Symposium focuses on transportation

January 12, 2006, vol. 35, no. 1

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How to improve transportation and port operations will be among the major topics of discussion at an inaugural international symposium on operations research, at Simon Fraser University on Jan. 27.

The symposium, Operations Research: Real World Challenges, is being organized by SFU Surrey mathematics professor Abraham Punnen, an acknowledged leader in the field of operations research. It will include talks by Gilbert Laporte of Montreal, who will speak on operations research in transportation planning, and Katta Murty of the University of Michigan, who will discuss how to design an optimal container terminal operating system.

Punnen notes that both topics are of great interest to the Lower Mainland and its transportation-based economy.

The symposium will also be used to launch a new publication, Algorithmic Operations Research, with Punnen as editor-in-chief.

Punnen, who came to SFU Surrey from the University of New Brunswick last fall, says the undergraduate mathematics program at SFU Surrey will expand to include an operations research component in September.
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