Group for Research in Decision Analysis


Its nature

GERAD is a multi university research center founded in 1979. It involves some seventy experts from a mix of disciplines: quantitative methods for management, operations researchers, computer scientists, mathematicians and mathematical engineers, from HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, McGill University and Université du Québec à Montréal.

Its mission

  • To develop all aspects of the mathematics of decision making in large, complex systems be they technological, commercial or economic, and ahead of decision making, to develop the mathematics of model building as pertaining to statistical analysis, simulation and data mining.
  • To train researchers in the above areas.
  • To contribute to the building of collective wealth through the creation of spin off companies, consulting activities for the transferring of locally developed know how to industry, and the incorporation of this know how into software for support in decision making.

Some strong points

  • A reputation as a first class operations research center.
  • Highly mature research teams made up of professors, and research associates pursuing ambitions and innovative research programs with their students.
  • An intellectually stimulating and convivial scientific environment with seminars and visits of prestigious Canadian and international researchers, as well as many internal seminars by GERAD members.
  • A high level of multidisciplinarity in the mix of researchers which permits the tackling of a great number of applications requiring collaborations.
  • Leading edge computing facilities.
  • Very competent and amiable technical and support staff.
  • A logistic and financial support for the organization of conferences, thematic workshops, summer schools, and sabbatical stays of international researchers.
  • Collaborations with other research centers in Canada and abroad.
  • More than 400 masters and Ph.D. students.