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CHOW 2021 / Waterloo, Canada

  • 1.  CHOW 2021 / Waterloo, Canada

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    The Health Care Operational Research Special Interest Group (HCOR SIG) of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) is excited to announce that the 4th annual Canadian Healthcare Optimization Workshop (CHOW) will be held virtually on Monday, June 7th, 2021. The workshop brings together academics from several disciplines including operations management, management science, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. It also connects academic researchers with healthcare practitioners to discuss innovative solutions, data-driven decision support tools, and best practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare systems. The workshop also promotes the research of young scholars with a common interest in sharing scientific approaches to identify operational issues in the management of health services and the improvement of healthcare delivery.

    For additional information, please see the conference website at

    This year, CHOW will feature three plenary and three technical talks designed to highlight three different methodological areas in healthcare operations: operations research, econometric modeling, and machine learning. The plenary talks are designed to showcase prominent researchers in the field of healthcare operations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the area. The technical talks will feature junior academics (pre-tenure faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows).

    All papers accepted for a technical session will be finalists in the inaugural CHOW best paper competition; the winner will be announced on the day of the conference.

    The plenary sessions cover the three leading areas of healthcare operations:

    • Operations Research Plenary Speaker: Professor Oguzhan Alagoz
    • Econometric Modeling Plenary Speaker: Professor Anita Tucker
    • Machine Learning Plenary Speaker: Professor Frank Rudzicz

    To submit a paper to present in a technical session, please use the following email address:

    Manuscripts, including the abstract and all references, should be less than 38 pages double-spaced (this is defined as having at most, 33 lines per page) with size-11 font and one-inch margins on all sides. The deadline for submission is February 26th, 2021. Only unpublished manuscripts will be considered. For additional information, please feel free to contact the workshop chairs at the following emails:

    Adam Diamant <>
    Andre A. Cire <>

    Andre Augusto Cire
    Assistant Professor In Operations Management
    University of Toronto Scarborough, Rotman School of Management and Rotman School of Management
    Toronto ON