FORAC 4.0 (2019-2024)

For its fourth research program, FORAC received a funding of $ 2.7 million from NSERC and $ 2.5 million from its partners. FORAC plans to train 44 students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) 18 internships, 130 research activities and aims to publish 145 scientific articles.

 

Our research activities

53 ongoing or completed research activities

  • 23 students (16 M.Sc., 5 Ph.D., 2 postdocs)
  • 14 internships
  • 16 other projects

28 scientific contributions

  • 9 scientific journal articles (submitted or published)
  • 12 conferences with refereed proceedings
  • 1 oral communications (without proceedings)
  • 6 other publications

 

Team

  • 23 active graduate students
  • 5 master’s and doctorate associate students
  • 5 research and coordination professionals
  • 8 industrial partners
  • 25 professors working in 4 research fields (forest operations, industrial engineering, business administration, computer science)
  • Several international collaborations and invited researchers (Austria, Chili, France, United States, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, New Zealand)

 

Transfer

  • 319 meetings with our industrial partners
  • 1 Expo-Conférence with the theme “Growing natural intelligence to support AI”
  • 1 Virtual Summer School
  • 2 internship presentation days
  • 13 Petits Déjeuners FORAC

 

Recognition 

  • Mikael Rönnqvist, Canadian Operations Research Society Merit Award, 2019. Honorary doctor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), 2020.
  • Minh Le, Master’s scholarship from Fonds de recherche Nature et Technologie (FRQNT), 2020.
  • Samuel Pilote, grant from Fonds FPInnovations d’appui à la formation et à la recherche – undergraduate degree, 2020. Undergraduate grant – Resolute Forest Products, 2020.
  • Thomas Hernández, 2nd place for best article MOSIM, 2020.

 

 

 

FORAC III (2013-2018)

Our research activities 

126 research activities (ongoing or completed)
> 50 student projects (3 MBA, 23 MSc, 19 PhD, 5 post-doct)
> 37 completed internship
> 39 other projets

 

282 scientific contributions
> 63 scientific papers (submitted or published)
> 71 conference proceedings with article
> 86 communications (without written paper)
> 62 other publications

 

Team

13 active students (masters, doctoral, postdoctoral)
37 graduate students
4 research professionals
28 teachers in 4 domains
Several international collaborations and guest researchers (Austria, Chili, France, United States, Norvegia, Sweden, Portugal)

 

Transfer 

  • 5 Expo conferences (on average 80 participants)
  • 5 summer schools (on average of 55 participants)
  • 4 international competitions of the wood supply game, 8 countries, more than 1500 games per year (servers on three continents) 
  • Logilab / LogiOpt is in use by a partner (in collaboration with FPInnovations)
  • The FORAC drying tool is implemented in fifty kilns in Quebec and Ontario 

 

Recognition 

  • Maha Ben Ali, best studen paper, David Martell prize, 2018. Gregory Paradis, 2014 et 2017. Tasseda Boukherroub, 2016
  • Sophie D'Amours, Order of Canada, 2018
  • Philippe Marier, 1st price of excellence of research professionnals FRQNT, 2017
  • Mikael RönnqvistDaniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, 2016
  • Nadia Lehoux, Société royale du Canada, 2016
  • Azadeh Mobtaker and Louis-Alexandre Lapointe, young researchers MOSIM, 2016
  • Thierry Moisan, student award, Gala des OCTAS, 2015
  • Luc LeBel, forest engineer of the year, 2013

 

Details are available in our information sheet [in french only]