Professor Maurice Queyranne has been awarded the 2016 EURO Gold Medal, Europe's highest distinction within the field of Operations Research (OR).
The EURO award recognizes the lifetime achievement of at least one prominent person, team or institution for outstanding contribution to the field. Renowned Russian mathematician Yurii Nesterov was also awarded gold, this year.
"I am honored, naturally very happy, and humbled to be recognized alongside Prof. Yurii Nesterov and other prestigious past laureates of the EGM,” said Queyranne. "To me, this means international recognition for the hard work and research ideas that I have put forward over the years.”
The five-member EURO jury seeks nominations from society members and past EURO Gold Medal Laureates. Nominations are evaluated using metrics such as papers published in high quality journals, editorials written, jobs held, and number of PhD students.
Queyranne's work over the years has been most significant in the OR area of discrete optimization. He’s done extensive work on one of optimization's most studied problems, the ‘Traveling Salesman’, which deals with calculating the shortest route through any number of locations on a map. He’s also worked on problems of inventory management, vehicle routing, and production planning, and has published over 30 journal and conference papers on sequencing and scheduling. An algorithm he developed in 1995 for sub modular optimization was coined “Queyranne’s algorithm.”
Queyranne is identified by EURO as from France, where he received his education. But he completed the lion’s share of his research while a professor at UBC Sauder in the Operations and Logistics Division. EURO does requires its winners to have “a recognized stature in the European OR community” and indeed much of Queyranne’s work has been in collaboration with European researchers. About a dozen postdoctoral fellows have come to UBC Sauder to work with Queyranne over the years, and he has spent several sabbaticals and other leaves in European countries where he fostered such relationships.
“I am grateful to UBC and Sauder for providing invaluable support and recognition for my research,” said Queyranne, “and also in hosting the postdoctoral fellows and the visiting students and researchers."
He also gave special thanks for the European schools who’ve hosted him over the years, his nominator, and to the “many contributions of the research giants on whose shoulders I could stand, and who helped me see a little farther.”
Queyranne was presented his engraved gold medal and diploma at the opening plenary session of the 28th European Conference on Operational Research in Poznań. Read the plenary presentation he gave here. EURO organizes its conferences two years out of every three in a member country. They are attended by between 1800 and 2300 people from all over the world.