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May 24, 2001 Academics In Brief


Bourjolly takes first prize for research on optimal use of frequency spectrum

Congratulations to Jean-Marie Bourjolly, whose university-industry team took first prize in the annual Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) competition. Their prize was presented at the CORS national conference, held in Quebec City from May 6 to 9.

Dr. Bourjolly is an associate professor in the Department of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems at Concordia’s John Molson School of Business, and a member of the Center for Research on Transportation at the Université de Montréal. His team comprised four members of the R&D department at Prestige Telecom Inc.

The competition is aimed at encouraging projects that apply the operational research (OR) approach to real-life problems. The main criteria are project impact on the client organization, contribution to the practice of OR, quality of analysis, degree of challenge and quality of written and oral presentation.

Bourjolly and his colleagues called their submission “DOCAFTM: A Commercial Tool for Frequency Allocation in AMPS, D-AMPS and GSM Cellular Networks.”

In the paper, they describe a commercial software package they have built. Its purpose is to enable telecommunications operators to optimize their management of their most precious resource, namely, the frequency spectrum allocated to them. In Canada, this is dictated by the CRTC, Canada’s telecommunications regulatory agency.


Izabella Czyzewska and Parissa Zohari

Izabella Czyzewska and Parissa Zohari

Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Computers help language-learners master pronunciation

Izabella Czyzewska, a phonetics teaching assistant in the Department of Classics, Linguistics and Modern Languages, helps SIP student Parissa Zohari. The department’s computer facilities are unique in undergraduate linguistics programs, with phonetics and voice-recognition capacity, among other features.