In his career, Gilbert Laporte has made a tremendous contribution to the distribution management field and gained significant international recognition. His research is focused on port and container management, maritime transport, satellite management, ambulance fleet deployment and AGV route planning.
Professor Laporte has authored and coauthored 19 books and over 500 articles on combinatorial optimization. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, which aims to resolve issues in the distribution and transport industries and the public sector, create new synergies to implement multidisciplinary projects that bring together professors from different departments, research centres and chairs, support teaching at the graduate level and pursue, increase and expand HEC Montréal’s outreach in distribution management research.
Professor Laporte holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from McGill University and a master’s from Lancaster University and a PhD from the London School of Economics in operational research. He is a full professor at HEC Montréal and an associate professor at Molde University College (Norway), Bilkent University (Turkey) and the University of Alberta, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and a distinguished research professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is a member of the CIRRELT and GERAD.
Awards and honours
Professor Laporte has been recognized for his entire body of work. In 2014, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Location Analysis by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, to which he was elected in 2005. He was also appointed to the Royal Society of Canada in 1998. In 2009, he received the Robert M. Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science, became the 42nd honorary member of the International Omega Rho Society and earned the Prix Gérard-Parizeau.