The award of a medal is based primarily on publications in internationally recognized research journals that have a formal and rigorous peer review process.
Chun Cheng won the 2020 GERAD Best Thesis Competition for her thesis titled "Robust Optimization for Supply Chain Applications: Facility Location and Drone Delivery Problems". She was supervised by Yossiri Adulyasak at HEC Montréal and Louis-Martin Rousseau at Polytechnique Montréal.
This article, published in the prestigious journal Nature, shows that in France, many COVID-19 patients have not consulted or alerted public health to their condition, leading to problematic under-detection of cases. This study is based on a mathematical model, the parameters of which were optimized using the NOMAD software developed at GERAD by the team of professors Charles Audet and Sébastien Le Digabel and the research associates Viviane Rochon Montplaisir and Christophe Tribes. This blackbox optimization software has been in continuous development for over twenty years and represents the state of the art in derivative-free optimization.