Montreal professor to give talk on vehicle routing Monday

Michel Gendreau, a professor in operations research in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada), will give a lecture Monday (Sept. 27) at 3 p.m. in Room 203 of the Zachry Engineering Center at Texas A&M University.Gendreau's talk, "Recent Advances in Stochastic Vehicle Routing," is part of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering's seminar series, sponsored by Parsons Corp.Abstract While vehicle routing problems have now been studied extensively for more than 50 years, those in which some parameters are uncertain at the time where the routes are made have received significantly less attention, in spite of the fact that there are many real-life settings where key parameters are not known with certainty.In this talk, we will first review the main classes of stochastic vehicle routing problems and then provide a short survey of existing work in the area. The remainder of the talk will focus on two problems on which we are currently working: the vehicle routing problem with stochastic demands and the consistent vehicle routing problem with stochastic customers.(Joint work with Walter Rei, Ola Gabali and Tom Van Woensel).Bio Michel Gendreau is professor of operations research at the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering of École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada). He received his Ph.D. from University de Montréal in 1984. From 1999 to 2007, he was the director of the Centre for Research on Transportation. Since September 2009, he is the holder of the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Chair on the Stochastic Optimization of Electricity Generation.His main research area is the application of operations research to energy, transportation and telecommunication systems planning and management. He has published more than 200 papers on these topics in journals and refereed proceedings. He is also the co-editor of six books dealing with transportation planning and scheduling, as well as with metaheuristics.Gendreau is the editor-in-chief of Transportation Science and a member of several other editorial boards. Until December 2009, he was also vice president of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) and of The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). Gendreau has received several research grants and awards including the Merit and the Service Award of the Canadian Operational Research Society.