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Research Group in Decision Analysis (GERAD)

Phone: (514) 340-6053 Fax: (514) 340-5665 Room: HEC Montréal, 4e étage, bureau 4465
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Research areas description

Fundamental research at GERAD contributes to the development of digital intelligence. We have four research axes. The first (valuing data for decision-making) relates to descriptive and predictive analytics (two of the three pillars of digital intelligence). The other three areas (Decision support made in complex systems, decision support made under uncertainty, real-time decision support) relate to prescriptive analytics (the third pillar of digital intelligence) where mathematical optimization methods are mainly implemented to guide decision-making.

In addition to theoretical and methodological developments in our four axes, one of the specificities of GERAD is the deployment of such methods in large fields of application which are seven in number: economy and finance; energy, environment, and natural resources; smart infrastructure; engineering; intelligent logistics; marketing; health.

In terms of innovation, GERAD also works on the development of software (commercial, open source or free) which are all tools that contribute to different areas, such as optimization based on a principle of column generation (GENCOL software), black box optimization (NOMAD software); or computer-assisted graph theory (AutoGraphiX software).

Research staff

Professors / researchers (25)
Number of graduate students: 428
Number of postdoctoral fellows :69
Number of research agents: 28

Specialized equipment

The GERAD has cutting-edge computer equipment, a library and also many rooms which enhance studies and research.

External sources of funding

GERAD receives infrastructure grants from the FRQNT (71%), academic institutions (25%) and other sources (4%).

Research grants come from NSERC (37%), Research Chairs (21%), MITACS (9%), sponsorships (6%), IVADO (5%), FRQSC (2%), SSHRC (1%), FRQNT (1%), scholarships (1%), and academic institutions (1%). The remaining 16% came from other grants.

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Press review about Research Group in Decision Analysis (GERAD)

September 20, 2023, Canada NewsWire, Lancement du 8e colloque annuel - « Former pour développer pour le futur minier » Michel Gamache, professeur titulaire au Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel, participe au 8e colloque de l'Institut national des mines (INMQ) du Québec.
January 24, 2022, ICI RDI - D'abord l'info, Retour en classe dans les universités Pierre Baptiste, directeur par intérim des affaires académiques et de l'expérience étudiante à Polytechnique Montréal, discute du retour progressif des élèves à l'université.