Centre for Operations Research and Decision Sciences (CORDS)

Our Research

The Centre for Operations Research and Decision Sciences (CORDS) is located at Simon Fraser University Surrey. With more than 20 faculty members from Business Administration, Computing Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, the Centre focuses on research in the area of operations research: the science of optimal decision-making. Members undertake both basic and applied research, and collaborate with industry by consulting and facilitating student internships.


Contact Information

Zhaosong Lu, Director
Department of Mathematics
Simon Fraser University Surrey
250-13450 102 Ave.
Surrey, BC V3T 0A3

Office: 2887 Podium 2
Office Phone: 778-782-7426
Web: http://www.math.sfu.ca/~zhaosong/



  • Cedric Chauve, Department of Mathematics
    Dr. Chauve's research focuses on the design of mathematical models and efficient algorithms for computational biology.
  • Thomas Loughin, Department of Statistics
    Dr. Loughin is a professional Statistician and researcher with extensive experience in both statistical applications and methodological development. He has worked with researchers in a wide array of disciplines, including agricultural, engineering, medical, education, and other areas. He runs the SFU-Surrey Statistical Consulting Centre, where he focuses on communication with subject-matter experts, re-expressing complex statistical concepts into language that is easy to understand.
  • Zhaosong Lu, Department of Mathematics
    Dr. Lu researches theory and algorithms for deterministic and stochastic continuous optimization with an emphasis in convex programming. He has worked on applications of continuous optimization in finance, statistics, machine learning, image processing, engineering design, and decision-making under uncertainty.
  • Snezana Mitrovic Minic, Department of Mathematics
    Dr. Minic's research includes application of combinatorial optimization, integer programming, and graph theory to solving problems in vehicle routing, logistics, transportation, satellite mission planning, healthcare operations, and natural resource management. Snezana is especially interested in large-scale discrete optimization problems and dynamic time-constrained problems.
  • Bojan Mohar, Department of Mathematics
    Dr. Mohar is a Canada Research Chair in Graph Theory, where he is developing algorithmic and computational tools.
  • Abraham Punnen, Department of Mathematics
    Dr. Punnen's applied research and consulting activities include applications of optimization in industry and government. In particular he is interested in transportation and logistics, network design, routing and scheduling, timetabling, optimization applications in medicine including radiation therapy treatment planning and management of organ transplant, healthcare management, and optimization applications in forestry.
  • Randall Pyke, Department of Mathematics
    Dr. Pyke earned his PhD from the University of Toronto studying nonlinear wave equations that arise in applications such as optics. His research interests also include fractals, dynamics, and simulating stochastic systems. Randall has been working to promote operations research in the math curriculum since its inception and has worked on consulting projects.
  • Alexander (Sandy) Rutherford, Complex Systems Modelling Group, IRMACS Centre
    Dr. Rutherford is the Scientific Director for the Complex Systems Modelling Group (CSMG) at the IRMACS Centre. Among his research areas is health care, where he has 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.
  • Tamon Stephen, Department of Mathematics
    Dr. Stephen's research interests include optimization, algorithms and discrete mathematics. He has consulted locally and recently supervised a MITACS Accelerate Internship at the BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN).
  • Zhe George Zhang, Beedie School of Business
    Dr. Zhang's research interests include the quantitative and economic analysis of the congestion problems in urban/mass transportation networks, health/medical care systems, and public service systems with both customer service quality and security concerns.
  • Petra Berenbrink 
  • Binay Bhattacharya 
  • David Campbell 
  • Matt DeVos
  • Luis Goddyn 
  • Pavol Hell 
  • Natalia Kouzniak 
  • Ramesh Krishnamurty 
  • Joseph Peters
  • Kay Wiese