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Team: Welcome

Team

The team is composed of PhD students, MSc students, postdoctoral fellows, two part-time research associates and an administrative assistant. Most of the students are co-supervised with colleagues at Université de Montréal and École Polytechnique Montréal, Yoshua Bengio, Jean-François Cordeau, Teodor Crainic

Bernard Gendron, Simon Lacoste-Julien

Andrea Lodi and Gilles Savard.

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Postdocs & Research Associates

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Eric Larsen

Research Associate (part time)

since 2016

Implements large-scale optimization and machine learning methods for railway applications, enrolled in the activities of the CN Chair in Optimization of Railway Operations.CIRRELT, Université de Montréal.

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Serge Bisaillon

Research Associate (part time)
since 2017

Develops and implements large-scale optimization methods for railway applications, enrolled in the activities of the CN Chair in Optimization of Railway Operations.
CIRRELT, Université de Montréal.

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Ammar Metnani

Research Associate
since 2022

Develops and implements large-scale optimization methods for railway applications, enrolled in the activities of the CN Chair in Optimization of Railway Operations.
CIRRELT, Université de Montréal.

Team: Team Members
Team: Students
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Julie Kienzle

PhD student since August 2018

Topic: Revenue management and service network design for railway freight transportation
DIRO, Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisor: Teodor Gabriel Crainic

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David Pinzon

PhD student since January 2018

Topic: Two-stage stochastic bilevel programming model for a logistics provider’s profit maximization.
DIRO, Université de Montréal.

Supervisor: Bernard Gendron
Co-supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Eric Larsen

PhD student (part time) since 2017

Topic: Optimization of operations at intermodal railway terminals
Université de Montréal
Supervisor : Emma Frejinger
Co-supervisor: Bernard Gendron

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Charly Robinson La Rocca

PhD student since January 2019

Topic: Locomotive fleet management.
DIRO, Université de Montréal.
Supervisor: Emma Frejinger
Co-supervisor: Jean-François Cordeau

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Steven Lamontagne

PhD student since September 2018

Topic: Optimisation of electric vehicle charging station placement.
DIRO, Université de Montréal.

Supervisor: Bernard Gendron
Co-supervisor: Emma Frejinger

PhD Students

Master and Undergraduate Students

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Wisang Sugiarta

Master student since August 2021

Topic: A topic at the intersection between operations research and machine learning


DIRO, Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Robin Legault

Master student since August 2021

Topic: Bilevel programming with demand prediction models.

DIRO, Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisor: Bernard Gendron

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Sobhan Mohammadpour

Master student since August 2021

Topic: Large-scale travel time estimation


DIRO, Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Béatrice Hajjar

Master student starting Fall 2022

(Internship Summer 2022)

Topic: Locomotive fleet management


DIRO, Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Luca Bataillard

Master student starting Spring 2023

(visiting from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

Topic: Decision focused learning for

transport network design


Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Supervisor: Michel Bieraire

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Hena Ghonia

Visiting Master student

(Internship Summer 2023)

Topic: Machine Learning Project


Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Former Postdocs, Students, Interns & Visitors

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Renaud Chichoisne

Postdoc: Track planning at intermodal railway terminals

September 2017 - August 2018
Supervisor: Jean-Francois Cordeau

Co-supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Amine Ikama

Postdoc: Track planning at intermodal railway terminals

May 2015 - September 2016

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: Data Scientist, IVADO Labs

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Zacharie Klok

Master thesis: Modélisation du comportement des camionneurs

May 2013 - January 2015

Université de Montréal

Principal Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: Back End Developer, SuccessFinder

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Tien Mai

Doctoral dissertation: Dynamic programming approaches for estimating and applying large-scale discrete choice models

January 2013 - March 2016

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: MIT-SMART Scholar Fellowship, MIT Singapore

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Camilo Ortiz

Postdoc: Locomotive assignment problems

May 2017 - May 2019

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisor: Jean-François Cordeau

Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

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Daianne Pabst

Master thesis: Évaluation du prix des options style américain avec la programmation dynamique et la simulation stochastique

June 2017 - June 2018
Principal Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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William Perreault

Master thesis: Load planning and sequencing for double-stack trains

January 2017 - January 2019

DIRO, Université de Montréal

Principal Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: Consultant, Modelling and Decision Support, Direxyon

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Bruno Petrato Bruck

Post-doc: Modelling inbound train split and container loading intermodal railway terminals

May 2016 - May 2018

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisor: Jean-François Cordeau

Last known position: Assistant professor, Universidade Federal da Paraíba

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Jean-Philippe Raymond

Bachelor's: Comparison of Route Choice Models' Predictive Performance

May 2014 - July 2015
Université de Montréal
(semester project and extensions)
Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Yosra Saadaoui

Master thesis: A column generation framework to berth scheduling in port terminals

May 2014 - August 2015
Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Julien Sylvestre

Master thesis: Impacts of new logistic centres in urban areas

September 2016 - March 2017

Polytechnique Montréal 

Supervisor: Martin Trépanier

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: Succession Development Program, Logistec Corporation

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Nitish Umang

Postdoc: Intermodal container allocation problems in rail yards

May 2014 - July 2015

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: Operations Researcher, GE Global Research

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Shore Zehtabian

Master thesis: Development of new scenario decomposition techniques for linear and nonlinear stochastic programming

September 2016 - January 2017

Université de Montréal 

Supervisor: Fabian Bastin

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: Senior Data Scientist Yellow Pages

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Maëlle Zimmerman

Topic: Path choice prediction and traffic equilibrium in multimodal networks

May 2015 - August 2019

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisor: Patrice Marcotte

Last known position: Data Scientist, IVADO Labs

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Leonard Ryo Morin

Topic: Flow capture models with heterogeneous user behavior

September 2013 - May 2020

DIRO, Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisors: Fabian Bastin, Bernard Gendron

Last known position: Scientific software developer, INRO Software

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Serena Mantovani

Master thesis : The load planning problem for double-stack intermodal trains

September 2019 - May 2020

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger 

Co-supervisor: Teodor Gabriel Crainic

Last known position: Program Manager, Amazon Air 

https://www.amazon.ca/

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Moritz Ruf

Visiting PhD Student
Topic: The Load Planning and Sequencing Problem for Double-Stack Intermodal Trains

October 2017 - March 2018

Collaboration with Jean-François Cordeau and Emma Frejinger

Last known position: PhD student at the Institute of Railway Systems and Public Transport, Technische Universität Dresden

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Erik Nygren

Visiting Researcher
Topic: Real-time rescheduling of trains

July 15 to December 15, 2019  Affiliation: Research and Innovation Lab at Swiss Federal Railways SBB

Team: Team Members
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Gianluca Morganti

Master thesis : Service network design for intermodal railway transportation

September 2019-May 2020

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisor: Teodor Gabriel Crainic

Last known position: Business Intelligence Analyst, Amazon

https://www.amazon.ca/

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Kyle Goyette

Master thesis: Approximative dynamic programming and reinforcement learning for solving container load and scheduling problems

September 2017- May 2020

DIRO, Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Pham Hoang Giang

Master thesis: Locomotive routing problems 

September 2018 - May 2020
DIRO, Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Co-supervisor: Jean-François Cordeau

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Stéphanie Larocque

Master Thesis: A reinforcement learning approach for generating data on discrete optimization problem instances and solutions.

September 2017  - May 2020

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Yoshua Bengio

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Pedro Miranda

Postdoc: Locomotive routing

problems

June 2018 - January 2021

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Jean-François Cordeau

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

CIRRELT, HEC Montréal

Last known position: Data Scientist, SAP

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Sobhan Mohammadpour

Topic: Travel time estimation

September 2019 - December 2020

DIRO, Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Justin Dumouchelle

Topic: Applications of machine learning to combinatorial optimization problems

September 2020 - August 2021

Polytechnique Montréal

Supervisor: Andrea Lodi

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: PhD student University of Toronto

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Nurit Oliker

Postdoc: Transportation network design and stochastic demand

October 2018 - August 2021

Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Bernard Gendron

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Greta Laage

Topic: Demand forecasting for freight transportation

September 2016 - August 2021

Polytechnique Montréal

Supervisor: Gilles Savard

Co-Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

Last known position: Data Scientist, IVADO Labs

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Drew Kristensen

Topic: Inverse reinforcement learning for predicting route choice behaviour

May 2019 - October 2021

DIRO, Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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Mohammad Amini

Topic: Demand forecasting for freight transportation.

July 2020 - December 2021

DIRO, Université de Montréal

Supervisor: Emma Frejinger

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