Past winners

2023 Competition Results


Chaoyu Zhang, University of Toronto – First or Second Doses First? Vaccine Allocation Under Limited Supply


Mahdi Shakeri, University of Calgary – Guiding Physicians with Time-dependent Patient Selection Policies


Joelle Cormier, HEC Montreal – Aerial Fleet Planning Using Simulation Models To Improve Inter-Hospital Transfer

Yiwen Jin, University of British Columbia – Adaptive Server Behavior to Schedule Deviations and Its Consequences: Evidence from Operating Rooms

Hossein Hejazian, McGill University – The Impact of Hospital and Patient Characteristics on Psychiatry Readmissions

2022 Competition Results


Negar Ganjouhaghighi, University of Calgary – When to Extend a Shift in Emergency Departments?

Adam Lebrigui, Polytechnique Montreal – Master Surgery Scheduling Considering Bed Availabilities


Sara Ahmed, Concordia University – Healthcare Distribution Network in the New Carrier Economy

Faraz Khoshbakhtian, University of Toronto – Machine Learning for Early Detection of Severe COVID Infection

2021 Competition Results


Hossein Piri, University of British Columbia – Dynamic individualized patient monitoring under alarm fatigue


Vusal Babashov, University of Ottawa – Setting Wait Time Targets in a Multi-Priority Setting: An Inverse Optimization Approach


Evgueniia Doudareva, University of Toronto – The Development of a Generic Emergency Department Discrete Event Simulation Model

Peyman Kafaei, Polytechnique Montreal – Deep Q-learning for Beam Orientation and Trajectory Optimisation for Radiosurgery

2020 Competition Results


2019 Competition Results


Danielle Ripsman, University of Waterloo – Warm-Started Robust Direct Aperture Optimization for Cancer Treatment Planning


Rafid Mahmood, University of Toronto – Automated Treatment Planning in Radiation Therapy using Generative Adversarial Networks


Negar Ganjouhaghighi, University of Calgary – Physician Staffing and Shift Scheduling at Emergency Departments with Time Varying Productivity

Mostafa Rezaei, University of Alberta – The tradeoff between forecast accuracy and spatiotemporal resolution for EMS call volumes

2017 Competition Results


Hootan Kamran, University of Toronto – Automated Quality Assurance for Radiotherapy Treatment Plans


Christopher Sun, University of Toronto – Improving Accessibility of Public Access Defibrillators through Spatiotemporal Optimization

Vahid Roshanaei, University of Toronto – Branch-and-Check Methods for Multi-level Operating Room Planning and Scheduling

Lauren McNamara, Dalhousie University – A Geospatial Analysis of Incorporating CECs into the Nova Scotia Emergency Care Network

2016 Competition Results


Yangzi Jiang, University of Waterloo – An Empirical Study of Allocation Scheduling and Advanced Scheduling for MRI Patients

Runner-up (tied)

Hootan Kamran, University of Toronto – Identification of Flu Hubs Using a Scale-free Network of Flu Distances

Vahid Roshanaei, University of Toronto – Logic-based Benders’ Decomposition Approaches for Distributed Operating Room Scheduling


Salem Jabr, University of Toronto – Predicting Short-term Hospital Inpatient Bed Needs

M. Reza Skandari, University of British Columbia – Optimal Decision Making in a Markov Model with Parameter Uncertainty: Case of Chronic Kidney Disease