Lifetime Achievement Awards | 2018

Pierre L’Ecuyer

Département d'informatique et de recherche opérationnelle
Université de Montréal

Pierre L’Ecuyer

Pierre L’Ecuyer is a Professor in the Département d’informatique et de recherche opérationnelle at the Université de Montréal. He held the Canada Research Chair in Stochastic Simulation and Optimization from 2004-2017, and an INRIA International Chair (at INRIA-Rennes, France) from 2013-2018. He won several prestigious awards such as an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship in 1995-97, the Urgel-Archambault Prize from ACFAS in 2002, a Killam Research Fellowship in 2001-03, the INFORMS Simulation Society Outstanding Research Publication Award (twice, in 1999 and 2009), the INFORMS Simulation Society Distinguished Service Award in 2011, the Canadian Operational Research Society Award of Merit in 2014, and the ACM SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award in 2016. He was elected INFORMS Fellow in 2006.

L’Ecuyer is among the top research contributors to Computer Science in Canada. He is a global leader in research on stochastic modeling and simulation, and on simulation-based optimization. He is the world foremost expert in the design and implementation of random number generators for simulation. He has published 266 scientific articles and book chapters on various topics, including random number generation, quasi-Monte Carlo methods, efficiency improvement in simulation, sensitivity analysis and optimization for discrete-event simulation models, simulation software, stochastic dynamic programming, and applications in finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, reliability, and management of service systems. He developed software libraries and systems (with extensive user guides and documentation) for the theoretical and empirical analysis of random number generators and quasi-Monte Carlo point sets, and for general discrete-event simulation. His specialized software is distributed freely in open-source and is used all over the world. His random number generators are deployed in major mathematical, statistical and simulation software such as Matlab, R, SAS, Arena, etc. His TestU01 package is currently the gold standard for statistical testing of random number generators. His Java simulation library SSJ is used for teaching and research in universities and research centers. He has given hundreds of presentations at scientific conferences, workshops, universities, and research centers. He has been a keynote or plenary speaker on numerous occasions at conferences. In Google Scholar, he has 13,373 citations, an H-index of 60, and an I10 index of 178. These numbers are the highest in Canada for researchers in simulation.

So far, he has supervised 22 postdoctoral fellows and 44 PhD and MSc graduates who have completed a thesis under his guidance. Many of them are now university professors or have prominent positions in industry. He also regularly supervises MSc and undergraduate interns (59 since 1995). His service to the scientific community is exceptional. He has been a referee for 148 different scientific journals (perhaps a world record) and also for books, book chapters, and numerous conference papers. He writes around 40 referee reports per year. He is past Editor-in-Chief for the ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation and is (or has been) Associate Editor for other top-level journals such as ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, Statistics and Computing, Management Science, and International Transactions in Operational Research, for example. He organized several international workshops and conferences in the past 20 years, mostly in Montreal, and serves regularly as a program committee member of conferences (62 since 2000). He has been an evaluator for promotion cases or prizes for 34 different universities or research centers.

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