Practice Prize Competition
|Practice Prize Winner|
|Practice Prize Application Process|
Each year the Canadian Operational Research Society conducts a competition on the practice of operational research to recognize the challenging application of the OR approach to the solution of applied problems. The main criteria considered in evaluating submissions are project impact on the client organization, contribution to the practice of O.R., quality of analysis, degree of challenge and quality of written and oral presentation.
There are two basic purposes behind the Competition, the first being the obvious one of recognizing outstanding O.R. practice. The other is to focus attention on O.R. and its applications by practitioners from Canada by attracting quality papers to the CORS National Conference.
CORS Practice Prize Winners
Peter Vanberkel, Richard J. Boucherie, Erwin W. Hans, Johann L. Hurink, Wineke A. M. van Lent, Wim H. van Harten, "Implementing algorithms to reduce ward occupancy fluctuation through advanced planning"
Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Derek Atkins, Vanessa Noonan, Marcel Dvorak, Argelio Santos, Rachel Lewis, James Gurling, Liping Liang, Andy Chen, “Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries: Modeling the Care Journey from Accident to Post-Discharge”
Centre for Operations Excellence, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Burcin Bozkaya, Erhan Erkut, Dan Haight, Gilbert Laporte, "Designing New Electoral Districts for the City of Edmonton"
Kent J. Kostuk, Keith A. Willoughby, "A Decision Support System for scheduling a professional sports league"
Andrea Cameron, Corinne MacDonald Eldon Gunn, "Improving Production and Inventory Planning for Scotsburn Ice Cream"
Sonya Vanderby, Michael W. Carter, Christopher Feindel, Timothy Latham, "Modelling the Future of the Canadian Cardiac Surgery Workforce Using Systems Dynamics"
Vincent S. Chow, Derek Atkins, Wenhai Huang, Martin L. Puterman, Neda Salehirad, "Reducing Surgical Ward Congestion at the Vancouver Island Health Authority through Improved Surgical Scheduling"
Mustapha Ouhimmou, Sophie D'Amours, Daoud Ait-kadi, Robert Beauregard, Satyaveer Singh Chauhan,"Optimization helps Shermag Gain Competitive Edge"
Saeed Zolfaghari, Vinh Quan, Ahmed El-Bouri, Banafsheh Namiranian, Maryam Khashayardoust, "Heuristics for large scale labour scheduling problems in retail sector"
Mehmet Aydinel, Ximena Cerda, Eric Cope, Mats Gerschman, Taraneh Sowlati, "Optimization of Production Allocation and Transshipment for a Leading Canadian Forest Products Company"
Third Prize (2)
Bao Nguyen, David Hopkin, Dr. Handson Yip, Dr. John Fawcett, "Concepts of Operations for the Side Scan Sonar Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Developed at DRDC Atlantic"
Eric Cope, Ian Fichtenbaum, Neda Salehirad, "Optimizing Cargo Heating Practices at Teekay Shipping Corporation"
Li Chen, Mats Gerschman, Fredrik Odegaard, David K. Puterman, Martin L. Puterman, Ryan Quee, "Improving the Efficiency of Porter Operations in Two Vancouver Hospitals"
Bernard Gendron, “Scheduling Employees in Quebec’s Liquor Stores with Integer Programming”
Derek Atkins, Mehmet A. Begen, Bailey Kluczny, Anita Parkinson, “Reducing Pre-Board Screening Queues at Vancouver International Airport”
Brunilde Sansò, Frédéric Bodevin, “Assessing User QoS in a Deployed GPRS Network”
Ernest Urbanovich, Ella E.Young, Martin L. Puterman, Sidney O. Fattedad, "Early Detection of High Risk Claims at the Worker's Compensation Board of British Columbia"
Marko Blais, Sophie D.Lapierre, Gilbert Laporte, "Solving a Home Care Districting Problem in an Urban Setting"
A. Ingolfsson, E. Erkut, S. Budge, "Simulation of a Single Start Station for Edmonton EMS"
Jean-Marie Bourjolly, Leslie Dejoie, Ke Ding, Oumar Dioume, Michel Lominy, "DOCAF (TM): A Commercial Software Package for Frequency Allocation in Cellular Phone Networks"
Erhan Erkut, Steve Kabanuk, Russ Fenske, Jerry Davis, "Improving the Emergency Service Delivery in St-Albert"
Bao Nguyen, Dr Kevin Ng, "Modeling Canadian Search and Rescue Operations"
Claude Berger, Fabien Chauny, André Langevin, Richard Loulou, Diane Riopel, Gilles Savard, Jean-Philippe Waaub, Agnès Wizere, "EUGÈNE : Un système d'aide à la décision pour la planification à long terme de la gestion intégrée des déchets domestiques"
Erhan Erkut, Anthony Myroon, Kevin Strangway, "TransAlta redesigns its service delivery network"
Paul Comeau, "DSS TANKER - A fuel management model for Air Transport Group"
Michel Gamache, François Soumis, Daniel Villeneuve, Jacques Desrosiers, Éric Gélinas, "The preferential bidding problem at Air Canada"
Maurice Elliott, "Optimizing gas production allocation"
John Blake, Mike Carter, "An analysis of emergency room wait time issues via computer simulation"
Michel Gamache, François Soumis, Gerald Marquis, Jacques Desrosiers, "A column generation approach for large scale aircrew rostering problems"
Michael Carter, Gilbert Laporte, "A general examination scheduling system"
Michael Scriabin, Jason Farlette, Dilip Kotak, Michael A. Matthews, "Air capacity planning symbiotic system (AIRSYM): Combining artificial and human intelligence"
Jacques Ferland, Charles Fleurant, "Computer aided scheduling for a sport league"
Eldon A. Gunn, Glenn Allen, John C. Campbell, Barclay Cunningham, Peter Rutherford, "One Year of OR: Models for Operational and Production planning in the Coal Industry"
Michael Carter, “A Lagrangian Relaxation Approach to the Classroom Assignment Problem”
Jacques A. Ferland and Gilles Guénette, “Decision Support System For the School Districting Problem”
Gilbert Laporte, "A System for Assigning Students to Course Sections at the École Polytechnique de Montréal"
Michel Goulet, "Système de Prévision des Déboursés"
Cary Swoveland, "Risk Analysis of Regulatory Options for the Transport of Dangerous Commodities by Rail"
Iain R. Grunwell, "Simulation for Training Railway Yard General Yardmasters"
Practice Prize Application Process
Entries will be expected to report on a completed, practical application, and must describe results that had significant, verifiable and preferably quantifiable impact on the performance of the client organization.
Submit an abstract both by e-mail and in hardcopy, not exceeding 500 words of a paper on an actual success story of operational research by March 18, 2013 to:
Department of Industrial Engineering
P.O. Box 1000
Halifax, NS B3J 2X4
Phone: (902) 494-6068
The work on the project may have taken place over a period of several years, but at least some of the work must have taken place over the last two years. Previous publication of the work does not disqualify it; however, you may not report on a project which has been previously submitted to the CORS Competition on the Practice of O.R.
- Be a resident of Canada.
- Include a letter by an executive of the client organization that sponsored the application, attesting that this application truly had an impact and that the organization would not object to having a paper presented.
- Include the phone number of the author(s) and the name(s), title(s) and phone number(s) of at least one executive of the client organization where the O.R. application was put into effect.
- Finalists will be selected by April 8, 2013. They must submit a more detailed written report by April 29, 2013, which must not exceed 25 pages in the body and make an oral presentation of the paper at the CORS Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC, May 27-29, 2013. Finalists are required to prepare a one page project summary, suitable for publication in the CORS Bulletin and on the CORS website, detailing their project and its impact on the client organization.
- The project should exemplify the challenging application of the operational research approach to the solution of significant applied problems. While statistical and presentational difficulties are characteristics of almost all applications, they will not be considered a substitute for operational research.
- The quality of the analysis, of the modeling and of the successful implementation of the results at the client organization.
- The significance of the impact of the results and recommendations on the performance of the client organization.
- The presentation, both written and oral. A crucial part of the presentation is a "case history" of the project, which describes the project's development from start to finish, and focuses upon the challenges faced by the analysts.
A total of $1800 may be awarded by the committee: however, the committee reserves the right not to award any prize.
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