Project leader - Healthcare Operations Research

Bojan Ramadanovic

Dr. Ramadanovic received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of British Columbia in 2008, studying duality between string theories and non-abelian gauge theories. He is the CSMG project lead for the healthcare operations research. As a data analyst and model developer he actively participates in CSMG projects on Criminal Justice and HIV Epidemiology.  Bojan is also very interested in combining behavioral models, game theory, and classical economics to explain the apparent deviations from the “efficient market” hypothesis.  As an avid player of strategy board games, he takes his interest in modeling, optimization and economic systems beyond a purely scholarly level.

CSMG Director

Alexander (Sandy) Rutherford

Dr. Rutherford is the Director for the CSMG. Prior to joining the CSMG, he was the Scientific Executive Officer at the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). Dr. Rutherford holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the University of British Columbia and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy. His research spans a wide range of fields within the mathematical sciences. In mathematical physics, his main focus has been on quantum-mechanical many-body problems. In health research, he worked on the design and evaluation of protocols for electronic health records and applications of queuing theory to surgical waitlists and the acute care system. He has also worked on application of dynamical systems methods to health care modelling, criminal justice system modelling, and epidemiology.

Project Leader: HIV modelling

Krisztina Vásárhelyi

Dr. Vásárhelyi currently coordinates the IMPACT-HIV Project, a collaboration between CSMG and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS that applies mathematical modelling to HIV epidemiology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and conducted post-doctoral studies with the Population Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology Group at University of Ferrara in Italy.  She has been a member of CSMG since 2005, serving as the Coordinator for several CSMG projects in HIV epidemiology and obesity.  In 2008, Dr. Vasarhelyi co-founded IMPACT-HIV in conjunction with Dr. Robert Hogg from SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Her current research focuses on mathematical modelling of behavioural and biomedical interventions to control the spread of HIV, the social epidemiology of HIV, and phylogenetic approaches to understanding HIV transmission networks. She has also worked as a consultant on several public health projects, including the Pandemic Influenza Project at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Project Leader: Criminal Justice System

Alexa van der Waall

Dr. Van der Waall holds a doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, with a specialization in number theory, computer algebra and differential Galois theory.  Dr. Van der Waall has worked on a wide variety of mathematical research projects at SFU, ranging from fundamental scientific research to applied and contract-based projects.  She has also designed, developed, and implemented mathematical software for the computer algebra system MAGMA at the University of Sydney, Australia.  As a member of CSMG, she led the Surgical Waitlist project in 2008.  She is the project manager for the criminology justice systems modelling projects since 2009, for which she develops models, provides computational expertise, produces and oversees results reports, and coordinates and communicates with clients.  She is a contributing author to the books Modelling in HealthCare and Artificial Crime Analysis Systems: Using Computer Simulations and Geographic Information Systems.

Database specialist

Yanchao Wang

Dr. Wang is currently working on model simulations and data analysis for the CSMG’s Criminal Justice Systems Project. She holds both an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computing Science from Georgia State University in USA. Her research interests include bioinformatics, data analysis, object-oriented database, relational database, web services, and data modelling. Dr. Wang also worked on mathematical modelling and data analysis for the CSMG’s Acute Capacity and Surgical Waitlist projects and has contributed research on the movement of the homeless in the Tri-City Area.