Student Paper Competition

Application Process
Student Paper Competition Winners



Each year CORS conducts a student paper competition to recognize the contribution of a paper either directly to the field of operational research through the development of methodology or to another field through the application of operational research. The competition serves to showcase the high quality of OR education in Canada as well as the excellence of the new generation of operational researchers. Prizes are awarded in two categories: Undergraduate and Open.


The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Canadian institution, in an undergraduate, masters, or PhD program during the school year 2020–2021. Canadians who are studying outside of Canada are also eligible. Papers where all applicants are undergraduates may be submitted to either category: Open or Undergraduate, but not to both. Papers where some authors are graduate students must be submitted to the Open category. MBA students (and other specialized master students) must submit to the Open category with their applied projects. Published papers are eligible for the competition only if their initial submission date (for publication) is after the previous year's CORS Annual Conference.


Application Process

Open Category

Chair: Tamon Stephen
Application deadline April 1, 2021.
Fill out the online submission via Easy Chair. It is automatically submitted to the Chair of the competition.

Undergraduate Category

Chair: Anjali Awasthi
Deadline to indicate your intent to participate: March 1, 2021.
Submit your intent to participate by sending an email with the title and abstract to
Fill out the online application form. The form is automatically submitted to the Chair of the competition.
Deadline to submit your full paper: April 1, 2021.

All competitors should apply for CORS student funding by the deadline, in case they become a finalist here.

The entry includes:

1. Abstract of 200 words or less. Author's name, address, phone number, and email address. Make sure the abstract clearly highlights the motivation, contribution, and potential impact of the paper.
2. Academic institution and supervisor's name, if applicable.
3. Indication of whether the team is planning to attend the CORS Annual Conference if selected as Finalists. Note that papers selected as Finalists must be presented at the conference in order to further be considered for First Prize or Honourable Mention.
4. A PDF copy of the paper:
- No longer than 35 pages (with minimum 1-inch margins, maximum 34 lines per page, and minimum font size of Times 11) including all figures, tables, appendices, and references.
- The submitted paper must not contain any information identifying the authors or their institutions.
5. An email from the supervisor indicating that the participant is the first author of the paper should be sent to the competition chair.

Selection Criteria:

  • Contribution of the paper either directly to the field of operational research through the development of methodology or to another field through the application of operational research.
  • Originality.
  • Writing style, clarity, organization, and conciseness of the paper.
  • Awards:

  • Prizes are awarded per paper. Cheques are sent to the first authors (unless otherwise specified), and allocation of prize money is up to the co-authors.
  • Open Category: First Prize $500, Honorable Mention $100. One award per team.
  • Undergraduate Category: First Prize $200, Honorable Mention $50. One award per team.
  • All papers selected as Finalists receive a certificate.
  • If an undergraduate student wins the open competition, no undergraduate prize will be awarded. Honourable mentions will be provided if there is no winner.
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    Student Paper Competition Winners


    Open Category

    First Prize: "A Combinatorial Cut-and-Lift Procedure with an Application to 0-1 Chance Constraints"

    Margarita Castro (University of Toronto)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Smart Scheduling Tool: Improvement of Elementary School Timetables"

    Sarah McCurdy, Meghan Stronach, Allison Jacobs, and Alyssa Hopkins (University of Waterloo)

    Honourable Mention: "Implementing Constraint Generation Methods for Solving Large-scale IMRT Treatment Optimization Problems"

    Lucy Fountain (University of Waterloo)


    Open Category

    First Prize: "Tight-and-cheap conic relaxation for the AC optimal power flow problem"

    Christian Bingane, Miguel Anjos, Sébastien Le Digabel (Polytechnique Montreal)

    Honourable Mention: "Calculus Identities for Generalized Simplex Gradients: Rules and Applications"

    Gabriel Jarry-Bolduc, Warren Hare (University of British Columbia)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Optimal Re-allocation of Pay and Display Machines for Toronto Parking Authority"

    Milan Preet Kaur, Mandeep Hanspal, Jui Dhaval Champaneri, Sathana Srikanthan (University of Waterloo)


    Open Category

    First Prize: "Spatial separability in hub location problems with an application to brain connectivity networks"

    Taghi Khaniyev (University of Waterloo)

    Honourable Mention: "UAV Service with Competition under Technological and Regulatory Limitations"

    Gohram Baloch (University of Waterloo)

    Honourable Mention: "Multiple Observations and Goodness of Fit in Generalized Inverse Optimization"

    Rafid Mahmood (University of Toronto)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "The Walking School Bus Routing Problem"

    Negin Bolkhanian, Matthew Reyers (Simon Fraser University)

    Honourable Mention: "Evaluating NFL Game States using a Markov Reward Process"

    Craig Fernandes (University of Toronto)


    Open Category

    First Prize: "Vehicle Routing Problems with Synchronized Visits and Stochastic/Time-Dependent Travel and Service Times: Applications in Healthcare"

    Seyed Hossein Hashemi Doulabi (École Polytechnique de Montréal)

    Second Prize: "Optimal Vaccine Administration Policies Using Multi-dose Vials of Different Sizes"

    Gizem Nemutlu (University of Waterloo)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "End-to-End Analytics: Wait Time Management of Ontario MRI Services"

    Alexandra Hayes, Christian Gould, Kevin Chu, Srikajan Santhirakumaran (University of Waterloo)


    Open Category

    First Prize: "Dynamic Type Matching"

    Yun Zhou (University of Toronto)

    Honourable Mention: "Cold supply chain design with environmental considerations: A simulation-optimization approach"

    Ahmed Saif (University of Waterloo)

    Honourable Mention: "The Value of Flexibility in Robust Location-Transportation Problems"

    Amir Ardestani-Jaafari (HEC Montreal)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "To Drone or Not to Drone: Investigating Drone Deliveries?"

    Taha Mirza, Rupan Dandiwal, Shayan Altaf, Brady Lee (University of Waterloo)

    Honourable Mention: "A Queueing Network Model For Refugee Language Courses In Vancouver"

    Oshane Jackson, Ismael Martinez (Simon Fraser University)

    Honourable Mention: "Reducing Blood Distribution Costs for Canadian Blood Services"

    Brianna Horton, Constance Gervais, Danielle Shawcross, Juliana Gonzalez (University of Waterloo)


    Open Category

    First Prize: "Modeling Yellow and Red Alert Durations for Ambulance Systems"

    Amir Rastpour

    (University of Alberta)
    Honourable Mention: "Coalitional Operating Room Planning and Scheduling"

    Vahid Roshanaei

    (University of Toronto)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Redesigning Fischer Canada's Facility Layout and Scheduling Operations"

    Zahra Bodla

    Ahad Ismail

    Ra'd Daoud

    AbdulRehman Shaheen

    (University of Waterloo)
    Honourable Mention: "Feeding Iqaluit: A Consolidated Shipment Ordering System"

    Jordan Moreau

    Ian Gresel

    Andrew Scott

    Mohamed-Akeel R. Hasham

    (University of Waterloo)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Robust Facility Location Under Demand Location Uncertainty"

    Auyon A. Siddiq

    (University of Toronto)
    Honourable Mention: "Allocation Policies in Blood Transfusion"

    Vahid Sarhangian

    (University of Toronto)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Selecting Optimal Tolling Levels: A Case Study for the Fraser River in the Greater Vancouver Area"

    Kishley Bhalla, Craig Mathews, W Brett Robinson, Katie Sclater

    (Simon Fraser University)
    Honourable Mention: "Optimal Locations of Telecommunication Equipment: A Case Study for the City of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada"

    Nicole Mo

    Alborz Namazi

    Joyce Tai

    Eric Yuen

    (Simon Fraser University)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Generalized Inverse Multi Objective Optimization with Application to Cancer Therapy"

    Taewoo Lee

    (University of Toronto)
    Honourable Mention: "Bayesian control chart for multi-state processes in infinite horizon"

    Jue Wang

    (University of Toronto)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Selecting Optimal Locations of Food Trucks:A Case Study for the City of Vancouver"

    Benny Wai, Alex Liu, Lawrence Huen

    (Simon Fraser University)
    Honourable Mention: "The University Course Selection Problem: Efficient Models and Experimental Analysis"

    Bo Chen, Luheng Wang, Wenjiao Chen, Xiao Luo

    (Simon Fraser University)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Joint Optimization of Sampling and Control of Partially Observable Failing Systems"

    Michael Jong Kim

    (University of Toronto)
    Honourable Mention: "Adaptive and robust radiation therapy optimization for lung cancer"

    Velibor Misic

    (University of Toronto)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "The TA assignment problem with open tutorials"

    Issac He, Mark Strange, Hans Aisake

    (Simon Fraser University)
    Honourable Mention: "Intersection Optimization Analysis: Cambie & W. Broadway, Vancouver"

    Sam Maggs, Michelle Leung, Svyatoslav Glazyrin

    (Simon Fraser University)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Portfolio Selection under Model Uncertainty: A Penalized Moment-Based Optimization Approach"

    Jonathan Y. Li

    (University of Toronto)
    Honourable Mention: "The development and application of a new simulation model for multi-agricultural biomass"

    Mahmood Ebadian

    (University of British Columbia)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Staffing Requirements Based on Stochastic Arrivals and Infinite Server Model (M/M/s)"

    Shuang E, Derek Hewitt, Jenny Morrow, Scott Van Bolhuis

    (University of Alberta)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "A Markov Chain Model for the Performance of an EMS System with Repositioning"

    Ramon Alanis

    (School of Business, University of Alberta)
    Honourable Mention: "New Relaxations for Binary Quadratic Problems Using Second-Order Cone Programming"

    Bissan Ghaddar

    (Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo)
    Honourable Mention: "A New Class of Neighborhood Path-Following Interior Point Algorithms for Semidefinite Optimization with O(√nlog(Tr(X0S0)/ε)) Iteration Complexity"

    Yang Li

    (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Community Facility Services: Drive Time and Market Share Analysis"

    Erin Hrycyschyn, Felicia Ng, Brent Ouwerkerk, Jimmie Tom, Sean Tomilin

    (University of Alberta)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Product Differentiation and Operations Strategy in a Competitive Market"

    Sachin Jayaswa

    (Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo)
    Honourable Mention: "Fuzzy Hierarchical Production Planning"

    Mahmood Ebadian

    (Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia)
    Honourable Mention: "Appointment Scheduling with Discrete Random Durations"

    Mehmet A. Begen

    (Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Robust Portfolio Selection for Index Tracking"

    Chen Chen

    (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto)
    Honourable Mention: "Production Facility Optimization"

    Maxine Cunningham, John Schmidt, Jonathon Braamms

    (School of Business, University of Alberta)
    Honourable Mention: "Disabled Adult Transit Service –Optimal Shift Design and Demand"

    Mike Clay, Yvan Fortier, Chris Samuel

    (School of Business, University of Alberta)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Supply Chain Coordination Through Pricing and Bundling"

    Chirag Surti

    (DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University)
    Honourable Mention: "A Nested Benders Decomposition Approach for Optimal W-CDMA Telecommunication Network Planning"

    Joe Naoum-Sawaya

    ( Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo)
    Honourable Mention: "Product Differentiation & Operations Strategy in a Capacitated Environment"

    Sachin Jayaswal

    (Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize:
    Not awarded
    Honourable Mention: "ETS Customer Service Standards"

    Angela Kercher, Arthur Lee, Shawn Halvorson

    (School of Business, University of Alberta)
    Honourable Mention: "Optimization of Transit Services – Through Class Scheduling"

    Sterling Todd Keys, Sean Lelacheur, Greg Ninowsky

    (School of Business, University of Alberta)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Optimal Release of Inventory Using Online Auctions: The Two Item Case"

    Fredik Odegaard

    (Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia)
    Honourable Mention: "A Theoretical Comparison of Feasibility Cuts for the Integrated Aircraft Routing and Crew Pairing Problem"

    Anne Mercier

    (CRT, Universite de Montreal)
    Honourable Mention: "Response Time Reduction in Make-to-Order and Assemble-to-Order Supply Chain Design"

    Navneet Vidyarthi

    (Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Capital Health: Forecasting Demand Beyond Population Growth of MRI / CT / Ultrasound"

    Allison Bouthillier, Amanda Meleshko, Peter Wares

    (University of Alberta School of Business)
    Honourable Mention: "Simple Solutions: Inbound Truck Scheduling"

    Kieran Ryan, Stewart Wilson

    (University of Alberta School of Business)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "A Robust Approach to IMRT Optimization"

    Timothy C Y Chan

    (Operations Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Honourable Mention: "L’optimisation du transport dans l’industrie forestière"

    Catherine Gingras

    (HEC Montréal)
    Honourable Mention: "Incorporating Employee Satisfaction in Workforce Scheduling and Rostering"

    Yong Yue Li

    (University of Alberta School of Business)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Fountain Tire: British Columbia Retreading Plant Location"

    David Mann, Anh Nguyen, Sean O’Donnell

    (University of Alberta School of Business)
    Honourable Mention: "Vendor Performance Evaluation and Cart & Warehouse Reorder Point Analysis"

    Megan Inglis, Jen Tyrkalo, Jillene Wiebe, Mark Zschocke

    (University of Alberta School of Business)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Improving Resource Utilization for Diagnostic Services Through Flexible Inpatient Scheduling"

    Jonathan Patrick

    (University of British Columbia)
    Honourable Mention: "A Tactical Planning Model for the Railroad Transportation of Mixed Freight"

    Manish Verma

    (Memorial University)
    Honourable Mention: "A simplex Algorithm For Piecewise-Linear Fractional Programming Problems"

    Pooja Pandey

    (University of New Brunswick (Saint John))

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Dynamic Simulation for Rail and Terminal Services Used in Sulphur Distribution"

    Chelsea Baron, Jennifer Der, Lukas Deeg, Mark Zschocke

    (University of Alberta)
    First Prize: "A Heuristic for Solving the Bottleneck Traveling Salesman Problem"

    John LaRusic

    (University of New Brunswick (Fredericton))

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Sensitivity Analysis in Convex Quadratic Optimization: Simultaneous Perturbation of the Objective and Right-Hand-Side Vectors"

    Oleksandr Romanko

    (M.Sc., McMaster)
    Honourable Mention: "New solvable cases of the traveling salesman problem on permuted Monge matrices"

    Zhihui Xue

    Honourable Mention: "La localisation de centres de tri de colis chez Postes Canada"

    Rémy Monfet

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "TELUS Operator Services Estimation Tool Project"

    Alden Christianson, Wilson Mok, Gabriel Wong, Kelly O’Byrne

    Honourable Mention: "Standards for Prostate Treatment in Alberta"

    Daniel Bowker, Jared Poplawski, Scott Knibbs

    (University of Alberta)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "Real Options Valuation and Optimal Operation of Electrical Power Plants in Competitive Markets"

    Matt Thompson

    (Ph.D., Western Ontario)
    Honourable Mention: "Exact solution of the centralized network design problem on directed graphs"

    Fatma Gzara

    (Ph.D., McGill)
    Honourable Mention: "Aggregate Logistics Optimization for a Large Beverage Company"

    Ernest Hongtu Wu

    (M.Sc, UBC)
    Honourable Mention: "Strategic Revenue Management Under Price and Seat Inventory Competition"

    Xuan Zhao

    (Ph.D., UBC)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Basis Identification Procedure"

    Ayako Watanabe

    Honourable Mention: "Improving Forecast Accuracy for Purolator Courier"

    Adam Crowe, Andrea Denney, David Fath, Elaine Siu, Linda Tarshahani

    (University of Alberta)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "A Continuous-Time Strategic Capacity Planning Model for Multi-Product, Multi-Machine Manufacturing Systems under Demand Uncertainties"

    W.T. Huh, R.O. Roundy

    (Cornell University)
    Honourable Mention: "Designing Distribution Networks: Formulations and Solution Heuristic"

    S. Lapierre, A.B. Ruiz, P. Soriano

    Honourable Mention: "A Penalty-Evaporation Heuristic in a Decomposition Method for the Maximum Clique Problem"

    P. St-Louis, J.A. Ferland, B. Gendron

    (University of Montreal)
    Honourable Mention: "A Compact Model and Tight Bounds for a Combined Location/Routing Problem"

    M. Albareda-Sambola, J.A. Diaz, E. Fernandez


    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Supporting Wood Supply Chain Decisions with Simulation for a Mill in Northern BC"

    J.A. Myers

    (University of New Brunswick)
    Honourable Mention: "Simulating a Job Shop: Metal Fabricators and Welding Ltd."

    A. Benjamin, M. Noel, R. D'Ilio

    (University of Alberta)
    Honourable Mention: "Resource Simulation at Air Canada"

    K. Chong, M. Grewal, J. Loo

    (University of Calgary)
    Honourable Mention: "Inventory Management and Reorder Point Analysis at the Edmonton Component Rebuild Center of Finning"

    K. Bessette, J. Litchfield, J. Johnson, M. Riskin

    (University of Alberta)

    Open Category

    First Prize: "The Integration of Interior-Point Cutting Plane Methods within Branch-and-Price Algorithms"

    Samir Elhedhli

    (Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal)
    Honourable Mention: "Developing an Airline Network Inventory Control Policy Using Markov Decision Processes and Simulation"

    Kyle Biswanger

    Honourable Mention: "Le problème du postier chinois mixte avec pénalités pour les virages"

    Nathalie Perrier

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "A Forest Landscape Generator"

    Gregory Paradis

    (Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick)

    Open Category

    First Prize:

    Brian Denton

    (Scheduling Start Times for Jobs With Uncertain Durations)
    Honourable Mention: "Cellular Manufacturing System Design: A Price-directed Decomposition and Genetic Algorithm Approach"

    Aaron Luntala Nsakanda

    Honourable Mention: "Identifying High-Risk Claims within the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia's Claim Inventory by using Logistic Regression Modelling"

    Ernest Urbanovich

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Cost-effective and Reliable Grinding Schedules for Inland Cement"

    Joey Cherdarchuk, Shahnoor Lalani, Kimberley Mik, Thaddeus Sim

    (University of Alberta)
    Honourable Mention: "Équilibrage d'une chaîne d'assemblage par Recherche Tabou"

    Pascal Forget


    Open Category

    Honourable Mention: "A fast Algorithm to Minimize Makespan for the Two-Machine Flow-Shop Problem with Release Dates"

    Jinliang Cheng, George Steiner, Paul Stephenson

    Honourable Mention: "A Markov Decision Process Model for Airline Meal Provisioning"

    Jason H. Goto

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "TAU Utilities: Speciality Crew Location"

    Chris Goodwin, Joanne Kok, Steve Kabanuk

    (University of Alberta)
    Honourable Mention: "Locating a Meat Processing Plant in the Prairies"

    Laura Morrison, Les Stelmach, Mark Gannon


    Open Category

    First Prize: "On the interaction of time and money invested in new ventures"

    Moren Lévesque, Kenneth R. MacCrimmon

    (University of British Columbia)
    Honourable Mention: " A goal programming approach to strategic resource allocation in acute care hospitals"

    John T. Blake, Michael W. Carter

    (University of Toronto)

    Undergraduate Category

    First Prize: "Delivering results in the pizza industry"

    Jay Baraniecki, Chris Neuman, Laura Morrison

    (University of Alberta)
    "Topological Design of Two Level Telecommunication Networks with Modular Switches"

    Steve Chamberland

    (Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal)
    "A mixed-integer, non-linear program for oil field production planning"

    Bob Dawson

    (Management Sciences, University of Waterloo)
    "Application de la méthode de recherche avec tabous au tracé d'une ligne de métro"

    Hélène Dufourd (École Polytechnique de Montréal)

    "Balancing Just-In-Time Production Units: The N U-Line Balancing Problem"

    David Sparling (McMaster University)

    "Bus garage location for the Vancouver Regional Transit System: A mixed integer programming analysis"

    Keith A. Willoughby (University of Calgary)

    "Bulk Milk Distribution in Cape Breton"

    Mike MacDonald, Bernie P. Lee

    (Technical University of Nova Scotia)