Improving the efficiency of cancer treatment through predictive and prescript analytics

When and Where

Monday, January 18, 2021 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Professor Louis-Martin Rousseau, Polytechnique Montreal


The main cancer treatment modalities are surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The complexity of logistics processes surrounding the preparation of schedules for staff who work in cancer treatment centres is the fact that they involve extremely costly resources, sometimes synchronously. In addition, they are subject to several due dates (i.e., appointments already scheduled, maximum waiting time) and several hazards (i.e., variable preparation time for each patient) and should handle unexpected events like the arrival of patients requiring urgent palliative care. The flow of operations should be controlled to ensure that treatments are prepared in time for their delivery. We will discuss several problems that can lead to improved throughput of patients, such as scheduling appointments and medical personnel, and designing a treatment that can be delivered efficiently, which were conducted with our hospital partners.

Speaker Bio

Professor Louis-Martin Rousseau was one of the first to pursue research in the field of methods hybridization of classical operational research techniques (OR) and Constraint Programming (CP), which comes from Artificial Intelligence (AI). Since 2003 he has published more than 80 scientific papers, some in the most prestigious journals such as Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing and Transportation Science. His work on combinatorial optimization problems has gained him international recognition, in particular in the fields of column generation techniques, transportation logistics, scheduling optimization, and healthcare resource optimization

This is a School of Cities Seminar Series "Building Resilience in Food and Health Supply Chains"

Supply chains are the primary societal infrastructure for the production, delivery, and recycling of goods and services. Though sometimes invisible, supply chains are the systems that ensure that flour is available in your grocery store, that hospitals have sufficient personal protective equipment, and that there are enough trained staff to administer medical tests, deliver babies, and check-out your groceries. While much of the effort in supply chains over the past 50 years has been to make them agile, fast, and cheap, there is a growing realization that supply chains must be able to adapt to disruptions from local events such as the inability for a plane to land due to weather to global changes such as the closing of the US-Canada border due to COVID-19.

This seminar series seeks to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of resilient supply chains by examining two which are of critical importance to everyday life: food and health supply chains. The talks in this series look at these supply chains, both independently and together, through the inclusion of diverse speakers representing at least the following perspectives:

  • Supply Chain Optimization 
  • Northern and Remote Food and Health Security
  • Urban Food Systems
  • Systems of Food Production
  • Healthcare Systems

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