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Mar 24 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



OPTIMA Seminar 24 March 2023 12:00-13:00 (AEDT)

Title: Fifty years of Operational Research

Speaker: Prof Gilbert Laporte

Summary: The year 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of my Ph.D. studies in Operational Research at the London School of Economics. Throughout my career, I have worked on a broad variety of research topics. The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate the breadth of my scientific research interests and achievements. To this end, I
have selected 10 topics:

  1. the seriation problem
  2. rotating work schedules
  3. deterministic vehicle routing
  4. stochastic vehicle routing
  5. examination timetabling
  6. districting
  7. waste management
  8. metro network design
  9. green transportation, and
  10. humanitarian logistics.

Biography: Gilbert Laporte is Professor Emeritus at HEC Montréal. He obtained his Ph.D. in Operational Research at the London School of Economics in 1975. He was Professor of Operational Research at HEC Montréal and Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management until August 2020. He is now Professor at the School of Management of the University of Bath, United Kingdom, and Professor II at Molde University College, Norway. He is also Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, and Distinguished Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and founding member of the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD). He has been Editor of Transportation Science, Computers & Operations Research and INFOR. He has authored or coauthored more than 20 books and 600 scientific articles in combinatorial optimization, mostly in the areas of vehicle routing, location, districting and timetabling.

Gilbert Laporte has received many scientific awards including the Pergamon Prize (United Kingdom) in 1987, the 1994 Award of Merit from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS), and the CORS Practice Prize on four occasions. In 1999, he obtained the Jacques-Rousseau Prize for Interdisciplinarity from the Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences (Acfas), and the President’s Medal from the Operational Research Society (United Kingdom). In 2001, he was awarded the Grand Prize for Teaching Excellence by HEC Montréal. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1998, and a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) since 2005. In 2005, he was the co-winner of the Glover-Klingman Prize. In 2007 he was awarded the Innis-Gérin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 2009 he received the Gérard-Parizeau Award, he was inducted as the 42nd Honorary Member of the INFORMS International Omega Rho Society, and he received the Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science from the Transportation Science and Logistics Section of INFORMS. In 2012, he won the Pierre-Laurin Award from HEC Montréal for his overall career research achievements. In 2014, he was the co-winner of the FICO Global “Optimize the Real World” contest and he received the Lifetime Achievement in Location Analysis Award from the INFORMS Section on Location Analysis. In 2016 the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) awarded him a Doctorate honoris causa and he received the Acfas Urgel-Archambault Prize in physical sciences, mathematics, computer science or engineering. He obtained the FRQNT 2016-2017 Excellence Award. In 2018, he received a Doctorate honoris causa from the Université de Liège, as well as the Marie-Victorin prize awarded by the Quebec government to a researcher in engineering or natural sciences. He also became a member of the Order of Canada. In 2019, he was elected international member of the National Academy of Engineering (United States) and he became a fellow of the EURO Working Group on Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization. In 2020 he was named Member Emeritus of CORS. In 2021 he won the Killam Prize in Engineering and he received a Doctorate honoris causa from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. In 2022 he received the Euro Gold Medal from the Association of European Operational Research Societies, he was a co-winner one of the SEIO-BBVA Foundation prizes and of the Goodeve Medal awarded by the British Operational Research Society.

FRI 24 MARCH 12:00-13:00 (AEDT, Melbourne Time)
Attend in-person at Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
There will be no Zoom link for this event.

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Mar 24 2023


Fritz Loewe Theatre
Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville

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