3rd prize: Serge Bisaillon, Université de Montréal

Serge Bisaillon began his career as a research professional at CIRRELT 23 years ago, with a multidisciplinary academic background that allowed him to develop effective decision support systems adapted to the needs of the many industry and public sector partners involved in CIRRELT’s research projects.
About one third of his time is spent sharing his knowledge with students through supervision, assistance with the implementation of their projects, and training adapted to their needs.  He has also brought his expertise as a supervisor, modeler, developer and liaison officer to major projects on rail, road and air transportation, insurance coverage and, more recently, assigning internships to students from Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine. As part of this project, he developed an innovative algorithm to solve a mathematical problem with more than 1 million constraints, reducing the resolution time by more than 80%.
In 2009, he was part of the team that won the international ROADEF challenge on airline disruption management (organized by the French Society of Operations Research). The original algorithm he developed allowed his team to provide solutions to extremely complex problems within the short time allowed.