Group for Research in Decision Analysis

On September 26, 2008, the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, in Belgium, will award an Honorary PhD to Michel Perrier, full professor (Department of Chemical Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal), and GERAD member, at an official ceremony where four other members of the international scientific community will also be honoured.

Tuyva Chan who graduated in 2007 from the MSc in Administration program, Logistics option, codirected by Gilbert Laporte and Jean-François Cordeau, received the Progistix National Student Paper Award by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association Canada (SCL) for a paper based on her thesis “La localisation d'usines satellites dans le domaine forestier : une étude de cas”, at the organization’s annual conference, held from May 4 to 6 in Toronto.

Congratulations to Professor Jean-François Cordeau for his nomination as the new Associate Director of Montreal site, at CIRRELT.

In 2007, Al Gore and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change". As a member of IPCC, Professor Richard Loulou, a GERAD member and ex director of GERAD, has received the following testimony by Mr. R.K. Pachauri, Chairman.

Michel Gamache, Associate Professor (Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, École Polytechnique), and GERAD member, received an honourable mention from the Conseil académique for his teaching excellence and for his achievements.

Gilbert Laporte, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, and GERAD member, received the 2007 Innis-Gérin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Anne Mercier, a Ph.D. student directed by François Soumis, École Polytechnique de Montréal and GERAD, received the 2007 Best dissertation prize from the Aviation Applications Section of INFORMS, for her thesis entitled "Méthodes de décomposition pour la planification intégrée des itinéraires d'avions et des rotations d'équipages". This year, nine theses from all around the world were in competition for this high level contest.

Gilbert Laporte, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, and GERAD member, received the 2007 Roger-Charbonneau Award for the book entitled Transportation, written with Cynthia Barnhart.