How can goods be efficiently delivered from production centres to consumers at the lowest possible cost? Professor Jean-François Cordeau has made it his mission to find the answer. Canada Research Chair in Logistics and Transportation at HEC Montréal, Mr. Cordeau develops mathematical models and algorithms to mitigate key issues such as vehicle routing and network design that arise in logistics and transport network planning and operation.
More and more, organizations are seeking to enhance their logistics and transport networks in an effort to ensure that the right products are delivered to the right location at the right time and at the lowest cost. Jean-François Cordeau is working to develop optimization software to improve performances and reduce costs for manufacturers, distributors and carriers. Logistics and transportation alone represent over 12 % of the world’s GDP, and the potential benefits of his research are considerable.
Jean-François Cordeau earned a PhD in applied mathematics at Polytechnique Montréal in 1999. He is full professor of operations management at HEC Montréal. Since 2000, he has been the academic director of the International Logistics specialization (MSc program) at HEC Montréal. He is a member of the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) and the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT), which he co-directed from 2008 to 2013.
Prof. Cordeau has published over 100 scientific articles in combinatory optimization and mathematics decomposition, mainly in vehicle routing and logistics networks design. He is an associate editor of IIE Transactions and Transportation Science and a member of the editorial committee of Computer & Operations Research. In 2009, along with three colleagues, he won the 2009 ROADEF Challenge in disruption management for commercial aviation. In 2014, he was appointed to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.
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