April 18, 2011
Gerardo Berbeglia has won the 2010 Mercure Award for the best doctoral dissertation, with a prize of $3,000. The award was presented at the evening to recognize scholarship recipients on the Honour Roll, on April 11. His was chosen from the 19 dissertations eligible for the award in 2010, including the six finalists.
His dissertation, entitled Complexity Analyses and Algorithms for Pickup and Delivery Problems, was co-directed by Jean-François Cordeau, Full Professor with the Department of Logistics and Operations Management and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Logistics and Transportation, and Gilbert Laporte, Full Professor with the Department of Management Sciences and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management.
His dissertation examines pickup and delivery problems from the angle of various applications in logistics, ambulatory services and robotics. It makes convincing connections between optimization theory and practice and takes the different spheres of optimization into account. In addition, it contains a number of original and far-reaching theoretical and algorithmic contributions in operational research, extending beyond the problems studied.
The jury for the Mercure Award consisted of Professors Georges Dionne (Finance), Hatem Ben Ameur (Management Sciences), and Réal Jacob (Management). The jury members considered the relevance of the subject, the quality of the dissertation, its contributions and subsequent spinoff, the awards and scholarships already received by the candidate and the employment obtained after graduating.
This doctoral dissertation led to seven scientific articles, of which four have been published, two are scheduled for publication and one is being evaluated. The four articles published have garnered 83 citations to date.
Gerardo won the Esdras Minville Award in 2009-2010 for his article entitled “Counting feasible solutions of the traveling salesman problem with pickups and deliveries is #P-complete.” In 2010, the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society presented him with its Cecil Graham Award for the best doctoral dissertation in applied mathematics defended at a Canadian university. He was also granted a doctoral fellowship from the Fonds québécois de recherché sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), under its merit scholarship program for international students (PBEEE), 2005-2007. He came in third overall in that competition.
Gerardo Berbeglia is now working as senior researcher for ExPretio Technologies, a revenue management firm headquartered in Montréal.
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