University of Montreal
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department of Computer Science and Operations Research
Felisa J. Vázquez-Abad, Associate Professor
I am currently tenured Associate Professor at the Computer Science and OR Department (IRO) of the University of Montreal, where I have worked since 1993.
My research interests are:
FCAR Young Researcher's Award 1994-1997. FCAR: Canadian Funds for the Advacement of Research.
NSERC WF Award 1993-1998. NSERC: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
NASA Fellowship, 09/1987-05/1988.
Elected Member of the Sigma-Xi Scientific Society, 1987. AMS: American Mathematical Society
Elected Associate Member of the Sigma-Xi Scientific Society, 1986. AMS.
Tuition scholarship, Division of Applied Mathematics, 01/1987-05/1989. Brown University.
Stipend Schaolarship (Ph.D.), Research Institute in Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), 01/1985-05/1988. UNAM.
Graduated with Honors, M.Sc. in Statistics and Operations Research, 1984. UNAM.
Scholarship (M.Sc.), IIMAS, 10/1982-03/1983. UNAM.
Award to Best Students, B.Sc. in Physics, 1984, UNAM.
Scholarship (B.Sc.), Physics Institute, 10/1979-10/1980. UNAM.
I did my Ph.D. thesis on the use of decentralized stochastic approximation for adaptive control in communications networks, under the supervision of Harold J. Kushner.
In 1990 I came to Montreal to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the INRS-Telecommunications, an Institute for Scientific Research which is jointly supported by the Government and the University of Quebec, as well as the companies Northern Telecom and Bell Northern. In December 1991 I was promoted to Research Assistant. My work there focused primarily on the use of adaptive techniques (particularly learning automata) for dynamic routing and flow control in packet-switched networks. I joined the team headed by Lorne Mason under the CITR (Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research), a Government funded programme within the Centers of Excellence.
In 1993 I obtained an NSERC award (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) and a position as an Assistant Professor at the IRO Department. I have been teaching Stochastic Models, general OR courses and the Graduate Simulation course. The contact with students has motivated a significant amount of effort to apply the learning mechanisms that I have studied and the sensitivity analysis methods that I have developped, in areas other than telecommunications. In 1996 I was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure.
For a more detailed description, please take a look at my research progress and teaching interests. Citations refer to my vita.