Jean-Louis Goffin

Desautels Faculty of Management

Operations Management


Samuel Bronfman Chair in Management
Emeritus Professor

Bronfman Building, Rm 537 [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5

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BEng Université Libre de Bruxelles
MSc Université Libre de Bruxelles
MS University of California at Berkeley
PhD University of California at Berkeley


Dr. Jean-Louis Goffin joined McGill's Faculty of Management in 1976. He had previously been an Assistant Professor at l'École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal.

Dr. Goffin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, including Operations Research, Applied Optimization, Simulation of Management Systems, Data Models and Decisions, and Operations Management.

The extension of interior point methods to the context of column generation and cutting plane methods has led to a very competitive new methodology for large scale optimization, the Analytic Center Cutting Plane Method (ACCPM). A computer code has been developed with LOGILAB and has been applied to the solution of linear or nonlinear network design problems, of multi-item inventory problems with setup costs and times, and to the computation of economic equilibria.

Dr. Goffin's work has appeared in such journals as Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Mathematics of Operations Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, SIAM Journal on Optimization, Discrete Applied Mathematics, European Journal of Operations Research, Operations Research Letters, Linear Algebra and its Applications, Computational Optimization and Applications, Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, and Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications. He has also delivered more than forty lectures or seminars in the last five years at a variety of prestigious Universities, or Conferences.

He has been awarded numerous research grants, including more than twenty-five years of funding by both FCAR and NSERC.

In 1980, Dr. Goffin co-founded the Groupe d'Études et de Recherches en Analyse des Décisions GÉRAD, a Montreal-based inter-university research center. In 1980/81, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Operations Research at Stanford University and in 1987/88, a Visiting Professor at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He is also an associate member of the Department of Mathematics at McGill, and LOGILAB, HEC, University of Geneva.

Dr. Goffin has made significant contributions to a number of associations in his field. He co-directed the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming in 1979. He sits on the Editorial Board of Computational Optimization and Applications, and was Guest Editor for special issues of the Mathematical Programming Journal of Studies.